Lipsky secures maiden win
US rookie David Lipsky, pictured, produced a superb chip-in birdie to beat Filipino Elmer Salvador in the first play-off hole and win the inaugural US$300,000 Handa Faldo Cambodian Classic yesterday. The 23-year-old, who won the Asian Tour’s Qualifying School in January, enjoyed his maiden professional victory in front of six-time Major champion Nick Faldo at the Angkor Golf Resort, a course Faldo designed. Starting the day seven shots off the lead, Lipsky closed with a stunning seven-under-par 65 for a 15-under-par 273 total. A gritty Salvador had a 10-foot birdie putt at the last hole in regulation play for the outright win, but he missed for a 68. It was a frenetic final day, with six players tied for the lead at one stage before Lipsky and Salvador, who also lost in a play-off at last year’s ISPS Handa Singapore Classic, edged ahead of the pack. “I really can’t believe I’m here right now,” said a jubilant Lipsky, quoted in a press release from Asian Tour News. Lipsky earned US$47,550 and a priceless winner’s exemption on the Asian Tour till the end of 2014. “The chip-in was unbelievable. I practice my short game pretty hard and I thought I had a chance to make it. It was one of those makeable ones up the hill ... give it a good strike and see what happens,” the Korean-American said. The lanky Irishman Niall Turner was disappointed with his third place, one shot shy of the play-off after an even-par 72, while overnight leader Kim Hyung-sung settled for joint seventh position after signing off with 75. Taiwan’s Hsu Mong-nan and Lu Wen-teh both finished tied for 57th at one-over 289.
Broncos vie for Manning
Peyton Manning showed off his throwing strength for the Denver Broncos on Friday, while the San Francisco 49ers emerged as a potential destination for the future Hall of Fame quarterback, according to reports on Friday. John Elway, a former NFL quarterback and current head of football operations for the Broncos, was among the Denver officials who traveled to North Carolina to audition Manning, according to the league’s Web site. The 49ers joined the Broncos and Tennessee Titans as teams looking to land Manning’s services, while the Miami Dolphins and Arizona Cardinals are out of the mix, according to ESPN. The four-time NFL Most Valuable Player was cut last week by the Indianapolis Colts, who have decided to rebuild after a 2-14 season without the 35-year-old Manning, who missed the entire season last year after having neck surgery.
Pettitte rejoining Yankees
Andy Pettitte is coming out of retirement to rejoin the New York Yankees as the former starting pitcher signed a one-year minor-league contract, the team said on Friday. Pettitte, 39, has a career record of 240-138 with a 3.88 earned run average over 16 Major League Baseball seasons spent with the Yankees and Houston Astros. The left-hander last appeared in the majors in 2010 with the Yankees, going 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA and earning a selection to the All-Star team. Pettitte, who won five World Series rings with the Yankees, signed for us$2.5 million, according to New York media reports.
Stuttgart thump Hoffenheim
Vedad Ibisevic scored two first-half goals to help VfB Stuttgart pile on the misery for hapless TSG 1899 Hoffenheim with a 2-1 win in the Bundesliga on Friday. Sejad Salihovic replied with a penalty for the hosts, still smarting from last week’s 7-1 humiliation at Bayern Munich, but it was not enough as they continued a disappointing start for new coach Markus Babbel. Hoffenheim have won once in six Bundesliga outings since Babbel replaced Holger Stanislawski last month and have dropped to 12th in the table with 30 points, seven clear of the relegation playoff spot. Stuttgart are seventh on 36 points. “I think we were too naive over the 90 minutes although we played much better in the second half,” Babbel said. Hoffenheim could not have made a worse start as Khalid Boulahrouz chipped the ball over the defense and Bosnia striker Ibisevic hooked it in with his left foot. “That was too easy,” Babbel said as he analyzed a replay of the goal for German television. The same combination set up Stuttgart’s second goal two minutes before halftime as the Dutchman produced a low cross from the right and Ibisevic got in between two defenders to score with a diving header, his ninth league goal of the season. Hoffenheim fought back in the second half and reduced the arrears in the 74th minute when Salihovic fired his penalty into the roof of the net after Fabian Johnson was tripped by Francisco Rodriguez.