GOLF: Great News for NIR’s Rory Mcillroy at Dubai

November 23, 2015

Great News for NIR’s Rory Mcillroy  at Dubai

by BBC Sports

DP World Tour Championship: Final leaderboard
-21: R McIlroy (NI) -20: A Sullivan (Eng) -15: B Grace (SA) -13: BH An (S Korea), M Fitzpatrick (Eng), E Grillo (Arg), F Molinari (Ita), C Schwartzel (SA), D Willett (Eng) -12: M Kaymer (Ger), S Kjeldsen (Den), P Reed (US) Selected others: -9: L Donald (Eng) -7: J Rose (Eng) -3: I Poulter (Eng), L Westwood (Eng)
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Rory McIlroy wins the World Tour Championship in Dubai.

The Northern Irish former World Number one shot a six-under-par final round of 66 to finish on 21 under, one clear of England’s Andy Sullivan.

Victory means 26-year-old McIlroy retains his Race to Dubai title, the third time he has won it in four years. England’s Danny Willett finished tied for fourth in Dubai, and second to McIlroy in the season-long standings.

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot on the 2nd hole during the final round of the DP World Tour Championship golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot on the 2nd hole during the final round of the DP World Tour Championship golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

McIlroy said: “It’s the best way to finish 2015 and I can’t wait for next year.”

The four-time major winner carded eight birdies in Sunday’s first 15 holes to open a two-shot lead over Sullivan, only to find the water with his tee shot on the 17th. But McIlroy holed a 30ft putt to salvage a bogey and stay a shot ahead of overnight leader Sullivan.He maintained that advantage down the last to win his fourth title of the year and first since May.

McIlroy missed three tournaments this summer, including the defence of his Open title at St Andrews, because of an ankle injury sustained while playing football.

That meant he needed an exemption to compete in the European Tour’s season finale, having not played in enough events.

McIlroy said 29-year-old Sullivan, who finished eighth in the Race to Dubai, would be an “asset” for Europe’s Ryder Cup team.

“Luckily I came out on top but he’s a fantastic player,” said McIlroy, who added a £822,828 bonus for winning the Race to Dubai to the £934,599 he banked for his World Tour Championship victory.

“He kept holing putt after putt and I just kept chipping away, and thankfully I holed a few good ones of my own coming down the stretch.”


Golf: Cristie Kerr captures CME Group LPGA Tour Championship

November 23, 2015

Cristie Kerr Captures CME Group LPGA Tour Championship

by Amy Rogers.


NAPLES – Cristie Kerr captured the 18th win of her career Sunday at the CME Group Tour Championship. With a share of the 54-hole lead, Kerr posted a final round 4-under, 68 to win by one stroke at 17-under par.

“It’s pretty cool. It’s a lot of different honors,” said Kerr. “That’s what the year-end is about. It feels pretty cool to win the last tournament of the year.”

Players took advantage of the soft course conditions following overnight rain that continued into the morning and delayed the start of play by one hour. But Kerr got off to a slow start, making par on her first eight holes before making back-to-back birdies on the 9th and 10th holes.

“Didn’t seem like a whole lot was going my way early.  All of a sudden at the end, I was there when I needed to be,” Kerr said.

She then drained a 35-footer for birdie at the par 4, 15th to stay in the hunt and move back into a share of the lead with Ha Na Jang at 15-under par.

“I knew that I was leaving putts short and I knew I had to get it there,” Kerr told the media. “When it left my putter and it was going towards the hole, I’ve had so many that were in the heart of the hole that I left a foot short this week.  It just kept going and I was like get there, get there, get there.  It went in and I was like, this was the first bit of momentum I’ve had almost all day.”

It was at the reachable par 5, 17th where Kerr closed out the tournament, draining a long putt for eagle to take the outright lead heading to the final hole. Kerr’s victory is the second of the season, having also won the Kia Classic in March.

Both looking for their first career wins on Tour, Ha Na Jang and Gerina Piller finished T-2 at 16-under par. In contention for much of the day, Lexi Thompson finished fourth at 14-under par.

While Inbee Park and Lydia Ko came up short in winning this week’s event, they both will go home with new hardware. Ko takes home the $1 million dollar Race to the CME Globe for the second consecutive year. She is also the 2015 Player of the Year and tops the money list.

Park captures the Vare Trophy for 2015 with the lowest scoring average for the season. With that she earns the 27th and final point needed to earn her way into the LPGA Hall of Fame. She will be eligible in her 10th active season on the LPGA Tour. This is her ninth season.

