Thursday, November 17, 2005

England lead in Algarve


Defending champions, England, are living up to their reputation of favourites in the World Golf Championships. Partners David Howell and Luke Donald carded a blistering round of 59! Leading the event being staged in Algarve, Portugal by one clear shot, the England duo were only two shots of the World Cup record. India and Austrialia were not far behind, both countries scoring impressive rounds of 60. Wales and Sweeden are currently on -11 with Spain, last years victors three off the lead. -Leaderboard-

"Everyone wants the magic 59," said Donald, "so it was a very big putt to make. The way we were playing earlier, we had so much momentum we were thinking we could birdie every hole."

Howell added: "The way we played in practice I thought 59 was gettable and conditions were perfect."

With only a total of 120 golf professionals, mostly club pros playing on local circuits, India has only made golfing headlines once when they beat Scotland and Colin Montgomerie in 1996 to provide the shock result in the Dunhill Cup at St Andrews.

"This will be big news back home," Atwal said. "We love team games, but it is normally through cricket. This will be huge for the game."

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