Two-time Open champion Padraig Harrington believes he has rediscovered some form in the majors after an encouraging performance in the 144th championship at St Andrews. Since winning the 2008 US PGA Championship, his third career major, he has recorded just three top-10 finishes – the last coming joint-fourth at the 2012 US Open at Olympic Club in San Francisco, California. Even though his seven-under total – after a disappointing final-round 75 – was only good enough for a share of 20th at the Open, the way he got himself into contention has provided renewed optimism, Press Association “I felt very good mentally; not great on the greens at times but very good mentally up to a certain point,” he said. “Then the greens kind of got a bit to me. I hit lovely shots really all the way home. “Only really that tee shot on 17 wasn’t great but everything was pretty strong. “I felt I hit the ball every bit as well as I needed to but I clearly didn’t putt well today. “I have to think about that and figure it out.” Three birdies in five holes lifted him to 13 under and into a share of the lead but he hit his drive into a gorse bush to double-bogey the sixth and, although he got it back to 11 under with seven holes remaining, three bogeys and a double did more damage despite a brilliant long, curling birdie putt at the 16th. “Things were going well and I thought (on the sixth), ‘Why not take it on at that stage?’ and it was disappointing the lose the ball,” said the Irishman. “It wasn’t the end of the world but after three-putting eight (the par three) I really struggled with the putter after that.” Towards the end Harrington began to be conscious his play may affect Australian Marc Leishman, who was leading, and that then impacted on his game. “It was an inconsequential finish but it is still disappointing,” he said. “I was always trying but I went to the toilet at 17 and Marc had bogeyed the one before and he wanted to hit his tee shot and I wanted to get out of the way and at that stage it was really about trying to get into the clubhouse. “I was trying to get out of Marc’s way and I didn’t really focus in on what I was doing.”
The Chelsea boss picked up the award after leading his side to the title.Meanwhile, Eden Hazard was voted as the Premier League’s Player of the Season.The Chelsea forward has also won the PFA player of the year, and the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year awards this season.
Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaSuper Eagles Franco-German Coach, Gernot Rohr, has expressed concerns that the Super Eagles Assistant Captain, Ahmed Musa, is not psychologically ready for the forthcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier against South Africa in Uyo next month.The coach, according to decent sources at the Glass House in Abuja, echoed this sentiment while exchanging perspectives with officials of the Technical Department of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) ahead of the Group E match against South African on June 10. The tacticianâ€™s major worry is that the winger has been unsettled by private issues outside the football field, wondering that such could potentially distract him and affect the fortunes of the team.Rohr wants all his players to give100 per cent to the national cause against the Bafana Bafana next month and is bothered if Musa will rise to the moment in view of the prevailing situation.The Leicester forward has been trending in the social media after coming under scrutiny since the middle of last month when he was alleged to have divorced his wife and mother of his two children, Jamila, and revealed plans to marry a second wife.Before that drama bludgeoned, reports claimed he was invited and detained by the police, who raided his home in the UK, after neighbours complained of domestic violence and abuse.NFF issued a rebuttal in support of Musa, while the player even threatened to institute litigation against the source of the reports.But it emerged last night that Rohr is not too pleased with the saga and the fact Musa sought and got permission from him to leave the Eagles camp in London, when Nigeria played Senegal in a friendly on March 23, for the introduction to his new bride, Juliet in Lagos on March 25.The coach wants the distractions around the player promptly resolved before the team opens camping in France after all major leagues across Europe would have ended their seasons later this month.Meanwhile, Ola Aina, a young defender on the books of Premier League giants Chelsea, is reported to have applied to FIFA to switch his international allegiance from England to Nigeria.The 20-year-old, who was born in England and has represented the Three Lons at U-16 and U-20 levels, is eligible to play for the Super Eagles but he must get FIFA approval first.â€œThe documentation has been done and will be submitted to FIFA for approval this week,â€ an official of the Nigerian Federation told scorenigeria.com.ng.â€œHow fast FIFA and the FA in England work on this will determine how soon his application will come through.â€Aina trained with Gernot Rohrâ€™s team when they were in London during the international window in March.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram