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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 275
• New Zealand cricket legend (and cousin to Russell) Martin Crowe makes his test debut against Australia and is run out for nine. • The South Melbourne Football Club continues its preparations for its first season as a Sydney-based club. It changes its name to the Swans in June.. • The European Court of Human Rights rules that teachers who cane or belt students against the wishes of their parents are in breach of the Human Rights Convention. ALSO MAKING NEWS THIS WEEK IN 1982 THIS WEEK IN ... 1982 WATSON BREAKS WIN DROUGHT A FTER going eight months without a victory, Tom Watson holed a magical 43-foot putt at the Los Angeles Open to defeat Johnny Miller in a playoff. The winning putt came at the 17th hole at Riviera, curled from left-to-right and caught the right edge of the cup. Shortly after, Miller, who was the defending champion, pushed his birdie effort from 12 feet to ensure Watson was victorious. Watson started the final day two shots behind Miller and Tom Weiskopf but carded a three under 68 to tie Miller on 13-under-par 271. The pair then entered a three-hole duel before Watson drained the winning putt and clinched his 26th tour title. “I made a putt I shouldn’t have made and I won the tournament,” Watson said. “I just wanted it. I hadn’t won for a while and damn, this feels good all over.” Watson, who was 43 at the time, recorded his first win on Tour since claimng the Atlantic Classic in June 1981. While Miller, who threatened to become the first player since to go back-to-back since Arnold Palmer in 1965-66, refused to be interviewed after the playoff. Watson's drought-breaking victory came after a change of philosophy, swing adjustments and hours of practice on the driving range. Clearly it worked. Watson was a rejuvenated man and he would go on to win three more titles in 1982. He won the Sea Pines Classic a month later, also in a playoff, before defeating Jack Nicklaus at Pebble Beach in June for his first US Open title. In July, he added a fourth Open Championship to his list of majors when he held off Peter Ooosterhuis and Nick Price to win by a solitary stroke at Royal Troon.E VIDEO: 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TOM WATSON WORDS BY MICHAEL JONES
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