Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 15th 2014 Contents PINEHURST --- After two days
of lower-than-expected scores,
the US Open finally showed its
bite at Pinehurst No 2 yesterday.
Martin Kaymer finally made
some bogeys. Kaymer, who made
only one bogey on the first two
days, bogeyed three of the first six
holes in the third round. But a bril-
liant save at the fourth, after he
took an unplayable lie, and an eagle
at the par-5 fifth kept the German
comfortably ahead at 9 under as
he made the turn.
Kevin Na and Brendon de Jonge
were five shots behind.
Erik Compton made the biggest
move. The two-time heart trans-
plant recipient ripped off four
birdies and an eagle in a seven-
hole span and was at 3 under, tied
with Henrik Stenson.
For everyone, it was a brutal
"That was 18 of the toughest
pins I've ever seen," Kenny Perry
said. "That's probably the hardest
setup I've ever experienced in a
major championship. There's no
room for error."
Perry actually hit the shot of the
day, a 220-yard hybrid out of the
sand at No 14 that bounced onto
the green and rolled in for eagle.
That helped him shoot a 4-over
74 --- not bad in these conditions.
Japan's Toru Taniguchi shot 88.
Russell Henley soared to an 82.
Boo Weekley struggled to an 80.
With no rain to soften the per-
ilous turtleback greens and devious
pin placements making it tough
to get anywhere close to the flags,
the storied course produced the
sort of portly numbers that had
been expected from the beginning
of the tournament.
Kaymer went into moving day
with a six-shot lead after posting
consecutive 5-under 65s. That gave
him the lowest 36-hole score in
Open history and a tie for the low-
est at any major championship
No way was he going that low
again in these conditions, consid-
ering the greens were firming up
even more on a warm, sunny after-
noon. No one broke par from the
first 44 players to finish.
Kaymer needed three shots to
get down from just off the green
at No. 2, taking his first bogey of
the round. He missed a good birdie
chance at the third before taking
another bogey at the fourth.
It could've been a lot worse.
Kaymer drove into the pine trees
left of the fairway, the ball settling
in a washed-out patch of sand. He
took a one-shot penalty, dropped
the ball a couple of club lengths
away, and punched out into the
fairway. From 160 yards, he struck
a brilliant shot that settled 15 feet
from the flag, then rolled in the
putt. Even though it was a bogey,
he gave a fist pump when the ball
slipped into the cup.
Kaymer missed the fairway off
the tee at No. 5, but his second
shot---202 yards from a waste
area---was as close to the flag as
anyone got all day. He made the
5-footer for an eagle that pushed
his score right back to 10 under.
Even though he dropped another
shot at the sixth, a sloppy putt
leading to his third bogey, some
testy par saves over the next few
holes sent him to the back side at
1-over 36 on the day.
Brendon Todd was the closest
challenger to Kaymer heading into
the third round, but he plummeted
out of contention by playing the
first nine holes at 5 over. As the
last group made the turn, just 11
players were in single-digits off
the lead. It remained Kaymer's
tournament to lose.
The six-shot lead at the midway
point tied the US Open record first
set by Tiger Woods at Pebble Beach
in 2000 and matched by Rory
McIlroy at Congressional three
years ago. Woods wound up win-
ning by 15 shots. McIlroy won by
Phil Mickelson steadied his put-
ting stroke a bit but still shot 72,
not the sort of score he needed to
get in contention for his first US
Lefty has been the runner-up
in this championship a record six
times, denying him the only title
he needs to complete a career
Defending champion Justin
Rose, who held off Mickelson a
year ago at Merion, shot 70 but
was still 10 shots back as he headed
to the clubhouse. (AP)
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FINHAUT-EMOSSON---Dutch rider Lieuwe Westra
came from behind to win the seventh stage of the
Criterium du Dauphine while defending champion
Chris Froome lost the overall lead to Alberto Con-
Westra, the runner-up in Friday's stage, finished
seven seconds ahead of Yury Trofimov and 16 sec-
onds clear of Egor Silin in the 160-kilometer (99.4-
mile) stage from Ville-la-Grand to Finhaut-Emosson,
which featured five climbs, including two beyond
Two-time Tour de France winner Contador was
fourth but crossed the line 20 seconds ahead of
Froome, in seventh place.
