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Thursday, November 18, 1999 Published at 19:33 GMT

Price gives Wales flying start

Price (l) and Park are planning their toilet breaks very carefully

Welshman Phil Price shot a 68 the opening round of golf's World Cup in Malaysia to haul his country to second place behind Wales.

The two-man Welsh team are eager to make amends for disappointment in 1991, when a bizarre breach of a little-known rule saw Ian Woosnam handed a two-stroke penalty which cost his country the trophy.

Price was playing alongside Woosnam that year but this time he is partnered by David Park, who shot a par 71 at the Mines Resort and Golf Club course in Kuala Lumpur.

The combined three-under-par total was enough to take Wales a stroke clear of USA and Spain.

But they are still four shots behind the leaders Japan.

Wales's only win in the 44 previous World Cups came when Woosnam and David Llewellyn lifted the title in 1987 in Hawaii.

[ image: Osahai was 26th on last year's Japanese money list]
Osahai was 26th on last year's Japanese money list
Woosnam would have lifted it a second-time in 1991 had an urgent call of nature at the final 15th hole not cost him a two-shot penalty.

The Jersey-based pro spotted an on-course toilet and made a dash for it - but forgot to mark his ball on the green.

The resulting penalty cost the team its victory chance, even though Woosnam still won the individual title.

Price said: "It would be nice to get a second chance and this is a good start.

"If we get into the same position on Sunday I'll be watching David like a hawk on the green!

"But seriously, it would make up for Wales not even getting a place in the Dunhill Cup if we could win here this week."

The tournament favourites are Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara for the USA, who have won the event a staggering 22 times.

The Japanese took the lead mainly thanks to a six-under-par 65 from low-ranked Mamoru Osanai.

"Just being ahead of Tiger Woods makes me very happy," said the 29-year-old.

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