Friday 19 December 2014

Turkey in bid for Ryder Cup

GOLF

Published 12/11/2013 | 01:00

Having repeatedly been kicked back in its attempts to stage the Olympic Games, Turkey is confident that it can land the Ryder Cup.

Discussions took place last week at the Turkish Airlines Open, with both the country's golf federation and its ambitious airline determined to host the biennial event. The interest is being taken seriously by the European Tour which appreciates the levels of finance at Turkey's disposal.

It lured Tiger Woods to play in the unofficial matchplay event last year and again this year as the Montgomerie Maxx Royal in Belek was the scene for a $7m event.

The Tour is expected to invite formal bids soon after next year's match at Gleneagles and when asked about Turkey's chances of following Paris, who host it in 2018, Tour chief George O'Grady was positive.

IRELAND'S John Joyce and Oliver McCarthy advanced to the last-eight of the European Junior Championships in Russia.

The Kildare and Cork duo beat Armenia's Hrayr Shahverdyan and Azerbaijan's Ismayil Huseynov on unanimous decisions in Anapa. Liam Callaghan and Frankie Cleary also won yesterday to make the quarter-finals, but Matthew Davis and Conor Quinn bowed out.

Aidan Walsh, Brett McGinty and Ger French will be in action in the last-16 stage of the 26-nation tournament today.

Matt Prior has been ruled out of England's tour match against the Australian Invitational XI this week with a calf problem.

Jonny Bairstow will replace him in the side, but England remain optimistic that Prior will be fit in time for the first Ashes Test which starts in Brisbane on November 21.

Kevin Pietersen has had a scan after also giving England an early injury scare.

But with the start of the Ashes only 10 days away, it seems the recurrence of Pietersen's old problem with bone bruising in his right knee is not going to disrupt his preparation.

Irish Independent

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