McIlroy keeping one eye on Masters

first_imgRory McIlroy will use his first appearance in the Arnold Palmer Invitational as his last competitive outing before attempting to complete the career grand slam in next month’s Masters. McIlroy missed the cut in the Honda Classic on his PGA Tour debut at the start of the month and then hit the headlines for throwing his three iron into a lake at Doral during the WGC-Cadillac Championship, where he went on to finish joint ninth. The world number one spent part of last week practising at Augusta National with his father Gerry and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady as he looks to claim a first green jacket and join Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods in winning all four major titles. ” I took three weeks off before the Masters in 2011 and it worked pretty well for 63 holes, not quite 72,” McIlroy joked in his pre-tournament press conference, a reference to his back-nine collapse in a closing 80 after starting the final round with a four-shot lead. ” I am j ust trying to adopt a similar approach.” Asked about his attitude at Augusta last week, the 25-year-old added: ” 100 per cent fun, zero per cent serious. I didn’t hit any extra balls, just hit one ball the whole time. I just wanted to go and enjoy it with my dad, that’s what the whole thing was about. T here were four father-and-son pairs and we had a great time. “T ee to green I know what I am doing, it’s just about being comfortable on and around the greens.” McIlroy revealed he had been working hard on his game for several days at home following an “unplanned” visit from coach Michael Bannon, adding: “I am feeling much better with my game than I was walking off Doral 10 days ago. ” I am excited in the direction it’s going and to be here and get one more competitive outing and try to get myself into contention.” After getting his first look at Bay Hill, McIlroy admitted he was beginning to regret not playing the event sooner, both as the course suits his game and in order to pay his respects to Palmer. “What Arnold Palmer has done for our game and what he’s done for the PGA Tour, it was about time that I showed up here and played in his tournament,” McIlroy added. Press Association The top five in the world rankings are all competing this week – McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott and Jason Day – with Scott looking to bounce back from missing the cut in the Valspar Championship last week, ending his run of 45 PGA Tour events without an early exit. Watson withdrew from the tournament on Wednesday evening following a bereavement. “Bubba Watson withdrew from the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard late Wednesday due to the death of a childhood friend,” read a statement on www.pgatour.com. last_img read more

Sars ready for Gaelic Grounds clash

first_imgTheir opponents Na Pairsaigh have beaten Sixmilebridge in the quarter final while Thurles defeated Nenagh in the county final in their last game.Their coach Paddy McCormack told Tipp FM  they need to keep improving.Sarsfields go into the game as slight favourites but will need to be at their best to beat a Na Pairsaigh team that defeated Sixmilebridge in the quarter final. Tipp minor boss Liam Cahill says the county champions Sars can’t afford to look past tomorrows game.Tipp FM will have full live coverage of the Sarsfields v Na Pairsaigh game from the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick at 2pm this Sunday in association with Liam Campion Quality meats, Mitchel Street, Thurles and  Young’s Roscrea Main Opel Dealerlast_img read more

#GHBudget: Sports Ministry gets GHS 40m for 2020 activities

first_imgThe Youth and Sports Ministry has been allocated an amount of GHS 40, 161, 682 to run all its activities for the 2020 calendar year.This was captured in the 2020 Budget Statement and Economic Policy which was read by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, on the floor of Parliament on Wednesday.The allocation is supposed to take care of the daily running of the Ministry in addition to all its activities and programmes in the area of youth development and sports.Per the Finance Minister, the Sports Ministry will help with the following national football team assignments:Qualification to the 2021 African Cup of Nations Tournament in Cameroonthe 2022 World Cup Tournament in Qatarthe qualification of the U-20 Football Team to the 2021 U-20 AFCON in MauritaniaQualification of the Black Starlets to the 2021 U-17 AFCON in Morocco. participation of the Black Princesses as well as the Black Maidens in their respective 2020 Women’s World Cup Qualifying Tournaments.How does this year’s allocation compare to last year?This year’s allocation of GHS 40, 161, 682 is a reduction from that of 2019 which was an amount of GHS 43, 795, 046.As with previous budgets for the MInistry, wages/salaries and goods services dominated a good part of the allocation with each item getting GHS 18,018,403 and GHS 19,691,511 respectively.A summation of the two line items makes GHS 37, 709, 914; an increase when compared to GHS 35, 371, 919 spent in 2019.last_img read more

K.K Sarpong to lead Nyantakyi’s re-election campaign

first_imgNewly elected CAF Executive Committee member and President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Kwesi Nyantakyi has received a major boost in his bid for re-election as the GFA boss.Asante Kotoko’s Board Chairman Dr K. K Sarpong has announced that he will be leading the campaign team for Nyantakyi’s re-election.The 57-year-old international financial consultant and accountant made the revelation in an exclusive interview ahead of the biggest game on the domestic football calendar between Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko this weekend.“If for nothing at all, we must support him (Nyantakyi) to better what he has achieved so far. The consistency needed for meaningful development of Ghana football is what has been lacking and that is why we must rally behind him to do even better before a new era emerges.”Notwithstanding his successes, Nyantakyi would still have to contend with the likes of Vincent Sowah Odotei, Neil Armstrong Mortagbe and according to reliable sources a surprise contender Mkenzie Golightly of whom very little is known on the wider football terrain.It would be recalled that during the final stages of the fiercely contested CAF elections in Khartoum, Sudan, Nyantakyi had what many believed to be the most dynamic and robust team including Liberty Professionals boss Alhaji Sly Tetteh, veteran football administrator George Amoako and the President of the Gambian Football Association Seedy Kinteh who was the Campaign Manager for Nyantakyi’s Caf bid. On the African stage, Nyantakyi is considered among a new breed of football administrators who are primed to take the continent’s undoubted potential to a new level. The big challenge for the King makers now is how to forge powerful alliances with personalities such as Danny Jordan of South Africa, Jacques Anuoma of Ivory Coast and the President of Cecafa Leodegar Tenga just to name a few.A further boost for the Ghanaian is widely speculated talk that he may be called upon to lead the African campaign team of close friend and Fifa Presidential potential Mohamed Bin Hamam of Qatar.Source: Yaw Ampofo-Ankrahlast_img read more

FANCY A ‘GAP’ ADVENTURE IN DONEGAL?

first_imgGAP (Glenties, Ardara and Portnoo) Tourism are proud to promote their first “GAP Adventure Week”, running from the 11th to the 19th of August.If you’re thinking of getting a bit more exercise, but aren’t too sure of what to do, then try one of the many options on offer in Glenties, Ardara and Portnoo (GAP).Events range from “Come & try it kayaking”, “No sweat cycling”, “Strenuous walking”, “Mountain biking”, “Guided walk”, “2 day challenge walk & camping”, “Canoeing for beginners” & a chance to join a “Flotilla from Rosbeg to Portnoo”. Coupled with this are talks on the work of the Donegal Mountain Rescue and an Introduction to map reading, or if you’re interested in pony trekking, thats available too. See the attached timetable for locations, times and contact individuals.GAP Adventure Week from Saturday the 11th August until Saturday Sunday the 19th August 2012 Events will run depending on numbers and weather conditions.FANCY A ‘GAP’ ADVENTURE IN DONEGAL? was last modified: August 8th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAP Adventure Weeklast_img read more