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Masters 2013: Jamie Donaldson shoots hole-in-one on sixth hole

Xbox practice pays off as Welshman Donaldson hits hole-in-one on debut

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

17:50 GMT, 11 April 2013

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UPDATED:

23:07 GMT, 11 April 2013

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Welshman Jamie Donaldson made a flying start to his first Masters with a sensational hole-in-one on the sixth hole at Augusta.

The 37-year-old was one over par by the time he reached the 180-yard, par-three sixth before his amazing shot on the hole known as Juniper.

He became the fifth golfer record a hole-in-one on the sixth, the first since Chris DiMarco in 2004.

Donaldson's shot was the 24th ace in Masters history after Bo Van Pelt and Adam Scott made holes-in-one on No 16 last year.

Delight: Jamie Donaldson celebrates his hole-in-one as Martin Laird watches on

Delight: Jamie Donaldson celebrates his hole-in-one as Martin Laird watches on

High five: The Welshman celebrates with his caddie

High five: The Welshman celebrates with his caddie

All smiles: Donaldson waves to spectators after his hole-in-one on the sixth

All smiles: Donaldson waves to spectators after his hole-in-one on the sixth

Modest: Donaldson was one over through five

Modest: Donaldson was one over through five

Appreciation: Donaldson raises his cap

Appreciation: Donaldson raises his cap

The Welshman, who was priced at 300-1 before the tournament, prepared for his first trip down Magnolia Lane by playing on his Xbox.

Donaldson won the Abu Dhabi
Championship in January, his first victory on the European Tour.

Elsewhere, Englishman David Lynn was the early leader in the clubhouse thanks to an opening round of 68.

Playing only the third major of his career after securing his place by finishing second to Rory McIlroy at the US PGA Championship last year, Lynn carded a four-under-par 68 in the first round at Augusta National.

The 39-year-old from Stoke, who has just one win in almost 400 European Tour events, carded six birdies and two bogeys during his round on Thursday.

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Masters 2013: Bubba Watson sinks hole-in-one in practice round

Fun in the sun at Augusta as defending champion Watson sinks hole-in-one in Masters practice round… and he didn't cry!

By
Charlie Skillen

PUBLISHED:

16:47 GMT, 10 April 2013

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UPDATED:

17:08 GMT, 10 April 2013

Bubba Watson is clearly in top form to defend his green jacket in style after getting a hole-in-one in a practice round today.

Last year's Champion was playing a practice round before the tournament starts tomorrow, and achieved a hole-in-one on Augusta's par 3 16th hole.

Watson's practice partner Scott Piercy described Watson's reaction: 'Arms in the air, big smile, like a little kid in the candy store,' he told the Chicago Tribune.

High fives: Bubba Watson (right) laps up the apprecation of the crowd after sinking a hole-in-one

High fives: Bubba Watson (right) laps up the apprecation of the crowd after sinking a hole-in-one

Mini-me: Watson takes out his driver during a practice round today ahead of defending his Masters title

Mini-me: Watson takes out his driver during a practice round today ahead of defending his Masters title

Turtle and the hare: Sergio Garcia attempts to chase some unwanted visitors back into the pond today

Turtle and the hare: Sergio Garcia attempts to chase some unwanted visitors back into the pond today

'That was really cool. To do it on 16 at the Masters, I'm sure it's something he’ll never forget. And I can tell my kids that Bubba Watson made a hole in one here, and I saw it.'

Watson's caddie, Teddy Scott, told the same paper: 'The crowd was obviously really into it. any time somebody makes a hole-in-one, if there's just four of you playing with your buddies, you're excited. So everybody was pumped and high-fiving. It was cool.'

Ready and waiting: Rory McIlroy plays a shot in today's practice round ahead of the Masters starting tomorrow

Ready and waiting: Rory McIlroy plays a shot in today's practice round ahead of the Masters starting tomorrow

Rory McIlroy

McIlroy

Face in the crowd: Scotsman Paul Lawrie hits a shot from the trees in a practice round today

Face in the crowd: Scotsman Paul Lawrie hits a shot from the trees in a practice round today

The amazing feat comes the day after the Masters Club Dinner in honour of Watson, a tradition started by Ben Hogan in 1952.

