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Paul Lim at Ally Pally 22 years after first televised nine-darter – video

Out on a Lim! Singapore Slinger at Ally Pally – 22 years on from first televised nine-darter

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UPDATED:

09:52 GMT, 20 December 2012

The lively Alexandra Palace crowd will crank it up a notch on Thursday night when Paul Lim strolls up to the oche – 22 years after throwing the first televised nine-dart game at the World Championship.

Lim's life changed forever when he scooped 52,000 for the perfect leg against Jack McKenna at the Lakeside in 1990.

'I’ll never forget the nine-darter. All these years later, people still ask me about it – but it’s nice to be remembered for that moment because it was a bit of darts history,' Lim told the Daily Mirror.

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Shot at glory: Paul Lim is at Ally Pally for the World Championship

Shot at glory: Paul Lim is at Ally Pally for the World Championship

'Whenever I came over to the UK and Europe on business in the last few years, people recognised me as ‘the nine-dart guy’ and it changed my life in terms of recognition.

'I was a good player, but never in the class of Phil Taylor or Eric Bristow. People remember me as Paul Lim, the nine-dart guy, not as a darts player.

'I’ll never forget the moment I raised my hands in the air. That will stay with me forever.'

Singapore-born Lim took up the game at Chiswick's Robin Hood pub when he worked in London as a chef. He then moved to Papua New Guinea before going to America and turning professional.

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The prize he scooped for his big moment at Frimley Green was used to start an electronics business.

Lim added: 'I made good use of the money because my son is running the business now.'

The 58-year-old faces a prelim qualifier against Mohd Latif Sapup to earn a crack at Michael van Gerwen

'I have nothing to lose – I have played for 38 years and I am very blessed that I can just go out there and enjoy myself,' he said.

'I’ve felt very at ease coming here. My heart doesn’t usually beat any faster when I’m on stage, but this time might be different.'

Rory McIlroy with Caroline Wozniacki at Singapore Open

Rory laps it up! McIlroy sitting pretty with Caroline as world No 1 finds form

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UPDATED:

12:58 GMT, 10 November 2012

World No 1 Rory McIlroy made early ground on leader Thomas Bjorn on the third day of the Barclays Singapore Open.

The Northern Irishman picked up two shots on the back nine to go to four under but that still left him five adrift of the Dane as play closed early for the day due to darkness.

It was again a mixed bag for McIlroy whose struggles of the first two days continued as he picked up four shots in all but also dropped two with a double-bogey six at the 444-yard sixth.

Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy

Taking it easy: Rory McIlroy with girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki as he looks to make progress in Singapore

Having picked up a shot at the par three second he then eagled the 586-yard fourth before throwing away what he had gained two holes later.

A double-bogey six on the sixth was followed by a birdie on the seventh as McIlroy went out in 34 as he looked to improve on shooting 70 on each of the first two days.

'Two under through nine
was a pretty decent effort, but I probably need a few more birdies
tomorrow morning to get myself within a few shots of the lead going into
the fourth round,' he said.

On the move: McIlroy improved on day three but still trails leader Thomas Bjorn (below) in Singapore

On the move: McIlroy improved on day three but still trails leader Thomas Bjorn (below) in Singapore

Thomas Bjorn

Bjorn made a steady start by parring his first three holes to retain the lead on nine under, the Dane one shot ahead of England's Chris Wood who picked up one stroke with a birdie on the second.

South African George Coetzee was alone in third on seven under and Italian Francesco Molinari shared fourth a shot further back with Thailand's Chapchai Nirat.

Bjorn was in good spirits as he looked for his first win of the year.

'This course can very quickly bite you, especially if you don't drive the ball well,' he told the European Tour website after completing his second round.

'The numbers can run up on this golf course, so you've got to stay with what you're doing. I've enjoyed these two days, and it's nice to play some good stuff but there's still a long way to go in this golf tournament. I've got two good rounds in the bank but there's a way to go.'

