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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

Gareth Barry to miss Manchester City"s trip to Newcastle after Mark Clattenburg fallout

Barry to miss City's trip to Newcastle after deciding not to contest FA charge for using abusive language towards Clattenburg

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 12 December 2012

Gareth Barry will miss Manchester
City's trip to Newcastle on Saturday after deciding not to contest a
one-match ban for using foul and abusive language towards fourth
official Mark Clattenburg at the end of the Manchester derby.

On Tuesday night Barry was said to be shocked by the FA’s action. The incident came just days after
John Mikel Obi was banned for three games and fined 60,000 for a
similar offence against Clattenburg, who was embroiled in a race row
with the Chelsea player when he took charge of the game against
Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in October.

The 37-year-old official from Tyne and Wear was later cleared of any wrongdoing by the Metropolitan Police and the FA.

Absent: Gareth Barry accepted a one-match suspension and will miss the match against Newcastle

Absent: Gareth Barry accepted a one-match suspension and will miss the match against Newcastle

Blue Sunday: Gareth Barry (left) reflects on the Manchester derby defeat to rivals United

Blue Sunday: Gareth Barry (left) reflects on the Manchester derby defeat to rivals United

In the firing line: Fourth official Mark Clattenburg (right) with United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

In the firing line: Fourth official Mark Clattenburg (right) with United manager Sir Alex Ferguson on Sunday

Clattenburg was the fourth official
at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday when it is alleged that Barry ‘used
abusive and/or insulting words’ towards him after City’s 3-2 defeat to
United.

Both City and the FA refused to
confirm that Clattenburg is the official in question in an attempt to
spare him from any more unwanted publicity.

But Sportsmail understands he was the
one on the receiving end of Barry’s comments as the England midfielder
stormed down the tunnel moments after Robin van Persie’s injury-time
winner.

Rio Ferdinand in training at Carrington on Tuesday

Robin van Persie (left) and Rio Ferdinand in training

No scar, Rio Ferdinand's face looked in far better shape during United's training session at their Carrington headquarters on Tuesday morning after he was last seen bleeding at the end of the Manchester derby

No scar Rio Ferdinand

Shocking: Ferdinand was left bloodied after being hit by a coin thrown from the crowd at the Etihad

Shocking: Ferdinand was left bloodied after being hit by a coin thrown from the crowd at the Etihad

The goal came from a free-kick awarded by referee Martin Atkinson for Carlos Tevez’s foul on Rafael da Silva.

At first it was thought that Barry
had clashed with his manager Roberto Mancini as he left the pitch at
full time, but the City boss confirmed his player was unhappy with the
officials.

‘The referee and linesmen made some mistakes today,’ remarked Mancini after the game. ‘I don’t know what Gareth said.’

After receiving Atkinson’s report the
FA issued a statement that read: ‘Manchester City’s Gareth Barry has
been charged by the FA for a breach of its Rule E3 in that he used
abusive and/or insulting words towards a match official following the
Manchester City v Manchester United game on Sunday 9 December 2012.’

As the fall-out from Sunday’s derby
continued, a 15-year-old boy was arrested by police investigating a
racist tweet sent to Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand. He was
later bailed pending further enquiries.

Police are still trying to identify
the fan who threw a coin at Ferdinand as he celebrated United’s late
goal, cutting the defender above the left eye.

Another supporter, one of nine people
charged over a variety of offences committed on the day, had to be
restrained by City goalkeeper Joe Hart after he ran on to the pitch and
tried to confront Ferdinand.

Tour de France 2013: Bradley Wiggins left with a mountain to climb

Wiggins left with a mountain to climb with Tour to unveil high-altitude route for centenary

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 23 October 2012

With the credibility of cycling now in tatters, this year’s Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins could be forgiven if he decides not to defend the yellow jersey.

And when the mountainous route of next year’s race is unveiled in Paris, he may not want to anyway.

