Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 31st 2016 Contents HOCKENHEIM---Nico Ros-
berg snatched the pole posi-
tion for today s German
Grand Prix from Mercedes
teammate and Formula One
championship leader Lewis
Hamilton with a late single
lap.Rosberg was the fastest in
all three practice runs but
trailed Hamilton in the final of
the three qualifying sessions
problems with the throttle at
the start of Q3---until his last
lap.Hamilton had the chance to
eclipse Rosberg s time but his
last lap was not fast enough.
"A great lap, especially since
I had extra fuel, I had fuel for
three laps in case something
went wrong and I had to do
an extra lap," Rosberg said after
his 27th career pole.
Hamilton ended up .107 sec-
onds behind Rosberg, with
Daniel Ricciardo and Max Ver-
stappen taking the second row
on the grid in their Red Bulls.
The Ferraris of Kimi Raikkonen
and Sebastian Vettel will be in
the third row.
"I had an electronic problem
with my throttle on my first
abort," Rosberg said. "I did a
pretty good lap but I wasn t
sure if that was enough.
"It was awesome to hear the
fans cheering for me after my
run. It s a great atmosphere
here in Hockenheim and I can t
wait for tomorrow."
Three-time world champion
Hamilton, winner of the last
two titles, has won five of the
last six races and leads Rosberg
by six points in the standings.
"It has been a good week-
end. I had no problems," said
a disappointed-looking Hamil-
ton, giving brief answers at the
post-qualifying news confer-
"I had the pace today, just
didn t finish it off. I didn t lock
up. It should be a good day for
Mercedes tomorrow (today),"
In a team statement, Hamil-
ton expanded: "There was
nothing particularly wrong
today (yesterday). My final lap
just didn t work out.
"It was pretty close out there
and sometimes you get it right,
sometimes you don t. The car
was feeling great. The team did
a great job to get it where I
needed it to be and it was def-
initely on for pole. I ve missed
out on pole, so I didn t do what
I was supposed to do---but it s
in the past now, so you just let
it go and look forward.
"It doesn t mean the race
isn t there to win tomorrow.
But this is a track where you
can overtake, so I don t have
to go for it at the first corner,"
Rosberg also started from
pole in Hungary last Sunday
but was beaten to the first turn
by Hamilton, who went on to
win the race and take over the
lead in the standings.
Rosberg won the last race
here in 2014 from pole. This
was his fifth pole of the season.
No German driver has won
back-to-back races at home.
There was no race in Germany
Keke Rosberg, Nico s father,
won pole in Hockenheim 30
years ago. He finished fifth in
the race, won by Nelson Piquet.
Nico Rosberg was one year old
at the time.
The Red Bulls managed to
finish ahead of the two Ferraris.
Ferrari is winless after 11 races
this year, with 10 remaining.
"I think we got pretty close
to the Mercedes," Ricciardo
said. "My first lap in Q3 was
really good and I knew there
was probably not much more
on the table. There was maybe
a tenth of a second in it if there
was a perfect lap.
"We might have different
tires available for us for the
race and hopefully that makes
it interesting," Ricciardo said.
Ricciardo s teammate Ver-
stappen is the only driver to
win a race this season apart
from Rosberg and Hamilton.
Vettel, a four-time champion
with Red Bull, was hoping for
a stronger showing in his first
race with Ferrari in Germany.
Vettel was born and grew up
in nearby Heppenheim and
considers Hockenheim his
"I didn t feel that comfort-
able in qualifying," Vettel said.
"We re not here to start P5 or
P6. We have fallen back."
Ferrari parted company with
technical director James Allison
just before arriving in Germany
and appointed Mattia Binotto
as chief technical officer. (AP)
SPRINGFIELD---The PGA Cham-
pionship was halted because of
thunderstorms yesterday, raising
the possibility of a second straight
tomorrow finish in a major cham-
pionship at Baltusrol in New Jer-
sey.Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb,
tied for the lead at 9-under par,
were 40 minutes from teeing off
in the third round when clouds
gathered, the sky rumbled and the
horn sounded to suspend play. The
course was pounded with rain and
players eventually were sent home.
The third round was to resume
at 7 am, weather permitting. More
rain was in the forecast.
The PGA said players would stay
in the same pairings and go off in
the same order for the final round,
starting as early as 8.40 am. That
at least would allow the chance to
finish this evening, though it also
meant the champion could finish
hours before the last group fin-
Kevin Kisner had a 5-under 65
and was done with 54 holes at 5-
under 205. Padraig Harrington also
had a 65 and was at 4-under 206.
Only 37 of the 86 players who
made the cut completed the third
round, and 10 players had yet to
tee off. Russell Knox lagged his 65-
foot birdie attempt on the 18th hole
to within a few inches, tapped in
for par and a 67, and then the horn
sounded right as Marc Leishman
was getting ready for his 12-foot
Knox jokingly apologised to
Leishman on Twitter: "Grub, show-
ered and feet now up. Make that
putt so we don t play 4 straight
Phil Mickelson won the 2005
PGA Championship when tourna-
ment organisers took a gamble on
not moving up the Sunday tee times
because of rain in the forecast, and
it cost them. Mickelson had to
return Monday morning to claim
a one-shot victory.
