Friday 15 December 2017

St Andrews women vote

GOLF: The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews will conduct a postal ballot on whether to allow women members for the first time, rather than voters being required to attend a club meeting in person.

That would have limited the number of votes cast to a few hundred, even though the club has around 2,500 members around the world.

Club secretary Peter Dawson said in March that it was felt "strong support" existed for a vote in favour of women members, while during last week's Open Championship at Royal Liverpool, he added that "the majority" of members wanted a postal vote on the issue.

Horsey is at full gallop

GOLF: David Horsey 
recovered from a shaky start to extend his overnight lead to four shots after the second round of the Russian Open in Moscow.

Late birdies on Thursday had given Horsey a one-shot lead after a round of 65, but - having started on the 10th hole yesterday - bogeys on the 12th and 13th saw him relinquish that advantage.

But he birdied the 14th, 17th and 18th to recover and, after bogeying the first, he picked up four more shots over his final six holes to sign for a 68 to sit on 11 under at halfway.

"I got off to a slow start but I managed to bounce back well," said Horsey.

Russia gets green light

MOTORSPORT: Formula One teams say they will race in Russia, despite the crisis in Ukraine and downing of a Malaysian airliner, unless the country's debut Grand Prix in October is called off or they are ordered not to go.

"Obviously what's going on in Russia and that part of the world is of huge concern to everybody," said Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams.

"But we've always said that as a sport we try and disengage from taking a political angle on these things.

"The FIA is the governing body of our sport and they issue a calendar and we have to take our direction from them. At the moment the race is still on the calendar."

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