Karl MacGinty: Golf Digest
HOYLAKE BERTHS BOOST FOR IRISH OPEN
THE Irish Open has been boosted by the R&A's decision that three of the top 10 finishers at Carton House next June will qualify for the British Open at Hoylake. As part of the new Open Championship qualifying structure, three berths each will be made available at the Irish, French and Scottish Opens. "I really do think this will attract more players to the Irish Open," said Padraig Harrington.
moore edges play-off
Ryan Moore (30) birdied the first play-off hole, the par-five 18th at Kuala Lumpur Country Club yesterday, to pip Gary Woodland and clinch the CIMB Classic, his third PGA Tour victory. The two Americans tied on 14-under before darkness fell on Sunday night in Malaysia.
chinese off course
Shanghai is at the centre of the golfing universe with the BMW Masters at Lake Malaren followed by this week's $8.5m HSBC Champions – yet even if China have 600 courses and some one million golfers, few of them have played on a course. A sizeable proportion just go to practice ranges as the average cost of $150 for a round is prohibitive in a nation where the average annual wage is $2,100.