Will Serena Williams make a triumphant return to the scene of her last Grand Slam win, can Caroline Wozniacki defend her crown or is Naomi Osaka capable of back-to-back majors? AFP Sport picks five women to watch when the Australian Open begins in Melbourne on Monday: CAROLINE WOZNIACKI Caroline Wozniacki celebrates after winning the Australian Open last year AFP/Greg Wood The Dane finally broke her Grand Slam hoodoo in Melbourne 12 months ago after 12 years of trying, and is determined to prove she remains a force at the top level after dropping the bombshell that she is suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Wozniacki, 28, says the debilitating auto-immune condition is so bad that on some days "I wake up and can't lift my hands over my head". The shock diagnosis came after Wozniacki had returned to number one and taken her WTA tour title tally to 30 with victories not only in Melbourne, but also Eastbourne and Beijing. She arrives ranked three believing she can control her … [Read more...] about Five women to watch at the Australian Open
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Wood industry: Sustainable developmentBy Quoc Hung When the domestic economy began to integrate, Vietnam’s wood industry has undergone drastic transformation with changes in technology, machinery, skills and management process - PHOTO: QUOC HUNG Despite the constantly strong growth posted by the wood industry over the past few years, wood enterprises are aiming for a higher target: sustainable development, environmental protection and greater export turnover through higher added value Vietnam’s wood processing industry has maintained a high growth rate over the years, said Nguyen Quoc Khanh, chairman of the Handicraft and Wood Industry Association of HCMC (HAWA). From US$220 million in 2000, after 17 years, its turnover has reached US$8 billion, ranking among the seven sectors generating the greatest export value in the country. Particularly, in the first half of 2018, the export of wood and wood products earned US$4.13 billion, up 12.4% over the same period last … [Read more...] about Wood industry: Sustainable development
by Robert Bicknell Well, two pretty serious tournaments later, Tiger Woods continues to show he’s trying to make a comeback, but it’s not the same Tiger. This one is very different and, for that reason, I have my doubts that he will win again anytime soon. Yes, all the naysayers and Tiger fans are now screaming, calling me even more names than usual, and instead of using my column for the bottom of the bird cage, they decided to burn it instead. Go ahead. If that’s what makes you happy. However, it doesn’t change the fact that this Tiger isn’t the same wrecking machine as the old one. In professional sports, “attitude” is a major reason for winning. If you look at some of the best players in their various sports, they were notorious trash-talkers. They knew they were great and weren’t shy about sticking it in your face. They beat you even before you got on the course, court or field. Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Charles … [Read more...] about Has Tiger lost will to win?
Ian Poulter, gunning for a spot on the European Ryder Cup team, fired an eight-under par 62 on Thursday (Aug 2) to grab the first-round lead in the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio. England's Ian Poulter had eight birdies without a bogey to hold a one-stroke lead over Americans Kyle Stanley and Rickie Fowler AFP/SAM GREENWOOD The English golfer, who won the Houston Open in April, had eight birdies without a bogey to hold a one-stroke lead over Americans Kyle Stanley and Rickie Fowler. Eight-time Bridgestone winner Tiger Woods, Northern Ireland Star Rory McIlroy, former world number one Jason Day and US Open champion Brooks Koepka were among the 19 players within four strokes of Poulter on a talent-laden leaderboard. "My whole game was great today," said Poulter, who hit 12 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens in regulation. "Whenever you shoot eight-under par you've generally done a lot of good stuff. "I did very well tee to green, proximity to the pin, … [Read more...] about Poulter leads Bridgestone with 62, Woods four back
by Robert Bicknell Many people were asking “what happened” to Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, etc in the closing holes of the Open Championship. At one point it looked like Tiger was going to close the deal after taking the lead. He then took a double bogey and it was over for him after that. Jordan Spieth was also in the running, but also couldn’t catch Francesco Mollinari who finished one stroke ahead of the pack. Commentators were also talking about a 4-5 way play off, which is wishful thinking in a major championship, but you never know what will happen. They say The Masters doesn’t really begin until the back nine on Sunday, but to be honest, that’s the truth for every major tournament. Players treat the even differently because it IS different. They all try to play the old mind game of “It’s just another tournament” but they cannot hide the truth from themselves and nerved take over. When playing in a major event, the course is not … [Read more...] about Tiger’s stripes start to fade
