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Vettel picks up consolation win at Brazilian Grand Prix

Vettel picks up consolation win at Brazilian Grand Prix

14/11/2017, India, Multi Sports, The Sports Campus , Article # 24818703

Ferrari has taken another win, its fifth of 2017, after what was an exciting Brazilian Grand Prix, perfectly managed by the drivers and the team. It was held in hot conditions, with air temperature at 30 degrees, while the track almost hit 60, so it was vital to look after the car components and especially the tyres. Getting both drivers to the podium clearly shows that Ferrari never gives up.

Seb’s lightning start was the key to victory, as he took the lead going into Turn 1. Kimi held third, but immediately there was chaos further back with several incidents. The Safety Car came out and the drivers had to come through pit lane so that the track surface, which had already hit a very high 54 degrees, could be cleaned of debris. Five laps went by before the race was on again, with the lead positions unchanged. DRS could now be used, but Seb had a lead of over a second. The heat meant that everyone was managing their pace so as not to overheat the tyres, while waiting for the pit stop window.

Second placed Bottas initiated the run of stops, coming in on lap 28, trying for an undercut on Vettel, who pushed flat out to maintain his advantage. He emerged from the snaking pit lane still ahead and immediately pulled out more of a lead. Kimi also pitted, nimbly popping out ahead of Ricciardo and Verstappen. At this point, both Ferraris were lapping in under the 1’13” mark.

Hamilton had started from pit lane and did not make his pit stop until lap 44, when Seb led the GP again, controlling his advantage over Bottas. Kimi put in his best lap of the race to fend off Hamilton, which saw him close on Bottas. The final stages were very close, but Seb and Kimi both held on, to bring the total to date in this 2017 season to five wins and 19 podium finishes.

A delighted Seb shared after his win, “I think this was one of the most difficult races of the season, there was no time for mistakes. My start was not perfect, but enough to beat Bottas off the line. Then, Valtteri was always very close and we had the same pace, but I pushed very hard and managed to pull a gap. This win is very important for me and for the team. After such a long time it’s been great to achieve it. I’m happy for the whole team, because it has been through a tough couple of weeks, with long nights, hard work and a big support from the factory. I dedicate this win to all of them, to the guys here and to those who’ve been working in Maranello. It’s been very hard for us, but today is a great day and I want to thank my team and our tifosi. Hopefully we’ll have a good race in Abu Dhabi!”
Aditi Ashok wins Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open

Aditi Ashok wins Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open

05/11/2017, India, Multi Sports, The Sports Campus , Article # 24717348

Indian teenager Aditi Ashok earned her third Ladies European Tour title in 12 months after a tense finish to the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open in Abu Dhabi.

The 19-year-old from Bangalore began the final day at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club with a two-stroke lead and seemed to be in cruise control for most of the round. She made a nervy start with a bogey on the fifth hole, but bounced back with six birdies in her next 11 holes to open a four-stroke advantage with three holes to play.

Then, from nowhere, she four-putted at the par-3 17th reducing her lead to just one stroke over Georgia Hall. She watched from the tee as the Englishwoman made a par four on the difficult 18th and then stepped up to make her own par under extreme pressure, playing a perfect approach shot up to the green over water on the closing hole.

Explaining her aberration on the 17th, Aditi said: “It wasn’t really nerves, I think I just lapsed for a bit and made a four-putt. I was playing okay all day, but didn’t make as many birdie putts as I wanted to. I’m just glad I came out on top. I had my game plan and wasn’t too aggressive. I just kept giving myself birdie putts and that was the plan on 17 as well. I don’t know how I ended up four-putting and I did the same on 18, gave myself a birdie putt and it didn’t go in, so I guess that was the story of my putting today, but the birdies in the middle helped.”

With rounds of 67, 66, 68 and 69, and a winning score of 18-under-par, the second-year professional golfer finished a stroke ahead of Hall and took home a first prize cheque for €70,788.

Hall finished as the bridesmaid for the second successive year, her final round of 66 being the joint best score of the day.

She said afterwards: “I’m a little bit disappointed because I thought I needed an eight-under today and I was ticking the shots off in my head. I hit the ball great all week, but I putted poorly and didn’t hole anything today. All my birdie chances were inside 10 feet. Aditi played great again and managed to get a par on the last, so well done to her.

