Yevgeny Kafelnikov back on Tour circuit


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Former tennis great Yevgeny Kafelnikov is back on the European Tour in Austria today four years after discovering just how much he has to learn as a golfer.

The 38-year-old, winner of the French and Australian Opens during a career in which he reached world No 1 in 1999, plays his second Tour event at the Lyoness Open in Atzenbrugg.

His debut came in the 2008 Russian Open, but rounds of 89 and 80 meant he missed the halfway cut by 27, although there was one player 15 shots worse than that – amateur Alexei Kovalev had rounds of 99 and 85.

Bad though that looked, it was better than Kafelnikov's first outing on the second-tier Challenge Tour. That was in Moscow in 2005 and he was dead last on 40 over par with scores of 88 and 96.