Mawji (15) set to join Tiger at Muirfield

Schoolboy just 18 holes from Tiger date

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Mon, 15 Jul 2002

Mawji (15) set to join Tiger at Muirfield

Fifteen-year-old Zimbabwe schoolboy, Abbas-Ali Mawji, born in Watford, is chasing a chance of a lifetime chance to compete against Tiger Woods at Muirfield today (Monday).

After a 68 in the first round of the 36-hole final qualifying at Luffness New, he'll need a repeat performance to line-up against the world No.1 on Thursday.

Mawji showed great composure while rubbing shoulders with the likes of Andrew Coltart, Paul Eales and Steve Webster and even matched the score of former US PGA champion Mark Brooks.

Coltart fired a 61 to lead the first round at Luffness, while Mark James shot 65 at Dunbar, alongside Patrik Sjoland. Top of the pile at North Berwick were Trevor Immelman and Ireland's Colm Moriarty (63), with Frederik Andersson of Sweden shooting 62 at Gullane No.1.

Meanwhile Tiger Woods played his first practice round at Muirfield, bumping into a delighted Ian Poulter on the 18th green.

Said Woods: "It's a heck of a course. It's going to be a great challenge because the rough's up and the course is pretty tight."