Ukwuani, Aniocha-South, Ethiope-West Lead Medals Table

first_imgDELTA SPORTS FESTIVALAfter three days of activities at the on-going 6th Delta Sports Festival, three local government areas, Ukwuani, Aniocha-South and Ethiope-West are occupying the top of the medals table.The festival will be rounded up tomorrow with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa expected to perform the closing ceremony at Ozoro Polytechnic Stadium. The medals table made available by the Technical Sub-committee yesterday saw Ukwuani seating on top with 18 medals made up of 10 gold, five silver and three bronze while Aniocha-South has 23 medals made up of nine gold, seven silver and seven bronze medals. Ethiope-West has 13 medals made up of six gold, two silver and five bronze medals.Seating in the fourth position is Warri-South with 14 medals (five gold, one silver and eight bronze), Burutu in the fifth position with four gold, seven silver and five bronze, just as Ughelli-North is sixth with three gold, four silver and two bronze medals.Oshimili-North has three gold, three silver and four bronze, just as Aniocha-North has three gold, two silver and two bronze, while Ika-North-East has two gold, four silver and six bronze medals.Meanwhile, Ebele Agbha from Ika-North-East won three gold medals in the women’s 48kg, while Ukamaka Dominic won three gold medals in the 63kg. Adaobi Onyia has also won three gold medals for Aniocha-South. The weightlifting event is taking place at Asaba Stadium.In athletics event holding at Ozoro Polytechnic Stadium, Ineh Neyiwa from Warri-South, who wrote his name in gold, winning the men’s triple jump on Day-two of the competition, yesterday added the long jump gold medal with a leap of 7.13 metres.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Dolphins, First Bank Remain Unbeaten in Ibadan

first_imgZENITH WOMEN B’BALL LEAGUEThe finalists in the last year’s edition of the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League, First Bank and Dolphins, both of Lagos, have done almost everything right to again meet in the final of the 2017 edition.First Bank and Dolphins are the only two teams with unbeaten runs in the ongoing campaign that started in Abuja two months ago. From the FCT to Kaduna (Phase Two), through Asaba (Phase Three) and now Ibadan (Phase Four), these two teams have maintained complete dominance and so, lovers of basketball are likely to see them in the final again in Lagos.This also means First Bank and Dolphins will still be the country’s representatives in the African Club Championships later in the year.Only on Wednesday, First bank defeated IGP Queens 119-86 at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan in continuation of the Phase Four stage. Dolphins also defeated Customs 72-48 to further boost their chances of picking one of the two continental tickets at stake.In another match, Benue Princess defeated First Deepwater 63-49 but both sides will still have to record another win to avoid missing out of the Grand Finale.Only eight teams will make it to Lagos for the Grand Finale out of the 14 teams competing in Ibadan. Six teams will be eliminated from this stage.Meanwhile, the Phase Four of the competition sponsored by Zenith Bank comes to a close today as some of the teams battle to make it to the final phase in Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Amaju Pinnick: The Architect of Revitalised Super Eagles

