Month: May 2021

Clark chases down Furyk to win Canadian Open

first_imgMONTREAL – Tim Clark rallied to win the Canadian Open on Sunday, birdieing five of the last eight holes for a one-stroke victory over Jim Furyk. Clark closed with a 5-under 65 at rainy Royal Montreal for his second PGA Tour victory. The 38-year-old South African player also won the 2010 Players Championship. Furyk, the two-time Canadian Open champion who took a three-stroke lead into the final round, finished with a 69. The 44-year-old American matched Clark with a birdie on the par-3 17th and a par on the par-4 18th. ”It looked like Jim wasn’t going to make any mistakes,” said Clark, who moved into contention Saturday with a 64. ”He was pretty solid, so I knew I had to make birdies. At that point, there was nothing to lose. Suddenly I got hot and I went with it.” Furyk is 0 for 7 with the 54-hole lead since winning the 2010 Tour Championship for the last of his 16 PGA Tour titles ”I kind of controlled my own destiny,” Furyk said. ”I’ve got to shoot 3 or 4 under and it would have been impossible to catch me, or darn near it. I left the door open with even par on the front nine and Tim took advantage and shot 30 on the back.” On No. 18, Clark left a 45-foot birdie putt about 6 feet short, and Furyk missed left on a 12-footer. Clark sealed the win by holing the 6-footer for par. RBC Canadian Open: Articles, videos and photos ”Once he missed his putt, I didn’t want to have to go into a playoff, knowing he can take it over the water (off the 18th tee) and I have to play over to the right,’ Clark said. ”So, it was huge for me to get it finished right there. I got hot with the putter on the back nine. To stand over that putt and still feel confident was really nice.” Clark, four strokes behind Furyk after bogeying the par-4 first, took the outright lead with a birdie on the par-4 16th after a short rain delay. Clark finished at 17-under 263 to tie tournament record for total score set by Johnny Palmer in 1952 at St. Charles in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and matched by Scott Piercy in 2012 at Hamilton in Ancaster, Ontario. Clark’s wife, Candice, is from Toronto and has family in Montreal. He won his first pro title at the New Brunswick Open on the Canadian Tour in 1998 and followed a week later with a win at the CPGA Championship. ”The irony of it is Canada could be the location of my first win and my last one,” Clark said. ”To come back here, it’s full circle. That was 16 years ago when I was just cutting my teeth as a professional golfer and I was fortunate enough to be given some starts up here, so I have fond memories. ”It’s certainly one I’ve wanted to win for a long time. Any national championship to me is special. particularly to the people from that country. It’s an honor for me to be the open champion.” Justin Hicks was third at 13 under after a 64. Matt Kuchar (65), Michael Putnam (66) and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (66) tied for fourth at 11 under. Graham DeLaet, from Weyburn, Saskatchewan, was the top Canadian, closing with a 68 to tie for seventh at 10 under. Pat Fletcher, born in England, was the last Canadian winner, taking the 1954 event at Point Grey in Vancouver. ”I fell a little short, but it was fun,” DeLaet said. ”So many people were cheering for me. … Coming down 18 was a special moment. Dicky Pride also finished at 10 under, matching the course record with a 63. Organizers moved up the starting times by two hours and had the players went out in threesomes from both the first and 10th tees to try to finish before the forecast storms. Most of the players had finished before a cloudburst halted play for 26 minutes.last_img read more

Langer closes with 66 to win Champions event

first_imgENDICOTT, N.Y. – Bernhard Langer rallied to win the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open on Sunday for his fifth Champions Tour victory of the year, while Kevin Sutherland followed his tour-record 59 with a 74 to drop into a tie for seventh. The 56-year-old Langer played all 54 holes without a bogey, closing with a 6-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Woody Austin and Mark O’Meara. Langer finished at 16-under 200 at En-Joie for his 23rd career victory on the 50-and-over tour. ”It doesn’t happen very often you go through a tournament without a bogey,” Langer said. Sutherland, the second-round leader, had five bogeys – four on the first 10 holes – and three birdies in the final round. Playing his third Champions Tour event since turning 50 in June, he finished at 12 under. Sutherland said he was pressing too much early. ”So, I made some dumb bogeys,” Sutherland said. ”Just got myself behind early. I was surprised I didn’t play better today. A lot of energy was expended (Saturday) and I think I had a hard time just getting into the round.” Langer said he really wasn’t watching the leaderboard. ”I knew I was close,” Langer said. ”I just tried to keep my head down and make quality shots. When I looked at 16, I saw I was one up on someone who had already finished the round and figured I would be OK if I just parred out.” That he did, and won for the first time with his daughter, Christina, serving as his caddie. ”I was more nervous for her than for me,” Langer said. ”We hadn’t won a tournament with her caddying, though I’ve won a couple with my son. It’s always special when your kids are caddying.” Christina is a junior at Florida Atlantic University. Austin had a 65, and O’Meara shot 66. Langer, tied for fifth with Bob Charles on the tour victory list, earned $277,500 to increase his tour-leading total to $2,652,520. The German has three victories in his last five starts. Steve Lowery had a 72 to tie for fourth at 13 under. After challenging Langer for most of the round he hit into the pond on the par-3 14th en route to a double bogey and dropped another stroke on the par-4 15th. Lowery birdied Nos. 7, 8, 9 and 11 to take a one-stroke lead at 15 under. On the 14th, Langer made a 20-foot birdie putt for a three-stroke swing.last_img read more

