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13 December 2018 4:32 PM Bekker roars into Leopard Creek lead

Cape Town - South Africa's Oliver Bekker grabbed the lead in the opening round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club on Thursday. Bekker made seven birdies and a bogey to sign a card of six-under 66 and secure a one stoke lead ahead of Australian Dimitrios Papadatos (5-under). Frenchman Raphaël Jacquelin occupies solo third 26

13 December 2018 2:05 PM Rose chases leaders at storm-hit Indonesian Masters

Jakarta - Justin Rose was hot on the heels of the leaders at the Indonesian Masters on Thursday despite having his opening round curtailed by a severe thunderstorm that forced play to be abandoned. Former US Open champion Rose, who needs a top-15 finish in Jakarta to reclaim the number one spot in the world golf rankings, fired four birdies and an eagle 19

13 December 2018 4:30 AM Nibali aiming for 2019 Giro-Tour double

Rome - Four-time Grand Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali announced on Wednesday that he will ride in both the 2019 Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, according to Italian media reports. The 34-year-old has never won two Grand Tours in a single season, and said that his home race would be his main target next year. "Next year, I will do the Giro and the Tour. The Giro d'Italia 19

13 December 2018 4:27 AM Curry says moon landing conspiracy comments a joke

Los Angeles - Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry walked back his moon-walk scepticism on Wednesday, saying he was joking when he suggested the lunar landings were a hoax. "Obviously, I was joking when I was talking on the podcast," Curry told ESPN on Wednesday, after his causal comments on the "Winging It" podcast sparked stratospheric reactions 19

12 December 2018 6:19 PM Tour of Spain to start from Netherlands in 2020

Madrid - The 2020 Tour of Spain will start in Utrecht and the first three stages will take place in the Netherlands, organisers and Dutch officials announced on Wednesday. "The team presentation, the start with a team time trial and the finish of the second stage are to be held in Utrecht in August," the Vuelta's official website said. "The second stage 18

12 December 2018 4:53 AM 'Cheika has to go,' says Wallabies great Burke

Sydney - Wallabies legend Matt Burke has urged Rugby Australia to axe Michael Cheika along with his coaching staff after a review was announced into their positions less than a year before the World Cup. The two-time world champions have won just four Tests this year and slipped to sixth in the world rankings, heaping pressure on Cheika as a sense of turmoil 21

11 December 2018 4:18 PM May in the Netherlands as she fights to save Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May is launching her fight to save her Brexit deal over breakfast with her Dutch counterpart, the first of a string of meeting with European leaders in coming days. May arrived early on Tuesday at Rutte's official residence in The Hague and was travelling later in the day to Berlin and Brussels. Her whistle-stop tour came on the day that British 21

11 December 2018 2:06 PM No word yet on Harrington's Ryder Cup captaincy

Cape Town - Padraig Harrington will have to wait a little big longer to find out if he will be Europe's next Ryder Cup captain, as a decision is now unlikely before the new year. There was a chance that the European Tour's five-strong selection committee would be able to announce its decision before the holidays, but that no longer seems to be the case. The Irish 21

11 December 2018 8:10 AM Zach Johnson's caddie 'shocked' after split

Cape Town - Zach Johnson's caddie Damon Green admit he was left shocked after the two-time major champion decided to end their 15-year relationship. Johnson and Green started working together in 2003, forming a highly successful partnership that saw Johnson claim major victories at the Masters and Open Championship, along with 10 other PGA Tour wins. But since 18

10 December 2018 7:43 PM Molinari named European Tour Golfer of the Year

London - Francesco Molinari won the European Tour's Golfer of the Year award on Monday to cap a memorable 2018 for the Italian. Molinari became the first Italian to win a major when he clinched the British Open at Carnoustie earlier this year. That triumph followed his victory in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and a maiden PGA Tour title in the Quicken 20