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Guan Tianlang fires fine 69 in New Orleans

Guan steals the show again as teenage sensation makes cut in New Orleans while Rose is hot on heels of leader Glover

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Mike Dawes

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21:10 GMT, 26 April 2013

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UPDATED:

09:02 GMT, 27 April 2013

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Lucas Glover took his place at the top of the leaderboard at the midway point of the Zurich Classic as Chinese teenager Guan Tianlang once again caught the eye.

American Glover carded a 67 on the second day to add to his opening round of 65 to sit 12 under par overall, one stroke ahead of his countryman Boo Weekley.

But just as many eyes were focused a little further down the leaderboard, where 14-year-old Guan matched his achievement at the Masters by making the cut with nothing to spare, carding a 69 to finish three under for the day and for the tournament in a share of 57th.

In form: Guan Tianlang reacts as his birdie putt just misses on the ninth green

In form: Guan Tianlang reacts as his birdie putt just misses on the ninth green

'I think I played a very good round
today and I made a lot of birdies and a couple of good up and downs,' he
told www.pgatour.com. 'So I think I had a pretty good round.

'Making the cut is one of my goals.
I'm having fun these couple of days, and I hope to play my best and go a
little further into the weekend.'

Guan's round, which contained five
birdies and two bogeys and was watched by huge crowds from start to
finish, took some of the spotlight away from Glover at the top of the
leaderboard.

Teenage kicks: Guan Tianlang playing a tee shot in his second round

Teenage kicks: Guan Tianlang playing a tee shot in his second round

Glover sunk eight birdies against
three bogeys to take over at the top from overnight leader Ricky Barnes,
who undid much of his good work on day one by carding a four-over 76,
12 shots worse than his opening round.

Weekley got his second eagle in as
many days, at the par-four 10th, to sit a shot behind Glover and one
ahead of DA Points, while Morgan Hoffmann was fourth on nine under and
Ernie Els fifth on eight under.

Meeting the fans: Guan signs an autograph for a young fan after finishing the for the day

Meeting the fans: Guan signs an autograph for a young fan after finishing the for the day

Hoffmann, a relative youngster on
tour who, at 23, is till nearly 10 years older than Guan, said of the
achievement of the young Chinese: '[It] is unbelievable. You know, The
Masters and then here, it's awesome…

'I hope he understands what he's doing, because everybody out here is following him.'

Parental guidance: Guan wipes his face after taking water from his mother, Liu Hongyu

Parental guidance: Guan wipes his face after taking water from his mother, Liu Hongyu

England's Justin Rose and Brian Davis
led the European challenge in a group of six men on seven under, one
ahead of Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts.

Defending champion Jason Dufner just made the cut, like Guan, at three under.

No Tiger Woods but alligators disrupt Zurich Classic

VIDEO: No Tiger but the alligators on the fairways are a hazard for Rose and Bubba

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00:48 GMT, 26 April 2013

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UPDATED:

07:16 GMT, 26 April 2013

Ricky Barnes made the early running with an eight-under-par 64 in New Orleans despite the local alligators briefly holding up play in the opening round.

Boo Weekley came close, carding three birdies on his last five holes to open with a bogey-free 65. He was matched late in the afternoon by Lucas Glover, who had six birdies on the front nine (his second nine) en route to a 65 of his own. D.A. Points and rookie Morgan Hoffmann were another shot back after matching 66s.

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What a hazard: An alligator as it crosses the course during the first round

What a hazard: An alligator on the course during the first round at the Zurich classic

What a hazard: An alligator as it crosses the course during the first round

No fear: An alligator crosses through a sand trap on the 14th hole as golfers and caddies walk by

Sand trap: An alligator crosses the 14th hole as golfers and caddies walk by

Zurich Classic

Uninvited guest: The alligator crosses the 14th fairway during the first round of the PGA Tour Zurich Classic golf tournament

Capturing the moment: A caddie takes a photo as an alligator rests while crossing the 14th fairway

Capturing the moment: A caddie takes a photo as an alligator rests while crossing the 14th fairway

Minding his own business: A worker grooms away tracks after an alligator crossed through a sand trap

Minding his own business: A worker grooms away tracks after an alligator crossed through a sand trap

VIDEO: Alligator crosses fairway at the Zurich Classic

Gator on the green! Three-legged alligator gatecrashes PGA Tour…

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Another 10 golfers checked in at 5
under including Ernie Els, Rickie Fowler and 2006 Players champion
Stephen Ames, who needs a win this week to qualify for the 2013 event at
TPC Sawgrass.

A total of 84 players completed the
first round in red numbers. Not among them was 14-year-old amateur Guan Tianlang, whose three birdies were offset by three bogeys in an opening-round 72.

Guan Tianlang, 14, hits out of the tree line on the first hole

Bright start: Guan Tianlang, 14, carded an opening-round 72

Bubba Watson surveys the course with his caddie Ted Scott

Focused: Bubba Watson surveys the course with his caddie Ted Scott

 Justin Rose of England hits his tee shot on the 8th hole

Colourful: Justin Rose of England hits his tee shot on the 8th hole

Bubba Watson: The pride and passion – Derek Lawrenson

The pride and passion of 'Blubber' Watson

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22:00 GMT, 9 April 2012

Have you all been down to your local pro shop to enquire about a pink driver yet Or on to the internet to check out the new Masters champion's natty all-white outfit

No doubt the charitable causes Gerry 'Bubba' Watson espouses in both instances have received a huge boost following his stunning triumph at Augusta National but if both are too garish for your tastes, here is something he has got that every wannabe should copy: passion.

