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Aaron Rai edges out Tommy Fleetwood on first play-off hole to win Scottish Open 

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Some young players take months to get over a gut-wrenching loss on the 18th hole. Some never get over it. Now, at the other end of the scale following a dramatic afternoon of ebb and flow at the ASI Scottish Open, stands Englishman Aaron Rai.

Eight days after bogeying the par-five 18th hole to fall short at the Irish Open, the 25-year-old from Wolverhampton defeated no less a player than Tommy Fleetwood in a play-off to claim a mammoth winner’s cheque of £882,000 — well over three times larger than his previous biggest. That’s what you call atonement.

It was his second tour win following victory in the 2018 Hong Kong Open and arrived courtesy of a brilliant final round 64 featuring eight birdies and three notable pars to finish his day’s work.

Aaron Rai of England poses with the trophy after winning the Scottish Open on Sunday

Aaron Rai of England poses with the trophy after winning the Scottish Open on Sunday

Aaron Rai of England poses with the trophy after winning the Scottish Open on Sunday

‘I played a lot of golf in Scotland growing up and I thought back then it would be wonderful to one day play in a tour event here,’ said Rai. ‘To compete in one a couple of years ago was special for me and now to win the Scottish Open just feels incredible.’

While one Englishman will head to Wentworth for this week’s BMW PGA Championship exultant, two more will be fighting feelings of what might have been. Both Fleetwood and Robert Rock played beautifully over the back nine.

Eight years after holding off Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy to win his last title in Abu Dhabi, Rock came to the 18th needing a par to make the play-off.

These days, the sweet-swinging 43-year-old Midlander is perhaps better known as a coach and one of his clients, Matt Wallace, was there to watch, only for Rock to chip clumsily and miss his putt.

Rai edged out Tommy Fleetwood (right) on the first play-off hole at The Renaissance Club

Rai edged out Tommy Fleetwood (right) on the first play-off hole at The Renaissance Club

Rai edged out Tommy Fleetwood (right) on the first play-off hole at The Renaissance Club

Fleetwood needed a birdie, and got one after holing a marvellous 20ft putt. He was the overwhelming favourite to win in extra-time, particularly when Rai found a fairway bunker with his tee shot.

Just as he did in regulation play, however, Rai made a gutsy par after a delicately played chip shot to 5ft. For a man who, as a 15-year-old, holed an incredible 207 straight putts of twice that length to break a world record, it was perhaps not surprising the short one proved no problem.

Not so, his more illustrious opponent. From the middle of the fairway, Fleetwood came up short with his approach and then left himself a tricky 4ft putt to keep the contest alive. Fleetwood, who had spurned a number of similar chances set up by his sterling iron play, missed one more.

Rai kisses the Scottish Open trophy following his nail-biting triumph on Sunday

Rai kisses the Scottish Open trophy following his nail-biting triumph on Sunday

Rai kisses the Scottish Open trophy following his nail-biting triumph on Sunday

As ever, he took it on the chin.

‘I just hit a bad putt and that’s the end of it, really,’ he said. ‘It was Aaron’s time and congrats to him. As for me, I’m happy with my game after struggling over the summer in America. I feel I’m on the way back.’

He sounded like a man who will move on to the tour’s flagship tournament, intent on ‘doing a Rai’.

n England’s Mel Reid shot a final-round 67 to claim her maiden LPGA Tour title at the ShopRite Classic. She finished on a tournament-record 19 under par to win by two strokes at Seaview, New Jersey.

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Ryan Garcia called out by pregnant girlfriend after allegedly kissing TikTok star Malu Trevejo

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RYAN GARCIA has been labelled a “piece of s***” by his pregnant girlfriend after he was caught kissing another woman.

The unbeaten lightweight boxer was seen kissing TikTok star Malu Trevejo outside of a restaurant in Los Angeles.

