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Nov 28, 2014

McIlroy to cut out ‘bad stuff’ after rollercoaster round

SYDNEY (Reuters) – World number one Rory McIlroy said all he needed to do was cut the “bad stuff” out of his game for a really low score at the Australian Open after managing to par only five holes in a rollercoaster second round on Friday.

The Northern Irishman hit an eagle, six birdles and six bogeys for a second successive two-under-par 69 at The Australian Golf Course to finish the day a shot behind leader Greg Chalmers on four-under.

Nov 28, 2014

Short-lived Sydney course record fires Scott into contention

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Adam Scott soared back into contention with a five-under par 66 in the second round of the Australian Open on Friday, claiming a course record that lasted little more than half an hour.

Down in the dumps after a three over-par start on Thursday, the Australian caught fire with an eagle at the par-five 14th, his fifth hole, and picked up three more shots on his way home in a blemish-free round.

Nov 28, 2014

Hughes’ mourned as Australia says to launch safety review

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s cricket board will launch an “immediate” review into player safety in the wake of Phillip Hughes’ death, as the global cricket community mourned on Friday and the fate of next week’s first test against India remained in limbo.

Flags flew at half-mast at cricket grounds and players left bats outside their doors in tribute to batsman Hughes, whose death in hospital on Thursday at the age of 25 shook the sport to its core and prompted a global outpouring of sympathy.

Nov 28, 2014

Australia says too early for India test decision

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Emotions were still too raw in the wake of the death of Phillip Hughes to make a decision on whether to go ahead with next week’s first test against India, Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said on Friday.

Indian cricket officials were being kept closely informed, Sutherland added, and had been “outstanding” in their understanding of the “unique circumstances” surrounding the match, which is scheduled to start in Brisbane next Thursday.

Nov 28, 2014

Cricket-Hughes’ mourned as Australia says to launch safety review

SYDNEY, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Australia’s cricket board will launch an “immediate” review into player safety in the wake of Phillip Hughes’ death, as the global cricket community mourned on Friday and the fate of next week’s first test against India remained in limbo.

Flags flew at half-mast at cricket grounds and players left bats outside their doors in tribute to batsman Hughes, whose death in hospital on Thursday at the age of 25 shook the sport to its core and prompted a global outpouring of sympathy.

Nov 28, 2014

Cricket-Australia says too early for India test decision

SYDNEY, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Emotions were still too raw in the wake of the death of Phillip Hughes to make a decision on whether to go ahead with next week’s first test against India, Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said on Friday.

Indian cricket officials were being kept closely informed, Sutherland added, and had been “outstanding” in their understanding of the “unique circumstances” surrounding the match, which is scheduled to start in Brisbane next Thursday.

Nov 27, 2014

Golf-Spieth upstages McIlroy, Scott at Australian Open

SYDNEY, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Rising American talent Jordan Spieth upstaged Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott with a four-under-par 67 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

The 21-year-old Texan stormed to the top of the leaderboard with a birdie blitz on the back nine and made it clear he had not come to Australia to be a spectator at a duel between the number one and number three players in the world.

Nov 27, 2014

Sporting tragedy puts Scott’s poor day into perspective

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Adam Scott had a day to forget at the Australian Open on Thursday but his disappointment was put into perspective when the news of the death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes reached him in the scorer’s hut.

Scott was still out on the course when the death of the international batsman from an injury sustained when he was hit by a ball on Tuesday was announced from a hospital just over three miles away, stunning a sports-mad nation.

Nov 27, 2014

Golf-Sporting tragedy puts Scott’s poor day into perspective

SYDNEY, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Adam Scott had a day to forget at the Australian Open on Thursday but his disappointment was put into perspective when the news of the death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes reached him in the scorer’s hut.

Scott was still out on the course when the death of the international batsman from an injury sustained when he was hit by a ball on Tuesday was announced from a hospital just over three miles away, stunning a sports-mad nation.

Nov 27, 2014

Steady as she goes for jet-lagged McIlroy in Sydney

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy admitted to feeling fatigued from jet-lag and an early alarm call on Thursday but the first round of his Australian Open title defense was by no means a damage limitation exercise.

Starting his day with rain clouds casting an early morning gloom over The Australian Golf Club, the world number one produced a solid round of two-under-par 69 for an early share of second place.

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