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Adam Scott pays tribute to Greg Norman after US Masters win

Scott pays tribute to Norman after breaking Australia's majors duck with Masters win

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Phil Casey, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

00:35 GMT, 15 April 2013

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UPDATED:

01:30 GMT, 15 April 2013

Adam Scott paid tribute to Australian great Greg Norman after breaking his major duck, and that of his nation at the Masters.

Scott saw off Angel Cabrera at the second hole of a sudden-death play-off at Augusta to win the 77th Masters and lay the ghost of Lytham last year, when he bogeyed the last four holes of the Open to lose by one stroke to Ernie Els.

'I don't know how that happens,' Scott said of today's dramatic finale. 'It seems a long way away from last July when I was trying to win another major.

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Looking good in Green: Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the US MAsters

Looking good in Green: Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the US Masters

Adam Scott wins the Masters

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'It fell my way today, there was some luck there. It was incredible.'

Scott and Argentinian Cabrera had finished at nine under, two shots ahead of Jason Day with a third Australian, Marc Leishman, tied for third on five under alongside world number one Tiger Woods.

And Scott said: 'Australia's a proud sporting nation and this was one notch on the belt that we'd never got.

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Nail biting: Scott beat Argentinian Angel Cabrera in a tense finish

Nail biting: Scott beat Argentinian Angel Cabrera in a tense finish

'It's amazing that it's come down to me today, Marc and Jason Day, it could have been any of us.

'But there was one guy that inspired a nation of golfers and that's Greg Norman. He's been incredible to me and all the young golfers in Australia and part of this definitely belongs to him.'

Scott looked to have avoided the need for a play-off when he drained a superb 25-foot putt on the final hole of his fourth round to card 69.

So close: Cabrera throws his putter after just missing his birdie putt on the second playoff hole

So close: Cabrera throws his putter after just missing his birdie putt on the second playoff hole

Embrace: Second placed Angel Cabrera (right) congratulates Scott on his win

Embrace: Second placed Cabrera congratulates Scott on his win

But Cabrera, in the following group, hit a magnificent approach to little more than three feet and holed out to extend the contest.

'It was a split-second I thought I'd won, you should never count your chickens,' said Scott of his wild celebrations on the 72nd green.

'But that was the putt, we've seen so many guys make it to win and I thought 'it's time for me to step up' and see how much I wanted it.

Passover: Bubba Watson gives Scott his jacket

Passover: Bubba Watson gives Scott his jacket

'To make a couple of putts to win the Masters tournament is just an amazing feeling.'

Cabrera himself went close when his chip at the first play-off hole ran just past the cup and said: 'That's how golf is. I came back and I had that chip on 18, I could have won it.

But Adam's a good winner. I would have been happier if I had won but he's a great player, I get along with him, we've played together in the President's Cup and I'm happy for him.'

Jorge Lorenzo wins MotoGP title

Lorenzo beats Pedrosa to MotoGP title after finishing in second in Australia

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UPDATED:

13:05 GMT, 28 October 2012

Jorge Lorenzo was crowned MotoGP world champion for the second time after finishing second at the Australian Prix Grand at Phillip Island.

The Yahama rider was beaten by home favourite Casey Stoner, who won on home soil for the sixth time in succession, but the Australian's Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa, the only man who could deny Lorenzo the title, crashed out.

Britain's Cal Crutchlow finished third.

Just champion: Jorge Lorenzo celebrates winning the MotoGP title

Just champion: Jorge Lorenzo celebrates winning the MotoGP title

Lorenzo's second place helped him win back the title he first claimed in 2010 with one race of he season remaining.

The Spaniard, who went into the race with a 23-point advantage over compatriot Pedrosa at the head of the standings, started from second on the grid, but got the jump on pole-sitter Stoner into turn one.

Pedrosa, starting third, was hot in his rival's tail after also passing the Australian, who will retire at the end of the season.

Pedrosa soon passed Lorenzo and Stoner moved up to second on the home straight heading into lap two, but Pedrosa then paid the price for pushing too hard as he lost control of the back of his bike.

