Journeyman Goydos shines at Sawgrass
Cahal Milmo is the chief reporter of The Independent and has been with the paper since 2000. He was born in London and previously worked at the Press Association news agency. He has reported on assignment at home and abroad, including Rwanda, Sudan and Burkina Faso, the phone hacking scandal and the London Olympics. In his spare time he is a keen runner and cyclist, and keeps an allotment.
Monday 12 May 2008
No one was more surprised than Paul Goydos after the American journeyman claimed a 54-hole lead for the first time on the PGA Tour at the Players Championship here in Sawgrass, Florida, on Saturday.
"This is my 16th year [on Tour] and this is my first Saturday lead," Goydos said after taking a one-stroke lead with a two-under-par 70. "I guess I was due."
Goydos, a former substitute teacher, is known for his dry wit and is nicknamed "Sunshine" because of his stone-faced demeanour. He is a double winner on the PGA Tour but has missed four cuts in nine previous starts at the Players Championship.
Sergio Garcia bogeyed the final two holes to fall three strokes behind while Bernhard Langer fell five strokes behind.
South Africa's Hennie Otto won the Italian Open in Milan yesterday for his first European Tour title – but only after he had lost a five-shot lead for the second time in four tour starts. Beaten in a play-off by Scot Alastair Forsyth in Madeira in March, the 31-year-old this time beat England's Oliver Wilson by a shot. Sweden's Robert Karlsson was third.
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