Wednesday 20 September 2017

Tiger doubtful for Honda Classic golf

TIGER WOODS last night released a statement which admitted his recent scores "are not acceptable for tournament golf" and cast doubt about whether he would take his place in next week's Honda Classic.

"I enter a tournament to compete at the highest level, and when I think I'm ready, I'll be back," read the statement.

"I'd like to play The Honda Classic (which starts next week) ... but I won't be there unless my game is tournament-ready. I am committed to getting back to the pinnacle of my game. That's not fair to anyone. I do, however, expect to be playing again very soon."

Meanwhile, Darren Clarke should know by next Wednesday if he's to be Europe's next Ryder Cup captain.

The selection committee of Paul McGinley, Jose Maria Olazabal, Colin Montgomerie, David Howell and Tour CEO George O'Grady meet on February 18 at Wentworth to pick the 2016 skipper.

"If a decision is reached, we'd plan to make an official announcement later that afternoon," McGinley said.

athletics

Jack O'Leary not only defied the odds to win a quality senior boys' race at the Leinster Schools Cross-Country at Santry but booked his place at next month's All-Irelands - which will be hosted by his own school Clongowes for the first time.

Bunched together early on was a group that included national champion Andrew Coscoran of St Mary's Drogheda, Peter Lynch of St Kieran's Kilkenny, Cathal Doyle and Brian Flanagan of St Aidan's and Pierre Murchan of St Declan's.

Murchan made his move with a lap to go, but there has no holding back O'Leary and he raced to victory. Hope Saunders of Mount Temple was a comfortable winner of the girls' senior race, beating Deirdre Healy from the Institute of Education and Ruth O'Hara from St Mary's Naas.

Hockey

The depth of Irish talent was underlined in Grange Road on Tuesday as an experimental Ireland side drew 1-1 with France. But the full-strength version of the home nation will be on display tonight (7.0) at the same venue hoping to go one better.

Coach Craig Fulton rested most of his regulars for the opening fixture in the three-match series as he plots a bid at qualification for the Olympics. It allowed him award first caps to Lee Cole, Luke Chadwick, Owen Magee and goalkeeper Jamie Carr.

badminton

IRELAND made a brilliant start to European Mixed Team Championship at Leuven in Belgium by recording a hard-earned win over the hosts.

Sam and Chloe Magee set the ball rolling by beating Nick Marcoen and Flore Vandenhoucke, while Irish No 1 Scott Evans also got the better of Yuhan Tan and Chloe Magee won her singles contest.

Irish Independent

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