Pettersson still in command

Defending Price, set for early flight home

Bob Warters's picture
Fri, 5 Apr 2002

Carl Pettersson still holds a four shot lead in the Portuguese Open on The Algarve, after 66 players completed their first rounds at Vale do Lobo following yesterday’s storms.

High winds and rain forced a two-hour break in play, as palm trees surrounding the Atlantic coast course were almost bent double. The Swede’s six-under-par 66 yesterday morning still held sway as he set out for his second round this afternoon.

Only nine players in the 156-strong field broke par in the first round, but defending champion Phillip Price was not among them. He completed his last two holes for a two over par 74, three inside the projected cut line.

Price began his second round with a birdie but then dropped seven shots in six holes to slump to eight over par. An early flight from Faro beckons.

Swede Klas Eriksson gave hope to us amateurs at the par-four 14th hole. In rounds of 91 and 82 he took 23 shots to play it over the first two days, 13 of them yesterday.

Bradley Dredge, Mikko Illonen and Gary Evans are in second place on two under par after a handful of second round holes played.

Aussie Steve Elkington birdied the final three holes for an eight-under-par 64 to take a one-shot lead over Phil Mickelson after the first round of the BellSouth Classic in Atlanta.

He double-bogeyed the third hole then fired seven birdies on the front nine at the TPC at Sugarloaf. Jesper Parnevik and Thomas Bjorn had 66s, while Colin Montgomerie had a 69.



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