Dwayne Barvo Makes Unbeaten Century
2/27/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQWest Indies all-rounder Dwayne Barvo made a triumphant return to competitive action yesterday as he made an unbeaten century for his club side in Trinidad.Bravo, who uses Woodworm cricket bats, has not played a game of any sort since he underwent ankle su...
Felipe Aguilar Defends Indonesia Open
2/24/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQChile’s Felipe Aguilar is hoping to go one better than last weekend’s runner-up place in the Johnnie Walker Classic when he defends his Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open title in Bali this week.Aguilar, who uses a TaylorMade R7 SuperQuad TP driver and TaylorMa...
Accenture Match Play Bracing for Europeans
2/24/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQThe Accenture Match Play tournament is bracing itself for a European invasion this week.There will be 47 players from the European Tour in action at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Dove in Arizona from February 25 to March 1 including Sweden’s Henrik Stenso...
Woods Set to Unveil New Clubs
2/24/2009
Paul Bolton, Sports writer for The Sports HQWorld number one Tiger Woods is set to unveil some new clubs when he makes his return to competitive golf in this week’s Accenture Match Play tournament in Arizona.Woods will be making his first competitive appearance in eight months following his recover...
Woods Overshadows McIroy
2/24/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQThe return of Tiger Woods after eight months out with a knee injury will overshadow the first professional appearances in the United States of Rory McIlroy and Alvaro Quiros at this week’s Accenture Match Play in Arizona.In recent weeks Northern Ireland’s...
Tim Ambrose Reclaims his England Place
2/23/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQ Warwickshire wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose will reclaim his England place for the fourth Test against the West Indies which gets underway in Barbados on Thursday.Ambrose, who uses a Kookaburra Ice cricket bat, lost his place to his former Sussex team-mate Mat...
Mickelson Moves Back to Third Place in Rankings
2/23/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQPhil Mickelson's victory in the Northern Trust Open title in Los Angeles has lifted him back to third in the World Golf Rankings.The American left-hander is now only 2.22 points behind Tiger Woods, the world’s number one will return to action this week af...
Woods Faces Brendan Jones
2/23/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQWorld number one Tiger Woods will face Australian Brendan Jones on his return to competitive golf in the first round of the Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona on Wednesday.Defending champion Woods, who uses a Nike SQ Tour driver and Nike VR Blad...
Flintoff Could Miss Million Dollar Contract
2/22/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQEngland’s star all-rounder Andrew Flintoff could miss out on his lucrative US$1.55 million contract to play in the Indian Premier League.Flintoff, a former user of Woodworm cricket bats, was snapped up by the Chennai Super Kings at an auction in Goa earli...
Danny Lee is Youngest Ever Winner
2/22/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQNew Zealand amateur Danny Lee became the youngest-ever winner of a European Tour tournament when he secured a one stroke victory in the Johnnie Walker Classic at the Vines Golf and Country Club in Perth, Australia.The 18-year-old carded a closing five und...
England Denied Victory
2/21/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQENGLAND were denied victory in the third cricket Test in Antigua by stubborn resistance by the West Indies’ tenth wicket pair of Daren Powell and Fidel Edwards and bad light.Powell and Edwards dug in for 36 minutes and faced 61 balls between them to thwar...
Tiger Woods's Caddie has Faith
2/21/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQTiger Woods’s caddie Steve Williams has said that the world number one is close to making his return on the PGA Tour.Woods has not played since last June because of a knee injury that required reconstructive surgery to repair a cruciate ligament problem.B...
Camilo Villegas Wants the Same Success
2/21/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQCamilo Villegas is aiming to build on a successful 2008 on the PGA Tour in which he won back-to-back titles at the BMW Championship and The Tour Championship.Villegas, a Colombian and product of the University of Florida, also finished second in the FedEx...
Ross Fisher Hopes to Make History
2/21/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQRoss Fisher will be aiming to become the first player since English compatriot Lee Westwood nine years ago to successfully defend The European Open title when the tournament returns to The London Golf Club in Kent from May 28 to -31.Fisher held off the ch...
Strauss Still Believes in his Team
2/20/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQEngland cricket captain Andrew Strauss believes his side can still win the Test series in the Caribbean despite the disappointment of being held to a draw in the third Test in Antigua.England, who are 1-0 down in what has become a five Test series, were w...
Woods Making his Big Come Back
2/20/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQTiger Woods has confirmed that he will definitely make his long-awaited comeback from injury in next week's World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona.The world number one’s return to action was confirmed by PGA Tour commissione...
