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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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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.'

Golf: Richard Sterne and Trevor Fischer Jnr are tied for the lead at the Johannesburg open

South African duo Sterne and Fischer Jnr tied for the lead in Johannesburg

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17:26 GMT, 8 February 2013

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17:26 GMT, 8 February 2013

South Africa's Richard Sterne and Trevor Fisher Jnr are tied for the lead at the halfway stage of the Joburg Open, three shots clear of the chasing pack.

Sterne followed up his opening-day 63 with another blemish-free round of 65 today on the east course to join early leader Fisher Jnr on 15 under par for the tournament.

Fisher Jnr had looked set to take a comfortable lead into the third day after he shot a blistering 62 on the west course, just one stroke outside Charl Schwartzel's course record.

Faultless: Richard Sterne followed up his opening day 63 with a high quality 65

Faultless: Richard Sterne followed up his opening day 63 with a high quality 65

Faultless: Richard Sterne followed up his opening day 63 with a high quality 65

However, Sterne, who was runner-up to Stephen Gallacher in the Dubai Classic last week, continued his good run of form to stay in contention for his sixth European Tour title at the Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Course.

A birdie on the opening hole and gains at the fourth and seventh saw him quickly close ground on his compatriot before an eight-foot putt at the ninth saw him claim an outward score of 33.

Sterne then added birdies on three of the last four holes which saw him catch up with Fisher Jnr and repeat his effort from the opening day of finishing the round joint top.

'I did the right things and putted well. It's nice to not be behind going into the weekend,' Sterne told europeantour.com.

Man on a mission: Trevor Fisher Jnr shot a round of 62 to climb to the top of the leader-board

Man on a mission: Trevor Fisher Jnr shot a round of 62 to climb to the top of the leader-board

'It won't be easy on the weekend. The players that are five or six back can catch us as well. Charl's there, George (Coetzee) is due a win, so it's a long way from over.'

Fisher Jnr, who was named Sunshine Tour Players' Player of the Year two days ago, shot an eagle and seven birdies on the way to a nine-under-par round of 62 on day two.

'It was a great day out there,' Fisher Jnr said. 'Everything just happened for me and I sank the putts I needed to sink.

On song: Fisher Jnr shot an eagle and seven birdies

On song: Fisher Jnr shot an eagle and seven birdies

On song: Fisher Jnr shot an eagle and seven birdies

'I was happy and patient with myself – walked slow and did everything slow – and it was just a good day.'

Coetzee completed the all-South African top three on 12 under par while home favourite Schwartzel fired 65 on the west course to tie for fourth place alongside compatriot Keith Horne and Felipe Aguilar of Chile.

And Schwartzel was not surprised with Fisher Jnr's strong performance so far in the tournament.
He said: 'We played foursomes for South Africa Under-23s – I know how good he can be.'

England's Tommy Fleetwood finished on nine under par for the first two rounds after he carded 66 today to lie in a four-way tie for seventh while Scotland's David Drysdale and England's Richard Finch were another shot back in a cluster of nine players.

Scott Langley and Russell Henley share the lead at the Sony Open heading into the final round

Rookie pair Langley and Henley still setting the pace at the Sony Open in Honolulu

By
Aidan Mccartney

PUBLISHED:

11:13 GMT, 13 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:18 GMT, 13 January 2013

Rookie duo Scott Langley and Russell Henley share the lead at the Sony Open in Hawaii with the pair on 17 under par heading into the final round.

After starting the day two shots behind, Langley managed to draw level after making his fifth birdie of the day on the par four tenth before pulling ahead on 13.

A bogey on the 14th brought Langley back level, before a birdie on the next hole once again gave Langley the lead.

Joint leader: Scott Langley follows his shot off the first fairway during the third round of the Sony Open.

On song: Scott Langley follows his shot off the first fairway during the third round of the Sony Open

Russell Henley, left, and Scott Langley are tied for first place at 17 under going into the final round Sunday.

Leaders: Russell Henley (left) and Scott Langley are tied for first place at 17 under going into the final round

In contrast, his 23-year-old rival had a unremarkable round with three birdies including a four on the par five last to become the first player to reach 17 under par after 54 holes, while he also maintained his record of not dropping a shot in the tournament.