He was able to get back on, but the bike was too badly damaged and he was forced into the pits.

That left Lorenzo just needing to avoid any mistakes to take the title.

Battle: Casey Stoner won the race from Lorenzo in Australia

Battle: Casey Stoner won the race from Lorenzo in Australia

Stoner, looking to sign off in front of his home fans in style, pulled away to win by more than nine seconds ahead of Lorenzo.

Crutchlow won an entertaining battle for third place to take his second podium-finish of the season, with Italy's Andrea Dovizioso and Spain's Alvaro Bautista fourth and fifth respectively.

Lorenzo described the title win as 'so sweet'.

He told BBC Sport. 'I've been very patient and concentrating hard for so long and now the title has come.

'I was nervous in the last few laps. I almost crashed in turn two, but I brought it home.'

Pedrosa added: 'I was trying hard to win. Sometimes it goes your way, sometimes it doesn't.'

London 2012 Olympics: Team GB women"s football lowdown by Faye White

Here come the girls: Former England captain Faye White's insight into Team GB

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UPDATED:

21:40 GMT, 24 July 2012

Olympics 2012

Karen Bardsley, goalkeeper

She’s very agile and confident. She gives you that presence behind the back line. She’s got experience, too — she’s played in America and Sweden. Goalkeeping has improved a lot in women’s football: sometimes we outfield players would get better coaching, but that’s not the case any more.

Casey Stoney, defender

I think she’s improved massively and she’s worked hard to get to where she is. She covers well, she’s got experience of playing left back and her reading of the game is very good. I’m sure she’ll be a manager or a coach one day. She’s learned to balance everyone’s views, which, as a captain, you have to do and not let it affect your game.

Ready for action: (left-right) Karen Bardsley, Alex Scott, Kim Little, Anita Asante

Ready for action: (left-right) Karen Bardsley, Alex Scott, Kim Little, Anita Asante

Alex Scott, defender

Alex is a very solid player. She’s hard to get round. She’s got a good engine — she’s good at getting up and down the field and overlapping. I think full back is her best position. Sometimes she plays as a winger but she doesn’t quite have that creativity in the final third, although she’s still a great competitor.

Kim Little, midfielder

Kim’s not massive but she’s quick and very mobile; a very creative player. Put her in front of goal and nine times out of 10 she’ll score. I hated marking her in training at Arsenal: she powers away from you over that first yard. The Games will be a great challenge for her, stepping up, and, with no disrespect to Scotland, seeing how she plays on the big stage with better players. I’m sure she’ll grab the opportunity.

On the big stage: Kim Little (right) has a chance to shine with Team GB

On the big stage: Kim Little (right) has a chance to shine with Team GB

Fara Williams, midfielder

She understands the game very well and has very good ability with both feet. Sometimes she can look to overplay the pass and go for an amazing ball when she needs to keep it simple, but if she’s on form she can be a very important part of this team.

Ellen White, forward

My namesake! I call her little sis. Her best assets are her attitude and work-rate, but she’s also shown that, on the big occasions with England, she can step up another level. She’s quick and intelligent with her runs. She’s savvy as well, filling in and playing in other positions, which some players can’t or won’t do.

Still got it: Kelly Smith is a veteran now but is still the star player

Still got it: Kelly Smith is a veteran now but is still the star player

Kelly Smith, forward

Kelly has been injured, but she’s the only player you would still pick, because she’s that good. Her low level is everyone else’s normal level and this could be her last tournament. Her vision is unbelievable — I’ve seen her bring down a goal kick and score a volley from practically the halfway line.

US Open 2012: Casey Martin provides inspiration for Rory McIlroy

Martin provides inspiration for McIlroy after seeing US Open defence hopes vanish

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UPDATED:

22:27 GMT, 16 June 2012

If Rory McIlroy was tempted to feel sorry for himself after a miserable defence of his US Open title, the last pro he spoke to before leaving the Olympic Club on Friday will help him keep a sense of perspective.

