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Rest of the World ahead in SAS Invitational

Ian Woosnam counted the clubs in his bag this time.

One day after taking a two-stroke penalty for having an extra club at the British Open, Woosnam and U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen combined for a 10-under-par 62 today and the best opening score in the SAS Invitational.

Playing simultaneously in three Nordic capitals, the Rest of the World team swept all three matches against the Nordic side for a commanding lead going into Tuesday's finale outside Stockholm.

''I checked my clubs before today's round,'' Woosnam said. ''It was hard to get motivated today after the Open and I felt a bit tired.''

Woosnam nearly aced the opening hole at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in Sunday's final round at the British Open, but discovered an extra club in his bag that turned a tap-in into a devastating bogey.

The former Masters champion received a two-stroke penalty. Players with more than 14 clubs in the bag are penalized two strokes per hole.

Woosnam shared third in the British Open, one shot behind Niclas Fasth of Sweden and four behind winner David Duval.

Playing on Oslo's hilly Bogstad course, Woosnam and Goosen were four shots ahead of the Swedish-Norwegian team of Jesper Parnevik and Morten Orveland, a late replacement for injured compatriot Per Haugsrud.

Former British Open champion Paul Lawrie of Scotland teamed with Adam Scottof Australia to defeat Pierre Fulke of Sweden and Mikko Ilonen of Finland by two shots (62-64) on the par-71 Helsinki Golf Club course in the Finnish capital.

Lawrie replaced Greg Norman, the former two-time British Open champion from Australia. Norman pulled out of the British Open on Wednesday, citing the death of a friend in the United States.

Colin Montgomerie, captain of the Rest of the World side, and England's Justin Rose beat the Danish-Swedish pair of Thomas Bjorn and Patrik Sjoland by three strokes (66-69) in the other match outside Copenhagen, Denmark.

The final matches will be played Tuesday on Parnevik's home course north of Stockholm.

Parnevik, captain of the Nordic team, beat Tiger Woods on this course two years ago as the Nordic team earned an eventual tie. Last year, the Rest of the World won.

 


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