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Retief Goosen is not known as a comic, but he had his playing partners in fits of laughter with his opening shot on Friday.

Retief Goosen is not known as a comic, but he had his playing partners in fits of laughter with his opening shot in Friday’s second round of the Scottish Open at Loch Lommond.
“A low, thinny one going right – probably not even 180 yards off the tee,” said Goosen, of his three-wood at the 10th.
The South African was the one smiling the most at the end of the round, however, after an eight-under-par 63 catapulted him to 11 under and in to the lead.
Goosen missed out on the course record by only one stroke – and did not need to be told so, because he was the one to achieve it back in 1997.
“I’ve shot 62 around here twice, once with placing (in 2001 en route to taking the title) and once without.
“I do like it here. The golf course is fairly generous off the tee – and I’m not one of the straightest hitters.”
The double US Open champion, who rescued his par four on the 10th with a 30-foot putt, has a particular fondness for the 518-yard third hole now.
As on the opening day, he sank 20-footer for eagle – making him four under there after just two rounds this week.
Goosen – a winner in Asia, Africa and America in the last nine months, but not in Europe since the 2005 German Masters – has Australian Adam Scott as his closest challenger.
Scott was off at 7.40am, but did not prevent former tennis world number one Ana Ivanovic from being there to support him as he added a 67 to his opening 66.
“All areas of my life are in a good place right now,” said the 28-year-old when asked if it helped to have a partner who was also a professional sports star.
His compatriot Marcus Fraser and German Martin Kaymer, winner of the French Open on Sunday, are three behind in joint third, while Lee Westwood, the player Kaymer beat in a play-off in Paris, was much improved both in his golf as well as his health.
Westwood wished yesterday he had pulled out because of a chest infection, but after a doctor gave him anti-biotics and he slept for 15 hours he returned to knock seven strokes off his opening 73 – and said it could have been even better.
“I’m glad I played now,” commented the Worksop golfer.
“I knocked the flag out all day.”
At three under he was on the same mark as playing partner Rory McIlroy, who called a penalty on himself when his ball moved a fraction after he had addressed it on the eighth.
Even before that the 20-year-old Ulsterman had things go against him at the fourth. His ball finished in a hole at the base of a tree, but although he felt there was evidence of it being caused by a burrowing animal, tournament director Mike Stewart ruled that because he could not play a shot from the position he was not entitled to relief.
McIlroy double-bogeyed there, but eagled the 13th in a level-par 71 as Ian Poulter, the third member of the group, slipped back to one under with a 72.
That looked set to be the cut-off mark, but right at the end of the day’s play those on level par – including Colin Montgomerie, who had birdied his final four holes, and defending champion Graeme McDowell – were let in by Swede Martin Erlandsson finishing bogey, bogey, triple bogey.
First-round leader Richard Green is now five behind following a 72, while Arizona-based Scot Martin Laird, on his European Tour debut, was only two behind prior to bogeying the 14th and 15th.
ALL THE SECOND SCORES
(Gbr & Irl unless stated, par 71):

