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Palmer leads Deutsche Bank after his lowest round of season

first_imgNORTON, Mass. – Ryan Palmer has felt all year that something special was going to happen. For now, he’ll take his lowest round of the season. Palmer took only 21 putts and made birdie on half of his holes Friday on the TPC Boston, giving him an 8-under 63 and a two-shot lead over Keegan Bradley after the opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. ”It was one of my best ones of the year, for sure,” Palmer said. He didn’t miss a putt inside 15 feet and closed out his round with a pitching wedge to 18 feet, making the downhill putt for his ninth birdie. Bradley matched his low round of the season, though what meant more was the timing. This is the final week before U.S. captain Tom Watson decides which three players he will pick to fill out his Ryder Cup team. Bradley always seemed like a logical choice, though he wants to leave nothing to chance. Deutsche Bank Championship: Articles, videos and photos He played bogey-free in a gentle breeze, and it was just the start he needed. ”I’m not going to sit up here and say any cliches that I’m not thinking about the Ryder Cup or any of that,” Bradley said. ”I am very aware every second of the day that I’m being watched by the captain. And I’m just trying to embrace that, be aware of it and enjoy it if I can.” Webb Simpson, who also needs a pick to return to the Ryder Cup, and Jason Day of Australia were among those at 66. Jordan Spieth recovered from a double bogey to start his round and, with his entire family in tow, turned it around with four birdies and an eagle for a 67. Also at 67 was Ian Poulter, who seems certain to be a Ryder Cup pick for Europe on Tuesday considering how much damage he’s done to the Americans in the competition. Poulter was thinking only about his golf, which hasn’t been very good this year. ”I just want to play golf,” Poulter said. ”It’s been a (bad) year, and I want to turn it around right now.” Rory McIlroy was brilliant at times and sloppy at other times in his round of 70. Phil Mickelson had a 74. He wasn’t sure what to expect and even Lefty had to be surprised by his card that featured six pars, six birdies, four bogeys, a double bogey and a triple bogey. ”I said it would be feast or famine,” Mickelson said. ”I was hoping it would be Stableford. If it was Stableford, I’d be right in it.” Instead, he needs a good round Saturday to make sure he stays in the top 70 in the FedEx Cup to advance next week to the third playoff event in Denver. For two weeks – especially this one – the FedEx Cup shares the stage for that other cup. So many players are thinking less about the chase for a $10 million bonus, and more about a chance to play a tournament where they don’t get paid at all. Watson and European captain Paul McGinley announce their three picks Tuesday. This is the final qualifying week for Europe, though only the players competing in Italy this week can affect the standings. Palmer finished No. 18 in the Ryder Cup standings. His name hasn’t been mentioned as prominently as others bidding for captain’s pick. But he looked plenty good Friday. ”I keep telling myself something is going to happen. I don’t know where or when,” Palmer said. ”My game has been in good shape. It was a matter of getting it all together.” His regular caddie, James Edmondson, didn’t make the trip. Edmondson is close friends with Lance Bennett, who works for Matt Kuchar. Bennett’s wife died of a seizure Tuesday in Dallas, and caddies and some players wore a black hat with an orange ribbon as a tribute to Angela Bennett. The couple has a 4-year-old daughter. ”When he said, ‘I may need to stay home,’ I said, ‘Done. Don’t worry about. We’re just playing golf,”’ Palmer said. Bradley won all three of his matches with Mickelson in the last Ryder Cup at Medinah and is desperate to be on the American team that will try to win the cup back on Sept. 26-28 at Gleneagles in Scotland. And he’s not shy about saying so. ”When I wake up, I’m thinking about it. When I’m on the course, I’m thinking about it,” he said. Bradley was never in big trouble. He drove it long and straight, and that goes a long way on the TPC Boston. Bradley played with Mickelson in three matches at Medinah in the last Ryder Cup, and they never lost. Bradley also played a practice round at Gleneagles with Watson before the British Open. ”I think if I go out and shoot good scores, yeah, I think I’m in good shape,” Bradley said. ”But there’s so many great players that aren’t on this team. I don’t take anything for granted. I don’t think I’m a lock by any means.”last_img read more

