Russian golfer Pavlov scores single-hole 17 at Lyoness Open

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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