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Ballesteros aims to live up to family name in NI

By Stuart McKinley

One of the most famous surnames in golf will be on the starting list for next week's Northern Ireland Open.

Javier Ballesteros, son of the late Spanish legend Seve, will tee it up at Galgorm on Thursday at the beginning of the Challenge Tour event.

The 24-year-old, whose father won four Majors before his death at the age of 54 in 2011, only turned professional late last year and has had a number of starts on the Challenge Tour, with his best finish coming when he tied for 18th place at the Najeti Open in France in June.

"This is something I have always wanted. Whether I will succeed or not, time will tell," said Ballesteros jr of turning professional and the major influence his dad had on him.

"He taught me everything or almost everything I know about golf, and I would have loved him to see me turning pro. I am sure he would be very proud."

Two other names to look out for are Nacho Elvira of Spain and Welshman Rhys Davies. Both have won twice on the Challenge Tour this season and a third success would earn them automatic entry to the European Tour.

Tiger Woods is in contention for his first PGA Tour win in two years as he lies in joint third place after his second round of the Quicken Loans National.

The 39-year-old shot a five-under-par 66 to go with his opening round 68 as he lay on eight under in Gainesville, Virginia, one shot off the lead.

Meanwhile, Michael Hoey enjoyed a comfortable 5&4 victory over Sweden's Kristoffer Broberg in the second round of the Paul Lawrie Matchplay at Murcar Link.

The Belfast man took control early, winning three of the first five holes before clinching the contest on 14. Hoey is now through to the last 16 where he will play Frenchman Gregory Havret.

Elsewhere, Stephanie Meadow has missed the cut at the Women's British Open at Turnberry.

The Jordanstown girl shot a disappointing 10-over-par 82 in her second round, leaving her 12-over for the tournament.

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