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Langley could have moved to 18 under but could not putt his birdie attempt from 11 feet on the 18th and had to settle for a share of the honours.

South African Tim Clark is three back as he went four under in his third round, while Charles Howell III and rookie Scott Gardiner are a further shot back.

It’s Gardiner’s first tour start and the 36-year-old Australian, who is the oldest rookie on the circuit, was more than pleased with his performance over the first three days.

Rookie: Scott Gardiner of Australia

Rookie: Scott Gardiner is four off the lead after hitting -13 during his first PGA Tour start

“It’s amazing what happens when expectations are not there,” he said. “I only hit balls once in the two weeks before the tournament because we had snow at Christmas and a couple days after.”

He played 195 Web.com Tour events for the last eight years, winning once before graduating, thanks to a 15th-place finish on last year’s money list with 234,000.

“I’ve been trying to remember some of the times I’ve played well on the Web.com Tour and that’s helped me a little,” he added. “All the years on the Web.com Tour have been fantastic so this is not as unfamiliar as it might be for other rookies.”

Rory Sabbatini follows his shot off the 18th fairway during the third round

Looking on: Rory Sabbatini watches his shot off the 18th fairway during the third round in Hawaii

Luke Donald aiming for 499 puts out of 500

In short, Donald is supreme: Golfer closes in on almost-perfect putting milestone

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22:30 GMT, 22 November 2012

Last year, Luke Donald went 449 holes without a three-putt. This year’s amazing illustration of the Englishman’s prowess on the greens isn’t bad either.

Sometime on Friday, if all goes to plan at the Dubai World Championship, Donald will complete 500 putts inside 3ft, with 499 of them successfully holed.

Think about that for a second. All those putts of smelly length on devilishly fast greens with the flags usually located in mischievous spots. And he has missed just one

How about that Luke Donald is close to an astonishing 499 out of 500 holes putted within 3ft

How about that Luke Donald is close to an astonishing 499 out of 500 holes putted within 3ft

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‘One of the things that both those stats
show is how hard I’ve worked on my lag (long) putting, and making sure I
don’t leave myself too many difficult second putts,’ he said.

It is not only from short distance
that Donald is so good, of course. Give him greens as pure as these at
the Earth course and he will invariably hole more than his fair share
from any distance.

Out in front: Donald is the leader after round one of the DP World Tour Championship

Out in front: Donald is the leader after round one of the DP World Tour Championship

That was certainly the case on Thursday
as he followed up the three 66s with which he finished last year’s
event with a 65 to take the first-round lead.

This time last year Donald was fending
off Rory McIlroy to clinch the Race to Dubai.

That title has already
been sewn up this time by the latter, of course, but given the form of
the world’s top two there must be a chance of a thrilling duel on Sunday
for the other trophy on offer here, after McIlroy opened with a fairly
effortless 66 to be tied second with Scot Marc Warren and Spaniard
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.

Strolling: Donald (right) Francesco Molinari of Italy walk to the 17th green

Strolling: Donald (right) Francesco Molinari of Italy walk to the 17th green

As for the rest of the Ryder Cuppers,
Lee Westwood shot a useful 67 with Justin Rose and Nicolas Colsaerts a
further stroke behind. Ian Poulter, however, could only manage a 72.
His reponse: ‘Completely disgusted with myself, I’ve finally hit the
wall and jetlag has hit me for six.’

Finally, as for the answer to the day’s big question… Donald’s miss came on the 12th hole during The Open at Lytham.

Rory McIlroy struggles at Javier Colomo leads Hong Kong Open

Misery for McIlroy as Spaniard Colomo sets early pace at Hong Kong Open

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11:22 GMT, 15 November 2012

Defending champion Rory McIlroy trailed nine shots behind a player ranked 506 places below him after a first-round 73 at the UBS Hong Kong Open.

While a lacklustre McIlroy managed only one birdie to be just inside the top 100 on three over par, little-known Spaniard Javi Colomo produced a superb 64 to lead compatriot Miguel Angel Jimenez by one in the early clubhouse lead.

Colomo qualified for the event off his Asian Tour ranking, having failed to come through the European qualifying school on three occasions.

