Sat, Nov 24, 2001 - Page 16 News List

Rystrom shoots a round of 65 to set new course record

By Jeffrey Wilson  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER

Johan Rystrom of Sweden shot a Ta Shee course record of seven-under 65 to put him at one-under overall.

Teeing off before yesterday's strong winds hit, his seven-under-par round yesterday eclipsed the record shared by Michael Campbell, Jeremy Robinson and Johan Skold. The trio all set the old mark at the 1999 Johnnie Walker Classic.

Teeing Off

Players begin teeing of at 6:40am today with the final group of Jarmo Sandelin, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Carl Pettersson starting at 11:05.

On TV

The final two rounds today and tomorrow will be broadcast on CTS starting at 1:30pm.

Course Changes

The only modification to the Ta Shee course after the 1999 Johnnie Walker Classic was moving the tee box on the 18th hole up 26 yards. The sand in 50 bunkers was also replaced following heavy rains in September due to Typhoon Nari.

The Taiwan Difference

Jose Maria Olazabel explained that getting accustomed to the Bermuda grass on the greens is the greatest challenge facing the players in Taiwan. "The biggest difference between playing here and in Europe is the type of grass. The greens are so quick and have a lot of grain which is something we are not used to," he said.

Win one for the caddie

Vijay Singh wants to give his new caddie, Paul Desori, a present tomorrow. "My caddie hasn't had a win with me so this would be a good way for him to finish. I won twice this year without him. He's more into [the tournament], and he's getting me more into it," Singh said.

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