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Storm lets five shot lead slip after back-to-back bogeys at KLM Open

Storm lets five shot lead slip after back-to-back bogeys at KLM Open

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UPDATED:

16:30 GMT, 8 September 2012

Graeme Storm let a five-shot advantage leak away and will embark on the final round of the KLM Open in a four-man tie at the top of the leaderboard.

The 34-year-old Englishman had negotiated his first two rounds and the first 12 holes of his third without dropping a shot, and at 14 under he held a handsome advantage over a cluster of rivals.

But back-to-back bogeys after poor tee shots at 13 and 14 began to undo his good work, and with the field closing in Storm found himself sharing first place on 12 under with Spaniards Pablo Larrazabal and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Scotland's Scott Jamieson.

Graeme Storm of England plays a shot during the second round of the KLM Open

Quieter day: England's Graeme Storm now shares the lead with Pablo Larrazabal, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Scott Jamieson

Storm signed for a one-under-par 69 on a day when low scoring was widespread, Larrazabal, Richie Ramsay and Henrik Stenson all posting 64s.

'I had two bad swings on 13 and 14,' Storm told europeantour.com.

'I had the tournament in the palm of my hand before that, but it should be a good day. I've only had two bogeys in 54 holes, which is quite impressive.

'It's difficult leading like I was. I have a lot of things on my mind at the moment with keeping my card, so I'm just looking at getting the best result I can.

'Tomorrow, keeping my card will be in the back of my mind, but I have given myself the chance to win and if I am in there with six holes to go I will go for it.'

Graeme Storm of England ponders during the second round of the KLM Open at Hilversumsche Golf Club

Losing steam: Back-to-back bogeys from Storm allowed his rivals to catch up

Larrazabal produced an inspired finish, with five birdies in his final six holes, while both Jamieson and Fernandez-Castano played the back nine impressively in posting rounds of 66.

Of the leading quartet, Storm is arguably the player needing the high finish most of all, given he stands 114th on the Race to Dubai money list, needing to stay in the top 115 to guarantee his place on tour next year.

The Hartlepool man probably needs to win another 100,000 euros (80,000) to safeguard his playing rights and a top-three finish in Holland could bring him a six-figure sum. First prize is 300,000 euros (240,000).

At the start of the day, Storm led by three from Fernandez-Castano, Jamieson and Sweden's Peter Hanson.

And when he picked up shots at the seventh, 10th and 12th to move to three under for the day and 14 under overall, he was pulling away and looked sure to lead by the end of the day.

Storm dropped his first shot of the week at the 13th, after failing to find the green off the tee.

Rather than a risky chip over a bunker on the direct line to the flag, he played safe and went wide of the potential hazard, leaving himself a long putt for par. It did not drop, meaning it was a bogey for Storm, his lead cut to four.

Then he crunched a wayward drive off the 14th tee and was in trouble that resulted in another dropped shot.

Henrik Stenson of Sweden plays a shot during the second round of the KLM Open at Hilversumsche Golf Club

In with a shout: Sweden's Henrik Stenson is in the runningt on eight-under

As his pursuers picked up shots over the closing holes, Storm could only manage four straight pars.

Hanson, heading for the Ryder Cup later in the month, birdied the 17th and 18th for a 67 which left him one off the pace on 11-under 199.

Ramsay missed out over the closing holes, but his six-under round lifted him into contention, a further two shots behind. Fresh from claiming the second European Tour victory of his career at the Omega European Masters last weekend, a third could still arrive this weekend for the 29-year-old former US Amateur champion.

He was stationed alongside England's Danny Willett, who had a 66, and Henrik Stenson was on eight-under 202 together with Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts who had a 67 as he continued to build towards his Ryder Cup debut in Medinah.

Germany's former world number one Martin Kaymer, also heading Stateside with Jose Maria Olazabal's Europe team, rolled in a long eagle putt at the last to atone for bogeys at the previous two holes as he finished the day six under for the tournament.

Mohamed Bangura"s car covered in Post-it notes by Celtic team-mates

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11:41 GMT, 30 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

With bitter rivals Rangers relegated to the depths of the Scottish Third division, Celtic seem to have a lot of time on their hands.

Joint top of the Scottish Premier League with a game in hand, Neil Lennon's camp appear to be pretty relaxed.

So relaxed, in fact, that Kris
Commons, Joe Ledley and captain Scott Brown (or 'Broony') took a break
from training to smother post-it notes all over Mohamed Bangura's car.

