Lythgoe all smiles after a superb 64
Professional Neil Lythgoe blew away the opposition at the latest Norfolk PGA pro-am with a stunning round of eight-under par 64 at Royal Cromer.
The Royal Norwich player produced perfect golf with a round of eight birdies and 10 pars.
There was only one occasion when he looked as though he might drop a shot – and he promptly rolled in a 20-footer to keep his run going.
It's the fifth time Lythgoe has shot eight-under and his only – tiny –twinge of regret was that he couldn't shave off one more shot.
'I know it's greedy, but you always want to do better and I would love to do nine-under. I was thinking about it over the last few holes, every time I got in with a chance.'
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The players used preferred lies so although Lythgoe's score broke the course record by two shots, it won't stand.
However, the course was playing its full length, with competitors teeing off from the back of the white tees.
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Lythgoe had just returned from a pro-am in France, where he had seven birdies on the last of the three days and finished fourth.
The form carried over to Royal Cromer where de deliberately went out with a freewheeling attitude.
'Sometimes in the season I feel I'm trying so hard that my head will explode.
'This time I went out and played as if it didn't matter that much – and this was the result. I wish I could get in that frame of mind more often, but it's hard to do when you desperately want to do well.'
Lythgoe started with a birdie on his first hole, the 8th and added more on the 10th, 12th, 15th, 16th, 2nd and 4th.
'I could have birdied each of the first nine or 10 holes I played, with the exception of the 13th where I had quite a long putt.
'It was one of those days when I gave myself a good birdie chance on every holes and a lot of them were short ones.'
In fact, Lythgoe holed only two putts of any length – around 20ft – all day. One for a birdie on the 4th and the other for par on the 6th.
'When something like that happens you know it's your day. It was amazing and the state of mind was everything.'
Only one other player beat par on the day and that was home club professional Lee Patterson who returned a two-under 70. His result took him to the top of the Dingles Toyota order of merit, but Lythgoe – the defending champion – is just 1� points behind. Long-time leader Gary Potter (Gt Yarmouth & Caister) is now third.
There was another large winning margin in the team event with Sam Cubitt (Lowestoft Driving Range) bringing in the winning group on 18-under par 126. My team did me proud,' said Cubitt.