Svoboda forced to Czech out

  • Last Updated: March 28 2013, 11:25 GMT

Czech golfer Jakub Svoboda was well on course for a European Tour record score when he retired from the Morocco Open in Agadir.

Svoboda was 21 over par after six holes when he pulled out of the Hassan II Trophy at the Golf du Palais Royal.

The 20-year-old got off to a bad start with a two-over-par seven on the opening hole and then dropped four more shots at the par-three second.

A nine at the par-four third was followed by a seven at the par-four fourth, another seven at the par-five fifth and five more dropped shots at the par-four sixth which proved to be his final hole.

Currently ranked 1522 in the world, Svoboda is attached to the Karlovy Vary club in his home country, having made his European Tour debut in the Czech Open in 2011 when he finished joint 120th with 11 over after his two rounds in which he scored 80 and 75.

Svoboda also failed to make the cut in his next four events before the Trophy Hassan II.

Last year he totalled 33 over at the Credit Suisse Challenge with rounds of 91 and 84, 24 over at the English Challenge with 83 and 85 and 23 over at the Norwegian Challenge after rounds of 88 and 79.

Svoboda then withdrew after two rounds of the European Tour Qualifying School first stage at Ebreichsdorf in Austria after scoring 83 and 82.

The reason given for his withdrawal in Agadir by the European Tour was a wrist injury.

The European Tour record high score for a single round is the 111 by Mark James at the Italian Open in 1978, but had Svoboda continued in Morocco he was well on course to beat that score on a course which has a par score of 72.


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