January 20

When Sobers ruled the roost

first_imgAs Australia piles on the runs against the West Indies in the current Test series ‘down under’, there are many cricket lovers in the Caribbean who remember when it was the regional side which piled up massive scores against all who came. Prior to the start of the Australia series, an emotional Sir Garfield Sobers broke down in tears as he bemoaned the state of the Caribbean game. “It was such a pleasure and joy to be able to do what I did. I don’t think we have that kind of person today. I don’t think we have that kind of person in West Indies any more, who is quite prepared to play and to give everything to their country,” the West Indies cricket legend said in October. Sobers became part of West Indies folklore when he smashed a then world record 365 not out against Pakistan during the third Test at Sabina Park on March 1, 1958. FLOW Foundation chairman, Errol K. Miller, remembers, as an 11-year-old boy sitting inside Sabina Park, the day Sobers made history. ETCHED IN MEMORY “I think that day sort of galvanised for me the passion I had for cricket at an early age.” While cricket, which was the most important game in the Caribbean for decades, has since lost its shine, Miller has not forgotten the impact of the moment. “I was there when it happened. I actually saw it. I didn’t have to read it in the newspapers. Of all the cricket fans in the world, only a certain amount could be in Sabina Park, and I was one of them.” He added that seeing the “spineless surrender” of the current team was often heartrending. “I used to almost cry sometimes for West Indies when they lost. I was so passionate about it. Now, I just go to bed, and in the morning I go online and see what the score is.” But he will never forget his place as part of history. “I was there, and nobody can take that away from me,” said Miller. HISTORICAL DAY It was a Saturday, but Miller was there as part of a group organised by his Clarendon College school sports master. “The way I was about cricket those days, I was not going to miss the opportunity to see the likes of (Everton) Weekes, (Clyde) Walcott and (Conrad) Hunte,” he told The Gleaner. “It was serendipity that the day we went was the day it happened.” Miller sat in the Eastern stand, which, in those days, had mesh wires to contain the crowd. “When play opened, Hunte was ahead of Sobers. When Hunte got run out – you know how Jamaicans are – some said Sobers got him out because he was ahead and Sobers wanted to break the record,” he recalled. “I remember Weekes played a sweet cameo for 39 while Sobers was going merrily on his way. Walcott came, and in typical fashion just bludgeoned the bowlers for 88.” The atmosphere was electric. The stands were jam packed with cricket-loving Jamaicans from all walks of life. Some came with mountains of food as they prepared for a full day’s sport. “(I) was just taking in all the sights and sounds and all the people; the noise and cheering. The frequent sound of “dollar” as Jamaicans used to use that expression when a four was hit.” He added that though the Pakistani bowlers were being smashed to all parts of the park, the team continued to field with passion. “One of the Pakistanis bowled 85 overs,” he said. That bowler was Fazal Mahmood, who took two for 247 off 85.2 overs as the Windies piled up 790 for three declared in their second innings. “The economy rate was less than three. The fielding was top class for the entire day, even though they were hunting leather for the entire day. That really impressed me, even though I was a little boy,” said Miller. He admits that at the time he had no clue of the Test batting record, and it was while sitting amongst the crowd that he started to grasp that something important was about to happen. “I just went because I wanted to see international cricket, but as I settled down and heard people starting to talk, you got the significance of what was happening around you,” he said. There was pandemonium when Sobers smashed the record run. “When Sobers broke the record, a host of people descended on the field,” said Miller. He recalled talk of abandoning play. “As a matter of fact, not only were they thinking of abandoning play for the day, but of abandoning the whole match. “Fortunately for him, it was not abandoned. The most emotional response of what was going around was that he probably would not have got the record,” said Miller. Miller, who was part of Clarendon College’s 1962 and 1964 Headley Cup winning team, said seeing Sobers’ display helped fan the flames of his love for cricket.last_img read more

