LITESPORT London Lite Wednesday, 15 July 2009 41 cantfakeithere ing last year as he recovered from knee surgery following his amazing US Open victory at Torrey Pines, but the Ameri- can looks back to his best with three tournament victories this year. All those have come in his last tourna- ment before a major, the 33-year-old going on to finish sixth in both the Mas- ters and US Open. In eight strokeplay events Woods has not been outside the top 10 all season, has a stroke average of 69.28 and is a collective 63 under par. In contrast, Harrington seeking to become the first player since Peter Thomson(1954-56)towintheOpenthree years in succession, has missed his last five cuts in Europe and America as he struggles to sort out his swing. 138th OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP 2009 TURNBERRY (AILSA COURSE), SCOTLAND. 16-19 JULY AMATEURWATCH THECOURSE LASTTURNBERRY WINNER NICK PRICE, 1994 THE likeable Zimbabwean was enjoying a golden period back in the mid 90s when Turnberry last hosted The Open. Rated the best golfer in the world at the time, having topped the PGA tour money list the previous year, Price was involved in a battle with extravagant Swede Jesper Parnevik for the honour of lifting the Claret Jug. Parnevik looked like the favourite to take the title before he faltered at his final hole. Still, it took a remarkable 50ft putt from the edge of the 17th green for Price to overhaul him. MATTEO MANASSERO (ITA) WINNER of the 2009 Amateur Championship after beating Englands Sam Hutsby 4&3 in the 36-hole final. He became the first Italian to win the Championship in its 124-year history and only the third player to win the title having led the stroke play qualifying. Manassero (below) is the youngest player to win The +Amateur at 16 years and 62 days, beating the previous record of 18 years and one month. STEPHEN GROSS (GER) EARNED his exemption into the 2009 Turnberry Open with victory in the 2008 European Amateur Championship The victory completed an outstanding three-week stretch for Gross, an Arizona State sophomore from Leimen, Germany, as he won the German International Amateur and finished second in the Vodafone Challenge, a European Challenge Tour pro event. PAR: 70 OUT: 35 IN: 35 THE Ailsa Course is currently ranked as Britains number one golf course by two leading golf publications, and is consistently rated within the worlds best. After heavy use as an airfield during the war golf course architect, Mackenzie Ross, was commissioned to redesign the Ailsa and it re-opened as the spectacular seaside links it is today in 1951. The Ailsa has been closed since November to give greenkeeping staff the opportunity to make improvements to the course which, as well as adding another 247 yards, will serve to place more emphasis on well thought-out and accurate shot- making. The Ailsas signature hole, the 456yds par four 10th, was already one of the most dramatic in major tournaments before acclaimed golf course architect Martin Ebert got his hands on it ahead of The Open. A new tee nestles in the shadow of the famous white lighthouse, which means the players have to launch over the craggy shoreline in order to make a fairway sporting new bunkers. TV: Live on BBC2 from 9am tomorrow. Radio: BBC 5 Live TO WIN: T Woods 9-4, S Garcia 25-1, P Harrington 25-1, R McIlroy 28-1, L Westwood 33-1, R Goosen 33-1, P Casey 33-1, M Kaymer 33-1, R Fisher 40-1, D Duval 125-1, D Clarke 200-1. TOP ENGLISHMAN: I Poulter 9-2, L Westwood 9-2, P Casey 5-1, R Fisher 13-2, L Donald 7-1, J Rose 10-1, O Fisher 55-1, N Faldo 200-1. Odds supplied by extrabet.com LATESTODDS STEPHEN GROSS (GER) Cavendish eyeing up one final tilt at Paris win MARK CAVENDISH admits his big objective is to win the final stage of the Tour de France on the Champs Elysees in Paris. Cavendish won his third stage of this years Tour yesterday as he fights for the green jersey and needs one more stage win to equal his success last year. Thor Hushovd pushed the Briton all the way on the final dash to the line in stage 10 but the Beijing Olympian showed typical grit to pull away as he took 35 points in his bid to be crowned top sprinter ahead of the Norwegian. Hushovd collected 30 points for staying on the Manxmans wheel but the gap between him and Cavendish is now down to six. Cavendish believes he could win as many as four more stages, including the Tour finale on July 26 in Paris. There are four more opportunities for bunch sprints, three more this week, and Ill keep on going for the wins, he said. My big objective is to win on the Champs Elysees in Paris on the last day. LiveonBritishEurosport LITE&BITTER Gotanaxetogrind?Doithere... RE VIEIRA (L&B 14/07) you cant compare Vieira and Campbell. We are paying money for Vieira and he is past it. Campbell left for nothing and was in his prime. Paul, EC1 RE VIEIRA (L&B 14/07) Spurs get Vieira. Next thing you know Ronaldo goes to Acccrington Stanley. In your dreams! Top Gooner To be considered for publication, texts must be submitted with name and address or postcode. Please restrict messages to 25 WORDS. Thanks. >>Text TELLUS to 65800 followed by a space and your messageEach text costs 50p plus standard network charges >>Text LL RANT to 65400 Terms apply. See thisislondon.co.uk/lite Going on holiday? You can now keep up with all the action in LiteSport by logging on to: e-edition.thelondonlite.co.uk RE ASHES (L&B 14/07) Stuart Broad is complaining about the slowness of the pitch at Cardiff. How come Australia managed to almost bowl us out twice then? Steve STEVEO (L&B 14/07) are you dead? I miss your hilariously lame rants about top 4 Tottenham. Train journeys are not the same and your school term must be finished soon! Ryanaldo TEVEZ (L&B 14/07) good for you! BlueMoon notcrumble He had never even made the cut in the Open and a year earlier had shot an opening 85 at Sandwich. I feel a lot more comfortable standing on the first tee anywhere now, even if its the Open Championship. I would love to have that start here. Its exciting to be the second highest- ranked guy here, but it doesnt really mean anything. You hope you get a little bit of luck with the draw and youve got to play extremely good golf. Its as simple as that. BY JAMES GOLDMAN Berry interesting: Tiger Woods expects another classic at Turnberry, where Tom Watson, Greg Norman and Nick Price triumphed in previous Opens index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html