The Best Medicine

first_imgPARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – Jessica Korda delivered good medicine to her ailing swing coach. Every well struck shot was a soothing tonic Friday with Korda fighting her way to the top of the leaderboard through stiff winds at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. A 7-under-par 66 put her a shot ahead of Paula Creamer (65) in the second round of the season-opening event. Back in Bradenton, Fla., where the IMG Academy’s Grant Price is waging a more serious fight of his own, there was delight watching Korda’s performance in the Golf Channel telecast. [[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_large”,”fid”:”525141″,”attributes”:{“alt”:””,”class”:”media-image media-image-right”,”height”:”220″,”style”:”float: right;”,”typeof”:”foaf:Image”,”width”:”300″}}]] Korda and Price have been working together the last two weeks overhauling Korda’s swing under challenging circumstances. Price (right), who is a nephew of Hall of Famer Nick Price, was diagnosed with stage 3 testicular cancer nine months ago. He endured 4 1/2 months of chemotherapy last summer, then major surgery last month, a retroperitoneal lymph dissection that left him with a scar from his sternum to his groin. When Korda contacted Price a few weeks ago, he didn’t hesitate to offer his help. Korda, 20, struggled with her swing last year, and she believed odd habits led to a nagging left wrist injury and shoulder problem. She thought it was time to find a new swing coach, to rebuild a swing, and she turned to Price. They knew each other from Korda’s days as a student at the IMG Academy. “Grant saved me back then,” Korda said. “He saved me from quitting the game.” Back when Korda was 15, she said she struggled wondering if the golf life and all it entailed was really for her. “At that age, you’re trying to figure things out,” Korda said. Price, 36, helped her figure it out. His love of the game was infectious. “He’s just so super positive, such a happy guy,” Korda said. “I think it’s what I’m really feeding off in our work together.” Price is on leave from the IMG Academy, and he says he terribly misses his work there. So, the time with Korda has been good for Price, too, even though their first session at the Ritz-Carlton range in Bradenton was trying earlier this month. Price was mostly limited to sitting in a golf cart. He’s still healing, still recovering, still fighting. “I went into this openly,” Price told in a telephone interview. “My health’s going the right way, but day to day, I don’t know my limits. There’s only a certain amount I can manage.” Price says he’s getting stronger, and the work is good therapy. “The thing I loved watching her play today was how much she was smiling, how much she was enjoying playing,” Price said. “That is so underrated. The fact that she was enjoying herself told me she’s comfortable with what we’re doing.” Korda says she has changed her grip, setup and swing plane under Price. “I’m so proud of Jessica,” Price said. “It was very brave of her to step out with this new concept and go with it.” When Price first met with Korda this month, he saw she had lost clubhead speed with the evolution of her swing. He also saw problems with her feet and balance. Those issues were leading to a “hand track” that was too vertical, and then too steep, causing her to take some jarring divots that may have contributed to her wrist and shoulder issues. “We’re just working on keeping everything on plane, keeping it really simple, to where if something goes wrong on the golf course, I can fix it myself,” Korda said. “Just keeping everything on plane, so I don’t have to use my hands as much as I did, which is taking a lot of pressure off my shoulder and wrist.” Korda, who broke through to win the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open at the start of the 2012 season, is in position to make a weekend run at her second title. She has made 15 birdies over two days on the Ocean Club Golf Course. “The fact that she’s been able to comprehend and implement the adjustments so quickly is a testament to how savvy she is with the golf swing,” Price said. There’s more than knowledge exchanged when Price and Korda work. There’s perspective. Price is married with two children, a 6-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son. “I just love his kids,” Korda said. “They’re the sweetest kids ever.” Korda’s swing changes may be a work in progress, but it’s proving therapeutic for both Price and Korda.last_img read more

