Posted on 28 August 2015.
A REVITILISED Peter O’Malley shared the lead of the
Prostate Cancer UK Scottish Senior Open after the first round at the
Archerfield Golf Links, revealing to locals he still keeps his eyes
closed on short putts.
The former Scottish Open winner started his round on the tenth and
was level par after ten holes before he eagled the second after hitting a
seven iron to 20 feet. He went on to birdie the fifth but then dropped a
shot at the short eighth.
He finished with a 2-under 70 to share the lead with English duo Gary Marks and David J Russell.
“I was one of those grinding days,” said the three-time European Tour
winner. “I’m trying a new putting grip this week and it seemed to work.
I decided to go left hand down and it seemed to help me hit the putts a
lot more solid. I holed out really well which is what you’ve got to do
in this weather.
“I don’t know if I should tell you guys this but I also hit the short
putts with my eyes shut,” he revealled. “I have done for about six
years. I line it up and then close my eyes just before I take it away. I
have to. I got to the stage I couldn’t take the putter away so I had to
try something. It’s worked because I certainly make a lot more than I
O’Malley is in his debut year on the European Senior Tour having
turned 50 in June. This is just his fourth senior tour start with his
best finish a T11 at the Swiss Seniors Open in July.
The next best placed Aussie is Peter Fowler, who shot a 2-over 74 to be sitting tied for 25th.
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