Five outsiders to look out for at the Open Championship

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Tiger Woods is in the pack marked "outsiders" this week at the Open.
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Updated 18 July 2018
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Five outsiders to look out for at the Open Championship

It would be all too easy to pick Dustin Johnston, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth as likely winners, but we are going to pick five outsiders who we think have what it takes to lift the famous Claret Jug at Carnoustie on Sunday evening...

MARC LEISHMAN

The Australian has been knocking on the door of a Major win for some time now and has the game to succeed on the famous course — three top-six finishes in his past four Opens proves that. He is not in the best of form, but do not be surprised to see his name near the top of the leaderboard.


 

CHRIS WOOD

Began his Open career with two top-fives in his first two starts. That was 10 years ago but the tall 30-year- old knows how to play links golf and a recent second-paced finish at the French Open suggests he is in good form. Finished tied for 14th at Royal Birkdale last year and knows Carnoustie well.



TIGER WOODS

It may seem strange to see the best golfer ever bracketed with the “outsiders” but that is exactly what he is. Without an Open win since 2006, and a Major since 2008, Woods is on the comeback trail, but still outside the world’s top 50. He will know how to plot his way around the course and is definitely one to watch.



BRANDEN GRACE

Has five top-six finishes 
in Majors 
in the past three and half years and two top-five finishes in his past four tournaments. Those stats suggest he could contend at Carnoustie. Add to that the fact his low ball flight is perfect for links golf and it is clear that the South African is a contender.



TYRELL HATTON

The Englishman has twice won the Dunhill Links, where Carnoustie is one of the three courses used, so will know how to get around the fabled course. He was not in the best of form recently — four missed cuts in five starts — but since then has recorded three top 20s and will fancy his chances. Scotland.

 


Pakistan beat Afghanistan in last over finish

Bangladesh's Mahmudullah, right, bats during the one day international cricket match of Asia Cup between Bangladesh and Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (AP)
Updated 22 September 2018
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Pakistan beat Afghanistan in last over finish

  • Hashmatullah Shahidi missed out on a maiden hundred by a mere three runs but still steered Afghanistan to a challenging 257-6

DUBAI: Experienced batsman Shoaib Malik hit a six and a boundary to pull off a sensational last over three wicket win for Pakistan against a spirited Afghanistan in the Asia Cup in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
Malik pulled the second ball of the final over by paceman Aftab Alam over the deep square leg boundary and then whacked the next to deep fine leg for a boundary as Pakistan pulled off a nerve-wracking win in 49.3 overs at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
Pakistan, cashing a stiff 258-run target, were home and dry to start the Super Four Stage with a much needed win and now face arch rivals India in Dubai on Sunday.
Hashmatullah Shahidi missed out on a maiden hundred by a mere three runs but still steered Afghanistan to a challenging 257-6.
Pakistan were off to a disastrous start when opener Fakhar Zaman was trapped leg-before off the sixth ball of the innings by spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman for nought.
Imam-ul-Haq scored a 104-ball 80 with five boundaries and a six while Babar Azam knocked an attractive 94-ball 66 with four boundaries and a six during their innings repairing the 154-run stand for the second wicket.
But both fell within the space of four runs as spinner Rashid Khan (3-46) brought Afghanistan back in the game with the asking rate getting stiffer, as Pakistan needed 42 off the final five overs.
Despite losing skipper Sarfraz Ahmed (eight), Asif Ali (seven) and Mohammad Nawaz (ten), Malik kept his cool to sop Afghanistan from posting their third straight win after beating Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the first round.
Earlier, Shahidi hit three consecutive boundaries in the final over off Usman Shinwari, but failed to get to three figures off the last delivery after Afghanistan won the toss and batted.
Shahidi finished with a brilliantly-paced 118-ball 97 not out, and added 94 for the fourth wicket with his skipper Asghar Afghan, who smashed five sixes and two fours in his 56-ball 67.
But it was Shahidi who held one end against Pakistan’s bowling in an innings which featured seven boundaries after left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz (3-57) had put the brakes on Afghanistan’s early progress.
Shahidi had added 63 for the third wicket with Rahmat Shah who scored a measured 36.
The total is an improvement by Afghanistan after scoring 249 and 255 in their previous two wins against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Pakistani fielders dropped four catches — three off debutant paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi who finished with 2-38.
India beat Bangladesh by seven wickets in Dubai and now meet Pakistan on Sunday, also in Dubai. Afghanistan and Bangladesh meet in Abu Dhabi on the same day.
Top two teams from the Super Four Stages will play the final in Dubai on September 28.