Wiggins won the 2012 race over a terrain that suited his time-trialling pre-eminence and limited his exposure to the high-altitude finishes that trouble him.

For next year’s 100th Tour, the organisers have devised a course which offers little respite from mountains.

Tall order: The 2013 Tour does not suit Bradley Wiggins

Tall order: The 2013 Tour does not suit Bradley Wiggins

The legendary peaks of Mont Ventoux and Alpe d’Huez will feature in a handful of summit finishes which mark the 2013 Tour as a race for climbers like Alberto Contador, Andy Schleck and Wiggins’s Sky team-mate Chris Froome.

Alpe d’Huez will be climbed twice on the same stage while the final stage on the Champs-Elysees in Paris will be held at night under floodlights.

While two individual time trials will entice Wiggins to compete, one of them will be over the hilly terrain of the Alpes-Maritimes, meaning that he may give serious thought to the advice of Shane Sutton, his mentor at Team Sky, to skip the Tour next year and concentrate instead on the Giro d’Italia in May and the Vuelta a Espana in September.

The unveiling of the route is supposed to be a celebration of the centenary Tour. Instead, Wiggins and race director Christian Prudhomme will be besieged by questions about Lance Armstrong, doping, cheating and cycling’s credibility.

Unwanted attention: Lance Armstrong's shadow looms large over the Tour

Unwanted attention: Lance Armstrong's shadow looms large over the Tour

The Tour is now a race without a recent past after Armstrong was stripped on Monday of his seven Tour triumphs beginning in 1999.

Add in the retrospective expunging of the names of Floyd Landis in 2006 and Contador in 2010 and the inevitable tarnishing of Contador’s wins in 2007 and 2009, and only Wiggins, Carlos Sastre in 2008 and Cadel Evans in 2011 can be considered clean winners in the past 14 Tours.

Even Armstrong is no longer publicly declaring himself a seven-time Tour champion after changing his Twitter profile to reflect being stripped of his Tour success by the International Cycling Union (UCI).

On Monday, Armstrong’s profile read: ‘Father of 5 amazing kids, 7-time Tour de France winner, full time cancer fighter, part time triathlete.’

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Calls to resign: Pat McQuaid is under pressure

‘UCI clearly have to take the blinkers off, look at the past, examine people who are there, ask themselves the questions, “Are those same people still in the sport and can they proceed forward with those people remaining”’

Tyler Hamilton, a former US Postal team-mate of Armstrong retrospectively stripped of his 2004 Olympic time trial gold medal for doping, said: ‘Pat McQuaid’s comments expose the hypocrisy of his leadership. He has no place in cycling.’

Guly Do Prado banned from driving

Southampton ace Do Prado slapped with 12-month ban after drink-drive guilty verdict

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UPDATED:

11:59 GMT, 12 September 2012

All smiles: Do Prado leaves Southampton Magistrates Court

All smiles: Do Prado leaves Southampton Magistrates Court

Southampton striker Guly Do Prado has been banned from the road for a year and fined 2,500 after admitting drink-driving.

Do Prado was stopped by police in Southampton on August 27 while driving his 70,000 black Porsche Panamera in the early hours.

Officers were responding to reports of a possible drink-driver and followed the two-year-old car before stopping it in the city's High Street at 4.35am, Southampton Magistrates' Court heard.

The Brazilian-born 30-year-old failed the breath test and was found to have 57 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Dressed in a grey suit jacket, grey cardigan and ripped jeans, Do Prado came to court with several minders. At one point he was told by the court clerk to take his hands out of his pockets.

Ban: The Southampton star was also fined 2,500

Ban: The Southampton star was also fined 2,500

Philip Somarakis, in mitigation, said: 'There is no suggestion that Mr Do Prado's driving was affected. He was respectful and compliant.

'He is very sorry to be appearing before the court and bringing unwanted attention on him and his club.'

Mr Somarakis said Do Prado's club had already dealt with the matter but he did not give details of any sanction.