Fans leapt to Watson's defence over the menu he chose for the meal, which Sir Nick Faldo joked on Twitter was a 'happy meal'.

Posting a message to Watson, Faldo said: 'You had a year to decide on, grilled chicked, mashed potatoes, corn, macaroni & cheese!!!#HappyMeal #PlayLikeaChampion,' before quoting a Tweet from a fan which suggested diners got a toy prize if they cleaned their plates.

Happy meal: Sir Nick Faldo joked about the quality of Watson's Masters Club Dinner menu

Happy meal: Sir Nick Faldo joked about the quality of Watson's Masters Club Dinner menu

Hitting the target: Argentinean Angel Cabrera chips on the driving range before a practice round today

Hitting the target: Argentinean Angel Cabrera chips on the driving range before a practice round today

Watson broke down in tears in a press conference yesterday after a reporter asked him what he did with the green jacket he won last year.

He also famously cried on the shoulder of his mother Molly when he won the tournament after a play-off with Louis Oosthuizen, leading to the nickname 'Blubba.'

Suits you: Two Australian fans got in on the fun (above) while another fan proposed to his partner (below)

Suits you: Two Australian fans got in on the fun (above) while another fan proposed to his partner (below)

Proposal

Proposal

Spurs are competing with Fiorentina to sign Dutchman Jordy Clasie

Spurs eye Dutch talent Clasie but Fiorentina first to table offer

By
David Kent

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11:00 GMT, 30 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:00 GMT, 30 March 2013

Tottenham will have to make their move soon if they want to sign Feyenoord playmaker Jordy Clasie before Serie A outfit Fiorentina.

The 21-year-old, who has been called the Dutch Xavi by some, has been attracting interest from Europe's top clubs, but the Viola appear to have been the first to table on offer, according to the Metro.

Clasie has already played a handful of games in the national side, and could be a perfect fit next to Sandro in the heart of Spurs' midfield.

Wonderkid: Feyenoord playmaker Jordy Clasie is one of Europe's rising stars

Wonderkid: Feyenoord playmaker Jordy Clasie is one of Europe's rising stars

Wanted: Feyenoord are realistic in their attempts to keep him in Holland

Wanted: Feyenoord are realistic in their attempts to keep him in Holland

If a move to White Hart Lane was successful, it could mean the end of Scott Parker's career in North London, with a switch to Fulham, or even QPR if they stay up, on the cards.

Feyenoord's technical directior Martin Van Geel said: 'We do not need to sell him, nor do we
particularly want to, but we have to think of the player’s ambitions and
evaluate the offers from other clubs.

‘There is an offer from Fiorentina, but
we’ll only discuss it at the end of the season. Right now the players
must focus only on Feyenoord.’

Getting on: Scott Parker could be on his way out if Clasie signs for Tottenham

Getting on: Scott Parker could be on his way out if Clasie signs for Tottenham

Scott Parker desperate win an FA Cup winners medal

Parker's desperate to make a mark in the Cup he loves and add to his medal collection

By
Ian Stafford

PUBLISHED:

22:45 GMT, 26 January 2013

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UPDATED:

06:45 GMT, 27 January 2013

Scott Parker, 32 and with just one League Cup winners’ medal to show for 16 years in football’s top flight, insists that he is one player who still takes the FA Cup seriously.

‘I love the FA Cup as a competition,’ said the Spurs midfielder as he prepared for today’s fourth-round trip to face Leeds United. ‘It’s something I’m desperate to win.’

Parker’s solitary piece of silverware was won with Chelsea in 2005, though he actually missed the final in Cardiff through injury. Chelsea won the Premier League the following year but Parker missed out on a winner’s medal because he had not played in the minimum 10 matches.

