Course Record Gives Romero Lead

By Sports NetworkJune 24, 2005, 4:00 pm
2005 Open de FranceVERSAILLES, France -- Eduardo Romero fired a course-record, 9-under 62 on Friday to move into the lead after two rounds of the Open de France. Romero completed 36 holes at 10-under-par 132.
Frenchman Jean Van de Velde, who led after Round 1 was completed earlier on Friday, stands at 8-under-par 134 after a 1-under 70. He was joined there by Jonathan Lomas (69) and Soren Hansen (69). Francois Delamontagne and Martin Erlandsson are one stroke further back at minus-7.
The first round was completed early Friday after being suspended for the night Thursday due to lightning. The second round finished on Friday despite afternoon times being delayed for over two hours.
Romero, who played 27 holes on Friday due to Thursday's delay, got off to a hot start on his second round with a birdie on No. 10, his first. He came right back with birdies on 11 and 12 on the Albatross Course at Le Golf National to move to minus-4.
The Argentinean holed out from a greenside bunker for birdie on the par-5 14th. Romero rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt from the back fringe at the par-3 16th.
The 50-year-old drained a 20-foot birdie try on 18 to make the turn at minus-7. Romero's 29 on his first nine holes was the best nine-hole score of his European Tour career.
Romero, who won this title in 1991, parred the first four holes of his back nine. He then rolled in an 8-foot birdie putt on the fifth, his 14th, to get to 8 under. Romero birdied Nos. 7 and 8, both from within 15 feet, to establish a new course record by two strokes.
Romero's last win on the European Tour came at the 2002 Scottish Open.
With a win or a second-place finish this week, Romero would gain entry into this year's British Open Championship. He is scheduled to play the 36-hole qualifier at Sunningdale on Monday.
'I managed to qualify last year at Sunningdale in a playoff, but it's another year on now and it might be too much for me,' said Romero, who matched his best European Tour round with his 62. 'So I want to win here.'
Van de Velde birdied three of his first six holes to get to 10 under and a share of the lead with Romero. However, the Frenchman played his final 12 holes at plus-2 with two bogeys and 10 pars.
Lomas opened with a birdie on the first, but tripped to a bogey on No. 2. The Englishman converted consecutive birdies tries from the third to move to 8 under. After a birdie on the sixth, he bogeyed seven and nine.
The 37-year-old got one of those strokes back with a birdie on the 10th. Lomas moved back to 9 under with a birdie at the 14th. He fell back to 8 under with a bogey on the 17th.
Hansen ran off three straight birdies from the 12th to jump to 9 under. However, he faltered to a double bogey on the 15th and a bogey on 16. Around the turn, he birdied the first and third to get back into a share for second. He parred his final six holes.
Jean-Francois Remesy moved into a tie for seventh at 5-under-par 137 after a 2-under 69. He was joined there by Niclas Fasth, Peter O'Malley and Marcel Siem.
The cut line fell at 2-over-par 144 with 85 players advancing to the weekend. A pair of Frenchmen, Gregory Bourdy and Raphael Jacquelin, missed the cut by a single stroke.
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    Expired visa, helicopter, odd clubs all part of Vegas' journey

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 3:48 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Jhonattan Vegas thought someone was playing a practical joke on him.

    Or maybe he was stuck in the middle of a horror movie.

    Scheduled to leave for The Open a week ago, he didn’t arrive at Carnoustie until a little more than an hour before his first-round tee time Thursday.

    “Even if somebody tried to do that on purpose,” he said, “you couldn’t really do it.”

    The problem was an expired visa.

    Vegas said that he must have gotten confused by the transposed date on the visa – “Guessing I’ve been living in America too long” – and assumed that he was cleared to travel.

    No problem, he was told. He’d have a new visa in 24 hours.

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    Except the consulate in New York didn’t respond to his application the next day, keeping him in limbo through the weekend. Then, on Monday, he was told that he’d applied for the wrong visa. UPS got shut down in New York and his visa never left, so Vegas waited in vain for seven hours in front of the consulate in Houston. He finally secured his visa on Wednesday morning, boarded a flight from Houston to Toronto, and then flew to Glasgow, the final leg of a 14-hour journey.

    His agent arranged a helicopter ride from Glasgow to Carnoustie to ensure that he could make his 10:31 a.m. (local) tee time.

    One more issue? His clubs never made it. They were left back in Toronto.

    His caddie, Ruben Yorio, scrambled to put together a new bag, with a mismatched set of woods, irons, wedges and putter.

    “Luckily the (equipment) vans are still here,” Vegas said. “Otherwise I probably would have played with members’ clubs today.”

    He hit about 20 balls on the range – “Luckily they were going forward” – but Carnoustie is one of the most challenging links in the world, and Vegas was working off of two hours’ sleep and without his own custom-built clubs. He shot 76 but, hey, at least he tried.

    “It was fun,” he said, “even though the journey was frustrating.”

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    'Brain fart' leads to Spieth's late collapse

    By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:44 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The closing stretch at Carnoustie has famously ruined many a solid round, so Jordan Spieth’s misadventures on Thursday should not have been a complete surprise, but the truth is the defending champion’s miscues were very much self-inflicted.

    Spieth was cruising along at 3 under par, just two shots off the early lead, when he made a combination of errors at the par-4 15th hole. He hit the wrong club off the tee (4-iron) and the wrong club for his approach (6-iron) on his way to a double bogey-6.

    “The problem was on the second shot, I should have hit enough club to reach the front of the green, and even if it goes 20 yards over the green, it's an easy up-and-down,” Spieth said. “I just had a brain fart, and I missed it into the location where the only pot bunker where I could actually get in trouble, and it plugged deep into it. It was a really, really poor decision on the second shot, and that cost me.”

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    Spieth continued to compound his problems with a sloppy bogey at the 16th hole, and a drive that sailed left at 18 found the Barry Burn en route to a closing bogey and a 1-over 72.

    The miscues were more mental, a lack of execution, than they were an example of how difficult the closing stretch at Carnoustie can be, and that’s not good enough for Spieth.

    “That's what I would consider as a significant advantage for me is recognizing where the misses are,” said Spieth, who was tied for 68th when he completed his round. “It felt like a missed opportunity.”

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    Perez: R&A does it right, 'not like the USGA'

    By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:28 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Pat Perez didn’t even attempt to hide his frustration with the USGA at last month’s U.S. Open, and after an opening-round 69 at The Open, he took the opportunity to double down on his displeasure.

    “They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA,” Perez said of the setup at Carnoustie. “They've got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you've got the greens receptive. They're not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn't. The course is just set up perfect.”

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    Concerns at Shinnecock Hills reached a crescendo on Saturday when the scoring average ballooned to 75.3 and only three players broke the par of 70. Of particular concern for many players, including Perez, were some of the hole locations, given how fast and firm the greens were.

    “The U.S. Open could have been like this more if they wanted to. They could have made the greens a bit more receptive,” Perez said. “These greens are really flat compared to Shinnecock. So that was kind of the problem there is they let it get out of control and they made the greens too hard.”