Sunday 17 December 2017

Daly sights on a Dubai return

GOLF: John Daly is hoping his current trip to Dubai will not be his only one this year - he wants to be back in November for one of golf's richest-ever events.

The 45-year-old American's fourth-place finish in Qatar on Sunday - achieved from the depths of 543rd in the world - showed he can still compete at the top level.

Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer, third and fourth on the rankings, were among the players Daly beat and as well as going up against them again he was also facing World No 2 Rory McIlroy in the Dubai Desert Classic today.

The European Tour season finishes with the £5 million DP World Tour Championship.

That is for the leading 60 on the money list, and the former Open champion said: "My goals are to get my European card and maybe get into Dubai at the end of the year.

"I think if I can get in enough tournaments it's realistic.

"It's all about confidence for me and I haven't had any in so long.

"It's one thing trying to play golf healthy and everything, but when you're trying to play golf hurt for four or five years like I have it gets frustrating.

"The last few tournaments I've felt good. The shoulder is good, the ribs are good, so it gives you a better chance to play good.

"It's just the hardest game in the world and when you get a little confidence it really makes you thrive."

Sharapova prevails

TENNIS: Top seed Maria Sharapova continued to show few ill effects from her recent Australian Open final hammering as she breezed into the quarter-finals of the GDF Open in Paris last night.

Sharapova needed 68 minutes to dispatch South African Chanelle Scheepers 6-3 6-1, taking advantage of six of her 10 break point opportunities to eventually overwhelm her world number 44 opponent.

Irish hopeful in LA

CYCLING: The 2012 UCI Paracycling Track World Championships commences in Los Angeles this evening and the Irish Team is hopeful of some podium finishes with the London 2012 just around the corner.

The Irish 11 strong squad includes Colin Lynch, the current Road Time Trial World Champion, who will compete in the C2 1km Time Trial, the 3km Individual Pursuit and the Team Sprint competition.

Current Track World Bronze Medal holders, Catherine Walsh and Francine Meehan will compete in the Female Tandem 1km Time Trial and 3km Individual Pursuit.

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