January 20

FA boss hails St Catherine Manning Cup teams

first_imgSeveral teams from St Catherine have made bright starts to the 2016 ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup, catching the eye of St Catherine Football Association president Peter Reid. Jonathan Grant, St Catherine High and St Jago High have all won their first two games, and Reid is encouraging them to keep going. He expressed the hope that the St Catherine teams would stay in contention. “I’d say it’s early days,” he cautioned, “but put your head in front and people will have to catch you.” So far in the Manning Cup Group G, St Jago have beaten Calabar and Campion College. Meanwhile, Jonathan Grant High and St Catherine High have each won twice in Group D. He also noted that several of the players on these teams have emerged from age group competition staged by the association. “Congratulations to the management and staff of the St Catherine teams,” he said while watching a Manning Cup game this week at the Prison Oval in Spanish Town, “but we have been doing our part in that.” “We have our Under-15, our Under-17,” he related, “and the boys would matriculate into the Manning Cup.” Speaking about the St Jago team that edged Calabar 1-0 in the match he was watching, he said: “I see about six boys who came through a programme and that would spread all throughout the different schools.”last_img read more

January 20

Things to know

first_img– Joy Foster was the first recipient of the first Sportswoman of the Year award (1961). She remains the youngest winner at 11 years old. – Maurice Foster (1973) and Joy Foster are the only sibling winners of the awards. – Sprinter Una Morris became the first repeat winner of either gender. She won the Sportswoman of the Year awards in 1963 and 1945. – Sarah Newland (1965) and Octavius Moran (1967) are the only Paralympian to win the award. – Orville Haslam (1968) is the only table tennis player to win the Sportsman of the Year award.last_img read more

January 19

UP hopeful Ricafort can still play

first_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ricafort was struck out of the lineup a day before the start of the season after he was deemed ineligible due to the new league rule on age limit.“It was supposed to be my first game in my first and last season,” said Ricafort who is turning 25 in January 2018. “This was supposed to be a big day for me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe new rule states that an athlete cannot be more than 25 years old for the whole season, not just the basketball tournament, which ends in December.Ricafort said he remains hopeful he could suit up for the Fighting Maroons this season. View comments So advances to final 16 Winning start Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend A costly, catty dispute finally settled LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img “I was told that it was the final decision but UP is going to re-appeal this week,” he said.Ricafort enrolled in La Salle in 2011, hoping to crack the first team. He moved to UST, but his transfer did not pan out as intended, before Bo Perasol recruited him to join the Fighting Maroons.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Forward Rob Ricafort was looking forward to opening weekend of UAAP Season 80 the past two years since he joined University of the Philippines.But instead of being on the floor for the Fighting Maroons as they eked out a 74-73 win over the University of Santo Tomas Tigers at Mall of Asia Arena, Ricafort was on the bench wearing sweat pants cheering on his teammates.ADVERTISEMENT Break new ground End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

January 19

Sports groups hold own rallies

first_imgAnd the group seeking his ouster is bracing itself for a tough fight.“We will now shift gear and pressure the government to file charges against Peping and those who are found to be guilty in mismanaging people’s money,” Mequi said.Aside from calling for Cojuangco’s resignation, Fernandez said the rally in Cebu was also to call for a more equitable means for provincial athletes to make the national team.“What we are doing here is for the athletes, especially the ones from the provinces,” said Fernandez.“We feel like we are always victims of favoritism and prejudice,” added the PBA legend, who cited the problems of Mary Joy Tabal with the athletics association.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide PSC Commissioner Mon Fernandez leads demonstrators in Cebu for the ouster of POC president Peping Cojuangco. Contributed photo. A group composed of concerned sports officials, coaches, athletes and sports aficionados held separate peace rallies in Manila and Cebu Thursday in an effort to pressure the Philippine Olympic Committee into a change of leadership.And with the target of the rallies, POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco reportedly unmoved by calls for his resignation, it looks like things are just getting started.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Navarro catches fire late as San Sebastian forces three-way tie for 4th Hundreds showed up in the Cebu rally, which was a bit larger than the one that gathered at Rizal Memorial. But Mequi said the important thing was to get the call for change going.“The presence of the old and the children, and a very apparent absence of those in-between, reflects the state of Philippine sports,” Mequi said. “The in-between who were not there constitute those who are involved in sports as leaders or managers of sports who tolerate the current practice of [not caring], who are satisfied with mediocrity.” How to help the Taal evacuees Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ DAY6 is for everybody Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “What will follow will be worth watching,” said former Philippine Sports Commission Chairman Perry Mequi, who led a small group that assembled at Rizal Memorial Coliseum for the Manila rally.In Cebu City, PSC commissioner Mon Fernandez led a bigger group that gathered at Fuente Osmeña circle and exhorted the athletes to distance themselves from the politicking and focus on their training.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Just keep practicing and let us do the fight for you,” Fernandez told the athletes.Cojuangco, who arrived from Turkmenistan, where he watched the campaign of the Philippine delegation in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, could not be reached for comment but sources say he will not give in to calls for his resignation. View commentslast_img read more