The last Monday finish in a major
was just last year at the British
Open because of heavy rain that
flooded St. Andrews.
Kisner and Harrington showed
a glimpse of what figured to be low
scoring Saturday because of the
soft conditions from two spells of
rain earlier in the week. Play had
to be stopped Friday morning for
nearly an hour because of moderate
rain that left the two fairways on
the far end of the course filled with
too much water.
"You keep it in the fairway, you
can attack," Kisner said. "The
course is receptive enough. You can
make a lot of birdies."
Mickelson made the cut with one
shot to spare on Friday, rallying
from an opening tee shot that went
out-of-bounds and onto a side
street. He shot a 68 on Saturday
and was at 1-under 209.
"There is a low 60s round,"
Mickelson said when he finished.
"I think somebody is going to break
that 63 record in these next two
days. The greens are pristine. You
can make a lot of putts. They are
soft, so you can get the ball very
close. I think that there s that 61
or 62 out there that I was probably
trying to chase a little too hard."
Two weeks ago, Mickelson had
a putt for 62 that rimmed out of
the cup at Royal Troon in the open-
ing round. Henrik Stenson closed
with a 63, needing his best golf to
hold off Mickelson.
And then Friday, Streb became
the 28th player to post a 63 when
he made a 20-foot birdie on his
final hole at Baltusrol.
The course was so susceptible
that Harrington didn t feel as
though he played all that well and
still played bogey-free for a 65.
"Hit the right shots at the right
time and any of the shots that I
didn t hit well didn t do me any
harm," he said. "So it was one of
those days. It s nice when you score
better than you play. It was just an
average day, as I said. Thursday was
the day I played well. It was amaz-
ing, the best I played Thursday, is
the worst score I shot. That s the
nature of the game."
The nature of the game yesterday
was to wait.
Jordan Spieth played one hole
and narrowly missed a birdie putt.
Rickie Fowler had 45 feet for birdie
on the first hole.
That was as far as they got.
Now they face a marathon today,
with a reasonable chance they will
not finish until tomorrow. (AP)
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TORONTO---Milos Raonic couldn t hide his disappoint-
The fourth-seeded Canadian used the word repeatedly when
answering questions after a 6-4, 6-4 loss to France s Gael
Monfils on Friday night in the Rogers Cup quarterfinals.
"Disappointment is the right word," Raonic said. "In tennis,
unless you re the guy winning the tournaments most of the
weeks, which there s very few guys that are doing that, you re
losing quite a bit. So it s very important to make the most of
those, try to learn, try to be better from those situations. That s
my next objective."
The 10th-seeded Monfils was to face top-ranked Novak
Djokovic yesterday at York University s Aviva Centre. Djokovic
beat fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 7-
6 (6), 6-4.
"He s playing great tennis at the moment," said Djokovic,
11-0 against Monfils. "He won Washington. He s been playing
more or less every day for the last couple of weeks. He s feeling
confident on the court."
In the other quarterfinals, second-seeded Stan Wawrinka
of Switzerland topped South Africa s Kevin Anderson 6-1, 6-
3, and third-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan beat Bulgaria s
Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 3-6, 6-2.
Raonic had the crowd s full support, with the chair umpire
repeatedly having to ask the fans to quiet down. Even still,
fans would call out "Let s go Milos!" or chant MI-LOS RAO-
NIC clap, clap, clap-clap-clap after every game and most
The boisterous crowd helped Monfils as well, though. He
said before the match that he always loves a packed stadium,
even if the fans aren t supporting him.
"I play Davis Cup outside (of France)," Monfils said. "It s
the same feeling, you know, either way. I think I m a guy
always pumped up. Any energy, I take it. Even if it s for me
or not for me, I take it."
Raonic lost the Wimbledon final to Andy Murray this year
after becoming the first Canadian man to make the finals of
a Grand Slam tournament. No Canadian man has won the
Rogers Cup---previously the Canadian Open---since Robert
Bedard in 1958.
Djokovic beat the fifth-seeded Berdych for the 12th straight
time and is 25-2 against the Czech player. The 29-year-old
Serb won the event that rotates between Toronto and Montreal
in 2007, 2011 and 2012.
Djokovic has six victories this year, two in Grand Slam events
at the Australian and French opens. (AP)
Djokovic advances, Raonic
falls in Toronto quarters
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, left, of Britain and
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, right, of Germany after the
Formula One qualifying in Hockenheim, Germany, yesterday.
The German Formula One Grand Prix takes place in
Hockenheim today. AP PHOTO
Phil Mickelson tips his hat to the
crowd on the 18th hole during the
third round of the PGA
Championship golf tournament at
Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield,
New Jersey, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Storms interrupt PGA Championship at Baltusrol
Nico Rosberg takes pole for German GP
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