VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) _ Americans Mike Reid and Scott Hoch, runners-up in two of golf’s major events this year, were drawn against European opponents Monday for next week’s World Matchplay Championships.
Reid, who finished second in the PGA after a blowing a big lead over the closing holes, was paired against Northern Ireland’s Ronan Rafferty in the first round of the tournament, to run from Oct. 12-15.
Hoch, who lost a playoff for the Masters championship last April, was drawn to play Jose-Maria Olazabal in the opening round over the Wentworth Club course.
A third U.S. golfer, Chip Beck, was drawn against Aki Omachi of Japan.
The other first-round pairing has David Frost of South Africa against Ian Baker-Finch of Australia.
Defending champion Sandy Lyle of Scotland was seeded first in the 12-man tournament and will play the winner of the Reid-Rafferty match in the second round.
Other seeded players receiving first-round byes were Seve Ballesteros of Sapin, who will play the Beck-Omachi winner; Ian Woosnam of Wales, who takes on the winner of the Olazabal-Hoch match; and Nick Faldo, who beat Hoch for the Masters’ title and meets the Frost-Baker Finch winner.
The tournament has a $528,000 purse, with $160,000 to the winner.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) - American qualifier Ted Scherman upset seventh- seeded Grant Connell of Canada 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-3 Monday in a first-round match at the Queensland Open tennis tournament.
In another match, Australia’s Simon Youl defeated Robert Van’t Hof of the U.S., 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.
Seven games into the deciding set, Youl was down three break points.
But Youl, who made an early exit from this tournament last year when he was injured in his first-round match with Tim Mayotte, made the most of his experience.
″I played a semifinal in a New York tournament where I had to survive 10 match points,″ Youl said.
″I went right through to the final only having one match where I wasn’t gone at some stage.″
TOKYO (AP) - Rod Allen, who formerly played in the U.S. minor leagues, drove in four runs with four hits as the Hiroshima Toyo Carp blanked the Hanshin Tigers 7-0 in a Central League game.
The Carp now are 4 1/2 games behind the Yomiuri Giants, who were idle Monday. The Giants need four more victories or four Carp losses to clinch the league championship.
TOKYO (AP) - Peder Ronholt of Denmark won the first of seven scheduled races Monday in individual competition of the 1989 Optimist Dinghy Class Yacht World Championships.
The 15-year-old Ronholt was more than two minutes ahead of Matthias Van Broekhoven of Belgium as 138 yachtsmen and women aged 15 and younger, from 30 nations, competed on a 2.5-mile triangular course off Yokohama.
The competition in the 2.5-meter class continues through Thursday.
Philippe Bergmans of Belgium was third, and Swedes placed fourth through seventh - Martin Strandberg, Jens Kulstad, Christian Carlsson and Rickard Nilsson.
Morgan Riou of France was eighth, followed by Manuel Miranda of Argentina and Gavan Jones of Ireland.
John L. Green, who finished 11th, was the best among four Americans. Tracy Hayley and Mandy Bremen placed 29th and 30th, and Edward Sherman was 60th. All are Floridians.