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Bubba Watson withstood an
inspired early challenge from playing
partner Jordan Spieth to clinch the
masters for a second time in three
years with a three-shot victory at
Augusta National today.
Trailing the prodigiously talented
Spieth by two strokes after four
holes, left-hander Watson took
advantage of a stumbling run by his
fellow American around the turn
as he upped his own game, then
maintained control on the back nine.
Watson, who landed his rst major
title with a thrilling playo win over
South African Louis Oosthuizen in
2012, mixed ve birdies with two
bogeys to card a three-under-par
69 on a warm but mainly overcast
e 35-year-old from Bagdad
in Florida, known for his distance
o the tee and his audacious shot-
making, covered the back nine in
even par to post an eight-under total
After being warmly embraced
by his caddie and shaking hands
with Spieth, Watson was then
congratulated greenside by his wife
Angie and their two-year-old son
" is one is a lot di erent," a
teary-eyed Watson said before being
helped into the revered green jacket
by last year's masters champion
Adam Scott of Australia. " e rst
one for me (his 2012 Masters win),
it's almost like I lucked into it. is
one was a lot of hard work and
dedication. After giving away that
jacket last year, I kind of wanted it
back. I never loved green so much."
Spieth, at 20 aiming to become the
youngest player to win the masters,
had to settle for a share of second
place at ve under after signing o
with a 72, nishing level with Swede
Jonas Blixt (71).
"It was so much fun, it really
was," Spieth told reporters. "Even
if I didn't show it there on the back
nine, it was. I took it all in, standing
ovations for both of us to each green.
It was a dream come true.
"Although it sits a little hard right
now, I'll be back and I can't wait to be
back. It was an incredible experience.
"Hats o obviously to Bubba,
because when he's driving the ball
well out here, he's very tough to
Pony-tailed Spaniard Miguel
Angel Jimenez, at the ripe age of 50
aiming to surpass Jack Nicklaus by
becoming the oldest masters winner,
placed fourth after also carding a 71.
American world No 7 Matt Kuchar,
seeking his rst major victory, brie y
held a share of the lead after three
holes but then struggled on a layout
running fast and rm on the way to
a 74 and a tie for fth with Rickie
German veteran Bernhard Langer,
a double masters champion, rolled
back the years with a closing 69 to
nish at even par, level with ve
others including Rory McIlroy (69)
and American Jimmy Walker (70).
Spieth had been the dominant
gure in the early going today with
some riveting golf, four birdies and a
bogey in the rst seven holes putting
him two ahead of the chasing pack.
He picked up his rst shot of the
day at the par- ve second, sinking a
left-to-right breaking putt from 10
feet, then spectacularly holed out
from a greenside bunker to birdie
the par-three fourth, raising both
arms in celebration.
ough he bogeyed the fth after
hitting his approach into a greenside
bunker, he recovered with birdies at
the par-three sixth, hitting his tee
shot to three feet, and at the seventh,
where he coaxed in a slick 12-footer
downhill. Watson, who had o set a
bogey at the third with a birdie at
the fourth, kicked in with another
birdie at the sixth where his tee shot
ended up nine feet from the cup and
he coolly sank the putt.
He then bene ted from two-shot
swings at the eighth and ninth.
While Watson got up and down
from left of the green to birdie the
par- ve eighth, Spieth ran up a
three-putt bogey to drop back into a
tie for the lead at seven under.
Spieth also bogeyed the par-four
ninth after his approach rolled o
the front of the elevated green and
he failed to get up and down from
there, missing a par putt from ve
feet. Watson hit his second shot
there to 4.5m and, with ice-cool
nerve, rolled in the birdie putt which
broke from right-to-left.
ough Watson stumbled with a
bogey at the tricky 10th, he regained
a two-stroke cushion when Spieth
fell victim to the swirling winds
around Amen Corner with a bogey
at the par-three 12th after his tee
shot ended up in the water. --- AP
e Grey Valley and Marist rugby
teams opened their New Forrest
Cup rugby competitions with wins
over their southern opponents, on
Grey Valley player-coach Tere
Wycli e said his side overcame a rusty
start to forge a good lead but then had
to pull out all stops to repel a late South
Westland rally to win, 26-18.
