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DUBLIN---David Lingmerth took
a step toward turning his game
around with a seven-under 65 at
the Memorial yesterday. It gave
the Swede a one-shot lead going
into a weekend that includes
But just barely.
Long after Lingmerth capped
off a bogey-free round at Muirfield
Village, Woods was 40 yards away
from the flag on the 18th green
and in dire need of getting up-
and-down to save par and avoid
missing his first cut at the tour-
nament he has won five times.
For his second straight tourna-
ment, he holed a key putt to sur-
"At least I was able to make
those putts, so that s a positive
sign," Woods said after his two-
under 70. "Now I just need to put
myself in the position where those
putts are to win tournaments, not
to make cuts."
He was 11 shots behind Ling-
merth, who was at 12-under 132.
Woods had to hang on, making
two straight bogeys before his par
save on the final hole. For Jason
Dufner, it was a thrill a minute.
Dufner made a five on a par
three and a three on a par five.
And that was before he made a
hole-in-one---his fourth eagle of
the week---on the par-three 16th
hole. He followed that with a
bogey. It was relatively boring after
that, and the former PGA cham-
pion wound up with a 67 that put
him in final group with Lingmerth,
just one shot behind.
Dufner didn t have much to
say---he rarely does, even when he
won the PGA Championship two
years ago---and spoke only to Ohio-
based reporters. Until a tie for
eighth last week at the AT&T
Byron National, he had gone just
over a year without a top ten on
American soil. The only time he
made news was when his divorce
Ryan Moore, gearing up for a
US Open near his hometown out-
side Tacoma, Washington, had
another 67 and was at ten-under
134, along with Andy Sullivan of
England, who can earn a spot at
Chambers Bay with a good week
at the Memorial.
A trio of past champions---Hide-
ki Matsuyama, Jim Furyk and
Justin Rose---were in the group that
was three shots behind. Joining
them was Patrick Rodgers, who
made eight birdies in a round of
66 and is poised to at least secure
temporary membership on the
Good scores were stacked up
behind them. There were plenty
of birdies available on a course that
still presents trouble around every
It got the attention of Masters
champion Jordan Spieth. He went
out in 31 and was creeping up on
the lead when he wound up on
the wrong side of the tenth green
and made double bogey, and he
never recovered. Spieth missed a
half-dozen putts from ten feet or
in and had to settle for a 70 that
put him six shots behind.
Phil Mickelson made a late eagle
Kenny Perry made bogey on his
last hole for a 73 and missed the
cut by one shot. The 54-year-old
took a career money exemption
for the year so he could end his
career at the Memorial, which he
won two times.
Lingmerth had missed four cuts
in his last five starts, and the start
of this tournament was ominous
when he was two over through
four holes. He made seven birdies
on his last 12 holes on Thursday,
and he made seven more yesterday.
curved 180 degrees to
the right but Lewis
Hamilton s Mercedes
kept going straight, skid-
ding slowly into the safe-
After posting the
fastest time of the open-
ing practice and again
early in the afternoon ses-
sion, Hamilton was done
for the day. And with the
rain turning into a torrent,
so was everyone else.
"It didn t quite end the
way we wanted it too,"
Mercedes technical chief
Paddy Lowe said yester-
day after the storm
caught his team out on
the track and left the
leader in the champi-
onship standings with a
faster than we anticipat-
ed," Lowe said. "We ll get
it sorted out for (Satur-
day). It should be all fine."
Hamilton posted the
fastest lap in the morning
practice, completing the
2.71-mile (4.361-km) Cir-
cuit Gilles Villeneuve in
one minute, 16.212 sec-
onds. He ran the course
in the afternoon in
1:15.988 before the rain
cut the 90-minute ses-
sion in half.
"The ending might
have been so-so, but it s
generally been a pretty
good day," Hamilton said.
"I made a couple of
hard and going over the
curbs at the final chicane
and then what happened
at the end there."
Nico Rosberg was second
in the first practice, fol-
lowed by Romain Gros-
jean of Lotus and Nico
Hulkenberg of Force
India. In the afternoon,
the Ferrari teammates of
Sebastien Vettel and Kimi
Raikkonen were second
Practice continues this
morning before qualifying
in the afternoon.
Hamilton has won the
pole position in five of the
first six races this season.
Hamilton had a harm-
less spin in the morning
session and caught some
air when he went over a
curb on the dry track early
in session two.
