South Africans Shine In Westchester

Written by Jason Singer on . Posted in Posts, Sports.

Rory Sabbatini and Ernie Els (pictured) were nearly 8,000
miles from their birthplace, but the two South African golfers seemed right at
yesterday in the first round of The Barclays at Westchester Country Club
just outside of New York City.

The PGA Tour kicked off its first-ever playoffs sans Tiger
, and two of his biggest foes looked über-comfortable without the Big
Feline stalking the leaderboard. The brash Sabbatini, who became Enemy No. 1
after calling Woods “more beatable than ever” in May and then getting
annihilated by Tiger at the WGC last month, fired an impressive 8-under 63 to
take the opening-round lead. Meanwhile, fellow countryman Els shot a 6-under 65
and currently sits tied for fourth place.

A soft Westchester Country Club—battered all week by steady
rainfall—fell victim to the world’s best players, who took dead-aim at most
pins. K.J. Choi and Rich Beem turned in 7-under 64s to put themselves just one
behind Sabbatini, and two of the world’s best, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott,
both fired 4-under 67s to position themselves nicely heading into Friday.
Sergio Garcia managed a solid 2-under 69 as well, but the spineless Spaniard
will no doubt collapse like Louisiana
levees if he gets near the leaderboard on Sunday.