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Lydia Ko will start
this week’s New
Open in top form.
won the women’s
Australian Open in
— her sixth LPGA
Tour victory — and
will likely be a near
at Clear water in
Ko finished second
in last year’s New
Zealand event, where
she started as a $3
frontrunner with the
bookies, and claimed
the title in 2013 as an
Given many of
the world’s top
players will be at an
LPGA Tour event in
Thailand this week, the New Zealand
tournament, which is co-sanctioned
by the Ladies European Tour and the
Australian Ladies Professional Golf
Tour, shapes as Ko’s to win.
The New Zealand Women’s Open
features some of the top players on the
LET including England’s Charley Hull
and France’s Gwladys Nocera, which
makes for a competitive field. Former
winners Laura Davies (England) and
Kristie Smith (Australia) will also play
at the $330,000 event. But it is Ko,
the world No 1, who everyone will
be chasing and she built up for her
Clear water homecoming in impressive
The Women’s Australian Open win
was her first tournament victory since
moving atop the world rankings.
Despite the hot and steamy conditions
on Melbourne’s sand-belt, a cool and
calm Ko finished at nine-under overall
to claim the tournament from Gold
Coast-raised South Korean Amy Yang.
The pair duelled for the lead through
the final round, with Yang carding a
one-under 72 to finish at seven-under.
Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn was third
at four-under after a final round 76.
The best Australian finisher was
another teenager, Minjee Lee, who was
in a tie for seventh at one under for the
tournament after closing with a 72.
Ko and Yang duelled throughout
the final round, with an 90-minute
suspension of play for lightning helping
While Ko had just dropped a shot on
the eighth, Yang, had birdied nine and
was ready to putt for an eagle on 10
when the siren sounded.
Yang settled for a birdie after her ball
circled the hole but failed to drop.
It gave her the lead but it did not last
long with Ko adding two birdies on the
“It’s hard to make birdies but so easy
to have bogeys or worse,” Ko said.
Yang also had two birdies but bogeys
on 15 and 17 snuffed out her challenge.
“I think that break was really good for
me,” Ko said. “ I had some lunch and
got my stuff together there and I played
much better after that.”
Ko’s record also includes being the
youngest golfer to win a professional
event, taking out the women’s NSW
Open when she was 14. She said
she loved playing in Australia and
approached each tournament here with
the mindset she could win. “I’ve always
played well in Australia, so it’s always
cool coming back here,” she said.
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The Greymouth Grizzlies
stockcar team will be involved in
the ultimate spectator adrenalin
rush at the weekend when they
compete in the New Zealand
Stockcar Team Championships,
at Paradise Valley Speedway in
Thirteen teams from all
over New Zealand will be
competing, with six cars in each
team. Teams can only field a
maximum of four cars per race.
They start from a standing start
and whichever car finishes the
race first is the winning team.
The event is action packed
and as long as everything takes
place on the track and the cars
are going in the right direction,
drivers can basically do anything
they like to stop the opposition.
Greymouth team manager
Shane Olsen said the theory
was to win a 12-lap race by
having ‘blockers’ slow down
the opposing team, while the
team ‘runner’ races to win the
“The concrete wall is the best
weapon to defeat your opposing
team,” Olsen said.
This is the first year the
Greymouth Grizzlies have
attended the New Zealand
For the past couple of years the
Greymouth team has competed
against the notorious Nelson
Thunder for the Suspension
Developments Teams Challenge.
The drivers representing the
Greymouth Grizzlies are Tony
Oliver, Chris Baxter, Dave
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Tony Stanton and Brian Hahn.
The Greymouth Grizzlies stockcar team, which is heading to the New Zealand Stockcar Team Championships,
Greymouth Grizzlies chase New Zealand honours in Rotorua
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Lydia Ko celebrates victory after her putt on the 18th
hole yesterday at the Australian Open in Melbourne.
Auckland golfer Ryan Fox made
two eagles in his final three holes
as he claimed the Queensland
PGA Championship title.
The world No 263 banked his
second PGA Tour of Australasia
crown in stunning fashion and
he has found some encouraging
form ahead of next month’s New
Fox began the final round in
Toowoomba yesterday in need
of something special and his
eight-under 62 was just the tonic
as he finished at 17-under for
the week, one stroke ahead of
Australians Cameron Smith and
Brad Shilton was the next best
New Zealander in the field in
a share of seventh at 10-under,
while Daniel Pearce claimed a tie
for 16th at seven-under.
Eagles at the par-four 16th
and the par-five 17th proved the
difference for Fox.
“I’m pretty ecstatic now, to be
honest,” Fox said. “ It was there or
thereabouts today and to do what
I did on 16 and 17, I can’t really
Fox, known for his ability to
hit the ball long from the tee,
was able to drive the green at the
16th at the City Golf Club and
his putt dropped. He continued
the momentum swing at 17 and
made par at the 18th to book the
“I love coming here,” he said.
“ I’ve played here four times
now and had some really good
results.” — NZME
Fox finishes strong for Queensland win
South Sydney have emphatically
claimed the status of rugby league world
club champions with a record-breaking
39-0 thrashing of Super League title
holders St Helens.
The one-sided World Club Challenge
win, which was all but over when the
Rabbitohs held a 24-0 lead after a first
half onslaught, also handed the NRL
sides a cleansweep of the inaugural World
On hand to watch today ’s blitz at
Langtree Park was Clive Churchill medal
winner Sam Burgess and co-owner
Russell Crowe, who shunned the glitz
and glamour of the Oscars red carpet
for a two-degree night in the north of
At least the Rabbitohs helped justify his
decision and on this form they deserve
favouritism to defend last year’s drought-
breaking NRL title. A late Adam
Reynolds field goal ensured the utter
mauling eclipsed the 38-point WCC
wins by the Sydney Roosters in 2003 and
Melbourne Storm in 2000 — both of
which were also against St Helens.
The Rabbitohs scored early and often,
rarely letting up between their opening
try in the third minute and their seventh
in the 67th. They stated their intentions
early, with off-season recruit Glenn
Stewart scoring from his first touch for
the club in a competitive match.
The former Manly backrower cleaned
up the scraps from a Reynolds kick which
had been missed by the initial chasers.
After a Reynolds penalty goal extended
their lead, the Bunnies again crossed
through the explosive Dylan Walker on
Walker, showing why he is favoured to
break into the NSW Origin side this year,
backed up a Reynolds line-break and did
well to beat two defenders on a swerving
30-metre run. Greg Inglis compounded
the pain four minutes later when he
backed up a Bryson Goodwin offload,
introduced the St Helens crowd to his
trademark try celebration ‘ The Goanna’
and extended the lead to 18-0.
The 17,980-strong crowd were on
the verge of begging for mercy after 31
minutes when an awkward banana kick
from displaced five-eighth John Sutton,
now playing in the second-row, took a
wicked bounce to deceive the half dozen
St Helens players on hand to defuse it,
and sat up kindly for Joel Reddy to score
the first of his two tries.
It took just six minutes into the second
half for the rout to resume, with five-
eighth Luke Keary grabbing the spoils
from a Reynolds bomb as the scoreline
ticked past 30.
The score grew further when Chris
McQ ueen, filling in at left centre while
Walker was being treated for concussion,
sliced through some butter-soft defence.
Souths had four players leave the field
with head knocks, the most serious of
which was Goodwin who copped an
accidental knee to the head. — A AP
Rabbitohs romp to record win
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