Sporting Digest: Golf

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Jack Nicklaus is coming to Britain for the Open next month, but he is not certain yet that he will play. The 58-year-old, who finished 43rd in the US Open on Sunday, said: "I'm going over, but I'll see how my body feels when I wake up Tuesday morning that week."

Constantina Rocca is the latest player to confirm himself in the line- up for next month's Standard Life Loch Lomond International. The Italian will tee up alongside previous winners Tom Lehman and Thomas Bjorn for one of the European Tour's main events, which runs from 8-11 July. Rocca became the first Italian to make the Ryder Cup team in 1993 and went on to become an important member of the side in the two subsequent meetings in 1995 and 1997.

The American, Amy Fruhwirth, won the first LPGA title of her six-year career when scoring a final-round par 72 to take the Friendly's Classic by two strokes in Massachusetts.

Tiger Woods extended his lead at the top of the world rankings to more than a full point with his joint 18th place finish in the US Open on Sunday.

WORLD RANKINGS (US unless stated): 1 T Woods 11.56 pts average; 2 E Els (South Africa) 10.53; 3 D Love 10.25; 4 G Norman (Aus) 9.49; 5 D Duval 9.21; 6 C Montgomerie (GB) 9.16; 7 J Leonard 8.29; 8 N Price (Zim) 7.92; 9 F Couples 7.86; 10 M O'Meara 7.75; 11 P Mickelson 7.69; 12 L Westwood (GB).

LPGA FRIENDLY'S CLASSIC (Massachusetts , US): Leading final scores(US unless stated): 280 A Fruhwirth 69 71 68 72. 282 C Sorenstam (Swe) 69 70 73 70; K Saiki 72 71 68 71. 283 P Kometani 73 68 70 72. 284 N Scranton 72 73 70 69; S Steinhauer 76 67 72 69; M Hjorth (Swe) 70 75 69 70; R Jones 72 71 70 71; L Kiggens 72 72 68 72; H Daly-Donofrio 67 71 73 73. 285 K Noble 72 75 68 70; C Dibnah 71 73 71 70; D Ammaccapane 71 70 71 73; C Johnson 73 68 70 74. 286 C Nilsmark (Swe) 72 74 70 70; C Erb 69 69 77 71; J Hyun Suh (S Kor) 69 72 72 73; B Burton 72 72 67 75. Other GB: 292 A Nicholas 75 71 71 75. 296 K Marshall 72 74 73 77. 299 M McKay 77 71 75 76.

EUROPEAN TOUR 1998 RANKING LIST: (GB or Irl unless stated): 1 L Westwood pounds 383,629.19; 2 E Els (SA) pounds 368,953.62; 3 T Bjorn (Den) pounds 327,470.15; 4 P Sjoland (Swe) pounds 317,034.40; 5 J-M Olazabal (Sp) pounds 305,517.39; 6 C Montgomerie pounds 296,106.67; 7 D Clarke pounds 293,663.77; 8 A Coltart pounds 215,688.56; 9 G Chalmers (Aus) pounds 154,411.66; 10 R Goosen (SA) pounds 147,612.80; 11 P Price pounds 141,310.07; 12 I Woosnam pounds 137,716.71; 13 G Orr pounds 131,719.05; 14 S Leaney (Aus) pounds 116,668.66; 15 S Luna (Sp) pounds 116,242.50; 16 R Karlsson (Swe) pounds 116,003.63; 17 M-A Jimenez (Sp) pounds 113,664.64; 18 S Allan (Aus) pounds 107,898.87; 19 P Mitchell pounds 107,022.86; 20 D Howell 102,312.51.

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