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MATHEW SCOTT: AFP
GOLF sensation Rory McIlroy has warned he
can bring his breakthrough year to a thrilling
close by snatching the European money title
from leader Luke Donald, starting with this
week’s Hong Kong Open.
The world No.2 trails Donald in season
earnings by just over US$1.5 million, meaning
he has to win or finish second in Hong Kong
and triumph in the year-ending Dubai World
Championship to have a shot at denying the
But Donald and second-placed Martin Kaymer
have both opted to skip Hong Kong, the
season’s second last event, potentially opening
the door for US Open champion McIlroy - who
is a two-time runner-up at Fanling.
“Luke Donald has won the money title in
America and it looks like - barring Martin
Kaymer or myself doing something very good
in the last couple of weeks - he’s going to win
the money list in Europe as well,” said McIlroy.
“But it’s not over yet and I am here to play and
to play well.”
McIlroy’s career was turned upside-down by
his US Open victory in June and he has shown
why he’s the most exciting talent in golf with
four straight top-four finishes since September,
plus a US$2 million exhibition win in China.
And the 22-year-old Northern Irishman makes
no secret of the fact he would dearly love to
win in a city he has been visiting since he was
just 16 and plying his trade on the junior Faldo
The venerable Fanling course clearly suits the
laidback McIlroy after he... Read more
JIM MORTON: AAP
BELEAGUERED fast-bowler Mitchell Johnson has
laughed off claims his Test career is over as he vowed
to overcome his injury-ruined summer and return to
Johnson is set to be sidelined for five months after a
specialist indicated he needed an operation to repair a
damaged big toe.
It is expected he will go under the knife while his
Australian teammates are in action in the first Test
against New Zealand at the Gabba.
There were suggestions prior to his injury setback that
Johnson could have missed out on the eleven for the
opening Test of the summer after a barren recent run
with the ball.
He’s captured just 13 wickets at 56 this year before the
injury flared during his match-winning knock of 40 not
out in Johannesburg last week.
But the left-arm quick said neither form nor fitness would
prevent him from returning to the Australian set-up.
“I’m definitely going to be back,” Johnson told reporters
“I’ve heard a few reports that my career’s over due to
form - not because of this injury ... I just laugh at it.
“I’m only 30 years old and I’ve got plenty of cricket left in me.
“I’m going to take a lot of positives out of this (injury layoff.”
Johnson isn’t the only way to see a silver lining to his
injury setback, with skipper Michael Clarke... Read more
Déjà vu for Sellar at Demons
FORMER Crows first-round draft
pick in 2006 James Sellar says
his 21 game career at Adelaide
is “in the past” – but his former
coach Neil Craig isn’t.
Sellar, delisted by Adelaide,
was picked up by Melbourne
at pick 54 in last week’s draft,
placing him at the same club
as Neil Craig.
“He said I need to improve
my consistency in all areas
of my game,” Sellar,22, said
yesterday at a Melbourne
media call when asked about
his axing from Adelaide.
“My time at Adelaide was
frustrating at times.
“I was in and out of the side,
particularly the last few years,”
“At Adelaide we had a lot of
guys who were all fighting for
the same position. For one
reason or... Read more
Hong Kong opens up for McIlroy
“I’ll be back” declares Johnson
Mitchell Johnson after Australia’s win against South Africa
CARLTON captain Chris Judd
has suffered a shoulder injury
at AFL pre-season training.
The two-time Brownlow
Medallist has had scans on his
right shoulder and will meet
a specialist today to decide on
the best course of action.
Bombers reject Lovett
ESSENDON has ruled out
giving their former speedster
Andrew Lovett a chance to
resume his career with the
AFL club. Lovett is looking
to rejoin the AFL through the
December 13 pre-season draft,
having spent two years out of
the league after being charged
with rape, for which he has
since been acquitted. Bombers
football manager Paul
Hamilton says Lovett does not
fit in with their plans.
James Sellar in one of his final Crows
Justin Rose (L) and Rory McIlroy with their fans
in Hong Kong
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