Team Dimmock vaults to top after 1st round in Saudi Ladies Team International

Team Dimmock vaults to top after 1st round in Saudi Ladies Team International
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37 teams are battling it out over three days to win the Saudi Ladies Team International. (Supplied)
Team Dimmock vaults to top after 1st round in Saudi Ladies Team International
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Annabel Dimmock during the first round of the Saudi Ladies Team International. (Supplied)
Team Dimmock vaults to top after 1st round in Saudi Ladies Team International
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Sanna Nuutinen of Finland leads the Saudi Ladies Team International individual scoring. (Supplied)
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Updated 17 November 2020

Team Dimmock vaults to top after 1st round in Saudi Ladies Team International

Team Dimmock vaults to top after 1st round in Saudi Ladies Team International
  • Sanna Nuutinen (-6) leads individual competition ahead of Johanna Gustavsson (-5)
  • Jenny Haglund makes first ever hole-in-one in professional golf tournament in Saudi Arabia

KING ABDULLAH ECONOMIC CITY, Saudi Arabia: Team Dimmock (Golf Saudi 4) on Tuesday raced to the top of the leaderboard after the first round in the Saudi Ladies Team International golf tournament at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club.

Captained by England’s Annabel Dimmock, the team put together an opening-day effort of 17-under par in benign conditions to open a one-shot lead over Team Nuutinen (Saudi Golf 2) in the four-team, two-to-count competition.

Sharing the stage with Team Dimmock was Sweden’s Jenny Haglund who became the first player, male or female, to post a historic hole-in-one at the testing par 72 layout on the Red Sea coast. Haglund shot her ace with a perfect swing with a 5-iron from 153 yards on the par-3 11th.

Dimmock had her friend, Charlotte Thompson, on the team with Stina Resen of Norway the third professional – and it helped that their amateur partner and Golf Saudi chief operations officer, Ed Edwards, knew the golf course, as they returned a first round total of 127 (63-64).

Team Dimmock, among the early starters, highlighted its collective 127 card with an eagle and 18 birdies overall including a 6-iron to within inches of the cup by Thompson on the iconic seaside No. 16. A bogey on 11 was their only dropped shot on the day.

“I think this format is going to suit our game. We don’t have the scorecards sometimes, but we got a lot of birdies. We just had fun out there,” Dimmock told Arab News after their round. “There was a lot of wind this morning. It was quite chilly. I think it’s come back to the normal wind now.

“Good start. I’m looking forward to having fun over the next two days. Obviously, we’re just gonna try more of the same and keep going for the birdies.

“We just appreciate being out here and having fun. It’s an amazing place. This (golf course) is one of the best outside this year. And yes, we’re just happy to be here. The sunshine. And there’s not much going on at home,” she added.

Captain Sanna Nuutinen of Finland shot to the top of the individual leaderboard on 6-under 66 while helping her team to a 128 total. With her on the team were professionals Katja Pogacar of Slovenia and Maria Palacios of Peru, with Hassan Ali Reza the fourth and amateur player.

“To be honest, I drove the ball better last week and today was a struggle off the tee,” said Nuutinen.“But I still played my best round this week and was good on the greens and made a few putts. It’s such an advantage playing this course multiple times, as you can be really precise on yardages.”

Two shots back of Nuutinen was Sweden’s Johanna Gustavsson on 68, followed by a big group on 69 that included Aramco Saudi Ladies International presented by PIF champion Emily Kristine Pedersen, Dutch player Anne van Dam, and Resen.

Pedersen’s team trailed the leaders in third in a tightly bunched opening-day leaderboard.

Each team will play three rounds, where their two lowest scores per hole are carded – with amateurs receiving three-quarters of their official playing handicap. For example: Two birdies on the par 4 first hole would put that team on a score of 2-under par.


Juventus, Inter play catch-up on AC Milan before big European games

Updated 05 December 2020

Juventus, Inter play catch-up on AC Milan before big European games

Juventus, Inter play catch-up on AC Milan before big European games
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Rossoneri are targeting their first Serie A title since 2011

MILAN, Italy: Juventus host city rivals Torino on Saturday looking to close the gap on high-flying Serie A leaders AC Milan before next week’s final Champions League group clash at Barcelona.

The Italian champions are fourth in the table, six points behind Milan, who head to Sampdoria on Sunday looking to extend their unbeaten run in the league.

Second-placed Inter Milan, five points adrift on their city rivals, host Bologna, days before their Champions League hopes will be decided in a must-win game against Shakhtar Donesk at the San Siro.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Milan are targeting their first Serie A title since 2011, when the Swede last played for the club.

Ibrahimovic has missed their last two games including their Europa League win over Celtic with a muscular injury and will be sidelined for the trip to 11th-placed Sampdoria.

But while Milan have shown they can win without their star striker, who leads the Serie A scoring charts with 10 goals, Juve are reliant on Cristiano Ronaldo.

BACKGROUND

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has missed their last two games including their Europa League win over Celtic with a muscular injury and will be sidelined for the trip to 11th-placed Sampdoria.

They have drawn five of nine games played this season including last weekend’s 1-1 against Benevento when Ronaldo was rested.

They have drawn five of nine games played this season including last weekend’s 1-1 against Benevento when Ronaldo was rested.

The Portugal forward will return for the derby along with Paulo Dybala, but Spain attacker Alvaro Morata sits out due to a two-match suspension.

Torino coach Marco Giampoalo has recovered from coronavirus as his 18th-placed side seek a first top-flight win at Juve since April 1995.

Milan head to Genoa looking to keep their unbeaten league run, and after qualifying for the Europa League knockout rounds.

“Ibra is an important player, even when he is not playing, he’s a leader,” said Pioli.

“But we have shown we have many solutions.”

Sassuolo are third, equal on points with Inter after suffering their first defeat of the season to Conte’s side last time out.

The side from Emilia-Romagna face a tough trip to sixth-placed Roma, whose seven-match unbeaten run ended in Napoli last weekend.

Napoli, in fifth, travel to promoted Crotone, as they push for a first league title since the days of Diego Maradona in 1990, to honour the memory of the Argentina legend.

Eighth-placed Atalanta go to Udinese before their Champions League trip to Ajax, with Lazio, just behind, playing at promoted Spezia before hosting Club Brugge.

Captain Andrea Belotti needs one more goal to reach his 100th Torino goal.

Belotti, 26, has accounted for seven of his struggling side’s 16 goals this season and they have six points from nine games.

The Italy forward joined the club in 2015, scoring a career-high 26 league goals the following campaign.