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34 SPORT THURSDAY DECEMBER 3 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 er at 38 in the world and just two others in the field Queenslander John Senden and Swede David Lingmerth inside the top 100. There is a spattering of quality overseas names such as Scott Jamieson and Edoardo Molinari among 25 players off the European Tour, which is co-sanctioning the event for the first time, plus 24 from South Africas Sunshine Tour. But there is no top-class player, which should give Snedeker every opportunity to claim a sizeable chunk of the $1.75 million prizemoney. Yet the 34-year-old remains wary of a redesigned back nine and a pack of hungry young locals, for whom automatic membership on the European Tour is on offer if they can break through for an upset. Its honestly an honour those guys look at me to think theyre going to need to knock me off, Snedeker said. I see a bunch of young Australian kids that are hungry, great players and will be tough to beat as well. Snedeker shares co-favouritism with Senden, runner-up to Peter Senior at the Australian Masters and 13th at the Australian Open. Two-time winner Greg Chalmers is the defending champion. Last year he edged out Adam Scott and Wade Ormsby in a marathon threeman playoff. Young guns make Snedeker feel less than bulletproof BRANDT Snedeker might be one of few marquee attractions at the Australian PGA Championships but the American insists it is just about anyones tournament at a new-look Royal Pines on the Gold Coast. The big names have largely shunned this years PGA title, which begin today, with Snedeker the highest-ranked play TIGER Woods painted a bleak picture yesterday on when he can return to golf or even get back to doing anything more than just walking. Woods had two back surgeries in a span of 18 months followed by what he described only as another procedure in the same area in October. He has not started rehabilitation and does not know when his back will allow for that. The hardest part for me is theres really nothing I can look forward to, nothing I can build toward, Woods said. Its just taking it literally just day by day and week by week and time by time. Woods is at the Hero World Challenge as the tournament host, not one of the 18 players at Albany Golf Club in the Bahamas. The only time he touched a club was to pose for a photo, and he leaned on it while talking to Justin Rose and Zach Johnson on the putting green. Woods has not competed since August 23 at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he went into the final round two shots behind and tied for 10th. He did not realise that Tiger Woods, arguably the most dominant sporting individual on the planet when he won 14 major golfing championships from 1997-2008, is perhaps facing the end to his career Picture: ROSS KINNAIRD New winner Day wants more bites at Shark gong WORLD No.2 Jason Day has repeated his pledge to become an all-time golfing great, promising his first Greg Norman Medal win wont be his last by a long shot. Day was crowned the inaugural winner of the Greg Norman Medal for Australias best-performing international golfer on Tuesday night at a ritzy dinner at the Royal Pines resort on the Gold Coast, ahead of the Australian PGA Championship starting today. Unable to attend because of the birth of his second daughter Lucy, the Queenslander addressed the room via Skype from his base in the US, and said he was honoured by the award but far from satisfied. This is not a one and done deal for me, Day, 28, said. I want to make sure that I win plenty of these medals and I want to make sure when people look back on the history of golf and look back on the list of winners of the Greg Norman Medal, they dont just look at my name. I want them to remember my name and know exactly who I was not only on the golf course, but off the golf course as well. Day defeated fellow nominees Adam Scott, Matt Jones, Marc Leishman, Steven Bowditch, Karrie Webb, Minjee Lee and Rebecca Artis. Disappointed to have been unable to travel to Australia this summer, Day said he was definitely looking forward to coming back next year. Ive been training and stuff but Ive been there for Ellie, he said. A lot of people probably dont know this but Ellie went through postpartum depression with Dash and it was very hard for her. Roar of injured Tiger no war cry would be his last tournament for the foreseeable future. Was it a surprise? Yeah, Woods, 40 this month, said. Because as I was alluding to that week and subsequent weeks, I felt my hip was killing me and I didnt think it was coming from my back. We worked out in the trailer each and every day and just tried to loosen up my hip. And OK, fine, we went out and played. But I didnt feel any back discomfort. Come to find out it wasnt my hip, it was coming from my back. He had another microdiscectomy on September 16 and then he revealed he had another procedure on October 30, which he said was in the same spot. Asked the degree to which he can function, Woods said: I walk. I walk and I walk some more. Woods, who has spent 683 weeks at No.1 in the world ranking, is No.400, his lowest as a professional. He has not won since the Bridgestone Invitational in 2013, when he was the PGA Tour player of the year. I have no answer for that (when he can play again), and neither does my surgeon or my physios, he said. There is no timetable. DOUG FERGUSON Kisnorbo in line for City return MELBOURNE City will return captain courageous Patrick Kisnorbo to their side as they look to end their winless A-League streak on the Central Coast. John van t Schips side head to Gosford tonight with Kisnorbo available providing he pulls up fine from a final training session. It remains a sore point for City that the Mariners have the wood over their side and van t Schip is eager to scrub their record with a maiden win. The first time is always the best time, he said. Its important to win the game and climb on the ladder. More important to City is to find consistency. Van t Schip likened his season to a roller-coaster ride, with no two games in succession producing the same result. While City have lost Corey Gameiro to a season-ending knee injury, their injury list was eased this week. Joining Kisnorbo on the training track yesterday was marquee Robi Koren (calf) and Aaron Hughes (calf). If you want to become a big club, a good team, you have to back up results, van t Schip said. Thats what we want, thats what were working to become. Both sides are hunting a first clean sheet of the season. Champion chance for Criterion LEADING jockey Craig Williams believes Criterion will be hailed a champion if he wins the Hong Kong Cup on Sunday week. The gun jockey heads to Hong Kong on Monday to spend a week with the multiple Group 1 winner to ensure all is right for the 2000m feature. Ill ride him on Tuesday morning and be with him all week. Sir Owen Glenn wanted a jockey there all week and you just wouldnt say no with a horse like Criterion, Williams said. He is a star. Hes proven that already. But if he wins the Hong Kong Cup as I think he will, we will be calling him a champion. Criterion already boasts $7,193,869 in prizemoney from 32 starts, with Group 1 wins including the 2014 Rosehill Guineas and Australian Derby and this years Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Caulfield Stakes. At his past two starts he has finished second in the Cox Plate (2040m) and third in the Melbourne Cup (3200m). He is an international traveller now. This will be his third trip to Hong Kong and he went to the UK, Williams said. If he adds a Group 1 at one of the worlds most prestigious international race meetings he will deserve the champion tag, with so much more to come.
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