Rory McIlroy frustrated as Singapore Open suspended

Singapore Open cut to 54 holes after thunderstorms delay McIlroy's progress

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UPDATED:

10:26 GMT, 9 November 2012

The Barclays Singapore Open featuring world No 1 Rory McIlroy could be cut to 54 holes for the second year running after more thunderstorm delays at Sentosa on Friday.

Half the field have not even started their second rounds after two days of the 3.7million event and more rain is forecast for the weekend.

Thai golfer Chapchai Nirat and England's Simon Dyson top the leaderboard overnight, although there will be an instant change to that when play resumes as Dyson failed to par the 474-yard fifth – his 14th – just before the siren sounded and was left with a short putt for bogey.

No go: Rory McIlroy was stopped in his tracks at the Singapore Open

No go: Rory McIlroy was stopped in his tracks at the Singapore Open

Watching brief: Caroline Wozniacki keeps tabs on boyfriend McIlroy at the Singapore Open

Watching brief: Caroline Wozniacki keeps tabs on boyfriend McIlroy at the Singapore Open

That would drop him to five under par, one behind Nirat and alongside Dane Thomas Bjorn and Italians Francesco Molinari and Matteo Manassero. Bjorn is among those who have played only 18 holes so far.

McIlroy is down in joint 29th place on one under, but that was a distinct improvement on how he stood earlier in the day.

After first of all completing an opening 70, the 23-year-old Northern Irishman dropped three early strokes when he went out again soon afterwards.

Looking for something Rikard Karlberg searches for his ball during day two of the Singapore Open

Looking for something Rikard Karlberg searches for his ball during day two of the Singapore Open

At two over McIlroy was outside the predicted halfway cut mark at that point, but he then had three birdies in four holes around the turn.

The last two of those were the result of superb approaches to within three feet of the flag.

Phil Mickelson, three-time winner Adam Scott and Padraig Harrington did not make it onto the course like Bjorn, but at two over, level par and three over respectively they all have a lot of work to do on the resumption to climb into contention – especially if the tournament is shortened.

Leading light: Simon Dyson sits at the top of the leaderboard

Leading light: Simon Dyson sits at the top of the leaderboard

Dyson was a four-time winner in Asia earlier in his career, but has had a disappointing season. With a best finish of 10th at the Irish Open in July he has dropped from 28th in the world to 63rd.

A climb back into the top 50 by the end of the year, though, would secure him a third trip to the US Masters next April.

Nirat is ranked 631st, but was a winner on the European Tour in China five years ago.

Rory McIlroy stopped as thunderstorm suspends Singapore Open

McIlroy stopped in his tracks after thunderstorm suspends Singapore Open

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UPDATED:

12:03 GMT, 8 November 2012

Singapore's weather could have a big part to play in whether Rory McIlroy clinches the European Tour money list title this weekend.

The world No 1 was restricted to just eight holes on the first day of the Barclays Singapore Open, a thunderstorm suspending play in mid-afternoon with him level par and five behind leader Thomas Bjorn.

Last year's tournament was cut to three rounds because of torrential rain and the shorter the event the harder it will be for McIlroy to climb from his current 38th position into the top three he needs for the Order of Merit crown.

Halted: Rory McIlroy was unable to complete his round after thunderstorms suspended play

Halted: Rory McIlroy was unable to complete his round after thunderstorms suspended play

Already the PGA Tour's leading money-winner this season, the 23-year-old Northern Irishman is trying to achieve what was an unprecedented double until Luke Donald did it last season.

Even missing the halfway cut at Sentosa would still leave him a massive favourite, however.

None of his main challengers is in the field, nor will they be in Hong Kong when he defends the title there next week and after that there is only the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai to come.

McIlroy controversially skipped last week's world championship in China to watch girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki play tennis in Bulgaria, but the roles are reversed now.

After an opening bogey she saw him hit back with birdies on the fourth and fifth, but then came another dropped stroke at the short eighth just before the sirens sounded because of the approaching dark clouds.

