Sports Digest, December 10, 2012

PUBLISHED : Monday, 10 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 10 December, 2012, 2:44am

Faultless Schwartzel cruises to Thai victory

Charl Schwartzel decimated a star field at the Thailand Golf Championship yesterday, cruising to an 11-shot victory and ending a miserable 20-month spell without a title. Five shots ahead overnight, the South African more than doubled his winning margin with a blistering final-round 65, leaving him seven under par for the day and 25 under overall. He dropped only a single shot all week. In a display of precision putting, he hit eight final-round birdies as he avenged last year's defeat by Lee Westwood and smashed the Englishman's tournament record score by three shots with a total of 263. Masters champion Bubba Watson finished strongly with 14-under overall, putting him tied second with 20-year-old Thai sensation Thitiphun Chuayprakong. "It's been a good week. I've come close a few times but winning is not as easy as everyone makes it out to be," a beaming Schwartzel said of his ninth professional title. AFP


O'Young steps off the brakes to win in Zhuhai

Hong Kong's Darryl O'Young won the Zhuhai 500km endurance race yesterday with teammate Frank Yu without the use of brakes in the late stages of the race. Competing for Craft Racing, the Canadian-born racer's Ford GT slid into the gravel after his car ran out of brakes with 15 minutes remaining in the race. "The Mercedes was chasing from three laps behind but I got out of the gravel and drove the final 10 minutes of the race with no brakes and managed to win the race one lap ahead. It's the first time we ever won a race with no brakes left," said O'Young on his Facebook page. Staff Reporter


Teammate killed in 'drunk' Cowboy's crash

Police charged Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent with intoxication manslaughter after he flipped his car in a pre-dawn accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown. An Irving police spokesman said the accident happened about 2.20 am on Saturday in the Dallas suburb, hours before Brent was to be on a team flight to Cincinnati for the Cowboys' game against the Bengals. He said the 25-year-old Brown was found unresponsive at the scene and pronounced dead at a hospital. It marked the second straight week the NFL found itself dealing with a tragedy right before game day. Last Saturday, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend before killing himself in front of his coach and general manager. Officers conducted a field sobriety test on Brent and arrested him on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. The charge, punishable by two to 20 years in prison, was upgraded after Brown died. AP


Senior wins one for the ages in Australia Open

Tour elder Peter Senior overcame gale-force winds to become the oldest Australian Open golf champion with a one-stroke victory at The Lakes near Sydney yesterday. The 53-year-old Australian held his game together after a three-hour wind delay to post a dogged par-72 final round to win his second Stonehaven Cup at four-under 284 from compatriot Brendan Jones (71). Another Australian, Cameron Percy (73), was third, with English world number four Justin Rose in a group of three golfers at one-under. "I'm getting a bit long in the tooth now. I really thought these days were over," Senior said. "Golf is such a funny game. One minute you think you're down, the next minute you're up." Reuters