first_imgHaving successfully put the house in order, Pinnick whose chairmanship of Delta Football Federation and tenure as director general of Delta Sports Commission recorded 288 medals including 114 gold, 99 silver and 75 bronze medals for the state, beamed his searchlight on coaches and gradually, the national teams were all allocated new coaches, giving preference to ex-internationals alongside other contenders.Ex –International, Sunday Oliseh was subsequently appointed to coach the Super Eagles and he had a short stint with the team before he was replaced by a German Coach, Gernot Rohr, an experienced tactician who has coached the national teams of Burkina Faso and Gabon.Pinnick then undertook the tour of Europe and other top leagues in the world where he met and discussed with several Nigerian players. The result was the influx of new faces into the national teams, with a resurgence of interest by different players in playing for the Super Eagles.A new era gradually emerged and competition for places in the team became tough, thereby raising the standard of the team.Within two years, a new Super Eagles gradually evolved and from different friendlies to competitive matches, the team began to win the confidence of the nation, with the coaches putting them through different tactical regimen towards achieving the best formation. Before long, the best eleven, backed by a formidable bench that can support the team at all times emerged.Within a year, the country’s ratings on FIFA ranking improved tremendously.Though Nigeria missed out of the African Cup of Nations, it was an important learning curve and with 100 per cent support from the Pinnick-led NFF, the national team forged ahead undeterred.Among the new faces that  have now become household names in the national team are Leon Balogun, a fast improving central defender with Mainz FC in Germany; Troost Ekong of Bursador in Turkey, who partners Leon in the defence, Odion Ighalo, Moses Simon, Abdullahi Shehu, Ola Aina, Kelechi Ihenacho, Alex Iwobi, Wilifed Ndidi ,Tyron Ebuechi and others. They have joined the likes of Ogenyi Onazi, Mikel Obi, Victor Moses, Oghenekaro Etebo and Elderson Echiejile in forming a rock solid national team.The 2018 World Cup qualifiers commenced in earnest and the Eagles were drawn in Group D alongside Algeria, Cameroun and Zambia.The team started the qualifiers with a victory in Ndola, Zambia where the Zambian National team, Chipolopolo were defeated by two goals to one with goals coming from Leicester city’s Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi of Arsenal.Next was the top African side, Algeria who were rated as the best African side in the last World Cup and occupied the top spot in African football ranking. The Eagles thrashed the desert foxes by three goals to one at Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo to move up to the commanding position in the Group with six points.After a long break, the qualifiers resumed in August, but before then the Eagles comprising mostly upcoming players lost by 2 goals to nil to the well prepared Bafana Bafana in the 2018 African Cup of Nations qualifiers. This was a strong lesson for the Eagles and a wake-up call, especially in the World Cup qualifiers.Immediately, the Pinnick-led NFF board sprang to action and the technical team was given a marching order. The team bounced back from the setback with victories in different friendlies. It was also reinforced with regular players that missed the Bafana Bafana match.The result of the action of the NFF was more than what Nigerians bargained for. The rampaging Super Eagles thrashed the defending champion of African Cup of Nation, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroun, picking four out of six maximum points. The Lions lost by four un-replied goals in Uyo and forced the Eagles to1-1 draw in Yaounde in the return leg of the round-robin encounter. The Eagles then extended their lead at the top of Group D, posting a total of 10 points.Meanwhile, the Pinnick-led NFF started as early as September to put all plans in place to ensure that the Chipolopolos crash in Uyo on October 7 in order to facilitate easy passage to the 2018 World Cup for the Eagles and making the final qualifying match against Algeria a mere formality by end of the year.This came to pass when the Zambians came calling in Uyo and were beaten by a lone goal scored by Arsenal’s Iwobi. Thus, the Super Eagles became the first African country to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. What a feat!Our Football is gradually taking shape and the sky is the limit. The Pinnick touch has paid off and the Eagles are not looking back. Next is the resumption of 2018 Nations Cup qualifiers and the Eagles are set to make Nigeria proud again.Perhaps it is pertinent at this juncture to ask who is Amaju Pinnick?Amaju was born as the 15th of 19 children to the family of Chief Oritsetimeyin Japhet Pinnick. He graduated from the University of Benin, with a second class upper in Political Science and Public Administration in 1994.  From Primary School through Secondary to University level and afterwards, Pinnick has always been involved in football and Nigeria has started to benefit from his experience and expertise.In March 2017, Pinnick won a seat into the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football.He defeated incumbent Moucharafou Anjorin of Benin Republic by 32 to 17 votes at the CAF elective Congress in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.Nigeria thus made a return to the highest organ in CAF since the exit of Dr. Amos Adamu.As the Super Eagles march forward to the 2018 World Cup, setting good examples for other national teams including the Flying Eagles, U-23, U-20, U-17 and Super Falcons, one could only hope that the new found aura of victory around the senior national team would stimulate an enduring rebirth for Nigerian football.A new era beckons in Nigeria Football. The Pinnick magic is paying off.–Mohammed ibn Mohammed is the Sports Communications Manager @First World Communications @Consulting Limited, Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Working with clear focus, Amaju Pinnick triumphed over initial distractions including litigation and instantly began consultations with football stakeholders across the country with a single minded objective of forming a united and focused football body that would work assiduously towards uplifting Nigerian football.Next was the strategic plan. Working side by side with the NFF executives, particularly the Chairman of the League Management Committee, a tested football administrator, Mallam Shehu Dikko and Mr.Seyi Akinwunmi, another experienced football bureaucrat, who are both Vice Presidents in the Nigeria Football Federation Board, the Pinnick-led Board came up with series of innovations and modern techniques in managing the national teams. One of this is the periodic visits to different clubs across the world where our national team players ply their trade. This has improved the hitherto frosty relationship between the country and the clubs, especially on timely release of players for national teams’ assignments. When Amaju Melvin Pinnick emerged as the President of Nigeria Football Federation on September 30, 2014, little did football loving Nigerians know that a messiah who will revolutionise the game had hit the Glass House in Abujalast_img read more