January 19

Ateneo, NU keep perfect slates in UAAP juniors

first_imgTerrence Fortea had 26 points to lead the Bullpups against the Junior Falcons while Rhayyan Amsali added 14 points and 12 rebounds.Joaquin Manuel led the Blue Eaglets against the Junior Warriors filling up the stat sheets with 15 points, eight rebounds, two assists, and two steals while SJ Belangel did his part with 13 points, seven assists, and five boards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkUniversity of Santo Tomas claimed solo third after an 83-79 overtime win over defending champion Far Eastern University-Diliman.John Cansino dominated for the Tiger Cubs with 29 points and 11 rebounds as UST bounced back from its lone loss of the tournament, an 89-85 slip-up against NU. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Ateneo kept its immaculate record in the UAAP Season 80 juniors’ basketball tournament after humiliating University of the East, 97-47, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Blue Eagles are at 4-0 to share the top spot with National University, which brushed off Adamson University 94-82 on the same day.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Gesta to challenge Linares for WBA World lightweight title Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

January 19

Benilde outlasts Arellano in shootout for NCAA football title

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Benilde head coach Marlon Maro, who owns two of the school’s four titles, said it was his players who delivered the championship and not him.“The players deserve this championship,” said Maro.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMiguel Artillera gave Benilde the 1-0 lead at the 38th minute but Corsame, a member of the under-23 team, equalized just three minutes later.After falling 2-1 in the shootout, the Blazers then relied on Renz Tulayba and Dean Embarle for their second and third penalties. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View comments Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense College of St. Benilde worked its magic in the clutch and won 3-2 in penalties over Arellano University to claim the NCAA Season 93 men’s football title Wednesday at Rizal Memorial Pitch.Blazers goalie Jake Vicen denied Robert Corsame Jr.’s attempt from the spot and sealed Benilde’s Game 3 win and its first championship in eight years.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Kelly brothers look to bounce back in ONE Manila card Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conelast_img read more

