Loreto take over at the top

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Sports - MARY HAN­NI­GAN

At this stage last sea­son in the EY Hockey League three of the top four spots al­ready looked de­cided, UCD, Cork Har­lequins and Pe­ga­sus putting some dis­tance be­tween them­selves and the chas­ing pack.

This time around, how­ever, it’s look­ing a whole lot more com­pet­i­tive, just four points separat­ing first and sixth af­ter the week­end’s games.

Pe­ga­sus los­ing for the first time in the new cam­paign and the teams in third and fourth, UCD and Belfast Har­lequins, draw­ing yes­ter­day has tight­ened the con­test, Loreto tak­ing over as lead­ers on goal dif­fer­ence from Pe­ga­sus af­ter a fine 2-0 win over the Belfast side with goals from Han­nah Matthews and Ali Meeke. Golf Cor­re­spon­dent, in An­talya, Turkey That old gag about pres­sure be­ing only found in tyres was no laugh­ing mat­ter for those in the cut and thrust of the fi­nal round of the Turk­ish Air­lines Open, as Justin Rose – who re­turned to world num­ber one – out-du­eled Hao­tong Li in a play-off where the Chi­na­man’s frailty with the put­ter was ex­posed with a three-putt from 10 feet at the first ex­tra hole to ef­fec­tively hand the ti­tle to the English­man.

Rose wasn’t im­mune from fray­ing nerves him­self, as – lead­ing by a stroke play­ing the 17th – he had also three-putted the penul­ti­mate hole. And, again, on the 18th in reg­u­la­tion, Rose suf­fered an­other bo­gey (af­ter his ap­proach found a green­side bunker) while Li’s tor­ment came by way for a three-putt bo­gey

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