Governor Emmanuel Honoured at NSA, Reaffirms Commitment to Sports Devt

first_imgGovernor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has reaffirmed his commitment to sports development in Nigeria particularly having been part of Super Eagles eventful qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and supporting Akwa United to AITEO Cup victory.Governor Emmanuel was unanimously voted the Sports Governor of the Year at the 20017 Nigeria Sports Award held at Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos and attended by crème-de-la-crème of Nigeria sports and captains of industry Represented at the event by the Chairman of Akwa United FC and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Sports, Mr. Paul Bassey, he expressed his satisfaction with the Eagles’ qualification for Russia 2018 World Cup while pledging his continued support for sports development.“We are proud to be part of the Nigeria’s qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and we will not relent in our effort to support sports. We are committed to empowering our youth and also use sports to support their dreams. We are delighted to recieve this award from the organisers of the Nigeria Sports Award and this will surely spur us to do more for sports in the country,” Bassey said. Recall that since assumption of office, Gov. Emmanuel has championed the drive for sports revolution in Nigeria. Through the efforts of the sports loving Governor, Akwa Ibom has become the emerging football capital of Nigeria playing host to the National Team; the Super Eagles all through the team’s successful qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.The state-owned football team; Akwa United FC has over this period been the most funded and best managed state-owned team which has seen the team emerge winners of Nigeria FA Cup twice in 3 years. The female team, Ibom Angels also emerged runners up in the female FA Cup for the first time ever in 2017.The sixth anniversary edition of the prestigious sports awards ceremony saw Gov. Emmanuel emerging as winner of the award for the visionary changes his tenure has brought to sports development in Akwa Ibom State, resulting in the state’s growth in sports infrastructure, vast increase in its sports programmes and a significant improvement in the winning of medals by its athletes in national and international competitions. This feat is indeed a recognition of his immense contributions to sports development in Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

World Champion, Obiri Set to Light up Asaba

first_imgThe 2016 Rio Olympics 5,000m silver medalist was in action last week in the Kenya Defense Forces Championships where she clocked 14:48.5 to cruise to victory and she is now eagerly counting down to Asaba 2018 and thereafter, the Intercontinental Cup.“For me, the Africa Championship is a good opportunity. I have never won the 5,000 meters at continental level and that is why I am relishing to compete in both events,” Obiri told reporters in Kenya after her latest victory at the Moi, Kasarani Stadium.Obiri believes she has recovered from her exhaustion following back-to-back competition at the global level and will be firing from all cylinders at the Africa Championships.“I am happy to run 14:35 at the Prefontaine Classic (Eugene USA) after a few weeks of experiencing under strength. This is due to low iron levels in my body. But I promise to get better from here.” She assured.With Athletics Kenya already promising to send a large and equally quality contingent to Asaba, it is expected that world half-marathon record holder Joyciline Jepskogei and Berlin Marathon champion Gladys Cherono will all fight for places in the Kenya team also.The Kenya national championships is due on June 21-24 in Nairobi to select the team for the Africa Senior Championships, which will be held in Asaba, Delta State between Aug. 1-5.Kenya finished as runners-up behind host South Africa at the last African championships held in Durban.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AFRICAN ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPSThe 21st African Senior Athletics Championships will be attracting the continent’s big names to Asaba, Delta State and one of those expected to light up the oil-rich City is World 5,000m champion, Hellen ObiriObiri who finished tops at the last World Championships in London and in the Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast is yet to have an African title and the 28-year old is keen to add that to her impressive curriculum vitae in Asaba.last_img read more