Casey Martin limped across the locker-room to offer words of consolation at missing the cut.

Stanford graduate Martin was a boy wonder himself before a degenerative leg condition. Now 39, he accepts he will lose his leg over the next three years.

Put it there: McIlroy failed to make the cut after two rounds at Olympic Club

Put it there: McIlroy failed to make the cut after two rounds at Olympic Club

Yet there is not a trace of self-pity in the inspirational Martin, now golf coach at Oregon State University.

He had not played competitively for six years, yet still qualified and shot 74 and 75, to beat not only McIlroy (77, 73) but world No 1 Luke Donald (79, 72).

'Congratulations on a great year and don't worry, you'll be back,' said Martin to McIlroy, before a private chat.

Unbowed: Martin continues to play despite his degenerative disease

Unbowed: Martin continues to play despite his degenerative disease

US Open 2012: 14 year old Andy Zhang to compete

Zhang to become youngest ever US Open competitor at the age of 14 after Casey drop-out

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UPDATED:

08:12 GMT, 12 June 2012

Fourteen-year-old Andy Zhang will become the youngest ever US Open competitor after replacing Paul Casey.

Casey's shoulder dislocation he suffered snowboarding on Christmas Eve means England's former world number three is not yet fit enough for the rigours of a major.

That led to a call for China-born, Florida-based prodigy Zhang – the youngest player in the tournament since the second world war – who narrowly missed out on qualifying in a play-off.

Withdrew: Paul Casey pulled out citing his shoulder injury

Withdrew: Paul Casey pulled out citing his shoulder injury

'(When I got the call), my mind just went blank,' Zhang told Fox Sports. 'Then, I said “Wait! What I am in the US Open'

'I almost teared up,' his caddie, Christopher Gold, added. 'There is zero pressure on him.

'This kid is the best player I have ever seen at 14. He hits shots that pros can't hit.

'And, with little pressure this week, I think he could do very well.'

Casey was annoyed to miss out on the tournament.

'You're always disappointed to miss time due to injury, but it's especially true when you have to withdraw from the US Open,' he explained.

'I've been trying to play my way back and I feel like I probably came back too soon originally.

'It's affecting my ability right now to be ready for the test of a major. I do feel like I'm very nearly ready, but not quite ready for this week.'

There is a chance of him playing at the BMW International Open in Cologne.

Casey missed the first two months of the season, but after four missed cuts in a row on his return – including The Masters at Augusta – things were looking up when he finished 25th in Korea in late April.

But the 34-year-old then had to withdraw after nine holes of the Players Championship in Florida, pulled out of the Volvo World Match Play in Spain and shot rounds of 78 and 76 to miss yet another cut in the BMW PGA Championship three weeks ago.

That remains his last competitive action.

'I so want to play and it's so frustrating,' Casey said at Wentworth.

'I've got to get my brain to trust that I can't hurt it any more. It's amazing how the brain controls the body almost involuntarily.'

He is down to 58th in the world rankings and likely to fall even further this week, while the odds on him returning to the Ryder Cup team – he was not picked by Colin Montgomerie two years ago despite being world number nine at the time – are getting longer all the time.

Captain Jose Maria Olazabal said after hearing that the 11-time European Tour winner had pulled out of the Memorial Tournament two weeks ago: 'I feel really sorry for him. We all know how good he can play.

'All I am hoping is that he gets healthy again and shows form. I wish him the very best.'

Chang was joined in the main draw by fellow amateur Jordan Spieth, a member of last year's American Walker Cup side in Aberdeen. The Texan takes the place of compatriot Brandt Snedeker, out because of a rib injury.

Stoner eclipses local hero Lorenzo to grab pole at Catalunya Grand Prix

Stoner eclipses local hero Lorenzo to grab pole at Catalunya Grand Prix

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UPDATED:

16:13 GMT, 2 June 2012

Casey Stoner saw off championship leader Jorge Lorenzo to take pole position for Sunday's Catalunya Grand Prix.

