Damien McGrane won’t forget the eighth hole at Tseleevo Golf and Polo Club in a hurry after racking up a septuple bogey 12 there in the first round of the M2M Russian Open.
The Kells man was two over for his round with two to play when he came unstuck at the water-protected 564-yard par-five and had to birdie the last just to shoot 80.
He wasn’t the only player to find disaster on the hole with Michael Hoey plummeting from the early lead on five under to joint 14th when he made a double bogey seven at the hole.
Out in one under, Hoey birdied the first four holes on his back nine but then bogeyed the par-three sixth before losing two more shots at his penultimate hole in a two under 70.
Simon Dyson took share of the first round lead alongside China’s Liang Wen-chong and Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg with a five under par 67 on the outskirts of Moscow
David Higgins is tied for 25th after a 71 alongside Gareth Shaw, who also made a double bogey seven at his penultimate hole, the 17th.
But it was a disappointing day for Rathmore’s Alan Dunbar as he dropped three shots in his last six holes for a 75.
Complete Round One Scores:
67 R Karlberg (Swe); S Dyson (Eng); L Wen-Chong (Chn);
68 J Colomo (Esp); A Tadini (Ita); M Baldwin (Eng); J Morrison (Eng);
69 M Nixon (Eng); M Foster (Eng); M Lafeber (Ned); M Korhonen (Fin); M Delpodio (Ita); S Little (Eng);
70 J Gonnet (Fra); D Horsey (Eng); M Campbell (Nzl); P Martin Benavides (Esp); D Gaunt (Aus); A Hartø (Den); A Snobeck (Fra); J Roos (RSA); S Hend (Aus); A Kaleka (Fra); M Hoey (Nir);
71 C Lloyd (Eng); R Rock (Eng); J Singh (Ind); T Lewis (Eng); J Fernandez-Valdes (Arg); N Floren (Swe); J Kingston (RSA); J Elson (Eng); G Shaw (Nir); M Carlsson (Swe); H Porteous (RSA); P Meesawat (Tha); D Higgins (Irl); J Maurer (Aut); T Pilkadaris (Aus);
72 M Wiegele (Aut); S Chowrasia (Ind); J Hansen (Den); C Paisley (Eng); T Fleetwood (Eng); A Levy (Fra); G Lockerbie (Eng); R Wattel (Fra); J Campillo (Esp); G Havret (Fra); C Macaulay (Sco);
73 R Finch (Eng); S Wakefield (Eng); C Doak (Sco); S Henry (Sco); B Åkesson (Swe); T Van Der Walt (RSA); P Hedblom (Swe); M Southgate (Eng); P Price (Wal);
74 O Bekker (RSA); M Tullo (Chi); E Kofstad (Nor); A Forsyth (Sco); C Suneson (Esp); R McEvoy (Eng); J Lagergren (Swe); G Bhullar (Ind);
75 J Walters (RSA); A Dunbar (Nir); M Lundberg (Swe); M Nichols (Eng); S Kjeldsen (Den); S Garcia (Esp); M Madsen (Den);
76 L Jensen (Den); A Marshall (Eng); C Lee (Sco); R Bland (Eng); P Erofejeff (Fin); S Kapur (Ind); O Floren (Swe); L Claverie (Esp);
77 M Martinez (Ven); A Bruschi (Ita); J Sandelin (Swe); D Brooks (Eng); S Hansen (Den); K Eriksson (Swe); J Singh Brar (am) (Eng);
78 P Gal (Cze); A Lahiri (Ind); J Sjöholm (Swe); C Del Moral (Esp); A Kleszcz (am) (Aut); V Osipov (am) (Rus); P Goryainov (am) (Rus);
79 M Lampert (Ger); K Lifanov (Rus); J Doherty (Sco); V Belov (am) (Rus);
80 P Gustafsson (Swe); D McGrane (Irl); A Pavlov (Rus); R De Heer (am) (Sui);
81 Y Kafelnikov (Rus);
82 M Morozov (am) (Rus);
86 N Ponomarev (am) (Rus);
89 J Ferraby (Eng)