Siasia Hails ADRON as Annual Games Begin

first_imgEx-international, Samson Siasia, has showered praises on the management of ADRON Homes and properties for its annual games for its staff members and other Nigerians.Siasia, who is an ambassador for the 2018 Games said it was a good initiative by the company.The former Super Eagles coach who also led the national U-23 team to win silver and bronze in the football event of two different Olympic Games at Beijing 2008 and Brazil 2014 stressed that health was an important factor of building a good work atmosphere. Samson Siasia He said: ”Fitness is the ultimate in life. It is only a fit staff that will be productive at work and it is also good to encourage the members of staff on bonding.“Some of those not based in Lagos with meet other members of staff and it is so wonderful. I give kudos to the ADRON management and I also enjoin the staff to take advantage of the games to work on their fitness.”Siasia charged other corporate organisations in the country to emulate ADRON Homes and create events that would boost fitness of their staff members.This year’s edition slated to start today at the Yaba College of Technology Sports Complex will feature track and field events for ADRON workers, Landlords and Home owners, ADRON Contractors as well as Partners of ADRON Homes and Properties LimitedThe Games will feature track and field events as well as inter regional competition featuring six regions of the company namely, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Ogun, Ibadan, FCT Abuja and the ADRON Head Office.The annual tournament ends on Sunday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Alex Iwobi: Arsenal New ‘Messi’

first_imgWeeks after the arrival of Unai Emery to the Emirate Stadium, Nigerian international, Alex Iwobi was one of the first Arsenal players to hail the Spaniard, saying he had brought a new lease of life to the Gunners and that his game had improved under him. Indeed, his recent performance proved him right so much so that Arsenal fans hailed him as the club’s version of Barcelona’s MessiSuper Eagles star, Alex Iwobi, has been a different player this season under Unai Emery and his stellar performance in Monday night’s Premier League game against Leicester City in which he earned himself the man-of-the-match award for his crucial part in his side’s counter-attack plan to catch the Foxes on the break.Following the match, YouTube channel AFTV spoke to those leaving the ground about their thoughts on the 22-year-old. And they may have got a bit carried away.“Don’t call him Alex Iwobi anymore, he is the Nigerian Lionel Messi,” one claimed.Before adding: “Emery has brought such a freshness to the side.“He came in and lost the first two games, but that feels so long ago now.” “I think you mean Messi is the Argentinian Iwobi,” one viewer claimed.Another added: “Iwobi doing things so right! Last season he’d make such brain-dead decisions but this season I’m shouting for him to receive it!”And a third claimed: “Iwobi is definitely a candidate for Young Player of The Season!”Meanwhile, Arsenal coach has charged Iwobi to be staying nearer to the box so as to continue scoring and laying assists.“I’m very happy with him and his mentality. He has the quality to play right or left, to do more one-on-ones against the opposition. I want him to stay nearer the box to score and be more aggressive, finding assists for team-mates. This is the way for him and other players,” Emery saidSo far this season, Iwobi’s performances have seen him become a pivotal part of new coach Emery’s plan.Iwobi however said Emery had removed the fear of failure at Arsenal, which has allowed the club to piece together a run of 10 consecutive victories in all competitions.The atmosphere towards the end of the Arsène Wenger years was tainted by negativity, which was not all down to the former manager – rather the broader situation around him and the yearning for change among a large section of the fanbase.One of the consequences was an extreme lack of patience. If the team fell behind in matches, the players would not want to make mistakes and, invariably, they chose not to take risks. The result could be inertia; an inability to make comebacks.Emery has benefitted from a greater degree of slack but, at the same time, he has driven a positive feeling through his bold approach. Arsenal started poorly once again at home to Leicester on Monday night. They trailed 1-0 after 31 minutes and the deficit could and should have been greater.There are defensive holes in the team and it was not difficult to imagine how the Emirates crowd would have reacted last season. But Arsenal remained unafraid to express themselves in an attacking sense and the result was an eventual 3-1 win.“The manager has imposed a new style and we are enjoying our time,” Iwobi said. “We are enjoying each other and the chemistry is good – it’s not just the people who are starting but those on the bench, as well. It’s a team thing and we are all enjoying it.“The manager has just given me the confidence to express myself and to believe in my ability, which I have been trying to show. In training, too, he is always letting me try new things – be positive, be direct and prove it in the games. It is working for me so I just have to keep it going.“Do I feel like a better player than a year ago? I’d just say I am more confident. I feel that even if I make a mistake, I am able to go again. I think that is the difference between me last year and this year.”Iwobi got the nod on the left ahead of Aubameyang and Welbeck against Leicester, and he was a factor in the comeback, getting into dangerous areas towards the end of the first half.“I get the privilege to play with Mesut every day,” Iwobi said. “He is a world-class player. He gives me advice in a different way. He jokes around but he always tells me I can do more. He also gives me the confidence to express myself.”‘I have been training with him since I was 17 and I have seen what he can do. The quality he has is not just in training but as you can see in the match last night, he is a world-class player and he proved that again. Mesut will come across as laid back but he is helping everyone in a different way and he helps me a lot,’ Iwobi said.‘For me, he has just given me confidence to express myself, to believe in my ability which I have been trying to show and basically also in training he is always letting me try new things, be positive, be direct and prove it in the game,’ Iwobi said.‘It is working for me so I just have to keep it going. I am more confident, I feel that even if I make a mistake I am able to go again. I think that is the difference between me last year and this year.’Arsenal are now level on points with Chelsea and remain just two points behind league leaders Manchester City and Liverpool.Since that defeat at Stamford Bridge the north London side are yet to lose a game, and made it 10 in a row with Monday’s victory over Leicester. And the 22-year-old has conceded that things are looking up at the Emirates this term.“Yeah, it’s going well, I’m very confident now. The manager is always being very positive to me, he’s always telling me to keep on going even if I make a mistake,” he told the club’s official website.“That’s what I’m showing, and also proving to myself that I can put in 100 per cent throughout the game, and that’s why I’m shattered right now! Yeah, that’s basically what he’s been telling me.” he aid.Indeed, Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr says Iwobi is free to express himself in the Super Eagles, as long he plays for the collective good of the team.“Perhaps some times he did a little too much individually, he wanted to make a show. We prefer collective football.“But when he can eliminate his opponent it’s very good. He’s with us all the time in confidence. He’s free when he has the ball,” Rohr said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Reconstruction of Ogbemudia Stadium ‘ll Boost Sports Devt, Say Edo Acting…

