Monday 23 October 2017

Harrington eyes Tiger in US PGA

Golf

Padraig Harrington will be assured spectator interest after being drawn with Tiger Woods for the opening two rounds of next week's season-ending Major in Atlanta, the US PGA Championship.

Joining Harrington and Woods is fellow former PGA winner and 2012 US Ryder Cup captain, Davis Love III.

The last occasion Harrington went head-to-head with Woods in a Major was over the first two rounds of 2009 US PGA Championship at Hazeltine.

Woods finished runner-up that year to Korean YE Yang while Harrington shared 10th place.

And when the PGA Championship was last played on the Atlanta Country Club course in 2001, Harrington missed the cut with scores of 75 and 74.

As is customary, PGA of America officials have grouped the three Major winners from this year, Charl Schwartzel, Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke, together for the first two rounds.

And Graeme McDowell finds himself playing alongside fellow Major champions Zach Johnson and Australia's 2006 US Open winning, Geoff Ogilvy.

Hockey

Ireland fell to a solo penalty corner strike to give Spain a second successive 1-0 win in the Senior Women's International Challenge as Lola Riera's 45th-minute drag-flick did the damage in Belfield last night.

In a more entertaining tie, openings were more freely available, with Shirley McCay seeing her looping flick taken off the line, while Lisa Jacob had a first half effort skim across the face of goal.

But the Spanish visitors had the edge in class and twice hit the post, first through Gloria Comerma and then via the stick of Berta Bonastre.

For head coach Gene Muller, the lack of goal threat continues to be a concern, as four penalty corners went incomplete while clear-cut chances remain at a premium.

The two sides play the third of this series tomorrow at 12.0 in Belfield.

Tennis

Former champion Andy Roddick will miss next week's Montreal Masters as he continues to recover from an injury.

The 28-year-old withdrew from this week's Legg Mason Classic in Washington with a side muscle problem.

The American has now set his sights on competing in the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati on August 14.

Asked when he would next be playing, the world No 12 said on Twitter: "Hopefully I'll be ready for cincy in 10 days or so.... Fingers crossed."

The world's top four players, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray, head the field in Montreal.

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