Sports News Update:July 2012

Golf – The Open Championship at Lytham St.Annes – The first three days took place in almost perfect conditions enabling some good scores to be made on this difficult course. Adam Scott was best on the first day with a 64, one shot outside the lowest score for a single round at the Open. America’s Brandt Snedeker took the half-way lead with a score of  130 (10 under par) to equal Nick Faldo’s record for the lowest score in the Open after 36 holes. Snedeker hadn’t had a bogey or been in a bunker in the first two rounds but in the third round did both to slip down the leader board.

In the third round Scott emerged again to take a four shot lead after 54 holes. Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell was his closest pursuer with Tiger Woods lurking not far behind. Woods’s chance effectively went after a triple bogey at the 6th hole in the final round when he took two shots to escape from a greenside bunker.

The conditions were breezier for the final round and this caused problems for most of the leaders. McDowell never really threatened and when his ball went into the bushes at the start of the back nine he was out of contention. Scott appeared to be in control of things after 14 holes. He had been steadier than all of the other leaders except for Ernie Els who was the only one of them to be under par for his round approaching the home straight. However, Scott bogeyed 15 and the easy 16th to cut his lead over Els to two shots. Els holed a long put on 18 to put more pressure on the Australian. When Scott dropped another shot at 17 he was level with Els.  Scott’s drive on 18 found a bunker and he was unable to hole a 15 foot par put to take it to a play-off.

Els had finished 3rd and 2nd in his two previous Opens at Lytham but it seemed at the age of 42 his best years were behind him. However,his liking for the course and conditions were enough to see him reclaim the Claret jug after ten years.

Motor Cycling – The German Moto GP race ends in dramatic fashion when Casey Stoner falls off on the final lap when trying to overtake Dani Pedrosa who wins the race. The Italian GP is won easily by Jorge Lorenzo.

Motor Racing – The British Grand Prix at Silverstone is won by Mark Webber of Red Bull. The German Grand Prix goes to Fernando Alonso who extends his lead at the top of the Formula One standings.

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