Ryan Garcia was seen kissing TikTok star Malu Trevejo

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Ryan Garcia was seen kissing TikTok star Malu Trevejo
Ryan Garcia allegedly told girlfriend Drea Celina that he was busy training for his next fight

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Ryan Garcia allegedly told girlfriend Drea Celina that he was busy training for his next fight

Garcia’s girlfriend Drea Celina is due to give birth to his second child in just seven weeks.

But Garcia, 22, was filmed with Malu during a night out with friends.

It is understood that the incident happened on October 24 outside of the trendy N10 Restaurant – owned by Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero.

The viral video shows boxing phenomenon Garcia leaving the building with the social media star, who turned 18 this month.

Garcia and Malu are seen kissing and hugging each other in front of onlookers.

After the shocking footage went viral, his girlfriend shared a statement to her social media page.

Drea, who has since made her Instagram account private, wrote: “Meanwhile, I go visit my family he tells me he’s training hard for this fight.

“But IG SHOWS ME THIS.

The pair enjoyed an intimate moment together outside of the restaurant

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The pair enjoyed an intimate moment together outside of the restaurant
Malu Trevejo has racked up 8.5million followers on her Instagram page

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Malu Trevejo has racked up 8.5million followers on her Instagram page
TikTok star Malu Trevejo turned 18 this month

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TikTok star Malu Trevejo turned 18 this month

“Seven weeks left until I give birth and this piece of s*** stay being disgusting.

“While he barely even sees Rylie his daughter with @catherinegamez…

“@kingryang is a HORRIBLE EVIL HUMAN.”

According to a report shared by HITC, Garcia responded with his own statement.

It read: “Just clearing some things I seen regarding Malu and Drea.

“Andrea and I aren’t engaged but we were still trying to fix our relationship.

“Malu and I went there as friends and we got caught up in the moment but there isn’t anything there, I didn’t intend to hurt anyone.

“This is my personal life and I’m not going to speak on this ever again.”

Ryan Garcia's girlfriend shared this statement to her Instagram story

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Ryan Garcia’s girlfriend shared this statement to her Instagram story
Ryan Garcia boasts a perfect boxing record of 20-0

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Ryan Garcia boasts a perfect boxing record of 20-0Credit: Getty Images – Getty

Garcia’s first child, with former flame Catherine Gamez, was born in March 2019.

Malu, who has 8.5million Instagram followers, has also given her side of the story.

She said: “I met up with him because he was a very nice guy, he was very sweet.

“Yeah he told he had a kid, but he never told me that he was engaged and he never told me that he had another baby coming.

“But he’s a really nice dude and I didn’t know that.

“Let’s just not get into that. I just woke up and I’m seeing all this s***.

“Did not know he was engaged and I texted him and ask him why he didn’t tell me and he said because they’re on and off.”

Garcia is preparing for his return to the ring on December 5 when he will face Luke Campbell for the WBC’s interim title.

The American has an incredible record of 20-0 including 17 knockouts so far.

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Marcus Rashford reveals impressive muscles as he launches Nike underwear line

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KIDS’ food champion Marcus Rashford shows he’s a bit of a beefcake himself as he launches Nike’s latest underwear line.

The Man United and England forward took a break from campaigning for free holiday meals for poorer schoolchildren to share this snap on Instagram.

Marcus Rashford revealed his impressive muscles in a pair of red Nike underwear

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Marcus Rashford revealed his impressive muscles in a pair of red Nike underwearCredit: S Goodwin 2019
The footballer showed off his enviable physique as he launched Nike’s latest underwear line

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The footballer showed off his enviable physique as he launched Nike’s latest underwear lineCredit: S Goodwin 2019

The busy 22-year-old has a lot on his plate.

Earlier this week, it was reported that the footballer is set to miss out on a BBC Sports Personality of the Year nomination, despite his remarkable charity work.

Rashford is odds-on favourite with the bookies for the award after earning plaudits for his tireless campaigning for disadvantaged children to receive free meals during school holidays.

But the reports claim the star is likely to be overlooked as the Beeb’s guidelines state only ‘sporting achievements’ can be considered – despite the name of the award.

