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Moriarty secures St Andrews spot Watson: Poor Aussies out to stop whitewash Kuerten up to second in Champions rankings

GOLF: Ex-Irish amateur international Colm Moriarty will play in the British Open at St Andrews next month.

He sealed one of the precious places at stake in local final qualifying yesterday -- and in style.

With 72 players battling it out for just three spots at the Kingsbarns course in Scotland, Moriarty came top of the pile with splendid rounds of 67 and 70 for a 36-hole total of 137 -- seven under par -- finishing three clear of the chasing pack, which included Amateur Championship runner-up James Byrne.

Westwood alters tack in bid to win Open title

GOLF: Two weeks after Graeme McDowell's amazing US Open victory, Lee Westwood is hoping that a change of approach can help make him a major champion at St Andrews.

For the first time since 2000, Westwood is not playing next week's Scottish Open, and so the French Open, starting tomorrow at Le Golf National near Paris, is the world number three's last Tour event before The Open.

The 37-year-old has not finished in the top seven of the past nine Scottish Opens and instead will fly from France to the JP McManus Pro-am at Adare Manor on Monday and Tuesday -- Tiger Woods also plays there -- before heading to St Andrews.

Watson: Poor Aussies out to stop whitewash

CRICKET: Shane Watson admits Australia have not been up to scratch this summer as they look to eradicate the possibility of a series whitewash by beating England at the Oval today.

Sunday's one-wicket defeat at Old Trafford left Ricky Ponting's side 3-0 down in the five-match series, which will culminate at Lord's on Saturday.

Watson admits the squad, who have been missing bowlers Mitchell Johnson, Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle, have not been good enough.

Kuerten up to second in Champions rankings

EQUESTRIAN: Jessica Kuerten has risen to second in this year's Global Champions Tour rankings after her runner-up finish in last weekend's leg at Monte Carlo.

The German-based 40-year-old Irish rider will be hoping to take the lead in the nine-round series as it moves to Estoril, Portugal, on Saturday where Cian O'Connor, Denis Lynch and Billy Twomey will also compete.

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