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Four share Hyundai halfway lead

first_imgKAPALUA, Hawaii – Zach Johnson putted for birdie on every hole and made seven of them Saturday for a 6-under 67 that put him in a four-way tie for the lead after two rounds of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Johnson was halfway home to becoming the first repeat winner at Kapalua who wasn’t from Australia – Stuart Appleby and Geoff Ogilvy were the others. But not only is the first PGA Tour event of the year only through 36 holes, it’s extraordinarily crowded. Jimmy Walker dropped a stroke late and shot 68. Russell Henley got off to a sluggish start before a solid back nine for a 70. Sang-Moon Bae closed with eight straight pars for a 69. They joined Johnson at 11-under 135. Hyundai Tournament of Champions: Articles, videos and photos Scott Stalling was in that group until twice hitting into the bushes and tall grass – on his tee shot at the 17th and his second shot at the par-5 18th. Both cost him bogeys in a 70 that sent him spiraling down the leaderboard, just not very far. He was among 10 players separated by just two shots going into the third round. Five players, including Patrick Reed and Hideki Matsuyama, were in the group one shot behind. So much for this week being a working vacation along the western shores of Maui. These guys came to play. “I think it’s so competitive,” Henley said. “I think the way guys look at it now, it’s a great opportunity to have a good finish and get off to a great start, if not win.” Johnson got off to a great start last year when he won. That turned out to be his only victory of 2014, and he’s right back in the hunt again. His only bogey on another benign day above the blue Pacific was a three-putt on the eighth hole. He made birdie on all the par 5s, though the last one required a little more work. Johnson popped up his drive, which still went 294 yards because of the 150-foot drop from the tee to the fairway. He had to pound a 3-wood to get beyond the neck of the fairway, and then he flew his third shot beyond the flag. Shots like that used to roll off the back of the green. In soft conditions, this one stayed, and Johnson made a 15-foot putt to be the first to reach 11 under. Walker didn’t get away from his mistake late in the round. Adjusting for the severe drop in elevation over a gorge in front of the 17th green, he figured it was an 8-iron. The uncertainty was the wind, and not totally convinced of his club selection, he hit chunky and barely got onto the green. He three-putted from 70 feet, and then failed to birdie the 18th. Bae was the first player to get to 10 under, though his round slowed with one birdie on the back nine. Matsuyama and Charley Hoffman each shot 66 for the low rounds Saturday. Hoffman ran off seven birdies in an eight-hole stretch to share the lead, only to hit into the hazard on the 17th for a double bogey. He bounced backed with his seventh birdie of the back nine. Hoffman was the last player to qualify for this winners-only event with a victory in Mexico in November. The weather has been ideal for two days, with abundant sunshine and limited wind. The conditions are softer than usual because of spells of heavy rain in recent weeks. That might be contributing to a leaderboard that is bunched up heading into the final two rounds. Half of the 34-man field was within five shots of the lead.last_img read more

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McIlroy driven to be best of generation

first_imgRory McIlroy isn’t motivated by Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods at the moment. He is driven to separate himself from his generation while thinking he just might retire by the time he’s 40. “I’ve already had an eight-year career in golf,” McIlroy told the BBC Sport in a wide-ranging interview this week. “Twenty-five years should be enough to help me achieve what I want to. If there comes a time when I feel I can’t win or give it my best I’d very happily hang up the sticks and do something else.” What Jordan Spieth did winning the Masters last month and Rickie Fowler did winning The Players Championship two weeks ago did plenty to motivate McIlroy. He will tee it up at the BMW PGA Championship Thursday looking to do more than defend his title at the Wentworth Club in England. He’s looking to keep separating himself from Spieth, Fowler and everyone else who is in winning mode in the game today. “I feel like I’m in a generation with a lot of young guys that are coming up, and I want to be the best of this generation,” McIlroy said. “I want to win a lot more tournaments. I can win a lot more majors. I haven’t put a number on it because I don’t want to put that burden on myself. I just want to be better than everyone else.” After winning the Masters, Spieth made the cover of Sports Illustrated, with the headline: “Jordan Rules … The Spieth era begins now.” McIlroy saw it. “It inspired me to see Jordan do what he did at Augusta,” McIlroy told Dan Patrick on his radio show this week. “It inspired me to go out and maybe have a little edge, and a little bit more intensity. Since then it’s been nice to pick up a couple of wins in my last three starts, and I’m sure that’ll spur Jordan on as well. BMW PGA Championship: Articles, videos and photos “If you look at what Rickie did at The Players, as well, there are a lot of young guys that can go ahead now and take control of big golf tournaments, and again, that can only be good for golf. I think that healthy competition and rivalries is definitely a good thing for all of us.” McIlroy has won two of his last three starts, the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship and last weekend’s Wells Fargo Championship. He’ll be going for four victories in five starts as he tries to repeat as champion at the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championship this week and then win next week’s Irish Open. “I’ve put in a lot of hard work over the past 12 months, just working that little bit harder, just those tiny little differences that separate a top-five finish from a win,” McIlroy said. After this five-week blitz, McIlroy will get two weeks off to prepare for the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay. He’ll be looking for his fifth major, and he’s craving for more. “I’ve got off to a good start, three wins already this season,” McIlroy said in Wentworth. “I would be disappointed if I wasn’t to win one of the next three majors. I think that’s really what determines a good or a great season for me these days.” McIlroy feels really good about where his game’s at today. “I think I’m pretty close to playing my best golf,” McIlroy said. “I’m definitely able to feel more equipped to win now.” That ought to motivate Spieth, Fowler and everyone else trying to catch the world No. 1.last_img read more

