Double Trouble at the Nedbank Golf Challengeon December 3, 2010
Prior to the opening round in the Nedbank Golf Challenge, as usual there was much speculation as to what sort of score might win the event. It was generally agreed that due to the rough being not nearly as severe as usual (because of the particularly dry spring and early summer season), scores would be low.
In a field of this quality, it is unusual to see double- bogeys, but despite the easier conditions, there were still quite a few:
Edoardo Molinari – the Italian from Turin paid the price for missing the fairway on the par five 2nd hole and racked up a 7.
Louis Oosthuizen – the Open champion set a cracking pace by playing the first four holes in three-under par, and after another birdie and a single dropped shot he reached the turn in 33. His “double” came on the fearsome 11th hole.
Tim Clark – the current Players champion made a steady, if unspectacular start – five consecutive pars before suffering a disaster on the 6th hole. He carved his tee shot to the right, and was a little hasty in declaring his ball to be lost. Clark in fact hit two more shots from the tee, but even after finding his first ball, he could not play it, and went on to make a triple-bogey 7 on a hole generally regarded as a birdie opportunity.
Ross Fisher –the young Englishman went out in 33, birdied four of the next seven holes on the back nine, and led the tournament on 7-under par. He then missed the fairway on the 17th, chipped out and compounded his mistake by taking three putts for a six.