Cup of joy: Scott Parker is desperate to win the FA Cup

Cup of joy: Scott Parker is desperate to win the FA Cup

Last year’s losing FA Cup semi-final, playing for Spurs against Chelsea, was as good as it gets, he says, which is why he is taking this afternoon’s fourth-round trip to Leeds very seriously indeed.

‘That semi-final defeat still rankles and I know I don’t have too long left to do it,’ admitted Parker, just back from a five-month lay-off following an achilles operation in the summer.

‘I understand why a top-four finish in the League is the priority for a club like Tottenham, but for me the FA Cup is just as important. Within three or four games you’re right in the business end of the competition and you can taste Wembley.

‘Maybe four or five years ago the competition was beginning to fizzle out a bit, with clubs sending weakened teams out to play, but this isn’t the case so much anymore and I, for one, am pleased about that.

‘There’s nothing better to play in or watch than a good old-fashioned English cup-tie between the big boys and a team from a lower division trying to seize the moment. The Premier League is great, of course, but my early memories of football are all to do with the FA Cup.’

Hard time: Parker won the a League Cup winners medal while at Chelsea

Hard time: Parker won the a League Cup winners medal while at Chelsea

A lifelong Spurs fan, Parker’s earliest recollection of the FA Cup was watching his beloved team lose the 1987 final to Coventry.

‘It’s not a happy memory,’ he says. ‘My favourite player at the time was Nico Claesen, but he was on the bench that day and came on too late for my liking. Then I watched them beat Forest in 1991 when Gazza was up to his tricks.

‘Even though I was far too young at the time to remember Spurs winning back-to-back Cups in the early Eighties, I did end up knowing all the words to Chas and Dave’s Tottenham songs, and had them as records.’

Snow joke: Parker training at Spurs ahead of the Leeds game

Snow joke: Parker training at Spurs ahead of the Leeds game

Being the football romantic that he is, Parker is also full of admiration for today’s opponents, Leeds, and recalls one happy memory nearer the start of his long career.

‘I scored an injury-time winner at Elland Road for Charlton after a mazy run,’ he says. ‘I don’t score many so that one has stuck. Some of the foreign lads in the Spurs team today may not understand how big a club Leeds still are.

‘They’ll look at the Championship table and not understand, but they will when they run out at Elland Road. There’s no way a team of Leeds’s stature should be where they are. To me they are still a massive, massive club, and you can expect the ground to be rocking.

‘Occasionally in the third and fourth round you can turn up and win being at 70 or 80 per cent. Well you can’t at Leeds. We’ll have to be at our best.

‘It will be a tough game. Their manager, Neil Warnock, will get them going and if we fall short of our best Leeds will win, which is why the television cameras are there. They sense there could be an upset. We’ll have to make sure it doesn’t happen.’

Mario Balotelli will be sold by Manchester City

EXCLUSIVE: Mario must go! City want quick cash deal for Balotelli after Mancini bust-up

By
Ian Ladyman

PUBLISHED:

22:37 GMT, 4 January 2013

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UPDATED:

23:14 GMT, 4 January 2013

Manchester City are ready to sell Mario Balotelli as soon as possible after Roberto Mancini privately conceded he cannot change the wayward Italy striker.

Despite further claims to the contrary from the City manager, it is understood that Mancini has finally decided it is time to move Balotelli out of the club.

City will not wish to say the 22-year-old is for sale, for fear of driving down his plummeting value even further.

Are you sure you should have that Mario Balotelli returned to training on Friday after his bust-up

Are you sure you should have that Mario Balotelli returned to training on Friday after his bust-up

But with Balotelli now providing virtually nothing on the field — he has scored just one goal this season in the Barclays Premier League — and proving to be a constant distraction behind the scenes, Mancini, having previously stood by the player against the advice of many of his staff, accepts he has done all he can.

Mancini spoke for the first time about the embarrassing scenes that occurred at the end of a City training session on Thursday as the manager and his striker were photographed pushing and shoving each other in front of the astonished first-team squad.

