Monday 11 December 2017

In brief: Mickelson injury forces him out of 'Grand Slam'

Masters champion Phil Mickelson has decided not to play the two-day Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda next month, and this season's three other major winners will instead by joined by Ernie Els.

With Portrush's Graeme McDowell having lifted the US Open, Els' fellow South African Louis Oosthuizen the British Open and German Martin Kaymer the US PGA, it means that no American will be taking part in the four-man event for the first time since 1994.

Masters live on Sky and BBC

Next year's US Masters will be broadcast live on both the BBC and Sky Sports.

Sky Sports will broadcast all four rounds of the tournament live, as well as Wednesday's par-three contest, while the BBC will show live coverage at the weekend.

Billy Payne, chairman of Augusta National, also revealed there will be an extra hour of live coverage broadcast on Thursday and Friday.

Rawluk pick of Irish at 'school'

David Rawluk was the pick of the Irish on the opening day of the European Tour's qualifying school stage one at Wychwood Park near Crewe.

The Dublin golfer posted a level-par 72 to sit four shots behind early leaders, James Heath of England and South Africa's La Roux Ferriera, who both hit 68s.

Paul O'Hanlon opened with a 73, while Dara Lernihan had a 74. Irish amateur cap Cian Curley saw his hopes suffer an early blow with a 79.

At Circolo Golf Bogogno in Italy, Ruaidhri McGee had to settle for a three-over 75, nine shots behind early pacesetter Jaako Makitalo of Finland.

Irish Independent

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