Watson is the last top-10 standing at Match Play
MARANA, Ariz. – And then there was one.
One day after Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods went home, more top seeds followed Friday in the Match Play Championship until Masters champion Bubba Watson was the only seed from the top 10 remaining at Dove Mountain.
And even that wasn’t easy.
Watson, the No. 8 seed, missed two consecutive putts from 5 feet that would have won the match before he finally put away Jim Furyk in 22 holes. It was the first time since this World Golf Championship began in 1999 that only one top-10 seed was left after two rounds.
Of the 16 players remaining, the Americans and Europeans each have seven players still alive, with one each for South Africa (Tim Clark) and Australia (Jason Day).
2011 Daytona 500 winner takes the Nationwide pole
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Former Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne will start from the pole in the Nationwide Series season opener.
Bayne turned the fast lap during qualifying at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, averaging 177.162 mph around the 2˝-mile superspeedway.
Bayne is driving the No. 6 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing, the car Ricky Stenhouse Jr. piloted to the last two championships in the second-tier series.
Sam Hornish Jr. will start second, followed by Parker Kligerman, Travis Pastrana and Austin Dillon.
Full-time Sprint Cup Series drivers Kyle Busch (seventh), Matt Kenseth (ninth), Tony Stewart (10th), Brad Keselowski (11th), Danica Patrick (12th), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (13th) and Kasey Kahne (19th) also are entered in Saturday’s 300-mile race.
Kyle Larson, a rising star in NASCAR’s ranks, will start 21st in his Nationwide debut.
Solo to miss Algarve Cup; Golden girl could debut
CHICAGO – U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo will miss next month’s Algarve Cup because of a wrist injury, and 18-year-old forward Lindsey Horan could make her national team debut at the prestigious women’s tournament in Portugal.
Solo, who helped the Americans win gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, has been playing with damaged ligaments in her right wrist, and the U.S. Soccer Federation said Thursday she may need surgery. The USSF said the team’s medical staff advised Solo to have the wrist treated now because qualifying for the 2015 World Cup will not take place until late next year.
Nicole Barnhart, Ashlyn Harris and Jill Loyden are the three goalkeepers on the 23-woman roster.
Horan last year became the first American woman to bypass college soccer and sign with a foreign professional club. Raised in Golden, she played for the W-League’s Colorado Rush last season and signed with Paris Saint-Germain in France. While Horan led the U.S. under-20 team in scoring last year, she missed the FIFA Under-20 World Cup because of a knee injury.
Yates sprints to points title at track cycling worlds
MINSK, Belarus – Simon Yates won the final sprint to take the men’s points race Friday at the track cycling world championships for his first major title.
Jason Kenny took gold in the men’s keirin final.
Katarzyna Pawlowska of Poland retained her title in the women’s scratch race, winning ahead of Sofia Arreola Navarro of Mexico and Russia’s Evgeniya Romanyuta.
Yates, from Britain, scored 35 points in the 40-kilometer, 160-lap race with 16 sprints. Eloy Teruel Rovira of Spain was a point behind for second. Russia’s Kirill Sveshnikov had 30 for third.
Kenny, a three-time Olympic champion from Britain, edged Maximilian Levy of Germany by 0.047 seconds to claim his second world title. Matthijs Buchli of the Netherlands was 0.224 seconds behind for third.