January 19

Australian Open: Svitolina into 4th round, ends 15-year-old Kostyuk’s run

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Svitolina, the only seeded player still in contention in her quarter, had five aces, only 11 unforced errors and didn’t serve a double fault in the 59-minute match.Kostyuk sobbed into a towel in the tunnel soon after leaving the court, but could joke about the defeat when asked later what she could take out of the experience.“Well, a lot,” she said. “How much you have to pay Svitolina to have one-hour lesson? I got it for free.”Kostyuk received entry into qualifying because of her junior girls’ victory last year at the Australian Open. She won all three qualifying matches, then her first two in the main draw.Svitolina will next play Denisa Allertova, who beat Magda Linette 6-1, 6-4.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Lillard leads Trail Blazers past Pacers Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina, right, is embraced by compatriot Marta Kostyuk after winning their third round match against compatriot at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia — Elina Svitolina ended 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk’s run at the Australian Open, met her at the net for a warm embrace and offered some words of encouragement.With the temperature hitting 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) for the second straight day, fourth-seeded Svitolina reached the fourth round at the season-opening major for the first time with the 6-2, 6-2 win on Rod Laver Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “It was sad playing another Ukrainian girl, same country is always tough,” Svitolina, one of five women in contention for the No. 1 ranking, said. “She’s a great fighter. She has a great future — we’re going to hear a lot more about her.”Kostyuk entered the tournament ranked No. 521 — a number that will likely be halved next month — and had wins over 25th-seeded Peng Shuai and Olivia Rogowska to become the youngest player to win main-draw matches at the Australian Open since Martina Hingis in 1996.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe step up to facing a top 10 player was too much for Kostyuk on Friday.She had nine double faults, including on match point, and only got 37 percent of her first serves into play. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES In the opening match on Rod Laver Arena, Petra Martic celebrated her 27th birthday with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 over Thai qualifier Luksika Kumkhum.“That was really ugly,” Martic said of the heat. “We were lucky to play on Rod Laver because we had some shade behind so you could hide for a few seconds in between the points.“Other than that, it’s just, you just need to be mentally tough and ready to just suffer out there.”Elise Mertens needed four match points before clinching a 7-5, 6-4 win over Alize Cornet, who needed a medical time out in the second set after complaining of being short of breath. After having her blood pressure taken and being draped in ice towels, she was able to continue and play seven more games.Mertens will meet Martic in the next round.The temperature was forecast to hit 42 C (108 F) but a weather change in the afternoon eased conditions slightly.Kyle Edmund was the first man into the fourth round, overcoming Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-6 (0), 3-6, 4-6, 6-0, 7-5 in 3 ½ hours on open court in the peak of the heat.No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta had a 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 win over No. 23 Gilles Muller. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

January 19

Heir to Norway’s throne watches its kings of Olympic skiing

first_imgPhivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano “We were supposed to see super-G today,” Crown Prince Haakon told The Associated Press minutes after joining a jubilant victory photograph with the winning team. “It’s been a good race, a good day.”The original plan made sense. Certainly before the Alpine schedule was blown off course by fierce winds at the blustery Pyeongchang Games. The men’s super-G was originally scheduled for Thursday and it is an event Norway dominates — four straight Olympic titles, including gold for Svindal in 2010.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWhen Jansrud won super-G four years ago, Prime Minister Erna Solberg was at the course in Russia to watch.In downhill, however, Norway had never won, and took silver at four of the past six Winter Games. There would have been no royal presence had downhill been raced last Sunday as intended.“They changed the program,” the crown prince said. “But we were very happy today. It’s really quite impressive that they’re able to perform at their very best in the Olympics when the stakes are highest.”Svindal’s second career Olympic gold medal was also his fourth medal in total. He and close friend Jansrud also shared a podium when taking bronze and silver, respectively, in giant slalom at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.Jansrud also now has four career Olympic medals, including bronze in the 2014 Sochi Olympic downhill.Crown Prince Haakon said the popular racers were “very nice guys” who were “very good at building teams.”ADVERTISEMENT How Abdul-Jabbar became Kareem and decided to talk about it It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next PLAY LIST 01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “They are able to also carry others, the kids coming behind them look up to them,” the 44-year-old prince said.Can the royal visit extend to super-G on Friday, where more Norwegian medals are expected?“No,” he said, “unfortunately not.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, center, poses for photos flanked by Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal, gold, left and Norway’s Kjetil Jansrud, silver, right, for the men’s downhill at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Jeongseon, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)JEONGSEON, South Korea — Inadvertently, the Crown Prince of Norway picked a good day to head up the mountain to watch Alpine skiing.The heir to the throne was in attendance Thursday when Norwegian teammates Aksel Lund Svindal and Kjetil Jansrud took gold and silver in the men’s downhill — one of the marquee events at the Winter Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