Mancini said he would give Balotelli a ‘hundred chances to change’ and confirmed that the former Inter Milan star would not be fined and would be in the squad for the FA Cup tie with Watford at the Etihad Stadium this afternoon.

Game over: Balotelli will now be sold by Manchester City despite Mancini insisting otherwise (below)

Game over: Balotelli will now be sold by Manchester City despite Mancini insisting otherwise (below)

Glum: Roberto Mancini faces the questions during his Friday press conference

But City are willing to talk to any club who may wish to make an offer. AC Milan are circling but City want a cash sale — not a loan.

This all points to Balotelli staying during the transfer window and being sold in the summer.

On Friday, further details emerged of Balotelli’s assault on team-mate Scott Sinclair that prompted Mancini’s bust-up with Balotelli. Sportsmail understands that Balotelli’s lunge on Sinclair was so wild that Mancini felt compelled to intervene.

‘This was not just a mistimed tackle that you sometimes get towards the end of training,’ a source revealed. ‘This was an horrendous, horrific slash.’

Pals again Balotelli (left) laughs with team-mate Scott Sinclair during training on Friday

Pals again Balotelli (left) laughs with team-mate Scott Sinclair during training on Friday

Meanwhile a separate issue loomed over another City striker when it emerged that Sergio Aguero has split from his wife Giannina, daughter of Diego Maradona, after four years.

It is unclear whether she will live with their three-year-old son Benjamin in Madrid or Buenos Aires, but the news is bound to raise concerns over Aguero remaining settled in Manchester.

Middlesbrough 4 Blackpool 2 – match report

Middlesbrough 4 Blackpool 2: Boro end long wait for home win over Seasiders

PUBLISHED:

17:30 GMT, 29 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:37 GMT, 29 December 2012

Middlesbrough secured their first home league victory over Blackpool for 39 years with a 4-2 win at the Riverside that inched them closer to an automatic promotion place.

The hosts dominated proceedings in the first half and striker Ishmael Miller was at the heart of things with an early goal, with Richard Smallwood doubling the advantage on 35 minutes.

Blackpool fought back when Wes Thomas scored just before the hour mark, but Scott McDonald replied for Boro.

Here we go: Middlesbrough celebrate on their way to beating Blackpool

Here we go: Middlesbrough celebrate on their way to beating Blackpool

Match facts

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte (Parnaby 21), Woodgate, Rhys Williams, Halliday, Emnes (Jutkiewicz 82), Leadbitter, Bailey, Smallwood, Miller, McDonald (Reach 65).

Subs not used: Leutwiler, Zemmama, Thomson, Luke Williams.

Goals: Miller 14, Smallwood 36, McDonald 62, Reach 88

Booked: Woodgate

Blackpool: Gilks, Crainey, Broadfoot, Cathcart, Baptiste, Basham, Gomes (Sylvestre 57), Taylor-Fletcher, Delfouneso (Martinez 37), Thomas, Ince.

Subs not used: Halstead, Eardley, Kevin Phillips, Sylvestre, Harris, Dicko.

Goals: Thomas 59, Basham 76

Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire)

Attendance: 18,164

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Chris Basham found the net and Blackpool would have edged a point but Thomas Ince's 81st-minute penalty was well saved by Boro keeper Jason Steele, before Adam Reach made the points safe three minutes from time for the hosts.

Middlesbrough were seeking their fourth successive home win and started optimistically with Grant Leadbitter's early corners causing all sorts of problems for Blackpool.

Visiting keeper Matt Gilks was kept busy by Miller's crossing, and the combination for the inevitable opener came as no surprise.

Gilks opted to stay on the line for Leadbitter's 14th-minute corner – Boro's seventh – meaning Miller had enough space to head into the bottom corner.

Miller and Marvin Emnes both went close from the edge of the box, but Boro were forced into a change with the injured Justin Hoyte replaced by Stuart Parnaby.

Blackpool's first decent chance came in the 25th minute when Boro could only half clear from Stephen Crainey's corner as Ince volleyed wide, but the visitors were finding some pockets of pressure up front.