Norman Insists he is not Making up the Numbers
2/19/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writerfor The Sports HQGolfing great Greg Norman insists that he will not be just making up the numbers when he competes in the Johnnie Walker Classic at the Vines Golf and Country Club in Perth, which starts on Thursday.The Great White Shark turned 54 last week, but still inten...
Sir Allen Stanford Charged with Fraud
2/18/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQEnglish cricket faces further embarrassment after Texan billionaire Sir Allen Stanford was charged with fraud last night over his business activities.The England and Wales Cricket Board were forced to cease negotiations with Stanford over a proposed quadr...
Bid For Golf in 2016 Olympic Games
2/18/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQA bid to include golf in the 2016 Olympic Games has been made by the International Golf Federation.Golf is one of seven sports along with baseball, karate, roller sports, rugby sevens, softball and squash that are being considered for inclusion by the Int...
Six Pakistani Players Played in 'Rebel' Cleared
2/18/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQSix more Pakistani players who have played in the ‘rebel’ Indian Cricket League have been cleared to play in domestic first-class cricket.Imran Farhat, Imran Nazir, Humayun Farhat, Taufiq Umar, Riaz Afridi and Arshad Khan were initially banned from playin...
Ryder Cup Captain Wants a Win
2/17/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQEurope’s new Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie hopes that this will be the year when he finally wins the Johnnie Walker Classic.The Scot, who was appointed Ryder Cup captain last month, finished second to Nick Faldo 13 years ago and has had several top...
Woods in Draw for World Match Play
2/17/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQWorld number one Tiger Woods has been included in the draw for next week’s Accenture World Match Play in Arizona.Woods, who uses Nike golf clubs, has not played since last June when he won his 14th major at the US Open.He is still recovering from major kn...
Moore Adds Pressure in New Zealand
2/16/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQStephen Moore will be aiming to put pressure on England’s under-achieving senior batsmen when the England Lions tour of New Zealand begins this week.Worcestershire opener Moore was the leading national run-scorer in first-class cricket last summer, an ach...
Ireland Teenager is First Race to Dubai Qualifier
2/16/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQNorthern Ireland teenager Rory McIlroy has been named the first winner of The Race to Dubai European Tour Golfer of the Month Award.McIlroy, who received a jeroboam of Moët and Chandon champagne along with an engraved Alms Dish in recognition of his succe...
Kang Wins First Tournament in Eight Years
2/16/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQAnthony Kang won his first tournament in eight years when he clinched the Maybank Malaysian Open title at the Saujana Golf and Country Club.The American, who uses Titleist Pro V1x balls, rolled home a short birdie at the final hole to emerge from a tightl...
Davies Wins Australian Women's Open
2/16/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQLaura Davies bounced back from three disappointments in Australasia by winning her second Australian Women's Open on a dramatic final day at the Metropolitan Golf Club in Melbourne.Davies, who last won the title in 2004 at Concorde Golf Club, completed he...
Second Test Moved to New Venue
2/13/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer of The Sports HQThe second Test of England's cricket tour of the West Indies has been switched to a new venue and re-started after a farcical abaondonment on Friday.Only ten balls were bowled at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua before umpires Tony Hill and Daryl...
Evans Swaps Clubs for Boots
2/13/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQMax Evans will again swap his golf clubs for rugby boots tomorrow when he plays for Scotland in their RBS Six Nations Championship clash with at the Stade de France in Paris.Evans, a fully-qualified PGA professional, will start alongside his younger broth...
Test Series Abandoned after Condition of Pitch
2/13/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQEngland’s cricket tour of the West Indies descended into farce today when the opening day of the second Test in Antigua was abandoned after just ten balls because of the condition of the pitch.The decision was taken to prevent injury to the players becaus...
West Indies Prepare Themselves for England
2/12/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQThe West Indies are bracing themselves for an England backlash as they prepare for the second Test in Antigua.The West Indies will go into Friday’s Test with a 1-0 lead in the four match series having trounced England by an innings in Jamaica last weekend...
Cleveland/Srixon Form Influential Advisory Board
2/12/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQCleveland Golf/Srixon have formed a new advisory board comprised of some of the most influential names in the game of golf. The new board's main role will be to offer guidance pertaining to all Cleveland Golf/Srixon brands and will offer advice on a range...
Ballesteros Continues With Recovery
2/11/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The sports HQSeve Ballesteros is continuing to make a good recovery after a second round of chemotherapy following surgery to remove a brain tumour.The Spaniard collapsed at Madrid Airport last autumn and was forced to stand down as Europe’s captain in their Royal Tro...
