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Saturday 14th July 2012, 3:55am
Brandt Snedeker worked wonders with a loaned
CASARES, Spain - Brandt Snedeker worked wonders with a loaned set of clubs at the World Match Play Championship on Thursday, crushing Thomas Bjorn of Denmark 5 and 4 to begin his quest for a first victory outside the United States. Matt Schaub Womens Jersey . The lone American in the 24-man field teed off with only 10 clubs in his replacement bag -- including a putter bought from the pro shop and a driver borrowed from Australian rival John Senden -- while his normal set was being couriered from the airport following a delay in the arrival of his luggage in Spain. By the time his clubs arrived at the Finca Cortesin course -- allowing him to fill his bag to the maximum 14 -- Snedeker was 3 up after three holes. Such was his form with his newly purchased putter, he continued with it rather than use his own and holed from off the green on No. 14 to clinch victory. \"I didnt like my chances on the first tee,\" Snedeker said. \"I just thought, Go out there and see if I could try to beat him, try to do what I could with what I was playing with.\" There were opening-day wins for Ian Poulter of England, who started his title defence by beating Senden 3 and 2, and Justin Rose, who battered Robert Rock 7 and 6 in an all-English contest. Martin Kaymer, at No 9 the highest-ranked player in the field, lost 3 and 2 to Rafael Cabrero-Bello. Robert Karlsson missed a 6-foot putt on the last to lose 1 up to Graeme McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champion and Europes Ryder Cup star from the same year. But there was no doubting the standout story, which continued Snedekers remarkable few days since missing the cut at The Players Championship last week. His flight from Miami to Madrid on Monday ahead of a first visit to Spain was interrupted when a fellow passenger suffered a heart attack, forcing his plane to make an emergency landing in the Azores. He played Wednesdays pro-am deprived of sleep and with some borrowed clubs and only discovered on Thursday morning that his own set wouldnt be arriving until after he had teed off against Bjorn. Rose offered Snedeker his putter but the American went with the one he bought, plus Sendens driver and a set of irons. Snedeker had to be granted permission from tour officials to add four of his own clubs -- a 3-wood, hybrid, lob wedge and putter. \"Kind of a weird day to say the least,\" Snedeker said. \"They havent charged me for the putter yet. Im sure it will be a hundred bucks but it will be well worth it.\" Snedeker, who made six birdies in total and can guarantee a place in the last 16 with a win over Branden Grace on Friday, believes winning the tournament would help his attempts to earn a spot in United States Ryder Cup team for the September series against Europe in Medinah. \"It would be pretty tough for (captain) Davis (Love III) to find an excuse to leave me off the team,\" he said. Poulter is many peoples favourite this week owing to his strong match-play record, and he held on against Senden after birdies on Nos. 3 and 9. He added another with a 30-foot putt on No. 15. \"Its refreshing to get back to match-play golf,\" said Poulter, who has won eight of a possible 11 points in Ryder Cup matches and is the only player to have captured match-play titles on both sides of the Atlantic. If Senden loses to Tom Lewis in Fridays early matches, Poulter will qualify for the last 16 before playing his second and last match in the round-robin stage. Rose birdied the first five holes on his way to overwhelming Rock, while Sergio Garcia won three of his final five holes to beat fellow Spaniard Alvaro Quiros 2 and 1 in increasingly overcast conditions. Also, 1999 British Open champion Paul Lawrie rallied to defeat Peter Hanson of Sweden 2 and 1, and former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel birdied No. 18 to halve his match-up against Nicolas Colsaerts in one of only two matches to make it to the last hole. Evan Longoria Jersey . Vendor Patrick Porter works on a laptop marked with the logo for Bing, Microsofts recently upgraded search engine, in a cafeteria at Microsoft in Redmond, Wash., Wednesday, July 29, 2009. [Agencies] A 10-year deal announced Wednesday gives Microsoft its best shot yet to show its new search technology, Bing, is as good as or better than Googles. 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Dampier was called for throwing an elbow that led to his ejection, and Cuban wants the final 1:01 of the overtime replayed with Houston in front, 110-104. (Sports Network) - Now that LeBron James is in Miami, maybe the Sacramento Kings will have more success when they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. The two teams will clash tonight at Quicken Loans Arena. The Kings have lost eight straight and nine of their last 10 matchups with Cleveland and havent recorded a win in this series since a 97-90 triumph back on March 1, 2006 in the Forest City. Sacramento won its season opener at Milwaukee, but dropped a 106-100 decision in New Jersey Friday night. Tyreke Evans and Francisco Garcia both scored 18 points, while Carl Landry and Beno Udrih netted 14 points apiece for the Kings, who will close out their season-opening three-game trek tonight. Evans was back on the floor after serving a one-game suspension for pleading no- contest to a reckless driving offense. We have to stop fouling so much. When we take 93 shots and the Nets take 61, we are supposed to win, Kings head coach Paul Westphal said. DeMarcus Cousins and Darnell Jackson both provided 12 points in the win. The Kings will return to Califorrnias capital to host the Raptors, Lakers, Grizzlies and Timberwolves after Saturdays game. Colt McCoy Elite Jersey. After shocking the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics on Wednesday to kick off the season, Cleveland fell back to earth with last nights 101-81 loss at Toronto. Antawn Jamison and Anthony finished with 13 and 10 points, respectively, for the Cavs, who shot a putrid 38.1 percent from the floor and were outrebounded by a 46-33 margin. We allow a team to shoot 47 percent and get 26 fast-break points and outrebound us by 14, 15, were going to lose a lot of games, said Cavaliers first-year head coach Byron Scott. Again, from a defensive standpoint, what weve been talking about all season long, all preseason and training camp, is defending, and tonight we didnt do a very good job. In Clevelands defense, it didnt have Mo Williams (groin) and Anderson Varejao (personal) against the Raptors. Its uncertain if the two will be available to play tonight at home. The Kings are winless in their last four trips to the Q. ' ' '
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