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Els says Wentworth resembles major test

Remodelled Wentworth now resembles a major championship test, according to Ernie Els. The world number five, who has a house on the Surrey estate, has masterminded a series of changes to the historic West Course in recent years and is delighted with the result.

Gilchrist did not contravene laws, says MCC

Australia's Adam Gilchrist did not contravene the rules by using a squash ball in his left glove during the World Cup final, the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) said on Tuesday. ''The incident could not be classed either as contravening the law or as breaching the spirit of the game,'' said the MCC.

Stenson captures Dubai title

Henrik Stenson again demonstrated his affection for the European Tour's ''Gulf Swing'' by winning the Dubai Desert Classic by one stroke on Sunday. The Dubai-based Swede, who has finished in the top eight in the last six tournaments in the Middle East, overcame gusts of up to 30kph to shoot a closing 68 for a 19-under-par tally of 269

ICC chief predicts Cup problems

Chief executive Malcolm Speed says the International Cricket Council (ICC) took on a sizeable task by agreeing to stage the World Cup on nine different Caribbean islands and has called for understanding when problems arise. ''There will be logistical problems, everyone knows that,'' Speed told Reuters.

Els on tail of Dubai leader Fisher

Three-times champion Ernie Els was breathing down the neck of surprise leader Ross Fisher of Britain when the Dubai Desert Classic second round was completed on Saturday morning. The 37-year-old South African, two strokes adrift when fading light forced him off the course with four holes to play on Friday, finished with three pars and a birdie four at the last to record a seven-under 65.

Els in the hunt in Dubai

Britain's Ross Fisher maintained his unlikely surge in the Dubai Desert Classic on Friday, a second successive seven-under-par 65 securing a two-stroke lead at the end of a day interrupted by bad weather. Three-time champion Ernie Els was second on 12-under with four holes left when darkness fell. Earlier, play was halted for over two hours due to a thunderstorm at the Emirates Golf Club.

Record-chasing Els tries to ignore Woods factor

Ernie Els says he must ignore the Tiger Woods factor if he is to harbour realistic hopes of securing an unprecedented fourth Dubai Desert Classic trophy this week. ''He is so far ahead of me right now but I have got new goals and I want to stay focused on them,'' the 37-year-old South African told reporters on the eve of the European Tour event.

Els in buoyant mood ahead of 2007 campaign

World number five Ernie Els, refreshed after a break from golf, feels his game is sharp and is itching to launch his 2007 schedule at this week's Qatar Masters. Previous trips to the Middle East have provided the South African with plenty of success, especially when he won back-to-back titles in Doha and Dubai two years ago.

Cellphones banned at British Open

Spectators will be banned from taking cellphones to this year's British Open at Carnoustie after complaints from players during the 2006 championship at Hoylake. ''We have so far resisted the call to ban mobile phones on the grounds that it may be an inconvenience to the public,'' said director David Hill.

Garcia’s magic inspires Europe

Europe, inspired by an irrepressible Sergio Garcia and a hole-in-one from Paul Casey, charged into a 10-6 lead over the United States on Saturday. Garcia made it four wins from four matches this week and a remarkable eight out of eight in his foursomes career when he and Luke Donald eased past Phil Mickelson and David Toms 2 & 1 at the K Club.

Europe stretch lead at Ryder Cup

World number one Tiger Woods lost his second successive match as holders Europe grabbed a 7,5-3,5 lead after three of the four morning fourballs of the Ryder Cup on Saturday. Woods was well below his best on Friday and again sprayed the ball all over the K Club course on the second day as he and Jim Furyk were beaten 3 & 2 by wildcards Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood.

Ernie fit and confident ahead of Open

Former champion Ernie Els is fully recovered from the knee injury which caused him to miss last year's British Open and says he is ready to return to the winner's enclosure. ''My knee is really good. It's been almost a year now, almost to the day, since I hurt it,'' the world number eight told reporters on Tuesday.

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