Brett Lee Scheduled for Early Come Back
2/11/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQAustralia fast bowler Brett Lee is ahead of schedule in his comeback from a foot operation and remains on course to spearhead their attack in this summer’s Ashes series.Lee, who uses Woodworm cricket bats, has not played since he suffered a stress fractur...
Paul Collingwood Backs England for Bounce Back
2/11/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQAll-rounder Paul Collingwood has backed England to bounce back from their first Test mauling in the Caribbean.England were trounced in last weekend’s opening Test in Jamaica after they were shot out for a pathetic 51, the third lowest score in their Test...
Wie Ready for Come Back
2/11/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQMichelle Wie will be on the comeback trail when she competes in the SBS Open in Hawaii on Thursday.It will be the 19-year old golf prodigy’s first tournament as a member of the LPGA Tour and Wie hopes it will help produce an upturn in her declining fortun...
Kamte Quits European Tour Due to Weather
2/11/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQSouth African James Kamte has revealed that he quit the European Tour for the Asian equivalent because he missed the warm weather.Kamte, who uses Titleist Pro V1x golf balls, became the first black South Africa for 30 years to earn full playing privileges...
Flintoff Wants Team Mates to Pull Together
2/11/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQEngland’s star all-rounder Andrew Flintoff wants his team-mates to pull together as they attempt to recover from last weekend’s humiliating defeat by the West Indies in Jamaica.England went 1-0 down in the four Test series after they were shot out for jus...
Pakistan Cricket Board Issue Ban
2/11/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQThe Pakistan Cricket Board has temporarily lifted a domestic ban on players with links to the ‘rebel’ Indian cricket League, complying with an order handed out by the Sindh High Court last week.The decision comes after 11 players, including former captain...
Kim Has Royal Seal of Approval
2/10/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQAnthony Kim’s game received the royal seal of approval today when he lined up alongside the King of Malaysia in the Maybank Malaysian Open Pro-Am.Kim was partnered with His Royal Highness Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin and exciting young American soon overcam...
Geary Makes History
2/10/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQJosh Geary made history today when he became the first New Zealander to secure a place in The Open through the International Final Qualifying event since its introduction five years ago.Geary secured a trip to Turnberry later this year by finishing joint...
Australian Qualifiers for British Open Will Play
2/10/2009
Paul Bolton, sports wirter for The Sports HQThe Australian qualifiers for this year’s British Open Championship will go ahead as planned in Melbourne on Thursday despite the bush fires that have claimed more than 170 lives in the state of Victoria.The 36-hole event at the Kingston Heath course will...
Cook Urges Selectors Not to React
2/10/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQEngland’s opening batsman Alastair Cook has urged the national cricket selectors not to make knee-jerk reactions to the humiliating innings and 23 runs defeat by the West Indies in Jamaica.England were shot out for just 51 in the second innings of the fir...
Laura Davies Aims for Bounce Back
2/10/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQLaura Davies aims to bounce back to form in this week’s Women’s Australian Open in Melbourne.The most accomplished English female golfer of modern times has fallen short of her target of winning four tournaments in Australasia this year having finished ba...
Hull Claims Home Soil Win
2/9/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQAustralian Katherine Hull claimed a five-stroke victory on home soil at the ANZ Ladies Masters at Royal Pines.Hull, who uses a Cleveland Launcher Driver and Cleveland Launcher Fairway Woods, began began the final round with a three-stroke lead over compat...
James Kamte Marks his Debut on Tour
2/9/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQSouth African James Kamte marked his Asian Tour debut by winning the Asian Tour International by two shots in Bangkok.Kamte's final round of 66 took was enough to overtake overnight leader Tetsuji Hiratsuka as he finished on 16 under par at at the Suwan G...
Strauss Angry at his Side with Third Lowest Score
2/9/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQNew England captain cricket Andrew Strauss admitted he was angry at the way his side subsided to their third lowest score in Test Match history and an embarrassing innings defeat against the West Indies in Jamaica.England, trailed by just 74 on first inni...
Kim Ready for Malaysian Debut
2/9/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQAnthony Kim is looking forward to making his debut in the Maybank Malaysian Open at the Saujana Golf and Country Club this week.Kim, currently the world’s number eleven, decided to take affiliate membership of the European Tour after his successful debut...
Assistant Coach Refuses Blame on Distractions
2/9/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQEngland’s assistant coach Andy Flower has refused to blame outside distractions for the embarrassing defeat by the West Indies in the first cricket Test in Jamaica.England were humbled inside four days after they were shot out for just 51, their lowest to...
Watney Wins Buick Invitational
2/9/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQNick Watney of the United States secured the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines with two birdies in the final three holes.Watney’s finishing burst allowed him to overhaul overnight leader John Rollins who had a three shot advantage with five holes to play...
