LITESPORT 34 Monday, 10 August 2009 London Lite MILLER STICKSChairman ofselectors defendshis calltoleave outFlintoff by james goldman Harrington happy despitehis PADRAIG HARRINGTON is adamant that he wont be haunted by the demons of a nightmare triple-bogey eight that effectively cost him the World Golf Championship title yesterday. The Irishman was gripped in a thrilling tussle with Tiger Woods in the final round, before making a complete hash of the par-five 16th as he found the rough and then the water to allow the world No1 to secure victory by four shots. But having performed so well for so long in Ohio after rebuilding his swing, Harrington is determined that he will go to the US PGA this week in great spirits despite his horror hole. I think its pretty much out of my system now. You know, Ill probably be a better player because of it. So thats a good thing. You learn from these things, he said. I dont see it being an issue. Ive got the PGA next week, bigger things and other things ahead of me. So at the end of the day, when I start hitting shots tomorrow, it will be forgotten about. Ill certainly not be too happy going to bed tonight, Ill be thinking about it. But when I get up and start working tomorrow, it will be all in the back of my mind. Woods, meanwhile, is determined to bounce back at the US PGA at Hazeltine, Minnesota having dramatically missed the cut at The Open last month. That sparked suggestions his dominance of golf was coming to an end, but the American insists rumours of his demise were very premature. I just felt that I had six bad holes, and that six bad by david dibble Inbrief AnotherJuanto forgetforA-Rod lJUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO retained the ATP Legg Mason Tennis Classic title with a three- set victory over Andy Roddick. The Argentinian second seed responded superbly after losing the first set and ran out a 3-6 7-5 7-6 (8/6) winner. Roddick, playing in his first tournament since taking a break after the Wimbledon, was pleased with his weeks work. Im not far off from where I was after Wimbledon, he said Carter recalled by New Zealand lDAN CARTER has been recalled to the All Blacks squad for the remainder of the Tri-Nations tournament after recovering from a six-month injury lay-off. The fly-half has played a club game and two rounds of the Air New Zealand Cup, and is ready to make his international return, according to All Blacks coach Graham Henry. He said: Dan has recovered well from his injury and now is the right time to bring him back. Lee aims to be the best West lLEE WESTWOOD reckons he is playing well enough to make a serious challenge for the US PGA Championship this week. The Englishman placed ninth at the World Golf Championship over the weekend, having last month finished just a shot behind winner Stewart Cink at The Open. And he said: It is the last major of the year and having come so close at The Open, I will try and put that right this week and get the win. No Pakistan fix claims skipper lPAKISTAN captain Younus Khan has slammed allegations of match- fixing against some of his players. The ICC is currently investigating reports -- made by the Pakistan players themselves -- that bookies stayed at the same hotel as the team in Sri Lanka recently. But Younus said: Instead of accusing our players of match- fixing, they should be applauded for bringing this to the notice of the authorities. Shah hands a timely reminder lOWAIS SHAH hit a stunning century in a losing cause as Kent landed the first win of their NatWest Pro40 Division Two campaign -- beating Middlesex by 12 runs at Canterbury. England hopeful Shah hit 130 from only 94 balls with 14 fours and four sixes, but the Panthers still fell short of their victory target. Kent had earlier posted 258-4, thanks to half centuries from Joe Denly, Geraint Jones and Darren Stevens. Putt it there pal: Woods consoles Harrington Freddie is passionate but we have to take medical advice ENGLAND had no option but to omit Andrew Flintoff from last weeks Head- ingley Test, according to Chairman of selectors Geoff Miller. Flintoffs agent, Andrew Chandler, this morning claimed the talismanic all-rounder declared himself fit for the Leeds Test, but Miller was unwilling to trust his fragile knee. Chandler told The Times: Andrew said he was fit enough to get through, that he felt no different to how he felt at Edgbastonandthathecouldgetthrough and do his bit. They didnt want him. He was prepared to do whatever it takes, was prepared to put whatever needed to be put into his knee. Chandler also revealed that he had never seen anybody as low as Flintoff was after being told he would not be selected, but Miller maintains it was right to put the advice of the medical team over the Lancastrians wishes. We had to guarantee that Fred could do the job required to bowl the overs, said Miller. Wed been monitoring his injury day by day and the selectors felt that it was better that he didnt play in that game. Yes, he might have thought he was fit to do a certain job but we had to work out whether hed be fit to do a constant job, meaning bowl the amount of overs required to get the 20 wickets. We have to go on the medical advice. We know that Freddies passionate to play for England, I accept that, but there are a lot of other ideals we have to work to, such as taking medical advice. If the medics say theres still a prob- lem there, then we have to accept what their viewpoint is. Flintoff was conspicuous by his absence from the England balcony for the duration of the Headingley debacle, but Miller ensured that relations remain solid with the sides premier strike bowler, who is set to quit Test cricket at the end of the series. Everything is fine with Fred. No problems whatsoever, he said. He knows the situation, he knows theres a problem there and we will monitor that day by day. The England side, when Freddies performing to his maximum as we saw at Lords, is a terrific side, and it disap- points him when hes not playing. 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