The Plus Side

first_imgDORAL, Fla. – In 2009 at the PGA Tour’s annual south Florida siesta, Henrik Stenson stripped to his underwear to hit a shot out of a water hazard. On Friday at the new and improved Doral, the entire field felt like they’d been pants-ed. On a windswept Friday, the combination of architect Gil Hanse’s handiwork, Donald Trump’s maniacal vision of building the Tour’s hardest golf course and what can only be described as Mother Nature’s mean streak conspired to embarrass all of the world’s best – not just Tiger Woods. Consider that over the last 36 holes the world No. 1 hit four shots into various water hazards – wash, rinse, repeat – No. 3 Henrik Stenson hit a shank and No. 5 Phil Mickelson hit a wall after rattling off three consecutive double bogeys. We don’t want to overstate Friday’s gale, but at one point Naples blew by. For Woods, his 1-over 73 in Round 2 could only be considered a victory of sorts. Although the defending champion finished two rounds at 5 over, his post-round optimism didn’t seem misplaced considering a Blue course that suddenly seemed like the Monster of old. WGC-Cadillac Championship leaderboard WGC-Cadillac Championship: Articles, videos and photos “Just had to grind it out,” Woods said. “When we made the turn there were nine guys under par and now there are (four).” Tour types are not normally the best sounding boards for golf course design; as a rule professionals would much rather err on the side of the Coachella Valley over Carnoustie, but as Stenson marched down the third fairway his take was poignant enough to take seriously. “I don’t think too many players are having fun today,” the Swede said. For Woods, the roller coaster of Round 2 – he had five bogeys and four birdies – came against the backdrop of an ailing back that caused him to withdraw from last week’s Honda Classic with five holes to play, and the rigors of 35-mph wind gusts and 26 holes on Friday. “I’m a little bit sore right now, long day,” said Woods, whose opening 76 was his highest score ever at Doral in 40 career rounds on the Blue Monster. “It will be nice to get some treatment tonight and be ready tomorrow.” The rub is that he will have a fighting chance on Saturday despite finding water hazards at the third, eighth and 15th holes in Round 2. To be fair, more than 100 golf balls found the suddenly ubiquitous water hazards on Friday. “I contributed to that number,” Woods smiled. “One of them was a perfect shot right down (No.) 8, right down the middle of the fairway with a 3-wood. Just ran out too far.” Woods would save par at the par-5 eighth – in fact his third shot from 197 yards hit the hole and nearly dropped for the most unlikely of eagles – and he added a 92-foot birdie putt at the par-3 fourth hole which ranks as the longest made putt on Tour this season … by 18 feet. It all added up to a 5-over total to begin Round 3, just six strokes off the pace set by Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar and Hunter Mahan. But Woods stopped short of dubbing the new Doral unfair, questioning instead the setup of the layout considering Friday’s fierce forecast. “Some of the pin locations were a little bit on the edgy side because of the wind direction,” he said. “You just couldn’t get the ball close. From that standpoint, it was right on the teetering point.” As Woods marched down the seventh fairway, however, Donald Trump watched the day’s happenings with neither a hint of surprise nor remorse. “They haven’t even set it up hard,” said Trump, who estimated the winning score would be around 8 under, less than half of what it took to win the World Golf Championship last year. Luckily for Woods & Co. there is no cut at the Cadillac Championship nor will there be near as much wind on the weekend. The forecast calls for 10- to 15-mph breezes the rest of the way and no rain, which will likely feel like a cosmic mulligan for those who weathered firestorm Friday. “Basically, you’ve got to hang around. You just never know,” said Woods, who left the property without going to the practice range or receiving treatment on his back. “We’ve all got a shot at it now. No one is going anywhere.” Nor was anyone going low on what turned out to be the fiercest of Fridays.last_img read more