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Stricker, MacKenzie share Valspar lead; Spieth makes cut

first_imgPALM HARBOR, Fla. – Jordan Spieth holed three shots from off the green and made the cut with one shot to spare Friday in the Valspar Championship. Now he has to figure out how to catch up to Steve Stricker and Will MacKenzie. Stricker, playing for only the fifth time this year, holed out from the 10th fairway for eagle and made a 60-foot birdie putt across the fourth green for a 5-under 66 that gave him a share of the lead with MacKenzie, who had a 67. They were at 5-under 137, one shot ahead of Bill Haas (67), Graham DeLaet (66) and Daniel Berger (68). Spieth is just happy to be joining them. He opened with a 76 and was in danger of missing the cut, especially when the wind began to pick up just as he was starting his second round on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook. And then he hooked his tee shot on the par-5 opening hole into a bush, had to take a penalty shot and made bogey on the easiest hole on the course. ”I’m walking off that green going, ‘Oh, boy. We can either somehow flip this one around today or … I don’t want that to be the key of me not being able to be here for the weekend.’ I thought it was really strong what we did after that,” he said. Nearly five hours later, after he nearly holed a bunker shot on the 17th to save par, Spieth exhaled on the 18th tee and said with a smile, ”This was grinding today. I’ve got some good stuff coming on the weekend.” Valspar Championship: Articles, photos and videos He wound up with a 68 and was at 2-over 144 to make the cut by one shot. That’s all he was thinking about until he chipped in from behind the green on the 15th for a birdie, and his tee shot on the 16th narrowly cleared the water. It was hard work, and there is plenty left. More than just trying to make up seven shots on the weekend, he had 42 players in front of him. Stricker began to cut back on his schedule a few years ago, and he had back surgery at the end of 2014 that limited his playing even more. But the strength is starting to return to the 49-year-old with the pure putting stroke, and he has looked solid for two days. Stricker was tied for the lead early on Thursday until three straight bogeys late in his round. This time, he took the eagle and keep running, adding a short birdie putt on the par-5 14th and a 10-foot birdie on the 16th hole to catch MacKenzie. ”There are times I escaped with a few good breaks,” Stricker said. ”Holing out on 10, you don’t expect to do that. And that putt at No. 4 was going pretty quick, and that ended up going in. So some things evidently went my way. I’m starting to play a little better. Definitely putting better. And slowly, things are coming together.” The large group at 3-under 139 included Justin Thomas, who hit a sharp slice to escape the trees on his first hole of the day (No. 10) and turned potential bogey into birdie on his way to a 67. Also at 139 were Augusta, Georgia, native Scott Brown (69), who has yet to play the Masters; past champion Retief Goosen and Charles Howell III, another Augusta native who had a 72. Only eight shots separated the top and bottom of the leaderboard, leaving the weekend wide open. That includes Spieth, the defending champion, whose first goal was get to Saturday. It wasn’t easy, but he settled into his round with a 6-iron over the water to 5 feet on the third hole. He used the blade of his sand wedge to hole a birdie putt from the collar the par-5 fifth – the first time he has used that shot in competition – and putted one from off the green on No. 7 for another birdie. He lost an easy birdie opportunity on the par-5 11th when he barely got out of a greenside bunker and was in deep rough. But he holed a 4-foot par putt that could have sent his momentum in the other direction, and despite missed birdie chances on the next three holes, the chip-in on the 15th was key. ”Today it was all about the cut,” he said. ”All of a sudden I’m over the green on 15, kind of sitting down in the bluegrass rough just trying to hope to chip that one to tap-in range. … Then all in all, we get finished and we’re back in the tournament.” Among those missing the cut were Keegan Bradley, who followed his 67 with a 79. It was more critical to Harris English and Webb Simpson, who were outside the top 66 in the world and will not qualify for the Dell Match Play in two weeks.last_img read more

