Originally created 07/13/01

Goosen shows championship form with a 62



LUSS, Scotland -- Retief Goosen, playing in his second tournament since winning the U.S. Open, shot a 9-under-par 62 Thursday and held a three-stroke lead in the rain-delayed opening round of the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond.

Jarrod Moseley of Australia and Elliot Boult of New Zealand both shot 65s.

Rain delayed the start of the tournament by almost five hours and 45 players had not completed their rounds Thursday. They were scheduled to finish the second round Friday morning.

Of those still to finish, Adam Scott of Australia was 6 under through 15 holes and Thomas Bjorn was 5 under with six holes to play.

Darren Clarke, winner of last week's European Open, John Daly, Jesper Parnevik, Tom Lehman and Greg Norman were among the players still to complete their rounds.

Goosen took two weeks off after his playoff victory over Mark Brooks at Southern Hills and was apparently still digesting that win when he played in the European Open at The K Club in Ireland.

But after three indifferent rounds, he hinted his form was returning with a closing 66 which earned him a tie for sixth place.

Thursday's round matched his course record 62 set in 1997, but this one could not be considered for record purposes as players were lifting and placing in the wet conditions on the fairways.

Goosen started with two birdies from 15 feet and an eagle from 25 feet putting him 4 under after three holes. Birdies at Nos. 5 and 7, the latter from 30 feet, took him to 6 under at the turn.

He made three straight birdies starting at 10, dropped his only shot at 13 then birdied the short 17th hole of the 7,050-yard Loch Lomond course.

"If it wasn't for the bogey at 13th, I might have broken 60. I started thinking about that after the 12th," he said.

But his drive at 13 rolled into the rough and he mishit his second shot into a bunker 40 yards from the green. From a difficult lie, his bunker shot did not reach the green and he took three more to get down.

"This is a great course, a great design. Today I was able to see the shots," Goosen said. "I was a bit nervous at the start but then I was looking at the flag on every hole."

Sergio Garcia, making his return to Europe after two wins in two months on the PGA Tour, carded a 2-under 69 after bogeys at 15 and 17 holes.

"I feel like I left about four shots out there on the back nine," the 21-year-old Spaniard said. "But I am playing well enough and if I can keep playing this way I can shoot a good round or a good couple of rounds and be right back in there."

Colin Montgomerie, winner of the Irish Open two weeks ago, shot a 70, matched by Ian Woosnam and Nick Faldo.

"It was Goosen's day," said Montgomerie, who dropped a shot at the last hole by fluffing a greenside chip when he was just 10 feet from the hole. I was in three or four minds what to do with that shot and I only moved it a yard."