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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

Jose Mourinho misses Ballon d"Or gala to watch son play in Madrid

So, why did Mourinho snub Spanish football's big night at the Ballon d'Or gala

By
Lee Bryan

PUBLISHED:

15:41 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

15:52 GMT, 9 January 2013

Amidst the glitz and glamour of the Ballon d'Or gala night, one of football's most famous faces was missing.

But Jose Mourinho's absence wasn't a calculated snub in protest at the Barcelona dominance, as many have been speculated.

The Real Madrid boss, who missed out on coach of the year to Spain's Vicente del Bosque, claimed initially that he would miss the event in order to swat up on Celta Vigo, his team's next opponents.

Keeping it real: Jose Mourinho missed the Ballon d'Or gala to watch his son play

Keeping it real: Jose Mourinho missed the Ballon d'Or gala to watch his son play

Prize guy: Vicente del Bosque won coach of the year, while Messi was the player of the year for the fourth consecutive year

Prize guy: Vicente del Bosque won coach of the year, while Messi was the player of the year for the fourth consecutive year

Prize guy: Vicente del Bosque won coach of the year, while Messi was the player of the year for the fourth consecutive year

However, Spanish newspaper AS has revealed that Mourinho was in fact in Madrid, watching his son in action for CD Canillas.

According to the report, the former Chelsea and Inter Milan manager arrived at around 7.45pm and was accompanied by two bodyguards.

It was about that time in Zurich that Lionel Messi was being awarded his fourth consecutive Ballon d'Or, ahead of Barca team-mate Andres Iniesta and Real star Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Lionel Messi wins Ballon D"Or for fourth year in a row

In a league of his own! Barca star Messi wins fourth Ballon d'Or award after record-breaking year

By
Guy Aspin, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

18:58 GMT, 7 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:46 GMT, 7 January 2013

Lionel Messi won a record-breaking fourth consecutive FIFA Ballon d'Or at an awards ceremony in Zurich.

The 25-year-old Argentinian took the honour ahead of Barcelona team-mate Andres Iniesta and Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo.

Messi enjoyed a remarkable 2012 even by his own high standards, most notably surpassing Gerd Muller's 40-year-old record of 85 goals in a calendar year, finishing with an incredible 91.

Taking the honours: Lionel Messi with his Ballon d'Or

Taking the honours: Lionel Messi with his Ballon d'Or

Messi said: 'To tell you the truth this is really quite unbelievable. The fourth award that I have had is just too great for words.

'I would like to recognise my other colleagues from Barcelona; Andres it has been great to train and play alongside you.

'I would also like to recognise all of my friends in the Argentinian national team, everyone that has worked with me, coaches and staff and my family and my friends. Also my wife and my son. Thank you.

We've been here before! Messi receives the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for the fourth year in a row

We've been here before! Messi receives the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for the fourth year in a row

The moment of truth: Italy's Fabio Cannavaro shows the envelope with Messi's name as winner

The moment of truth: Italy's Fabio Cannavaro shows the envelope with Messi's name as winner

Talking a good game: Messi grabs hold of his award during his acceptance speech

Talking a good game: Messi grabs hold of his award during his acceptance speech

Messi said: 'To tell you the truth this is really quite unbelievable. The fourth award that I have had is just too great for words.

'I would like to recognise my other colleagues from Barcelona; Andres it has been great to train and play alongside you.

'I would also like to recognise all of my friends in the Argentinian national team, everyone that has worked with me, coaches and staff and my family and my friends. Also my wife and my son. Thank you.'

The final three: The Ballon d'Or finalists Cristiano Ronaldo, Andres Iniesta and winner Lionel Messi

The final three: The Ballon d'Or finalists Cristiano Ronaldo, Andres Iniesta and winner Lionel Messi

What a team: The Team of the Year was made up entirely of La Liga players

What a team: The Team of the Year was made up entirely of La Liga players

The top English player in the list was Manchester United's Wayne Rooney who came 15th with 0.39 per cent of the votes.

Speaking at the pre-gala press conference, Messi claimed he did not consider 2012 his best year yet.

He said: 'I'm more interested in team awards than I am about what I might win individually. There have been years where we won more titles that have been better.'

