LITESPORT London Lite Monday, 17 August 2009 29 ENGLANDS Champions Trophy hopes suffered a huge blow today when Kevin Pietersen was omitted from the squad which will travel to South Africa next month. Englands stellar batsman suffered a setback in his recovery from an Achilles operation last week and will be unable to take part in a tournament. Andrew Flintoff, who is set to quit Test cricket next week, will play in the upcoming one-day series against Australia before flying to South Africa. Kents Joe Denly, 23, has been called up to the Twenty20 squad, while Matt Prior retains the gloves ahead of the axed James Foster. Yangs Korea move leaves Tiger trailingYE YANG became the first man to stare Tigerintheeye andcomeoutontopasthe 37-year-old South Korean became Asias first major winner at the USA PGA cham- pionship in Hazeltine last night. Tiger Woods (below), two shots ahead goingintothefinalround,hadneverfailed to win from the front in his 14 major victo- ries -- but his final round of 75 left him threeadriftof Yang,withhisauraof invin- cibility shattered. Yang, whose win moves him from 110 in the world to 34, defied history thanks mainly to a chip-in eagle on the 14th and a blistering birdie at the last. But Tigers inability to sink a significant putt will be the talk of the golfing world for weeks. He said: I playedwellenoughtowin,but I didnt putt well enough to win. Yang said: Ive visualised this quiteafewtimesplayingagainst the best player in the history of golf, playing with him in the final round in a major championship. I have always sort of dreamed about this. Ive seen throughout Tigers career that a lot of players have folded probably on the last day when play- ing with him. SowhenIwasathomeoratatournament watchingTigerintheclubhouse,Idusually try to visualise and try to bring up a mock strategy on how to win if I ever played against Tiger. Itriedtokeepmyemotionsundercontrol on the course, but I will have a crazy party tonight. PadraigHarringtonshopesof defending his title were destroyed by an eight on the par-three eighth when he foundthewatertwice.Heplunged from six under to one under, and finally finished level par after a 78. These things happen, said Harrington, managing a smile. Youre going to mess up sometimes. That left Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy as the top Europeans in a tie for third, two shots behind Woods. BY NEAL COLLINS Bagged a Tiger: YE Yang raises his clubs and the US PGA trophy, inset, last night last.theatbirdieblistering toinabilityTigersBut Isaid:Heweeks.forworld butwin,toenoughwellplayed toenoughwellputtdidntI thisvisualisedIvesaid:Yang againstplayingtimesfewaquite ofhistorytheinplayerbestthe nalfitheinhimwithplayinggolf, championship.majorainround dreamedofsortalwayshaveI throughoutseenIvethis.about defendingofhopesHarringtonsPadraig eightanbydestroyedweretitlehis hewheneighthpar-threetheon plungedHetwice.waterthefound andunder,onetoundersixfrom aafterparlevelnishedfinallyfi 78. These things happen, said smile.amanagingHarrington, third,fortieainEuropeans Woods.behindshotstwo KPtomissChampionsTrophy In-formMurraysFlushwithoptimism ANDY MURRAY heads to Flushing Meadows in a fortnights time confident he can finally land his first Grand Slam title. The new world No2, a runner-up at last years US Open, stepped up his preparations for the final major of the season by claiming the Rogers Cup in Montreal. The British star had to come from behind to beat Argentinas Juan Martin Del Potro 6-7 (7/4) 7-6 (7/3) 6-1. A repeat this week in Ohio would tee Murray up beautifully for New York, and with Rafa Nadal still regaining fitness following a knee injury, he knows he will be among the favourites to win. I feel like Ive got a good chance of doing well at the US Open, but each week is a different week and Im not going to get too far ahead of myself, said Murray. The Scots run to a fourth career Masters title saw him leapfrog Nadal in the world rankings -- a feat Murray is taking considerable pride from. He said: Ive won a couple of Masters now, so it still feels great, but the number two -- maybe because its something different -- that means maybe a little bit more. BY JAMES GOLDMAN Full Monty: Murray wins in Montreal NATWEST SERIES/CHAMPIONS TROPHY A Strauss (capt), J Denly, R Bopara, O Shah, E Morgan, M Prior (wkt), L Wright, A Flintoff, P Collingwood, S Broad, T Bresnan, A Rashid, G Swann, R Sidebottom, J Anderson. NWS: 4-20 Sept, CT: 25-29 Sept ODI v IRELAND (BELFAST) 27 Aug As above, minus Strauss with Collingwood as captain. T20 v AUSTRALIA 30 Aug, 1 Sept (Old Trafford) Denly, Bopara, Shah, Wright, Morgan, Collingwood (Capt), Flintoff, Prior (wkt), J Trott, Broad, Rashid, Swann, Bresnan, Sidebottom, Anderson. 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.html