first_img Press Association Higgins discovered he had 15 clubs in his bag – one more than permitted – on the first hole of a play-off in Local Final Qualifying at North Berwick on Tuesday, the two-shot penalty ending his hopes and seeing opponents Gareth Wright and George Murray progress. The 40-year-old explained in his regular column on golfcentraldaily.com that he felt his five-under-par total had little chance of being good enough, so had therefore dried and stored his equipment – including a spare rescue club – in his car. “I couldn’t believe it but (I) was delighted to see the way things were panning out as I moved up the leaderboard and became more confident that I could get one of the spots available in the play-off,” Higgins wrote. “I decided to go (to) the range to warm up again and hit a few balls. I just took (a) driver, mid iron and wedge. It was still raining really hard so I kept the rain cover on my bag. My caddy for the day, Monty, a local man that knows North Berwick like the back of his hand, had done a great job all day and was up for the play-off. “We headed for the tee. I hit a good tee shot and good second to about 15 feet. I was hunkered down reading my putt when the thought suddenly came into my head, ‘F***, did I take that other rescue out of the bag?’ “I stood up and felt a bit sick in my stomach as I walked over to the bag to check. And there she was looking up at me! B****x’ “It was a horrible thing to happen but I have no-one to blame only myself. I guess the excitement/adrenaline rush of getting another opportunity to play in the greatest golf event in the world clouded my judgement and I made a mistake.” center_img Ireland’s David Higgins has accepted full responsibility for the blunder which cost him the chance of a place in the Open Championship at Muirfield.last_img read more

first_img Paris: Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe fuelled speculation surrounding his future on Sunday, saying that he wants “responsibilities, maybe at PSG, maybe elsewhere”. The 20-year-old backed up his excellent 2018 World Cup, where he scored four times as France won the trophy, by netting 38 times for PSG this season.He was named as the Ligue 1 player of the season on Sunday, but did not deny that a potential move away from France could be in the offing.”It (the award) is an important moment for me, a turning point in my career… The moment of having more responsibilities, maybe at PSG, maybe elsewhere,” he told BeIN Sports.Mbappe did not back down on his comments when asked about them in the mixed zone a few minutes later.”For me, it was the moment to say it… When I say something, I think about it,” he said, reiterating his desire to have more “responsibilities”.”If it’s at PSG, it’s good, if it’s elsewhere, it will be elsewhere for a new challenge.” Mbappe has been regularly linked with a potential move to Real Madrid since breaking through with Monaco’s 2017 Ligue 1 title-winning team, but instead made the switch to PSG, initially on loan, and then for 180 million euros.But since Zinedine Zidane’s return to the Real dug-out earlier this year, rumours about Mbappe joining his fellow Frenchman at the Santiago Bernabeu have intensified. highlights Kylian Mbappe looking for more responsibility at PSG or elsewhere.Mbappe was a part of the World Cup winning squad held in Russia. Mbappe hints to take transfer to another football club.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. This term, Mbappe has stepped up another gear with teammate Neymar — the only player to be sold for more money than him in history — out injured for much of the campaign. Mbappe has followed in Neymar’s footsteps by winning the player of the season accolade in France, although he needs to score five in the last league game of the season against Reims next weekend to snatch the European Golden Shoe from Lionel Messi.”I tell myself that even if I lose, I lose to Messi, one of the greatest players in history,” he told AFP.”To think that maybe I kept up with him until the last game, that’s a source of pride too, but it’s not over.”Mbappe became only the second teenager in history last year, after Brazil legend Pele, to score in a World Cup final during France’s 4-2 triumph over Croatia. His global stardom — surely eye-catching for the likes of Real — was shown when he became only the fourth footballer to feature on the cover of Time magazine in October, after Messi, Neymar and Mario Balotelli.An Mbappe exit would be a blow for PSG, although increased transfer funds may not be all bad for the French champions as they look to strengthen their squad ahead of their next bid for a first Champions League title.last_img read more