July 19, 2006

Early riser Hedblom aims for fast start

By Norman Dabell

HOYLAKE (Reuters) - Peter Hedblom will hit the first shot
at the British Open and that means, with a 6.30am tee-off, he
will have to rise at 3.30am on Thursday.

"I need to get up three hours before my tee-time to get my
body up and running," the 36-year-old Swede Hedblom said on

"By 6.30 the machine should be running nicely.

"I suppose it's creating a bit of history by hitting the
first drive but I hope I can hit the last putt this week as

"That would really be creating history. I don't think
that's been done before."

Hedblom, who plans to jog for 20 minutes, exercise for 20
minutes and spend an hour hitting balls on the practice range
before breakfast on Thursday, has already planned his strategy
for the 454-yard par-four first at Hoylake.

"There are three bunkers on the left and one on the right,
so, hopefully, if I hit a two-iron, I can't reach any of them.
Then I'll leave myself a five-iron to the green."

Hedblom's partners are the 1995 US PGA champion Steve
Elkington of Australia, joint runner-up in the 2002 British
Open, and American Jerry Kelly. This is Hedblom's seventh
British Open. His best result was tied seventh in 1996.