Golf

Weekend Herald - - WHAT’S ON -

There’s an­other feast of golf, with the em­pha­sis very much on Asia, as both the PGA and LPGA pitch their tents on that hot­bed of the world game. The men are in Malaysia for the CIMB Clas­sic at TPC Kuala Lumpur, where re­cently- crowned FedEx Cup cham­pion Justin Thomas de­fends. This is the first of three back- to- back tour­na­ments in Asia. It is fol­lowed later this week by the in­au­gu­ral CJ Cup@ Nine Bridges on the is­land of Jeju in South Korea. Of­fer­ing US$ 9.25 mil­lion in prize­money with a lim­ited field of 78 play­ers and no cut, there’s plenty of in­ter­est, with Thomas again the star at­trac­tion. He is joined by Aussies Ja­son Day and Marc Leish­man. The LPGA has, not sur­pris­ingly, at­tracted the very best for tour­na­ments in South Korea and Tai­wan. Ly­dia Ko, Lexi Thomp­son, New Zealand Open win­ner Brooke Hen­der­son and Michelle Wei are among the big names tee­ing it up in the Keb Hana Bank Cham­pi­onship and the Swing­ing Skirts which fol­lows. In Europe, this week’s Ital­ian Open has plenty of big names, in­clud­ing Ser­gio Gar­cia, Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleet­wood and Ryan Fox, while next week, the Ser­gio Gar­cia Foun­da­tion plays host at the An­daluca Valder­rama Masters. The Phoenix, again hit by the FFA’s re­fusal to recog­nise Fifa win­dows, will be back to full strength tomorrow night for their round two visit to Syd­ney and a date with reign­ing cham­pi­ons Syd­ney FC. They had a rea­son­able first- up show­ing in tak­ing a point from Ade­laide but will find this much harder, as Gra­ham Arnold’s mob come off their open­ing win over Mel­bourne Vic­tory. Fifa’s Un­der- 17 World Cup is down to the last 16, with no sec­ond chances now. In Europe, the Cham­pi­ons League is in to round three, with a block­buster for Tot­ten­ham fans who travel to watch them square off against cham­pi­ons Real Madrid. Both won their open­ing two games and have iden­ti­cal 6- 1 for and against records in Group H. Manch­ester City also have max­i­mum points and now play sec­ond- placed Napoli at home. It’s the same story for Chelsea, who have six points and are at home to sec­ond- placed Roma. Group E is the only group with­out a two- time win­ner. Sevilla lead with four points and play Spar­tak Moscow while Liver­pool, sec­ond with two draws, travel to play Mari­bor. In the Europa League, Arse­nal lead Group H with six points and travel to play Red Star Bel­grade, who have four points.

Pic­ture / AP

Cris­tiano Ron­aldo ( right) and Real Madrid host Tot­ten­ham in Cham­pi­ons League ac­tion on Wed­nes­day

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