History in the Making

first_imgThe PGA of America makes history with the election of a new secretary, the LPGA ends a historic year and Tiger Woods resumes his historic march with a new “swing consultant.” Made Cut The right person. Suzy Whaley didn’t set out to make history. The Connecticut club professional never intended to be a trailblazer, but then pioneers rarely do. Whaley’s sweeping election to secretary of the PGA of America last Saturday made her the first female elected to serve as an officer for the association and puts her in line to become president in four years. For Whaley, however, her decision to run for office was a chance to take what she does every day at TPC River Highlands – everything from player development to her creative junior programs – to a national level. “For me it wasn’t about making history. For me it was about being a candidate that felt we could be a part of a team and part of a plan that could truly help us move forward,” Whaley told Cut Line. Regardless of gender, the PGA is better prepared to move forward then they were a week ago. That’s a wrap. Fitting that a day after Whaley broke through the PGA’s grass ceiling the LPGA wrapped up what many consider its best season. What already qualified as an embarrassment of riches for commissioner Michael Whan ended with a roar when rookie of the year Lydia Ko won the CME Group Tour Championship and Stacy Lewis claimed the Player of the Year title. Along the way Michelle Wie (U.S. Women’s Open) and Lexi Thompson (Kraft Nabisco Championship) joined the major championship club and Lewis and Inbee Park traded the top spot in the Rolex ranking with compelling regularity. It was a best-case scenario for Whan and Co. with equal parts parity and star power. The challenge now? Doing it all again in 2015. Made Cut-Did Not Finish (MDF) No. 5 for Tiger. News late last week that Tiger Woods had teamed with a new set of eyes – in this case “swing consultant” Chris Como – was as surprising as it was sensational. While the jury is still out on Como, by most accounts the Texas-based coach is an intellectual and an idyllic fit for the former world No. 1. “He speaks Tiger’s language and his biomechanics background fits perfectly with what he is interested in,” said one longtime PGA Tour swing coach. But there was some concern that Como, who was virtually unknown in general golf circles before last week, may be a tad too technical for a player who has, by some accounts, become too technical in recent years. Still, the 37-year-old swing coach was saying all the right things and if he can keep Woods off the “DL” – he’s played a full season just three times in the last seven years – Tiger’s fifth different swing as a professional will be viewed as at least a step in the right direction. “The idea of having a person rely on a teacher is bad,” Como told Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte. “You have to know about yourself, rely on yourself.” Tweet of the week: There is only 1 coach Tiger could have hired that wouldn’t cause such scrutiny, Butch Harmon. TW is a different player now. More technical.— Steve Flesch (@Steve_Flesch) November 26, 2014 Missed Cut When a rookie is not a rookie. Brooks Koepka completed a memorable season on the European Tour by winning that circuit’s Rookie of the Year Award. Koepka, who won this month’s Turkish Airlines Open, now moves on to the PGA Tour where he begins his first full season in the United States, just not as a rookie year. Because of the Tour’s small print the young American will not be a rookie in 2015, a technicality that will keep him from sweeping the rookie of the year awards on both sides of the pond. It likely doesn’t matter to Koepka, but it is a shame when convoluted rules get in the way of a good story. Monday morning quarterback. PGA of America officials raised a few eyebrows last week when they revealed that had this year’s PGA Championship gone to a Monday finish it would have cost the association an estimated $750,000. Instead, officials rushed things along in diminishing light and the threat of poor weather by making the final two groups essentially play the final hole as a foursome. “It’s all about the competition first and foremost. If it goes into Monday, so be it,” PGA CEO Pete Bevacqua told Cut Line. “There’s always a possibility you are going to be playing into Monday. Was it rushed? Certainly. [But] we were happy with the ending.” Judging by Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler’s reaction to the finish, it’s likely they were even less pleased with the “rushed” finish. Cut Line is a fan of any move that speeds up play, but considering what was on the line at Valhalla the impromptu two-minute drill may have been a tad much.last_img read more

