Friday 18 January 2019

Tiger 'very open' over next coach

Golf: The next swing coach for Tiger Woods might be ... Tiger Woods.

Woods posted a blog on his website last night saying there was no "hard-and-set" rule on finding a new swing coach.

He split with Sean Foley last month after two years. Woods completed only 25 rounds this year because of a back injury that required surgery. He is not playing until the World Challenge in December.

He says he needs to get healthy before he sorts out where to go with his game.

He says he is keeping his options "very, very open."

Woods says he has bounced some ideas off Notah Begay, a former teammate at Stanford University and longtime friend. He says they have discussed what direction Woods should go with his game.

R&A allow women

Golf: The Royal and Ancient golf club agreed last night to open its doors to women, ending 260 years of male-only membership at one of the oldest clubs in the world and paving the way for women to play a role in the sport's governance.

The club's 2,400 worldwide members voted and, after being encouraged by chief executive Peter Dawson and the club's committees, more than 75pc took part with 85pc in favour of the change.

"This is a very important and positive day in the history of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club," Dawson said. "The R&A has served the sport of golf well for 260 years and I am confident that the club will continue to do so in future with the support of all its members, both women and men."

O'Shea blasts critics

Rugby: Conor O'Shea believes it is "laughable" to write off Chris Robshaw's England credentials just two games into the new Aviva Premiership campaign.

Harlequins' rugby director has branded early question marks raised around Robshaw's new-season form and England captaincy as "sad".

O'Shea conceded Friday night's 39-0 thumping at the hands of Saracens was "embarrassing", but bristled against several pundits questioning Robshaw's England position. "If people want to question what we're about and what he's about after two games, that's sad, but it's the world we live in," O'Shea said. "It's laughable if people want to write us off."

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