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champion Justin Rose birdied the
first hole with a blind shot he hit
to a foot of the pin, and stayed
ahead until completing a 4-under
67 for a two-shot lead over Jason
Dufner in PGA Grand Slam of
The 36-hole exhibition, which
concludes today, is for the four
major champions of the year.
British Open champion Phil Mick-
elson chose not to play and was
replaced at Port Royal Golf Course
by three-time major champion
Dufner, who won the PGA
Championship, opened with a 69.
Masters champion Adam Scott
struggled late in the wind for a 70.
Harrington, who won the PGA
Grand Slam last year as an alter-
nate, shot 74.
Rose opened the round with a
shot so far off line that he was in
the rough near the second fairway.
Facing a blind approach over trees
and water, he cut a 6-iron to tap-
in range for birdie.
"It should have been the shot
of the day," Rose said. "It followed
the worst shot of the day."
Rose made three more birdies
on the front nine and was tied
briefly by Dufner and Scott. But
while Dufner and Scott struggled
on the back nine as the wind
picked up, Rose challenged the
course record until bogeys on the
13th and 14th holes. Rose made an
8-foot par putt on the 15th, and
he was the only player to make par
on the 16th.
Harrington said he might skip
a few tournaments toward the end
of the year because of too much
"Already in my head, (I have)
pulled out of another two events
during the winter to give me a long
winter break," Harrington said.
"And it will be probably the longest
winter break I've taken probably
since I won my majors. I played
stale golf, tired golf. There's not a
shadow of a doubt that I am com-
pleted over-golfed at this very
VIENNA---Vasek Pospisil of Canada
saved two set points before beating
former No 1 Lleyton Hewitt 7-6 (6),
6-4 in the first round of the Erste Bank
Pospisil trailed the now 53rd-ranked
Australian 6-4 in the tiebreaker before
reeling off four straight points to take
the opening set.
An early break in the second proved
enough for the seventh-seeded Cana-
Pospisil next plays Robin Haase.
The Dutchman, who won both of his
career titles in Austria, rallied to beat
Ilija Bozoljac of Serbia 5-7, 6-2, 6-2.
Also, the son of 1988 Olympic cham-
pion Miloslav Mecir stunned Pablo
Andujar of Spain 6-4, 6-4 in his first
ever main draw match.
The 25-year-old Miloslav Mecir Jr
of Slovakia, who is ranked 240th and
came through three qualifying rounds,
served nine aces and never faced a break
Golf star Rory McIlroy signed a contract
with his sports management company on the
day of the firm s Christmas party, court papers
The former world number one wants to end
his contract with Dublin-based Horizon Sports
Management, and two other named companies
Gurteen and Canovan Management, and recover
some of the fees secured by them in recent years.
Barristers for the three firms have revealed
McIlroy will be hit with a counter claim when
his legal action is heard in Dublin.
Court papers reveal the 24-year-old claims he
was exploited and misled when he first signed a
contact at the end of 2011 because he had no knowl-
edge of negotiations, and in March 2013 when his
multi-million dollar endorsement with Nike was
signed. McIlroy maintains he was not furnished with
any draft of the agreement prior to it being presented
to him for signature on December 21 2011, in a solicitor's
office on the day of Horizon's Christmas party "in
circumstances of great informality."
In his statement of claim, he alleges Horizon
boss agent Conor Ridge acted primarily in the
interests of his company as opposed to, and to
the detriment of, the interests of McIlroy.
"In particular Horizon and Mr Ridge were
primarily concerned with maximising their own
share of any commission," it alleged.
McIlroy claims a first class flight to Abu Dhabi
he paid for in his name was changed for a mem-
ber of Horizon staff and that Mr Ridge did not
tell him about a dispute with his head of strategy
Donal Casey over the Nike contract.
It also alleged Horizon paid children's charity
Unicef 166,000 US dollars (£104,000 or 122,000
euro) of his money in March 2013 without his
knowledge or consent and was "in deliberate
and knowing defiance of an instruction".
This payment has since been reversed.
