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Greatest Sporting Moments of 2012: Longlist

Football: 

Chelsea vs. Barcelona in the Nou Camp; Man City winning the league in the last minute of the season; Spain perfecting football in the Euro 2012 final…

Tennis:

Murray vs. Djokovic (Australian Open s/f); Djokovic vs. Nadal (Australian Open final); Nadal vs. Rosol (Wimbledon 2nd Round); Murray vs. Tsonga (Wimbledon s/f); Federer vs. Del Potro (Olympic s/f); Murray vs. Djokovic (US Open final); Federer vs. Djokovic (WTF @ O2 final)…

Golf: 

Bubba Watson’s shot on the 1st playoff hole at the Masters; Tiger Woods’ chip-in on the 16th at the Memorial; Ernie Els coming from nowhere to win the Open; Europe’s remarkable finalday comeback at the Ryder Cup…

Athletics: 

Mo Farah winning the 10,000 metres; Jessica Ennis’ dominating the Olympic heptathlon; the US women and Jamaican men breaking the 4x100m world records; Farah winning the 5,000 metres; David Rudisha obliterating the 800m world record; Usain Bolt answering his doubters in the 100m final…

Cycling: 

Bradley Wiggins winning the Tour de France; Wiggins winning the Olympic Time Trial; Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes smash the world record in the Men’s Team Sprint final…

Swimming:

France hunting down the USA in the men’s 4x100m freestyle; Chad Le Clos beating Michael Phelps in the 200m butterfly; Ye Shiwen destroying the world record in the 400m IM…

Cricket: 

Kevin Pietersen’s breathtaking 149 against South Africa at Headingley…

NFL: 

Tim Tebow beating the Pittsburgh Steelers on an 85 yard pass to Demaryius Thomas in OT; Giants shocking the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI…

Darts: 

Adrian Lewis coming from 5-1 down to beat James Wade 6-5 in the World Championship semi-final…

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Masters Memories and Predictions: 2012 Preview

Nothing ever quite signals the beginning of spring like the Masters tournament from Augusta. While not my favourite Major – the US Open’s penal challenge provides better entertainment for this twisted observer – the Masters is probably the greatest and most awe-inspiring golf tournament there is. Providing unsurpassed beauty, and a steady supply of indelible memories, the Masters is surely the ultimate golf tournament.

My Favourite Masters Memories

Here are my three favourite Masters memories. What are yours?

3. Woods chip in on the 16th (Final round 2005)

“IN YOUR LIFE…” Unfortunately, this is undeniably the most iconic golf shot ever hit. Ugh.

2. Mickelson from the pine straw on 13 (Final round 2010)

In the same way that Tiger closing with two bogeys to fall into a playoff with Chris DiMarco in 2005 rather tarnished the miracle of the 16th; Mickelson missing the putt that followed this miraculous shot could have overshadowed his eventual victory. Anyway, just enjoy it; this is Mickelson as his most imaginative best.

1. Mickelson wins his first green jacket (2004)

Quite simply, my favourite golfing memory of all-time. Even though Peter Alliss ruined the moment on the BBC by mistaking Mickelson’s victory putt for a mere playoff forcer. And, has anybody ever found the footage of Ernie Els tucking into an apple on the practice range, with an air of knowing resignation, before hearing the unmistakable roar of American success from the 18th?

Prediction

1. Mickelson -12

2. Bradley -11

3. McIlroy -10

4. Snedeker -10

5. Woods -10

The main storyline will be the potential battle between Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods; a duel that every observer surely hopes to see come Sunday night. However, I think Mickelson – boasting a phenomenal Augusta record – could enjoy the slightly reduced spotlight for the first three days, hope that McIlroy and Woods fail to live up to the stratospheric expectations, make just enough important putts to keep the field at bay and might eventually lope in to the Butler Cabin to be adorned with his 4th green jacket.

No first time player has won since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979; however, Keegan Bradley – winner of last year’s USPGA championship –with his massive hitting and towering iron play; boosted by the confidence of a major victory and in relatively good form could go very close.

If I was a gambling man, Brandt Snedeker would be my outside bet. A previous third place finisher, a winner on tour this year and a refreshingly quick player, Snedeker is a slightly different breed of journeymen American; and one who could be very close to the summit of the leaderboard come Sunday night.

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