“I played one of the best long games I have played all year but the putts weren’t going in and I was in between clubs on the last hole and went for the longer one. Maybe a bit of adrenaline went through me and I hit it too long but I made a good up and down. As far as I knew, I thought Aditi was 20-under so I was three behind going down the last, so I didn’t think I had a chance. If I had known, then maybe things would have been different.”

Camilla Lennarth, who had fellow Swede Sophie Gustafson on her bag for the first time, finished a stroke further back in outright third place on 16-under, having birdied three of the last four holes, with Cheyenne Woods of the United States in fourth and Linda Wessberg in fifth. Ellie Givens, who had played in the final group, tied for 11th place and Lee-Anne Pace, who had led for the first two rounds, shared 27th place.

It was Aditi Ashok who was handed the trophy by the UAE’s Minister of State for Happiness, Ohood bint Khalfan Al Roumi and the rising Indian star was finally able to smile.

It was her third LET title, following her previous back-to-back wins at the Hero Women’s Indian Open and Qatar Ladies Open in her rookie season in 2016.

She will look to emulate that feat next week when she heads to her home country to begin her defence of the Hero Women’s Indian Open, starting on Friday at DLF Golf Club in Gurgaon.
Aditi Ashok trails Pace by 1 at Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open

Aditi Ashok trails Pace by 1 at Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open

03/11/2017, India, Multi Sports, The Sports Campus , Article # 24692533

Another unbreakable 18 holes from Lee-Anne Pace keeps the South African atop of the leaderboard at 12 under, as the sun set on Round 2 of the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open.

The second day of the tournament was crammed with action, with India’s Aditi Ashok still in the hunt carding 66 to fall just one shot off the lead on 11 under, whilst Spaniard Luna Sobron made history by setting a new course record with 62; finishing nine under par overall for a share of third place – a 73-place climb from yesterday.

Also shooting up the leaderboard to join Luna in third place was Sweden’s Camilla Lennarth at  nine under overall, who fired eight birdies to post a second round score of seven under. Cheyenne Woods once again performed strongly with a round of 6 under, including an incredible hole in one on the 6th hole, her first as a professional, to put her in third place overall.

Georgia Hall also shot an impressive 67 to finish at 8 under par overall in joint fifth place with Florentyna Parker, Celine Herbin and Linda Wessberg.

Pace refused to crack under pressure, saying: “It feels great and I remembered the course better today but I struck the ball really nicely too. I hit the shots I wanted to hit and I hit it really close to the pin and made the putts.

Commenting on the days ahead, she added: “Tomorrow I’d like to start the way I did today, and be a bit patient, as patience helps you to do a lot. I had some chances which I didn’t take but in the end I’m pretty satisfied.”

Ashok was modest when asked about her round, focusing more on her technical game: “I feel I’m hitting the ball well enough, though I missed a couple of drives left but apart from that I struck the ball pretty well. My putting has been pretty good too, so I’m happy.

She added: “Still bogey free and everyone is mentioning it. I’m just focusing on hitting the fairways and letting the birdies happen.”

It was a tough day for Marianne Skarpnord as Norway’s rising star dropped to two under par, while fan favourite Carly Booth shot another 72 to finish agonizingly short of the cut going into day three. It was also a disappointing day for reigning champ Beth Allen, another not to make the cut, who immediately tweeted after her round: “What a world class event here at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club for FBMLO. Gutted to have put up such a terrible defense. #nextyear”.

His Excellency Aref Al Awani, General Secretary at Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC), owner of the event, said: “Today has shown just how much can change in this exciting sport. It’s no surprise that with such a host of talent on the field, we saw impressive play that has teed up a thrilling weekend of world-class competition ahead. We can’t wait to see what the next two days bring.”

Marking the Emirates-wide celebration of UAE Flag Day, players showed their support by wearing flag pins on their caps, as well as each pin flag changing from tournament magenta to the national flag.

The Village was buzzing with visitors today, as guests enjoyed refreshing cuisine, family fun and views of Saadiyat Beach Golf Club’s fairways basked in the Arabian sun. The Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open teed up more than just golf ahead of the weekend on day two at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, with visitors enjoying activities such as chipping challenges, the regions first-ever ‘paint golf’, and introductory beginners’ sessions in the popular tournament village, as well as culinary delights from Theo’s Point.
Kohli reclaims No.1 ODI rankings from ABD

Kohli reclaims No.1 ODI rankings from ABD

31/10/2017, India, Multi Sports, The Sports Campus , Article # 24655240

India captain Virat Kohli has moved back to the top position among batsmen in the ICC ODI Player Rankings within 10 days of losing it to South Africa batsman AB de Villiers.