Spieth hopes ‘formula’ pays off

first_imgUNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – OK, so he is not a veteran in this situation. Not by any means. This is only his 10th major start, and just the third time he’s had a realistic chance to win, and he’s less than half the age of some of the prominent players in the field. But Jordan Spieth enters the final round of the U.S. Open with the confidence that he’s been there, done that, and it happened just 70 days ago. He has won a major – something that Dustin Johnson and Jason Day and Branden Grace and, well, all but one player (Louis Oosthuizen) within five shots of the lead have not. “If I can convince myself that I’m free rolling,” Spieth said, “I’ve got one of these and the other guys are trying to chase their first. I know how hard it is to chase your first and close it out.” Spieth, in a four-way tie for the lead at 4-under 206, says he has a winning formula to nail down majors. He employed it back in April at the Masters, when he stormed out to a big lead, steadied himself when the pack closed in Saturday afternoon, and then pulled away en route to a historic four-shot win. That was a coronation. This won’t be nearly as straightforward, as predictable. It never is, not on U.S. Open Sunday. There’s no such thing as a formality. Spieth is bracing himself for the hardest golf course of the year, for a five-hour gut check. Stay true to that winning formula, he says, and then it all boils down to execution, to hitting the shots that are required, to holing the must-make putts. “Mentally,” he said, “I think I’ll be strong enough to pull it off.” Mentally, he’ll be tested Sunday in ways he’s never experienced. Full-field scores: 115th U.S. Open Spieth has talked all week – all year, really – about patience on the course. Part of Spieth’s immense appeal is that he is so passionate, so expressive, so emotional. From 300 yards away you can tell whether he hit a great shot or a poor one. Allowing one bad break, bounce or bobble to fester generally spells doom at the Open. It leads to another mistake, and then another, and then before long it’s all over. A series of bad hops and bumpy putts threatened to derail his bid for history Saturday at Chambers Bay, but Spieth didn’t break. A snapshot of his turbulent day: • After holing 75 feet of putts on his first three holes, his ball on the fourth green settled in a sandy patch 30 feet away. Predictably, his attempt came up woefully short and wide. Bogey. • Steaming after a three-putt on 7, Spieth hit a tight draw off the tee on the par-5 eighth. He thought it was perfect, just down the left side. Then he walked up the fairway and saw his ball in the right rough, with a clump of grass behind it. “I was appalled,” he said. “This is a joke.” He made a disappointing par. • On 10, he hooked his tee shot left and signaled to the marshals almost immediately after impact. His ball came to rest on the side of a sandy dune, with no view of the flagstick. Three times he climbed the hill and hopped up and down, trying to find a line off in the distance. With the ball well below his feet, and his stance about two feet wide, he improbably chased his shot to the back of the green, 40 feet away. The ensuing two-putt – including a tricky 4-footer on a crown – was his biggest momentum-saving stroke. • On 11, which played as an all-the-way-back 530-yard par 4, Spieth hit what he thought was another perfect drive, but his ball caught the tall fescue on the sandy dune in the middle of the fairway, forcing a hack-out. Bogey. • On 14, he spun his iron after hitting what he thought was a snug approach. The ball nestled closer and closer, 15 feet and then 10 and then five … and then it disappeared over the back of the green. The crowd moaned. Spieth twirled around and swiped at the air, then walked away from the television camera with his right fist covering his mouth. Mike Davis, the USGA’s executive director and the man largely behind the setup here, was walking with this group. No, he did not smile. “Got robbed, Jordan!” a fan yelled as Spieth approached the green, but he deftly navigated the steep hill and then lipped in a 6-footer for par. He pumped his fist, twice. Still, the best putter on the planet had four three-putts Saturday, two of which came after driving the green on a par 4. “I’m going to need to execute a little bit better,” he said. But Spieth was at his best late, playing his last seven holes in 1 under to get in the house at minus-4, tied with three others. It was just what he needed – and the opposite of what transpired during the third round at Augusta, when he made an out-of-nowhere double on 17 and needed a nifty up-and-down from an impossible spot to protect his four-shot cushion. “I’m more relaxed now,” he said, “because I feel a little more comfortable about the finish of the round.” Whether he’s willing to embrace the hype or not, Sunday is an important day for Spieth. A hugely important day. Another major win, and he’d be halfway home to the Grand Slam, a feat only five men in history have accomplished. He’d be stamped as a once-in-a-generation player. “That’s going to have no bearing when I tee it up,” he said. “It’s just going to be how can I tackle Chambers Bay.” Without getting tackled himself, of course. Spieth expects a rough night sleep – he’s still tied for the lead in a major, after all – but also that he’ll be a little less anxious, a bit more patient. He knows what to expect on major Sunday. He experienced it two months ago. “We’re free rolling,” he said. “I’ve already got one of these.”last_img read more

Slattery holds off Goya to win Russian Open by 1

first_imgMOSCOW – Lee Slattery bounced back from an erratic start to shoot a 2-under 69 Sunday that was enough for a one-shot victory at the Russian Open. The Englishman entered the final round with the lead but two bogeys on the front nine left him temporarily two shots behind Argentina’s Estanislao Goya. However, Slattery birdied three of his last eight holes, including a chip in from the rough on the 17th, while Goya bogeyed the 13th and 15th. ”That chip in was massive,” said Slattery, who narrowly missed out on a European Tour card for this season. ”Having to ask a lot of promoters for invites, it’s been a difficult year. I forgot what it was like to write letters. I’ve written a lot this year and it’s just nice to be able to finish the year off like this with a win.” Slattery finished with a 15-under total of 269 as he secured his second career European Tour win, and first since 2011. Goya was second after a 68, with defending champion David Horsey of England (68) another shot back in third following a bogey-free round. Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey was one of four players to share fourth place on 12 under. South African Jake Roos set a course record with an eight-under 63, hauling him up the leaderboard from 34th overnight to joint eighth. In damp conditions at the Skolkovo Golf Club, the start of play was delayed by two hours due to fog. Golf has become increasingly popular in recent years with the Russian elite, and the tournament attracted a small but well-heeled crowd, some with bodyguards in tow. Andrei Pavlov pleased the spectators by becoming the first Russian ever to make the cut at a European Tour event, but he could not keep up the same form for the final two rounds, finishing 71st on 13 over.last_img read more