Up for it: Proceedings were hosted by Ruud Gullit (L) and Kay Murray

Up for it: Proceedings were hosted by Ruud Gullit (L) and Kay Murray

Messi's team-mates and rivals paid tribute to him.

Barca midfielder Cesc Fabregas wrote on Twitter: 'Congratulations Leo, forth time as the best player of ballondor, you deserve it. And also to @andresiniesta8, huge to be there.'

Argentina team-mate Sergio Aguero simply Tweeted: 'Messi, Messi, Messi, Messi.'

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand Tweeted: “Congrats to Messi! Wow,4 yrs in a row!! Messi has added something else to his list of 'the only person to….' #isMessiTheBestOfAllTime '

Doing it for club and country: Messi has been a star for Barcelona and Argentina (below)

Doing it for club and country: Messi has been a star for Barcelona and Argentina (below)

Lionel Messi for Argentina

Fenerbahce's Miroslav Stoch won the FIFA Puskas Award for goal of the year, Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque was named World Coach of the Year and United States international Abby Wambach won Women's World Player of the Year.

The FIFPro World XI was named up entirely of players based in Spain with Barcelona's Dani Alves, Gerard Pique and Xavi, Real Madrid's Iker Casillas, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso and Atletico Madrid's Radamel Falcao joining the three Ballon d'Or nominees in the team.

Franz Beckenbauer received the FIFA Presidential Award.

MESSI IN 2012: BY NUMBERS

What a year it has been for Lionel Messi. He broke Gerd Muller's 40-year-old record for the most goals in calendar year netting an astonishing 91 times. Aged only 24 he became the first person to score five goals in a single Champions League match in Barcelona's 7-1 win against Bayer Leverkusen in March. And he even started scoring for his country on a regular basis with 12 goals in nine matches for Argentina. Rightfully so he was awarded the 2012 FIFA Ballon d'Or for a third year in a row. Here Sportsmail unveils our Messi stats bonanza…

CLUB AND COUNTRY MATCHES
Total Barcelona matches: 63
Total Argentina matches: 11
Total matches combined: 74
Total Messi played: 69
Matches missed: 5
Total minutes of football Barcelona and Argentina played: 6,660
Total minutes Messi played: 5,973
Minutes missed: 687

LEAGUE DOMINATION
Total Barcelona league matches: 39
Total Messi played in: 38
Total Barcelona league minutes played: 3,510
Total Messi minutes: 3,361
Minutes missed: 149
The striker only failed to score in 10 of 39 league matches in 2012 – so he scored in 75% of Barcelona's league games.

HOW
Goals scored: 91
Left foot: 81
Right foot: 7
Head: 3

AREA
Inside the box: 78
Outside: 13

DEAD BALL
Penalty: 14
Free kick: 7

MINUTES
0-15 minutes: 5
16-30: 18
31-45: 14
46-60: 13
61-75: 17
76-90: 24
Messi didn't score a single goal in the first 10 minutes of matches at all last year.

TEAM
Barcelona: 79
Argentina: 12

COMPETITION
La Liga: 59
Champions League: 13
Copa del Rey: 5
Spanish Supercup: 2
World Cup Qualifiers: 5
Friendlies: 7

MONTH
January: 7
February: 10
March: 13
April: 9
May: 8
June: 4
July: 0
August: 7
September: 5
October: 10
November: 9
December: 9

DISTANCE
Average distance he scored from: 14.8 yards (or 13.5 metres)

TIME OF DAY
Day: 16 goals scored, 571 minutes played, 36 minutes per goal
Night: 75 goals scored, 5,402 minutes played, 72 minutes per goal

MESSI BINGO
There were 37 minutes of the 90 in a match that Messi didn't score in this season. These are the minutes Messi DIDN'T score in during 2012:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 30, 32, 36, 37, 38, 40, 46, 50, 53, 54, 55, 62, 66, 68, 69, 75, 82, 83, 87.