In the latest rankings update that takes into account India’s home series against New Zealand which India won 2-1 on Sunday, as well as the last match of the South Africa-Bangladesh series and the last two matches of the Pakistan-Sri Lanka series, Kohli has also reached a career-high in terms of rating points. 

The 28-year-old Delhi batsman, who scored 263 runs in the series against New Zealand including knocks of 121 in the first ODI in Mumbai and 113 in the final ODI in Kanpur, has reached 889 points, which is the best ever by an India batsman. The previous highest points tally of 887 was managed by Sachin Tendulkar in 1998 and by Kohli earlier this year.

India opener Rohit Sharma’s 174 runs in the series against New Zealand, which included a fine 147 in the final match, has seen him reach a career-high rating of 799 points, even though he remains in seventh position. Similarly, Pakistan’s Babar Azam (fourth position) and South Africa’s Quinton de Kock (fifth position) have also attained their highest in terms of rating points.

South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis (up two places to 8th), former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (up one place to 11th), New Zealand batsman Tom Latham (up 15 places to a career-best 23rd), Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed (up three places to 37th) and Sri Lanka’s Lahiru Thirimanne (up six places to 47th) are among the batsmen to move up in the rankings.

The list for bowlers continues to be led by Pakistan pace bowler Hasan Ali while India pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah has reached a career-best third position after finishing with six wickets in the series against New Zealand.

Other bowlers to move northwards include left-arm spinners Mitchell Santner of New Zealand (up two places to 14th) and Pakistan’s Imad Wasim (up 14 places to 27th). Adam Milne has also made significant movement, gaining 11 slots to reach 42nd position.

India’s series win over New Zealand was not enough for them to overtake South Africa, who hold the top ranking in the ICC ODI Team Rankings.
Miller makes 36-ball century as South Africa pummel Bangladesh in Third T20

Miller makes 36-ball century as South Africa pummel Bangladesh in Third T20

30/10/2017, India, Multi Sports, The Sports Campus , Article # 24643445

David Miller wrote his name into the annals of the shortest format when he smashed the fastest ever century in the history of T20 International cricket to set South Africa up for an 83-run victory in the final match of the Bangladesh tour at Senwes Park on Sunday.

The victory gave the Proteas a 2-0 victory in the KFC T20 International Series and enabled them to complete a clean sweep across all three formats.

Miller made his century off just 35 balls which was a stunning 10 balls quicker than the previous best by his fellow Protea, Richard Levi. In the process he became the fourth South African to score a T20 International century after Levi, Morne van Wyk and Faf du Plessis. He also came within one hit of matching Yuvraj Singh’s performance of hitting 6 sixes in a single over. He despatched the first five balls from Saifuddin into the capacity crowd but could not get his bat under the sixth and had to settle for a single.

With 31 runs coming from that over he moved from 51 to 100 off just 13 deliveries during a blitz which included 6 sixes and 2 fours.

Unhappily for Bangladesh he was dropped before he had scored a run but thereafter it wasn’t just Miller Time, it was Miller day.

Up until his onslaught it looked as though Hashim Amla would be the one to become South Africa’s fourth centurion as he helped himself to 85 off 51 balls (11 fours and a six) before being caught in the deep but then Miller took over (101 not out off 36 balls, 7 fours and 9 sixes).

At one stage Bangladesh looked well in the match when they restricted the Proteas to 45/2 in the 6 power play overs and 78/3 after 10 but that proved to be just the calm before the storm.

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan, who opened the bowling on a slow-paced pitch, took 2/24 in his 4 overs but he was then trumped by South African captain JP Duminy in the same role when he took 2/23.

Bangladesh simply lost too many wickets as they chased a near impossible target, losing 4 top men in the power play overs.

Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals as the required run rate gradually got out of hand, soaring to 23 in the last 5 overs. Even during the height of the Miller onslaught with wickets in hand the Proteas managed 90 in the last 5 overs.

