LAHINCH, Ireland – Jon Rahm captured the Irish Open title for the second time in three years after shooting 8-under 62 in the final round to win by two strokes on Sunday. It was the Spaniard’s second victory of 2019, after winning the Zurich Classic team event on the PGA Tour with Ryan Palmer in April, and the fourth victory in two years on the European Tour. Rahm tamed the Lahinch links in western Ireland by making an eagle and eight birdies, including one from 3 feet at No. 14 after an approach with a 5-iron from rough right of the fairway. He finished on 16-under 264. Full-field scores from the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Rafa Cabrera Bello started the day a shot behind third-round leader Robert Rock but was in front by two strokes after making three birdies in his first five holes. He was soon passed by the rampaging Rahm and fell away by bogeying four of the first six holes of the back nine. Andy Sullivan and Bernd Wiesberger both shot 66 and were tied for second place. Rock (70), Cabrera-Bello (69) and Eddie Pepperell (69) were tied for fourth, a further shot back. Rock, Wiesberger and Paul Waring all earned spots in the British Open for being the highest finishers in the top 10 among players who aren’t otherwise exempt.
Stagecoach North East is starting a Sunderland-Newcastle X24 inter-urban express route from 30 January,The half-hourly service runs Monday-Saturdays from Fawcett Street in Sunderland City Centre to Pilgrim Street in Newcastle.At £2.80 adult single or £13.35 all week, the X24 is speedy and cheap. It uses newly-liveried buses with a striking and present an alternative to the Metro.Steve Walker, Managing Director, Stagecoach North East, said: “After listening to our customers, we are delighted to launch this new service to benefit passengers travelling between Sunderland and Newcastle.“The new X24 service represents a further investment from Stagecoach North East and demonstrates our commitment to delivering more choice, more value for money and more opportunities to travel whether business or pleasure.”To launch the new X24 service, the bus company is offering an introductory fare exclusive to passengers on the route, with a one week ticket for £5 from 30 January to 4 February and £10 from 6 February to 11 February.For onward journeys, X24 passengers in Newcastle can connect to the Metrocentre, Quorum Business Park, Colbalt Business Park and more.Further demonstrating its response to customer demand, earlier this month Stagecoach North East brought on board return fares for residents in the south of Sunderland, bringing cheaper journeys for passengers travelling within the city, on routes 12 and 13.The X24 launch follows the recent introduction contactless payment and m-ticketing technology, making bus travel a more attractive and stress-free option than commuting by car.Within the past year Stagecoach North East has also implemented integrated smart ticketing across the region as well as a brand new website and smartphone app which allow customers to receive real-time journey information.Stagecoach North East employs over 1400 people across the Sunderland, Hartlepool, Teesside, Newcastle and South Shields areas within the region.
THIS MONTH is due to see the opening of the final four stations on Seoul metro Line 6. These remained uncompleted when services began on the final section of the line on December 15. Fitting out and commissioning of the four stations was delayed when contractor Shinhwa Construction went bankrupt in November. Construction of Line 6 has taken seven years, at a cost of 2500bn won.The 38 km line starts at Tokbawi in the northwestern suburbs, loops through western and central parts of the city, and terminates at Ponghwasan in the northeast. A short section serving six stations at the eastern end has been in service for some time. Services run from 05.30 to midnight, with headways of 4min at peak times and 6min off-peak. To mark the opening, Seoul Metro Rapid Transit Corp offered free tickets for the first three days. For the first three months, Line 6 will also host an eight-car trainset fitted out as a mobile art gallery, known as ’Culture in Motion: Digital Travels’.January 1 saw the opening of the new Inchon International Airport, built on reclaimed land. Expected to handle 27 million passengers and 1·7 million tonnes of cargo per year, relieving Seoul’s Kimpo Airport, the new airport will be connected to the capital by a fast rail link under construction for opening in 2005. Serving Seoul main station, Susek and Kimpo Airport, the rail link will have interchanges to Seoul metro Lines 1 to 6 and Inchon Lines 1 and 2. It will then share a 4·4 km double-deck suspension bridge with the airport access road.