LITESPORT VIJAY SINGH believes Tom Watsons showing at the Open last weekend can be an inspiration to him and his fellow 40-something professional golfers. Singh, 46, has won 22 tournaments since his 40th birthday, more than anyone else in PGA Tour history, but even he was impressed by Watsons runner-up finish at Turnberry on Sunday when the 59-year-old (right) lost a four-hole play-off to fellow American Stewart Cink. Speaking ahead of his World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational title defence in Akron, Ohio, in two weeks, Fijian Singh was asked if Watsons performance had been inspirational to over 40s. Yes, definitely. People are still talking about Tom Watson, Ive had more questions about his age and how that makes us old guys look great, Singh said. I said, hang on a second, Im not that old. But it does. It does give me a lot more inspiration. It would have been great if he had won, but what he did is just incredible. It shows how good of a player he is, and really, that age doesnt matter. 38 Wednesday, 22 July 2009 London Lite Inbrief MCIlroy set for World Cup bow RORY MCILROY will make his debut for Ireland and Sergio Garcia will represent Spain for only the fourth time when golfs World Cup takes place in China in November. McIlroy has already selected Ryder Cup player and fellow Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell to be his partner and for the third successive year Ian Poulter will represent England and will be partnered by Ross Fisher -- the pair came sixth last year. Teams told put house in order CASTLEFORD, Wakefield and Salford have been warned their Super League places are in jeopardy if their plans for new stadia do not advance. The three clubs are among five who have been written to by the Rugby Football League reminding them of their responsibilities under the licensing agreement. Current Super League leaders St Helens and newcomers Celtic Crusaders have also been told. De Villiers has big hitters Bok PETER DE VILLIERS has recalled his big hitters for South Africas opening Tri-Nations match against New Zealand in Bloemfontein on Saturday. The coach makes six changes from the team that lost to the British and Irish Lions in the final Test earlier this month. Into the team come JP Pietersen, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana, Ruan Pienaar, Pierre Spies and Bakkies Botha, who returns from his two-week ban. Windies stars set for return WEST INDIES could boast a full-strength team for the one-day series against Bangladesh. West Indies were without their first- choice team during the Test series against Bangladesh. It was agreed that in the light of the Mediation Agreement which the Parties expect to lead to the resolution of outstanding issues all the players will make themselves available for selection, a joint statement from WICB and WIPA read. Yankees win is better than Sox THE New York Yankees claimed top spot from the Boston Red Sox in the American League East with a 6-4 success over the Baltimore Orioles. Robinson Cano hit a two- run homer in the fourth for the Yankees while Sergio Mitre tossed 5 2/3 innings of four-run ball, striking out four, in his first Major League start in almost two years. The Red Sox are a game behind following their 4-2 loss at the Texas Rangers. SuperWatsonhasVijaySinghingsongsofpraise Top man Tom: Singh says Watson is inspiring BY JAMES GOLDMAN Senior British Open, tomorrow, live on Sky Sports 2, from 11.30am Dads my boy! Rob Daley on world champ son,15 Golden smile: an ecstatic Tom Daley said he didnt think it was the day he would become world champion TOM DALEYS father gave a perform- ancetorivalhissonashedescribedthe moment the 15-year-old became world champion. At the press conference after Daley won the 10-metre platform title at the World Championships in Rome, his father Rob was clearly overcome as the pair embraced. Rob said: It was a brilliant feeling when he was fourth. Then when he gotbronzeitwasamazing.When hegotsilverIthoughtdont let it stop. Thenwaitingforthe last score for the C h i n e s e d iv e r seemed to take an eternity. I had a flashback of his whole life and I looked up and he was world cham- pion and he is 15! It is an unbelievable feeling. Tom, who becomes Great Britains first world diving champion, was third enter- ing the final round and while he scored four 10s on his last dive, his rivals faltered. His score of 539.85 points saw him overhaul ChineseworldjuniorchampionQiuBo and Olympic gold medalist Matthew Mitcham to claim the title. Qiu finished in second, 7.4pts adrift, with Zhou Luxin in third as less than 10pts separated the top three, while Mitcham had to be content with fourth after being in the top two for the majority of the competition. Daley was rendered almostspeechlessafterwards and said: I dont know what to say. I dont believe it, I just dont believe it. Its amazing. Today was never the day whenIthoughtIwouldbecome world champion. I woke up and thought just go out and enjoy it. To come away with a gold medal was unthinkable. It still hasnt sunk in. It makes all the sacri- fices worthwhile. Now I want to do it again in 2012 (at the London Olympics). Of the final two rounds which saw him awarded a total of eight 10s, Daley added: Those two are my favourite dives and that is why I leave them until last because I know under pressure I can do them well. I really thought they were going to catch up because they only needed seven-and-a-halves and eights and for them not to get it is just crazy. 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It makes all the sacri- ces worthwhile.fi Now I want to do it again in 2012 (at the London Olympics). nal two rounds which sawthe fiOf Hannahreadytogoextra MileyforRomanconquest OLYMPIC finalist Hannah Miley will be making up for lost time at the World Championships. The 19-year-old (right) failed to make the team for the last worlds in Melbourne and was devastated when she swam the 400m individual medley at the British Championships in a time which would have claimed silver in Australia. As she dreams of emulating teen world champ Daley, Miley said: Its all about gaining experience, coping with the situations, finding out whats best for you. But it gave me a huge kick up the backside to make sure that doesnt happen again. Thinking about it now, you have to ask would I be where I am today without having that experience, having that huge disappointment. Championships-Bridgestone Invitational title defence in Akron, Ohio, in two weeks, Fijian Singh was asked if Watsons performance had been inspirational how that makes us old guys look great, Singh said. I said, hang on a second, Im not that old. But it does. It does give me a lot more inspiration. It would have been great if he shows how good of a player he is, and really, that age doesnt matter. BY JAMES GOLDMAN Senior British Open, on Sky Sports 2 index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html