It goes without saying that Miller was named KFC Man of the Match and KFC Man of the Series.
Rose fights back for stunning WGC-HSBC Champions victory

Rose fights back for stunning WGC-HSBC Champions victory

29/10/2017, India, Multi Sports, The Sports Campus , Article # 24640244

Justin Rose produced the biggest comeback of the season to win his tenth European Tour title on a dramatic final day of the WGC-HSBC Champions. The Englishman was eight shots behind World Number One Dustin Johnson - who was six clear at the top of the leaderboard - when he teed off and remained six behind at the turn after playing his first nine holes at Sheshan International Golf Club in level par.

Rose then produced five birdies in a stunning back nine of 31 to get to 14 under after a 67, with Johnson slumping to a closing 77.

Johnson finished in a tie for second at 12 under alongside fellow American and reigning US Open champion Brooks Koepka and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson.

The victory is Rose's second World Golf Championships title after the 2012 WGC-Cadillac Championship which started his run of six consecutive seasons with a European Tour victory - the longest active streak on Tour - and moves him up to third in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex.

Any thoughts of a procession for overnight leader Johnson were quickly forgotten when he got in bunker trouble to drop a shot on the first and then lost his ball off the second tee for a bogey-bogey start.

Rose took advantage of the par five second and when he holed a lengthy double-breaker over the ridge on the third, he was alongside Koepka four shots back.

Johnson failed to record a single birdie all day and made a total of five bogies, while Rose’s flawless back nine, which included five birdies, put him in the driving seat.

Rose played a stunning bunker shot on the 16th to share the lead and he briefly held it on his own after Johnson hit a poor tee-shot and found sand with his second for a bogey.

Stenson joined Rose on 13 under after driving to just short of the green and getting down in two but Rose put his tee-shot on the 17th to three feet and led on his own.

Stenson bogeyed the penultimate hole and Koepka was the only one of the leading contenders to birdie the last for a 71, with Stenson recording a 70 and finishing second at this event for the second consecutive season.

Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello and Americans Peter Uihlein and Kyle Stanley finished at eight under, a shot clear of Brian Harman and two ahead of England's Matthew Fitzpatrick and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger.

Round four results

274 J Rose (Eng) 67 68 72 67,

276 D Johnson (USA) 68 63 68 77, B Koepka  (USA) 64 68 73 71, H Stenson (Swe) 68 69 69 70,

280 R Cabrera Bello (Esp) 68 70 70 72, P Uihlein  (USA) 72 67 69 72, K Stanley  (USA) 71 68 69 72,

281 B Harman (USA) 68 69 70 74,

282 M Fitzpatrick  (Eng) 68 69 72 73, B Wiesberger  (Aut) 71 70 70 71,

283 P Casey  (Eng) 71 72 69 71, T Hatton (Eng) 68 70 71 74, T Finau (USA) 67 72 74 70, J Day  (Aus) 69 74 72 68,

284 P Mickelson (USA) 71 72 74 67, P Cantlay (USA) 68 74 69 73, D Kataoka (Jpn) 71 72 69 72, C Howell Iii (USA) 72 67 71 74, B Grace  (RSA) 74 69 72 69,

285 T Fleetwood  (Eng) 71 70 70 74, W Ashun (Chn) 67 72 73 73, H Tanihara (Jpn) 72 70 74 69, J Vegas (Ven) 70 73 72 70,

286 K Aphibarnrat (Tha) 65 70 75 76, P Perez (USA) 72 69 76 69, D Berger (USA) 68 71 75 72, C Reavie (USA) 69 74 71 72, H Ryu (Kor) 69 73 69 75, P Saksansin (Tha) 73 70 68 75, M Southgate  (Eng) 68 71 74 73,

287 S Chawrasia (Ind) 72 70 73 72, A Levy (Fra) 71 71 71 74, T Olesen (Den) 72 73 69 73, A Noren  (Swe) 72 72 72 71, M Kuchar  (USA) 67 70 72 78,

288 R Henley (USA) 75 68 76 69, J Rahm  (Esp) 72 74 69 73,

289 P Dunne (Irl) 67 73 70 79, M Leishman (Aus) 71 79 68 71, L Wenchong (Chn) 72 70 73 74, R Sterne  (RSA) 73 72 76 68, H Porteous (RSA) 66 74 74 75, G Green  (Mas) 65 74 73 77,

290 Z Xinjun (Chn) 71 77 71 71, R Ramsay  (Sco) 73 71 75 71,

291 R Fox (Nzl) 71 69 75 76, P Khongwatmai (Tha) 69 78 70 74, F Molinari (Ita) 77 71 72 71, X Schauffele (USA) 71 75 74 71,

