Wednesday 13 December 2017

Clarke appoints caddie Morbey

GOLF: British Open champion Darren Clarke has appointed Phil "Wobbly" Morbey, who used to caddie for former world number one Ian Woosnam, as his new bagman.

ISM, Clarke's management team, revealed yesterday that Morbey would start his partnership with the 43-year-old Irishman at next week's WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona.

The world number 54 announced last month that he had split with John Mulrooney, the caddie who helped him land his first major championship at the Open in July.

Morbey was with Woosnam in his victorious 1991 US Masters.

Hearn: I want to shake up Worlds

Snooker: World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn has hinted that he has ambitious plans to shake-up the sport's World Championship.

The World Championship is snooker's largest event and was one of those thought to be untouchable when Hearn took over. But, as he bids to keep snooker's image fresh, Hearn has admitted that changes could be made, with suggestions including increasing the field of players from 64 to 128 and upping the winner's cheque to £1million.

Hearn said: "People want to know what the total prize money is, and what the winner gets, not what the first-round loser gets. That is how a sport is perceived." Realistically, this might have to wait a couple of years.

Rome withdraws 2020 Games bid

Olympics: Rome has dropped out of the race to host the 2020 Olympics and, in doing so, has given a boost to Qatar's hopes.

Rome's bid was scrapped yesterday after Italian prime minister Mario Monti said the government could not guarantee the necessary financial backing during the economic crisis.

It leaves Doha (Qatar), Madrid (Spain), Istanbul (Turkey) and Baku (Azerbaijan) in the race.

Clijsters forced to miss Indian Wells

TENNIS: Kim Clijsters has pulled out of next month's BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells because of an injury to her left ankle.

Clijsters, who plans to retire at the end of the season, said in a statement that she is disappointed she won't be playing in California.

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