Struggles: Rory McIlroy found himself off the beaten track in the first round of the Hong Kong Open

Struggles: Rory McIlroy found himself off the beaten track in the first round of the Hong Kong Open

The 28-year-old actually began with 10 pars in a row, but five birdies in the next six holes brought him alongside Jimenez and after completing a front-nine 29 he finished his day's work with a four-foot putt for yet another birdie at the 367-yard 10th.

McIlroy was hoping to put even more of a gloss on a season in which he has won his second major title and topped the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic – a feat nobody had achieved until Luke Donald did it last year.

But he began with a bogey, turned in one over, made a mess of his approach to the 14th and three-putted from the fringe of the next.

In contention: Spanish veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez is just one of the lead held by countryman Javier Colomo

In contention: Spanish veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez is just one of the lead held by countryman Javier Colomo

It could so easily have been Jimenez's day, but after seven birdies the 48-year-old, twice a winner of the title and now trying to become the European Tour's oldest-ever champion, finished with two bogeys and slipped back alongside Australian Andrew Dodt, who still had four holes to play.

'I'm putting very well and it's a pity I missed a fairway on the ninth and then on the last got a big flyer,' Jimenez said.

'It's an old-fashioned course – not very long, but you need to be very precise.'

He was playing with fellow countryman and Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal, who in a return to form shot 66 and said: 'I hit three poor shots, but apart from those the rest of the game was pretty solid.

'Obviously I have to consolidate this the next few days, but it's nice to have some signs like this one.'

All in the eyes: Thomas Levet enjoyed the Genworth pro putt challenge after round one

All in the eyes: Thomas Levet enjoyed the Genworth pro putt challenge after round one

Scot Paul Lawrie stood three under until going in the water at the last and double-bogeying, while playing partner YE Yang – Asia's only major champion in the men's game – reached five under before also finding the lake and bogeying to be four under alongside Olazabal, China's Zhang Lian-wei and Swede Fredrik Andersson Hed.

Paul Casey overcame two double bogeys for a level-par 70, one better than Padraig Harrington.

Dodt, with the added pressure of needing to climb three places on the Order of Merit to keep his card, joined Colomo with another birdie at the seventh, but bogeyed two holes later and so finished the day in a tie for second with Jimenez.

Not too far away: Paul Lawrie shot a 69 to start his bid for glory at the Hong Kong Open

Not too far away: Paul Lawrie shot a 69 to start his bid for glory at the Hong Kong Open

Plumbing the depths in Poland – Martin Samuel

Plumbing the depths of flood and blunder in Warsaw

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22:37 GMT, 16 October 2012

This is what happens when you let every good plumber leave the country.

No doubt they were ringing around desperately at the National Stadium in Warsaw on Tuesday night.

'Of course, Aleksy! Why didn't I think of him before No, not that Aleksy. Aleksy Pawinski. No, he's good. Yes, you do remember him. Twenty four hour service, no job too large or small. Little yellow van. He knew something about drainage. Give him a call.'

Call a plumber: Hodgson goes for a splash about before the scheduled kick-off

Call a plumber: Hodgson goes for a splash about before the scheduled kick-off

'Hello, Aleksy Aleksy, is that you It's Mikolaj. Mikolaj Wrobleski. Yes, it has been a long time. No, she's fine mate. Yes we must. It would be nice to catch up. Look, Aleksy, we're in a bit of bother at the football here.

'That's right, the National Stadium. Water everywhere, mate. Yes, it did have a roof. Well, it's a long story.

'So, anyway, we were wondering if you could pop over, have a look at the pitch, maybe give us a bit of advi…Sorry Hackney Where's Hackney Oh, I see. No, don’t worry about it, mate, Friday's no good.

'Look Aleksy, do you know anybody. Who Gregorz Of course, Gregorz. Why didn’t I think of him before No, don’t mention it. You've been very helpful. I’ll try Gregorz.

'Gregorz, hello mate, it’s Mikolaj. Wrobleski. From Warsaw, that's right. Oh, you know, same old, same old. Look, Gregorz, I was wondering if you…Plaistow Where the bloody hell is Plaistow'

They didn't even have men with forks.
You always get a couple of poor sods with forks at times like this. Have
a stab at the turf, make a few holes, look busy for the sodden masses.

