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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Williams: Talk 'over the top'

Steve Williams has now said he should not have been so outspoken about winning a month after being fired by Tiger Woods.

And the New Zealand caddie, so overjoyed at helping Adam Scott land the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron on Sunday, does not intend to make any more comments about Woods.

"Looking back on it, I was a bit over the top," Williams said. "I had a lot of anger in me about what happened and it all came out."

Gleeson, Hurley primed to qualify

Irish stars Alex Gleeson and Gary Hurley put themselves in strong positions yesterday to grab places in the knock-out draw of the Boys Amateur Championship going into the second and final qualifying round today.

Gleeson, one of the early starters at Enmore Park, fired a one-over-par 72;West Waterford's Hurley, playing at Burnham and Berrow, shot 73.

Rathsallagh's David Manifold has some work to do if he is to progress after a disappointing 78.

Elm Park's Keagan Cummings posted a 74 to maintain his hopes. Royal Portrush's Jamie Richardson shot a miserable 82 at Burnham and Irish international Conor Glynn slumped to a disastrous 88. Gavin Moynihan pulled out after feeling unwell.

Leading the way after round one was German Stefan Still, who recorded an excellent 68.

Meanwhile, Castletroy's Chloe Ryan failed by a stroke to qualify for the match-play stages of the British Girls Open Amateur Championship at Gullane yesterday after a two-over-par 75 gave her a 36-hole total of 154.

Irish look for home comfort

Ireland will look to bounce back from their wooden spoon finish of 2010 when they swing into action in the Amateur Home Internationals at Co Sligo today.

Last year at Ashburnham in South Wales they beat Wales 8.5-6.5 but lost 10-5 to Scotland and 11-4 to England, who went on to become champions.

One man who will be particularly keen to impress is Gary McDermott, who will have the advantage of playing over his home course.

"It is great to be playing for Ireland and especially on one's first home appearance," said McDermott, one of five new caps.

Irish Independent

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