TULSA: Prime-ranked Masters champion Scottie Scheffler enters subsequent week’s PGA Championship on a run main rivals are calling “harmful” and “borderline Tigeresque” even because the 25-year-old American downplays his feats.
The 12 months’s second main match tees off Thursday at Southern Hills with Scheffler making an attempt to turn into the primary man to get midway to a calendar-year Grand Slam since fellow Texan Jordan Spieth in 2015.
“It’s good to be on a great run,” stated Scheffler. “I actually simply attempt to keep within the second. Targets, expectations, nothing like that modifications for me. I identical to being out right here taking part in golf.”
Scheffler started an astonishing two-month run by successful his first US PGA title in February on the Phoenix Open, then captured his second in March at Bay Hill within the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
After a disappointing share of fifty fifth at The Gamers Championship, Scheffler gained the WGC Match Play Championship and adopted that along with his first main title, taking the inexperienced jacket and the highest rating along with his victory at Augusta Nationwide.
“He’s setting the bar fairly excessive proper now and clearly he’s the man to chase for all of us,” stated US PGA Tour veteran Will Zalatoris. “What he’s doing is borderline Tigeresque. It’s fairly cool to see.”
Tiger Woods, the 15-time main winner who returned final month on the Masters from extreme leg accidents in a February 2021 automobile crash, will play at Southern Hills, the place he gained the 2007 PGA Championship. He examined his stamina for strolling the course in a apply spherical final month.
However Phil Mickelson, who final 12 months gained the PGA at age 50 to turn into the oldest main winner in golf historical past, won’t defend his crown, the PGA of America introduced Friday.
The US left-hander has not performed since his controversial feedback in help of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf sequence had been revealed in February. He apologized for the remarks and stated he wanted a break from golf. He has missed two majors in a 12 months for the primary time since 1993.
Mickelson was certain to face questions on his future on the US PGA Tour, which refused to grant members releases to compete within the LIV Golf opener subsequent month in London.
Scheffler performed a apply spherical earlier this month at Southern Hills.
“It’s a very good check,” Scheffler stated. “It appeared fairly much like what it did earlier than. A variety of sight traces off the tee had been nonetheless very acquainted to me.
“Positively cleared out a variety of timber, however aside from that a lot of the inexperienced complexes are fairly comparable.”
Spieth was the latest winner of the primary two majors in a season on the 2015 Masters and US Open. Earlier than that it was Woods in 2002 with the identical mixture.
A schedule change has the PGA after the Masters now, a double solely three gamers have managed — Sam Snead in 1949, Jack Burke Jr. in 1956 and Jack Nicklaus in 1963 and 1975.
Tokyo Olympic champion Xander Schauffele warns that Scheffler might be part of his fellow People.
“He’s very playful, practices actually laborious. You’re all the time going to see Scottie on the market chipping or placing fairly late within the day,” Schauffele stated.
“I’m not stunned he has been successful a lot and taking part in nice. I think about him being very comfy, which is a harmful place for the world primary.”
Spieth eyes profession Slam
4-time main winner Rory McIlroy, whose late Masters cost left him second to Scheffler, threatens for a 3rd PGA crown.
“I received a variety of confidence from that spherical on Sunday. It’s one thing to undoubtedly construct on,” McIlroy stated.
“Every thing feels fairly stable. I really feel like the sport’s in fine condition. It’s a pleasant time to reboot and prepare for the summer season run.”
Spieth, a three-time main champion who gained final month’s PGA Heritage, would full a profession Grand Slam by taking his first main because the 2017 British Open.
“It’s going to be a very agency and quick PGA and I believe it’s going to be one of many greater scoring PGAs we’ve seen,” Spieth stated.
Justin Thomas, the 2017 PGA winner, says Southern Hills will check all sides.
“It’s tough to get the ball across the gap,” he stated. “The individual that does that the very best goes to have the very best probability of successful.”
India’s dream run ends in despair as Australia win sixth World Cup title
- The win is the acme of success this 12 months, says Pat Cummins
AHMEDABAD: Australia received the Cricket World Cup for a record-extending sixth time Sunday, ending India’s dominant run in its residence event with a six-wicket victory in a low-scoring last on the again of Travis Head’s 137.
A closely partisan crowd contained in the 132,000-capacity Narendra Modi Stadium was silenced as Head mixed with Marnus Labuschagne (58 not out ) in a 192-run partnership to chase down the goal of 241.