Sticky situation: Mohamed Bangura's car was tampered with

Sticky situation: Mohamed Bangura's car was tampered with

Rear view of Bangura's banger

The striker, who has failed to make
any impact at all at the club, has been sent on loan to AIK Solna – the club he signed from in August 2011.

To see him off the Celtic boys came up
with this prank. Ledley tweeted: 'Look what me @kcommons15 (Commons) and broony has been up to this week'. Commons, meanwhile, wrote: 'Little gift from the boys for Mo!!!'

He moved to Celtic for 2.2million from the Stockholm club after being recommended by Henrik Larsson, but things did not work out.

Bangura is set to return in December – hopefully by then he'll get the memo about what he's supposed
to do in-front of goal.

Sent out: Bangura will go back on loan to AIK

Sent out: Bangura will go back on loan to AIK

Cheers guys: Bangura will have something to remember Scotland by

Cheers guys: Bangura will have something to remember Scotland by

Celtic"s Dylan McGeouch returns home to surgery on broken jaw

Celtic pain eases as McGeouch returns home to surgery on broken jaw

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21:59 GMT, 12 August 2012

Celtic winger Dylan McGeouch will undergo surgery on a broken jaw after receiving the all-clear to fly home from America following his horror collision with Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin.

Team-mates looked on anxiously after the 19-year-old was knocked unconscious in a mid-air challenge in the 72nd minute of Saturday’s friendly in Philadelphia which the SPL champions lost 2-0.

It was initially feared he had swallowed his tongue and skipper for the night Joe Ledley described his alarm at seeing McGeouch’s eyes ‘rolling in his head’.

Worried Bhoys: Lennon and his players look on anxiously as McGeouch receives treatment

Worried Bhoys: Lennon and his players
look on anxiously as McGeouch receives treatment

Medics attended to the youngster for six minutes on the pitch before he was rushed to hospital, where he received messages of support from Sahin and Real coach Jose Mourinho.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon was able to make a reassuring call to McGeouch’s father Kevin, however, after being informed the teenager was not as badly injured as first feared — and welcomed the player back to the team hotel before a flight home to Glasgow via London.

‘I’ve not long spoken to Dylan and he’s coming out of the hospital,’ said Lennon. ‘Tim Williamson (Celtic physiotherapist) is out there waiting for him and he’ll be flying back with us.

‘We’ve booked him in to the Southern General Hospital tomorrow. It’s a similar fracture to the one Henrik Larsson suffered years ago and he’ll be having a plate put in. He has also damaged a tooth, which will probably have to come out. But he is OK and will have surgery. We believe he is going to be out four to six weeks.’

Broadcast live on ITV4, the McGeouch incident was watched by millions, including his anxious family in Glasgow.

Prostrate: Sahin checks on McGeouch

Prostrate: Sahin checks on McGeouch

‘I don’t think the TV cameras helped because they kept panning in on him,’ added Lennon. ‘Sometimes that exaggerates how bad it is. But I think he was out cold before he hit the ground.

‘Dylan was lying there flat and that’s always a major worry when you see something like that.

‘Thankfully, he is OK and he has had everything scanned and been given the all-clear. He has had a stable night. It’s a case now of getting his jaw fixed.

‘The boys were really concerned because they didn’t see any kind of consciousness with Dylan. But, once the medical team went out to him he was coming round.

‘I spoke to his father last night. We wanted to reassure him Dylan was OK. It must have been a worrying time for his parents.

‘After the game, Jose Mourinho was more concerned with how Dylan was than anything else.

Concern: Mourinho and Lennon have a chat

Concern: Mourinho and Lennon have a chat

‘But the fact Dylan is coming home with us is a big boost. He played so well against Real, he had a great first half.’

Travelling to America with just 16 players following treatment to Scott Brown, James Forrest and Paddy McCourt, the last thing Lennon needed was more injuries.

Gary Hooper and Anthony Stokes picked up ailments pre-match, while Daryl Murphy limped from the field injured, Lennon reporting: ‘Gary should be OK, his was precautionary.

‘Stokes is a slight concern as he suffered an ankle injury in the Inter Milan game and it’s still bothering him. The ankle keeps swelling up, so that’s bothering us. We’ll maybe have to rest him for four or five days to get it right again.’

For Ledley, captaining Celtic against Real was an occasion to relish. But the day looked to have taken a bleak, sickening turn after McGeouch’s misfortune.

