Five birdies, then Paul Lawrie crashes out of the Wales Open after eight-putting for a miserable 11

EIGHT putts on one hole is the sort of thing even a beginner at golf would hope never to do – but it happened to Britain's last winner of a major title yesterday.

Paul Lawrie was two strokes behind leader Chris Wood in the Wales Open at Celtic Manor when he ran up an incredible 11 in yesterday's second round and missed the cut.

The former Open champion, whose last victory came at the resort eight years ago, had charged from 63rd place to joint fourth place when he hit his second shot to the 610-yard second – his tenth – into a greenside bunker.

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A sixth birdie of the day was his hope at that point, but after splashing out 20 yards past the flag his first putt rolled off into a hollow.

He needed three attempts to get back up, then from 20 feet beyond the cup he putted back down the slope and took three more from there.

"Ridiculous," he said after signing for a 74 and making plans to fly home to Aberdeen. Asked if the blame lay with him or the pin placing the 41-year-old replied: "Bit of both.

"I hit the first putt about a foot out. When you do that from 60 feet and you end up where I was then that's a bit silly."

There was also a quintuple bogey eight from world number 12 Martin Kaymer at the short third – he hit two balls into the water – and a double bogey seven from world number nine Luke Donald on the 575-yard 18th.

But Donald, winner of last week's Madrid Masters, also had nine birdies and with a six under 65 equalled the course record and improved ten strokes on his opening effort to be two under at halfway.

Wood, whose 65 set the pace on the first day, had his own problems with double bogeys at the fourth and 13th as the Ryder Cup lay-out bared its teeth more in the energy-sapping sunshine.

Kaymer's fellow German Marcel Siem took over at the top as a result, but still had five holes to play.

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The former World Cup winner was six under par, one ahead of current World Cup holder Edoardo Molinari, the older of the Italian brothers who are both in the running for cup debuts later in the year.

European captain Colin Montgomerie, his day overshadowed by tabloid allegations about his private life, was very much in the hunt for a first win in three years at three under with three holes remaining.

Meanwhile, Justin Rose hopes to turn his opening round 65 into a winning lead on day two of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village in Ohio.

Rose has played well at the tournament in the past and plans to turn his good form into a victory tomorrow after ending the opening round in a three-way tie for the lead.

The Englishman, who had to sit through a delay of two hours because of rain, saw his 65 matched by American Rickie Fowler and Australian Geoff Ogilvy.

Rose made six birdies over his closing ten holes for a seven under par total as defending champion Tiger Woods struggled to a 72.

Rose was a runner-up to Kenny Perry two years ago and aims to record his first victory in America this weekend.

He said: "It's a tournament that I feel like I should have won. I always feel comfortable when I do get here. I like all the tee shots, and the greens are so pure here that if you do get a putting stroke going, you're going to make some putts."

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An 18-foot birdie on the second was the beginning of a run of five birdies in six holes that put Rose on top of the leaderboard where he was later joined by Fowler and Ogilvy.

Home player Phil Mickelson was in a five-way tie for fourth after shooting a bogey-free 67 and was pleased with the way the course played.

"The soft greens allow you to attack a lot of the pins," said Mickelson. "It played a lot longer because the ball wasn't rolling. It was a very fun day and a lot of good scoring today."

Back in a tie for 50th after a 72 were Woods and Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, along with Scotland's Martin Laird. The only good news for Woods was that a recent neck injury has eased up. He explained: "My neck feels pretty good. Still not where I want it to be, but the inflammation has calmed down.

"It's a little bit sore after a good hard day of practice, but I can recover for the next day, which is good."