Quantcast
Latest Stories

Miñoza 1 off Sr British Open pace



FILIPINO legend Frankie Miñoza rode a slew of back-nine birdies on Thursday to shoot a 2-under-par 68 and be in a four-man group trailing American Gene Sauers by a stroke after the first 18 holes of the Senior British Open at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England.

The 53-year-old Miñoza, who earned his ticket to the Open after topping the Japan Senior Open last November, roared back from 4 over after just three holes by gunning down five of his seven birdies— including four on the last five holes—in a sizzling back-nine 31.

After opening with bogey-par, the former Asian No. 1 dropped three shots on the 451-yard third hole before regaining his focus with back-to-back birdies from No. 4. He settled for a 37 going out after another bogey on No. 8.

Miñoza’s splendid effort was an apparent carryover from his form over the last two weeks, when he won the Del Monte and Pueblo De Oro legs of the local ICTSI Tour by wide margins over much younger players.

Miñoza, who divides his time playing in the Philippines, the Japan regular and senior tours and the Champions’ (Senior) Tour in the United States, was tied at 2-under with three distinguished campaigners—2010 champion and two-time Masters winner Bernhard Langer of Germany, Peter Senior of Australia and David Frost of South Africa.

Langer birdied three of his last four holes to get into a tie with Miñoza, the early clubhouse leader.

The winds obviously bothered everyone and Birkdale surrendered just 10 sub-par scores, with defending champion Fred Couples of the United States shooting a 74 to be five off the pace.

Sauers, a 50-year-old rookie on the seniors tour, made just four birdies but anchored his round on nine consecutive pars on the front nine. His only bogey came on the 11th.

“I hit a lot of solid shots into the wind, so it really didn’t bother me too much,” Sauers told USA Today.

Ramontito Garcia, the Cebu Country Club standout in the PAL Interclub, is caddying for his close friend Miñoza.

Corey Pavin, the former US Ryder Cup captain, and fellow Americans John Cook, Gary Hallberg and Jeff Hart and Australia’s Peter Fowler all returned 69s to be two strokes adrift.

Cook threw away a potential 67 by signing for a double bogey on the 18th hole.  Musong R. Castillo


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.


Tags: Frankie Miñoza , Golf , News , Senior British Open , Sports



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
  1. Vietnam says it will not host Asian Games
  2. Manny Pacquiao in PBA? If so, he’ll wear No. 17
  3. Nadal passes clay landmark with 300th victory
  4. Freddie Roach: I’m satisfied; Manny Pacquiao did well
  5. Power Pinays smash India in Asian Women’s Club volleyball opener
  6. Ginebra’s new import Freeman arrives, makes PBA return vs ROS
  7. After Pacquiao, BIR chief Henares runs after boxing fans
  8. My ideal weight is 140, declares Pacquiao
  9. Mommy Dionisia explains ‘vodoo’ act vs Bradley
  10. Wawrinka waltzes through with Monte Carlo walkover
  1. ‘Mommy D’ steals show as son fights
  2. Pacquiao wins unanimous decision vs Bradley to reclaim WBO title
  3. Pacquiao: I’m ready for Mayweather bout
  4. Manny Pacquiao: I’ll have everything back
  5. Mommy Dionisia explains ‘vodoo’ act vs Bradley
  6. Pacquiao punching power ‘way harder’ in first fight—Bradley
  7. Wrestling star Ultimate Warrior’s cause of death revealed
  8. My ideal weight is 140, declares Pacquiao
  9. Pacquiao ‘strong, faster’ for tiff
  10. Bradley to Pacquiao: You better be ready
  1. ‘Mommy D’ steals show as son fights
  2. Pacquiao wins unanimous decision vs Bradley to reclaim WBO title
  3. Pacquiao: I’m ready for Mayweather bout
  4. Mayweather surprise visitor to Bradley camp
  5. Bradley won’t last distance– Peñalosa
  6. Manny Pacquiao: I’ll have everything back
  7. Mommy Dionisia explains ‘vodoo’ act vs Bradley
  8. Pacquiao punching power ‘way harder’ in first fight—Bradley
  9. Wrestling star Ultimate Warrior’s cause of death revealed
  10. Tapering off: Pacquiao already at 147 lb

News

  • US urges Myanmar to ease tensions
  • Little known jihadist group vows new Egypt attacks
  • Chelsea Clinton pregnancy
  • Call for sanctions against N. Korea over abuses
  • Pope washes feet of disabled, including elderly Muslim
  • Sports

  • Can Spurs get back at Heat? Can they survive West?
  • Hopkins, 49, seeks win for the ageless
  • LeBron still No. 1 with NBA’s most popular jersey
  • Pacquiao back in PH, heads home to wife, kids
  • Vietnam pulls out of hosting Asian Games due to lack of funds
  • Lifestyle

  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
  • Ford Mustang turns 50 atop Empire State Building
  • Pro visual artists, lensmen to judge Pagcor’s photo contest
  • ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  • This is not just a farm
  • Entertainment

  • Whoopi Goldberg debuts as marijuana columnist
  • ‘X-men’ director accused of sex assault on teen boy
  • Cannes film festival launches race for 2014 Palme d’Or
  • Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes
  • Will Arnett files for divorce from Amy Poehler
  • Business

  • Barbie doll has a problem
  • Oil prices mixed ahead of long Easter weekend
  • US stocks end mostly higher after earnings deluge
  • Total says makes ‘very promising’ oil find off Ivory Coast
  • ‘Chinese Twitter’ firm Weibo to go public in US
  • Technology

  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Filipinos #PrayForSouthKorea
  • Taylor Swift tries video blogging, crashes into fan’s bridal shower
  • Opinion

  • Editorial cartoon, April 17, 2014
  • A humbler Church
  • Deepest darkness
  • ‘Agnihotra’ for Earth’s health
  • It’s the Holy Week, time to think of others
  • Global Nation

  • Last call for nominations to ’14 Presidential Awards
  • San Francisco business coalition slams proposed tax on sugary drinks
  • A ‘time-travel’ production of ‘Les Miserable’ at Stanford
  • Filipina Maryknoll sister honored for years of service
  • Malaysia quarantines 64 villagers over MERS virus
  • Marketplace