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Bubba eyes more 'miracles'

GOLF: Bubba Watson (pictured) has promised to keep on going for the 'miracle shot' like the one that won him the Masters.

"When it comes to creativity on the golf course, that's just who I am," said Watson, who is back in action this week defending the Zurich Classic title in New Orleans.

The 33-year-old American was in the trees on the second extra hole against Louis Oosthuizen in the play-off at Augusta, but hooked the ball some 40 yards off pine straw and onto the green for a winning par.

"That's just what I've done, so that doesn't scare me," he said. "It thrills me because then I can pull off some shots. That's more exciting.

"I don't care if the fans were there or what. If I was just playing with my buddies I'd want to pull that shot off.

"I'm just Bubba from Bagdad, Florida. I play golf because I love the game of golf, because it's fun."

Watson suddenly finds himself the top attraction in a field that also includes England's Luke Donald and Justin Rose and Portrush's Graeme McDowell.

With Rory McIlroy not having played since the Masters concluded on April 8 -- he is back at next week's Wells Fargo Championship -- Donald will go back to world number one with a top-seven finish.



Ponting and Cowan lead Aussie charge

Cricket: Australia finished day three of the third Test against West Indies on top although it could have been even better as the tourists ended on 200 for six for a lead of 310 runs.

While they may be in control, the tourists will have been disappointed to have lost four wickets after tea in Dominica.

Ricky Ponting and Ed Cowan made 57 and 55 respectively with captain Michael Clarke the next highest scorer with 25 and at the close Michael Hussey was 17 not out alongside Ryan Harris (four not out).

Shane Shillingford took two more wickets to bring to eight the number of victims he has claimed so far in this Test.

Earlier, Nathan Lyon finished with four for 69 with Australia eventually ending Shivnarine Chanderpaul's dogged resistance at the crease, with the veteran batsman last out and also the hosts' top scorer with 68.

It could have been far worse as West Indies were 120 for eight at one stage, although Australia still started their second innings with a lead of 110.



Unseeded Blake takes Irish Open scalp

SQUASH: Irish number two Aisling Blake, unseeded in the tournament, had one of the best wins of her career when she beat the number five seed and reigning Irish Open champion Nour El Tayeb to reach the quarter-finals of the Irish Open at Fitzwilliam.

Blake demonstrated great patience and won the first set 11/9 while the second set came a little quicker, with her taking it 11/4 as El Tayeb appeared to tire temporarily.

El Tayeb upped her game in the third and seemed to retrieve everything that Blake threw at her, winning 11/6.

In the final set, Blake survived the lengthy rallies and emerged the victor, winning it 11/6.

Ireland's Madeline Perry, seeded No 1 and ranked No 3 in the world, won decisively in her first-round match against Egyptian Heba El Torky.



Ballesteros: No pressure being Seve's son

GOLF: Seve Ballesteros' 21-year-old son Javier competes on the Spanish Peugeot Tour tomorrow on the same Sant Cugat course in Barcelona where his late father played his first professional tournament in 1974.

A law student in Madrid, Ballesteros has a handicap of 0.4 and has still to make a decision on whether to turn professional.

"I have to finish university - it is something my parents have always told me to do, specially my father," he said.

"I have no pressure for being Seve's son at all."


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