Friday 19 January 2018

Fraser fined for Facebook rant


Australian Marcus Fraser has been fined a reputed €10,000 by the European Tour for a four-letter word outburst on social media site Facebook.

The 30-year-old played the opening two rounds of the the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles last month in the company of Sweden's Mikael Lundberg and Argentina's Rafa Echenique.

It's understood Fraser was enraged when Echenique used his mobile phone on the 16th tee during the second round to rearrange a flight -- and made his feelings on the matter known on Facebook.


Italian 2006 title-holder Diego Negri scored another race win with Enrico Voltolini to remain overall leaders of the Star European Championship at Dun Laoghaire yesterday, where weather once again disrupted the programme.

Double Olympic Gold medallist Iain Percy from Britain withdrew yesterday due to an ankle injury, while three boats were dismasted and two others briefly lost crew overboard in a sudden squall. Ireland's Peter O'Leary and David Burrows, contenders for London 2012, had another third place and hold third overall.


Stephen Hendry is poised to lose his place in the world's top-16 after defeat by Robert Milkins in the first round of the Shanghai Masters. The 42-year-old lost 5-1, meaning he is set to drop out of the world's elite for the first time in 23 years.

That would leave him having to qualify for December's UK Championship and could also see him miss out on the Masters, a tournament he has won a record six times.

The Scot was not the only big name to fall yesterday as world No 4 Ding Junhui lost 5-3 to Martin Gould, but Neil Robertson and Matthew Stevens claimed 5-0 and 5-2 wins over Liang Wenbo and Stephen Lee respectively.


LOUK SORENSEN returned to action in the ATP Challenger Tour event in Brasov, Romania yesterday, teaming up with Germany's Andreas Beck to beat Romanians Petru-Alexandru Luncanu and Razvan Sabau 6-2 7-6 (7-3).

However, Sorensen lost his first-round singles tie to another home player, Marius Copil, 6-3 3-6 5-7.

Sam Barry clinched a place in the quarter-finals of the ITF Men's Futures event in Roehampton, London by beating Britain's Dominic Ross-Hurst 6-2 6-4.

Irish Independent

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