first_imgHe said considerable work has also been done at the swimming pool and lawn tennis sections of the stadium, adding, “The work is of good standard. The main bowl, lawn tennis court, swimming pool are being worked on according to plan. The new stadium is bigger than what it used to be and we are meeting up our timeline.”Shaibu noted that professionals were engaged to rebuild the stadium, while locals were employed to provide unskilled labour in carrying out minimal works which require less supervision.The contractor handling the project, Mr Olanrewaju Adeleke, said the work on all sections of the stadium would be fully ready by December 2019, adding that the rains would not affect the pace of work.“We will be able to meet up with the deadline for completion of the stadium. The rains will be helpful to grow natural grass on the field and not stop work,” he added.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Adibe Emenyonu in Benin CityEdo State Acting Governor, Mr. Philip Shaibu, has assured stakeholders in the state’s sport that the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium being renovated by the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration would be delivered in time to drive sports development in the state.Shaibu disclosed this when he led members of the state’s Executive Council to the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium to inspect the pace and standard of ongoing reconstruction work at the complex in Benin City.last_img read more

Brazil’s Marta Becomes World Cup Leading Scorer

first_img*Global attention refuses to shift away from France’s VAR penalty against NigeriaBrazil’s Marta last night became the record goal-scorer at FIFA Women’s World Cup finals as her 17th goal gave the South America nation a 1-0 win over Italy in Group C and a place in the last 16 in France.The 33-year-old – a veteran of six World Cup finals – scored from the penalty spot after a foul on Debinha. It takes her past the 16-goal tally of Germany men’s striker Miroslav Klose. She becomes the outright World Cup top scorer in either the men’s or the women’s game.Italy however topped Group C with six points, with goal difference separating them from runners-up Australia and third-placed Brazil.However, despite Martha’s feat last night, global attention refused to shift away from France’s VAR penalty goal that denied Nigeria a share of the points in Rennes on Monday evening.And Nigeria’s Coach Thomas Dennerby who is still fuming from the perceived injustice told BBC Sports: “If I give you my honest feelings (on the VAR), they’ll probably send me home so it’s better I don’t say anything.“My players are heroes. Of course I’m disappointed by the result, France is a really good team and don’t need support from anybody to win games. The girls were fighting so well, they followed the match plan and it’s getting destroyed by people that we’re not so happy with.”BBC Sport readers also showed their frustrations by its player rater tool to give France’s match-winner Wendie Renard the lowest score of any player on the pitch (3.36), while keeper Chiamaka Nnadozie got the highest mark (8.80).Former England defender Laura Bassett, watching for BBC Four, said the decisions were “ultimately right” but that the law changes will continue to lead to confusion.“France deserved to win because Nigeria were in the wrong (according to the laws) but for the players it is so hard because it is going to take time to coach them to change their training methods.”The law makers, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) threw more light on the new law with this explanation:“Goalkeepers are not permitted to stand in front of or behind the line. Allowing the goalkeeper to have only one foot touching the goal line (or, if jumping, in line with the goal line) when the penalty kick is taken is a more practical approach as it is easier to identify if both feet are not on the line. As the kicker can ‘stutter’ in the run, it is reasonable that the goalkeeper can take one step in anticipation of the kick.”So given that explanation, Nnadozie clearly had both feet in front of the line, the decision was correct.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Adam Scott back in PGA chase after long break Down Under