The player, whose full name is Guilherme Do Prado Raymundo, and who lives in Channel Way, Southampton, was also ordered to pay 85 costs and a 15 victim surcharge.

He was told that if he paid for and completed a drink-drive awareness course he would receive a 25 per cent reduction in his ban.

Cheltenham Festival 2012: Noel Fehily hits a high on day one

It's all Rock 'n' roll as Noel hits a high on day one at Cheltenham

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UPDATED:

00:03 GMT, 14 March 2012

A Ruby won the Champion Hurdle, but not the one most punters were clamouring for on an emotional rollercoaster of a day marred by the deaths of three horses.

Rock On Ruby's 11-1 victory was just one highlight of the day as he left crowd favourite Ruby Walsh trailing in third on hot favourite Hurricane Fly.

There was also a breathtaking victory for Nicky Henderson's Sprinter Sacre in the Arkle Chase and an historic fourth consecutive win in the David Nicholson Mares Hurdle for Willie Mullins-trained Quevega.

Smiles ahead: Noel Fehily signals his joy after Rock on Ruby's triumph

Smiles ahead: Noel Fehily signals his
joy after Rock on Ruby's triumph

But that was countered with the the deaths of dual Festival winner Garde Champetre and Scotsirish in the cross-country chase and Educated Evans in the Pulteney Land Investment Chase, all after suffering leg fractures.

With nine horses having died at the meeting in the previous five years, the loss of three on the first day drew unwanted attention from stirring action centered on Rock On Ruby.

He is named after a boutique in the Dorset town of Sherbourne and owned by a bunch of friends known as The Festival Goers after the annual music-fest and mudbath that is Glastonbury.

Rock On Ruby simply galloped his nine rivals into the ground, beating Overturn by three-and-ahalf lengths to give champion trainer Paul Nicholls and jockey Noel Fehily their first wins in the race. Defending champion Hurricane Fly finished a further length-and-a-quarter back.

With the day's other two 'bankers bets' – Sprinter Sacre and Quevega – delivering, bookmakers were claiming the defeat of 4-6 Hurricane Fly had saved the betting industry an estimated 10million pay-out.

Race to the line: The riders turn the corner as they head for home

Race to the line: The riders turn the corner as they head for home

Race to the line: The riders turn the corner as they head for home

Ironically, the two Rubys could have
been a team. Walsh is stable jockey to Nicholls, but there had never
been any inclination for him to desert Hurricane Fly despite Rock On
Ruby's upwardly mobile profile.

That is in part because the seven-year-old, running for the first time since just being beaten by Binocular in Kempton's Christmas Hurdle, was actually prepared for the big race at the trainer's satellite stable in Dorset.

Nicholls handed credit for his big win to the two men in charge, Richard Barber, who helped get him started in training at his brother Paul's stable, and his 25-year-old assistant, Harry Fry.

It was also a rewarding success for Fehily, 37, who has missed the last two Festivals because of injury. While 4-7 favourite Quevega and Walsh did her usual trick of treating her fellow mares with contempt to set up the possibility of returning next year to do it all again for a fifth time, the most spectacular show came from Sprinter Sacre (8-11).

His victory under Barry Geraghty never looked in doubt and he freewheeled away from toiling rivals after jumping to the front three fences from home to beat Cue Card by seven lengths.

The big one: How the Champion Hurdle finished

On Tuesday, Geraghty had told Racemail readers of his admiration for the chaser, whose victory enabled trainer Nicky Henderson to move level with Fulke Walwyn's record 40 Festival winners.

The deaths of the three horses appeared to be tragic accidents and track officials were adamant they were unrelated to the drought-like conditions that have prompted heavy watering of the track in the run-up to the meeting.

Clerk of the course Simon Claisse said: 'We watered out any firm ground (on the cross-country track) and good to firm is a surface we have had there on a number of occasions.

