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Bubba targets the incredibles

GOLF: Part Seve Ballesteros and part John Daly, newly crowned Masters champion Bubba Watson is a gifted shot-maker and genuine crowd pleaser who plays with extraordinary passion.

Following his playoff victory over South African Louis Oosthuizen at the Masters on Sunday, he is now likely to make a much wider impact on the game because of his attacking approach and astonishing creativity.

“I just play golf. I attack. I always attack,” Watson said after edging out Oosthuizen at the second extra hole where he conjured a miraculous hook shot from pine straw with a gap wedge from 155 yards.

“I don’t like to go to the centre of the greens. I want to hit the incredible shot. Who doesn’t? That’s why we play the game of golf, to pull off the amazing shot.”

McGee to rescue

Tennis: Ireland retained their place in group two of the Davis Cup for the fifth year on the trot after James McGee produced a heroic performance yesterday in the deciding singles rubber of the relegation play-off against Egypt in Cairo.

With the countries tied 2-2, Irish No 2 McGee dug deep to pull off a thrilling 6-2 5-7 7-5 3-6 6-4 victory against Egyptian No 2 Sherif Sabry.

Bakker Rás win

Cycling: Dutchman Dennis Bakker took overall victory at the four-day Kerry Group Rás Mumhan after winning stage four in Killorglin yesterday.

Having begun the day just 44 seconds off the yellow jersey of Ryan Sherlock, Bakker was part of a three-man group that went clear on the final finishing circuits, and he sped to stage victory two seconds clear of fellow Dutchman Silvan Buis and 17 seconds ahead of Donegal’s Sean McFadden.

Germans edge Irish

Hockey: The Irish men’s team |went down 3-2 to European champions Germany in Mannheim yesterday.

Johnny Bruton put Ireland ahead, but the hosts levelled through Matthias Witthaus. Thilo Stralkowski and Jan Philipp Rabente then struck, before Ian Sloan pulled one back.

NBA: Charlotte 85 Washington 113, Orlando 119 Detroit 89, Indiana 103 Toronto 98, Memphis 94 LA Clippers 85, New Orleans 91 LA Lakers 93, Milwaukee 89 Oklahoma City 109.

MLB: Philadelphia 2 Miami 6, Colorado 0 San Francisco 7, Minnesota 1 LA Angels 5, Chicago Cubs 5 Milwaukee 7, Baltimore 2 NY Yankees 6, Cleveland 2 Chicago White Sox 4, Toronto 2 Boston 4, NY Mets 4 Washington 3, Cincinnati 1 St Louis 7, Texas 11 Seattle 5, Houston 8 Atlanta 3, Oakland 1 Kansas City 0.