‘We could see Dylan’s eyes rolling in his head and weren’t sure what was going on,’ revealed Ledley, skipper in Brown’s absence. ‘We wanted help to him as soon as possible and I thought the medical staff were brilliant.’

In the immediate aftermath of the incident, a friendly played with all the intensity of a training game slowed further still. For that much, Celtic could be grateful against a team of Spanish aristocrats worth an estimated 300million.

Mixing with the best: Kayal takes on Ronaldo

Mixing with the best: Kayal takes on Ronaldo

Real had beaten LA Galaxy 5-1 and AC Milan by the same scoreline, but contented themselves with two on Saturday. Jose Maria Callejon opened the scoring in 21 minutes before Karim Benzema fired a superb angled finish in 67 minutes.

Ledley himself had Celtic’s best — probably only — effort, with a first-half solo run before striking a 20-yard shot over the bar. With around a third of the crowd there to support Celtic, the result and performance was no worse, no better, than expected.

Manchester United aside, there is no bigger club on the planet than Real, Jose Mourinho’s starting XI boasting Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso and Kaka.

In comparison, Celtic’s starting XI cost just over 4m and looked positively impoverished. In blistering temperatures, the SPL champions were glad of the final whistle.

The Real Madrid circus, staggering in its intensity, reduced Scotland’s champions to the status of mere interlopers, there to make up the numbers in Real’s American tour.

‘It was a fantastic moment in my career to lead Celtic out against Real Madrid,’ said Ledley. ‘Something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.’

Young subs Callum McGregor and Marcus Fraser will do likewise. For them, Philadelphia was quite an episode. Ditto Dylan McGeouch. Once the jaw heals, he will have quite a tale to tell.

Spencer Levin holds one shot lead at Memorial Tournament in Ohio

Levin holds one shot lead in Ohio as Tiger struggles to stay in contention

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Sportsmail Reporter

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07:18 GMT, 3 June 2012

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07:18 GMT, 3 June 2012

Spencer Levin shot a three-under-par 69 to lead by one at the end of the third round of the Memorial Tournament as Tiger Woods battled to stay in contention.

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On a day when low scores were few and far between at Muirfield Village, with only 14 of the 71 remaining players going under par, Levin carded four birdies and an eagle against three bogeys to sit eight under overall, one stroke ahead of overnight leader Rory Sabbatini.

But it could have been even better for Levin, who turned in 32 and was five under for his round after 10, before bogeying the 12th and 16th.

Narrow lead: Spencer Levin leads by one shot

Narrow lead: Spencer Levin leads by one shot

'I had some really good breaks, so I'll take it,' Levin said. 'I played pretty solid, but it's nice to have a couple good breaks.

'But if you're going to shoot the low round of the day out here on the Tour, or any day, you're going to have a couple good breaks or make long putts or chip in generally.'

Sabbatini was one under today to lie seven under overall, two strokes ahead of Rickie Fowler and three ahead of Woods.

In contention: Tiger Woods reacts after missing a birdie putt but is just four shots off the lead

In contention: Tiger Woods reacts after missing a birdie putt but is just four shots off the lead

While Fowler equalled Levin's best-of-the-day 69 with four birdies and a bogey, Woods carded four bogeys on the back nine to more than cancel out his three birdies in a one-over 73.

'I certainly probably shot the highest score I could have shot today considering the way I hit it,” Woods said.

'But I'm only four back, and out here with the conditions, supposed to be like this tomorrow again, anything can happen.'

Sweden's Henrik Stenson was leading the European challenge as a 71 left him three under, alongside Japan's Ryo Ishikawa and American Jonathan Byrd.

First-round leader Scott Stallings was in a group seven on two under after a 75, while England's Justin Rose was level par and a trio of his compatriots – Brian Davis, Greg Owen and world number one Luke Donald – were three over.

World of Golf: Such a shame that glory for Matt seems a bit flat

Such a shame that glory for Matt seems a bit flat

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22:40 GMT, 14 May 2012

What's gone wrong with the Players Championship A few years ago it compared favourably with the Masters.

Successive wins for Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson brought with them an excitement that had been missing a month earlier during dull wins at Augusta for the likes of Trevor Immelman and Angel Cabrera.

Now the roars have returned every Sunday to the Masters while the Players has thrown up a hat-trick of winners all cut from the same mould.

Same same, but different: Matt Kuchar claimed victory in the Players Championship

Same same, but different: Matt Kuchar claimed victory in the Players Championship

Like Tim Clark and KJ Choi before him, this year’s winner Matt Kuchar is a fairways and greens man who gets the job done through consistency rather than flair.

