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McGinley quits for op on knee

GOLF: Ireland's Paul McGinley has withdrawn from the Iskandar Johor Open in Malaysia and returned home with a knee injury.

The Dubliner is to undergo keyhole surgery on his left knee in the coming weeks but is hopeful of returning to competition in January. McGinley had an 81 in the first round.

Daniel Chopra took control of the Johor Open as the Swede followed up a first-round 64 with a 65 to lead the way on 13 under par.

After yesterday's play was curtailed due to thunderstorms, Chopra returned to Horizon Hills and Country Club this morning to complete his first round, carding a seven-under 64 that featured an eagle, seven birdies - including six on the front nine - and a double bogey five on the 12th to trail Dutchman Joost Luiten by one stroke.

The 37-year-old then compiled another impressive effort as seven birdies and just one bogey saw him climb to 13 under par and four strokes clear of the chasing pack before play was again halted due to what was termed a dangerous situation.

Jamie McLeary joined Michael Jonzon in a tie for second on nine under par with the Scot four-under for the day with two holes to play.

Jonzon, meanwhile, was seven under for his round in pursuit of compatriot Chopra with nine birdies aiding his rise up the leaderboard, although the Swede also collected two bogeys. He has one hole to play.

Bangladesh's Mohammed Siddikur and Swede Christian Nilsson sat at eight under par after a pair of 67s alongside first-round leader Luiten, who had just played the first.

Rhys Davies is among the group at seven under par after the Welshman returned a 65 containing eight birdies and two bogeys. Pádraig Harrington was also six shots off the lead after the Dubliner played his first three holes level par.



Haile to run in Toyko

ATHLETICS: Former world record holder Haile Gebrselassie will run in February's Tokyo Marathon as he looks to qualify for next year's Olympics.

The 38-year-old Ethiopian, whose world best was shattered by Kenyan Patrick Makau in Berlin in September, pulled out of Tokyo last year with bruised knees after falling on a practice run. Gebrselassie returned to form with victory at a half marathon in Birmingham last month after dropping out of the Berlin Marathon with asthma trouble as Makau raced away.

A four-times world and twice Olympic champion at 10,000m, he has insisted he will carry on his quest to qualify for next year's London Games.


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