Lee wins ANA Inspiration and first major in playoff

first_imgKorda, who had led after every round, had looked poised to claim a first major victory when she stepped onto the 18th tee with a one shot lead but a few minutes later found herself in playoff.As Korda prepared to tee off on the last hole of regulation, ahead of her on the par-five 18th, Lee was chipping in from off the green for an eagle and a final round five-under 67 to join the American at 15-under.Henderson would follow with a birdie at the last for a three-under 69 while Korda could do no better than par, also for 69.Back on 18th for the first playoff hole Lee once again relied on her wedge chipping to within five feet and making a nervy putt for birdie with Henderson and Korda both carding pars.It was the fourth career LPGA Tour win for the 29-year-old South Korean and first since 2017.And it came courtesy of a gut-churning rollercoaster finish for Lee who was in the hunt for the title one minute, out of the next and then back in it again with a birdie, bogey, eagle end to regulation.Lee’s red hot wedge came to the rescue when she chipped in for birdie on 16 to pull within one of the leaders before just as quickly seeming to throw it all away with bogey at the 17th dropping her two off the pace. But another pitch perfect chip for eagle on 18 put all the pressure on the two women following her.Topics : South Korea’s Mirim Lee eagled her final hole of regulation to force a three-way playoff with American Nelly Korda and Canadian Brooke Henderson at the ANA Inspiration on Sunday, then birdied the first extra hole to walk off with a maiden LPGA major title.It was a wild finish on a scorching hot afternoon in Rancho Mirage, California which ended with Lee taking the winner’s traditional cool plunge into Poppie’s Pond that rings the 18th hole at Mission Hills Country Club.”I can’t believe it. Honestly I have no emotions,” offered a tearful Lee through an interpreter. “I just told myself, ‘Let’s finish this quickly’.”last_img read more

Sokratis reveals why Unai Emery ‘needs’ Mesut Ozil at Arsenal

first_imgSokratis reveals why Unai Emery ‘needs’ Mesut Ozil at Arsenal Ozil returned – and impressed – against BATE (Picture: Getty)‘He played very good,’ Sokratis said of Ozil’s display.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Mesut is a fantastic player and when he is fit he is one of the most important players in the team. Of course when something is not going good, everybody is there to criticise but we have to see also what Mesut did in the last years for this team.‘All the team, all the players are behind him and we need a good Mesut to go (forward) because we know that he is very important for us.‘Mesut is very important, he is a very good guy and we need him’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalEmery has grown frusrated at Ozil’s tendency to pull out of matches at late notice.The German has struggled with a back injury in recent months and had several bouts of illness.Sokratis says the problems have mounted up for Ozil but says he’s turned a corner recently.‘He was sick, he had some problems but after he came back for training,’ he said.‘Now, he is good. He did well yesterday and I hope in the next games he will go forward like this. He enjoys (himself) and we enjoy that he is with us.‘But when you are injured, it is difficult.’MORE: Cesc Fabgregas speaks out on Chelsea’s poor form since his departure from the club Comment Advertisement Mesut Ozil made just his second start of 2019 on Thursday (Picture: Getty)Sokratis Papastathopoulos insists Arsenal ‘need’ Mesut Ozil because when he’s fit he’s ‘one of the most important players’ in the team.The German made just his second start of 2019 in Arsenal’s 3-0 win against BATE Borisov on Thursday night.The 30-year-old was told he could leave the club in January but he’s keen to stay in London and knows his £350,000-a-week wages are unlikely to be matched elsewhere.Emery dampened talk that Ozil’s return on Thursday was a turning point but Sokratis insists the club ‘need’ the German.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterFriday 22 Feb 2019 2:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link402Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

O’Brien in World Cup fitness race

first_imgSean O’Brien faces a “nightmare” six months sidelined with shoulder trouble that threatens to wipe out his Six Nations campaign with Ireland. Should O’Brien miss Ireland’s Six Nations campaign he would be left with just the World Cup warm-up fixtures to prove himself ready for the global tournament. Ireland face Wales home and away and Scotland in Dublin August next year, before taking on England at Twickenham on September 5. Schmidt’s men will line up against France, Italy, Canada and Romania in Pool D of next year’s England-based World Cup. O’Brien swells Ireland’s list of autumn absentees after Munster duo Keith Earls and Donnacha Ryan were ruled out of November action this week. Luckless Earls has undergone surgery on the patella problem that has dogged the versatile flyer for some time. Lock Ryan could miss the entire campaign with a foot problem, while Ulster duo Iain Henderson and Dan Tuohy are also out of autumn contention. Press Association Leinster boss Matt O’Connor has revealed the British and Irish Lions flanker will undergo shoulder surgery in London on Friday. The 27-year-old has suffered an infection in the same shoulder he had reconstructed after Ireland’s 24-22 Dublin defeat to New Zealand in November. The bullish back-rower will miss Ireland’s three-Test autumn series and could now be left with just four international matches to prove his fitness for Rugby World Cup 2015. “It’s a nightmare. He’s incredibly frustrated,” said O’Connor. “There was a little bit of a complication with the previous surgery due to the infection. “So they’re going to have to redo that reconstruction, which is a five to six month time frame.” Ireland face South Africa, Georgia and Australia in their autumn Guinness series, and have just 12 fixtures before launching their World Cup bid against Canada in September 2015. O’Brien has marked himself out as among the best flankers in world rugby through his gritty, physical style. The 30-cap back-rower was expected to form a dangerous partnership with Peter O’Mahony and Jamie Heaslip for Ireland this autumn. Now head coach Schmidt may well turn to Ulster flanker Chris Henry, who deputised impressively last term as Ireland claimed the Six Nations title. last_img read more

Cricket News Shane Warne wants Pant to open with Rohit against Australia

first_imgNew Delhi: Spin great Shane Warne feels the young Rishabh Pant can play as a specialist batsman in the Indian ODI team and even backed the talented youngster to open alongside Rohit Sharma. With India closing in on their final 15 for the World Cup, Pant has got a solid endorsement from Warne.“There has been talk if Rishabh Pant can play in the side. I think Dhoni and Pant both can play. I can’t see why Rishabh Pant can’t play as a batsman, he is outstanding. Maybe even open the batting with Rohit Sharma,” Warne told India Today.“I know Shikhar Dhawan does a great job but Rishabh Pant opening the batting with Rohit Sharma could be pretty cool too for India. Go with some of these X-factor type things and tactical battles, where you surprise the opposition,” said the Australian legend.Warne wants India to experiment with their top-order in the upcoming home series against Australia, starting February 24 with the first T20.Also Read | Smriti Mandhana among Maharashtra state sports award winners“It could be worth throwing Rishabh Pant at the top of the order for a couple of games and see how he goes. Maybe against Australia now and experiment and see how he goes for the World Cup.“Dhawan may have a role to play somewhere else. But I am really looking forward to seeing what India have because they have a lot of players who can do a lot of roles,” said the 49-year-old.Talking about Indian cricket, Warne said its national team can dominate the world for years.“I think India can now have a dominant time in world cricket if they can keep their players on the park, the players stay hungry and value the opportunity and be grateful to play Test cricket.“Yes they can make money from IPL and make a fortune. But if they can keep the hunger up to compete in the highest form of the game, that is tests, they can dominate world cricket for a long time,” Warned added. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more