Walker moves ahead in Hawaii

first_imgThe PGA Champion took advantage of the scoring-friendly conditions at Kapalua Resort to mix six birdies with an eagle, with a final-hole gain doubling his cushion over the chasing pack.Ryan Moore also birdied the last to join Jim Herman and Justin Thomas on six under, with Daniel Berger and Jason Dufner part of the group a further shot off the pace.Defending champion Jordan Spieth made a slow start to his year with a one-under 72, with only five players in the 32-man field not to post an under-par round.Walker followed birdies at the second and fourth with a 40-foot gain at the par-five next, before picking up another shot at the sixth to move ahead of early pacesetter Cody Gribble.Herman kicked off his back nine with a close-range birdie to join Walker on five under, with Berger reaching the turn in 31 to briefly make it a three-way tie at the top.Another short gain from Herman at the 13th lifted him in to top spot, only for Walker to match it and also post a six-foot birdie at the next before nudging home at the par-five last.Moore threatened the outright lead with two eagles in his first four holes and another birdie at the par-five ninth, while Thomas recovered from a slow start to post a hat-trick of gains around the turn on his way to an opening 67.Dustin Johnson and in-form Hideki Matsuyama carded matching 69s to sit inside the top 10, with Jason Day slipping a further shot adrift alongside Patrick Reed after a three-putt bogey at the 18th.Watch the SBS Tournament of Champions throughout the week live on Sky Sports – your home of golf. Live coverage of the second round begins on Friday from 11pmlast_img read more

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Prison warden murder tied to crime underworld

first_imgPolice investigating the violent murder of the warden of maximum-security Domokos Prison in central Greece on Saturday are focusing on the criminal underworld, rather than domestic terrorist groups, Kathimerini understands, after ballistics tests showed one of the guns fired in the attack had been previously used during an attempted robbery on a bank in Aspropyrgos, northwest of Athens, in 2012. The guns were found not to have any connections to previous terrorist attacks.The 47-year-old father of two was gunned down while leaving his home near the town of Lamia on Saturday afternoon when a dark SUV pulled up beside him and unidentified assailants opened fire with Kalashnikov assault rifles and a 9 mm pistol. Police said he was shot over 20 times and dozens of bullet casings were found near his body.Police are investigating the victim’s background to determine whether he had had any serious run-ins with members of Greece’ criminal underworld. They are also planning to access his phone records for any further clues from conversations he may have had earlier in the day.Domokos Prison was recently renovated to house some of Greece’s most dangerous criminals.In a statement issued on Monday, the country’s prison guards sought to draw attention to the tough working conditions and risks that they face. “We are fed up of being beaten up, spat on, knifed, threatened, suffering bomb attacks and the well-known consequences of all this,” the statement said.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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