Keeping Score

Laurie Canter matches European Tour record

With a 1st-round 12-under 60 in the Italian Open, the Englishman opens a 4-stroke lead as he seeks his 1st tour victory

60: Score by England’s Laurie Canter, who opened a four-stroke lead Thursday in the Italian Open by matching the lowest round ever on the European Tour. Canter played his last four holes in 5 under, including an eagle at the par-5 sixth hole at Chervo Golf Club in Brescia, Italy, to shoot 29 on his homeward nine and post a 12-under score. “It was just one of those days where you’ve just got to enjoy the ride,” Canter said. Canter, 30, who is looking for his first victory on the European Tour, posted two top-five finishes in his past five starts, including a runner-up at the Portugal Masters on Sept. 12. He missed the cut in his most recent start, two weeks ago at the Scottish Open. "Winning, you need a lot of things to go your way," Canter said. "Portugal, I felt like I did about as well as I could that week and came second. I’ve had other weeks where I’ve felt the same and come 10th, so the standard is good. So, for me to win, and for me to say I feel ready to win, I feel like I’m jumping the gun. You play as well as you can for four days, and hopefully it’s your week. You do need things to go your way, I feel, to win." Denmark’s Joachim B. Hansen, who also is looking for his first victory, and one-time winner Dean Burmester of South Africa shared second place at 8-under 64 (scores).

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