Saturday 16 December 2017

In brief: Trial by TV sparks rule book review

Golf

The Royal & Ancient (R&A) is taking a fresh look at its golfing rule book after recent high-profile incidents involving Padraig Harrington and Camilo Villegas.

Harrington was disqualified from last week's Abu Dhabi Championship when he signed for an incorrect score after a television viewer noticed that the Dubliner had accidentally moved his ball on the green. Colombian Villegas was also disqualified from this month's Tournament of Champions in Hawaii for a rules violation spotted by a TV viewer.

"We need to assess whether, at times, these penalties are still appropriate," the R&A's rules of golf director Grant Moir stated. "We have been discussing this aspect of the rules and obviously our focus is fairly sharply on it at the moment in the light of these incidents."

A new edition of the R&A rule book is brought in every four years and the next one is due to be published in January 2012. Moir, though, said rule alterations could be made in special circumstances.

Meanwhile, Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas is up to 86th in the world after beating Americans Bill Haas and Gary Woodland on the second extra hole of the Bob Hope Classic. It was only the fifth PGA Tour event Vegas had played in his career.

Cricket

A refreshed Jimmy Anderson is hoping to inspire a change in England's faltering fortunes after rejoining the squad this week.

Anderson was allowed to return home after the Ashes victory to rest after being the only seamer to play in all five Tests.

However, in his absence England have won just once against Australia, a last-ball victory in the Twenty20 in Adelaide, before losing their last four matches. That run saw the Twenty20 series levelled before the tourists fell 3-0 behind in the seven-game ODI series.

Anderson is set to return in tomorrow's match in Adelaide and is looking to make an immediate impact in a game England cannot afford to lose.

"Hopefully I can bring a bit of experience and a bit of energy in the field with both my bowling and fielding," he said.

Tennis

IRELAND'S James McGee yesterday turned in one of the best displays of his career, stunning the qualifying No 7 seed in the ATP Challenger Tour event in Heilbronn, Germany.

Taking part in his first world-ranking tournament in over two months, the 23-year-old Dubliner dumped out Italy's Andrea Arnaboldi on a 7-6 (7/2) 7-5 scoreline.

McGee subsequently clinched a place in qualifying second round when he overcame the challenge of Germany's Martin Emmrich 4-6 6-1 6-2.

Today, McGee faces the top seed, France's Gregoire Burquier, with the winner advancing to the main draw.

McGee's Davis Cup team-mate Colin O'Brien bowed out in the qualifying first round, Germany's Dieter Kindlmann prevailing 6-2 6-3.

Irish Independent

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