131 Retief Goosen (RSA) 68 63
133 Adam Scott (Aus) 66 67
134 Martin Kaymer (Ger) 69 65, Marcus Fraser (Aus) 68 66
135 Soren Kjeldsen (Den) 67 68, Nick Watney (USA) 67 68, Thomas Aiken (RSA) 69 66, Soren Hansen (Den) 67 68, Martin Laird 65 70, Kenneth Ferrie 67 68, Gonzalo Fdez-Castano (Spa) 65 70
136 Ross Fisher 69 67, Richard Green (Aus) 64 72, Camilo Villegas (Col) 69 67, Mark Foster 68 68, Mads Vibe-Hastrup (Den) 69 67, Paul McGinley 65 71
137 Brett Rumford (Aus) 68 69, Jason McCreadie 70 67, Jamie Donaldson 69 68, Gregory Havret (Fra) 67 70
138 Gary Orr 70 68, Ernie Els (RSA) 69 69, Markus Brier (Aut) 69 69, Darren Clarke 69 69, Stuart Appleby (Aus) 70 68
139 Damien McGrane 71 68, Brian Gay (USA) 70 69, Oliver Wilson 74 65, Geoff Ogilvy (Aus) 69 70, Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) 69 70, Anthony Wall 70 69, Rory McIlroy 68 71, Alejandro Canizares (Spa) 70 69, Lee Westwood 73 66, Rodney Pampling (Aus) 68 71, Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa) 70 69, Angel Cabrera (Arg) 69 70, Raphael Jacquelin (Fra) 67 72, Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa) 69 70, Ross McGowan 67 72, Richard Sterne (Rsa) 70 69
140 Francesco Molinari (Ita) 67 73, Andrew McLardy (Rsa) 68 72, Jose-Maria Olazabal (Spa) 71 69, David Drysdale 67 73, Paul Lawrie 68 72, Shane Lowry 69 71, Peter O’Malley (Aus) 74 66, Christopher Doak 72 68
141 Alvaro Velasco (Spa) 71 70, Steve Webster 71 70, James Kingston (Rsa) 69 72, Scott Drummond 70 71, John Bickerton 72 69, Graeme Storm 65 76, Oliver Fisher 73 68, Lee Slattery 71 70, Alexander Noren (Swe) 70 71, Boo Weekley (USA) 71 70, Ian Poulter 69 72, Jean-Francois Lucquin (Fra) 70 71, Pablo Martin (Spa) 69 72, Thomas Levet (Fra) 70 71
142 Michael Lorenzo-Vera (Fra) 70 72, Graeme McDowell 70 72, Colin Montgomerie 73 69, Scott Strange (Aus) 70 72, Nick Dougherty 71 71, Shiv Shankar Prasad Chowrasia (Ind) 73 69, David Lynn 70 72, Paul Broadhurst 71 71, Seve Benson 70 72, Gary Lockerbie 69 73, Gregory Bourdy (Fra) 72 70, Sam Little 70 72, Miles Tunnicliff 70 72
—————–The following players failed to make the cut——————–
143 Robert Dinwiddie 68 75, Benn Barham 74 69, Simon Dyson 71 72, Peter Lawrie 73 70, Pablo Larrazabal (Spa) 74 69, Niclas Fasth (Swe) 70 73, Christian Nilsson (Swe) 73 70, Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 71 72, Jarmo Sandelin (Swe) 67 76, Gareth Maybin 70 73, Simon Khan 71 72, Robert Allenby (Aus) 72 71, Andres Romero (Arg) 72 71, Phillip Archer 71 72, Tano Goya (Arg) 71 72, Ignacio Garrido (Spa) 71 72
144 Rory Sabbatini (Rsa) 73 71, Nick Faldo 71 73, Anton Haig (Rsa) 76 68, Michael Campbell (Nzl) 69 75, Marcel Siem (Ger) 69 75, Jose Manuel Lara (Spa) 74 70, Felipe Aguilar (Chi) 72 72, Peter Hanson (Swe) 73 71, John Daly (USA) 69 75, Callum Macaulay 73 71, Robert Rock 70 74, Gary Murphy 72 72, Marc Warren 76 68, Wen-chong Liang (Chn) 69 75, Michael Jonzon (Swe) 72 72
145 Robert Jan Derksen (Ned) 70 75, Martin Erlandsson (Swe) 71 74, Anders Hansen (Den) 69 76, Danny Willett 70 75, Alvaro Quiros (Spa) 73 72, Stephen Dodd 73 72, Bradley Dredge 75 70, Jyoti Randhawa (Ind) 75 70
146 Jean-Baptiste Gonnet (Fra) 72 74, Jeev Milkha Singh (Ind) 71 75, Francois Delamontagne (Fra) 74 72, Phillip Price 72 74, Maarten Lafeber (Ned) 69 77, Terry Pilkadaris (Aus) 76 70, Peter Hedblom (Swe) 79 67, Chapchai Nirat (Tha) 76 70, Sandy Lyle 72 74
147 Mikko Ilonen (Fin) 75 72, David Horsey 72 75, Pelle Edberg (Swe) 75 72, Simon Wakefield 72 75, Ricardo Gonzalez (Arg) 74 73, Azuma Yano (Jpn) 77 70, Richard Finch 75 72, Alastair Forsyth 70 77, Tim Clark (Rsa) 72 75
148 Anthony Kang (USA) 74 74, Hennie Otto (Rsa) 74 74, Magnus A Carlsson (Swe) 70 78, Prayad

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