Sharp reactions to drugs comment

Posted: July 20, 2007

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland - Reaction to Gary Player's accusations that at least one unnamed player in pro golf uses performance-enhancing drugs was swift and mixed.

"I'm actually very shocked at his comments," said fellow South African Retief Goosen, a two-time U.S. Open champion.

"I don't know what Gary was trying to prove. If he wants to come out and make these comments, why doesn't he name them? I respect Gary Player. He is a good friend of mine, and we get along very well, but I don't know what he was trying to prove."

Paul McGinley of Ireland joined a chorus of players saying it is time for drug testing in golf.

"Bring it on," McGinley said. "I have nothing to hide. I can honestly say, hand on heart, I don't know of anybody who does or anybody who's ever talked about it. [Player] obviously knows something that nobody else knows. Otherwise he wouldn't have said it. Maybe he should be asked what does he know. Bring it out."

Tiger Woods pleaded ignorance of Player's comments after his round. "This is the first I've heard of it," Woods said.

O'Hair watch

Despite a couple of early 3-putt bogeys, Sean O'Hair posted a smooth even-par 71.

"I'm happy," O'Hair said. "I grinded. The round could have gotten away from me, but I stuck to my game plan, which I am proud of."

A major part of his game plan was to play cautiously off the tee, tiptoeing around Carnoustie's punishing fairway bunkers. On several holes, O'Hair hit a 3-iron or even a 5-iron off the tee when his playing partners, Angel Cabrera and Rory Sabbatini, two of the longest hitters around, hit drivers.

"They were outdriving me 100 yards on some holes," said O'Hair. "On one hole, I hit 5-iron, 8-iron, where Rory and Cabrera hit driver and had a little pitch shot into the green."

O'Hair also finished his round with a couple of world-class saves. At the 17th, he caught a plugged lie in a greenside bunker and still got up and down for par. At the 18th, he laid up short of the green, pitched to 20 feet, and sank the putt.

"It would be nice to shoot under par tomorrow," O'Hair said. "But on a course like this, trying to shoot under par, I'm going to start forcing things."

Daly dose

John Daly continues his bizarre ways.

At the 11th hole yesterday, Daly holed out a wedge shot from 50 yards for an eagle, taking the lead at 5 under.

On the next hole, he lipped out a two-footer for double-bogey, and he carded an ugly snowman 8 at the 14th.

By the time he walked off the 18th green without speaking to reporters, Daly had shot 74, 3 over par.

- Joe Logan

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