Date: July 28, 2007

Stenson out after card bungle

World number nine Henrik Stenson was on Friday disqualified from the Deutsche Bank Players&apos Championship after losing count of how many shots he had taken. Stenson was initially credited with a 12 on the par-five 17th at Gut Kaden, but was disqualified as he was not certain of his exact score and therefore unable to sign his scorecard. The 31-year-old Swede, who had led the Order of Merit since February until Padraig Harrington&aposs Open victory on Sunday, was already destined to miss the cut after a front nine of 40, although he ironically finished with a birdie three on the last. “I ran out of putts,” the Ryder Cup star told PA Sport. “I missed a short one and then managed to double-hit it a couple of times in frustration. “The day was pretty much over even before that. I was three or four over.” Nick O&aposHern (71), Rod Pampling (69), Terry Price (69) and Andrew Tampion (69) are the best-placed Aussies, part of a large group in a share of sixth spot on four under the card. Overnight leader Simon Khan followed his opening 65 with an 80 to miss the cut – the first player to do so in two years on the European Tour – while in contrast South African Rory Sabbatini bounced back from a 78 with a 65 to make the cut. Sabbatini, the world number 16, was 155th out of 156 players on Thursday evening but carded seven birdies in a flawless round, storming home in 31 to finish one under par. English pair Zane Scotland and Lee Slattery share the halfway lead on nine under par after rounds of 68 and 69 respectively. Scotland shot to fame when he qualified for the Open at Carnoustie as a 16-year-old, but his professional career was put on hold after a car crash in 2003 in which he suffered a serious neck injury. It was not until last year that he was able to play and practise fully after treatment at Pure Sports Medicine in London, where doctors had seen a television interview he had given and felt they could help. “At times it was like having a knife in my neck and I couldn&apost play or practise how I used to,” Scotland explained. “I had three stretches, of two, three and four months, where I wasn&apost allowed to hit a ball. “At times I was sitting at home thinking &aposthis is going to be it for the rest of my days&apos and that&aposs a horrible thing I don&apost want to go through ever again. “My mum and dad kept me going and without them it might have been a different story. You hang on to the little glimmer of hope that I&aposm going to make it and then you see some of your friends on TV, like James Heath or Nick Dougherty, and you stick with it.” Scotland finished 12th in the French Open earlier this month, improving his world ranking from 764 to 437. “It feels great,” he added. “To be at the top of the leaderboard in a tournament like this is brilliant. The way the first two days have gone there&aposs no reason why I can&apost carry on. “I&aposm enjoying this little stretch and trying not to think about it too much, just enjoying being here.” Slattery finished with two birdies in the last five holes to ensure he would be in the final group on Saturday with good friend Scotland. And the 26-year-old from Southport was delighted with his recovery after a bogey on the third, his 12th hole, when he was forced to drop his ball in heavy rough. “I hit my second shot on to the spectator walkway and it was so wet and muddy I needed to take a drop, but the nearest place I could drop it was in the rough,” he explained. “I then got a flyer out of the rough over the green and took six, and that rattled me a bit. “I bogeyed the next as well but holed from 40ft on the fifth and that helped settle me down.” Argentina&aposs Andres Romero shares third spot with England&aposs Oliver Wilson on eight under, five days after almost pulling off a shock Open victory. Romero held a two-shot lead with two holes of his final round to play at Carnoustie after an amazing 10 birdies, four pars, one double bogey and one bogey in 16 holes. Playing just the third major championship of his career, Romero looked set to follow in the footsteps of fellow Argentinian Angel Cabrera who won the US Open at Oakmont just five weeks earlier. But the 26-year-old&aposs second shot to the 17th took a wicked bounce off the wall of the Barry Burn and ricocheted out of bounds, and he followed a double bogey there with a bogey on the 18th to eventually miss the play-off between Padraig Harrington and Sergio Garcia by a single shot. There was more of the same exciting play today with a double bogey on the 11th, his second hole, followed by four straight birdies, and, speaking through an interpreter, Romero pledged to maintain his aggressive yet easy-going approach as he seeks a first European Tour title. “I would like to keep going this way,” said Romero, who was fourth here last year. “That&aposs the way I play. I love what I am doing so it&aposs very easy to smile a lot on the course. “I just think we are not machines, we are human. Obviously when you have a bad shot you are not very happy but I try to look forward and keep going and try to forget the bad shot.” Second Round of the Deutsche Bank Players&apos Championship of Europe (par 72) -9 Zane Scotland 67 68, Lee Slattery 66 69 -8 Andres Romero 68 68, Oliver Wilson 66 70 -7 Miguel Angel Jimenez 69 68 -6 Paul Casey 68 70, Bradley Dredge 69 69, Anton Haig 69 69, Shiv Kapur 71 67, Alexander Noren 67 71 -5 Benn Barham 69 70, John Bickerton 68 71, Martin Erlandsson 72 67, Peter Hanson 69 70, Steven O&aposHara 69 70, Carlos Rodiles 67 72, Richard Sterne 74 65, Brett Wetterich 69 70 also: -4 Nick O&aposHern (Australia) 69 71, Rod Pampling (Australia) 71 69, Terry Price (Australia) 71 69, Andrew Tampion (Australia) 71 69 -3 Matthew Millar (Australia) 70 71, Peter O&aposMalley (Australia) 69 72, Wade Ormsby (Australia) 72 69 -2 Brett Rumford (Australia) 69 73 +1 Michael Campbell (New Zealand) 68 77