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Sports activities Digest: Gap-in-one lifts Brehm into share of lead at Valspar Championship


Mar 17, 2023

Ryan Brehm makes his ultimate putt on the 18th gap through the first spherical of the Valspar Championship on Thursday in Palm Harbor, Fla. Mike Carlson/Related Press


Ryan Brehm turned a very good spherical right into a memorable one Thursday, making a hole-in-one on the par-3 seventeenth gap at Innisbrook for a 5-under 66 that led to a three-way share of the lead on the Valspar Championship in Palm Harbor, Florida.

Stephan Jaeger additionally had a 66, whereas Adam Schenk joined them with the low rating within the afternoon on the Copperhead course.

Jordan Spieth, again at Innisbrook for the primary time in 5 years, had a bogey-free spherical and was notably sharp with the putter, making birdie putts of 60 toes and 30 toes on his approach to a 67. Additionally at 67 have been former U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover and Maverick McNealy.

Brehm’s ace got here with a 6-iron from 196 yards, and he closed with a par. It was his eleventh time within the 60s in 43 rounds on the PGA Tour this season.

Jaeger had seven birdies within the morning, which began with temperatures chilly sufficient for some gamers to put on beanies and further layers. Schenk completed his spherical with a 10-foot par save on the par-3 eighth gap, after which after going bunker-to-bunker on the ninth, made a par putt from 5 toes.

Tommy Fleetwood was at 68, whereas the group at 69 included two-time defending champion Sam Burns and Justin Thomas, at No. 10 the highest-ranked participant within the area.

EUROPEAN TOUR: David Ravetto and Kristian Krogh Johannessen carded 5-under 67s at a windy St. Francis Hyperlinks course to share the clubhouse lead within the first spherical of the SDC Championship in St. Francis Bay, South Africa.

France’s Ravetto picked up six birdies and only one bogey and Norway’s Johannessen had a blemish-free spherical of 5 birdies because the match made its debut on the tour.

They’re one shot forward of Scotland’s Connor Syme in third. Syme had an eventful day, beginning with three birdies and a bogey in his opening 4 holes. He carded seven birdies in all, but additionally three bogeys for his 68.


WORLD CUP: The Girls’s World Cup is getting a rise in prize cash of greater than 300% for this yr’s match.

The $152 million fund for the primary 32-team match – overlaying prize cash, workforce preparation and funds to gamers’ golf equipment – is a large increase from the 24-team version in 2019, and 10 occasions what it was in 2015.

Among the $110 million in pure prize cash needs to be devoted to paying gamers, FIFA president Gianni Infantino stated in Rwanda after being re-elected by acclamation via 2027.

Infantino additionally once more expressed his anger with broadcasters for providing too little for TV rights. He stated FIFA won’t promote broadcast rights for the match in Australia and New Zealand on the costs at present being supplied.


FORMULA ONE: Two-time defending Method One champion Max Verstappen’s arrival on the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix has been delayed due to a abdomen bug.

The Pink Bull driver posted on Twitter that sickness pressured him to overlook his preliminary flight and meant he couldn’t do his scheduled media duties. The 25-year-old Dutchman was anticipated to reach on Thursday night in time for the apply classes on Friday.


INDIAN WELLS: High-ranked Iga Swiatek breezed previous Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-3 to achieve the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday.

Swiatek, the defending champion, took a 4-0 lead within the second set and transformed her second match level to shut it out.

“I’m completely happy that I performed so intense that I may begin each units effectively,” Swiatek stated. “I’m feeling like I’m dealing with issues fairly effectively and simply enjoying my recreation.”

Subsequent up for Swiatek is No. 10 seed Elena Rybakina, who outlasted Karolina Muchova 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-4. Will probably be a rematch from the Australian Open in January, when Rybakina gained 6-4, 6-4 within the quarterfinals. Rybakina turned the primary lady from Kazakhstan to earn a semifinal berth at Indian Wells.


WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Swiss skier Lara Intestine-Behrami gained the ladies’s World Cup super-G at Soldeu, Andorra, and Mikaela Shiffrin completed 14th in her first race since setting the file for many profession victories with 87.

Intestine-Behrami had a near-flawless run on the Aliga course to win the final super-G of the season and overtake Italian rival Elena Curtoni within the standings. Curtoni completed 1.23 seconds behind in tenth, a day after she crashed within the downhill on the identical hill.

Federica Brignone completed 0.22 seconds behind in second place and Ragnhild Mowinckel was 0.47 again in third. Each wanted to complete forward of Intestine-Behrami to take care of their likelihood of profitable the super-G title.

Shiffrin has locked up the general, big slalom and slalom titles earlier than the final races in her strongest occasions. The ultimate slalom is on Saturday and the large slalom is Sunday.

MEN’S WORLD CUP: Swiss skier Marco Odermatt gained the lads’s super-G on the World Cup Finals Soldeu, Andorra to shut in on the 23-year-old file for many factors in a single season.

The victory raised Odermatt’s tally to 1,942 factors, leaving him 58 in need of the all-time mark set by Austrian nice Hermann Maier within the 1999-2000 season.

Odermatt can break the file of two,000 factors with a top-three end in Saturday’s big slalom. He has completed on the rostrum in all eight big slalom races he began this season.

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