292 F Zanotti (Par) 73 71 71 77, H Swafford (USA) 70 74 75 73, C Schwartzel  (RSA) 73 70 73 76, L Haotong (Chn) 72 76 71 73, A Scott  (Aus) 72 72 74 74, P Reed (USA) 66 70 82 74, H Matsuyama  (Jpn) 74 74 72 72, L Glover (USA) 71 75 76 70,

293 D Lipsky (USA) 69 70 72 82, J Smith (Eng) 69 73 74 77, R Fisher (Eng) 77 70 73 73, C Kim (USA) 69 72 72 80,

294 B Haas  (USA) 71 73 76 74, S Hend (Aus) 71 68 78 77, W Bryan (USA) 77 72 71 74,

295 A Hadwin (Can) 69 74 79 73, M Hendry (Nzl) 73 75 71 76,

296 M Lorenzo-Vera  (Fra) 71 71 77 77, M Griffin (Aus) 68 77 74 77,

297 D Zecheng (Chn) 71 76 75 75, S Kim (Kor) 71 71 79 76,

299 G Storm  (Eng) 75 74 75 75, T Pieters  (Bel) 75 79 69 76,

300 L Yanwei (Chn) 72 73 77 78,

301 A Hall (Aus) 74 71 80 76,

304 A Dodt (Aus) 74 79 74 77,

308 B Stone (RSA) 78 87 68 75,

311 C Yi (Chn) 74 83 79 75
Martial nicks it late on for Man United against Spurs

Martial nicks it late on for Man United against Spurs

29/10/2017, India, Multi Sports, The Sports Campus , Article # 24630111

Anthony Martial came off the bench to keep Manchester United on the coattails of local rivals Manchester City as the Red Devils came out victorious in the battle between the Premier League's second and third placed teams, 1-0 at Old Trafford.

While the absence of Tottenham star striker Harry Kane dominated the pre-game headlines, it was the way team that enjoyed the better of a poor first half that saw virtually no goal mouth action.

United's best moment of the first half was a long range strike from a freekick from Marcus Rashford that was turned behind by Hugo Lloris, though the strike was probably going just wide anyway.

Tottenham meanwhile looked the more threatening of the two sides, but their best opportunity fell to French midfielder Sissoko, who fired high after an uncharacteristic error by David de Gea after he dropped the ball in the box after colliding with teammate Phil Jones.

United came out in much better shape in the second half and enjoyed a 5 minute spell of dominance where they threatened to break through. Spurs survived and could have taken the lead when Dele Alli ghosted into the box, found by a rare moment of class from Cristian Eriksen, but flicked his right footed effort wide of De Gea's right hand post.

It was to prove a costly miss from the Spurs man as Anthony Martial, a 70th minute replacement for Rashford, raced on to Romelu Lukaku's header as Eric Dier completely fell asleep at the back, and scuffed his finish past Lloris into the back of the net.

It was a lead that United comfortably held on to as they killed off time with ease and picked up a key win that keeps them within sniffing distance of Manchester City, who are in action later in the day away to West Brom.

Final Score: Manchester United 1-0 Tottenham (Martial 81')

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Zimbabwe wobble as Bishoo leads Windies fightback

Zimbabwe wobble as Bishoo leads Windies fightback

23/10/2017, India, Multi Sports, The Sports Campus , Article # 24562181

So far it has been a case of living by the sword, dying by the sword in this first Test between Zimbabwe and the Windies at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo. After Zimbabwe had deployed spin bowling so effectively to bundle out the Caribbean side for 219 on the first day – with captain Graeme Cremer leading the charge with a four-wicket haul – the visitors simply returned the favour on Sunday, skittling the home side for 159 just before tea.

Legspinner Devendra Bishoo was the chief tormentor, claiming five wickets, while there were two each for the captain Jason Holder and Kemar Roach.

Not quite the day the home side had anticipated, having closed day one with a brisk 19 for no loss on the board and with the returning Brendan Taylor expected to shore up Zimbabwe’s innings.

Play resumed with Hamilton Masakadza, who at stumps had not scored from the 12 balls he had faced, pulling Kemar Roach’s second delivery past midwicket for a boundary. After adding 25 runs to their overnight total, Zimbabwe were dealt a blow when Solomon Mire slogged a catch, off a slower ball from Roach, to Kraigg Braithwaite at deep midwicket.