The golfer's legal team applied to have the
case heard in the Commercial Court in Dublin,
a division of the High Court designed to fast
track business cases.
But a barrister for Horizon revealed a counter
claim will also be taken. Justice Peter Kelly ruled
the golfer's claim, and the counter claim, both
exceeded the one million euro threshold to be
heard in his court. It is due to be listed for trial
in October 2014 to fit in with McIlroy's extensive
MOSCOW---Carla Suarez Navarro
advanced to the second round of the
Kremlin Cup with a 6-4, 6-3 victory
over lucky-loser Vera Dushevina yes-
The sixth-seeded Spaniard, who is
looking for her maiden title, broke the
Russian in the 10th game of the first
set and went up 3-0 in the second.
"I managed to keep myself concen-
trated throughout the match and I'm
really pleased with that," Suarez Navarro
Also, ninth-seeded Dominika
Cibulkova struggled with her first serve
and lost to Serbian qualifier Vesan
Dolonc 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Cibulkova saved five break points in
the 10th game of the second set before
returning wide at 40-30 down on her
next service game.
The 92nd-ranked Dolonc broke the
Slovak for a 4-2 lead in the third set
and then saved a break point while
serving for the match. (AP)
BEIJING---David Lee scored 31
points and grabbed six rebounds
to lead the Golden State Warriors
to a 100-95 preseason win over
a Kobe Bryant-less Los Angeles
Lakers yesterday in Beijing.
Stephen Curry added 24 points
for the Warriors, while Andrew
Bogut had 14 rebounds and nine
Lee was 12-of-16 from the floor
and said his strategy was to keep
attacking the basket to open things
up for his teammates.
"I just try to come and be
aggressive. That's one of the rules
I have on this team, to start us
working inside out," Lee said. "The
way it's supposed to work is that
we can get some stuff on the inside
early in the game and that will
open up the outside for guys like
Steph to shoot 3s as the game goes
Nick Young led the Lakers with
18 points. Pau Gasol had 15 points
and Chris Kaman scored 14 with
Although he made the trip to
China, Bryant is sitting out the
games to nurse a torn Achilles ten-
don and an ailing right knee. He
was clearly missed by the Chinese
fans, who chanted his name
throughout the game in the vain
hope he would take the court.
The Lakers play a second exhi-
bition game in Shanghai on Fri-
The Warriors trailed 11 points
at the end of the third quarter, but
tied the score at 84 with just over
seven minutes remaining on a 3-
pointer by Curry and never fell
Coach Mark Jackson said Curry
is benefiting from having been
healthy the entire offseason for once.
"I thought tonight for the first
rhythm and he was the best player
on the floor," Jackson said. "It was
great to see and we expect tremen-
dous (things) from him throughout
the course of this season."
Curry said the team played
"probably our best half in the sec-
ond half all preseason."
Gasol said the Lakers faded
defensively in the third quarter.
"We don't know when Kobe's
going to get back," Gasol said. "But
until that point we just have to
play hard as a team as we've been
doing, and making sure we can't
wait for him to get back and every-
thing to fall into place at that
Wozniacki of Denmark struggled to a
6-3, 7-6 (2) win over local favourite
Mandy Minella to reach the second
round of the Luxembourg Open yes-
Second-seeded Sloane Stephens of
the US made lighter work of her day
as she beat 2009 champion and Swiss
wild card Timea Bacsinszky 6-3, 6-3.
Two seeds fell: No 4 Kirsten Flipkens
of Belgium lost to Katarzyna Piter of
Poland 6-4, 6-2, and No. 6 Mona Barthel
of Germany lost to Stefanie Voegele of
Switzerland 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3). (AP)
Rory McIlroy deal 'signed at Christmas party'
in Grand Slam
tops Hewitt in
Lakers in Beijing
Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, center, goes for a shot
with Jordan Hill, right, and Elias Harris of the LA Lakers, left, blocking
him during their NBA Global Game at the Wukesong Stadium in Beijing,
yesterday. The Warriors defeated Lakers 100-95. AP PHOTO
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