Friday 28 July 2017

In brief: Irish seniors off to a flyer

Golf

Ireland made a stunning start to their bid for a third European senior men's team title in four years at Fairhaven in Lancashire yesterday.

Two Irishmen were in the top three individual places. Killeen's Maurice Kelly led the way with a two-under-par 71, with halves of 36 and 35. He had only one bogey, at the sixth.

Tom Cleary was steadiness personified, carding a 72, and former British Seniors champion Arthur Pierse returned 74, comprised of 38 and 36. His only hiccup was a double-bogey five on the 10th.

Doneraile's Michael Quirke recorded 74 and past Walker Cup captain Garth McGimpsey had two birdies in the last five holes as he carded a 76.

Ireland finished at the top of the pile on 367, with five cards counting, five clear of defending champions England. Only a catastrophe can prevent them from going through to the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, in the European women's seniors championship in Berlin, Ireland are in eighth spot with Pat Doran their only player to break 80. Ireland posted an aggregate of 415, some 32 strokes behind leaders England.

Golf: Darcy sparkles at Powerscourt

EamonN Darcy won the Ritz Carlton-sponsored PGA Southern Championship at Powerscourt yesterday, but it is second-placed David Higgins who takes the Order of Merit points to cement his lead in the Lexus Race to Mount Juliet.

That's because Tour players like Darcy are not eligible for points when playing on the Irish Tour.

Darcy opened his bid to regain the title for the first time since 2000 with a sizzling 66 on the east course at Powerscourt on Monday and added a three-under-par 69 on the west track yesterday for an aggregate of 135 (nine-under).

That gave him a three-shot lead at the top of the leaderboard over Higgins, who shot 66 yesterday.

Cricket: Pietersen out of England side

Kevin Pietersen has been omitted from England's limited overs series against Pakistan, with the 30-year-old batsman announcing the news via Twitter.

Pietersen's announcement contained an expletive and was hastily deleted, but the England and Wales Cricket Board later confirmed he had been dropped.

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