#BREAKING: Host #India‘s hope for successful the #CricketWorldCup Closing at Modi Stadium is crushed after dropping from #Australia, leaving 1.4 billion folks feeling heartbroken. pic.twitter.com/LZIjkl2mQT
— South Asia Occasions (@SATimes_TV) November 19, 2023
Australia was wobbling on 47-3 after seven overs however Head and Labuschagne dug in to assist their nation regain its standing because the king of one-day worldwide cricket, including to its 50-over world titles in 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2015.
Head was dismissed off what proved to be the next-to-last ball of the match, caught within the deep whereas trying to hit a title-clinching boundary. In got here Glenn Maxwell and he ran two off his first ball, securing a victory that prompted fireworks above the world’s largest cricket venue.
The Indians received all 10 of their matches earlier than the ultimate and had been searching for a 3rd trophy of their fourth look in a title match that introduced a rustic of 1.4 billion folks to a digital standstill. They had been outplayed in each division by Australia, although, restricted to 240 all out on a gradual pitch after dropping the toss with solely Virat Kohli (54) and Lokesh Rahul (66) making half-centuries.
Head grew to become solely the seventh participant to attain a century in a males’s World Cup last – and third Australian after Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist – and delivered a big second in India’s innings when taking a diving catch operating again from cowl to take away captain Rohit Sharma (47).
“What an incredible day, I’m simply thrilled to be part of it,” Head mentioned afterward. “It’s lots higher than sitting on the sofa at residence, I’m very fortunate that every thing went nicely and I used to be capable of get again right here.”
Head had began the event sidelined by a damaged left hand.
“I used to be slightly bit nervous, however Marnus performed distinctive and it was simply an incredible partnership. It’s good to be part of it, good to play a task, and it’s going to be an incredible couple of days now,” Head mentioned. “To have the ability to try this on the large stage, in entrance of a giant crowd, it’s fairly particular and one thing that I’ll be completely satisfied to look again on later in my life. It’s good to be right here and good to contribute.”
Head’s ton noticed him be a part of an illustrious checklist, which additionally contains West Indies’ Clive Lloyd and Viv Richards, in addition to Sri Lanka’s Aravinda de Silva and Mahela Jayawardene.
They do not come to play, they arrive to win 🙌
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) November 19, 2023
Ponting’s 140 not out had additionally helped Australia beat India within the 2003 last. Jayawardene’s century is the one one in a dropping trigger with India successful the 2011 last.
Australia completed the 2023 event with a run of 9 straight wins, after beginning with back-to-back defeats to India and South Africa.
India received the World Cup in 1983 and 2011. Its final main success was successful the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013.
INDIA INNINGS: Rohit Sharma c Head b Maxwell 47 (31b, 4×4, 3×6), Shubman Gill c Zampa b Starc 4 (7b), Virat Kohli b Cummins 54 (63b, 4×4), Shreyas Iyer c Inglis b Cummins 4 (3b, 1×4), Okay.L. Rahul c Inglis b Starc 66 (107b, 1×4), Ravindra Jadeja c Inglis b Hazlewood 9 (22b), Suryakumar Yadav c Inglis b Hazlewood 18 (28b, 1×4), Mohammed Shami c Inglis b Starc 6 (10b, 1×4), Jasprit Bumrah lbw b Zampa 1 (3b), Kuldeep Yadav run out 10 (18b), Mohammed Siraj (not out) 9 (8b, 1×4); Extras (lb-3, w-9): 12.
Complete (in 50 overs): 240.
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-30 (Gill, 4.2 overs), 2-76 (Rohit, 9.4), 3-81 (Shreyas, 10.2), 4-148 (Kohli, 28.3), 5-178 (Jadeja, 35.5), 6-203 (Rahul, 41.3), 7-211 (Shami, 43.4), 8-214 (Bumrah, 44.5), 9-226 (Suryakumar, 47.3).
AUSTRALIA BOWLING: Starc 10-0-55-3, Hazlewood 10-0-60-2, Maxwell 6-0-35-1, Cummins 10-0-34-2, Zampa 10-0-44-1, Marsh 2-0-5-0, Head 2-0-4-0.