Molinari plots course through the mayhem to win OpenThe Saigon Times Daily Italy's Francesco Molinari kisses the Claret Jug after winning the 147th Open Championship in Carnoustie, Britain July 22, 2018 – PHOTO: REUTERS CARNOUSTIE (REUTERS) - Francesco Molinari kept the coolest head in Carnoustie as he steered a steady course through a wild afternoon of nailbiting tension at the British Open on Sunday to become the first Italian major champion. With a strong breeze causing mayhem at the top of the leaderboard which a charging Tiger Woods had topped with nine holes to play, the 35-year-old Molinari buckled down to produce a flawless 69 and claim victory by two strokes. Overnight leaders Xander Schauffele and Kevin Kisner ended two shots back in four-way tie for second place with England’s Justin Rose and Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy. Molinari ended a compelling four-day drama on eight-under 276 — the lowest combined score in the eight Carnoustie … [Read more...] about Molinari plots course through the mayhem to win Open
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — Children can experiment with rubber tires, wooden pallets, water pipes and other loose parts on July 22 on pedestrian-only Lê Thái Tổ Street by Hoàn Kiếm Lake, as part of an event that aims to foster appreciation for play among kids and parents alike. Children will be provided with tools and materials to become little woodworkers. They will also interact with familiar objects from daily life, as the organiser aims to help children gain the fundamental skills to become visual artists in the future. The event will introduce Think Playgrounds, a new non-traditional play space. “By having loose parts accessible in your play space, children are encouraged to choose their own resources which provides a wider range of opportunities and allows for more open-ended play than adult-led activities,” said Nguyễn Tiêu Quốc Đạt, co-founder of Think Playgrounds. “Playing with natural … [Read more...] about Tires, wood and water pipes help children learn through play
Dustin Johnson of USA celebrates after making a birdie on the seventh hole during the second round of the 2018 US Open. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP) Shinnecock Hills presented a different face as Thursday's gusting wind gave way to morning mist with stretches of wind-driven rain, followed by afternoon sunshine. Johnson was more than equal to all of it, his two-round total of four-under 136 putting him four ahead of Americans Charley Hoffman and Scott Piercy. "Dustin was in complete control of what he was doing," said his playing partner Tiger Woods, who missed the cut in his first US Open since 2015 as he added a two-over 72 to his opening 78 for a 10-over total of 150. "He's hitting the ball so flush and so solid," Woods said. "I know it's windy. It's blustery. It was raining early. But he's hitting right through it." After two birdies in his first nine holes, Johnson made his only bogey of the day at the first, unable to get up and down for par from a greenside bunker. But he … [Read more...] about Johnson leads Hoffman at US Open, Woods misses cut
Viet Nam News by Robert Bicknell One of the biggest problems facing people who are just taking up golf is understanding the difference between hitting balls at the range and actually “playing golf” and, believe me, there is a world of difference. As a professional, I see this all the time. Guys are striping it at the range, but when they get to the golf course they cannot put together a decent round. So then they go back to the range and practice some more and have the exact same result the next time they go to the golf course. The problem is that, while they learned to hit the golf ball, they never actually learned how to “play golf”. There is a very old and true saying that golf is 80 per cent mental and only 20 per cent physical. Sure, Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson and others have upped the ante a bit, especially Tiger with his “Seal Team 6 workout” (which put unnecessary strain on his body), but the fact remains that regardless of how far … [Read more...] about What’s playing golf, really?
Tiger Woods of USA plays a shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images/AFP) Tiger Woods excited fans and rivals alike by practising on Monday (Apr 2) at the Masters, the 14-time major champion totally healthy at Augusta National for the first time in five years. Woods, and the potential for his first major victory since the 2008 US Open and first Masters win since 2005, was the talk of the course, even with a dozen other stars on peak form ahead of Thursday's start of the year's first major championship. "When Tiger walked onto the range there was an anticipation and excitement from the crowd to watch him compete again," said Britain's Justin Rose, last year's Masters runner-up and the 2013 US Open champion. Woods hasn't won a title since 2013 but after failed comebacks and four back surgeries, the last a spinal fusion, he's a contender again at age 42. "I got a second chance on life," Woods … [Read more...] about All eyes on Tiger Woods at Masters practice as tension builds