Michael Appleton attempted a shake-up by replacing Nathan Delfouneso with Angel Martinez but Blackpool conceded their second 10 minutes before the break as Emnes' cut-back found Smallwood who coolly slotted in from the edge of the area.

Emnes and Miller proved almost unstoppable in the second half. Gilks tipped over from another Miller cross while Leadbitter kept Boro's threats alive from the corner flag.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher headed tamely wide in a rare Blackpool move while Appleton brought on Ludovic Sylvestre for the ineffective Tiago Gomes.

It provided the impetus as Blackpool strung several passes together before Taylor-Fletcher laid off for Thomas who found space to score at the near post.

Just three minutes later, though, Boro caught their opponents out in possession and Scott McDonald charged forward before a calm finish saw the two-goal advantage restored.

Blackpool attempted a swift response as Chris Basham shot wide but Boro were in cruise control, replacing Miller with Reach before McDonald went close from 18 yards.

Basham then made it a nervy end to the game as Basham got on the end of a cross from the tireless Crainey before Jonathan Woodgate felled Sylvestre to concede the spot kick and earn a yellow card.

The Seasiders, however, failed to capitalise as Ince's spot kick was saved by Steele who guessed correctly, with Boro piling on the misery through Reach who struck on 87 minutes after good work by Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Mousa Dembele doesn"t fear for his place when Scott Parker is fit again

Great Scot's return is super for Spurs! Dembele doesn't fear for his place when Parker is fit again

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00:02 GMT, 18 December 2012

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Mousa Dembele does not feel threatened by Scott Parker's return from injury.

And the Tottenham midfielder believes tough competition for places in central midfield will benefit the team.

Parker came on in injury time against Swansea on Sunday, his first action since representing England against Italy at the Euros in June.

Dembele doesn't feel threatened by Parker's return from injury

Dembele doesn't feel threatened by Parker's return from injury

Following that match he had achilles surgery and was out for seven months.

Since then Andre Villas-Boas brought in Dembele who has struck up a partnership with Sandro in the middle.

And with the emergence of youngster Tom Carroll to the first team and Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore also available has meant competition is fierce.

But Dembele said: '(Parker's return is) very important. If you see him in training you can see he can be very important, he’s a very organised guy, very professional.

'He knows what he can do and I think he is an unbelievable player as well so it’s good for the team that there are a lot of rivals (in midfield) because it makes everybody sharp.

'I know if I play one bad game then Jake Livermore, Scott Parker, Tom Huddlestone, Tom Carroll, there are a lot of good players who are behind me to come in and who can do well.

'So we have to keep playing and that keeps the level high in this team.'

Scott Parker scores for Tottenham reserves

Great Scott! Tottenham's Parker makes goalscoring return in U21 match against Villa

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UPDATED:

00:10 GMT, 18 December 2012

Scott Parker continued his steady return to football by netting for Tottenham's Under 21s this evening.

The England international, who is being gradually eased back into football after an achilles injury, scored on the stroke of half-time as part of the Tottenham Under 21 outfit who travelled to Aston Villa this evening.

Parker, who scored Spurs' second goal in a convincing 3-0 win, made a cameo appearance on Sunday for Tottenham's senior squad when they beat Swansea 1-0 at White Hart Lane.

Back in the goals: Scott Parker scored for Tottenham's Under 21s when they travelled to Aston Villa

Back in the goals: Scott Parker scored for Tottenham's Under 21s when they travelled to Aston Villa

The 32-year-old had not played for Tottenham all season before Sunday's victory, and was only handed a couple of minutes' football when he replaced Mousa Dembele late in the match.

The former Charlton, Chelsea and West Ham midfielder was given a start this evening for Tottenham's Under 21s.

Having recently returned to football after picking up the injury with Roy Hodgson's England team at Euro 2012, Parker wasted little time back on the pitch tonight by coolly slotting home after 45 minutes.

When fully fit, Parker still faces a tough task of forcing his way back into the Tottenham first team.