The kids’ food champion wowed in a pair of black boxers covered in the Nike logo

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The kids’ food champion wowed in a pair of black boxers covered in the Nike logoCredit: S Goodwin 2019

That would leave Formula One superstar Lewis Hamilton a strong contender after the Mercedes ace beat Michael Schumacher’s long-standing wins record at the Portuguese GP.

Rashford forced the Government into a U-turn over the summer holidays after fighting for the free school meals programme to be extended in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

And he took on ministers again as many vulnerable children head into the half-term without the safety net of food provided at school.

The Man United star forced the Government into a U-turn over the summer holidays after fighting for free school meals to be extended

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The Man United star forced the Government into a U-turn over the summer holidays after fighting for free school meals to be extendedCredit: PA:Press Association
Man Utd’s Marcus Rashford helps out at food charity after MPs reject bid to extend school meals

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Manchester United ‘will activate Dayot Upamecano’s £38m release clause next summer’

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Manchester United will reportedly activate Dayot Upamecano’s £38million release clause next summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to bolster his defensive options.

United have had their eye on the 24-year-old for some time, having previously invited him to Old Trafford for a tour of the club in 2015 before he moved from Valenciennes to Red Bull Salzburg aged 16 for £2million.

Having signed a new contract until 2023 with his current club RB Leipzig, Upamecano’s relatively small release clause will activate next summer – allowing Solskjaer to reignite his long-standing interest in the defender. 

Manchester United will activate Dayot Upamecano's £38million release clause next summer

Manchester United will activate Dayot Upamecano's £38million release clause next summer

Manchester United will activate Dayot Upamecano’s £38million release clause next summer

According to The Times, Upamecano’s release clause will become active during next years summer transfer window for £7million less than his previous – allowing a host of top-flight club’s time to prepare a transfer swoop.

Solskjaer will be looking to get ahead of the pack as he requires defensive stability within his Manchester United side.

Upamecano is a dynamic, confident defender who excels when playing in the counter-attacking style that Solskjaer deploys.

The Red Devils manager will have an opportunity to watch Upamecano in action as his players take on Leipzig in Wednesday’s Champions League fixture.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had his eye on the 24-year-old defender for some time

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had his eye on the 24-year-old defender for some time

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had his eye on the 24-year-old defender for some time 

Upamecano signed a new contract with RB Leipzig until 2023 after making 120 appearances

Upamecano signed a new contract with RB Leipzig until 2023 after making 120 appearances

 Upamecano signed a new contract with RB Leipzig until 2023 after making 120 appearances 

Having previously denied claims that he was trying to sign Upamecano, Solskjaer claimed he refused to respond to speculation out of respect for Leipzig – but insists he will be watching the defender ‘close up’ on Wednesday.   

Solskjaer said: ‘I’ve always tried to respect that they are players for other teams and don’t want to comment on every player that we are linked to, but since he’s playing against us tomorrow I know he’s a very good player so we can see him close up.’ 

Upamecano has featured 120 times for Leipzig since he joined from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2017. 

Upamecano’s impressive form for Leipzig has seen him gain the attention of Europe’s elite. 

Solskjaer hopes Upamecano will solve the defensive issues Manchester United are having

Solskjaer hopes Upamecano will solve the defensive issues Manchester United are having

 Solskjaer hopes Upamecano will solve the defensive issues Manchester United are having

However, it is still Manchester United who are leading the charge for football’s most coveted young defenders. 

United currently have six senior centre-backs in the first-team squad but have failed to show any defensive stability. 

Harry Maguire, who joined for a world-record fee for a defender – £80m – in 2019, has had a torrid time recently at the heart of the United defence, whilst players such as £31m Victor Lindelof and £27m Luke Shaw are flattering to deceive, having both made costly errors in recent Premier League defeats. 

Should Solskjaer sign Upamecano, he will hope his defensive troubles will finally be over. 

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