first_img COMMENT Written By 1 month ago Is Addison Rae dating Scott Disick? Learn more about the TikTok star’s love life LIVE TV Adam Scott took his own sweet time returning to competitive golf.When he finally showed up at the PGA Championship this week, everyone else ranked inside the top 50 had already revved up for the season’s first major by playing at least one tournament somewhere. But Scott, who checked in at No. 10 this week, is just as eager as the other 49 to find out who got the work-life balance experiment right.Nearly every other pro rushed back from the pandemic-induced layoff to get back on the course beginning in mid-June. Scott took a pass, instead of skipping both Colonial and the Memorial tournaments he’d won previously and instead enjoyed a rare long break back home in Australia.He had misgivings about traveling at first, then concerns that the protocol in place to protect golfers wasn’t tighter than it is. What kept him home, finally, was simply the chance to kick back and relax. Scott celebrated his 40th birthday with family, relearned the pleasures and demands of full-time parenting and reconnected with old pals hanging out at the local Caloundra Golf Club, even volunteering at one point to wash the golf carts.It had been probably 20 years since I’d been home at that time of year and for that length of time, and I certainly enjoyed it very much, given whatever restrictions we were still under, he said Tuesday.It was nice to be there with the family, and I think in some way it’s going to prolong my career.  Some of those things, he added a moment later, are things that I don’t get to experience that much. What Scott does have plenty of familiarity with is both the PGA Championship this is his 20th  as well as the host Harding Park Golf Club. Enough, anyway, that Scott parlayed all that experience into a couple of good jokes.Reminded that he’d recorded more rounds of 65 or better than any golfer in PGA Championship history, he quipped, just not four days in a row. Later on, when a reporter pointed out that Scott was one of only three golfers to have competed in three previous events the 2005 World Golf Championship, 2009 Presidents Cup and the 2015 Match Play at the famed San Francisco municipal course, he broke into a grin.I think that’s a little surprising, he began, but I seem to be getting on these kind of ‘older’ lists much more often these days.He’s not kidding at least not entirely about that last part. If there’s a knock against the handsome, affable Aussie, it’s that he’s an underachiever. Scott has 14 PGA Tour wins and more than double that number around the world, but the 2013 Masters is his only major. That lone entry on an otherwise glowing resume in large part is why he’s back on the job this week, and likely to stay up until the Masters, now rescheduled to November.There’s no doubt the majors are kind of what everyone’s careers are defined and measured by at the end of the day, Scott said, adding, I’d love to win a second major. It’s all I focus on, really. This is a big opportunity for me, and so are the (seven other majors rescheduled over the) next 11 months.Scott scraped some of the rust off his game recently at Congaree Golf Club in South Carolina, where he began his quarantine after arriving on these shores. But there wasn’t much to begin with. He closed out 2019 by winning the Australian PGA Championship, took seven weeks off, and then claimed the Genesis Invitational at Riviera in February.Whether that’s preparation enough for a PGA Championship remains to be seen. But either way, Scott won’t have regrets.Not that anyone is really burnt out, but given the circumstances and just seeing the rigmarole of the changes in protocols and things to get into the golf tournament, I can see potentially how some guys have kind of got a little bit worn out over the last weeks on tour, he said.I certainly don’t feel, he added, like I missed anything from that sense. WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 5th August, 2020 14:41 IST Adam Scott Back In PGA Chase After Long Break Down Under He had misgivings about travelling at first, then concerns that the protocol in place to protect golfers wasn’t tighter than it is Associated Press Television News 1 month ago Redding wins in Spain for his maiden Superbike victory 1 month ago Opposing brothers Scott, Tyler Heineman share special moment 1 month ago Will Smith was ‘terrified’ to play the character of a Genie in ‘Aladdin’; read more trivia SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 5th August, 2020 14:41 IST FOLLOW US WE RECOMMENDlast_img read more