Tiger wins four in a row. It was a double celebration for Tiger Woods at the Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio yesterday, winning his fourth tournament in a row and marking ten years since turning pro. It was on August 27, 1996, that he announced to the world he would become a professional and 10 years later he finds himself fifth on the all time PGA victories list with 52, equalling the great Byron Nelson. Tiger didn’t have it all his own way, however, needing to sink an eight foot birdie putt on the fourth playoff hole against Stewart Cink, who had made up three shots on the final three holes. For Woods, it was the first time in his career that he had won the same event five times and said that, as usual, motivation came from within. “You’re always trying to better what you’ve done in the past – always. Hopefully, that’s good enough to beat the rest of the guys.”

All smiles for Massa. Brazilian Felipe Massa won his first Grand Prix last night in Turkey, leading from start to finish for the Ferrari team. “I always dreamed to be a Ferrari driver and winning my first race for Ferrari is definitely something special for me. The team is happy because we have been doing a good job this year”, he said. But while Massa was out in front, most eyes were on Championship leader Fernando Alonso who was 10 points ahead of Michael Schumacher going into the race. The German looked likely to reduce the lead until he was held up in the pits after the safety car was called on lap 14, allowing Alonso to take second place and increase his lead to 12 points.

Young Cat loses kidney. No-one can question the courage of Geelong’s Tom Lonergan, after he backed into a marking contest and collided heavily on the weekend, an act of bravery that would lead to the removal of his kidney. The 22-year-old was taken to hospital in a stable condition but later showed signs of internal bleeding, putting his career in doubt. “Generally speaking we advise against playing contact sport if you only have one kidney”, sports medicine expert Dr Peter Brukner said. Cats’ coach Mark Thomas paid tribute to Lonergan saying, “I think today we probably learnt more about Tom than the three other years that he’s been here”.

Peter Fray

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