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Fan’s Masters Comment Lights Jordan Spieth’s Fire

first_imgFORT WORTH, Texas – As he made the short walk from the ninth green to the 10th tee Sunday at Colonial Country Club, Jordan Spieth walked past a throng of fans eager to get a glimpse of the day’s final group. Many applauded. Some yelled cheers of support for any of the Dallas-Fort Worth area schools that Spieth attended as a youth. But one fan offered a piercing statement, one that caught Spieth’s ear and stood out above the din. “Remember the Masters, Jordan,” he said. When the lights have been on and the crowds have been gathered, Spieth has said all the right things about his collapse at Augusta National. The bitter disappointment, he said, is a thing of the past; his future bad shots won’t be a product of the two he deposited into Rae’s Creek last month in stunning fashion. But weeks later, the wounds are not that far beneath the surface. They can be accessed and aggravated with comments like the one Spieth heard, and they can elicit a number of possible responses. The response Spieth chose left the rest of the field at the Dean & DeLuca Invitational in his dust. “There was a little red-ass in me,” Spieth said, “and it came out on the next few holes.” Dean & Deluca Invitational: Articles, photos and videos Spieth birdied each of the three holes after hearing the comment, sparking a thrilling back nine that led him to a convincing three-shot victory. It marked Spieth’s first professional win in his home state, and it’s a victory that will help keep the ghosts of Augusta National a little more at bay. “I wasn’t sure how long it would take to get over the hurdle of having to come in to every single interview room, having to listen to crowds only talk about what happened a month ago,” Spieth said. “It’s very difficult to stay present, stay positive when that’s happening, when those are the only questions. In our third tournament back, to come back and close this one out the way we did is really, really special.” Spieth started the day with a one-shot lead, but the opening nine at Colonial turned into more of a struggle than he expected. It took all he could muster to maintain a clean card, including a 32-foot save on No. 8, as Spieth began his round with nine straight pars to fall behind the pace set by Harris English. But once Spieth made the turn, his all-world short game reached a new level. Spieth needed only nine putts to complete the inward half, carding six birdies including each of the last three holes: a 20-foot make on No. 16, a chip-in from behind the green at No. 17 and a 34-foot make on No. 18 to polish off a three-shot win in style. It’s the type of finish that marks the difference between good and great, and it’s one that left those chasing him to simply shake their heads. “He’s tough to beat. It’s kind of like what we used to see with Tiger,” said Webb Simpson, who tied for third after playing the final round alongside Spieth. “It was fun to watch.” “You can almost laugh at it,” added playing partner Ryan Palmer. “He’s young, he’s fearless, but that confidence he’s got is high. You can tell with his putter, it just takes one putt to go in and that hole has got to feel like a bucket to him.” Spieth’s victory means each of the top three players in the world have won tournaments over the last 15 days, following Jason Day’s victory at TPC Sawgrass and Rory McIlroy’s triumph in Ireland. It bodes well for the game, both next week when all three clash at the Memorial and this summer when a flurry of important trophies will be handed out. But this win wasn’t about the future. It was about erasing the pain of the green jacket he left hanging on the rack. It wasn’t just winning a tournament – it was stomping on the throat of the field and leaving no lingering doubt about his ability to close. “I heard it a few times in the crowd today, you know, ‘Go Palmer, he’s going to do the Masters’ or whatever like that. I mean, that’s not fun to hear,” Spieth said. “Trying to throw all that out and just focus on what me and (caddie) Michael (Greller) are talking about on the next shot is the toughest thing, and we got through that at the end of the round today.” Spieth added that perhaps the man behind the 10th tee was well-meaning. Perhaps he was offering an inspirational note that Spieth, after all, does still have a green jacket from his 2015 triumph. But more than likely, it was the product of a fan trying to get under his skin, trying to evoke memories of a collapse that still remained in the minds of his fellow players and peers. “Watching him kind of do what he did at the Masters, I felt really bad for him,” said English. “But I knew he would come back from it and kind of do what he did here. He’s one of the best putters in the world, and best players in the world, and I knew he was going to come back.” Spieth will still face a different series of questions at the upcoming majors, and his scars will be picked at again every spring until he adds to his jacket collection at Augusta National. But Sunday’s win elicited a sigh of relief from Spieth, who with trophy in hand felt liberated to speak more candidly about the true toll the Masters took on his psyche. It also means that, next time, the voices in the crowd will have a little less ammunition at their disposal.last_img read more

