Sunday 22 April 2018

Mooney sets sizzling pace

golf

Damian Mooney was in sparkling form in the opening round of the PGA Challenge on the Montgomerie Course at Carton House yesterday.

The Belfast man shot an eight-under-par 64 to pull away from the field by five shots on a day when 18 players broke the par 72 and nine others finished on regulation.

Mooney had seven birdies and an eagle, at the eighth, with his only blemish coming when he suffered bogey five at the 10th.

Martin Ward (P&M Golf Superstore), who finished tied 39th, carded a hole-in-one when his six-iron shot off the seventh tee, flew the full 185 yards and dropped neatly into the cup.

TENNIS

Serena Williams pulled out of the Cincinnati Open yesterday with a right toe injury that gives the former world No 1 a chance to rest ahead of the US Open.

Williams, who returned to competition in June after missing 11 months with injuries and health problems, said her latest setback is related to a prior toe issue but is not as serious.

ATHLETiCS

Merlene Ottey will not feature at the World Championships in Daegu later this month after she failed to qualify for the 4x100m relay with her adopted country Slovenia.

The Jamaican-born 51-year-old and her team-mates missed the 44-second qualifying cut by a combined 0.76 seconds, meaning she will be unable to add to her 14 world medals.

A Slovenian citizen since 2002, Ottey did compete last year at the European Championships.

SOCCER

talks between Spain's La Liga and the country's players' union yesterday failed to avert the strike action called for this weekend's start of the new season.

The union has called a strike for the first two rounds of matches in the top two leagues, demanding greater protection for players' wages at clubs who have gone into administration.

Racing Santander were the latest club to do that, joining Real Mallorca, Real Zaragoza, Real Betis, Rayo Vallecano and Granada.

Champions Barcelona were due to visit Malaga this weekend, with Real Madrid down to host Athletic Bilbao.

Irish Independent

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