Friday, July 16, 2010


Open halted because of high winds in afternoon

LATER NEWS: Play was suspended for over an hour during the afternoon because of the high winds.
South African Louis Oosthuizen today set a testing clubhouse target in the second round of the Open Championship.
Oosthuizen, two shots behind leader Rory McIlroy overnight, added a 67 to his opening 65 for a 12-under-par halfway total of 132 and a three-shot lead over McIlroy, who was among the afternoon starters.
In the second group out today at 6:41am, Oosthuizen survived the wildly fluctuating weather to fire seven birdies and two bogeys, including three in a row from the fifth.
"When we got to the fifth the rain was coming down pretty hard and the back nine didn't look too bright at that stage, but we got lucky at 13 when the wind stopped and turned so we played the last five holes downwind," said the 27-year-old.
"I knew I needed to keep calm throughout the round because I knew it was going to be a tough day and I'm very, very happy."
Oosthuizen, who was a collective 23 over par for his three previous Open appearances before this week, holed from three, four and 10ft for his hat-trick of birdies from the fifth, before driving the green on the 386-yard 10th to set up another birdie.
Further birdies on the 12th and 14th were sandwiched between two bogeys, but the former world junior champion also birdied the last with two putts from long range to complete an excellent round.
American Ricky Barnes had looked like being Oosthuizen's closest challenger when he went out in 32 and birdied the 10th as well to reach nine under, but he then ran up a double-bogey 7 on the 14th after tangling with one of the Old Course's fearsome fairway bunkers.
England's Paul Casey, reportedly suffering from a bad chest infection, had nevertheless started with three straight birdies and picked up two more to reach the turn in 31. Four straight pars from the 10th left the Ryder Cup star alone in third on eight under and he went on to finish with a 69 for six-under-par 138.
Casey is still hoping for Major glory on Sunday despite becoming another victim of The Road Hole 17th at St Andrews (says the European Tour Website).
Casey goes into the weekend on six under par after a second successive 69, but seven of those strokes came at The Home of Golf's most terrifying stretch of land.
After going to the turn in a superb 31 and climbing to third place the 32 year old drove into rough so bad that he did not move the ball with his attempted hack out.
The next was just a chop back onto the fairway and after coming up short of the green with his fourth shot he three-putted.
"There's got to be some penalty for going left - that's what this golf course has always been about," said Casey.
"It wasn't a great tee shot and when I got down there I was just trying to go sideways. There was no way of going forward.
"I wanted to go straight sideways, but couldn't go at it too hard because if it came out I could end up in Room 312." The Old Course Hotel lines the right side of the hole.
"So the club just went straight underneath it and from there it was a pretty easy 7.
"To be honest, I'm not even that frustrated with what happened on 17. If you had told me I'd be in the clubhouse on six under I would have bitten your arm off, especially with the conditions we were warming up in this morning."
His repair job following his triple bogey began straightaway with a massive drive down the 18th - "a little bit of anger in there" - and two putts from long range for birdie.
Casey was suffering from a sore throat just before the event, but is able to communicate fully with caddie Christian Donald - Luke's brother - again.
"The throat is croaky, but it's working," he commented. "I felt very rough on Wednesday night and maybe it was a good thing that I was off late yesterday.
"It gave me a bit more time, but Christian doesn't like the fact that my voice has come back."
As for his position Casey added: "I read the Tom Watson quote about whatever she (the course) gave away today she'll take back tomorrow.
"I believe that with links golf, so it's about hanging around. I'd be very impressed if Louis and Rory keep popping in scores like they have - and, if they do, good luck to them."
McIlroy, at 21 looking to become the youngest winner of the Open since Willie Auchterlonie in 1893, set  out at 1:31pm in quite windy conditions but parred his first two holes.
World number three Lee Westwood  he finished his round of 71 by "doing a Doug Sanders (1970)" - missing from around 3ft - easily done on the tricky, sloping 18th green on the Old Course.
Westwood was on six-under-par 144.
Veteran American Mark Calcavecchia, winner of the Open at Royal Troon in 1989 after a four-hole play-off against Greg Norman and Wayne Grady, rolled back the years to return a 67 for seven-under 137.
Another past Open winner, Ben Curtis, did not do so well this year. He had a 73 for 149 and will miss the cut with his five-over-par tally.
So too will a more highly-regarded American in Jim Furyk who had a 73 for 150.
And yet another Open champion, Sandy Lyle, failed to make the weekend action after rounds of 75 and 76 for 151.
Par 144 (2x72)
132 Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa) 65 67.
137 Mark Calcavecchia (USA) 70 67
138 Paul Casey 69 69, Lee Westwood 67 71
139 Peter Hanson (Swe) 66 73, Ricky Barnes (USA) 68 71, Graeme McDowell 71 68, Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa) 72 67, Tom Lehman (USA) 71 68
140 Robert Karlsson (Swe) 69 71, Ignacio Garrido (Spa) 69 71, Toru Taniguchi (Jpn) 70 70
141 Dustin Johnson (USA) 69 72, Vijay Singh (Fij) 68 73, Shane Lowry 68 73, Y.E. Yang (Kor) 67 74
142 Adam Scott (Aus) 72 70, Jeff Overton (USA) 73 69, Sergio Garcia (Spa) 71 71, Alvaro Quiros (Spa) 72 70, Bradley Dredge 66 76
143 Simon Khan 74 69
144 Kevin Na (USA) 70 74, Marc Leishman (Aus) 73 71, Peter Senior (Aus) 73 71
145 Steve Stricker (USA) 71 74, Colm Moriarty 72 73, Luke Donald 73 72, Scott Verplank (USA) 72 73
146 Hirofumi Miyase (Jpn) 71 75, Rickie Fowler (USA) 79 67
149 Angel Cabrera (Arg) 73 76, Ben Curtis (USA) 76 73
150 Koumei Oda (Jpn) 74 76, Jim Furyk (USA) 77 73, Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 72 78, Hiroyuki Fujita (Jpn) 75 75
151 Francesco Molinari (Ita) 74 77, Anders Hansen (Den) 77 74, Sandy Lyle 75 76
153 Katsumasa Miyamoto (Jpn) 77 76
154 Jerry Kelly (USA) 79 75



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