Leader: Thomas Bjorn sits at the top of the leaderboard following close of play on Thursday

Leader: Thomas Bjorn sits at the top of the leaderboard following close of play on Thursday

Wozniacki's fellow Dane Bjorn had long finished his day's work by then, a five under par 66 putting him one in front of England's Simon Khan, Spaniard Pablo Martin and Thai Chinnarat Phadungsil.

Former world number three Paul Casey, back to form after crashing out of the game's top 100 following his snowboarding accident last Christmas, is only two behind, but three-time winner Adam Scott is alongside McIlroy after a 71, Phil Mickelson was two worse than that and Padraig Harrington ran up a seven in his 74.

Now 41, players' committee chairman Bjorn won three times last season, but has gone 14 months without tasting more success.

He birdied three of his last six holes in the oppressive morning heat and humidity and said: “We get quite used to it, but you've just got to pace yourself a little bit and not use too much energy.

Revival: Paul Casey is in contention following his return from an injury lay-off

Revival: Paul Casey is in contention following his return from an injury lay-off

'It's quite nice for the body to be feeling warm and nice out there – no cold for the old joints to get you into trouble!'

Five years ago Martin became the first amateur to win on the European Tour and he has triumphed twice more since then, but at 166th on the money list he needs a top eight finish to save himself from a return to the qualifying school.

'I haven't been able to put together four decent rounds in a row, but hopefully my luck will turn,' said Martin, who also has the Hong Kong Open to fight for his future.

After two months out with a dislocated shoulder Casey made only one halfway cut from March to mid-August, but his last three finishes have been third, fifth and sixth.

'The golf has been really nice lately and I'd love to sneak a win in before my season finishes,” he commented.

'It's the first time I've played in this kind of humidity in a long time. Just hanging on to the club with sweaty hands is the biggest problem.'

Singapore Open: Live leaderboard

Singapore Open leaderboard: Keep up to date with the scores

UPDATED:

23:00 GMT, 7 November 2012

The European Tour is at the Sentosa Golf Club this week for the Singapore Open.

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano took the title last year and you can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE LEADERBOARD

World No 1: Rory McIlroy is teeing it up at the Singapore Open

World No 1: Rory McIlroy is teeing it up at the Singapore Open

Rory McIlroy admits criticism is fair after skipping HSBC Champions

McIlroy admits he deserves criticism for skipping WGC event to be with Wozniacki

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UPDATED:

12:20 GMT, 7 November 2012

Rory McIlroy has defended his decision to skip last week’s WGC-HSBC Champions tournament in China to watch his girlfriend play tennis but admits that the criticism of his no-show was fair.

The world No 1 returns to action at this week’s co-sanctioned Singapore Open after taking a week off to cheer on Caroline Wozniacki at the Tournament of Champions in Bulgaria, a break he said was necessary despite the disappointment of golf fans.

'I think the criticism is fair… it’s a World Golf Championship event, one of the big ones. It was a tough one to miss, especially watching it on television,' McIlroy told reporters on Wednesday.

Rory relaxed: World No 1 McIlroy speaks to the media ahead of the Barclays Singapore Open

Rory relaxed: World No 1 McIlroy speaks to the media ahead of the Barclays Singapore Open

'But I can’t play every week. If I had played that I would have finished the season having played in Turkey, after the Ryder Cup and the FedEx Cup stuff. It’s just too much and one event had to miss out and that was it.

'I played the course at Mission Hills a couple of years ago and didn’t really like it. Thought it was a course where I would get frustrated and am glad the event is going back to Shanghai next year.'

World No 2 Tiger Woods also skipped the Shenzhen event in favour of rest and McIlroy realises that since rising to the top of the game, he needs to strike the right balance between playing, fulfilling media commitments and taking time off.