Match Play offers unique test two weeks before Masters

first_imgAUSTIN, Texas – So it doesn’t sound like Adam Scott was glued to his television watching the two-hour selection show for this week’s WGC-Dell Match Play. He barely noticed his draw. “I don’t think it really matters who’s in your group here,” he said Tuesday. “Every match is going to be tough, and I feel like I’ve got the ability to beat anyone in this field, so that’s why I think I didn’t have a reaction to my group.” Scott might be the hottest player in the world, with two wins and a runner-up in his last four starts, but he certainly has a score to settle in this event. Heading into Wednesday’s first-round bout with Thomas Pieters, Scott has lost six consecutive WGC matches dating to 2010. Last year, he went 0-3 in the round-robin format, which is odd, because he was a formidable match-play opponent early in his career, reaching the third round three of the four years he played at La Costa (2002-05). “Once I left La Costa, I think my game left, as well,” he said with a smile. “I’d like to turn it around because I don’t really want to get a beatdown this week and go home Friday.” WGC-Dell Match Play: Full coverage | Bracket Much like World Cup soccer, players will face each of the other three members in their group during pool play, with the top point earner advancing to the single-elimination knockout stage on the weekend. Opinions on the move away from the traditional bracket to a round-robin format remain divided. Some prefer this setup because they are guaranteed three days on-site instead of possibly getting bounced after only a few hours. In theory, this system is fairer and rewards those who are playing the best, rather than the guy who simply catches fire at the right time. And no one will argue with a few extra reps with the Masters now only two weeks away. Others contend that pool play robs the event of its drama and intrigue, especially early. Match play is so compelling because of its win-or-go-home ethos, but the sense of urgency is removed when a loss on Wednesday or Thursday doesn’t necessarily doom a player’s chances. “It can’t hurt your confidence coming here,” Jason Day said, “but it can definitely give you confidence the longer you stay around this week.” This year’s edition of the Match Play features two new wrinkles. The most obvious is the move to Austin Country Club, an arrangement that will run through at least 2019. The Pete Dye design is a strategic track that forces players to position their shots, a task that will be made even more difficult with wind gusts expected up to 30 mph during pool play. The back nine, in particular, should produce plenty of pyrotechnics. The second is a tweak to the scoring. None of the round-robin matches will go extra holes, with each player receiving a half point if the match is tied after regulation. This should help cut down on the number of lame-duck matches Friday, but there still will be a few meaningless matches between players with 0-2 records. That’s the scenario that led Keegan Bradley and Miguel Angel Jimenez to go nose-to-nose last year; a few players felt as though they were trotted out and embarrassed, and emotions can run high when only pride and a few FedEx Cup points are at stake. The event’s new position on the schedule only heightens the anticipation for what is already one of the most fun weeks of the year. Just 11 days before the start of Masters week, the Match Play provides one final tuneup for players like Scott, Day and Rory McIlroy. Not that a few of them need it. Scott and Day already appear to be in peak form, having combined for three wins during the Florida swing, but the Match Play might be just what McIlroy needs at the moment. The defending champion has a stellar record in head-to-head play, boasting an 18-6 record in this event while going 2-0-1 in Ryder Cup singles. But he is coming off an uneven trip through the Sunshine State, with a missed cut (Honda), a blown 54-hole lead (Doral) and a six-double performance (Bay Hill) in the past four weeks. He blamed a poor attitude for his inconsistent play, and the temporary move to 18-hole match play could help put him in the proper frame of mind – after all, one blowup hole won’t cost him this week. “I just need to beat the person that’s in front of me,” he said. For others, the Match Play will serve as an audition of sorts. Young Americans Justin Thomas, Daniel Berger, Smylie Kaufman and Brooks Koepka all have ambitions of playing on the U.S. Ryder Cup team, and they can be sure captain Davis Love III will be watching with keen interest. On the European side, Matt Fitzpatrick, Andy Sullivan and Thomas Pieters hope to follow Danny Willett’s lead and use the WGC as a springboard for a huge season. “You get to see the guys’ games under pressure in a different kind of way,” Willett said. “We all know that anybody out there, the top 64, can win. They’re in this because they’re a great golfer. All that stands in the way each day is one person at a time.” Assuming, of course, that they even bother to notice their opponent.last_img read more

