Rory Sabbatini, calling out Tiger Woods, shoots 63 to lead FedEx Cup opener The Barclays in NY
Released on = August 24, 2007, 11:59 am
Press Release Author = GolfPublisher Syndications
Industry = Media
Press Release Summary = Rory Sabbatini shot an 8-under 63 in the first round of The Barclays, surging past his South African elder Ernie Els, who\'d moved into a tie for the lead at 6-under in the late afternoon and looked like he would be the story of the FedEx Cup\'s first day.
Press Release Body = Chris Baldwin, Senior Writer, Golf Publisher Syndications
HARRISON, N.Y. - Ernie Els found time for a mid-round beef sandwich in the heart of the supposed pressure of the PGA Tour\'s FedEx Cup playoffs. Rory Sabbatini just used his time to rack up birdies and fire a few more shots at the absent Tiger Woods.
Sabbatini is on top of the leaderboard after shooting an 8-under 63 in the first round of The Barclays Thursday, surging past his South African elder Els who\'d moved into a tie for the lead at 6-under in the late afternoon and looked like he would be the story of the Cup\'s first day. Until Sabbatini, in Els\' words, kept \"shooting darts at the flags.\"
An eight-birdie, no-bogey round on a Westchester Country Club course he called \"pretty easy,\" left Sabbatini with only a one-shot lead over Rich Beem and K.J. Choi, who both also played in the afternoon when the soggy course dried out from early-week New York downpours. Els - whose 65 continued the comeback form he showed in the final round of the PGA Championship - ended up tied with a trio of journeymen and extreme FedEx Cup longshots (Brian Gay, Steve Flesch and Carl Pettersson) at two strokes back.
Still Sabbatini is pretty confident in his position. Of course, the South African who memorably challenged Woods verbally in two tournaments this year, only to lose both by wide margins in the final round to Woods, is always confident.
\"I think I started being confident when I was about four,\" Sabbatini said. \"That was actually a lot worse. I\'ve actually kind of toned it down.\"
That will probably come as news to Woods, who cited \"fatigue\" from his PGA Championship win as the reason for skipping the first of the four FedEx Cup playoff tournaments. Sabbatini went right back at Woods again after his 63, threatening to overshadow his play with his words. Again.
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