In the swing: McIlroy in action during the Pro-Am on the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club on Wednesday

In the swing: McIlroy in action during the Pro-Am on the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club on Wednesday

In the swing: McIlroy in action during the Pro-Am on the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club on Wednesday

'Managing time is a very important part of my life,” the 23-year-old Northern Irishman added.

'I thought I did a little bit better this season than I did last year after I won the U.S. Open in 2011. People want more of you, they want you to do more things and you have to learn how to say ‘no’.

'You have to be selfish sometimes. First and foremost, you have to look after yourself and fit in the things that you want to do.

Putting it mildly: McIlroy admits he had disappointed fans and sponsors by missing last week's HSBC Champions

Putting it mildly: McIlroy admits he disappointed fans and sponsors by missing last week's HSBC Champions

'I am in a fortunate position that I can dictate where I want to play, what I want to do and where I want to go and as long as I am in that position then that’s lovely.'

Before taking their break, McIlroy and Woods squared off in a lucrative 18-hole exhibition in Guangzhou and despite beating the American in a good-natured showdown, the Ulsterman maintains their friendship does not compromise their rivalry.

'It’s not difficult to be competitive against him at all,' McIlroy said. 'For me, I never go into a tournament trying to beat just one player I try to play the golf course the best I can.'

Man to beat: The Ulsterman is leading the Race to Dubai heading in to the Singapore Open

Man to beat: The Ulsterman is leading the Race to Dubai heading in to the Singapore Open

Man to beat: The Ulsterman is leading the Race to Dubai heading in to the Singapore Open

'There are going to be times where I come up against friends and guys I have close links with and you don’t think about those things,' he added.

'You just try and play the best you can. I am happy for the guy next to me to shoot seven-under as long as I shoot eight-under and win. I don’t care if they play well or not, I just want to play better.'

Singaporean teams to be fined for poor league finishes

You've finished last… now pay up! Singapore league to fine worst teams

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UPDATED:

09:44 GMT, 17 October 2012

As if a rock-bottom finish in Singapore's S League was not bad enough, the city-state's soccer bosses are now planning to punish the weakest team further with fines.

Under a new 'carrot-and-stick' approach, while the reward for winning the Singaporean title is being boosted, five-figure penalties are to be introduced for make-weights, TODAY newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The team that finishes last in the 13-team league next season will face a 50,000 Singapore dollar (25,400) penalty, while the 12th-placed side will be S$30,000 (15,300) worse off.

Controversial move: Singapore's national football stadium - Jalan Besar

Controversial move: Singapore's national football stadium – Jalan Besar

'We hope these – stiff penalties, not just a slap on the wrist – will inspire clubs to do well,' S League boss Lim Chin told the paper.

'”Competitive” and “interesting” were the two key words for us in deciding on the initiatives for the league next year and, while the S League is not ready for a promotion-relegation system, we want every team to give their best,' he added, explaining the unusual tough-love approach.

The Singapore Football Association was unavailable for comment.

Fans' reaction in Singapore has ranged from incredulity to outrage, with a number saying the fines would be counter-productive and tantamount to kicking a man while he is down.

But Lim said the change would be 'better for the league than just sticking to what we've had before'.

'We think the quantum of the penalties is painful enough to force teams to make an effort to do well, while not big enough to force clubs to sit out the league,' he added.

'Having said that, we will allow clubs to make phased payments out of their subsidies in the following year.'

Jenson Button handed five-place grid penalty for Japanese Grand Prix

Button blow as Brit is handed five-place grid penalty for gearbox change

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UPDATED:

21:00 GMT, 1 October 2012

Jenson Button has been hit with a five-place grid penalty for this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix after McLaren were forced to change his gearbox.

The move was made following the discovery of the same fault which forced teammate Lewis Hamilton to retire from the lead of the previous race in Singapore.

Penalised: Button (left) finished second in Singapore

Penalised: Button (left) finished second in Singapore

Hamilton, who on Friday announced his decision to drive for Mercedes next season, will also be fitted with a new gearbox for Suzuka but escapes penalty as he failed to finish in Singapore.