Cry your eyes out: Watson is consoled by his mum after winning the Masters

Tears of joy: Watson is consoled by his mum after winning the Masters

Has this game ever thrown up a purer example of what can be achieved with desire Maybe not since Lee Trevino.

If you think it just too fanciful a notion that Watson's never had a golf lesson in his life, never even watched his swing on video, here is what JJ Dunn, pro at the club where he played as a teenager in Bagdad, Florida, told the Augusta Chronicle: 'Bubba knows nothing about the golf swing. Not one thing. He grew up with Boo Weekley who was a keen student but Bubba just wasn't interested.

Green with envy: Last year's winner Charl Schwartzel presents Bubba with the green jacket

Green with envy: Last year's winner Charl Schwartzel presents Bubba with the green jacket

'There's no teaching what he has; no substitute for it. It's almost freakish what he does to create such clubhead speed.'

Watson went to the same school as Weekley, who grew up on a golf course in a house on the corner of a dog-leg. Typical Bubba. He could not play the hole conventionally but would curve the ball right over Weekley's house.

Through the eye of the needle: Watson plays his second shot at the 10th during the sudden death play-off

Through the eye of the needle: Watson plays his second shot at the 10th during the sudden death play-off

Such a skill came in handy on the second hole of his sudden-death play-off against the great South African stylist, Louis Oosthuizen. A rare inaccurate drive had left him deep in the woods, 160 yards from the hole.

Eclipsing Oosthuizen's remarkable achievement of only the fourth albatross in Masters history for shot of the day took some doing but Watson managed it.

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Needing to hook a wedge 40 yards in the air to find the green, Watson somehow pulled it off to clinch victory. Watching, his great friend Rickie Fowler chuckled to himself.

'He was probably better off having to play a shot no-one else could play rather than just having to hit it straight,' he said.

Watson has a reputation for dissolving into tears when he wins and here he convulsed great uncontrollable sobs on to the shoulders of his mum, Molly.

The emotion was heightened because he and his wife Angie adopted their first child, one- month-old Caleb, a fortnight ago.

'When we were on our first date she told me she had to adopt,' said Watson. For the past four years they have been going through what felt like a never-ending process.

'We finally heard on the Tuesday of the Arnold Palmer Invitational that we'd been successful and on the Wednesday we said yes,' he said.

'The following Monday we picked him up. Winning the Masters means everything right now but I know it's not real life and I'm looking forward to enjoying that again. I haven't even changed a diaper yet.'

There is a lot of John Daly in the way Watson, 33, plays golf, with his ability to hit the ball miles and his gossamer touch around the greens.

But off the course they could hardly be more different. Watson does not drink, smoke and would not dream of missing church on Sundays.

He almost caused a diplomatic incident in France last year at the French Open when he wrote off its various cultural attractions and said he could not wait to get home, but that is Bubba.

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'I have no idea what to say because I never got this far in my dreams.'

At the green jacket ceremony, Bubba Watson sums up what it means to win the Masters in his own inimitable way.

His genius lies in his hands, not his head, and then there is that enormous heart.

'This is what he worked for his whole life,' said mum. 'He didn't party when he was young, he played his golf. His dad always told us this would happen.'

Dad Gerry died of throat cancer two years ago and drawing attention to charities looking for cures is why Watson uses that unique driver he wields to such devastating effect.

And so a Masters that never relented for a minute in terms of pulsating excitement had delivered a winner who added up to another shining example of the American dream.

'The Masters champ, you think I'm done, right' Watson said, smiling. 'I know I can't beat this but hopefully I'll keep crying.'

His tears are welcome any time.

BBC taking the Michael

The vast number of critical emails I woke up to yesterday indicates that the BBC had another belter at the Masters. Didn't we predict in this column last week that Michael Vaughan would be a calamity That's the problem.

Under fire: Vaughan attracted criticism for his calamitous display at The Masters

Under fire: Vaughan attracted criticism for his calamitous display at The Masters

You can see the flaws in their celebrity-obsessed approach a mile off and yet still they blunder on. What is wrong with these people Why won't they ever listen to their audience

Lee's time will come

Lee Westwood's caddie Billy Foster described his man's tied-third finish at the Masters as the 'same old story' and it was hard to argue with that.

Tied first in birdies, first in greens in regulation but the nearly man of the major championship scene had 19 – yes, 19 – more putts than Phil Mickelson, one of the men who finished alongside him.

So close: Westwood was two shots away from making the play-off

So close: Westwood was two shots away from making the play-off

All right, Mickelson is always going to have fewer putts because he is always going to miss more greens, but almost five putts per round is a staggering number.

Still, an Easter Sunday finish seems the right occasion to insist we keep the faith.

Westwood missed one putt of 12 inches and another from two feet, but he was still there at the end, outplaying everyone from tee to green.

He is so mentally strong you do feel that somewhere along the line he is just going to have a week where they go in and he will win by six.

Given he will be 39 by the time the US Open takes place in June, let us just hope it is soon.