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PGA to scrap 'Q-school'

GOLF: US PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem has announced the qualifying school route to membership will be cut off from next year.

Finchem confirmed the cards made available annually to compete on the lucrative circuit will be awarded through the second-tier Nationwide Tour.

Currently 25 places are on offer through 'Q-school', with another 25 PGA Tour cards available through the Nationwide Tour.

That will remain the case at the end of the current season, before the changes are implemented for 2013 going into the 2014 season.

The final three Nationwide Tour events in each season will feature a field of players featuring the top 75 players on the Nationwide Tour and those ranked 126th to 200th on the PGA Tour, as they battle it out for the valuable right to compete on the most lucrative North American tour.

Those who finish in the top 125 on the PGA Tour points list will continue to automatically have their memberships renewed.

Irish maul Mexico

HOCKEY: Ireland delivered a second-half goal rush as they beat Mexico 5-0 to extend their unbeaten record at the Olympic qualifiers in Belgium yesterday.

Audrey O'Flynn's drag-flick opened the floodgates as Ireland chalked up a third win from three games.

They added four more scores in the last 10 minutes through Emma Smyth (twice), Cliodhna Sargent and O'Flynn.

Ireland meet tournament favourites Spain tomorrow, with Belgium to follow on Saturday as they seek the one spot available for London.

Martin into sixth

CYCLING: irishman Daniel Martin moved up into sixth place overall after stage two of the Tour of Catalonia yesterday.

Swiss race leader Michael Albasini took his second successive stage victory, with Martin 11th. Martin is now a minute and 32 seconds back.

Ireland face Canada in play-off

CRICKET: Ireland will play Canada in Dubai tomorrow morning in the first of three play-off matches that must now be won in a row if they are to qualify for the finals of the World Twenty20 later this year.