Tuesday 27 September 2016

Caldwell leads Irish charge Golf

Published 19/09/2015 | 02:30

Jonathan Caldwell posted the lowest score of the week at Roxburghe in Scotland yesterday to lead the qualifiers into the second stage of the European Tour School.

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The Clandeboye star returned a sensational eight-under-par 64 for a 72-hole aggregate of 272 -16 under par - to head the 21 qualifiers by five strokes.

Fellow Irishmen Rory McNamara, Alan Dunbar, Gary Hurley, Colm Campbell and Brian Casey also made it through.

Caldwell enjoyed a bogey-free round as he spreadeagled his rivals.

He went out in 31 which included an eagle three on the fifth and three birdies. He had three birdies on the homeward stretch.

Meanwhile, at Feesensee, Stephen Grant of Mout Juliet failed to go through to the second qualifying stage as he finished on 290 after a disappointing three days.

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An exhausted Bernard Tomic fought off a tenacious fightback by Britain's lowly-ranked Dan Evans to draw Australia level at 1-1 after the first day of their Davis Cup semi-final in Glasgow yesterday.

Australian No 1 Tomic won the day's second singles 6-3 7-6(2) 6-7(4) 6-4 but he looked out on his feet towards the end after being rocked on his heels by the dogged Evans.

World No 3 Andy Murray had given the hosts a dream start as they bid for their first Davis Cup final spot since 1978, playing sublimely to thrash teenager Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-3 6-0 6-3 in front of a packed house in Glasgow.

The winners will face Belgium or Argentina in the final.

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UK Athletics' independent review of Alberto Salazar's Oregon Project has found "no reason to be concerned" about Mo Farah or any British athlete being involved with the coaching centre.

The review found no evidence to suggest that double Olympic champion Farah was doping.

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