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Iceman Stenson stays hot, eyes back-to-back majors

first_imgSPRINGFIELD, N.J. – It’s one of the game’s great ironies, right there alongside comprehensive pace-of-play policies and a simplified Rules of Golf. Henrik Stenson is neither stoic nor aloof, be it on or off the golf course, yet was long ago saddled with the wildly inaccurate sobriquet Iceman. It’s a nickname one would normally associate with a person who is remote and guarded, and yet the Swede and newly minted major champion is neither. On a bad day at the golf course he can be downright volcanic, although in fairness those heated episodes have become the exception in recent years. On any day off the golf course he can be brilliantly subtle, like on Friday at Baltusrol after a second-round 67 temporarily lifted him into the lead at the PGA Championship. Asked how different he feels this week after having won his first major championship two weeks ago at Royal Troon: “I’m 6-foot-2 normally, but I guess I feel 6-foot-3 walking around out there,” he smiled. Quizzed if his status as a major champion could impact those trying to catch him on Sunday: “I don’t know if I can scare anyone except myself,” he shrugged. And, the clever coup de grâce, if he planned to approach the final round any differently than he did earlier this month at Royal Troon: “I think a 63 on Sunday would work pretty well here, too,” he laughed, “Sixty-four I can guarantee, but no 63.” If the game has appeared easy for Stenson of late he’s come by his swagger honestly, having played his last seven major championship rounds to a 66.71 scoring average and hitting 81 percent of his greens in regulation during that span. PGA Championship: Full-field scores | Live blog: Day 2 | Photo gallery Full coverage from the PGA Championship For a guy who played his first 41 majors looking like a teenager struggling with algebra, the answers seemed to come so easily at Royal Troon, where he outdueled Phil Mickelson coming down the stretch in what was an instant classic. Technically, Stenson will tell you that his turnaround at The Open was the byproduct of better ball-striking, more confidence in his driver and one of the best putting weeks of his career. Of course he would say that, because anything deeper would require a level of self-examination that he’s probably not entirely comfortable with. “It’s all about the melon, isn’t it?” Stenson’s longtime swing coach Pete Cowen said in Scotland. “If it’s a dark gray, he’s fine. But if it’s a dark green, he’s in trouble.” For two days at Baltusrol he’s been the picture of calm, unfazed by a rain delay early Friday morning that pushed tee times back 45 minutes and the kind of start that in the past might have led to a broken golf club. But after starting his round with two bogeys through his first four holes, he rebounded with an eagle at the par-5 18th (he started his round on No. 10) and added two birdies at Nos. 1 and 3. By the time he was finished he’d eased his way to his second consecutive 67. Easy, right? “It might not feel as easy as it sometimes looks, if it does look easy,” he admitted. “It’s always a question for me to work hard at what I need to do and focusing on the right things. But it definitely helps a lot when the mind is clear on what you’re doing.” What he is doing is impressive. With his “old trusty” 3-wood he’s tied for 17th in fairways hit, fourth in greens in regulation and 10th in proximity to the hole at the PGA. He could improve his putting with just four putts converted from outside of 10 feet for the week, but that’s always the case and he’s proven his ball-striking can mitigate any damage caused by his putter. Although winning back-to-back majors is uncharted territory for Stenson, he’s not entirely unfamiliar with the concept of riding momentum. In 2013, he won the Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW Championship to claim the FedEx Cup and finished with a victory at the DP World Tour Championship to win the European Tour’s Race to Dubai all within a two-month span. “I think I’m a hard worker,” he said. “I work a lot on my game, and I think when I get it in good order, I have been able to keep it going for quite some time and have some long stretches where I’ve been playing well.” Earlier on Friday, Martin Kaymer talked about the importance of keeping the voices in his head positive when the conditions are difficult like they were at Baltusrol to start a wet and windy day; but beyond this week’s Grand Slam finale that’s the story of Stenson’s career. “If there were any voices, I guess I managed to get rid of them,” he smiled. Despite the misplaced nickname, the voices in Stenson’s head are always there, the difference this week is they are telling him to make the most of his current form.last_img read more

