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60-million-to-one shot! Club golfer bags two holes-in-one

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MELBOURNE: An Australian club golfer has defied odds of more than 60-million-to-one to shoot two holes-in-one in a single round on a course in Melbourne, local media reported today.
Jim Grant said he missed seeing his first ace go in on the 11th at the Green Acres Golf Club in the suburb of Kew because he was chatting with playing partners, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.
“I hit a lovely 8-iron up and I thought the ball was getting close and I turned to the fellas to say ‘I think this is going to go close’ and they were all jumping up and down,” he told the ABC. “I kind of missed it going in.”
But he had another bite of the cherry just six holes later at the 17th, a 180-meter (196-yard) par three with a bunker guarding the front left of the green.
“We jumped for joy and whooped a bit. It was quite amazing,” he said, adding that he had used a 5-iron. The odds of an amateur golfer carding a hole-in-one are around 12,500-1, according to insurance companies. And the odds of two holes-in-one in the same round are quoted at roughly 67-million-to-one, though mathematicians can disagree on the exact figure because of the variables involved.
It is not clear whether Grant bought two rounds of drinks for everyone at the clubhouse afterward – one for each of his aces.

 

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Wasim Akram to establish a cricket academy

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KARACHI: Wasim Akram today announced the establishment of Wasim Akram Cricket Academy in DHA Multan.

Addressing a presser at a local hotel here, he said that the state-of-the-art Wasim Akram Cricket Academy will be equipped with all requisite facilities including a multipurpose building, pavilion/seating area, outdoor practice nets (6-8 pitches), administrative facilities including grounds men workshop and other sports facilities like squash courts, swimming pool etc.
“My purpose is to train and nurture the young talent and this academy will be breeding ground for Pakistan’s National team. I intend turning this academy into our national team’s camp before proceeding abroad for matches. We will lay the top of the lines pitches like Perth, Melbourne etc to train them,” said Wasim Akram.
Sharing details of the country’s first Championship Signature 18 holes golf course, he said “Currently Pakistan has been unable to register its presence on International standard golf courses and coaching facilities for talented young golfers. I am very happy after knowing that DHA Multan aims to address both shortcomings.” He expressed the hope that Rumanza Golf Course will be an avenue to flourish the game by nurturing the young talent of the country to be able to compete at international levels.
Wasim Akram apprised that the ground breaking ceremony of Rumanza was held on 22nd November 2018 in DHA Multan where golf course architect Sir Nick Faldo, number of foreign consultants engaged for the golf course and representatives of Desert Group UAE responsible for the construction of the course were present. He said that Rumanza would be managed and operated by Troon Golf, which is managing over 300 golf courses across the globe.

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Ronaldo denies attack accusation, calls rape ‘abominable crime’

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LAS VEGAS: Cristiano Ronaldo today categorically denied accusations by a former model who says the soccer star raped her in a Las Vegas hotel penthouse suite in 2009.
“I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me,” tweeted the 33-year-old, who plays for Juventus in Italy’s Serie A. “Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in.”
“My clear conscious (sic) will thereby allow me to wait with tranquility the results of any and all investigations,” he added.

 

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Gold: Woods says enormity of victory not sunk in yet!

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SaintQuentinenYvelines: Tiger Woods said on Tuesday that he hasn’t had the chance to “soak in” the significance of his first title since 2013 as he prepares for the Ryder Cup in France.
The former world number one produced a dominant performance last weekend to secure the Tour Championship by two shots and cap off a remarkable comeback season after spinal fusion surgery. The scenes which saw hundreds of jubilant fans follow him down the 18th fairway at East Lake have been given plenty of air time, but Woods said he is yet to look back on last Sunday. The 42-year-old arrived in France ahead of the start of the 42nd Ryder Cup on Friday, and played a practice round Tuesday alongside Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed. “I really haven’t looked online and read any articles about it yet because, one, after I finished, I had a big media tour I had to do there at East Lake,” he told reporters at Le Golf National.
“Got that all out of the way and then hopped on the flight, over here, training, and then playing a practice round. “I haven’t really had a lot of time to soak it in. I will post-Ryder Cup. “I’ll take a look back and reflect on it. “I haven’t seen any videos… I saw a couple of them on some French news channel… the people rushing behind me, but I haven’t sat down and watched it yet. I still have this event to do.” Woods, a 14-time major champion, is hoping to win the Ryder Cup this week for only the second time in eight appearances as a player.

 

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