Stanley wins Phoenix Open
Kyle Stanley bounced back from a bitter defeat to win the Phoenix Open in Scottsdale, Arizona on Sunday, erasing an eight-shot deficit to triumph a week after his last-round collapse at Torrey Pines. “I’m not sure what I’m thinking right now,” Stanley said. “I just needed to focus on playing golf. I needed to put last week behind me.” Stanley was brought to tears at Torrey after a triple-bogey at the final hole dropped him into a playoff that he lost. However, on Sunday, he was in position to strike as Spencer Levin suffered a similar collapse — surrendering a six-shot overnight lead to eventually settle for third. Stanley capped a bogey-free 65 with a four-foot par putt and finished with a 15-under total of 269. Ben Crane carded a 66 and finished in second on 270.
Lawrie takes Qatar title
Britain’s Paul Lawrie hit a final-round 65 to win his second Qatar Masters title on Sunday, evoking memories of his Open success in 1999. The Doha tournament was reduced to 54 holes because of high winds on Friday and, after carding 69 and 67 in the opening two rounds, Lawrie produced a bogey-free third to leave the chasing pack trailing. After finishing four strokes clear of Australia’s Jason Day and Sweden’s Peter Hanson, he was reminded that the last time he triumphed in Qatar, he went on to claim the Open title five months later at Carnoustie. “Now wouldn’t that be nice to get that again?” he said after finishing on 15-under par with the joint lowest round of the day. The 43-year-old Scot has made a good start to the year with top-10 finishes in last month’s Volvo Golf Champions and Abu Dhabi Championship.
CAS suspends Contador
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) yesterday suspended Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador for two years for a doping offense he committed during the 2010 Tour de France, officials said. The suspension, which runs through to Aug. 6 this year, means that Contador is stripped of his victory in the race that year and will be unable to take part in this year’s edition. Contador tested positive for the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol during the 2010 Tour de France, but he was subsequently cleared by the Spanish Cycling Federation in February last year, prompting the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Cycling Union to appeal the decision to CAS. Apart from losing his 2010 Tour de France title, the verdict means that Contador is stripped of all his wins in 2011, which include the Giro d’Italia.
Terry ruling wrong: Capello
England coach Fabio Capello said on Sunday that he disagreed with the decision by the Football Association (FA) to strip John Terry of the England captaincy, in an interview with Italian television. “I thought it was right that Terry should keep the captain’s armband,” Capello told Rai 1 station. “I don’t agree with the Football Association. I have spoken to the chairman and I have said that, in my opinion, one cannot be punished until it’s official and the court — a non-sporting court, a civil court — has made a decision to decide if John Terry has done what he has been accused of. The fact that the board has decided in this way is because it falls under the competence regarding ethics.” Terry was stripped of the England captaincy for the second time in two years on Friday after mounting concern his ongoing racism court case had made his position untenable.