Monday Scramble: Golf is gold, but changes can be made

first_imgGolf joins the Olympic program, Justin Rose outduels Henrik Stenson, Gil Hanse produces a gem, the regular season is coming to a close and more in this week’s edition of Monday Scramble: After months of handwringing, golf finally returned to the Olympics last week, and you know what? It was a pretty darn good show. No, it wasn’t perfect. The field was watered down. The format lacked drama. It felt like just another tournament … only it wasn’t. Rose’s spirited reaction on the 72nd hole said it all. The players in Rio were heavily invested. What transpired over the past four days was just about the best possible scenario for the Olympic golf movement. A sellout crowd was treated to a stirring duel between a pair of major champions, with another world-class player firing the best round of his career to capture the bronze. It was just the kind of performance that golf needed to convince the International Olympic Committee that it deserved to stay in the program, despite its lack of star power. The turnout in Tokyo in 2020 should be even better, as the world’s best chase a goal they never knew they wanted. Until now.  1. For a guy who missed his first 21 cuts as a pro, Rose has amassed a rather impressive career résumé.  He won a U.S. Open. He won a World Golf Championships event. He won PGA Tour events on big-boy courses like Congressional and Muirfield Village.  And now he has a gold medal. 2016 has been a largely forgettable campaign for the classy Englishman, who suffered a back injury in the spring and only recently has begun playing his way back into shape. Rio has been circled on his calendar for months, and it showed. “I made a big deal of this all year,” he said.  2. Though it was ecstasy for Rose, it was another what-could-have-been showing for Stenson. After a performance for the ages at Royal Troon, the Swede was in position to go back-to-back at the PGA before his putter went cold and he made double on the 15th after a few stubbed pitch shots. Two weeks later, he was in a taut battle with Rose before his back “locked up” on the 13th tee. He needed about five minutes of therapy before he could continue.  Stenson didn’t blame his runner-up finish on his health, but he hit uncharacteristically poor shots on each of the next three holes. “You can’t say it’s purely down to that,” he said, “but I don’t think it was a helping thing, if I put it that way.”  A shame, really. 3. Matt Kuchar closed with an 8-under 63 to surge past the rest of the contenders and grab the bronze medal, which was arguably the second-most impressive result of his career. Even if you can’t name any of his non-Players wins, you’ll remember he took home the bronze in the first Olympics since 1904.  It’s not a bad haul seeing how Kuchar was (A) was one of the last players in the Olympic field, and (B) unaware of the format until, like, a week and a half ago. (Hopefully he’s not at the Olympic course today, waiting for the team competition to begin.) Remember: Kuchar only became eligible for the Olympics after making a 12-foot birdie putt on the final hole at Firestone last month. That bumped him inside the top 15 in the world. Then he became the fourth and final member of Team USA after both Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth decided to withdraw. “I’ve never been so happy with a third-place finish in my life,” he said.  4. As for the rest of the Americans … well, at least they got to meet some other athletes, right? Patrick Reed closed with 64 to salvage a T-11 finish, but Bubba Watson became an unlikely ambassador for the Olympic Games, calling the experience “one of the greatest golf trips I’ve ever been on.” Earlier in the week, he joked (we think) that golf “gets in my way” of watching other sports. The same may have been true for Rickie Fowler, whose only on-course highlight was a Saturday 63. He tied for 37th against a mediocre field and added this week’s Wyndham Championship as an emergency start. Few players would don the USA gear more proudly or be a better addition in the team room, but he doesn’t help a Ryder Cup team with golf like this.    5. One simple way to improve the Olympics? Add a team component.  It doesn’t even require any additional work!  Nineteen countries had at least two participants, so just combine the two best 72-hole scores from each squad and crown a team winner. Just like that, the biggest knock on the Games – that the players are competing more for themselves than their country – would be erased. It’s an absolute must for 2020. 6. Oh, and by the way … Stenson would have a gold medal if there were a team race, because he helped lead Sweden (along with David Lingmerth) to the top score overall, 20 under, tied with the United States. Great Britain (16 under) would have taken bronze, while Spain (15 under) would just miss out. It was a missed opportunity, but the IOC is likely to reexamine the format before Tokyo.  7. There is a growing chorus of match-play proponents, but there are a few reasons why it wouldn’t work in the Games. The biggest (and most important): There isn’t enough depth among countries to form two-man teams. Sure, the U.S., Australia, Great Britain and South Africa could all form formidable squads, but what about India? And Brazil? And Thailand? One good player, or even a great one, wouldn’t be enough. The 72-hole stroke-play format is the only way to ensure a somewhat level playing field for the participants.   