Congratulations to New Zealand and The All-Blacks–The World Rugby Champions

November 1. 2015

Congratulations to New Zealand and The All-Blacks and Thank you, Australia for your Grit and Sportsmanship


New Zealand (16) 34 Tries: Milner-Skudder, Nonu, Barrett Cons: Carter 2 Pens: Carter 4 Drop-goal: Carter

Australia (3) 17  Tries: Pocock, Kuridras: Foley 2 Pen: Foley

New Zealand held off a fierce Australian comeback to win a thrilling World Cup final and become the first team to retain their title.

Wonderful tries from Nehe Milner-Skudder and Ma’a Nonu had given the All Blacks a 21-3 lead early in the second half before David Pocock and Tevita Kuridrani struck back.

With 15 minutes to go there were just four points in it, but a nerveless long-distance drop-goal and penalty from Dan Carter snatched back control.

And when replacement Beauden Barrett sprinted away on to Ben Smith’s clearing kick at the death history was made, with New Zealand also becoming the first three-time champions of the world.

Beauden Barrett scores for New Zealand as they beat Australia

Beauden Barrett’s last-gasp try was the icing on the cake for the world champion All Blacks

A fitting farewell

The achievement is a fitting farewell to their phalanx of retiring greats. Carter was outstanding under a ferocious Wallaby assault, landing 19 points from the tee, and his captain Richie McCaw was not far behind as their side was tested to the limit.

They have been the outstanding side of this generation, and once again found a way to win when the heat came on from their great trans-Tasman rivals.

Wins graphic

All Blacks seize control

The All Blacks came out at pace, McCaw smashing opposite number Michael Hooper, Wallabies’ skipper Stephen Moore bloodied in the face and Carter curling over a testing penalty from out wide for 3-0 before Bernard Foley’s simpler effort levelled it up.

Australia were targeting the great fly-half, Scott Sio lucky to escape a yellow card for a late hit and Sekope Kepu giving away a penalty for a high tackle that Carter popped over to retake the lead.

Matt Giteau was next to feel the intensity, clattered trying to tackle Kieran Read and unable to continue with what looked like concussion.

It was often messy and never less than flat-out, New Zealand dominating territory and possession but having to content themselves with a third Carter penalty, this time from way out right.

Then it came, a wonderful team move of magic hands and sweet timing – Conrad Smith finding space down the right, Aaron Smith popping up on his inside, McCaw taking his pass at pace and putting Milner-Skudder in at the corner.

Another perfect kick from Carter added the conversion for 16-3 at half-time and the Wallabies were sinking fast.

Wallaby fightback

Ma'a Nonu scores New Zealand's second try

Ma’a Nonu’s fine try looked to have put the All Blacks out of sight

No team has ever scored so many in the first period of a World Cup final, and the brilliance resumed a minute into the second half.

This time it was Sonny Bill Williams, on for Conrad Smith, who sucked in three defenders before off-loading to Nonu, the wrecking-ball centre careering past the despairing Kurtley Beale and Drew Mitchell on a 40-metre run to the line.

Despite Carter’s missed conversion the All Blacks appeared unstoppable, but when Ben Smith was sin-binned for tip-tackling Mitchell, Australia struck back – driving a maul off the line-out, Pocock at the back for the try, Foley curling over the conversion for 21-10.

Suddenly the men in gold sensed a chance and when Will Genia dinked a kick into the wide spaces in the right-hand corner, Ashley-Cooper was there to feed Kuridrani and send the huge centre away through Carter’s tackle for another splendid score.

Tevita Kuridrani scores Australia's second try

Tevita Kuridrani’s try gave Australia real hope, but New Zealand regained control

With Foley’s conversion sailing over, 14 unanswered points had come in 11 minutes, and a thrilling contest was wide open once again.

Carter would have his revenge. From 40m out he struck the sweetest of drop-goals to extend the lead to 24-17, and then nailed a penalty from just inside the opposition half with seven minutes left.

Australia kept pressing, but when the ball was turned over in the New Zealand 22 Smith kicked clear, Barrett out-paced the despairing Pocock and the party could begin.

Man of the match – Dan Carter

Dan Carter--All Black

After missing the 2011 World Cup final through injury, this was the perfect ending for world rugby’s perfect 10. Carter could not dream of a better finale to his 12-year, 112-cap All Black career, and few would deny him the moment after what he has given the game down the years.

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Malaysia: Jessica Korda wins 2015 Sime Darby LPGA

October 11, 2015

Malaysia: Jessica Korda wins 2015 Sime Darby LPGA

by Bernama

Jessica Korda2015 Sime Darby LPGA Champion

Jessica Korda from the United States won the 2015 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia Golf Championship to clinch her first LPGA Tour title of the year. The 22-year-old daughter of former Czech tennis professional Petr Korda concluded the tournament with a six-under 65 score today for a total of 18-under 266 for the tournament.

