Friday 18 January 2019

Larrazabal hits record pace at KLM

Golf: Spain's Pablo Larrazabal carded a course-record 62 to claim a two-shot lead at the halfway stage of the KLM Open.

Larrazabal admitted shooting the first ever 59 on the European Tour was in his mind when he birdied his first six holes on the par-70 layout at Kennemer Golf Club to be out in 28, and history was still possible after he followed four pars with another birdie.

However, the 31-year-old then recorded four more pars before finishing with two birdies and a bogey in the last three holes to finish 10 under par, two ahead of France's Romain Wattel and Italy's Edoardo Molinari.

"I was aware of the 59 more than the course record," said Larrazabal. "I thought about the 59 when I started with six birdies. I thought I only need five more to make the magic number, but maybe I put a bit more pressure on myself."

Irish denied in Malahide

Cricket: Calum MacLeod struck an unbeaten century as Scotland denied Ireland a 3-0 series victory with an eight-wicket win in the third and final one-day international in Malahide.

Durham batsman MacLeod struck 15 fours in his unbeaten 116 off 141 balls for his second ODI century as Scotland comfortably chased down their target of 242 with more than four overs to spare to gain a consolation win.

Earlier, Ireland had made 241 for nine after being sent into bat as they sought to wrap up a series whitewash.

John Mooney was the star of the show, smashing 96 off 77 balls with 12 fours and two sixes before he was dismissed.

Captain Kevin O'Brien was Ireland's next-best contributor with 36, with off-spinner Majid Haq taking five for 54 for the visitors, whose victory left the home side with a 2-1 series win.

Herbst a hit

Polo: IRELAND beat Italy yesterday at the European Championships in Chantilly to qualify for tomorrow's finals.

Ireland won 7-6 in France, with two goals being scored by Polo Wicklow's Siobhán Herbst, who was drafted in yesterday as a replacement for the injured Stephen Hutchinson.

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