Button, who won in Japan last year, trails Hamilton by 23 points and championship leader, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, by 75 with six races remaining.

Mercedes put bid to sign Lewis Hamilton on ice as they enter talks with Michael Schumacher

Mercedes put bid to sign Hamilton on ice as they enter talks with Schumacher over future

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UPDATED:

13:45 GMT, 27 September 2012

Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn insists discussions remain ongoing with Michael Schumacher over whether the seven-times champion will re-sign for 2013.

In light of a meeting of the board at Mercedes on Wednesday, speculation had surfaced that an announcement regarding the team's driver line-up for next season was imminent.

Mercedes are known to have courted Lewis Hamilton, offering a deal to lure the 27-year-old away from McLaren.

Retirment: Michael Schumacher retired from the race in Singapore after a crash

Retirment: Michael Schumacher retired from the race in Singapore after a crash

The Woking-based marque, where Hamilton has spent the last 14 years, initially handed him a derisory deal, slashing his current salary by a third.

It is believed that in a bid to keep Hamilton, McLaren have increased their contract offer by a further 2million to match Mercedes.

However, there has been no word from Mercedes, and unlikely to be for another few weeks at least, according to Brawn, as talks continue with 43-year-old Schumacher over his future.

'It's still under discussion, I'm afraid,' said Brawn on BBC Radio 5 Live.

'I can't comment very much on that, but Michael's been a huge asset to the team, he's really taken us forward.

Asset: Mercedes are considering letting the veteran German driver stay on

Asset: Mercedes are considering letting the veteran German driver stay on

Asset: Mercedes are considering letting the veteran German driver stay on

'I do think Michael contributes an awful lot, so I think the decision for Michael to stay or not continue is a difficult one.

'Obviously he's very involved in that decision, and discussions are ongoing at the moment.'

Asked whether Hamilton could be joining Mercedes, Brawn naturally ducked the issue, adding: “I think any ambitious team looks at the top drivers and we're an ambitious team.

'But I think there's an awful lot of speculation. We will have some things to say in the next few weeks, next few months, and then all will become clear.'

On ice: Mercedes will focus on Schumacher before they develop any further approach for Lewis Hamilton

On ice: Mercedes will focus on Schumacher before they develop any further approach for Lewis Hamilton

Thailand to stage F1 night race from 2014

Thailand set to rival Singapore as Bangkok closes in on deal to stage second F1 night race

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UPDATED:

09:37 GMT, 27 September 2012

A grand prix in Thailand is on the cards from 2014 as an agreement is understood to have been reached in principle for a race to be run around the streets of Bangkok.

The news has been confirmed by Kanokphand Chulakasem, governor of the Sports Authority of Thailand.

Chulakasem, along with an advisor to billionaire Red Bull owner Chalerm Yoovidhya, met Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone over the weekend at the Singapore Grand Prix.

Rival: A Thailand official claims a deal is in place to race in Bangkok from 2014

Rival: A Thailand official claims a deal is in place to race in Bangkok from 2014

Speaking to the Bangkok Post, Chulakasem said: 'It will be a city race like that in Singapore and Monaco, and it will be a night race like the Singapore Grand Prix.'

However, a sanctioning fee and contract have still to be agreed.

Tourism and Sports Minister Chumpol Silpa-archa claims the government would likely pay 60 per cent of the annual fee, with the remainder to come from private companies such as Red Bull and Singha.

Support: Over 100,000 people turned out to watch Webber in 2010

Support: Over 100,000 people turned out to watch Webber in 2010

Over 100,000 people took to the streets of Bangok in 2010 to watch Mark Webber take part in a demo run.

Speaking last week, Bernie Ecclestone refused to rule out the possibility of another night race to rival Singapore.

The F1 supremo said: 'It's difficult to know. The trouble is they've started something that's so popular worldwide that I'm sure other people are going to want to do this.