Gregory Bourdy of France gestures at 18th hole during the third round of the BMW Masters golf tournament at the Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai, China, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. (AP Photo)
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June 12, 2015

ATZENBRUGG, Austria (AP) Russian golfer Andrey Pavlov needed 17 strokes on a single hole in excellent weather conditions at the Lyoness Open on Friday, tying for the second worse score on the European Tour.

On the par-5 first, Pavlov found the water on six attempts. The Diamond Country Club course is known for its many water hazards.

Chris Gane also scored a 17 at Gleneagles 12 years ago, still three strokes less than Philippe Porquier's record of 20 at the French Open in 1978.

After entering the event on invitation, the 1,598th-ranked Pavlov opened with a 1-under 71 on Thursday.

Gregory Bourdy of France shot a 67 to go 12 under and hold a five-stroke clubhouse lead.

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