Two closing birdies allow Otto to keep lead in sight at Killarney

Hennie Otto made two birdies to finish his round at one-under-par and keep the early leaders in his sights on day one of the Irish Open at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club.

A score of one-over before the final two holes meant Otto needed a strong finish to keep pace with the early lead at four-under, held by a sextet of players which includes defending champion Ross Fisher.

Otto had a quiet front nine after a double-bogey on the par-three third left him cautious, and he went on to card just one birdie before making the turn at one-over.

He dropped a further shot on the 436 metre par-four 12th before recovering with a birdie on the short par-four 14th.

A birdie at the 17th, coincidentally the same length as the 14th at 356 metres, would take Otto back to par and help his focus on the 18th, where he also carded birdie and ended the round at one-under-par.

Despite the double-bogey that marred the start of his round, Otto recovered well and will be focused on moving up the leaderboard at Killarney tomorrow.

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