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Short Sport, December 5, 2012

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 December, 2012, 2:16am

Player of year award icing on cake for Rory

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy was named as the US PGA Tour Player of the Year yesterday. As expected, the 23-year-old world No 1 was the popular choice for the annual Jack Nicklaus Award, decided by a vote from eligible tour players, becoming the youngest recipient since Tiger Woods in 1998. McIlroy won four PGA Tour titles this year, including the PGA Championship by a record eight strokes. "It's always nice to get recognition from your peers, the guys that you're trying to beat week in, week out," McIlroy. "I guess it's just a great way to end what has been a great year and my best season so far." Reuters


India fury at being cut from Olympic family

India's sports officials yesterday slammed the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for suspending the country's membership. The IOC's executive board suspended India for flouting the Olympic charter in its election process. "I have not heard anything officially but am told that India has been suspended by the IOC," the Indian Olympic Association's president-elect Abhey Singh Chautala said. "If that is true, it is wrong and a one-sided decision." The ban means an effective end to funding from the IOC to the national Olympic committee, no Indian officials attending Olympic meetings and Indian athletes banned from competing at the Olympics under their country's flag. AFP


Guan unperturbed by long-putter ban

Fourteen-year-old Chinese golf phenomenon Guan Tianlang shrugged off the impending ban on long putters and insisted he could manage with a traditional short club. Guan made world headlines in November when he won the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship by a stroke - using a belly putter - to become the youngest player ever to qualify for the US Masters. "I don't think it will be a big problem for me because I do pretty well with a short putter too," he said at The Lakes Golf Club in Sydney ahead of this week's Emirates Australian Open. "Also, it [the ban] only happens in four years, so there is plenty of time still." AFP