Mire’s debut innings of 27 included four boundaries and one maximum off 36 deliveries.

Twelve overs into the day, the Windies introduced spin for the first time and Masakadza greeted Bishoo by carting him over long-on for a maximum.

Zimbabwe appeared on course to overhauling the Windies total, with Masakadza and Craig Ervine adding 47 runs for the second wicket before Bishoo claimed his first scalp.

Masakadza went forward for the defence but a feather-light edge off his bat brought the best out of the wicketkeeper, Shane Dowrich, who held on to a brilliant catch to end the veteran batsman’s innings for 42. His knock came off 78 balls and included four boundaries and a single six, with his dismissal leaving Zimbabwe on 91 for two, 128 runs behind the Windies.

That brought in Taylor, playing his first Test for Zimbabwe in almost three years after his stint in English county cricket.

His long-awaited return however lasted only seven deliveries, as he was caught by Jermaine Blackwood at first slip while trying to reverse-sweep Bishoo.

Taylor managed only a single run and Zimbabwe were now down to 93 for three. His departure unfortunately signalled the start of a collapse as the home side went on to lose the rest of their wickets for 66 runs.

Sean Williams nicked Roach to the keeper to depart for seven, off 25 balls, reducing Zimbabwe to 110 for four.

Next to go was Sikandar Raza, who skyed a catch to Shannon Gabriel while trying to hit Bishoo over extra cover – he scored six off 25 balls; 123 for five.

With Ervine still in, Zimbabwe still had hope their innings could be rescued but then Bishoo continued to run riot. Trying to sweep the legspinner, Ervine completely missed and was trapped plumb lbw to depart for 39, with five fours, off 89 balls; 133 for six.

Malcolm Waller lasted 27 balls which yielded 11 runs before Holder sent his middle stump for a jog; 139 for seven.

Bishoo completed his five-wicket haul when he had Regis Chakabva, who was on 12 including a six, caught by Roston Chase at backward point off the 21st delivery he faced.

Zimbabwe were now down to 147 for eight and, before a run could be added to the total, Cremer dragged Holder’s delivery back onto his stumps to depart without scoring off 11 balls.

There was a nice cameo performance at the tail-end from Chris Mpofu who got the crowd on their feet and chanting his name as he scored 10 runs off 26 deliveries before Gabriel had him outside-edging to Dowrich to end Zimbabwe’s innings for 159.

Tea was immediately taken, with the Windies taking a lead of 60.

Brathwaite and Kieran Powell came out to get the tourists’ second innings underway and contributed 25 runs before Cremer broke the opening stand for his third wicket in five balls.

Powell was the victim, his stump getting knocked out after he had scored 17, including one four and one six, off 34 balls.

At stumps, the Windies were on 81 for one and 148 runs ahead, with Brathwaite (38*) and Kyle Hope (32*) weathering all that Zimbabwe threw at them to see out the day unbeaten.


West Indies – 219 and 88-1 in 33 overs (Kraigg Brathwaite 38*, Kyle Hope 32*; Graeme Cremer 1/36)

Zimbabwe – 159 all out in 61.3 overs (Hamilton Masakadza 42, Craig Ervine 39, Solomon Mire 27; Devendra Bishoo 5/79, Kemar Roach 2/23, Jason Holder 2/25)
Glorious home win for Valderrama Master Garcia

Glorious home win for Valderrama Master Garcia

23/10/2017, India, Multi Sports, The Sports Campus , Article # 24562182

Sergio Garcia continued his love affair with Real Club Valderrama, as well as continuing an incredible 2017 season, by claiming a sixth European Tour win on Spanish soil at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation.

The home hero and tournament host made it a third victory of the year, and his first since claiming a maiden Major Championship title at the Masters, while rounding off a perfect week during which he was awarded Honorary Life Membership of the European Tour as well as of Real Club Valderrama.


It was no walk in the park for Garcia, who had to battle with Dutchman Joost Luiten all the way to the end before a par four at the final hole finished off a four under closing round of 67 for a 12 under total and a one-stroke triumph.

The win means Garcia closed the gap on Tommy Fleetwood at the top of the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex, with the battle to be crowned 2017 European Tour Number One all to play for heading into the final four events of the season.