8. Three men beamed on the podium, but the happiest man in Rio on Sunday evening might have been Hanse. The accomplished course designer faced countless obstacles, including lawsuits and delays because of land and environmental concerns, as he tried to build the Olympic venue. It was finally completed at the beginning of the year, not that you would have known watching the competition – the course looked and played flawlessly. That much was unknown, of course, because the only tournament ever played on the Olympic course was a nine-player test event this spring. After the Games are over, the Olympic course will become the first public course in Brazil.  Hanse and his indefatigable team deserve their own medal.    9. In an event with only three medals and no prize money up for grabs, there isn’t much difference between fifth place and 50th.  That was the unfortunate reality for Marcus Fraser, the unlikely 36-hole leader who slid into a tie for fifth, five shots back of a medal. The Australian, who was fifth in line to represent his country in Rio after a spate of WDs, raced out to an opening 63 and led at the halfway point. He wasn’t the same player over the weekend, however, when the pressure ratcheted up. He shot consecutive rounds of 72 while alongside Rose and Stenson, squandering a three-shot cushion over fourth place.  “I’m a proud Australian!” he tweeted afterward. “I gave it everything I had this week all for our great flag!” 10. Meanwhile, back here in the States … Ryan Moore ended four and a half months of middling play with a two-shot victory at the John Deere Classic. One of the biggest takeaways here was that Moore is finally healthy.  He’s been battling a left-ankle injury for the past five years, but he began working with trainer Brian Chandler in Las Vegas and reported that this was his first pain-free week during that span. “That’s a huge victory for me to just feel good,” he said.  Though he isn’t likely to challenge golf’s upper echelon anytime soon – his ball-striking isn’t strong enough to contend on a weekly basis against the world’s best – this was Moore’s fifth career PGA Tour title. That’s the same number as Stenson and John Daly.   11. Here’s how the FedEx Cup bubble looks heading into the final week of the regular season:  120. Blayne Barber (465 points) 121. David Toms (455) 122. Seung-Yul No (454) 123. Sung Kang (451) 124. Matt Jones (445) 125. Whee Kim (444) 126. Scott Stallings (443) 127. Kyle Stanley (442) 128. Nick Taylor (441) 129. Steve Marino (429) 130. Bronson Burgoon (428) 131. Morgan Hoffmann (424) 132. Chris Stroud (410) 133. Shawn Stefani (404) 134. Chad Collins (404) 135. Steve Wheatcroft (400) There were a few notable shifts after the Deere, with runner-up Ben Martin jumping from 121st to 59th; Johnson Wagner going from 125th to 109th; and Whee Kim (who finished third) moving from 154th to squarely on the bubble at 125. Wheatcroft is one worth watching this week in Greensboro. Don’t forget he was in line for a playoff last month in Canada but got an unlikely break on 18, with his ball settling in a bare spot in the greenside bunker. He tied for fifth there and lost valuable FedEx Cup points. After missing another cut, the Robert Allenby was arrested at an Illinois casino on Aug. 13 and charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing. Even more of a head-scratcher was his response afterward, to USA Today Sports: “There’s nothing to be said or done about. Nothing happened.” He said he had “no idea” about the charges, despite the fact that he was, you know, released from jail. And so continues his troubles over the past 20 months, ever since he was robbed and beaten in Hawaii.  Surely Allenby will be reprimanded by the Tour for another embarrassing episode, and any time off might do him well – he’s missed 34 of 41 cuts the past two years, including 20 of the past 22.  This week’s award winners …  Making The Most of Their Opportunity: Rose, Stenson and Kuchar. It’s not just talk: The Olympics probably will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all three medalists. At the 2020 Games, Rose will be 40, Stenson 44 and Kuchar 42.  So, Everybody is On the Same Team, Right?: Golf’s leaders. Sure seemed odd that both the PGA Tour and USGA held events this week opposite the first Olympic Games in more than a century. The European Tour, meanwhile, was idle. So much for the IOC having golf’s “full support.” Random Thought of the Week: Maybe it was a good thing Adam Scott decided to bypass the Olympics – his caddie, Steve Williams, would have destroyed hundreds of fans’ cellphones. Sounds like they needed a translator for “PUT THE PHONES AWAY!”  A Match Made in Watery-Beer Heaven: Smylie Kaufman and Natty Light. Seriously, this is a cool partnership, and a good idea, even if it’s the worst beer known to man. Regaining our lost love for Natural Light #NaturalLight #Boomtower #YaWelcome @naturallight @SmylieKaufman10— Smylie’s Army (@SmyliesArmy) August 11, 2016 The Power of Math: Tom Watson. Old Tom got a little surly with his caddie at the U.S. Senior Open when he couldn’t quickly crunch the numbers for an approach shot. Yes: 97+17=114. Auspicious Debut: Aaron Wise. The NCAA champion made his first Tour start at the John Deere, finishing in a tie for 16th. He has spent the summer competing on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada, where he has a win and a pair of top-15s.   Blown Fantasy Pick of the Week: Zach Johnson. Back-to-back weeks in this spot for Johnson, who tied for 34th in an event where he’d finished third or better in six of the past seven years. Sigh.last_img read more

