Farr From Certain . . . Oliver Needs Big Second Round To Make The Cut At The Open


The only Welshman to make the 151st Open Golf Championship at Hoylake is fighting to make the cut.

Oliver Farr shot a three-over par 74 in his opening round on Thursday – a decent showing from the 35-year-old, but a total that left him sitting outside of the top 100.

With the leading 70 golfers making the cut for rounds three and four, Farr will need to produce something exceptional to still be around for the weekend.

He opened with a pair of bogey fives on his opening two holes but made a birdie on the fifth when he laid up to within a foot.

However, dropped shots continued to dog his round and he lost further ground at the 10th, 12th, 14th and 17th holes – though did pick up further birdies at 13 and 18.

He birdied the par-three 13th with a 49-foot putt and then closed out his round on the last.


Elfyn Evans also needs a big weekend to keep alive his hopes of becoming World Rally champion.

The Welsh driver is currently second in the championship and needs a good showing and major points haul at Rally Estonia on Saturday and Sunday.

Evans is 41 points behind his Toyota Gazoo teammate and current world champion Kalle Rovanpera.

“It’s going to be quite critical over the next couple of rounds to claw some of those points back if we’re to have any chance of the title,” he said.

“Our focus now is on the next two rounds. There’s still a long way to go and anything can happen. Of course, we’re going to keep trying our very best until the end.”


Jonny Clayton will be hoping to continue his superb form at the World Matchplay Championship this weekend.

The Ferret has made it through to the quarterfinals for the first time after a hugely impressive win over Dimitri Van den Bergh, 11-6, in the second round.

Now, Clayton takes on Ryan Searle at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens for a place in the semi-finals.

“It’s never been kind to me here,” said Clayton. “It’s an iconic venue, one which I love, but for some reason I just haven’t performed.

“Against Dimitri I had to perform, and I did so with a smile on my face and I’m through to the next round.”