Sport Golf

Sunday 24 September 2017

In brief: Torrance wants Padraig to prove everyone wrong

BOB TORRANCE will be thrilled if Padraig Harrington wins a fourth Major this week. "I know everybody told Padraig he was off his head to split up with me," said the Scottish coach. "But he's just determined to prove everyone wrong and I'll be delighted if he gets back to where he was.

"Padraig's a very nice chap. He's very determined, very dedicated, more than anybody I've known, with the exception of (Ben) Hogan. He wanted to shorten his swing and was convinced it'd be easier to maintain. He's playing well right now. Whether it'll last, I don't know."

Dunbar delighted to have Clarke's Open caddie

ALAN DUNBAR (22) has a key member of Darren Clarke's 2011 British Open-winning team at his side in Lytham as Bray caddie John Mulrooney, who parted company with Clarke in January, carries the Portrush native's bag this week. "It's great to have the defending champion's caddie and we get on well," said Dunbar, recent winner of the British Amateur.

Yesterday he played a practice round with neighbours from home, Clarke and Graeme McDowell.

Quick-witted Westwood certainly tickles the ribs

IF a quick wit won Major titles, Lee Westwood probably would have as many on his sideboard as Tiger Woods. The Englishman certainly tickled ribs at Lytham yesterday when asked if he'd be going to the upcoming London Olympics. "I'm going to miss the mayhem. I'll be out of the country -- so I won't be available for security duties."

Inspired Woods recalls meeting with Mandela

BIZARRELY, the first question Tiger Woods fielded from reporters yesterday concerned Nelson Mandela, 94 today. "It was incredible meeting him for the first time in 1998," said Woods. "I got invited to his home. When my dad and I walked into the room, I said: 'Hey Pops, it feels different in here'. He said: 'Yeah, I feel the same way.'

"We were looking at pictures on the wall and over in the corner Mandela was meditating. He'd such an aura about him, unlike anyone I've ever met."

Darren must live up to rich history at lytham

DARREN CLARKE has quite a record to live up to this week. No defending champion has missed the cut in the 10 previous Opens at Lytham. Indeed, all 10 have finished inside the top 25, with the best result achieved by Jack Nicklaus, second behind Seve here in 1979 after winning the previous year in St Andrews. Nick Faldo, winner at Muirfield in 1987, finished third to Seve at Lytham in '88.

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