Splish splash: One Poland fans makes the most of the inclement weather

Splish splash: One Poland fans makes the most of the inclement weather

Splish splash: One Poland fans makes the most of the inclement weather

Maybe they're just more realistic in Poland. Not as interested in public relations. No point getting people's hopes up unnecessarily. No point trying to make it look better.

As the rain beat down and the puddles grew, the pitch lay drenched, abandoned by humanity.

Grim-faced spectators, hangovers kicking in from pre-match merriment, stared forlornly at the empty expanse of what once was a football field, now a prototype paddy field.

The gentleman in charge of the public address system, meanwhile, exercised a keen sense of irony. Beautiful Day followed by Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall. At least somebody was having fun.

As did a pair of pitch invaders. They leapt the three small barriers at what would have been 35 minutes into the first half had the game played and had a little paddle, pursued by a quarter of high-visibility bibbed stewards.

Their splashing footsteps only highlighted the inevitability of postponement. The first change of direction resulted in a fall, as water lapped over shoes in goalmouths and beyond.

The idea that a legitimate sporting
contest could take place in these conditions was simply preposterous. It
was foolish to even still be sitting here. This game was dead in the
water.

Soak it up: One steward takes a tumble trying to stop a pitch invader as fans watch on

Soak it up: One steward takes a tumble trying to stop a pitch invader as fans watch on

Soak it up: One steward takes a tumble trying to stop a pitch invader as fans watch on

And it was a pity. For, deep down, let's be honest, who wouldn't have loved to have seen it played

Forget fairness for a moment. Forget purity. Forget the beautiful game and the fact it would have turned the outcome into a lottery, removing the elements of technical excellence, ability and planning that decide international football matches.

Christ, it would have been fun.

Come on, admit it. We’ve all seen at least one match that should never have been played. Flooded, frozen, knee deep in mud or with the ball bouncing 20 feet from the goal kicks. Blinding, wasn't it One of the best matches you’ve ever seen.

You can watch 1,000 games where the ball runs true and the conditions favour the most talented individuals and a lot of the action looks exactly the same.

Once in a while, isn't it good to
have the whole thing turned into a crap shoot Have we really forgotten
how to enjoy the odd 90 minutes of mayhem Nobody would expect Roy
Hodgson to agree. He wants a match decided on merit and understandably
so.

The moment he was alerted to the
problem by Gary Neville, who was stomping around kicking puddles as if
taking the incoming storm clouds personally, it was obvious England’s
manager was angling to get the game called off.

Long way home: It was a fruitless trip for many England fans

Long way home: It was a fruitless trip for many England fans

He spoke to the referee, he spoke to various FIFA and UEFA bods, he even tried to engage the Polish team in the futility of it all as they went out to warm up, but ultimately no lobbying was needed.

The second inspection, at 9.45pm local time, lasted barely a minute. There have been courses on Total Wipeout containing fewer water features than the pitch in Warsaw by this time.

So when the game was called off, it was to the surprise of none. We reconvene at 5pm local time today, by which time the Polish hope to have a handyman on site in case of any unforeseen leaks or crises.

There’s a fella called Tomasz coming from Shepherd’s Bush, apparently.

Wiesberger shoots low again to take Masters lead in Portugal

Wiesberger shoots low again to take Masters lead in Portugal

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17:30 GMT, 13 October 2012

Austrian Bernd Wiesberger shot his
second successive 65 and leads the Portugal Masters by one with a round
to play in Vilamoura.

England's Ross Fisher had been three
clear at halfway, but could not keep the 27-year-old from Vienna at bay
as he continued his search for a third victory of the season.

Even when Fisher, without a win since
his Ryder Cup debut two years ago, had four birdies in five holes
around the turn Wiesberger matched them all to stay one behind.

Leading the pack: Bernd Wiesberger (left) leads Ross Fisher in Portugal

Leading the pack: Bernd Wiesberger (left) leads Ross Fisher in Portugal

He then drew level with an 18-foot putt on the 14th – his sixth birdie in seven holes – and moved in front for the first time when Fisher could not get up and down after missing the final green.

Wiesberger, who stands 13 under par, said: 'After seven holes (all pars) I was not thinking about a 65, but then I played beautifully.

'It could have been a bit lower, but I'm very happy with that.'

