Tuesday 20 February 2018

Golf news in brief: Woods to return at Congressional

Tiger Woods will miss the Masters because of back surgery
Tiger Woods will miss the Masters because of back surgery

Former world No 1 Tiger Woods will return to action in the Quicken Loans National, which benefits his foundation, on the PGA Tour next week.

Woods missed the year's first two Major championships after undergoing back surgery on March 31 and has not played since the WGC-Cadillac Championship earlier that month.


Irish hopes of boasting a second Amateur champion in three years were extinguished at Royal Portrush yesterday as the last survivors were knocked out in the fourth round.

Cormac Sharvin, the former Irish Close champion from Ardglass and an R&A bursary recipient, had looked impressive in overcoming Victor Henum by 5&4 in the morning, collecting four birdies on his way to victory – and there there were hopes that he could emulate Alan Dunbar, who won at Troon two years ago.

But he met his match against Southport and Ainsdale's Paul Howard in the afternoon and was beaten 4&3. One up at the turn, Howard won 10 and 11 both with birdies and finished off the match with birdies at 14 and 15.

Robin Dawson from Faithlegg had a battle royal with Scotsman Conor Syme before succumbing on the home green. Dawson had led for much of the outward half but Syme went to the front around the turn and was two up with five to play.

Earlier, Moyola Park's Chris Selfridge had been beaten 3&2 by Englishman Toby Tree.


A SECOND-ROUND 65 from Scott Langley gave him the early clubhouse lead on 11-under par during day two of the PGA Tour's Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

His fellow American Michael Putnam was a shot further back on 10-under after an eye-catching 63 alongside Korean KJ Choi – who matched his opening-day 65 – and another American, Harris English (66, 64).

Sergio Garcia, who skipped this week's Irish Open – a tournament he won at Druids Glen in 1999– to compete in the Travelers, carded a 69 to go with his opening 65, leaving him five shots off the pace.


Scotland's Sally Watson mastered the windy conditions to claim the halfway lead in the Ladies European Tour's Slovak Open.

Watson carded six birdies and just one bogey to add a 67 to her opening 69 for an eight-under-par total and three-shot lead over France's Valentine Derrey and Klara Spilkova of the Czech Republic.

"I think I'm at an advantage coming from Scotland because we play in the wind a lot," said the 23-year-old Tour rookie. "I'm definitely experienced in those sorts of conditions and I putted really well yesterday on these greens.

"When you have a good feel on the greens that carries over and especially when the weather is a little tougher, you've got to be able to make the putts. Thankfully today for me they went in."

Irish Independent

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