Siem rues lapse in concentration

Marcel Siem was left to rue a late lapse in concentration as an error of judgement on the 18th hole undermined an otherwise productive day of stroke play.

By Alex Leach

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Published: Sat 24 Nov 2012, 11:52 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 2:04 PM

Having carded five birdies and six bogeys in Thursday’s opening round of 73, the 32-year-old German had registered an eagle, seven birdies and only one bogey by the time he’d got to the last on Friday.

However, with another birdie opportunity potentially in the offing on a par-five hole, Siem found the water with his approach shot and duly got ‘up and down’ in six strokes for six-under par overall.

“It was the perfect yardage for my five-wood and I just wanted to cut it against the wind. I thought the better leave was going to be back left,” he explained.

“It’s the first time I’ve played here and — in the practice rounds — I was always on the right side. I’d never been on the left and I thought of the lake on the left-hand side.

“The guys said: ‘It’s going all the way around the green and, by then, I knew the ball was in the water.

“It was not a good shot. It’s not an excuse, but – if I’d have known the water is on the left and the miss is on the right – I played well enough today to make sure I wasn’t going to hit it left.

“I’m really disappointed with that. It’s a bit of a stupid rookie mistake. I should have done my homework.”

Still, Siem ended the second round as one of the best scorers alongside England’s Danny Willett (-7), Branden Grace, of South Africa (-7) and Spain’s Sergio Garcia (-8), who equalled the course record with an eight-under par 64.

“I played pretty steadily,” he added. “I didn’t drive it as nicely as Thursday to be honest. I holed a few nice putts.

“My seven-iron was the best club in the bag today; I hit a few of them pretty close. The wedges were good and I will be happy again in a moment.”

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