Premature end to Donald's season

WASHINGTON - Britain's Luke Donald was hospitalized with chest pains and underwent seven hours of heart tests Thursday after withdrawing from the US PGA RSM Classic, ending his year one event early. Three weeks shy of his 40th birthday, the Englishman withdrew after suffering chest pains on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, and sent out an Instagram post of himself in a hospital bed after tests ruled out heart troubles. "Well that wasn't quite the finish to my year I had in mind!" Donald wrote. "Had some chest pain last night and into this morning & it kept getting worse. "After some medical advice, I had to withdraw & was shipped off to the hospital to get my heart looked at. After 7 hours of tests all looks good with my heart thankfully. "Time to put my feet up for a few weeks,” Donald wrote.

Kirk grabs lead in quest of 5th PGA win

WASHINGTON - American Chris Kirk, seeking his fifth US PGA title, fired a bogey-free nine-under-par 63 to grab a one-stroke lead after Thursday's opening round of the RSM Classic. Kirk, whose most recent triumph came 2 1/2 years ago at Colonial, eagled the par-5 18th at the Plantation course in Sea Island, Georgia, to overtake compatriot Joel Dahmen. The US PGA Tour's final 2017 event is played over the par-70 Seaside course and par-72 Plantation layout for the first two rounds. The last two rounds are played on the Seaside course. Kirk, whose best major finish was a share of 19th at the 2014 British Open, opened with a birdie, added another at the par-5 fourth and ran off three birdies in a row, a streak ending after he birdied the par-5 eighth. He birdied 14 and the par-5 16th before his closing eagle.–AFP

Lt Gen Amir elected as PGA president

LAHORE – Lahore Corps Commander Lt Gen Amir Riaz was unanimously elected as Punjab Golf Association (PGA) president for a four-year term during the elections for the new-office bearers of the PGA held here at the Lahore Garrison Golf and Country Club. Other elected office-bearers were Brig (r) Tahir Saleem of Garrison Golf Club as vice president, Brig (r) Sikandar Hayat of Defence Raya as vice president, Shahid Wahab Rao of Defence Raya Golf Club as secretary and Col Farhat Kiani of Garrison as treasurer. Lady members are Dr Asma Afzal Shami and Mrs Maimoona Azam. The executive committee members were Maqbool Max Babri (Royal Palm), Dr Nadeem John (Sialkot), Lt Col Qasim (Gujranwala), Maj Akhter Abbas (Multan), Col Masudul Hassan Malik (Rawalpindi) and Khawaja Pervaiz Saeed (Lahore Gymkhana).–Staff Reporter

KP win Shuja Khanzada Basketball title

LAHORE – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) defeated Punjab 48-31 to win the Col (r) Shuja Khanzada Shaheed Basketball Gold Cup here at Sports Complex Gymnasium Hall Friday. KP dominated the final and won the title convincingly. The tournament was organised in collaboration with Sports Board Punjab (SBP). The teams from all four provinces Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, KP, Islamabad, Fata and Shuja Khanzada Club took part in the four-day event. Commissioner Income Tax Lahore Syed Maudood Hussain Jaffery was the chief guest at the prize distribution ceremony. He lauded both the finalists and then the SBP for doing excellent job for the promotion of sports in the province. “The Nishtar Park Sports Complex is laced with all necessary facilities and youth of the province must avail these facilities.”–Staff Reporter

Three-day football coaching course begins

ISLAMABAD – Three-day football coaching course began here at Pakistan Sports Complex Friday. Islamabad Football Association (IFA) conducting the course in collaboration with Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) at Jinnah Hall. IFA president Chaudhry M Saleem inaugurated the course, while IFA secretary Syed Sharafat Hussain Bokhari, vice president M Zaman, course coordinator Rana Tanveer Ahmed and others were also present on the occasion. Around 25 participants from Rawalpindi-Islamabad are taking part in the course, which will end on Sunday. FIFA referees Irsahul Haq, M Amin and others are conducting the course and delivering lectures on FIFA rules to the participants, while seasoned referee Juma Khan is also assisting them. Certificates and track suits will be distributed among the participants.–Staff Reporter