On form: Bernd Wiesberger shot a second successive 65

On form: Bernd Wiesberger shot a second successive 65

Fisher, playing on with a strained ligament in his left foot suffered when he slipped coming off the first tee in his second round, said after his 69: 'It's challenging, but it was a lot easier than yesterday.

'It was heavily bandaged and I tried to take the weight off it as much as I could. It's quite bruised, but the swelling is not as bad as I told it might be.

'I'm disappointed to drop a shot on the last. I tried to keep my neck out in front, but there's still a lot of golf to play.'

Joint third on nine under are Irishman Shane Lowry, England's Richard Finch and, in a sudden return to form, New Zealander Michael Campbell.

The 2006 US Open champion has had a wretched time since that memorable week at Pinehurst and is down at 607th in the world.

Campbell has not had a top-10 finish on the European Tour since 2008 and two seasons ago made only one cut in 19 starts.

'It's seven years since my last win and I was surprised I was calm out there, but I've won enough around the world to know what to do and I'm pretty excited about tomorrow,' he said.

'The last three or four years I've put too much pressure on myself to perform. I've gone back to basics and it's fun once again.'

Return to form: New Zealander Michael Campbell

Return to form: New Zealander Michael Campbell

He and playing partner Lowry were both five under for the day before bogeying the last for 67s, while Finch – like Lowry a former Irish Open winner – did not drop a shot in his 66.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, at 48 trying to become the oldest winner in Tour history, finished with a 30-foot birdie putt for a 68 and is joint sixth with England's Mark Foster.

Padraig Harrington also birdied the difficult last, but that was for a 71 as he slipped from fourth to 12th.

Turkish Airlines World Golf Final: Live scoring

Turkish Airlines World Golf Final: Live scoring from Antalya

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09:15 GMT, 9 October 2012

Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are set for their latest head-to-head battle but they've got another half dozen of the world's best players for competition at the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final.

The inaugural running of the big-money tournament – the winner pockets almost 1million – at the Atalya Golf Club also features Lee Westwood, Charl Schwartzel, Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson, Justin Rose and Hunter Mahan.

Head to head: Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods

Head to head: Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods

The eight are separated into two groups of four, with everyone playing each other in their group over the first two days at medal matchplay (ie. the player with the best score over 18 holes wins).

The leading two in each group go forward to the semi-finals on Thursday, with the final on Friday.

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Group One

Rory McIlroy

Tiger Woods

Charl Schwartzel

Matt Kuchar

Group Two

Lee Westwood

Justin Rose

Hunter Mahan

Webb Simpson

Michael Phelps holes 50yard putt

Olympic legend Phelps holes astonishing 50-YARD putt at Dunhill Links

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16:51 GMT, 5 October 2012

Don't you just hate people like this Not only is Michael Phelps the most decorated Olympian of all time – with 18 swimming golds to his name – but he's also an amazing golfer too.

The American holed a monster putt from over 50 yards in the Dunhill Links Championship at Kingsbarns in Scotland on Friday, proving his sporting prowess extends onto dry land as well.

Phelps is playing with former Ryder Cup player Paul Casey and his brilliant putt, which took a full 17 seconds to drop, probably even made his decorated partner jealous.

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Long shot: Phelps lines up the improbable 50 yard putt

Long shot: Phelps lines up the improbable 50 yard putt

Nearly there: The ball creeps towards the hole

Nearly there: The ball creeps towards the hole

It's there! Phelps jumps for joy as the putt drops in

It's there! Phelps jumps for joy as the putt drops in

'It was the longest putt I've ever had and to see it go in was a pretty cool feeling,' Phelps, 27, said afterwards.

Casey's caddy said he believed the putt was from 159ft, or 53 yards.

It
certainly beat the famous 33-yard putt by broadcaster Terry Wogan at
Gleneagles in 1981, which held the world record for the longest
televised putt.

All-rounder: Swimmer Michael Phelps proved his golfing talent with a 53yd putt at the Dunhill Links Championship

All-rounder: Swimmer Michael Phelps proved his golfing talent with a 53yd putt at the Dunhill Links Championship

New record: It was estimated the putt was 159ft, or 53 yards, making it the longest ever televised putt

New record: It was estimated the putt was 159ft, or 53 yards, making it the longest ever televised putt

The putt gave the 'Baltimore Bullet', who is playing off a 16-handicap, a net hole-in-one at the 337-yard sixth and he followed that up with a net eagle at the seventh.

