Tiger to skip PGA Tour opening event
LOS ANGELES • Seven of the top eight players in the golf world rankings will contest next week's Tournament of Champions on the PGA Tour, but 13th-ranked Tiger Woods will not be saying "Aloha" to golf fans in Hawaii.
It seems likely that the 14-time Major winner will begin his 2019 campaign at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in San Diego from Jan 24 to 27.
Tsitsipas stunned in British win
PERTH • A shock 7-6 (10-8), 6-4 win for the unheralded Cameron Norrie over rising Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas inspired Britain to a 2-1 victory in the opening tie of the mixed-team Hopman Cup in Perth yesterday.
Maria Sakkari squared the tie with a 6-0, 4-6, 6-2 win over Katie Boulter. In the deciding mixed doubles, it was the British who prevailed 4-3 (5-0), 3-4 (2-5), 4-3 (5-4).
In the late match, hosts Australia beat France 2-1.
Wild Oats XI's 9th title confirmed
SYDNEY • The crew of Australian super-maxi Wild Oats XI retained their ninth Sydney to Hobart yacht race line honours victory, after a protest lodged by the independent race committee was deemed invalid by an international jury yesterday.
Second-placed Black Jack's owner had claimed Wild Oats XI did not activate their automatic identification system during the race.