Thursday, May 01, 2008

SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — A change of scenery didn't help John Daly's struggling golf game.

Daly, playing in Spain for the first time in 16 years, shot a 3-over 75 Thursday in the first round of the Spanish Open and was 10 shots back of leader Martin Erlandsson, who carded a course-record 65.

The 595th-ranked Daly, who hasn't finished in the top 10 of a tournament in three years, started poorly with a bogey at the par-3 third and a double-bogey at the next hole. Daly also had three bogeys over the last six holes to leave himself in a battle to make the weekend cut.

"I hit it good, but putted bad again," said Daly, who three-putted the par-3 17th. "It's the same stuff. I've had two years of this. I'm getting nothing out of it and it's frustrating."

Erlandsson ended his round at the Real Club de Golf de Sevilla course with birdies on the last three holes. The Swede led Spanish players Jordi Garcia and Ignacio Garrido by one shot, while Gary Clark of England trailed by two.

"Tomorrow's a fresh day, but I just have to keep playing the same way," Erlandsson said. "That's easy to say, but it's not so easy to do."

Defending champion Charl Schwartzel was nine back of Erlandsson after shooting a 74. No player has won back-to-back Spanish Open titles in 55 years.

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