The 26-year-old, a winner on the
track a year ago, set a fastest time of one minute 41.295 seconds on his
Ducati, edging out Lorenzo, who currently leads the title race by eight
points.

Pole position: Casey Stoner

Pole position: Casey Stoner

Home favourite Lorenzo was a place ahead of Yamaha team-mate Cal Crutchlow – the Briton matching his best-ever starting spot – with Ben Spies fourth and Dani Pedrosa fifth.

Pedrosa ran off the track in his hot lap and was unable to get any momentum going after that, while early qualifying leader Andrea Dovizioso will start in sixth.

Head start: Valentino Rossi adjusts his helmet in the pits

Head start: Valentino Rossi adjusts his helmet in the pits

Nicky Hayden will be seventh, holding off Stefan Bradl in eighth. Valentino Rossi will begin in ninth and Alvaro Bautista makes up the top 10.

Crutchlow's performance was one of the most eye-catching of the day, though, and in a week when he has been linked with a move to a factory team for next year, he admitted his happiness at his performance.

'I am really happy to be back on the front row again and it feels great considering this is only the second time I have been to this track. I expected to be up there challenging but wasn't sure where,' he said. 'It proves again that I've got the raw speed and consistency and now I am really looking forward to the race.'

Stoner`s pole means that he is perfectly placed to try and snaffle the lead from Lorenzo.

Retiring at the end of the season, every race is a special one for the New South Welshman, and he said: 'Catalunya is one of my favourite races and it was the first major grand prix circuit I tested on.

'Ever since that moment, I fell in love with the track – the big fast sweeping corners. There's a lot of control in the middle of the turn trying to get grip for the exit.'

Paul Casey in the hunt at Ballantine"s

Casey in the hunt as Frenchman Dubuisson leads Ballantine's

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UPDATED:

11:20 GMT, 26 April 2012

Victor Dubuisson held a two-shot lead at the end of the opening day of the Ballantine's Championship in Icheon, South Korea.

The Frenchman recovered from a double bogey on the par-four fourth to mix eight birdies with two bogeys in a round of 68.

That left Dubuisson on four under, two ahead of a group of five players which includes English pair Paul Casey and Mark Foster.

In contention: Paul Casey is two shots off the lead after round one

In contention: Paul Casey is two shots off the lead after round one

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Casey had four birdies and bogeys at the ninth and 11th holes, while Foster also had four birdies and two dropped shots to card 70.

Scotland's Richie Ramsey had a double bogey on the fifth, but sank five birdies to lie on two under, with Welshman Jamie Donaldson on the same mark after dropping a shot on the 18th. Local favourite Jung Ji-ho completed the group.

Eleven players were tied for seventh on one under, among them Oliver Fisher and Ross Fisher of England, and Irishman Paul McGinley.

Windy conditions made life difficult for many of the competitors, but Dubuisson was more than satisfied with his efforts for the round.

Out in front: Victor Dubuisson is the early leader at the Ballantine's Championship

Out in front: Victor Dubuisson is the early leader at the Ballantine's Championship

'Very pleased with playing four under today,' he said on the European Tour's website.

'My putting was really, really good today and I think it's the only way to achieve good scoring in these conditions.

'On the third hole the wind was from the left, and so on the fourth tee I thought the wind was going to be sort of left to right, but the wind was turning all the time.

'The wind just turned right to left and it went into the water. So I was not really upset after this double bogey because I didn't hit a bad shot.

Solid start: Scotland's Richie Ramsay signed for a 70 at the Ballantine's

Solid start: Scotland's Richie Ramsay signed for a 70 at the Ballantine's

'I did my best to get back my concentration, and I made two birdies, good putts on five and six, and that was the good turn today.'

Casey, who only recently returned to playing following a shoulder injury, believes he can challenge for the title if he finds some consistency.

'I know if I play the golf I'm capable of, I've got a very good chance to win,' said the Englishman.

'The way I played today, I need to keep that form going because there's a long way to go.'