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Montgomerie wins Pacific Life in playoff

first_imgVICTORIA, British Columbia – Colin Montgomerie won the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship on Sunday, outlasting Scott McCarron with a birdie on the third hole of a playoff. Montgomerie closed with a 4-under 67 to match McCarron at 15-under 198 at scenic Bear Mountain Resort, the first-year venue in the PGA Tour Champions event that was played in Hawaii from 2012-14. McCarron bogeyed the par-5 18th in regulation for a 70. Montgomerie and McCarron matched pars on 18 on the first two extra holes. The 53-year-old Montgomerie’s three previous victories on the 50-and-over tour came in major championships – the 2014 and 2015 Senior PGA Championship and 2014 U.S. Senior Open. The Scot won 31 times on the European Tour and topped the tour’s money list a record eight times, seven in a row from 1993-99. McCarron missed a chance for his second victory of the year after winning the Principal Charity Classic in June in Iowa for his first senior title. Miguel Angel Jimenez shot a course-record 61 to tie for third at 13 under, finishing as Montgomerie and McCarron made the turn. The Spanish star played the first five holes on the back nine in 6 under with an eagle and five birdies, then closed with four pars to miss a chance to break 60. Jeff Sluman (67), Scott Dunlap (68) and Doug Garwood (70) also were 13 under. Bernhard Langer closed with a 63 to tie for seventh at 12 under. The 59-year-old German star leads the tour with four victories this season. Fellow Hall of Famer Vijay Singh tied for 28th at 6 under after a 71. Rod Spittle topped the four Canadians in the field, closing with a 65 to tie for 38th at 4 under. Jim Rutledge was 3 under after a 68, Stephen Ames 1 over after a 69, and Murray Poje had a 73 to finish last among the 78 finishers at 21 over.last_img read more

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Ariya leads big-hitting list of chasers at Women’s PGA

first_imgCHASKA, Minn. – Here come the big hitters. They’re lining up in hot pursuit of Hannah Green this weekend. Hazeltine is a brute, the longest setup in the 65-year history of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, which was previously played as the LPGA Championship. Caddies called it a “bomber’s paradise” at week’s start, but apparently Green didn’t get the memo. She isn’t a power player. She ranks just 95th on tour in driving distance. “I’ve never put myself in this position in any event, so to be doing it this week, at such a great venue, definitely shows things are going the right way,” said Green, a second-year LPGA member seeking her first victory. Halfway through this championship, Green is defying expectations, taking charge with precision, finesse and a hot putter. But that formula will be tested with some of the game’s most formidable power players lining up in her rearview mirror. Ariya Jutanugarn, Sung Hyun Park, Nelly Korda and Angel Yin muscled their way into contention. They’re all among the game’s new breed of young bombers. And they’re all sitting T-5 or better. Lydia Ko is the only player besides Green at the top of the board who isn’t a big hitter. Green’s 3-under-par 69 Friday moved her to 7 under overall. Jutanugarn (70) is three back, Park (71) and Ko (70) are four back, and Korda (70) and Yin (71) are five back. Your browser does not support iframes. Full-field scores from the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship Jutanugarn was a force a year ago, sweeping the LPGA’s most important awards. She won the Rolex Player of the Year Award, the Vare Trophy for low scoring average, the Race to the CME Globe and the LPGA money title. She won three times on the way to those honors, but she’s winless this year. In fact, it’s been nearly 11 months since Jutanugarn last won. She is coming off a T-5 finish in her last start, at the ShopRite Classic, which was just her third top-10 finish in 13 starts this year. She says the year has been all about being patient. “It’s really a challenge, but I just feel like, it’s life,” Jutanugarn said. “We are always going to go up and down. I just fight with it, and be patient, and do the best I can, because I never know when a good round will show up, and I never know when a bad round show up.” Park is the defending champ. She won the HSBC Women’s World Championship back in February, tied for second at the Kia Classic two weeks later. She likes the big ballpark nature of Hazeltine, which plays to 6,807 yards on the scorecard. “It’s definitely is a long course, but I believe that players who are strong in their long game, definitely have an advantage,” Park said. Korda followed up her first LPGA title at the Taiwan Championship late last year with a victory at the Women’s Australian Open in February. She’s looking to add a major to her resume this week. “I go into every week wanting to win,” Korda said.last_img read more

