Broadhurst Takes Shine off Wild Rose ; GOLF. Veteran Midlander Nudges Aside Young Star to Share Limelight with Wentworth's Favourite Son Fisher

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Broadhurst Takes Shine off Wild Rose ; GOLF. Veteran Midlander Nudges Aside Young Star to Share Limelight with Wentworth's Favourite Son Fisher


Corrigan, James, The Independent on Sunday (London, England)


This PGA Saturday was billed as being the charge of the young Englishman but instead it was the slow march of a veteran that stole the limelight. And wasn't Paul Broadhurst rejoicing in it.

"It's been the 'Justin Rose Show' all week," said the 41-year- old. "You know, I did pick up the newspapers on Friday quite hopeful of reading about myself [after tying for the first-round lead with Rose]. And I did get a few lines in a couple of reports. That did annoy me a little bit. Now I'll bet that's in the papers tomorrow."

He laughed as he said it, realising the perversity of such a mild- mannered Midlander being involved in any "Broad-hurst storms" stories. But his hurt at being largely overlooked was quite genuinely felt and on yesterday's form it is easy to understand why. When a professional of 20 years says: "Coming in that's as good as I've ever played," he obviously feels a right to have his name up there in lights. At least the BMW PGA Championship scoreboard is obliging, having him perched at the top at 10-under, setting the pace alongside fellow countryman Ross Fisher. The 26-year-old is inevitably cast as the Wentworth hero having grown up on the West Course courtesy of a scholarship to unearth local talent.

Fisher's was in glorious evidence in this third round as he soared to the top with a chip-in eagle from the back of the fourth green, spiralled right out of it with four dropped shots in three holes before the turn and then soared right up there again with five birdies coming in, three on the last three holes. "That was interesting," he said about his 69. Very interesting, as Barry Davies might say.

In contrast, this particular "Justin Rose Show" was hard to watch at times, although he battled through the wobbles and struggles to a 73. At seven-under he is in fifth place, three off the lead and two behind Australia's Marcus Fraser and South Africa's Richard Sterne and far from out of it. The beam may still yet pick him out today.

But give Broadhurst his stage and give him his due because the manner in which he has recovered from a grim start to the season has indeed been remarkable. Last week at the Irish Open he described his showing simply as "a horror" and confessed that he did think back to the slump five years ago that saw him lose his card and leave the professional game for 15 months.

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