Paul Casey hole-in-one named shot of month for March

Casey's hole-in-one at World Golf Championship named Shot of the Month for March

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UPDATED:

11:43 GMT, 25 April 2012

Paul Casey's hole-in-one in the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship has been voted the European Tour Shot of the Month for March.

It is the third time this year that an ace has received the award. In January it was Sergio Garcia in Abu Dhabi and in February Martin Kaymer in Dubai.

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Wonder shot: Paul Casey (right) hit a hole in one at the 15th

Wonder shot: Paul Casey (right) hit a hole in one at the 15th

Casey's eight-iron shot was particularly memorable for the banter which followed with caddie Craig Connelly, who thought they were going to share the cash value of the car on display behind the tee.

Connelly celebrated, but then had to be told the car was on offer at another hole.

Second place in the voting by fans went to Jamie Donaldson after he sank his second shot at the par-four 18th to complete a closing 61 at the Hassan Trophy in Morocco, while third was Julien Quesne's four-iron to five feet on the last as he won the Andalucian Masters with a brilliant 64.

Guan Tian-Lang, 13, is the youngest swinger on tour

EXCLUSIVE: Meet the youngest swinger on tour: Guan, 13, leads red revolution

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UPDATED:

21:07 GMT, 18 April 2012

Oliver Fisher was just 16 when he became the youngest player to compete in the Walker Cup.

Seven years on, the Londoner could be forgiven for wondering what held him back when he steps on to the first tee at the Volvo China Open.

Walking the fairways alongside him will be a fellow competitor who stands 5ft 6in and is barely a teenager, at 13 years and 173 days old.

Driving ambition: 13-year-old Guan Tian-Lang wants to be the youngest player to make the cut on the European Tour

Driving ambition: 13-year-old Guan Tian-Lang wants to be the youngest player to make the cut on the European Tour

Naturally, the better players in the field, like Paul Casey, were openly suspicious about the presence of Guan Tian-Lang, wondering if it wasn't just some spurious publicity stunt.

But Guan is playing on merit, having made it through a qualifying competition to become the youngest golfer ever to compete in a European Tour event.

What were you doing at 13 Looking forward to a lie-in until noon Planning your first kiss Guan is certainly looking forward to his big date.

'I can't tell you how excited I am to be playing in my national Open,' he said.

Guan could be found at Binhai Lake in Tianjin on Wednesday, working on his swing with his father in close attendance. In some respects he could almost pass for a typical teenager, being as skinny as a whippet and not overly interested in talking about his studies.

He looks about eight, pitches the ball about 230 yards through the air with his driver and will have to rely on his short game, his strongest suit, on a course that measures more than 7,600 yards.

Red revolution: China have a production line set-up for producing the next generation of golfers

Red revolution: China have a production line set-up for producing the next generation of golfers

It is usually in the women's game where players make their mark at a very early age. American Lexi Thompson was just 12 when she qualified for the US Women's Open.

Earlier this year, New Zealander Lydia Ko became the youngest winner of a pro event when she claimed the New South Wales Open at the age of 14.

Michelle Wie was the same age when she missed the halfway cut in a men's US Tour event by a stroke in her native Hawaii. What Guan's emergence underlines is the ever increasing presence of players from the Far East in today's game.

We've seen it in the women's events and it seems only a matter of time before the pattern is repeated in the men's.

All over China, there are golf programmes in place where kids are taught the game from as young as five or six then 'hot-housed' if they show potential.

European senior tour professional David J Russell was playing in a pro-am at Mission Hills in 2010.

'There were 36 pros playing alongside 36 juniors and it was such an eye-opener,' he recalls. 'I played with an 11-year-old off a two handicap and he was far from alone in being of that standard. It is amazing to see how good they are at such a young age.'

Guan was introduced to the game by his father at the age of four. He has already travelled the world playing golf, winning numerous age-related titles.

Young gun: Fisher exploded onto the scene when he was just 16

Young gun: Fisher exploded onto the scene when he was just 16

Last year, he went to San Diego and won the World Junior Championship by 11 shots after carding a 63 in the opening round.