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Jimenez (65) holds share of lead at Dick’s Open

first_imgENDICOTT, N.Y. – Miguel Angel Jimenez birdied three of the final six holes Friday for a 7-under 65 and a share of the first-round lead with Monday qualifier Doug Barron in the PGA Tour Champions’ Dick’s Sporting Goods Open. Jimenez had eight birdies and a bogey at En Joie Golf Club. The 55-year-old won the Chubb Classic in February in Florida for his seventh senior title. “It was very nice. I played very solid. I felt very comfortable on the golf course,” Jimenez said. “That’s what you need to do, hit fairways, hit greens and hit it close. I made the putts. Happy with the way I’ve been managing myself on the golf course.” The 50-year-old Barron had seven birdies in a bogey-free round. He’s coming off a fifth-place tie in the Senior British Open in his Champions debut. “I’ve been around this course 32 times in tournament rounds and played however many practice rounds here when I was on tour, so I like the place. It fits my eye,” Barron said. “Just like it reminds me of the two courses I grew up playing at home. So, I’ve always played good here, I’ve had some good finishes here.” Marco Dawson and Scott Parel were a stroke back at 66. Kevin Sutherland was another stroke back with David McKenzie and Billy Andrade. Kevin Sutherland shot a 59 in the tournament five years ago. Full-field scores from the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open Senior British Open winner Bernhard Langer shot a 68, playing alongside Charles Schwab Cup leader Scott McCarron and Senior Players Championship winner Retief Goosen. Langer won at En Joie in 2014. “You’ve got to drive it straight here,” Langer said. “It’s tree-lined, rough and trees everywhere, so you’ve got to drive it really good, hit some good irons and, hopefully, sink some putts. That’s what it takes.” McCarron, the winner two years ago, had a 69. Goosen shot 72. Davis Love III and Jay Haas shot 68, while playing partner Fred Couples had a 70. Couples is back at En Joie for the first time in 24 years. He won the B.C. Open in 1991 when it was a PGA Tour event. “I just didn’t make enough birdies, but I felt OK,” Couples said. “I have to play a lot more and practice a lot harder to work my way up these leaderboards again. I have not really played well this whole year, but it’s fun to be here.” John Daly had a 71. Defending champion Bart Bryant opened with a 72. He also won the 2013 event.last_img read more

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Egnor: Why Machines Will Never Think

first_img Recommended Tagsartificial intelligencecomputationconsciousnesseventlaunchmeaningMichael EgnormindMind MattersneuroscienceneurosurgeryphilosophyspiritualitythoughtWalter Bradley Center for Natural & Artificial Intelligenc,Trending For me, one of the highlights of the Bradley Center launch was meeting our friend and contributor Michael Egnor. While for some years I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of working with Dr. Egnor, the distinguished neurosurgeon and neuroscientist, I had never met him face-to-face.His remarks at the panel discussion last Wednesday night were excellent as you’d expect. Get a taste at the new Mind Matters site. The gist is this:The hallmark of human thought is meaning, and the hallmark of computation is indifference to meaning. That is, in fact, what makes thought so remarkable and also what makes computation so useful. You can think about anything, and you can use the same computer to express your entire range of thoughts because computation is blind to meaning.Thought is not merely not computation. Thought is the antithesis of computation. Thought is precisely what computation is not. Thought is intentional. Computation is not intentional.Computers do computation, and “Thought is the antithesis of computation.” That is why hype about computers achieving consciousness is such baloney. Which doesn’t mean that people will not abuse the power of AI to hurt each other, and hurt themselves. Oh, that is going to be bad, as Egnor also elaborated at the Bradley event. More on that when we have the video ready for you.Mike Egnor is a remarkably clear thinker and writer, a scientist with a rare philosophical and spiritual sensitivity. Again, please go read his comments in full at Mind Matters.Photo: Michael Egnor at the inauguration of the Walter Bradley Center for Natural & Artificial Intelligence, by Nathan Jacobson. “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter 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 All Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Neuroscience & Mind Egnor: Why Machines Will Never ThinkDavid [email protected]_klinghofferJuly 17, 2018, 4:24 PM Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Manlast_img read more