AUSTRALIA INNINGS: David Warner c Kohli b Shami 7 (3b, 1×4), Travis Head c Gill b Siraj 137 (120b, 15×4, 4×6), Mitchell Marsh c Rahul b Bumrah 15 (15b, 1×4, 1×6), Steve Smith lbw b Bumrah 4 (9b, 1×4), Marnus Labuschagne (not out) 58 (110b, 4×4), Glenn Maxwell (not out) 2 (1b); Extras (b-5, lb-2, w-11): 18.
Complete (for 4 wkts. in 43 overs): 241.
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-16 (Warner, 1.1), 2-41 (Marsh, 4.3), 3-47 (Smith, 6.6), 4-239 (Head, 42.5).
INDIA BOWLING: Bumrah 9-2-43-2, Shami 7-1-47-1, Jadeja 10-0-43-0, Kuldeep 10-0-56-0, Siraj 7-0-45-1.
Djokovic eyes ATP finals file after last-four demolition of Alcaraz
TURIN, ITALY: Novak Djokovic closed in on a record-breaking seventh ATP Finals title after sweeping previous Carlos Alcaraz 6-3, 6-2 in a dominating semi-final show he hailed as his better of the match.
World primary Djokovic will face residence favorite Jannik Sinner on Sunday within the last in Turin, because the 36-year-old makes an attempt to cap an age-defying yr with one more main triumph.
“The most effective match of the match for me, for sure. It got here at proper time actually, after spending a variety of hours on the court docket within the first three matches,” stated Djokovic.
“Tonight, from the very starting, I felt the ball properly. I approached the match with the precise angle, the precise mentality.”
The Serb got here into the Finals on the finish of a yr which has introduced three Grand Slams, taking his whole to an all-time better of 24, and a fortieth Masters 1000 title.
Now solely Sinner stands between Djokovic and victory, which might take him previous his outdated foe and retired nice Roger Federer for season-ending match titles.
Sunday’s last guarantees to be a tricky proposition for Djokovic as he misplaced to Sinner within the group stage and should take care of a partisan Italian crowd that, unusually for him, received’t be on his aspect.
“He’s been enjoying incredible tennis, arguably the very best tennis of his life. On this stage, towards high 10 gamers,” added Djokovic.
“We performed a really tight match the opposite evening, the ambiance was electrical. I don’t count on something lower than what we had within the group stage matchup.”
Djokovic now has the higher of his 5 matches with Wimbledon champion Alcaraz, who at 20 is already a two-time Grand Slam winner and was bidding to grow to be the youngest finalist since Pete Sampras received the title again in 1991.
Saturday’s match didn’t dwell as much as the earlier 4 dramatic clashes nonetheless, as Djokovic placed on a present of pressure which put pretender Alcaraz firmly in his place.
Patrons Aibak Polo Cup: Newage/Grasp Paints, DP rating contrasting victories
LAHORE: Newage Cables/Grasp Paints recorded an in depth victory in opposition to DS Polo/Sheikhoo Metal, whereas Diamond Paints (DP) delivered a commanding efficiency to conquer Pebble Breaker within the Patrons Aibak Polo Cup 2023 matches at Lahore Polo Membership grounds on Sunday.
The opening match of the day witnessed Newage Cables/Grasp Paints clinching an 8-6½ win in opposition to DS Polo/Sheikhoo Metal. Hamza Mawaz Khan showcased distinctive expertise, contributing seven spectacular objectives, with Adnan Jalil Azam including the essential eighth purpose for Newage Cables/Grasp Paints. On the opposing aspect, Nicholas Roberts scored 4 objectives, whereas Daniyal Sheikh and Lt Col (R) Omer Minhas every struck one purpose for DS Polo/Sheikhoo Metal.
The second match unfolded as a one-sided affair, with Diamond Paints (DP) overpowering Pebble Breaker with a convincing 12-4½ victory. Bilal Hayat Midday and Raja Temur Nadeem performed stellar polo, every securing 4 improbable objectives, whereas Mir Shoaib Ahmed and Saqib Khan Khakwani contributed two objectives every to Diamond Paints’ dominant efficiency.
Ahmed Zubair Butt scored a brace for Pebble Breaker, with Abdul Rehman Monnoo and Agha Musa Ali Khan including one purpose every. The matches drew a big crowd of households and spectators who loved the thrilling encounters on the vacation (Sunday). The joy continues on Tuesday with two pivotal matches scheduled on the Lahore Polo Membership grounds.
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