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Golf notes: British champ Oosthuizen back on top

South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen opened the European Tour's Scandinavian Masters with a 67 for a share of the lead. "The last thing I wanted was to put on a bad show," said the surprise British Open champion.
South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen opened the European Tour's Scandinavian Masters with a 67 for a share of the lead. "The last thing I wanted was to put on a bad show," said the surprise British Open champion. AP

STOCKHOLM — British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen shot a 5-under 67 and was tied with Australia's Richard Green and Dustin Johnson of the United States after the first round of the Scandinavian Masters on Thursday.

Just four days after his runaway victory at St. Andrews, Oosthuizen started full of confidence on an overcast, breezy day at the Bro Hof Slott course with a birdie at the par-5, 578-yard first hole.

The South African finished the front nine in 1-under 35. He collected five more birdies on the back nine, but was unable to take the overall lead after a bogey at the 13th.

"I had a good sleep, but I woke up tired again and the (British Open) win has definitely drained me," Oosthuizen said. "But the crowds were unbelievable, cheering me on to every green and every tee. I wanted to play nicely. The last thing I wanted was to put on a bad show."

"I need a break. I need a week off before going to America," Oosthuizen added. "I don't think I'm (supposed to be) back to South Africa until September, but I felt like I wanted to say hi to my family and see everyone before I go."

Green reached his 67 after posting three consecutive birdies from the 11th. The Australian is going for his first European Tour win since 2007.

Johnson, who finished eighth at the U.S. Open in June, completed the back nine in 33 after birdies at Nos. 12, 13 and 18.

Delahoussaye shoots 62

TORONTO — Brent Delahoussaye shot an 8-under 62 on Thursday to match the Canadian Open record, making an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey in perfect scoring conditions at historic St. George's.

Delahoussaye, the 29-year-old former Clemson player whose lone professional victory came in the 2006 Hooters Tour Classic, played the front nine in 6-under 28. Four other players have shot 62s in the Canadian Open: Leonard Thompson in 1981, Andy Bean in 1983, Greg Norman in 1986 and Hunter Mahan in 2007.

Blake tied for Senior lead

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Jay Don Blake shot a 4-under 67 to lead a strong American showing in the opening round of the British Senior Open at Carnoustie on Thursday. Blake is in a three-way tie at the top of the leader board alongside Germany's Bernhard Langer and England's Carl Mason.

Below that trio the only non-American in the next 17 places was Scotsman Sam Torrance, who shot a 69.

Among the Americans chasing the leaders were U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin (69) and former captain Tom Lehman (71).

Pressel among leaders

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — Morgan Pressel of the United States birdied the first three holes and finished with a 6-under 66 Thursday to lead after the first round of the Evian Masters. Melissa Reid of England and Sun-Ju Ahn of South Korea each birdied the last hole to join her in the lead.

Michelle Wie was tied for sixth after a 68. Wie played a day after cutting short her pro-am round because of heat exhaustion.

Watson honored

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Tom Watson has been granted honorary life membership of the European Tour.

The eight-time major winner received the award at Carnoustie ahead of the Seniors British Open, which began Thursday.

The 60-year-old Watson said it was a "great honor" and "totally unexpected."

Watson joins Arnold Palmer, Bob Charles and Gary Player among the greats who have received the award while Senior Tour players.

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