Scott One Back at Johnnie Walker

By Sports NetworkFebruary 28, 2008, 5:00 pm
2007 Johnnie Walker ClassicNEW DELHI, India -- Daniel Vancsik fired a 5-under 67 to join Shamim Khan atop the leaderboard after the opening round of the Johnnie Walker Classic.
 
A total of 11 players are just one shot back at minus-4. Heading that group is Adam Scott, who collected his sixth tour win earlier this year at the Qatar Masters.
 
Scott was joined at 4 under by Paul Sheehan, Jason Knutzon, Unho Park, Greg Chalmers, Robert-Jan Derksen, Mark Foster, James Kamte, Taichiro Kiyota, Rahil Gangjee and local favorite Jeev Milkha Singh.
 
There are 10 more players tied at 3-under-par 69 at DLF Golf and Country Club.
 
Vancsik opened with three straight pars. After faltering to a bogey on the fourth, the Argentine birdied the fifth and sixth.
 
However, he slipped back to even-par as he bogeyed the par-3 eighth, then made the turn at minus-2 thanks to an eagle on the par-5 ninth.
 
Vancsik followed that with a birdie on No. 10 and moved to 4 under with a birdie on the 12th. The 2007 Madeira Islands Open winner collected his last birdie on the par-4 15th.
 
'I have been working hard since the end of the season,' admitted Vancsik. 'I feel very well, though I didn't have too many chances at birdie today.'
 
Khan started on the back nine and posted his first birdie on the 11th. After four straight pars, he birdied 16 and 18 to turn in minus-3.
 
The Indian parred the first six holes on the front nine, then chipped in for birdie on the seventh and closed with a 12-foot birdie putt on the ninth to earn a share of the lead.
 
'My round was pretty solid. My putting was very good, I took only 24 putts,' said Khan. 'Because of the speed of the greens, I was a little wary of them, but the day turned out really well.'
 
Singh had taken over the lead briefly when he drained the sixth birdie of his round at the 15th. However, he bogeyed the next two holes to finish at minus-4.
 
Likewise, Scott's fifth birdie of the day on the par-5 14th gave him a piece of the lead at 5 under. He stumbled to a double-bogey on the par-3 16th, but recovered one stroke with a birdie on the 17th.
 
'I'm very pleased with how I played today,' Scott stated. 'I had one poor shot, but I don't think it really spoiled the round. I was pleased with everything to be honest.'
 
Among those tied for 14th at minus-3 are Arjun Atwal, Soren Hansen and Jose Manuel Lara.
 
Vijay Singh is one of 12 players at 2-under 70, while defending champion Anton Haig is one shot further back at minus-1.
 
Related Links:
  • GOLF CHANNEL Airtimes
  • Leaderboard - Johnnie Walker Classic
  • Full Coverage- Johnnie Walker Classic
  • Getty Images

    Kang on cheating allegation: 'I did the right thing'

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 1:26 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Three weeks after his playing partner claimed that he “cheated” while taking an improper drop at the Quicken Loans National, Sung Kang insisted Thursday that he did nothing wrong.

    Joel Dahmen tweeted that Kang cheated after a lengthy dispute about where his ball had last crossed the line of a hazard. A PGA Tour official ruled in Kang’s favor, he made par on the hole, shot 64 and earned one of the available spots in the Open Championship.

    Kang didn’t learn of the controversy until the next day, when he received an email from a PGA Tour communications official seeking comment. He researched online what the furor was about, then issued a brief statement through the Tour (which added its own statement, saying that there was “no clear evidence” to suggest that Kang dropped incorrectly).

    Kang said he tried to clear the air with Dahmen before the first round of last week’s John Deere Classic, but they never had the opportunity to discuss their differences.

    “I followed the rules official and I think I did the right thing,” Kang told a handful of reporters Thursday following his opening round at Carnoustie, where he shot a 2-under 69 to sit three shots off the early lead.

    Kang said he was hesitant to discuss the incident with reporters, because he said there clearly was a difference in opinions. He said he’d already told his side to South Korean news outlets but that “whatever I say, some people are going to trust it and some people are not going to trust it. Then I’ve got to think about it more and more when it’s not going to help my golf game.”

    “I really want to say a lot of things about it, the truth about what happened,” he added, “but I’m not going to say anything.”

    Kang said that he wouldn’t alter his approach when dealing with rulings in the future.

    “No. Why?” he said. “I did the right thing. There’s no point in changing.”

    Getty Images

    Kisner (67) enjoying 'frat' life, soccer matches with Jordan and Co.

    By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 12:49 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The frat house tradition continued this year at The Open, with a group of seven high-profile Americans rooming together for the week, including early first-round leader Kevin Kisner.

    Kisner explained after his opening 5-under 66 that the group – which includes Jordan Spieth, Jason Dufner, Zach Johnson, Jimmy Walker, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler – has spent the week talking about how demanding Carnoustie is playing and enjoying the summer weather.

    “We're out there playing soccer at night and hanging out,” he said.


    Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

    Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


    To be clear, this isn’t a proper soccer match, but instead a penalty-kick situation with all but one player taking turns trying to score.

    “I just try to smash [Dufner] in the face,” Kisner laughed. “He's the all-time goalie.”

    Although Kisner said he’s always impressed with the athletic prowess of other players, Spieth has proven himself particularly adept on the impromptu pitch.

    “Jordan scored when Duf tripped, it was hilarious,” Kisner smiled. “[Spieth] is good until he sends it over the goal four houses over, and we've got to go knock on a neighbor’s door for the soccer ball.”

    The group is actually staying in two local houses that are next to each other, one with a large enough back yard and a soccer net, but perhaps not enough soccer balls.

    “We’re going to have to Amazon Prime a couple new balls to replace the ones we lost,” Kisner said.

    Getty Images

    Van Rooyen continues links run with impressive 67

    By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 12:27 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – For Erik van Rooyen familiarity has not bred contempt.

    The South African, like many European Tour players, has been on a links golf odyssey the last three weeks, playing the Irish Open, Scottish Open and this week’s Open Championship in consecutive weeks, and the crash course paid off on Day 1 at Carnoustie when he opened with a 4-under 67 to assure himself a spot among the early leaders.

    Although van Rooyen missed the cut last week just down the coast at Gullane Golf Club, he entered the final round in Ireland with a four-stroke lead.


    Full-field scores from the 147th Open Championship

    Full coverage of the 147th Open Championship


    “I didn't pull it off the final day,” said van Rooyen, who closed with a 74 to tie for fourth place. “I still think I played pretty well. I was nervous. That's completely normal, and I'll learn how to deal with that. I'll take that experience into tournaments like this.”

    Van Rooyen, who was alone in second place when he completed his round, began his round with back-to-back birdies and was bogey-free until the last hole. It was just what one would expect from a player who has immersed himself in links golf for the better part of a month.

    “We've been playing nice golf now the last three weeks, so definitely used to the way this course is playing, definitely used to handling the wind,” he said. “So I'll be ready.”