Golf-Els edged out in Zurich Classic Playoff
4/30/2012
Ernie Els may not have won since Bay Hill '10, but his 19th career PGA Tour title couldn't have come much closer in the Zurich Classic, losing out on the second hole of a playoff Sunday at TPC Louisiana.The man known as "The Big Easy" found New Orleans - the original "Big Easy" - to be just right f...
Golf-Justin Bieber's got golf fever
4/27/2012
Most hot young pop stars tend to spend their down-time in the VIP-sections of night clubs, driving high-powered sports cars or being papped by paparazzi with their latest glamorous fling. But Canadian superstar Justin Bieber likes things a little more sedate.British newspaper The Sun has reported t...
Golf-Seve's son to follow in father's footsteps
4/26/2012
A similar look, the same name, and one heck of a huge responsibility on his young shoulders.The eldest of Seve Ballesteros three son's, Javier, will play his first ever professional tournament on Thursday.As if the parallel and pressure wasn't already hefty enough it'll be on the same course, at th...
Golf-R&A boss: "Rory is the new Tiger"
4/25/2012
One of the leading figures in golf has thrown his hat into the Woods-McIlroy debate, and Peter Dawson, chief exec of the Royal and Ancient Club is firmly on the up-and-up and backing Rory McIlroy to replace Tiger Woods."You're really seeing the old guard in Tiger, he's only mid-30s, isn't he, and t...
Golf-The Open lengthend; BBC coverage at risk
4/24/2012
While the course at Royal Lytham and St Annes is being lengthened in time for the year's Open Championship, the BBC may see their own coverage dramatically shortened in the near future.Despite the exisiting contract that says the corporation will show the Open live until 2016, their plans to only s...
Golf-Westwood retains Indonesian Masters title
4/23/2012
England's world No3, Lee Westwood, was forced to work overtime to retain his title at the Indonesian Masters in Jakarta.Westwood played a mammoth 32 holes on Sunday due to adverse weather conditions that had wrecked havoc with scheduling of the tournament, causing Saturday's play to be suspended.Ho...
Cricket-Rain ends second Windies-Australia Test
4/20/2012
Rain ruined an intriguing final day's play as the second Test between West Indies and Australia ended in a draw in Trinidad on Thursday.West Indies has been set a chase of 215 from 61 overs against their visitors, but their fightback stalled at 53-2 as a persistant downpour caused a halt to proceed...
SHQ's Els chosen as SA Olympic Ambassador
4/19/2012
We at The Sports HQ are delighted to announce that the South African Olympic committee have chosen our very own Brand Ambassador - golf legend Ernie Els - to be an Olympic ambassador for the South Africa team.With just 100 days remaining before the 2012 London Olympic Games is due to commence, Els...
Golf-13-year-old to set records on Euro Tour
4/18/2012
Thirteen-year-old Guang Tiang-lang is about to set record book scribes scrabbling for their pens before he even plays a shot in this year’s Volvo China Open.The young Chinese golfer, barely out of his tweens, will be 13 years and 173 days, and so become the youngest person ever to play in a Europea...
Golf-Poulter's Masters good for Ryder Cup
4/17/2012
While the US claimed the Masters, there was still a lot to get excited about for European golf. Particularly, the strength in depth highlighted by their potential Ryder Cup player's performance. Not least that of Ian Poulter, who flirted with the lead over Masters weekend."I'm excited to get into t...
Golf-Donald loses No1 spot to McIlroy
4/16/2012
Donald says he has nothing left to prove, despite losing the number 1 spot to Rory McIlroy.An even-par 71 at the Habrour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, was nowhere near enough to finish in the top eight of the tournament to secure his position at the top of the world golf ra...
Golf-Lee Westwood bemoans putting woes
4/13/2012
Putting woes once again have been Lee Westwood's, England's world number, undoing after his short game let him down once again at a major, with disappointment at the US Masters.Despite shooting a final-round 68 to finish tied for third on eight under, albeit behind winner Bubba Watson who beat Loui...
Cricket-Australia beat West Indies in first Test
4/12/2012
Australia triumphed in an exciting first Digicel Test match against West Indies by three wickets on Wednesday at Kensington Oval, Barbados to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series for the Frank Worrell trophy.West Indies were bowled out for 148 at the lunch break on the final day, the tourists...
Golf-Azinger calls Tiger an "embarrassment"
4/11/2012
After Tiger Woods drop-kicked a club on his way to shooting 75 on Friday at Augusta National, former Ryder Cup captain and 1993 PGA Champion Paul Azinger took to the airways and lambasted him on Sirius Radio, according to Hank Gola of The New York Daily News.“Tiger’s antics this week were an embarr...
Golf-Elementary for Master Watson at Augusta
4/10/2012
American Bubba Watson beat South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen in a play-off to clinch the 76th Masters at Augusta.The 33-year-old lefty won at the second extra hole to claim his first major title.''I've never had a dream go this far, so I can't really say it's a dream come true,'' Watson said. ''I don...
Golf-Harrington & Byrd win Masters Par 3 Contest
4/6/2012
Ireland's Padraig Harrington and American Jonathan Byrd rode the risk of the Masters curse by winning the traditional pre-Masters Par 3 competition on Wednesday after a thunderstorm cut short the fun.Harrington finished level with Byrd at five under-par when play was abandoned at Augusta National.I...
Golf-Gary Player tips McIlroy for Masters
4/5/2012
South African golf legend Gary Player will become an official starter for The Masters this week, and he's tabbed one man to take all the spoils at Augusta National - Rory McIlroyWhile bad memories of his Augusta collapse in 2011 will no doubt scar the young Northern Irishman, Player has faith that...
Golf-Parnevik career in doubt after boating mishap
4/4/2012
Jesper Parnevik's career is in doubt after he almost lost the index finger from his right hand in a bloody boating accident, the Golf Channel reported Friday.Parnevik's right hand was caught in a motorized winch as he was taking his boat out of the water and nearly completely severed. The 47-year-o...
Golf-Justin Rose targets Masters jinx
4/3/2012
Justin Rose is not one for jinxes. Not even the eve-of-Masters par three competition at Augusta that has endured for 52 years.Introduced in 1960, no one has ever won the event and then gone on to be Masters champion four days later.Rose declared: "Someone is going to do it one year."I'm not one for...
Cricket-SA captain to have surgery; misses IPL
4/2/2012
Graeme Smith, South Africa's Test captain, will undergo surgery on his left ankle that has been troubling him with chronic pain over the previous two months. The decision was arrived at after consultation with Cricket South Africa's ankle specialist, who detected an impingement syndrome of the ankl...