Hamilton said he
wasn t going too fast "but
it was like sheet ice"
heading into the hairpin.
Ravi Sawani, the chief of BCCI s anti-corruption
unit (ACU) has resigned from his position citing
personal reasons. He is likely to be succeeded by
Neeraj Kumar, the former Delhi commissioner of
police, who was recently roped in as an advisor to
the Indian board s ACU. Sawani s tenure is likely
to end in June.
Sawani s decision hasn t surprised the BCCI admin-
istration as it is understood he had indicated his
desire to quit soon after the board appointed Kumar
in April. The former ICC ACSU chief was then infor-
mally asked to stay on until the end of IPL 2015.
Sawani was considered by many within the BCCI
as a trusted aide of N Srinivasan, the former BCCI
president whose son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan
was arrested and charge-sheeted in the IPL 2013 cor-
ruption scandal. However, a BCCI official denied that
the change in power equations in the BCCI---with
Srinivasan losing his control over the board following
the elections in March---has had anything to do with
Sawani s resignation.
The BCCI hierarchy acknowledged Sawani s efforts
for having set up the ACU after being appointed in
2012. With Kumar s vast knowledge and experience
of dealing with cricket corruption-related cases, the
BCCI hopes that he can implement measures to curb
fixing-related offences in India.
BCCI anti-corruption unit
chief Sawani resigns
Craig Kieswetter, the England ODI and T20 wick-
etkeeper who was Man of the Match in the 2010
World T20 final, has announced his retirement fol-
lowing the eye injury he sustained last year.
Kieswetter was struck in the face when a ball went
between his helmet and grille when playing against
Northamptonshire, breaking his nose and damaging
his eye socket. He returned for two matches at the
end of the 2015 season, then went to play T20 in
South Africa, but struggled with the effects of the
Earlier this year he said he would take this season
off from playing for Somerset to try and make a full
recovery but even at that stage admitted he may have
to curtail his career.
"After been given the opportunity to take some
time off and step away from the game, I ve come to
the decision that wasn t the easiest to make, yet I
feel is the right one," Kieswetter said. "Having gone
through that experience of my eye injury and every-
thing it entailed, I feel mentally I will never again be
the player that I was."
"I have had a terrific career, with plenty of ups
and occasional downs, and I am calling time on my
career and walking away with no regrets.
"There are so many people that I am grateful to
yet most importantly I need to thank my family,
without whom nothing I have achieved would have
been possible. Their sacrifices to help me to be able
to achieve some fantastic success defines the impor-
tance of family.
Kieswetter played 46 ODIs for England and 25
T20s having made his international debut in February
2010 against Bangladesh. He scored a century in his
third ODI, in Chittagong, and then became an integral
part of the team which won the World T20 in the
Caribbean after Andy Flower made a late decision
to partner him and Michael Lumb at the top of the
Kieswetter made 63 off 49 balls in the final against
Australia as England secured what remains their only
piece of global silverware. His last involvement around
an England squad was when he was called up as a
replacement during the 2014 World T20 in
In first-class cricket he scored 5728 runs at 39.23
with 11 hundreds and in total also scored 11 hundreds
in List A cricket. (ESPNcricinfo)
Eye injury forces
Durban, Johannesburg and
Cape Town will host the T20
series between South Africa and
Australia next March. The first
and third T20s---to be played at
Kingsmead and Newlands on
March 4 and 9---will be night
matches starting at 6pm local
time while the second game at
the Wanderers will begin at
2.30pm on March 6.
The series, which will conclude
a packed South African summer
that also includes visits from New
Zealand and England, will serve
as a lead-up to the World T20---
which begins on March 11---for
"This announcement com-
pletes our home international fix-
tures for the 2015/16 summer,"
said CSA chief executive Haroon
"We will be competing at home
against New Zealand, England
and Australia. These are three
top-class teams and it promises
to be one of our most exciting
and competitive home seasons in
a long time.
"The T20 Series against Aus-
tralia provides for both teams the
perfect lead-in to the ICC World
Twenty20 which will be played
in India immediately afterwards."
SA announce itinerary for Australia T20s
...Tiger survives another cut
Tiger Woods points in the
direction of his drive on the
11th hole during the second
round of the Memorial golf
tournament yesterday in
Dublin, Ohio. AP PHOTO
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