Snedeker back at Australian Open for 1st time since 2007

SYDNEY (AP) — Brandt Snedeker hasn’t played the Australian Open since 2007 but the memory of his costly mistake in the final round hasn’t faded. Snedeker lost by a shot to Craig Parry when he called a penalty on himself on the 14th hole of the final round at The Australian Golf Club because the ball moved as he tried to shift some twigs around it. “It was a no-brainer penalty,” Snedeker said. A nine-time winner on the PGA Tour, Snedeker is joined by fellow Americans Matt Kuchar, who won…

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Aussie Open has become ‘second-rate’ tournament

Geoff Ogilvy takes pride in his Australian Open title, but he also views the current state of the tournament as one in dire need of improvement. Ogilvy lifted the Stonehaven Cup in 2010 at The Lakes in Sydney, where the tournament returns this week. While it remains the biggest event of the Australian golf summer, the Open has lost its luster. At least that’s the view of the former U.S. Open champ, who penned a lengthy piece for Golf Australia about what is wrong with the once-revered event and what…

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Australia bowl first in decider; both teams unchanged but Lynn set to open

South Africa 5 for 320 (Miller 139, du Plessis 125) v Australia South Africa’s captain Faf du Plessis joined the powerful David Miller for the highest partnership in all ODIs between their country and Australia to set the home side a daunting 321 for victory to win the three-match series at Bellerive Oval in Hobart. Having lost three early wickets after being sent in by Aaron Finch, du Plessis and Miller provided a model exhibition of how to build a dominant position from modest beginnings, getting well established through steady…

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Chicago Cubs open to trading 3B Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant won the Rookie of the Year award in 2015, an MVP award the next season, and he will forever be remembered in Chicago for making the last play to clinch Game 7 of the Cubs’ 2016 championship, grinning as he released the throw to first. At that time, it was easy to envision him spending his career with the franchise that had drafted him second overall in 2013. But it’s possible that the Cubs will trade him, perhaps as soon as this winter. As part of their early…

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Cyclist penned open letter over close-passing dangers just days before he was killed on the roads

The campaigner had written about the dangers of close passing by drivers and lack of enforcement by police A cycling campaigner has died on the roads just days after he wrote a letter about the dangers bike riders face. Australian Cameron Frewer died after he was hit by a driver on Monday evening. The prolific cycling safety activist had written an open later just days before his death, saying he “valued his life” and sharing his frustration with police. Mr Frewer, 44, wrote: “I am a father of three, a…

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15 things you need to know about the 2018 Open champion and Ryder Cup star

This season was the year Francesco Molinari broke out as a star in golf. Through a packed leaderboard with some of the world’s best players, Molinari emerged at Carnoustie to claim his first major title. It was an exciting Sunday, with names like Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy in the mix, but it was the impressive, consistent play of Molinari that claimed the Open Championship. Molinari further cemented his dominant 2018 by going 5-0 at the Ryder Cup to aid a European romp over the Americans at Le…

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Andy Murray: Britain’s former number one to play Open Sud de France in Montpellier

Andy Murray has not played since reaching the Shenzhen Open quarter-finals in September Andy Murray will play at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier in February. The ATP 250 event takes place between 3 and 10 February, one week after the Australian Open. Britain’s former world number one ended his 2018 season early in September, having only played 12 matches after returning from hip surgery in June. He said he wanted to get “in the best shape possible for the beginning of the 2019 season” and “get back competing…

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Steph Curry and the U.S. Open trophy get to know each other

Steph Curry loves golf. He’s played in two Web.com events. He might host a PGA Tour event next year. So it’s no surprise he got a little excited when the U.S. Open trophy showed up at the Warriors’ shootaround on Monday. The tournament will be held in June at Pebble Beach, a two-hour trip south from the Warriors’ home in Oakland. Steph Curry moves in a hurry when the U.S. Open trophy is in the building. Nick Pietruszkiewicz, ESPN.com2h ago The trophy was making the rounds Monday as part of…

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December 8: Teofimo Lopez-Mason Menard to Open ESPN Broadcast and Guido Vianello to Make Pro Debut

December 8: Teofimo Lopez-Mason Menard to Open ESPN Broadcast and Guido Vianello to Make Pro Debut Lopez-Menard LIVE on ESPN and Deportes at 9 p.m. ET Vianello’s Pro Debut to Stream LIVE on ESPN+ at 6 p.m. ET NEW YORK CITY (Nov. 5, 2018) – Teofimo Lopez is determined to take over the lightweight division. Italian heavyweight and former amateur standout Guido Vianello, who recently signed a multi-year professional contract with Top Rank, is hoping to make a statement in his scheduled six-round pro debut against Luke Lyons (5-1-1, 2…

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