Blake shares three-way tie for lead at British Seniors
Langer, Mason also on top of American-dominated field
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Jay Don Blake shot a 4under-par 67 to lead a strong American showing in the opening round of the British Seniors Open at Carnoustie on Thursday.
Blake is in a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard alongside Germany’s Bernhard Langer and England’s Carl Mason. Below that trio, the only non-American in the next 17 places was Scotsman Sam Torrance, who shot a 69.
Carnoustie, widely rated as the toughest links layout on the British Open championship rotation, is vastly different from most of the courses on the Champions Tour.
“It’s a golf course where you can’t be aggressive because you can’t fly the ball at flags like we are used to over in the courses we play in America,” said Blake, who had six birdies and two bogeys. “I have had to learn a whole new game, which is fun. It’s exciting, but it’s tough.
“I just tried to stay out of the death bunkers, as I call them, because it’s a certain one-shot penalty getting in them.”
Among the Americans chasing the leaders were U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin (69) and former captain Tom Lehman (71).
Delahoussaye shoots 62 in Canadian Open
TORONTO — Brent Delahoussaye shot an 8-under 62 to match the Canadian Open record, making an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey in perfect scoring conditions at historic St. George’s.
Delahoussaye, a 29-year-old former Clemson player whose lone professional victory came in the 2006 Hooters Tour Classic, started on the ninth hole and played the front nine — his first and last eight holes — in 6under 28. Because of logistical problems, the players started on Nos. 1 and 9 instead of the usual first and 10th.
Oosthuizen shares lead
STOCKHOLM — British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen shot a 5-under 67 and was tied with Australia’s Richard Green and Dustin Johnson of the United States after the first round of the Scandinavian Masters.
Four days after his runaway victory at St. Andrews, Oosthuizen started with a birdie at the par-5, 578-yard first hole.
Green reached his 67 after posting three consecutive bird-
ies from the 11th.
Pressel shoots 66
EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — Morgan Pressel of the United States birdied the first three holes and finished with a 6-under 66 to lead after the first round of the Evian Masters.
Melissa Reid of England and Sun-Ju Ahn of South Korea each birdied the last hole to join her in the lead.
Song-Hee Kim and M.J. Hur of South Korea were a stroke behind the leaders.
Michelle Wie was tied for sixth after a 68. Defending champion Ai Miyazato was three shots behind the leaders after a 69.