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Ken Ferrie equals record with a 60

Paul Lawrie said he was inspired by a magnficient round of 60 by Ken Ferrie on Saturday as he surged into the third-round lead of the Andalucian Open.

Ferrie only just made the halfway cut but equalled the lowest round in European Tour history with his 10-under effort to end the day in a share of second place with Mark Foster.

Lawrie, looking for his first European Tour title since winning the 2002 Wales Open, later conjured a round of 65 to top the leaderboard by a stroke going into Sunday’s final round.

“Ken’s 60 was a good thing,” Scotland’s Lawrie, who carded five birdies, told reporters. “It gave me something to go out and chase. It was a hell of a round of golf and I’m looking forward to playing with him tomorrow.”

Ferrie almost became the first player on the European Tour to score 59 in a tournament when his six-iron from 186 yards at the 18th rolled towards the flag, threatening the eagle he needed, but brushed the hole before finishing nine inches away.

“My six-iron at the last looked very good and when it landed I got a little bit excited,” said Ferrie after tapping in his eighth birdie putt of the day to go with the eagle he had made at the par five 12th.

However, Ferrie was modest about his achievement in becoming the 15th player to shoot 60 in Europe.

“It was an unspectacular round , but it all added up to a spectacular score,” he said. “You’d expect somebody with such a low score to have holed lots of long putts and hit some spectacular shots, but it was just a very steady round.”

While no player has gone under 60 in Europe, the feat has been achieved on the U.S. Tour while teenage prospect Ryo Ishikawa shot a 58 last year during the Japan Tour’s Crowns tournament.

It was a bad day for the trio of players who had led the tournament after two rounds.

Denmark’s Jeppe Huldahl and Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg both shot 72s to fall back to six shots off the pace and Dutchman Maarten Lafeber was only one stroke better off with a 71.

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