Golf legend Jack Nicklaus said Wednesday that he would like nothing better than to see Jordan Spieth battle Jason Day in Sunday's Presidents Cup singles on the course that bears his name. A match-up of the two best players in the world who have carried off three of the season's Majors is a mouth-watering and likely prospect, said Nicklaus, who himself won 18 majors and has captained the US side four times in Presidents Cups. "Put it this way, if they want to play each other there's ways it can be made to happen," the 75-year-old told AFP on the eve of the US versus International team match play event at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea.
South Korea's Samsung Electronics flagged a nearly 80 percent jump in quarterly profit Wednesday, as sales of chips and displays offset stiff competition in smartphones from Apple and cheaper Chinese rivals. Samsung predicted operating profit of around 7.3 trillion won ($6.23 billion) for July-September, up from 4.1 trillion a year earlier and 6.9 trillion won the previous quarter. The firm's flagship smartphone business is struggling against fierce competition, sandwiched between top-end rivals like Apple's iPhone and lower-end devices from fast-growing Chinese outfits including Xiaomi.
By Hideyuki Sano TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks hit a seven-week high on Wednesday as a pick up in oil prices boosted resource shares and emerging economy currencies, with sentiment also helped by South Korea's Samsung Electronics issuing better than expected profit guidance. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan gained 1.6 percent, to reach its highest level since Aug. 20. Samsung Electronics' led the gains, surging 8.7 percent.