"South Westland got back to 18-
23 but then Tim Priest kicked a drop
goal to push us out by eight points,"
Wycli e said.
He singled out young prop, and man
of the match, Jake Featherstone, for
praise along with lock Peter Nicholls
and Priest who controlled play well
from rst- ve.
South Westland coach Grant
Mathieson was lamenting a " at patch"
in the middle.
"We dominated the rst 15 minutes
and last 15, but they won the middle,"
" ey brought on all the old guys and
we could not handle the sheer bulk of
South Westland scored three tries
to two but Mathieson said his pack
missed the likes of Ryan Kennedy,
and a neck injury to key lock Lucas
Symminton further weakened the
forwards. Symminton was transferred
to Grey Base Hospital but has been
cleared of serious injury.
Nolan, Symmington and Price were
players of the day.
Scorers: Grey Valley 26 (P Nicholls,
D Crouchley, tries, T Priest 2 cons, 3
pens, eld goal); South Westland 18
(G Price 2, K Nolan tries, C Deans
Marist manager Andrew Robb said
the greens stuck to the game plan while
on attack and weathered the storm
well when Wests held the ball for long
periods of play in their 31-8 win.
No 8 Sam Tau ran himself to a
standstill, making several clean breaks
in the process, while rst- ve Clint
Smith, enjoying good service from
halfback Navitaili Vosanibole, also cut
the defence to ribbons on occasions.
Wests manager Tony Bowe said
size was also a factor in the loss but
the 23-point margin was not a fair
re ection of the match.
Hooker, Matt Breen, was player of the
day and loose for ward Dave Wilson
was never far from the ball.
Marist 31 (N Vosanibole 2, T Keene,
B Campbell, C Smith tries; Smith 3
cons) Wests 8 (M Slaven try, L Ross
ere may be worse to come but at
this stage Saturday, April 12, 2014 must
go down as the blackest day in the
proud history of the Blaketown Rugby
It was the day that a Kiwi team with
player-coach Dan Tauwhare, displaying
skills light years ahead of anyone in the
opposition, led his team to a humiliating
54-10 New Forrest Cup victory over a
Blaketown side that was senior in name
only, at Walker Park, Hokitika.
Tauwhare was all class, using his skill
and experience to easily unlock the
brittle black defensive line, while scoring
a try and adding four conversions in the
He had plenty of support in a team
that staked an early claim for overall
2014 West Coast rugby honours in
Blaketown were humbled in the
lineouts, bullied in the scrums and
thrashed everywhere else, with Kiwi No
8 Neil Linklater, hooker Troy Tauwhare
and lock Jeremy Muir leading the
pack and the entire backline, enjoying
the ser vice from Dan Tauwhare and
impressive halfback Jared Ferguson
showing enterprise and cohesion in an
By contrast, Blaketown fumbled and
bumbled their way through the match
and were reduced to shu ing around
with puzzled looks on their faces.
On this performance, the blacks have
some major mountains to climb if they
plan to compete for honours later in the
Linklater rst got Kiwi on the
scoreboard, falling on the ball after the
scrum bulldozed the Blaketown pack
back over their goal line. Shaun McLure
converted and by half-time had scored
a try himself and converted two of the
other tries to come from Daniel Bishop,
Troy Tauwhare and Peter Te Rakau.
Further second-half tries to Dan
Tauwhare, Brent McBride and Nick
Muir, converted by Dan Tauwhare,
were answered by one from Blaketown
lock Adam Torrance, who was shunted
over the line by team-mates after three
successive penalties nally allowed the
blacks to get close enough to threaten to
score. Beau Cain kicked the conversion
to go with an early penalty.
Centre, Phil omson, made a handful
of strong runs up the centre, but
collectively and individually Blaketown
were all well outplayed by their
PICTURE: Janna Sherman
Kiwi and Blaketown players vie for the lineout ball at Walker Park, Hokitika.
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Woeful Blaketown's black Saturday
Grey Valley, Marist make winning starts
PICTURE: Getty Images
Adam Scott presents Bubba Watson with the green jacket after Watson
won the 2014 masters tournament today in Augusta.
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