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Golf world descends on Torrey Pines for the 121st U.S. Open Championship

This is the first time the major championship has been held at Torrey Pines since Tiger Woods thrilling victory back in 2008.

SAN DIEGO — The 121st U.S. Open is on the line this week at Torrey Pines. This is the first time the major championship has been held at Torrey Pines since the thriller back in 2008.

However, the course is familiar to those on the PGA Tour because it hosts the Farmers Insurance Open every year. One main difference between the U.S. Open and the Farmers is that the U.S. Open exclusively uses the South Course at Torrey Pines rather than both the North and South Courses.

The U.S. Open marks the third of golf’s four majors and is on the schedule of both the PGA Tour and the European Tour.

Both the North and South courses received big facelifts in 2019 which moved bunkers and tee boxes, but there were not wholesale changed made to the course itself.

The tournament will feature some of the best golfers in the world including, Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose and Brooks Koepka. Both San Diegans Phil Mickelson and Xander Schauffele will be in the same group to play the course on Thursday and Friday.

For a full list of groupings and tee times, click here. 

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Boris Johnson blasted for 'utterly chaotic' travel system as Heathrow descends into chaos

The accusation comes after photos emerged of crowded arrival halls at Heathrow where passengers from red, amber and green list countries were forced to queue together without any social distancing measures. An image obtained by iNews shows passengers who had arrived from red and amber listed countries queuing at immigration just a few feet from one another. Lucy Moreton, professional officer at the Immigration Service Union, told the media outlet: “There is all but no social distancing.
“This is a very common scene at our airports.”

She added: “All passengers, from whichever country, are mixing.

“It’s the same at other airports like Manchester and Gatwick.”

The chaotic scenes at Heathrow, where only Terminals 2 and 5 are open, were blasted by the Shadow Home Secretary.

Labour’s Nick Thomas-Symonds told iNews: “Conservative ministers are overseeing an utterly chaotic travel system that is recklessly increasing the risk of further variants reaching the UK.”

In a later tweet he went on to criticise the Government’s overall policy towards international travel during the Covid crisis.

He posted: “Time and time again we at Labour have argued for a comprehensive hotel quarantine system for all international arrivals to guard against new variants.

“It’s the Conservative Government’s failure to listen and act that has left us in this deeply worrying place.”

READ MORE: Boris plans biggest British rail shake up for 25 years

However, Sky News economics and data editor Ed Conway conducted his own analysis of Government figures and reached the opposite conclusion.

He wrote: “In the period from March 25 to April 7, some 5.1 percent of passengers coming to the UK from India tested positive for Covid-19, not far below the 6.2 percent level recorded by passengers from Pakistan, and comfortably higher than the 3.7 percent of passengers coming from Bangladesh.

“And far from being three times higher than in India, the Covid positivity rate in Pakistan was only slightly above India; the rate of passengers coming from Bangladesh was considerably lower than that of those coming from India.”

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Ronnie O'Sullivan farts while potting black as WST Pro Series clash descends into farce

Ronnie O’Sullivan and Tom Ford were both already eliminated from their group at the WST Pro Series yesterday when they met in the final dead rubber fixture. O’Sullivan in particular did not take the showdown seriously and was in hysterics during moments of the match.
The Rocket was one of the favourites to progress to the last 32 but he had a day to forget in Milton Keynes.

O’Sullivan beat Jamie Wilson in his opening match but it was all down hill from there, losing to Ben Hancorn, David Lilley, Chen Zifan and Lu Haotian.

Sandwiched in between those defeats was a win over Mark Joyce – a match in which O’Sullivan was docked a frame.

The six-time world champion turned up late so had to start 1-0 down. He then rattled through two frames in 14 minutes to secure the victory.

It eventually came to mean nothing as O’Sullivan slumped out of the tournament with games to spare.

The 45-year-old had a bizarre final outing against Ford, which started with the pair joking about prior to the break-off.

O’Sullivan made an unusual mistake from the off as he struck the pink with his break-off to gift his opponent an immediate six-point lead via the foul.

The snooker legend’s second shot of the frame was a one handed effort as he balance the cue on the table instead of using the rest stick. Unsurprisingly, he failed to pot on that occasion.

Ford went on to sweep up the frame and more strange incidents occurred in the second.

Ford opened with a 48 break and O’Sullivan was half-heartedly looking to get back into the tie when he let out a loud fart as the black ball was rolling into the pocket.

O’Sullivan, who averaged a ridiculous 11.1 seconds per shot, could not contain his laughter and he moved around the table continuing to pot.

He could be heard saying “Oh dear” to his opponent after letting out the ripper.

Meanwhile, after the tournament O’Sullivan explained why he was punished for turning up late against Joyce.

“Playing seven matches in a day, I just lost all track of time and that is why I was late for the Mark Joyce match,” he said.

“I got it all wrong, and was very confused! But it was alright as an event, even if I got pumped a few times.”