Blue skies spark elkington revival

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 May, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 May, 2006, 12:00am

Steve Elkington enjoyed himself under the clear and beautiful blue skies over Coloane Island yesterday. Not only did the former major winner shoot a five-under-par 66 to rocket into contention, but he also did the touristy thing both on and off the course.

'It is the most beautiful day ever - beautiful views and beautiful skies. I felt pretty good out there,' said Elkington after he carded six birdies and a bogey, which left him four shots behind leader Brad Kennedy.

'Maybe you guys take it all for granted, but I have never seen such a unique place like this. The conditions were just ideal today,' said Elkington, the 1995 PGA Championship winner and main drawcard at the Macau Golf and Country Club.

The Australian ace didn't believe it when told that blue skies were an increasingly rare sight in this part of the world - increasing pollution taking a terrible toll down the southern coast of China.

'Where I come from [he is based in the United States and is a regular on the US PGA Tour], every day is a great day. But today was special. Maybe the typhoon blew all the bad air away,' said Elkington, who finished early and then left in search of a restaurant serving authentic Portuguese food.