Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Woosnam Comes to Life with a 66

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Woosnam Comes to Life with a 66

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Byline: By Phil Casey

Ian Woosnam, who feared he was "too old and knackered," just 24 hours earlier, stormed into contention for the Algarve Open de Portugal yesterday.

Woosnam carded a second round 66 for a halfway total of seven under par 137 at Penina, two shots behind Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Jimenez also recorded a 66 to lie nine under, one ahead of compatriot Ignacio Garrido, Ireland's Damien McGrane and Australia's Terry Price, with Woosnam alongside first round leader Peter Lawrie in fifth.

"I felt I was getting a bit old or unfit for this game," said the 46-year-old Welshman, Masters champion in 1991. "Perhaps I was out to prove something.

"I tried some different swing thoughts round the golf course and got it going.

"I want to win some money and get up that Order of Merit and get some confidence going. Obviously it is a warm-up for Augusta. The only reason I didn't play the Bellsouth Classic is that the course is a little too hilly for me and playing two weeks in a row on a hilly course I have to think of my fitness for the Masters. …

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