'The cross country race has been run on much quicker ground including at our November meeting last year.'

Tim Morris, the British Horseracing Authority Director of Equine Science and Welfare, said: 'The injuries occurred at different parts of the course.

'As far as we are aware the cross country is not a problem race. The injuries were not sustained jumping. The ground on the course was within our criteria for jump racing.'

What's the score The Cheltenham tallies so far

St James" Park sign ripped off Newcastle"s stadium

Newcastle supporters rage as Ashley has St James' Park sign ripped off famous stadium

Mike Ashley has never been the Toon Army's favourite person but the Newcastle owner's latest stunt has sparked outrage among supporters.

Ashley announced last year that St James' Park would be renamed the Sports Direct Arena – after his company – and today a new sign was put up as the old name was ripped down.

Drivers passing the ground shouted 'disgrace' as a shame-faced worker – armed with a crowbar to prise off the letters – said: 'I don't want to do this, I should be doing this in the dark.'

End of an era: The sign is ripped off Newcastle United's famous stadium

End of an era: The sign is ripped off Newcastle United's famous stadium

And the workers made a sharp exit to avoid unwanted attention when a film crew turned up to record the death of one of English football's iconic landmarks.

The home of the Magpies has been known as St James' Park since 1892 but Ashley changed the name in November.

One fan, Phil Cammish, 27, of Fenham, Newcastle, said: 'I walked past this afternoon and saw a man taking down the signs by the main entrance.

'They were using a crowbar to take each letter off. I was outraged – it will always be St James' Park to me.'

It'll take a bit of getting used to: People stop and stare at the new sign on the home of the Magpies

It'll take a bit of getting used to: People stop and stare at the new sign on the home of the Magpies

Newcastle planned to sell the stadium-naming
rights in 2009 but reached a compromise after resistance from supporters.

Since then it has been known — although not recognised locally —
as [email protected] James’ Park.

Ashley is the
founder of the high-street sportswear retailer.

Luis Suarez"s ear flicked by Liverpool players

Liverpool show how to deal with Suarez… with controversial striker victim of famous ear-flicking!

No escape: Pepe Reina flicks Luis Suarez

No escape: Pepe Reina flicks Luis Suarez”s ear

With two FA charges hanging over him, you would have thought Luis Suarez’s Liverpool team-mates would allow him to lay low while the storm passes.

But judging by events at the club’s Melwood training ground on Friday, he wasn’t going to get away with anything as first-team members handed out punishment to him Liverpool style.

The likes of Andy Carroll, Dirk Kuyt,Pepe Reina and Maxi Rodriguez all ambushed the striker, flicking his ear while the Uruguayan cowered to protect his lobes.

But rather than a planned attack after getting into trouble with the FA again, the motive behind the flicking is part of a regular training ground game aimed to ‘boost morale’ according to defender Martin Kelly.

Ambush: Team-mates including Dirk Kuyt (left), Maxi Rodriguez and Andy Carroll soon join the goalkeeper in mobbing the Uruguay international

Ambush: Team-mates including Dirk Kuyt (left), Maxi Rodriguez and Andy Carroll soon join the goalkeeper in mobbing the Uruguay international

Kelly said: ‘It”s a game we play and having your ears flicked is the forfeit you have if you are in the box when the whistle blows. You don”t want to be in the box. There are two in the box against the people outside who are trying to keep the ball from you.’

Clowning around: Protecting his face from the rain, Reina gets tangled in a net

Clowning around: Protecting his face from the rain, Reina gets tangled in a net

ForSuarez he found himself again at the centre of unwanted attention this week after being charged by the FA following his one-fingered salute to Fulham fans immediately after Monday’s 1-0 Premier League defeat at Craven Cottage.

Thenews came as a blow to the 24-year-old who is already facing FA chargesfor a separate incident involving allegations he racially abused Manchester United defender Patrice Evra during a 1-1 draw back on October 15.