The notorious Road Hole came to the rescue of Australia and Japan Thursday as last year's Dunhill Cup finalists were facing first-round exits in this year's $1-million team golf tournament at St. Andrews, Scotland.
While the other seeded teams--the United States, Spain, Scotland, Canada, Ireland and England--all moved into the quarterfinals without losing a match, Australia and Japan had to scramble in order to advance.
Australia beat Sweden, 2-1, while Japan defeated Malaysia by the same score. But both faced defeat before vital errors by their opponents at No. 17.
The Road Hole was the turning point in Greg Norman's match against Sweden's Mats Lanner and Nobumitsu Yuhara's match against Malaysia's Zainal Abidin Yusof.