Rose puts pressure on Fleetwood with fast start

England’s Tommy Fleetwood plays a shot on the 14th hole during the first round of the DP World Tour Championship golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Updated 17 November 2017
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Rose puts pressure on Fleetwood with fast start

DUBAI: Justin Rose continued his blistering form with a six-under par first round in Dubai on Thursday as he chased a third straight victory and a second European Tour crown.
The world No.6 from England, winner of the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open in successive weeks, hit a 66 in the $8 million(6.8 million euros) DP World Tour Championship. Rose was tied for second, one shot behind Patrick Reed. The American fired a bogey-free 65, thus setting himself up for what could be his first win of the season. Australia’s Scott Hend also shot a 66.
Race to Dubai leader Tommy Fleetwood, the man Rose is trying to catch, had a poor opening day. After starting with a double bogey, the 27-year-old Englishman had an inconsistent round and signed for a one-over par 73 card, tied for the 46th in the 60-man field.
Fleetwood leads the race by 256,737 points. If he does not win, Rose can claim his second European rankings title by finishing in an untied second place. A top-five finish could be enough for Rose, depending on where his younger compatriot ends on Sunday.
The only other player with a distant chance of winning the Race to Dubai, Masters champion Sergio Garcia, opened with a 70 and was tied for 21st on a low-scoring day at the Earth course of Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Rose took advantage of the two par-5s on the front nine, but a bogey on the ninth meant he made the turn at one-under par. However, after back-to-back birdies on the 10th and 11th, the 37-year-old holed out from the front bunker on the par-5 14th for an eagle and closed with a radar-guided approach shot on the 18th that set up a tap-in birdie.
“A lot of good things happened,” said Rose, who hit 17 greens in regulation. “I drove the ball well today. The front nine, my iron play was actually terrible. Even though I didn’t miss a green, iron play wasn’t really on song at all. Little things started to really go my way on the back nine.”
“I was happy to be patient no matter what happened today. But also, conscious that I’ve won from eight back on the weekends the last two times, but that’s not really a recipe that you want to continue to follow.”
Fleetwood rued a poor start and blamed it on nerves.
“The start was shocking. I gifted the first with the double, should have made five, at worst, on the second. I was giving shots away early on,” he said.
“It was such an up-and-down day. There was a bit of nerves there. There’s always going to be. I’ve never been in this position before, so a bit of nerves.”
World number 23 Reed, who has been a European Tour member for two years now, is aiming to win his first title of the year and was delighted with his start.
“I felt like ball-striking was where it needed to be. I pretty much had control over the golf ball today,” said Reed.


Jurgen Klopp calls on Mohamed Salah to fire Liverpool into Champions League second round against Napoli

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Jurgen Klopp calls on Mohamed Salah to fire Liverpool into Champions League second round against Napoli

  • Liverpool need to beat Napoli to have a chance of making it to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
  • Salah fresh off a hat-trick is the key man, claims Reds boss.

LONDON: Jurgen Klopp has called on Mohamed Salah to maintain his current fine form and fire Liverpool into the knockout stages of the Champions League.
By his own high standards the Egyptian ace had a slow start to the season. Coming off the back of his record-breaking campaign last time around — when he scored 44 goals for the Merseyside club in all competitions — Salah had been quiet in comparison, scoring seven times in the Premier League up until Saturday’s 4-0 win
at Bournemouth.
But a brilliant hat-trick against the Cherries kicked into touch any worries that he would struggle to hit the same heights again, and Klopp is only too aware his return to form comes at the perfect time with Liverpool who must beat Napoli tonight to make the Champions League knockout stages.
The Reds cannot afford defeat against the Italians, and know that even a 2-1 win could see them eliminated.
The Liverpool manager said that he was never worried the Egyptian would struggle to find the form of last season and has called on Salah to find his scoring boots once again to help ensure his side see off the Italians.
“I’m interested in the moment, but I never judge it because the moment is just a little part of all what we do,” Klopp said. “So I was not for one second worried.
“If you score 10 goals in the first five games, everyone would say: ‘It will happen again.’ But if you score 39 (in a season), it would be: ‘Yeah, but it’s not 41.’
“What Mo did (against Bournemouth) was just exceptional. I don’t know at the moment a lot of players who would have scored these goals.”
The hat-trick against Bourne-mouth took Salah’s tally to 10 Premier League strikes this season as he also became the fastest Liverpool player to reach 40 goals in the competition after he reached the milestone in his 52nd match.
The Merseyside club, who were beaten by Real Madrid in the final last season, could do with another Salah masterclass — they need either a 1-0 victory or to win by two clear goals to progress to the last 16.
“We have the chance with a specific result still to go through when this Champions League campaign so far was not really ours,” Klopp said.
“We have to be on our toes — it’s a big one, our people know that and I know they are already warming up.”
Liverpool’s Champions League campaign has never really got going this season. An impressive 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the first match promised much better than to be going into the final clash knowing that even victory may not be enough. Defeats away at Napoli (1-0) and, surprisingly, Red Star Belgrade (2-0) dented any hope of quick qualification from one of the tougher groups.
A 2-1 defeat to PSG in the French capital last time out has left the group and Liverpool’s participation in the second round on a knife edge.
“We were not good at Napoli, so first of all we would like to show we are better than that,” said Klopp. “So we also have to call again on Anfield, and they should help us because that is a massive game, a really massive game.
“Last year we did nearly everything to get qualified for that tournament again, because we had the final in the background but we also knew we had to do the job in the league.”
But with Salah scoring and playing the clash at home, Klopp is hopeful Liverpool can get the result needed. “They know as well it will be tough, but they are strong and we need to be very strong,” the German said.