Sporting Digest: Golf

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The 18-year-old Justin Rose was eight shots off the lead after scoring a 74 in the first round of pre-qualifying for the European Tour Qualifying School at Chart Hills in Kent yesterday. Rose, who has failed to make the cut in all six tournaments he has played since turning professional after The Open, is tied in 17th place with 14 other players. The Frenchman Jean Pierre Cixous led with a six-under-par 66, followed by Keith Jones and Portugal's Adilson da Silva, who both shot 68.