Dembele has looked like an incredible signing since his arrival from Fulham this summer, and Sandro has proved to be an integral member of Villas-Boas' squad with some stellar performances this term.

Meanwhile,Tottenham left back Benoit Assou-Ekotto could also be fit to play against Stoke at home on Saturday after being out for three months with a knee injury.

Welcome back: Parker received a couple of minutes' football when he replaced Mousa Dembele against Swansea

Welcome back: Parker received a couple of minutes' football when he replaced Mousa Dembele against Swansea

Charl Schwartzel wins Alfred Dunhill Championship 2012 by 12 strokes

Schwartzel wraps up 2012 with emphatic 12-stroke win at Dunhill Championship

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17:33 GMT, 16 December 2012

South African Charl Schwartzel completed his fantastic finish to 2012 with an astonishing 12-stroke victory on home soil at the Alfred Dunhill Championship today.

The third biggest winning margin in European Tour history was achieved at Leopard Creek a week after last year's US Masters champion won in Thailand by 11 shots.

Only Tiger Woods and Ernie Els, who won the 2000 US Open and 2005 Asian Open by 15 and 13 respectively, have left the best of the rest trailing so far behind in the circuit's 40-year history.

Emphatic: Charl Schwartzel lifted the Alfred Dunhill Championship after surging to a 12-stroke lead

Emphatic: Charl Schwartzel lifted the Alfred Dunhill Championship after surging to a 12-stroke lead

Schwartzel, 10 clear with a round to play, added a three-under-par 69 either side of a two-hour thunderstorm delay to take his eighth Tour title – five of them in South Africa – with a 24-under-par total.

In the Thailand Championship he was 25 under, and for the past five weeks – they started with finishes of fifth, third and second – he is a staggering 84 under.

France's Gregory Bourdy, his closest challenger for virtually the entire weekend, took a double-bogey seven on the final hole and that elevated Swede Kristoffer Broberg, four times a winner on the Challenge Tour last season, into second place.

Bourdy shared third with Scotland's Scott Jamieson, who last Sunday captured the Nelson Mandela Championship in Durban, defending champion Garth Mulroy and England's Andy Sullivan a month after he came through the Tour qualifying school.

Schwartzel also continued a remarkable record at the course on the border of the Kruger National Park. He won his first Tour title there in 2004 and has had four runner-up finishes.

'It's always been a special place for me,' the 28-year-old said. 'This is where I can almost say my career started and it's always stayed close to my heart.

'It's nice to have continued my form from last week. I was saying a month and a half ago it's been a pretty disappointing year.

Class act: Schwartzel ended the year on a high

Class act: Schwartzel ended the year on a high

'Slowly and surely I started to swing the club a lot better, back to how I did when I won The Masters, and I actually got excited to play again.

'It started at the SA Open and from there got better and better. It's been a pretty good year now!'

Schwartzel's lead was down to seven when he three-putted the eighth, but he spun his approach to three feet on the next and after the weather hold-up he collected more birdies on the 12th, 13th and par-five last.

Fellow countryman George Coetzee's best-of-the-day 65 lifted him into joint 10th place and came after results elsewhere had guaranteed he stayed in the world's top 50 and earned himself a Masters debut next April.

Also qualifying by the same route for a first trip to Augusta are Welshman Jamie Donaldson, Belgian Ryder Cup star Nicolas Colsaerts, South African Branden Grace and Dane Thorbjorn Olesen.

Geoff Ogilvy would have denied Olesen if he had had one less shot at the Australian PGA Championship, where he finished in a tie for fourth place.

Way off: Gregory Bourdy was the South African's closest competitor for almost the entire weekend

Way off: Gregory Bourdy was the South African's closest competitor for almost the entire weekend

Others to book their Masters places through the end-of-year top 50 are Scot Paul Lawrie, Italians Francesco Molinari and Matteo Manassero, Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Denmark's Thomas Bjorn, American Bill Haas, Australian Jason Day and Japanese player Hiroyuki Fujita.

Coetzee told the Sunshine Tour website: “My dream has never been just to play in The Masters.

