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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 276
• Nine thousand residents are evacuated from Wagga Wagga, as the Murrumbidgee River threatens to overflow. • Vladimir Putin wins the Russian Presidential election amid allegations of voter fraud. • WikiLeaks begins disclosing five million emails from private intelligence company, Stratfor. • Discovery of the largest prehistoric penguin, Kairuku grebneffi, at nearly five feet tall. ALSO MAKING NEWS THIS WEEK IN 2012 THIS WEEK IN ... 2012 HUNTER TAKES DOWN MCILROY A FTER overcoming Lee Westwood in an enthralling semi-final of the 2012 WGC Match Play Championship, Hunter Mahan represented the final obstacle standing between Rory McIlroy and his much-anticipated leap over Luke Donald to become World No.1. McIlroy had an hour to recover from an emotionally draining match against Westwood – which he won 3&1 – and suggested that may not have been long enough as he fell to Mahan 2&1. “To me, it was like my final in a way,” McIlroy said. “That was the one I wanted all week and I got. And that’s what I got myself up for. Yeah, maybe mentally and emotionally it did take a little bit out of me. But it still doesn’t take away from the fact that Hunter played very, very solid golf. “I think during the course of the week, he had played the best golf and deserved to win.” McIlroy was slow out of the gates in the final match at Dove Mountain, which saw Mahan make the turn at even par to be 3up. And despite a birdie barrage that saw McIlroy play the final seven holes in five-under-par, Mahan was able to hold on for his second WGC victory. “He’ll get there, I mean, he’s phenomenal, he’s really talented,” Mahan said of McIlroy. “He’ll be No.1 eventually.” Mahan’s premonition became reality the very next week when McIlroy held off Tiger Woods by two shots at the Honda Classic to claim his third title on the PGA Tour. The Northern Irishman became the second- youngest man – behind Woods – to reach the top of the world rankings. “It’s very special,” McIlroy said. “When I was 10 or 11 I was interviewed and said I wanted to be the best player in the world and I wanted to win majors.” E WATCH: MAHAN DENIES MCILROY IN WGC MATCH PLAY WORDS BY MICHAEL JONES
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