Masters: Nick Dougherty hoping for a McIlroy Slam, but American challenge is strong | Golf News

first_img Rory McIlroy is confident his game is in the right place heading into The Masters as he reiterated that limiting mistakes will be especially vital. One player who has never had a distance problem is Rory McIlroy, and as much as I’d love to see him complete the Grand Slam of major titles, I’m not sure it will be this year.Rory is more “under the radar” this week with so much attention directed at Bryson, and he’s said he’s happy to not be the main focus ahead of the one major that eludes his collection.After he won the third leg of the Grand Slam at The Open in 2014, he finished in the top 10 in each of the next four Masters tournaments, although he lost his way a little last year and managed only a tie for 21st. But he’s generally been fantastic, and clearly one of the premier players at Augusta over the last 10 years. There are so many home players to get past even before you add tournament-favourite Bryson DeChambeau into the mix, so it’s going to be really tough for the British contingent to emulate Lyle, Faldo, Woosnam and Willett.There’s no doubt they’re capable, they’ve all got big golf games and Augusta always offers the opportunity to step out from the crowd and put in an inspired performance. But it needs something extra special to get across the line here.One thing in favour of the less-experienced players this week could be the absence of patrons. Any major championship is ramped up by an atmosphere that can be so big, powerful and often overwhelming for the uninitiated – and no more so than at Augusta National. “As strong as the British and Irish challenge is, the Americans are looking pretty formidable right now. DJ, Cantlay and Schauffele all look good, and there are so many home players to get past even before you add Bryson DeChambeau into the mix” Last Updated: 12/11/20 6:19am As strong as the British and Irish challenge is, the Americans are looking pretty formidable right now. Dustin Johnson looked in great form last week in Houston, Patrick Cantlay beat a very strong field at the Zozo Championship, and Xander Schauffele has not finished outside the top-25 in his last 11 starts and went so close to Masters glory last year. Can the British and Irish challengers upstage a powerful home contingent at the Masters this week? Nick Dougherty explains the magnitude of that challenge …Only four British golfers have made the trip to the Butler Cabin to be presented with a Green Jacket, so what are the chances of making that a “famous five” this week?Tyrrell Hatton certainly has great form coming into the Masters, but his record at Augusta National isn’t the best. In three appearances, he’s yet to crack the top 40, but he’s in great shape to improve on that this week. Get Sky Sports Golf for just £10 a month All four days of The Masters exclusively live. Get our £10 golf offer. Find out more here. World No 1 Dustin Johnson could deny Rory McIlroy this week – Advertisement – He’s been tipped by many to lead the British challenge, but I’d lean towards the more experienced players in the field. Lee Westwood has had a great year and still hasn’t given up hope of winning that elusive major, and I’m expecting a good week for Justin Rose.He hasn’t had the best of years and has slipped to 28th in the world rankings, but he’s got a cracking record at Augusta. Runner-up twice, including that play-off defeat to Sergio Garcia in 2017, three other top-10 finishes and he’ll be determined to atone for his first missed cut in the tournament last year.- Advertisement – Experience is likely to be a big factor at Augusta Experience is likely to be a big factor at Augusta

Other Sports Asian Games: pain subsides, hope floats for Mirabai Chanu

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Her Asian Games participation is in doubt due to a lower back problem, but world champion and Commonwealth Games gold-medallist weightlifter Saikhom Mirabai Chanu says the injury is not as bad as first thought and she would need just two weeks of training to be competition ready.Mirabai had complained of discomfort in her lower back in May. The injury has since puzzled doctors across the country, who are unable to diagnose the cause.“I am confident that in two weeks I can prepare well for the Asian Games,” Mirabai told PTI.“The pain started around May 25. I travelled to several places including Delhi and Mumbai for treatment but the doctors are not able to diagnose what exactly the injury is. All tests have come back normal, the X-rays also don’t show anything,” she added.But with less than a month to go for the continental showpiece, to be held in Indonesia from August 18, the ace weightlifter says the pain is subsiding.“…the treatment prescribed is working, in the past two days the pain has been less. Within 2-3 weeks if the pain continues to lessen, I will be able to lift weights.”The doctors have advised Mirabai, who competes in the 48kg category, to refrain from lifting heavy weights.The world champion is currently at the National Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala, where she is limiting herself to just upper body training.“I am in Patiala with everyone else in the camp, because we thought if I get treated here I can resume weightlifting as soon as the pain subsides. I am just concentrating on bodybuilding, and strengthening my upper body,” she said.  A decision on her participation will be made within the next two weeks and the 23-year-old is eager to take part.“I am very keen on participating in the Asian Games because in weightlifting the Asian countries like China, Thailand, Kazakhstan are the top countries. The competition will be good,” she said.In November, the Manipuri had clinched India’s first gold at the World Championship in 22 years after lifting a new world record of 194kg (85kg+109kg) at Anaheim, USA.She had bagged the gold at the CWG in April by lifting a personal best of 196kg (86kg+110kg), a national record.After coming back from the CWG, she headed straight to the training centre at Shilaru, Himachal Pradesh.Mirabai had also requested the Sports Ministry to install CCTV cameras in her room and training hall as she feared her food could be spiked to implicate her in a doping scandal.Apart from Mirabai, Rakhi Halder(63kg), CWG gold-medallist Sathish Sivalingam and Ajay Singh (both 77kg) and CWG bronze-medallist Vikas Thakur (94kg) have been selected to take part in the Asian Games. last_img read more