Garcia shared, “It’s been an amazing year, and to win here at Valderrama is very special. I’m really excited about it, it’s difficult to describe how it feels to win at home and to win on your favourite golf course.

“It was amazing - all three of us played amazing. Daniel played great with everything that he had on the line. Joost played unbelievable. I played really well and felt like maybe I could get away, but he just kept coming back and back and made it an amazing match.

“I stayed patient the whole time, I made sure the bad moments did not affect me too much and made a couple of really key putts coming in.

“The people were unbelievable, amazing, so many people came out and supported, it was really a treat. I want to dedicate this one to my wife Angela and our little baby coming next year in March.”

Luiten carded six birdies and bogey for a five under 66 but came up just short as a crucial birdie putt at the last just lipped out, leaving him on 11 under for a runner-up finish that moved him to 31st in the Race to Dubai.

England's Daniel Brooks was four shots further back on seven under, after a level par 71, finishing two shots clear of Welshman Jamie Donaldson and three ahead of Australia's Wade Ormsby as all three men moved inside the top 101 in the Rankings to secure their playing privileges for next season.


272 S Garcia (Esp) 66 71 68 67,

273 J Luiten (Ned) 66 70 71 66,

277 D Brooks (Eng) 70 72 64 71,

279 J Donaldson (Wal) 73 67 68 71,

280 W Ormsby (Aus) 73 70 67 70,

281 A Hansen (Den) 70 70 71 70, S Jamieson (Sco) 69 68 71 73,

282 N Bertasio (Ita) 74 71 69 68, R Rock (Eng) 67 70 74 71, J Suri (USA) 73 73 65 71, A Rai (Eng) 70 74 71 67,

283 P Larrazábal (Esp) 67 73 73 70, A Otaegui (Esp) 71 71 72 69, P Hanson (Swe) 69 75 68 71, S Lowry (Irl) 72 70 69 72, O Fisher (Eng) 72 73 70 68, A Chesters (Eng) 72 74 69 68,

284 S Kjeldsen (Den) 72 71 70 71, C Hanson (Eng) 72 74 68 70, D Willett (Eng) 70 72 71 71, M Wallace (Eng) 71 72 69 72, A Sullivan (Eng) 71 72 74 67,

285 R Gouveia (Por) 69 70 72 74, A Johnston (Eng) 69 71 73 72, S Soderberg (Swe) 73 69 72 71, R Paratore (Ita) 77 68 72 68,

286 M Kaymer (Ger) 70 72 74 70, J Scrivener (Aus) 70 75 72 69, P Harrington (Irl) 72 73 69 72,

287 R Dinwiddie (Eng) 71 71 71 74, R Bland (Eng) 70 71 73 73, P Waring (Eng) 71 72 71 73, M Manassero (Ita) 70 74 68 75, J Lima (Por) 72 72 70 73, R Jacquelin (Fra) 71 70 73 73,

288 T Detry (Bel) 72 72 71 73, J Fahrbring (Swe) 73 71 70 74, L Jensen (Den) 70 74 73 71, C Pigem (Esp) 73 73 74 68, J Morrison (Eng) 69 74 73 72, F Fritsch (Ger) 71 75 70 72, A Cañizares (Esp) 72 70 75 71, B Evans (Eng) 69 69 77 73, Z Lombard (RSA) 75 71 72 70, J Campillo (Esp) 73 73 72 70,

289 P Peterson (USA) 68 72 75 74, A Plant (Eng) 70 72 74 73,

290 R Finch (Eng) 69 73 72 76, A Wu (Chn) 72 71 74 73, L Slattery (Eng) 72 71 71 76, B Ritthammer (Ger) 75 68 70 77, B Dredge (Wal) 73 73 71 73,

291 M Foster (Eng) 73 72 77 69,

292 A Connelly (Can) 73 69 76 74, J Walters (RSA) 71 74 71 76, P Angles (Esp) 75 69 74 74, A Romero (Arg) 71 75 75 71,

293 S Crocker (USA) 73 73 75 72, A Karlsson (Swe) 73 72 75 73, E Molinari (Ita) 69 71 81 72,

294 F Aguilar (Chi) 70 76 76 72,

295 D Perrier (Fra) 74 72 71 78,

299 O Wilson (Eng) 69 70 81 79,

300 C Syme (Sco) 75 70 76 79,

302 A Knappe (Ger) 74 72 79 77