Alongside Saturday’s pantomime villain Kevin Na, it made for perhaps the flattest weekend’s viewing we’ve seen all year. Why this has come about is a little course tweaking in both instances.

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At Augusta they’ve made it a touch easier, thus loosening the reins for the adventurous players, allowing them to play their shots in the knowledge there’s an escape route if they just fail to pull them off.

That’s how you get winners like Bubba Watson.

At Sawgrass now, there’s no margin for error. You only have to miss a fairway by a couple of feet to be in trouble.

The greens are invariably protected by a thick lining of rough, thus nullifying the skill and imagination of the short game artists.

Maybe this is fair enough. Why should everything be set up in favour of the great flair players It just seems a shame given the passionate crowds the event attracts and the brilliant trinity of finishing holes.

This year they cut the rough down a little, and let’s hope they cut it down a little more next year.

Nobody wants to see the McIlroys and the Mickelsons having things all their own way. But neither do you want them feeling like they can’t deliver.

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The Big Miss has proved a huge hit with the book-buying public of America. The controversial tome written by Tiger Woods’ former coach

has been flying off the shelves, with more than 228,000 hardback sales.

Big booking: Hank Haney's tome on Tiger Woods has been flying off the shelves

Big booking: Hank Haney's tome on Tiger Woods has been flying off the shelves

‘A money-making exercise,’ raged Woods when it was published in March and he certainly got that right.

Offering an interesting insight into
the mind of the Tiger, there have been seven reprints already, netting
its author an estimated $1million.

Perhaps Haney could get Woods to have another dig before the paperback comes out and make him a further million.

Caddie Waite’s the Westwood pick

As you can imagine, Lee Westwood hasn’t been short of offers since it was confirmed he would be without his regular caddie Billy Foster for the rest of this season owing to the latter suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury.

The man he has chosen is experienced
Australian Mike Waite, who caddied for Kiwi Michael Campbell when he won
the US Open in 2005.

Leen on me: Lee Westwood has had a big decision o make about his caddy

Leen on me: Lee Westwood has had a big decision o make about his caddy

Westwood’s manager Chubby Chandler was sitting in the press centre on Friday when he took the call from Waite. Three days later, Waite was glad he rang, for based on current form, 10 per cent – the usual caddie quota – of what Westwood earns is a better rate of pay than the Prime Minister’s.

What happens to Foster if Westwood and Waite team up to win a major this summer ‘Billy will be back on the bag the moment he is fit again,’ said the loyal Westy.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

‘I actually think we might want to experiment with penalty shots for players who play slowly. But I don’t think it will make any difference.’

Is there anybody in the world who agrees with that comment from US Tour commissioner Tim Finchem No, didn’t think so.

Don’t experiment, Tim, implement it. Tiger Woods wants it, Luke Donald wants it, in fact everyone with half a brain wants it to speed the game up. Golf in threeballs on Thursdays and Fridays is so slow it’s all but unwatchable.

Uncertain future
Troubled waters: Ian Poulter won last year's Volvo World Match Play Championship

Troubled waters: Ian Poulter won last year's Volvo World Match Play Championship

Once a staple of the autumn calendar at Wentworth, the Volvo World Match Play Championship was relaunched last year in Spain, but it already faces an uncertain future following this week’s edition.

The first thing will be to persuade Volvo to carry on supporting it, which won’t be the easiest task given the tournament has failed to attract any of the world’s top eight players.

Assuming the sponsors can be persuaded to stay on board, the next thing will be to find the event another new home, for it won’t be held at this week’s troubled venue Finca Cortesin anymore.

‘I can see it moving around Europe,’ said Guy Kinnings, golfing supremo for IMG, who organise the event.

Let’s hope he sees another date as well. Being sandwiched between marquee events on both sides of the Atlantic just doesn’t work.

Masters 2012: Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy level on four under

Westwood and McIlroy finish level after wildly different ends to the second round at Augusta

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22:07 GMT, 6 April 2012

Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy finished their second rounds at the Masters in Augusta in very different fashions and ended up on the same score.

England's world No 3 threw away the Masters lead he worked up so nicely in the first round, running up a six on the 18th green.

Meanwhile McIlroy hit a fine 69 to join Westwood on four under after a shaky start.

Disappointment: Lee Westwood will be annoyed at his score in the second round

Disappointment: Lee Westwood will be annoyed at his score in the second round

Westwood said: 'It was a disappointing way to finish, but if you get out of position on this course it can punish you.

