Tuesday 21 October 2014

Higgins hopes on knife edge

Published 29/11/2012 | 05:00

A NERVE-JANGLING few hours lie in store for Waterville's David Higgins today as he clings on to his hopes of landing a lucrative European Tour card.

A fifth-round level-par 72 means the 39-year-old will start the sixth and last round of final qualifying at the PGA Catalunya Resort in Spain in line for a place on the tour – but only just.

Higgins is one of four players in 22nd place on five-under, bang on the current cut-off point for qualification. The top 25 plus ties at the end of today will pick up a card.

Higgins knows today's round will be one of the most important of his career and any major slip-up is likely to be punished.

English golfers dominate the top 10, with John Parry leading the field by four strokes on 17-under and fellow countryman Matthew Southgate tied for second alongside German Moritz Lampert and Finland's Mikko Korhonen.

HOCKEY

Two teams with reasons to be cheerful meet in Quilmes today when Ireland play Poland in a must-win match at the Champions Challenge in Buenos Aires, writes DAVID MEDCALF.

Ireland enter the quarter-final fray at Quilmes relieved to have clocked up their first points of the tournament in Tuesday's quietly impressive 3-1 victory over South Africa.

Meanwhile, the Poles caused a stir in the other half of the draw when they raced into a three-goal lead over the vaunted Koreans and held on to win 5-4.

The format dictates that only the winners of today's matches have any chance of a medal, regardless of how they fared in the round robin group series.

On current form, the Andrew Meredith-coached side has a good chance of progressing to the semi-finals, but Poland has traditionally been a bogey side for the Irish and the last recorded victory over them was in 1996.

SNOOKER

Antrim's Mark Allen says the measures imposed on players regarding their behaviour is stifling the characters of the game.

Allen is serving a suspended ban for accusing China's Cao Yupeng of cheating during the 2012 World Championship.

"I understand why measures have been brought in, but it is bordering on a dictatorship," Allen said.

The world No 8 was fined £10,000 and given a three-month suspended ban after he accused Yupeng of failing to declare an illegal push shot.

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