Monday 11 December 2017

Peter Lawrie grabs US Open spot

Ireland's Peter Lawrie. Photo: Getty Images
Ireland's Peter Lawrie. Photo: Getty Images

Peter Lawrie will make his US Majors debut after finishing among the leading 11 players in yesterday's 36-hole US Open qualifier at Walton Heath.

It was a case of third time lucky for the Dubliner, who had failed on two prior occasions -- he followed up his opening 67 with a 71.

He fought through a five-man play-off for four places after finishing on six-under-par with Matteo Manassero, Matthew Baldwin, Rafael Jacquelin and Shirwan Kim.

It was Kim who bowed out with a bogey at the second extra hole. "I'm thrilled," said Lawrie.

Shane Lowry missed out after a 72 and a 70, as did Gary Murphy with a 73 and a 71.

British Open champion Darren Clarke has withdrawn from the US Open following a recurrence of his groin strain.

Clarke will not play again until the Irish Open at Royal Portrush after being ordered to rest by doctors.

"I have to make sure I'm 100pc ready for the Open at Lytham and I've been advised not to play for a month," he explained.

ATHLETICS

FIONNUALA Britton's excellent pre-Olympic form continued when she ran her third qualifying standard, this time at 5,000m, in Morocco.

Her sixth-place time of 15:15.69 knocked over five seconds off the Kilcoole athlete's previous best.

Ireland's European cross-country champion also has the Olympic standard for 10,000m and the 3,000m steeplechase.

Ciara Mageean, chasing the Olympic 'A' standard of 4:06, was eighth in the 1500m in a season's best 4:13.10

CRICKET

England coasted to a series-clinching nine-wicket win in the second Test against the West Indies, wrapping up victory at Trent Bridge.

Chasing 108 to win, Alastair Cook (43 not out) guided the hosts home after Marlon Samuels' 76 not out had frustrated them earlier.

Irish Independent

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