Kizzire leads delayed Safeway through 54

first_imgNAPA, Calif. – Patton Kizzire holed a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to finish off a 6-under 66 and take a one-shot lead into the final round of the Safeway Open. The third round wasn’t finished until Sunday morning because of rain that has soaked Silverado. Johnson Wagner, who left Saturday night with a one-shot lead with three holes to play, drove into a bunker on the 17th hole, left it short of the green and then chunked a wedge into the front bunker, leading to double bogey. He finished with a birdie for a 70 and was one shot behind, along with Scott Piercy (73). Kizzire was at 15-under 201, his first 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour. Paul Casey (71) and Martin Laird (68) were two shots behind.last_img

Ciganda, S.Y. Kim share lead in Shanghai

first_imgSHANGHAI – Carlota Ciganda of Spain shot a 5-under 67 Saturday to share the lead with Sei Young Kim after the third round of the LPGA Shanghai. Ciganda carded her fifth birdie of the day on the par-4 18th to finish tied with overnight leader Kim at 11-under 205. Kim shot a 71 with four bogeys and five birdies. Ciganda is attempting to win her third LPGA title and first since the 2016 season, when she won two tournaments in a one-month span. Kim is chasing her eighth career LPGA win and second title of the 2018 season. ”I want to win because I didn’t win last year,” Ciganda said. ”I love playing in Asia. It’s good for long hitters, playing quite long, so I’m quite comfortable.” Full-field scores from the Buick LPGA Shanghai Angel Yin also birdied the final hole for a 68 and was a further stroke back with Brittany Altomare (69), Danielle Kang (71) and Ariya Jutanugarn (71). Yin and Altomare have yet to break through for their first LPGA win. A win in Shanghai would make either player the ninth first-time winner of the 2018 season, which would tie 2016 for the third highest number of first-time winners in a season in LPGA history. ”I love competing,” Yin said. ”That’s why I’m playing, right? I’m excited to be in contention again going into Sunday.” Local favorite Yu Liu was seventh after offsetting a lone bogey with four birdies for a 69. Paula Creamer also shot a 69 and shared eighth at 8 under with Minjee Lee (70) and Bronte Law (71). The tournament is the second of five being played in South Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan in the LPGA’s annual Asian swing.last_img read more

This from Bill Nye Saves the World Tells You About All You Need to Know

first_img Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share TagsBill NyeCrazy Ex-GirlfriendcultureevolutionMarch for ScienceRachel Bloomsciencesexuality,Trending “So, you guys, seriously,” says “Science Guy” Bill Nye in a segment from his new Netflix series Bill Nye Saves the World, “this next thing I feel is very special. This is a cool little segment. You know this woman from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Please, give it up for Rachel Bloom.”What follows, a song-and-dance number, is not only NOT family friendly. Miss Bloom’s theme is how sexuality is a spectrum, a point that could be argued in an intelligent way. But that would not be on the same planet, not in the same galaxy as this. Sample lyric, “It’s evolution, ain’t nothin’ new. There’s nothing taboo about a sex stew.” Much of the rest could not be quoted here.Beyond the vulgarity and bad taste, it is excruciatingly dumb and, in musical terms, highly grating to listen to. Everything about it is stupid and ugly. You are welcome to click on the image above and see for yourself on YouTube. However, I remind you that the 2 minutes and 48 seconds you devote to the experience cannot be recovered in your lifetime.It went online yesterday, the day after Mr. Nye served as honorary co-chair of the March for Science.From the description of Bill Nye Saves the World on IMDb, the program “Explores science and its impact on politics, society and pop culture. Each episode of the series will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view…” (emphasis added). The Daily Caller notes that even in a Reddit discussion devoted to “adult content,” some viewers of the video were troubled by it.Nye says at the end, “That’s exactly the right message, Rachel.” Just remember, this is part of the vision of a better tomorrow, thanks to “Science,” that was promoted as part of the March, that Mr. Nye promotes in all his work. You just remember that.Image: Bill Nye, via YouTube. News Media This from Bill Nye Saves the World Tells You About All You Need to KnowDavid [email protected]_klinghofferApril 24, 2017, 5:41 PM Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Culture & Ethics Evolution Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Recommended Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Share A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more