STADIUMS
Camp Nou, Barcelona: 41 goals
Campo de Futbol de Vallecas, Madrid: 4
Campo de Futbol de Vallecas, Valencia: 4
Estadio Riazor, A Coruna: 3
Stade de Suisse, Bern: 3
MetLife Stadium, New York: 3
La Rosaleda, Malaga: 3
Iberostar Estado, Palma de Mallorca: 3
El Arcangel, Cordoba: 2
Coliseum Alfonso Perez, Getafe: 2
Vicente Calderon, Madrid: 2
Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza: 2
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow: 2
Reyno de Navarra, Pamplona: 2
El Sardinero, Santander: 2
Benito Villamarin, Seville: 2
La Romareda, Zaragoza: 2
El Monumental, Buenos Aires: 1
Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, Cordoba: 1
Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt: 1
Celtic Park, Glasgow: 1
BayArena, Leverkusen: 1
Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid: 1
Nacional, Santiago de Chile: 1
Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Seville: 1
Jose Zorrilla, Valladolid: 1

By Sam Cunningham

Fabrice Muamba: I want to work for FIFA

Muamba eyeing up FIFA role with former Bolton star to meet with president Blatter

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UPDATED:

22:44 GMT, 10 October 2012

Former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba is hoping he could be offered a job with FIFA when he meets president Sepp Blatter next week.

The 24-year-old was forced to retire from football after suffering a cardiac arrest during a match at Tottenham in March and is still yet to decide where his future lies.

He believes he is too impatient to become a manager and also claimed watching football can lead to him getting 'very frustrated'.

FIFA role: Fabrice Muamba, pictured with Brazilian World Cup-winner Ronaldo, will meet Sepp Blatter next week

FIFA role: Fabrice Muamba, pictured with Brazilian World Cup-winner Ronaldo, will meet Sepp Blatter next week

But a job with the sport's governing body could be on the cards after Muamba revealed he has been offered a chance to speak to Blatter next week.

He said: 'Funnily enough I have a meeting with Sepp Blatter this time next week. Hopefully he can get a job for me.

'I've been told he's invited me to Zurich and hopefully we can sort something out. I don't know [what], I have to go and see what happens. I will go and see him. Some time next week I have to fly to Zurich.'

Setting out his stall: Muamba said watching football can be a frustrating experience

Setting out his stall: Muamba said watching football can be a frustrating experience

One role that Muamba will definitely be undertaking is an ambassadorial position with the Trotters as he fulfils the length of his original contact at the Reebok Stadium.

'I've been told that in the last year of my contract, which is next season, I will be working as an ambassador of the club,' he said.

'I just hope I do a good job there and then we will see what happens. That was already written into my contract.

'I had a choice but I said it's fine, we could leave it how it was and then we will see.'

Ambassadorial role: Muamba will continue to work for Bolton

Ambassadorial role: Muamba will continue to work for Bolton

Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake win in Zurich

Bolt and Blake cruise to victory in Zurich as Jamaican duo set meeting records

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UPDATED:

20:23 GMT, 30 August 2012

Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt were once again the star attractions at a cold and drizzly Diamond League meeting in Zurich.

Jamaican Blake, double Olympic silver medallist at London in the sprints, benefited from a false start by American rival Tyson Gay – and subsequent disqualification – to win the 100 metres in a time of 9.76 seconds.

Stroll: Usain Bolt cruises to victory in the 200m in Zurich

Stroll: Usain Bolt cruises to victory in the 200m in Zurich

Winner again: Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the men's 200m at the Diamond League in Zurich

Winner again: Usain Bolt celebrates after winning the men's 200m at the Diamond League in Zurich

Compatriot Nesta Carter was a distant second in 9.95secs with Ryan Bailey of the United States third.

Bolt was then pushed hard by Jason Young in the 200m but eventually eased away over the last 50 metres to take the plaudits in 19.66s.

In front: Yohan Blake (left) stormed to victory in the 100m in Zurich

In front: Yohan Blake (left) stormed to victory in the 100m in Zurich

Yohan Blake celebrates

Raphael Spiegel joins West Ham

Hammers snap up Swiss starlet Spiegel as boss Big Sam recruits third keeper

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UPDATED:

12:31 GMT, 23 July 2012

Swiss roll: Sam Allardyce has signed keeper Raphael Spiegel

Swiss roll: Sam Allardyce has signed keeper Raphael Spiegel

West Ham have signed their third goalkeeper this summer after raiding Grasshooper Club Zurich for Switzerland starlet Raphael Spiegel for an undisclosed fee.

