RelatedPosts No directive to constitute disciplinary committee against us — Ojudu, others ‘Army Officer’ in EFCC net for alleged multiple fraud COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance Roger Federer has confirmed he will miss a number of tournaments, including the French Open in May, after undergoing knee surgery in Switzerland on Wednesday. The 20-times Grand Slam champion had been struggling with injury at the Australian Open, where he lost at the semi-final stage to eventual champion Novak Djokovic and has not played competitively, since. Federer, 38, said he would also miss ATP tournaments in Dubai, Indian Wells, Bogota and Miami. “My right knee has been bothering me for a little while. I hoped it would go away, but after an examination and discussion with my team, I decided to have arthroscopic surgery in Switzerland yesterday,’”Federer said in a statement on Twitter. “After the procedure, the doctors confirmed that it was the right thing to have done and are very confident of a full recovery. “I am grateful for everyone’s support. I can’t wait to be back playing again soon, see you on the grass!” The Swiss skipped the entire claycourt season in 2017 and 2018 and last year played only two tournaments on the surface before arriving in Paris for the French Open. His agent told Reuters last week that Federer was planning on playing only at Roland Garros while skipping the Madrid and Rome Masters.
Graeme McDowell expects the cream to rise to the top during the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne but is feeling confident about Ireland’s chances. The Northern Irishman, who finished fourth in the Race to Dubai, is respectful of the Royal Melbourne course but thinks he and team-mate Shane Lowry will make it through to Sunday’s play. “You’ve really got to respect it. You really have to pay attention to what you’re doing out there because the wrong shot on the wrong line and the wrong shape at any given moment can get you in all sorts of trouble,” McDowell told the Herald Sun. Press Association “Scotty’s just one of those guys who you play with and think to yourself, ‘Why is this guy not winning every week?’ He’s that impressive,” McDowell said. “I had the pleasure, or displeasure, of playing with him in the last round of the Open championship last year, but I knew it was only a matter of time before he developed into the player that he is. “He has always been an awesome player.” The money focus at the event has shifted from team to individual honours, with 7million US dollars (£4.3million) in prize money to be divided among the 60-man field, including 1.2million US dollars (£740,000) going to the winner. In contrast, only 1million US dollars (£620,000) has been allocated for the teams event, with money only being split between the top three teams. Despite this, McDowell’s focus is on team glory. He said: “We’re big on the team element. The World Cup will always be about the winning team and we’re passionate about standing there as the winning team on Sunday night.” Meanwhile, Siddikur Rahman will make history when he tees off in Melbourne. The 29-year-old will become the first Bangladeshi player to take part in the tournament, two weeks after claiming his second Asian Tour title when he won the Hero Indian Open. “I’m really excited and I’m glad to play in this tournament. I’m proud with what I have achieved,” Rahman said. “I have received a lot of messages from my fans and friends on Facebook and emails and they are encouraging me to play well and it’s good for me and good for golf in Bangladesh.” “I feel like it will bring the cream to the top, for sure. The top players will shine and the less experienced players will have a problem with this golf course. “Shane and I are as good and experienced as anybody this week and, hopefully, we can be playing together late on Sunday afternoon. “It’s just a great track that requires a lot of strategy, a lot of positioning of iron play coming into these fast and firm undulating greens.” McDowell revealed he will approach the course in a slightly different way than would be expected. He added: “You don’t hit many drivers, maybe four or five max out there. “Like a links golf course, the wind can change this course within the space of an hour, change the character of holes when the wind switches direction.” McDowell also hailed Australia’s Adam Scott, who along with Matt Kuchar, is heavy favourite for individual honours at Royal Melbourne. Scott, currently ranked number two in the world behind Tiger Woods, has won back-to-back tournaments – the Australian PGA and the Australian Masters, with the latter held at Royal Melbourne last week.