Sunday 20 August 2017

In brief: McDowell to partner Tiger

Golf

Graeme McDowell's lofty world ranking yielded a rich dividend last night as the Portrush man was teamed up with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson for the first 36 holes of the Cadillac Championship at Doral, writes Karl MacGinty.

The International Federation of PGA Tours, organisers of this week's $8.5m World Golf Championship event in Florida, have grouped the 21 top-ranked players in the 69-man field on the basis of their position on the global ladder.

So World No 4 McDowell will tee it up at The Blue Monster in the same three-ball as No 5 Woods and No 6 Mickelson tomorrow (4.51pm Irish time) and on Friday (5.54).

Naturally, Europe's world top-three, Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald, will play together, while No 8 Rory McIlroy goes out with No 7 Paul Casey and No 9 Steve Stricker. Padraig Harrington, now 38th on the world ladder, is drawn with Anthony Kim and Camilo Villegas.

Cricket

England's World Cup campaign was dealt a second major injury blow in 24 hours yesterday when Stuart Broad followed Kevin Pietersen in booking a flight home.

The news leaves England attempting to win the World Cup without their leading one-day fast bowler and batsman.

Broad spent yesterday hoping that a scan on a side strain he suffered against South Africa on Sunday would reveal only minimal damage but he was told late in the day that his World Cup was over.

Boxing

John Joe Nevin will miss Paris United's final two matches of the World Series of Boxing (WSB) season after picking up a leg injury.

United, who are top of the WSB European group, are due to meet Moscow's Kremlin Bears and second-placed Milano Thunder (Milan) in their final two matches on March 11 and 18.

But Cavan bantamweight Nevin, who retained his Elite Irish bantamweight title last month, is out after picking up a strain on his right ankle.

Tennis

IRELAND'S Louk Sorensen yesterday strongly suggested that he has made an excellent recovery after a seven-month injury lay-off.

Playing in the main draw of the ATP Challenger Tour event in Santiago, Chile, Sorensen put in a very creditable performance in losing 6-3 7-6 (7/4) to Brazil's 124-ranked Joao Souza in one hour and 56 minutes.

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