The 6ft 3in 19-year-old Swiss Under 20 international arrives at Upton Park on a three year deal with the option of a further year.

Manager Sam Allardyce is expecting the teenager to provide cover for Jussi Jaaskelainen and Stephen Henderson, who he snapped up from Bolton and Portsmouth respectively.

Fantasy football 2012

Spiegel has represented his country at Under 17, U18, U19 and U20 levels after impressing between the sticks for Grasshopper Club's second team in the Swiss third division.

The Hammers, meanwhile, departed for Germany on Monday morning ahead of their three-game pre-season tour.

Hawk-Eye and GoalRef to get green light with IFAB set to approve goal-line technology

IFAB set to approve goal-line technology with Hawk-Eye and GoalRef to get green light

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UPDATED:

17:34 GMT, 4 July 2012

The long wait for goal-line technology will finally reach its conclusion when football's law-makers meet to approve two systems.

The International FA Board (IFAB) are set to give the go ahead to both the Hawk-Eye and the GoalRef systems, which will give the green light to the Premier League and Football Association introducing the technology into their competitions.

A comprehensive series of tests have been carried out on the systems by Swiss scientists and IFAB sources have confirmed that both Hawk-Eye and GoalRef will be deemed to have passed the tests satisfactorily.

Decisions, decisions: Sepp Blatter poses ahead of the IFAB meeting

Decisions, decisions: Sepp Blatter poses ahead of the IFAB meeting

Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo said a system was needed as soon as possible.

Di Matteo said: 'We see every season, every big tournament, we need it because there are some crucial moments within those games where, with a bit of technology, you could find the right solution.'

There will still be a delay before either system can be used in competitive football, however – each will need to be licensed, installed and then tested in every venue to make sure it is working properly.

The IFAB, who are meeting in Zurich, will also insist the technology is used only as an aid to referees to make a decision, rather than being the deciding factor in whether the ball has crossed the line.

It means referees can still decide not to award a goal based on what they see even if the systems are indicating the ball has crossed the line.

FIFA's president Sepp Blatter is now a firm supporter of goal-line technology, having changed his mind after Frank Lampard's disallowed goal for England against Germany in the 2010 World Cup.

Moving the goalposts: Blatter's mind was changed following Frank Lampard's strike in the 2010 World Cup

Moving the goalposts: Blatter's mind was changed following Frank Lampard's strike in the 2010 World Cup

The clamour increased last month after Ukraine's disallowed goal against England and has also served to sweep aside any lingering doubts over the systems' margins of error.

However, FIFA are insistent that, initially at least, the technology's signal of a goal should only be transmitted to the match officials and not to the crowd or TV audience.

The IFAB is made up of FIFA, who have four votes, and the four home nations, who have one vote each. Any law change needs at least six votes.

The body will also consider whether the UEFA experiment with extra officials has been a success and should be continued, but UEFA president Michel Platini will not be going to Zurich to argue the case in person.

The England v Ukraine incident, which saw John Terry hook the ball back into play when it was already across the line, could hardly have fallen worse for Platini.

No goal was awarded despite the extra official being no more than 10 yards away and staring straight along the line.

That suited Blatter perfectly, who opposes the extra two officials on the grounds that in many countries there are not a sufficient number of referees.

They even themselves out: John Terry was too late to stop Marko Devic's shot crossing the line - but the goal was not given

They even themselves out: John Terry was too late to stop Marko Devic's shot crossing the line – but the goal was not given

The tests on the technology were carried out by the EMPA – the Swiss Federal Laboratory for Materials Science and Technology – and the results discussed by IFAB members at a meeting earlier this month.

The Hawk-Eye system – developed by a British company now owned by Sony – is based on cameras and GoalRef, a Danish-German development, uses magnetic fields.

Each system is required to send an immediate message to a watch worn by the match officials within a second of the ball crossing the line.

The tests included exposing the equipment and watches to extreme heat and cold, as well as humidity and heavy rain. Experiments also took place during live matches including England's match against Belgium on June 2.

FIFA's Club World Cup in Japan in December is likely to be the first competition where the technology is used.

The IFAB are also due to rule on whether special headscarves can be worn during matches after pressure from some Muslim countries.