Woods Announces Birth of Second Child
2/9/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQWorld number one Tiger Woods and his wife Elin have announced the birth of their second child.The boy, named Charlie Axel, was born on Sunday and is a brother for the Woods’ 19-month old daughter Sam Alexis.Woods, who uses Nike golf clubs, made the announ...
Titleist Confirm Charity Support
2/9/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQTitleist have confirmed their continued their support of the Golf Foundation, the sports leading charity.Titleist will provide the Golf Foundation with golf balls for use in its events and for promotional activities as the charity attempts to make golf mo...
Pietersen and Flintoff Secure Million Contracts
2/6/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQEngland cricketers Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff both secured US$1.55 million contracts at the Indian Premier League auction in Goa today.Former national captain Pietersen had a reserve price of US$ 1.35million but was eventually sold to Bangalore R...
Westwood Launches Academies
2/6/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQRyder Cup star Lee Westwood has launched a series of academies around England to encourage youngsters to develop their golfing skills.Westwood, who uses Ping clubs including a Ping G10 Driver and Ping i10 Irons, has helped to devise the coaching programme...
Titleist Celebrate Successful Week
2/6/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQTitleist golf balls are celebrating a successful week after four of their brand loyalists won tournaments across the world last weekend.Irishman Rory McIlroy won the European Tour’s Dubai Desert Classic, Kenny Perry won the US PGA’s FBR Open, Darren Ficha...
Golf Credited for Florida's Leisure Boom
2/6/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQGolf has been credited with contributing significantly to the growth of Florida’s burgeoning sports and leisure industry.Sports and leisure in the American state, a favourite destination for English tourists, has increased from $16 billion-a-year in 1999...
Dyson Returns to Golf
2/4/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQYorkshireman Simon Dyson is relishing his return to the Maybank Malaysian Open at the Saujana Golf and Country Club next week.Last year Dyson finished third in the event and narrowly missed out on a play-off place.“The Maybank Malaysian Open was a great e...
Harrington Admits There is Work to be Done
2/4/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQPadraig Harrington admits that there is work to be done on his game as he starts the countdown to the Masters in April.The Irishman will begin a run of three consecutive tournament in the United States on Thursday when he competes in the Buick Invitationa...
Woods Ready for Return
2/4/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQTiger Woods has revealed that he is close to making a return to competitive golf after an eight-month injury lay-off.The world number one, who uses Nike golf clubs, has been out f action since last June's US Open, when he won his 14th major playing with a...
Asian Player of the Year Contenders Announced
2/3/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQIndia’s Jeev Milkha Singh and Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng are among the contenders for the Asian Player of the Year Awards at the Johnnie Walker “Keep Walking” Golf Awards.Singh, who uses a Callaway FT-3 driver, Callaway FT irons and Callaway Big Bertha S...
Harwood Returns to Golf After 10 Year Absence
2/3/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQFormer European Tour tournament winner Mike Harwood will return to full-time golf after a ten-year absence when he makes his debut on , the European Senior debut in the Aberdeen Brunei Senior Masters at the Empire Hotel and Country Club from February 27 t...
Former Pakistan Captain has Ban
2/2/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQ Former Pakistan cricket captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has had a ban imposed on him by the Pakistan Cricket Board suspended by a court. Inzamam, who uses a CA Plus 10000 bat, was one of around 20 Pakistan players banned by the PCB from domestic cricket for pla...
McIlroy Wins Dubai Desert Classic
2/2/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQNorthern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy held his nerve to claim his first professional title at the Dubai Desert Classic at the Emirates club.McIlroy, 19, carded a final round two-under-par to take the title by just one stroke from Englishman Justin Rose, his pla...
Former Pakistan Captain Criticises Council
2/2/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQ Former Pakistan cricket captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has criticised the International Crciket Council for again changing their mind about the result of the infamous Oval Test Match three years ago. England were initially awarded the game after Pakistan decli...
PGA Launches Legal Action
2/2/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQThe PGA Tour has launched legal action against Ginn Development who announced last week that had been forced to end all their golf sponsorships because of the economic downturn.The LPGA Champion’s Tour’s Ginn Championship is one of the tournaments affecte...
BMW New Sponsors of Italian Open
2/2/2009
Paul Bolton, sports writer for The Sports HQ Car giants BMW have been confirmed as the new title sponsor of the Italian Open which will be played at Royal Park in Turin from May 7 to 10. The deal, which was announced today, extends BMW’s involvement with The European Tour. Last June BMW celebrate...