On the practice ground yesterday Guan, who speaks fractured English, downplayed any thoughts of being considered the new Tiger Woods. For a start he was born in the Year of the Rabbit – how inappropriate is that

'I'm not thinking about turning pro or anything like that yet,' he said. 'I just want to get better and try to do well here.'

One of the things he is looking forward to is meeting Ian Poulter, the leading attraction this week. Having achieved one record in getting into the event, Guan's ambition now is to set another by becoming the youngest player ever to make the halfway cut.

One man who gives him a shot is Alistair Polson, the tournament's operations director.

'Anyone who has seen Guan play wouldn't rule out the possibility,' he said. 'He really is a talented player. He displays a maturity well beyond his 13 years and doesn't seem fazed by all the attention.'

Welcome to the start of golf's red revolution.

Jorge Lorenzo wins MotoGP season opener in Qatar

Lorenzo wins MotoGP season opener in Qatar as Stoner fades to third

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UPDATED:

22:23 GMT, 8 April 2012

Jorge Lorenzo claimed victory at the
opening round of the MotoGP season in Qatar as Casey Stoner's challenge
faded under the lights of the Losail circuit.

Yamaha rider Lorenzo started from
pole and led for the opening laps before Stoner's Honda powered past to
take a lead that the reigning champion did not look like relinquishing
until the latter stages.

Gorgeous Jorge: Lorenzo leads Dani Pedrosa in Doha

Gorgeous Jorge: Lorenzo leads Dani Pedrosa in Doha

After establishing a cushion of around two seconds at the front, Stoner's bid fell apart in the closing laps as the physical toll of the race hit his hopes and dropped him to an eventual third-placed finish.

Stoner revealed afterwards that he had been suffering from 'arm pump', a condition common among motorcycle racers that causes muscular swelling in the arm as a consequence of gripping the handlebars.

The problem first dropped him behind Lorenzo into second, and then to third at the flag as team-mate Dani Pedrosa swept past to claim the runner-up spot.

Home run: Pedrosa and Casey Stoner fly down the straight

Home run: Pedrosa and Casey Stoner fly down the straight

Fourth place went to Britain's Cal Crutchlow. Lorenzo was happy to take the victory however it came about, and was delighted to make a perfect start to his bid to wrest back the championship that Stoner claimed from him last season.

'I put everything I have into the track,' Lorenzo told BBC Sport.

'Casey was very strong at the beginning, opened a gap. Lucky for us he dropped his pace.

'I'm very grateful to Yamaha. They did a big job this winter.'

Off to a flyer: Lorenzo (centre) roars away from his pole position

Off to a flyer: Lorenzo (centre) roars away from his pole position

Stoner looked well set for victory after battling back from the shock of seeing Pedrosa beat him into the first corner despite the Spaniard starting seventh on the grid.

From second place on the grid, Stoner should have been watching the back of Lorenzo through turn one but instead he found Pedrosa barring his way after his sublime getaway.

The reigning champion was not bottled up for long, however, passing Pedrosa into turn one at the start of lap three and then doing likewise to Lorenzo on the next tour.

But victory was destined to be snatched away as his physical condition deteriorated, although Stoner was sanguine in defeat.

Smiles better: Lorenzo takes questions after the victory

Smiles better: Lorenzo takes questions after the victory

'We were by far the fastest out there,' he said. 'After four laps I started getting really bad arm pump. /04/08/article-2127026-1284EF5F000005DC-381_468x344.jpg” width=”468″ height=”344″ alt=”How's that for openers: Lorenzo is thrilled with victory” class=”blkBorder” />

How's that for openers: Lorenzo is thrilled with victory

Nicky Hayden was the first of the Ducatis home in sixth ahead of Alvaro Bautista (Gresini Honda), Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda) and Hector Barbera (Pramac Ducati), while Hayden's team-mate Valentino Rossi finished down in 10th after surviving an early off-track excursion.