The body will hear a report from FIFA's medical committee which warns that headscarves could in some cases be a danger to players.

Euro 2012: Italy friendly cancelled due to earthquake

More disruption to Italy's Euro 2012 preparation as earthquake forces friendly to be cancelled

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UPDATED:

13:21 GMT, 29 May 2012

Italy's Euro 2012 preparation has been further disrupted after an earthquake struck the region they were due to play a friendly in.

Their match against Luxembourg in Parma was cancelled and at least 10 people in the area died.

Shaken: An earthquake ruined Italy's plans for a friendly

Shaken: An earthquake ruined Italy's plans for a friendly

The earthquake magnitude was 5.8 and occured just a week after a similar sized shock occured.

Match-fixing allegations which rocked Italian football have already caused them difficulties, with defender Domenico Criscito excluded from the squad so he can clear his name.

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has also been linked with match-fixing but will travel as he is not under formal investigation

A statement from the Italian football federation (FIGC) read: 'The friendly between Italy and Luxembourg scheduled for tonight at the Stadio Tardini in Parma has been called off.

'The decision has been taken by the FIGC along with the local and regional authorities after the earthquake that has hit the Emilia Romagna region and affected the north of Italy.'

Disaster: At least 10 people died in the earthquake

Disaster: At least 10 people died in the earthquake

Vincenzo Bernazzoli, president of the Emilia Romagna region, added: 'In our region, millions of people have been affected.

'In view of the victims and of the continuous tremors, it does not seem appropiate to proceed with the game.'

The tremors were felt across the north of Italy, including the hotel where the national team are staying.

'It is the first time I have felt an earthquake,' Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio said.

'It only lasted for a few seconds but the whole room shook.'
Italy will travel to Zurich to face Russia in a friendly on Friday.

Luke Donald on for No 1 after Zurich Open third round

Donald continues assault on No 1 spot as he ties for the lead in Zurich Classic

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UPDATED:

23:34 GMT, 28 April 2012

On the up: Luke Donald

On the up: Luke Donald

Luke Donald's quest to regain the No 1 position in world golf from Rory McIlroy remains on course after the third round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The 34-year-old needs a top seven finish at Avondale to take over at the top of the rankings – and he moved up to eighth with a third round 66, sharing that placing with Ken Duke.

Donald produced birdies at the second, fifth, seventh, 10th, 13th, 14th and 18th holes, with the only blemish on his card a bogey at the par four sixth.

It moves him to within five shots of leader Jason Dufner, who shot five under par in his third round to take a two-stroke lead over Graham DeLaet.

Dufner has not won in 163 starts on the US PGA Tour and is best remembered for losing a play-off to Keegan Bradley in last year's US PGA Championship.

However, he followed rounds of 67 and 65 with another 67 to maintain control of this tournament in Louisiana. DeLaet shot a 66, while a further stroke back were John Rollins and Ernie Els, who shot 69 and 68 respectively.

Ryan Palmer tied the course record with a 64 to join Steve Stricker and Cameron Tringale at 13 under – but Scotland's Russell Knox slipped out of contention.

Water performance: Daniel Chopra hits out of a lagoon back onto the ninth green

Water performance: Daniel Chopra hits out of a lagoon back onto the ninth green

Knox, a 26-year-old who was born in Inverness but now lives In Florida, moved into contention with a 64 of his own in the second round but was not in the same form in the third.

His only birdie came at the 18th – but bogeys on the fifth, 12th and 17th made for a disappointing round of 74.

Joining Knox on nine under were defending champion Bubba Watson, playing in his first tournament since winning the Masters – who fired a 65 – and England's Justin Rose (68).

English duo Greg Owen and Brian Davis were three shots back after a 71 and 72 respectively, a shot ahead of Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell, who was sharing 45th position with 11 other players after a 69 which included six birdies and three bogeys.

Zurich Classic: Live leaderboard

Zurich Classic leaderboard: Keep up with the latest scores

The PGA Tour is in New Orleans this week for the Zurich Classic.

Bubba Watson took the title last year and you can keep track of all the latest scores right here.

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Nice one Bubba: Watson with the Zurich Classic trophy in 2011

Nice one Bubba: Watson with the Zurich Classic trophy in 2011