Boyd considers time off after Open nightmare
Friday 01 June 2012
Only a month after leading the China Open at the halfway stage, England's Gary Boyd tasted the other side of European Tour life at Celtic Manor yesterday.
One sextuple bogey 10 would have been bad enough, but Boyd had two of them in a first round 88 in the Wales Open.
The 25-year-old then pulled out, telling officials he was feeling "sick and dizzy". Boyd put three balls in the water at both the 485-yard 14th – his fourth hole of the day – and 433-yard fifth.
"When I chipped in at the last I thought it was to break 90," said the former amateur international.
"I was really struggling tee to green and two 10s never really help. It's frustrating – I know my best golf is just around the corner, but my worst golf came out today.
"Maybe I need to take a bit of time out. At the moment there are definite errors I need to work on."
The second round will also be without defending champion Alex Noren, Welshman Jamie Donaldson and Londoner Anthony Wall.
Three days after he shot nine under par to be joint-winner of the US Open qualifier at Walton Heath, Noren slumped to an 81 and withdrew complaining of a back problem.
Boyd's score was not the highest of the day. Singapore's Zhiqun Lam had a 92 which contained a quadruple bogey nine on the last, triple bogeys at the second and 17th and double bogeys on the fourth, 11th, 14th and 16th.
Latest in Sport
Petr Cech demands talks over Chelsea future as Thibaut Courtois begs him to stay – as mentor
Angel Di Maria: Manchester United to push ahead with £50m move for Real Madrid winger
Marcos Rojo to Manchester United: Sporting Lisbon confirm deal with Nani heading back to Portugal on loan
Sami Khedira to Arsenal: Midfield omitted from Real Madrid squad for Spanish Super Cup
David Gold furious after Carlton Cole parody account mocks up a picture of West Ham chairman as a suspect in the Madeleine McCann case
- 1 Michael Brown shooting: Police shoot and kill second young black man near Ferguson
- 2 James Foley 'beheaded': Isis video shows militant with British accent 'execute US journalist' – and warns Obama of more to come
- 3 Why are UK rail fares so expensive?
- 4 Here’s the damning letter Robin Williams wrote to his Mrs Doubtfire co-star's principal after they expelled her
- 5 Cilla Black defends Cliff Richard: 'I am positive that the allegations are without foundation'
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Ukip MEP calls for reintroduction of death penalty on fiftieth anniversary of last deaths
Russell Brand calls for Israel boycott: Comedian urges big businesses that 'facilitate the oppression of people in Gaza' to pull funding
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head