It was an eventful round for Phelps and Casey, as a dog, later named on Twitter as Digby, ran onto the green at the 12th and pinched Casey's ball.

And here's Terry Wogan's record-breaking effort from 1981

Martin Kaymer: Ryder Cup putt was the ultimate thrill

Kaymer: THAT putt was the ultimate thrill… but I could have been the biggest idiot!

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16:09 GMT, 3 October 2012

Martin Kaymer has arrived in Scotland a Ryder Cup hero – and fully aware of how close he was to being 'the biggest idiot'.

The 27-year-old, who now tries to follow European success with Dunhill Links Championship victory just as he did two years ago, said of his crucial last hole at Medinah: 'It was such a fine line and fortunately it went the right way.

Kaymer also gave a possible explanation for sending his 25-foot first putt on the final green against Steve Stricker six feet past.

Plenty to smile about: Martin Kaymer chats next to the Ryder Cup at the Old Course in St Andrews

Plenty to smile about: Martin Kaymer chats next to the Ryder Cup at the Old Course in St Andrews

It was the moment when the magnificent comeback by Jose Maria Olazabal's side looked as if it might suffer a shocking late twist, but the German held his nerve to make the par needed for Europe to retain the trophy.

Kaymer told caddie Craig Connolly before his birdie attempt: 'I want to make that putt – I want the ultimate thrill.

'I think that was a good attitude at that stage. You don't want to just hit close to the hole and then knock it in.

'Even though it was more difficult in the end, it was an even better feeling.

'Of course it was a lot of pressure, but I see it more like a gift what happened.

'It's very, very rare that you are in a position as a golf player to make such an important putt.

Medinah miracle: Kaymer holes the putt that won the Ryder Cup and celebrates (below)

Medinah miracle: Kaymer holes the putt that won the Ryder Cup and celebrates (below)

Medinah miracle: Kaymer holes the putt that won the Ryder Cup and celebrates (below)

'There will never, ever, be a more important putt in my life. Even if I have a chance in two years' time again I've done it before already.

'I'm just very thankful that I got the possibility to go through those moments and to experience all of the things that I did.

'It's very difficult to describe. You're just so much in that moment. Fortunately it worked out.'

Kaymer hugged his brother afterwards and had one big concern – how had he looked on television after sinking the cup-winning putt.

'You can see my emotions. It was on a completely different level to the PGA (his major victory in 2010). I asked my brother “Did I look ridiculous” because I was in a complete new zone.

'I have never seen myself like this. I have never reacted like this.

'He said “No, you're fine and even if you looked ridiculous it's a good thing because it comes natural. It's how you felt, it's a true feeling, it doesn't matter”.

Back to the day job: Kaymer hits a shot on the range ahead of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

Back to the day job: Kaymer hits a shot on the range ahead of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

'I've watched it a few times on tv and YouTube and stuff. Yeah, it didn't look that bad!'

What was bad in Kaymer's view was the German television commentary of their most dramatic golfing moment since Bernhard Langer missed the six-foot putt that decided the 1991 match at Kiawah Island.

'I'm very thankful where I'm from and very happy that I got so much support in Germany, but I was very disappointed the way the commentators were talking about it when I watched the last two or three holes on the German tv channel.

'There was no excitement. On the 18th green it was like 'it drops in, it's very nice, great celebration'. They are just so flat.

'For me it is very difficult to understand. There is something so big happening and some don't get it. That is very sad.'

Home of golf: Kaymer is in action this week at the Alfred Dunhill Links alongside Bill Murray and Michael Phelps

Home of golf: Kaymer is in action this week alongside the likes of Bill Murray and Michael Phelps

Paul Lawrie and Peter Hanson are the other members of the side competing this week, plus American Dustin Johnson.

All four vice-captains Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley, Thomas Bjorn and Miguel Angel Jimenez are playing as well.

'We were such a team on Sunday,' Kaymer added. 'To be part of such an historical day is very, very special and in that little circle – the players and the captains – I hope that we can keep it like this and don't talk about it that much. It's our thing. That is very special for us.'

Most of the big names start at Carnoustie, then switch to Kingsbarns on Friday before playing St Andrews on Saturday and also Sunday assuming they survive the cut.