That's not the job description – I want to play in those majors and I want to win all of them.

'It's great to have the opportunity. Last week I could feel that The Masters was making me play a bit rubbish because it puts a bit of pressure on you.

'After three days of scrapping around this week I got things together. It's Augusta – it's the one major with a limited field, it's the best in the world.

'I watched it as a kid and I was mad at Phil Mickelson for beating Ernie (Els) that year (2004) when he holed that putt and jumped around like a madman.

'It's got so much history and I'm sure it's going to be an unbelievable experience. As they say in poker – if you have a chip and a chair you never know.'

Getting an eye in: John Parry

Getting an eye in: Scott Jamieson

Brits on tour: Scott Jamieson (right) and John Parry (left)

Birmingham Crystal Palace match report:

Birmingham 2 Crystal Palace 2: Diop pegs back Murray-powered Eagles

PUBLISHED:

17:32 GMT, 15 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:32 GMT, 15 December 2012

Battling Birmingham fought back from two goals down to share the points with npower Championship promotion hopefuls Crystal Palace.

It looked like it was game over when Palace goal machine Glenn Murray made it 20 goals for the season as he completed his double to make it 2-0 on the hour mark.

But substitute Nikola Vidic and Papa Bouba Diop levelled things up to ensure Lee Clark's men claimed a share of the spoils.

On target: Papa Bouba Diop leaps to head home the equaliser

On target: Papa Bouba Diop leaps to head home the equaliser

Match facts

Birmingham: Butland, Caddis (Hancox 58), Caldwell, Davies, Robinson, Burke (Zigic 65), Reilly, Diop, Elliott (Hall 56), King, Lovenkrands.

Subs Not Used: Doyle, Ibanez, Morrison, Redmond.

Booked: Burke, Lovenkrands.

Goals: Zigic 66, Diop 82.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Ramage, Delaney, Parr, Bolasie, Garvan, Dikgacoi, Zaha, Murray (Wilbraham 82), Moritz (Gabbidon 77).

Subs Not Used: Price, Easter, Moxey, O'Keefe, Appiah.

Booked: Parr.

Goals: Murray 39,60.

Att: 17,158

Ref: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire).

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It was the hosts who showed first
intent, Chris Burke's 18-yard effort bringing Palace keeper Julian
Speroni into action after eight minutes.

Paul Robinson then tried his luck but his effort cleared the bar as the Blues dictated things at the start.

Clark's men had made all the early running but their enthusiastic
approach cost them after 29 minutes when Chris Burke was booked for
bringing down Andre Moritz.

Burke then tried to break the deadlock with a speculative shot from
distance which sailed wide of the target as the hosts continued to
dominate proceedings.

Speroni was in the action again nine minutes before the break when he
saved from Peter Lovenkrands' 12-yard effort, and the keeper was
relieved to see a header from Curtis Davies go wide following a Wade
Elliott corner.

There had been little seen of Palace's swashbuckling style in the first
half but credit had to be given to the Blues' approach that had denied
Holloway's men any space at all.

But having weathered the storm for most of the first half, it was Palace
who took the lead just six minutes before the break when Yannick
Bolasie's break from the right gave Murray an easy tap-in.

It was typical smash-and-grab stuff and Holloway will have been
delighted with the scoreline – if not his side's below-par performance –
at the break.

City picked up where they had left off after the interval, with Burke
again testing Speroni from distance as Clark's men kept up their
considerable efforts.

At the other end, Palace's Kagisho Dikgacoi went close following an Owen Garvan corner.

Elliott was replaced by Robert Hall within 10 minutes of the restart as
Clark signalled a change – and hopefully a change of luck – in front of
goal.

But it wasn't to be as Murray grabbed his second of the afternoon for
Palace on the hour, stabbing home from close range after good work from
Jonathan Parr.

Zigic replaced Burke with 25 minutes to go and within a minute the
striker had grabbed a goal back for the hosts, heading home King's
cross.

And it was 2-2 with eight minutes left when Diop headed home Hall's cross.