World No. 2 Ali Farag to headline squash tournament in Egypt

Marwan El-Shorbagy and Ali Farag will take part in the Alexandria International Squash Open. (AFP)
Updated 12 July 2018
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World No. 2 Ali Farag to headline squash tournament in Egypt

  • $103,000 up for grabs in Alexandria
  • Three of the world's top four to take part

Eight of the world's top 20 players will contest a prize fund of $103,000 when Alexandria stages a professional squash tournament for the first time in three years in September.
Eleven of the 24-man draw will be from the host nation, including world No.2 Ali Farag, when the Alexandria International Squash Open, the PSA World Tour Gold event takes place at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina between Sept. 17 and Sept. 21.
Joining Farag in the draw is world No.3 Marwan El-Shorbagy, who won the PSA Dubai World Series Finals in Dubai in June. World No.4 Tarek Momen and 2016 World Champion Karim Gawad take up the remaining two spots in the top-four seeded positions in the draw.
World No.13 Mohamed Abouelghar and world No.14 Omar Mosaad are the other Egyptian players amongst the top eight seeds, while Peru’s Diego Elias and England No.1 Daryl Selby are the other top 20 players involved in the tournament.
Round one matches will be played at the Alexandria Sporting Club, while second round fixtures will be split between the club and the glass court staged at Bibliotheca Alexandrina. All matches from the quarterfinals onwards will be held at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

2018 Alexandria International Squash Open – Entry List

1) Ali Farag (EGY)
2) Marwan ElShorbagy (EGY)
3) Tarek Momen (EGY)
4) Karim Abdel Gawad (EGY)
5) Diego Elias (PER)
6) Mohamed Abouelghar (EGY)
7) Omar Mosaad (EGY)
8) Daryl Selby (ENG)
9) Declan James (ENG)
10) Cesar Salazar (ENG)
11) Borja Golan (ESP)
12) Zahed Mohamed (EGY)
13) Gregoire Marche (FRA)
14) Greg Lobban (SCO)
15) Tom Richards (ENG)
16) Mazen Hesham (EGY)
17) Alan Clyne (SCO)
18) Chris Simpson (ENG)
19) Adrian Waller (ENG)
20) Karim Ali Fathi (EGY)
21) Omar Abdel Meguid (EGY)
22) Arturo Salazar (MEX)
23) Ben Coleman (ENG)
Wildcard) Omar El Torkey (EGY)


Francesco Molinari sees off Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods to win maiden major at the Open

Updated 22 July 2018
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Francesco Molinari sees off Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods to win maiden major at the Open

  • At the age of 35, he becomes the first Italian ever to win a Major
  • Molinari had started the day three shots behind a trio of overnight leaders in Schauffele, Kisner and Spieth

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland: Italy’s Francesco Molinari emerged from the pack on a thrilling final day at Carnoustie to win the British Open on Sunday, seeing off the challenges of reigning champion Jordan Spieth and a revived Tiger Woods to win the first major of his career.
At the age of 35, he becomes the first Italian ever to win a Major, after keeping his cool in remarkable fashion when almost all around him seemed to be losing theirs on a windy afternoon.
A two-under-par round of 69 on the Scottish links allowed him to finish on eight-under, two shots clear of the quartet of Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner.
Molinari had started the day three shots behind a trio of overnight leaders in Schauffele, Kisner and Spieth, who were all nine under par when they teed off.
The latter had been hoping to become the first player since Padraig Harrington a decade ago to retain the Claret Jug, but he faded with a final-round 76 to finish on four under par.
Meanwhile Woods, who was playing with Molinari, was in the outright lead at one point on Sunday but ended with a 71 to finish in a tie for sixth with England’s Eddie Pepperell and Kevin Chappell of the United States.