January 19

Bubba Watson wins Match Play for 2nd World Golf Championship

first_imgThrough it all, he said he wasn’t committed to only four or five shots. He was hitting high draws, low cuts, all the shots he created as a kid in the Florida Panhandle when he was just a boy with a club and a wild imagination.He wouldn’t have imagined such an easy time against Kisner in the all-Georgia Bulldogs final that ended with the fabled “dog license” score in match play. A dog license in Britain used to cost seven shillings, six pence (referred to as 7 and 6).Watson holed a 10-foot birdie on the opening hole, and then Kisner took care of the rest with four straight bogeys. Watson missed his short birdie putt to win the sixth hole, but not to worry. Kisner’s next shot bounced off a spectator’s head and next to a fence, and he had to chip off loose soil across the green for another bogey.This can happen in match play, and Kisner saw it Saturday in his 8-and-6 victory over Ian Poulter.Watson, finally, was on the winning end of it.“It’s crazy to think about it,” Watson said. “I’ve got two World Golf Championships, and two majors. It’s unbelievable to think about that, giving my mom a hug. Six years old, having one golf club for a year, no lessons. I can sit here and make up stories all day, but it’s absolutely remarkable that I’m able to life a trophy like this.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jazz use big third quarter, pull away from injured Warriors Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Bubba Watson holds his trophy after winning the during the final round at the Dell Technologies Match Play golf tournament, Sunday, March 25, 2018, in Austin, Texas. Watson defeated Kevin Kisner. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)AUSTIN, Texas — Bubba Watson was in high spirits for someone with such low expectations at the Dell Technologies Match Play.Walking to the sixth tee, already 2 up in his semifinal match against Justin Thomas, he smiled and said, “Just remember, I was beating No. 1 at some point.” Thomas only had to win that match to reach No. 1 in the world, and Watson figured that’s what would happen.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters LATEST STORIES View commentscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Watson wasn’t as sharp in the final as he was in his 3-and-2 victory over Thomas, and didn’t have to be. If not for missing a 4-foot birdie putt on the sixth hole of the championship match, Watson would have won the first seven holes.Kisner contributed to that. After escaping in 19 holes against Alex Noren in the semifinals, in which Noren had putts of 10 feet and 7 feet on the last two holes to win, Kisner didn’t put up much of a fight. He made four straight bogeys, and only twice was putting for birdie through 10 holes.“I don’t know what was going on. It was just pitiful,” Kisner said. “I’ve just got to forget this 12 holes and get back to working on the things that got me here.”Watson never expected to be here, mainly because this fickle format is not his favorite. He reached the semifinals his first year in 2011 — losing to Martin Kaymer, the PGA champion, for Kaymer to go to No. 1 in the world — and only made it to the weekend once after that.So he booked a family vacation for Sunday, and then had to change his plans, which was a good problem to have.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Watson won $1.7 million for his 11th career victory on the PGA Tour.The tougher match was against Thomas, the PGA champion who was poised to replace Dustin Johnson at No. 1 in the world.Watson went out to a 3-up lead on the front nine, and when Thomas closed to 1 down at the turn with his first birdie putt, Watson won two of the next three holes to regain control. Thomas didn’t make another birdie until the par-5 16th, and by then it was too late. Watson made his birdie from 3 feet for the win.Thomas said he was too consumed with what was at stake in the semifinals — the No. 1 ranking.“I haven’t had such a hard time not thinking about something so much. And that really sucked,” Thomas said. “I couldn’t stop thinking about it, to be perfectly honest. And I think you’re constantly getting questions about it with the media. But I need to be mentally stronger than that, and understand that it’s just a match.”Noren beat Thomas in the consolation match, 5 and 3.One year after Watson disappeared from among the elite in golf, he has won twice in his last four starts. He was No. 117 in the world when he arrived at Riviera, where he won for the third time in his career. With his 11th victory on the PGA Tour, he now is back up to No. 21.And the two-time Masters champion added his name to the growing list of contenders at Augusta National.“I’m looking forward to it, and hopefully I can get this focus and my putter rolling like it is,” Watson said.Watson played 109 holes over seven matches, going to the 18th hole just once when he halved his match with Julian Suri on Friday. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback It was about the only thing he got wrong Sunday.Watson denied Thomas with a brand of golf that was close to flawless, and then he made the final look as though he were on vacation all along. Watson won his second World Golf Championship with the biggest blowout since the title match switched to 18 holes in 2011, a 7-and-6 victory over Kevin Kisner.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHe sure didn’t expect to play only 28 holes in two matches on the final day at Austin Country Club, lead after every one of them, and pose with the trophy.“There’s stories all different directions that didn’t go the way I saw it,” he said. “It worked out in my favor. I’m glad I didn’t see it.” MOST READlast_img read more