American Lewis wins Mizuno Classic golf

Updated 04 November 2012
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American Lewis wins Mizuno Classic golf

SHIMA: American Stacy Lewis hit a sizzling 64 for a one-stroke victory at the USLPGA Tour Mizuno Classic tournament on Sunday.
The 27-year-old American, starting the day seven strokes behind the pace in eighth place, hit 10 birdies against two bogeys for a three-round total of 11-under par 205 on the 6,506-yard, par 72 Kashikojima Country Club course.
“I played really solid yesterday, I just didn’t make any putts. But to make those three puts I made coming down the stretch was unbelievable,” said Lewis, who birdied the last three holes.
“I didn’t really think I was playing this well coming into the week but I just started playing better and better every day. Putts just started falling today and it was meant to be.”
It was her fourth title of the season following victories at the Navistar LPGA Classic, the ShopRite LPGA Classic and the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic, and fifth overall.
Lewis received the winner’s cheque of 180,000 dollars and stretched her lead over Park In-Bee in the Player of the Year standings.
“It’s nice. I was trying to win the tournament this week, but figured everything will just take care of itself,” said Lewis.
“I just got in my own way these past couple of weeks. These last two rounds, this is the most fun I’ve had all year. So it’s been a great couple of days.”
Both Lewis and Park are to play in the final two USLPGA events this season at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational and the CME Group Titleholders.
Park will need to win both tournaments while Lewis will need to finish below tenth in order for the Korean to jump ahead of the American in the Player of the Year standings.
Overnight leader Lee Bo-Mee of South Korea carded three birdies against three bogeys for an even par 72 to end as runner-up, followed by Japan’s first-round leader Ayako Uehara on 207.
World number one Yani Tseng of Taiwan was fourth on 209, while Anna Nordqvist of Sweden and three South Koreans — Seo Hee-Kyung, Jenny Shin and US Open champion Choi Na-Yeon — were tied at fifth place on 210.
Defending champion Momoko Ueda hit three birdies against four bogeys to finish tied on 27th place on 214, while two-time champion Shin Ji-Yai of South Korea was tied on 14th place with 212.


Juan Antonio Pizzi is still the right man to lead Saudi Arabia, says former Green Falcons boss

Updated 22 June 2018
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Juan Antonio Pizzi is still the right man to lead Saudi Arabia, says former Green Falcons boss

  • Saudi Arabia's 1996 Asian Cup-winning coach Nelo Vingada backs Pizzi to lead side into next year's Asian Cup.
  • Green Falcons face Egypt on Monday with both looking to land their first point in Russia.

MOSCOW: Saudi Arabia’s 1996 Asian Cup-winning boss Nelo Vingada has called on the country’s football authorities to keep faith with head coach Juan Antonio Pizzi despite a disappointing showing in Russia.
The Green Falcons still have to face Egypt in the final match of Group A, but have already been eliminated following a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Russia in the opening game on June 14 in Moscow and a 1-0 loss to Uruguay five days later in Rostov.
 “I was expecting a little more from Saudi Arabia to be honest,” Vingada told Arab News.
“In the first game they were disappointing but a first game of the World Cup is always hard and especially when it is the first game and everyone is watching. Plenty of teams at the World Cup did not play well in the first game.
“But playing Russia in Russia and to lose is what you would normally expect from Saudi Arabia and while it was far from positive, people should not get carried away.
“The game with Uruguay was much improved in terms of organization and defense and it showed more of the character of the Saudi Arabia team.”
In the past, coaches have been axed following disappointing World Cup campaigns but with the 2019 Asian Cup just seven months away, the Portuguese tactician would prefer to see some stability rather than yet another new man in the dugout.
 “The Asian Cup is in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia will be one of the contenders,” Vingada said. “It is better to stay with the same coach. He has a vision of how he wants the team to play and he now knows the players and the players know him.”
Constant changing has not helped Saudi Arabia in the past and Pizzi himself has been in the job just seven months.
“The problem is not the coach. He should not be changed, that has happened before but results did not improve, but the mentality has to change.”
Despite that Vingada, who has coached 
Egyptian club giants Zamalek and the country’s Under-23 team, believes that the Pharaohs, also eliminated, will prevail when the two regional rivals meet on Monday in Volgograd.
 “This is an important game for pride, the players and the countries. It is still the World Cup. Egypt have a little more quality I think and have Mohamed Salah too.” 
The Liverpool striker has been recovering from a shoulder injury sustained in the Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in late May and missed the opening game 1-0 loss to Uruguay. He played in the second game, a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Russia, scoring from the spot late in the match to earn a consolation.
“Any coach would take Salah because he can win you games but overall Egypt have been a little disappointing and a little unlucky.”
The bad luck came when conceding a last-minute goal to Uruguay and a fluke own goal to get Russia off the mark. “Uruguay are a tough team and it is no shame to lose 3-1 to a Russia team at home who are playing to qualify for the next round. It showed that European and South American teams still have a little more quality.”
 “Egypt just made some mistakes at the wrong time but this is football and without mistakes there are no goals.”
Ahead of the clash against Egypt Pizzi confirmed his intention to stay as Saudi Arabia boss, looking to build on the seven months he has had to imprint his ideas on the team ahead of the Asian Cup.