In the overall standings, Contador leads Froome
by eight seconds while American rider Andrew
Talansky climbed to third, 39 seconds off the pace.
"It has gone beyond my expectations so far, but
the Dauphine is not over yet," Contador told the
event's website. "Whatever happens, I'm happy
with how my legs are getting better and better every
Contador said the most important thing was to
be "at 100 percent of my capacities" on July 5,
when the Tour de France starts.
At the 30-kilometer (18.6-mile) mark, Westra
initiated a breakaway that included Trofimov and
Silin, and built a lead that reached more than seven
minutes after 110 kilometers (68.4 miles).
Trofimov pulled away on the ascent of Col de la
Forclaz and was later joined by teammate Silin. But
Westra made up ground and overtook them in the
"At the beginning of the stage, I was thinking of
taking a rest day for once," Westra said. "But I had
good legs, so I went for a breakaway again. I didn't
feel good in all the climbs but in the last one I went
at my own pace and I passed the two Russians with
200 meters to go."
Froome crashed in Friday's stage and had bruises
on his left arm, back and leg. The British rider was
unable to reply when Contador went on the attack
in the last climb of the day, two kilometers from
"I was close to my limit but I tried my luck with
attacking," Contador said. "It's an incredible surprise
that I managed to take the yellow jersey."
Jurgen Roelandts dropped out early in the gruelling
stage while Damiano Caruso, Michal Kwiatkowski,
Yoann Offredo and Jack Bobridge did not start.
The race ends today with a 131.5-kilometer (81.7-
mile) trek from Megeve to Courchevel featuring
four climbs. (AP)
dian jockey Rico Wal-
cott dominated the
eight-race card at
Northlands Park in
Canada Friday, winning
four races to extend his
lead at the top of the
won race one with
favourite Stopped Short,
race three with 2-1
chance Diesel Dan, race
four with odds-on bet
Boston Bob before also
capturing race five
aboard 5-1 chance Wain-
wright. Walcott has 30
wins from 102 starts for
the season, nine clear of
his nearest challenger
Scott Williams, with his
Quincy Welch third on
The success was wel-
comed for Walcott who
went unusually winless
on Wednesday's mid-
week eight-race card.
He kicked off pro-
ceedings on Friday going
a mile when he carried
Stopped Short to victory
by 6-3/4 lengths over
the three-year-olds and
Walcott pressed the
leaders Illegal Whiskey
and LG's Flash from
third before getting to
the front just before the
quarter pole and widen-
ing with the four-year-
old chestnut gelding.
In race three over 6-
1/2 furlongs, Walcott and
Diesel Dan brushed aside
the three-year-olds to
win by 3-3/4 lengths.
Guns a Blazin and
Frosty Legend duelled
for the lead through the
half-mile before Walcott
brought the bay gelding
Diesel Dan with a strong
run in the stretch to take
the lead and win hand-
somely. In race four over
a mile, Walcott tucked
Boston Bob in along the
rails as Rebel the Red and
Run Chaser posted the
early fractions, with
24.27 seconds for the
quarter and 49.28 for the
half. On the final turn,
Walcott switched the
four-year-old bay geld-
ing to the outside and
brought him with a fine
run to overhaul the lead-
ers and reach the wire
2-1/2 lengths clear.
BERLIN---The German football federation is calling
on Theo Zwanziger to step down from FIFA's exec-
utive committee following a dispute with his suc-
cessor as head of the federation.
Zwanziger stepped down as president of the Ger-
man federation, or DFB, in 2012. He was succeeded
by Wolfgang Niersbach but has remained a member
of the FIFA executive committee.
Zwanziger has accused Niersbach of "hypocrisy"
over his pay. In a statement following a meeting
yesterday in Salvador, Brazil, the DFB's leadership
said it "rejected the clearly personally motivated and
completely untenable statements in the strongest
It said it has concluded that Zwanziger "does not
appropriately represent the interests of German foot-
ball at FIFA" and is calling for him to step down
from the world governing body. (AP)
7th stage of
German federation urges
Zwanziger to quit FIFA
Scores soar on
a tough day at
Pinehurst No 2
Martin Kaymer, of Germany, waves after a par on the first green during
the third round of the US Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, North
Carolina, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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