Lewis-KoStacey Lewis and Lydia Ko

She was four strokes ahead of New Zealand’s Lydia Ko (66), United States’ Stacy Lewis (67) and defending champion, China’s Feng Shanshan (66) who finished in a three-way tie for second place at 14-under.

S Feng 2  Defending Champion Feng Shanshan

In today’s round, she started off strongly with five birdies but her only blemish came when she dropped a bogey at the par-four 11th hole. However, Jessica who was only four-years-old when her father won the Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam title in 1998, managed to recover with two birdies at the 16th and 18th holes.

Jessica who was in tears after birding the final hole, received the trophy from Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and pocketed US$300,000 (about RM1.24 million) for her feat. “Just to win again is amazing, especially after the year I have had,” said Jessica who claimed her fourth LPGA Tour title of her career.

Since turning professional in 2010 and joining the LPGA Tour in 2011, Jessica has won three LPGA competitions, namely the Women’s Australian Open (February, 2012), Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic (January, 2014) and Airbus LPGA Classic (May, 2014).

World number two, Lydia was hot on her American rival’s heels with six birdies, but a bogey on the 13th spoiled her hopes for a third consecutive victory following back-to-back wins at the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open and Evian Championship last month.

Meanwhile, for defending champion Shanshan, it was her second time ending up on the runner-up podium in the tournament. “I wasn’t really looking at the leaderboard but I kind of knew that somebody was way ahead…My goal today was to get to 15-under and I got to 14. I think I played very well,” she said.

Among the tournament’s highlights on the final round was by Morgan Pressel (USA) who shot a hole-in-one on the par-three 17th hole.

Congrats to Captain Juli Inkster and her Magnificent US Team

September 20, 2015

Congrats to Captain Juli Inkster and  her Magnificent US Team2015 Solheim Cup in Germany

Inkster and CreamerJuli Inskter with Paula Creamer

Captain Juli Inkster had implored her players to “stomp on” Europe and the U.S. carried out the plans to the letter as they fought back in style to win a controversial Solheim Cup match on Sunday.

The home team went into the last 12 singles holding a 10-6 lead, following unsavoury scenes over the non-concession of a short American putt in the fourballs carried over from Saturday, but the U.S. rallied to triumph by 14 1/2 to 13 1/2 points.

The Americans were enraged when Alison Lee and Brittany Lincicome lost to Charley Hull and Suzann Pettersen by two holes on a sunny day at the St Leon-Rot club in south-west Germany.

With their morning fourballs contest all square, rookie Lee, 20, believed her 16-inch putt had been conceded by the European pair and when she scooped the ball up, the match referee had no choice but to award the hole to Hull and Pettersen.

The incident evoked memories of the infamous men’s Ryder Cup encounter at Brookline when Europe hit out after members of the home side celebrated Justin Leonard sinking a long-range effort by trampling all over the line of his opponent Jose Maria Olazabal’s putt.

Lincicome said Inkster used Sunday’s events to try to rally her team, saying the skipper had urged the players to “walk on them, stomp on them, and give them all we’ve got”.

CreamerPaula Creamer wins the Winning Point at Solheim Cup, 2015

Europe, who won the biennial team event in 2011 and 2013, had chances to retain the trophy with Carlota Ciganda and Caroline Masson both missing makeable putts to get them over the line in the singles. (Editing by Martyn Herman)

Australia’s Jason Day is the 2015 US PGA Champion

August 17, 2015

Jason Day of Australia is the 2015 PGA Championship with record breaking 20 Under Par–Congratulations

Australian golfer Jason Day has won the first major of his career, claiming the US PGA Championship at Whistling Straights.Day wrote his name into the record books with a scintillating four-under final round that saw him finish the tournament at a record 20-under, three shots clear of American Jordan Spieth.

Jason Day embraces his wife Ellie. (9NEWS)

Jason Day hugs his son Dash after the win. (9NEWS)

Jason Day hugs his son Dash after the win. (9NEWS)

Spieth was looking to be just the third man in history to win three majors in the same year – with Ben Hogan and Tiger Woods – having already won the Masters and the US Open. But it was Day who led from pillar to post on the final day of the 97th PGA tournament, with his final round featuring six birdies.

Jason Day hits out of a bunker on the 12th hole. (AAP)

Jason Day hits out of a bunker on the 12th hole. (AAP)

He is only the fifth Australian to win the PGA Championship and the first Aussie in two years to win a major following Adam Scott’s memorable triumph at the 2013 US Masters.In his 20 previous major starts Day had nine top 10s, the first of which came in 2010 at Whistling Straits, including three runner-ups, a third and two fourths.

Jason Day of Australia reacts after making a birdie putt on the seventh hole during the final round of the 97th PGA Championship golf tournament. (AAP)

Jason Day of Australia reacts after making a birdie putt on the seventh hole during the final round of the 97th PGA Championship golf tournament. (AAP)

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