'These things happen and they will happen to everybody.'

Henrik Stenson was leading when he took eight on the hole yesterday.

'I thought I made a few putts that didn't drop,' added Westwood. 'But I'm right in there for the weekend and that's where I want to be.

'The greens are getting more fiery and the wind is making it tricky.'

Good finish: Rory McIlroy finished level with Westwood

Good finish: Rory McIlroy finished level with Westwood

McIlroy had finished his opening 71 with back-to-back birdies and said: 'That was huge and it was nice just to get up today and get straight back at it.

'It put me in a positive frame of mind. I know I am playing well – my recent results (only one finish outside the top five since last August) show that.

'I just wanted to come and play and put myself in position to win another tournament, another major.'

Qatar Masters: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano leads

Fernandez-Castano leads Qatar Masters after commanding six-under first round

The golfer known as 'Gonzo' was anything but a muppet as he began the windswept Qatar Masters with a brilliant six under par 66.

Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano birdied the last three holes to deny 45-year-old American John Daly – 543rd in the world – the overnight lead in the second leg of the European Tour's Middle East swing.

The desert storm was such that many players wore sunglasses to try to limit the amount of sand blowing into their eyes on what Daly called a 'brutal' day.

Pretty in pink: Fernandez-Castano leads after the first round in Qatar

Pretty in pink: Fernandez-Castano leads after the first round in Qatar

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Defending champion Thomas Bjorn slumped to a 79 and fellow stars Ross Fisher and Henrik Stenson both failed to break 80, but Lee Westwood kept his hopes alive with a 71.

Fernandez-Castano could well take over top spot from Rory McIlroy in the race for Ryder Cup places if he wins this weekend and the 31-year-old from Madrid almost defied belief by grabbing nine birdies in all.

'I would have taken level par,' said the man who last year missed the cut in next-to-last place with two rounds of 78 and then was out of action for almost six months with a back injury.

He told Sky Sports: 'We couldn't see the ball landing on the fairways and I just tried to keep it as low as possible.

'I think I just got lucky and holed some important putts. Putting is the most difficult thing on a windy day.'

Daly's last victory was eight years ago, he no longer has a PGA Tour card and the last time he was in the headlines was for walking out of the Australian Open in November after hitting a succession of shots into a lake and saying he had run out of balls.

It was in a strong wind that he won the 1995 Open at St Andrews, but he did not expect this.

Rocky road: Robert Karlsson (above) and Peter Hanson (below) found themselves in some trouble on their opening rounds

Rocky road: Robert Karlsson (above) and Peter Hanson (below) take an unconventional route during their opening rounds

Rocky road: Robert Karlsson (above) and Peter Hanson (below) found themselves in some trouble on their opening rounds

'I'm pretty shocked,' Daly said after keeping a bogey off his card. 'I had five and a half weeks off and really didn't touch a club much.

'It's one of the best rounds I've ever played in a wind like that. You feel like you are eating a lot of sand.'

Only nine of the 132 players broke 70, with Korean KJ Choi and Australian Jason Day shooting 68 and England's Richard Finch and Danny Willett, Scot Paul Lawrie, Swede Peter Hanson and Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts being one further back.

Lawrie, whose win in the event in 1999 was followed by his Open Championship triumph that summer, said: 'I've sand in places I didn't know I had places.'

Graeme McDowell won his duel with American Hunter Mahan – opponents in the decisive singles match at Celtic Manor two years ago – but 73 and 74 kept them both in the pack.

Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal, who turns 46 on Sunday, reached five under, but bogeyed four of the last seven holes, while fellow Spaniard Alvaro Quiros – first, second and second the last three years – dropped three shots in his last two holes for a 72.

Grandstand finish: Jason Day lays up on the 18th hole

Grandstand finish: Jason Day lays up on the 18th hole

Just off pace: Tour legend John Daly is in the running heading into day two

Just off pace: Tour legend John Daly is in the running heading into day two

Sergio Garcia's bogey-bogey finish left him on the same score, but world number four Martin Kaymer hit back from missing the cut in his Abu Dhabi title defence last week with a 71.

Fisher, now out of the world's top 100 two years after being part of the Ryder Cup side, did not have a single birdie in his 81, while Stenson's 82 included a triple bogey eight on the ninth.

The Swede was fourth in the world less than three years ago. Now he is 222nd.

And the bad news for the entire field is that the wind is expected to be even stronger for the second round.