Sportsdesk | February 2, 2014
The National’s Steve Elling filed this shorter report on American European Tour rookie Brooks Koepka for today’s paper from the Dubai Desert Classic, where he’s been reporting from throughout the tournament. As of posting, Koepka is 13-under for the tournament through 14 holes of today’s final round, one stroke shy of leader Stephen Gallacher. DUBAI // Sure, it sounds glamorous. There are private jets for top players, seven-figure appearance fees, entourages with swing coaches and physical trainers, and famous girlfriends with huge diamonds on their fingers. But for a player just starting out in golf, the game can be [...]
Jonathan Raymond | November 23, 2013
Imagine, for a moment, you’ve finally hit that holy grail of golf: a hole-in-one. You’ve probably hoped for a good chunk of your life that something like this would happen. Daydreamed about it. Practised your reaction. The whole shebang. And now you’ve done it! And not only that, you win a brand new car! Now…. take away the car. And add 10 strokes to your score on the next hole. You’ve probably never heard of Welsh golfer Stuart Manley before, but you’re reading about him now because that’s exactly what happened to him at the World Cup of Golf on [...]
John McAuley | November 25, 2012
Nicolas Colsaerts. Pic: Pawan Singh / The National
Nicolas Colsaerts is known to be, to use his own vernacular, “one cool cat”.
John McAuley | November 24, 2012
Joost Luiten plays his second shot on the 18th yesterday. Pic: David Cannon/Getty
The last time Joost Luiten played a tournament in Dubai, such were his troubles on the greens that he threatened to part company with his putter even before the round was finished.
John McAuley | November 23, 2012
Henrik Stenson confers with his caddie at the DP World Tour Championship. Pic: Pawan Singh/The National
In his debut at this tournament, Marcel Siem was betrayed by a lack of local knowledge yesterday when he fired his approach to the final green into a creek he did not realise was there.
John McAuley | November 22, 2012
Caroline Wozniacki thinks about her Christmas list while watching Rory McIlroy at the Earth Course. Pic: Nikhil Monteiro/Reuters
Confusion reigned in the media centre at the Earth Course yesterday when the giant electronic screen displaying the scores flashed up a hole-in-one for George Coetzee.