Saved by a Tackle Box

first_imgPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – In the zippered reality of the Tour Finals, Vaughn Taylor is at ground zero in his professional quest to play the PGA Tour again. With just this week’s Tour Championship remaining, Taylor is $1,107 ahead of No. 51 on the Finals money list, or – put another way – $1,107 away from spending another year on the secondary tour. It’s been four years since Taylor contended in the big leagues, and while he showed flashes of the game that lifted him to two PGA Tour titles, it was largely forgettable season with just three top-10 finishes, including a tie for 10th place at last week’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship. But as the 38-year-old went through his practice paces early Wednesday at TPC Sawgrass, professional panic was replaced by personal perspective. That’s what happens when one gazes into the cold reality of mortality. A month ago this Monday, Aug. 11, Taylor was having a career day on the Savannah River near his home in Augusta, Ga. It was a spot he’d fished “hundreds of times,” just below a large dam in rough water but the payoff was an aching arm from all the bass he’d caught. He was alone, not wearing a life vest and the lines he was using to keep his boat anchored, one at the front and one at the back of his boat, were old. “I made a lot of mistakes,” Taylor admitted. Without warning, the line anchoring the bow of his vessel broke and before he knew it his small bass boat was being swamped by water. When he entered the rough and chilly water, he originally hoped he could save the boat from sinking but within moments his concerns turned to his own life. “It was so cold and the current was so strong, I tried to swim against it at first and realized that was a mistake,” he said. “I really thought for a minute that I could drown.” Although he estimates he was in the water for about 10 minutes, Taylor said it felt like an hour as he floundered. A park ranger who was nearby began yelling instructions to Taylor, but he couldn’t hear what the man was saying because of the roar of the river. He was later told officials closed the dam to lessen the current. Eventually Taylor, realized the ranger was telling him to swim with the current and he finally caught a break when a waterproof bag he was using to store his fishing tackle came into his view. “I got lucky. It was a gift from God sending that tackle box my way,” said Taylor, who used the bag as a floatation device. Taylor eventually made it to the bank where he spent the better part of a half hour regaining his senses. “That whole night and into the next day I just kept thinking about how close I’d come to drowning,” he said. Taylor did have the presence of mind to turn his bilge pump on before going overboard and officials eventually recovered the aluminum boat. He used it to return to his Savannah River “honey hole” a few days after the incident with new ropes to secure his anchor along with a fresh perspective. “That first time I went back was kind of spooky just because it so fresh in my mind. When you’re in the water, everything slows down and you start wondering if this is it,” Taylor said. So forgive Taylor if his predicament on the Tour Finals money list this week doesn’t exactly keep him up at night. Reclaiming his PGA Tour card is important, particularly for a guy who not that long ago (2006) spent this week getting ready for a Ryder Cup. But just having the opportunity to be at TPC Sawgrass for this week’s finale is a reason to celebrate.last_img read more

Park wins in Taiwan, keeps No. 1 ranking

first_imgTAIPEI, Taiwan – Six days after taking the No. 1 spot in the world from Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park was a notch above the American again at Miramar. Park won the LPGA Taiwan Championship on Sunday for her third victory of the year and 12th tour title, holding off Lewis by two strokes. The 26-year-old South Korean player closed with a 1-under 71 in light rain to finish at 22-under 266. The victory capped a hectic Asian trip centered around her marriage last month to swing coach Gi Hyeob-nam. ”I think this will be my wedding gift for myself,” Park said. ”It’s a good feeling and maybe people who said, ‘She’s not going to play as well as when she was not married.’ I think we can put that wrong.” Park shot 64-62-69 to take a four-stroke lead over Lewis and China’s Shanshan Feng into the final round. ”I think playing with Stacy, I really wanted to play well,” Park said. ”Obviously, being able to win the tournament was a great accomplishment. It was a tough day and I got nervous on every hole today, even on the 18th hole.” The second-ranked Lewis, also a three-time winner this year, shot 69. ”I hung in there all day and just made Inbee work for it,” Lewis said. ”That was the goal. You give Inbee four shots, it’s a tough task to overcome. She hit the shots when she needed to coming in.” After Lewis birdied the par-4 16th to pull within one, Park birdied the par-3 17th to regain her two-stroke lead. Her only other birdies came on the first two holes and she bogeyed the last two holes on the front nine. ”I don’t think this is the last time we’ll be battling at the end of a tournament,” Lewis said. ”I think we’re both playing some really good golf right now. It’s unfortunate, I guess, for the fans it’s the end of the season, but we have a few tournaments left and hopefully we’ll do it again.” Park won the Manulife Financial in June in Canada and took the LPGA Championship in August for her fifth major title. Last year, she swept the first three majors and won six times. Third-ranked Lydia Ko was third at 17 under after a 66, the best score Sunday. The 17-year-old New Zealander won the Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters in December at Miramar. ”I think I played really well here in Asia,” Ko said. ”I’ve enjoyed it and I’m excited for a week off next week.” Spain’s Azahara Munoz had a 69 to finish fourth at 16 under Feng closed with a 76 to drop into a tie for sixth at 13 under. Michelle Wie had weekend rounds of 72-72 to tie for 20th at 6 under in a group that included Norway’s Suzann Pettersen and Taiwan’s Yani Tseng. Pettersen, the winner the last two years at Sunrise, finished with a 71. Tseng, the winner of the inaugural event in 2011, shot 70. She won the last of her 15 LPGA Tour titles in March 2012.last_img read more

Hard Day’s work: Long journey for champ

first_imgSHEBOYGAN, Wis. – It’s hard to imagine now looking at images of a smiling, athletic young man with the photogenic wife and precocious young son running about that there was a time when this dream could have just as easily been a nightmare. On Sunday at the PGA Championship, with the azure hues of Lake Michigan as a back drop, Jason Day completed a journey that started with the Australian fittingly perched on the deep end. “It’s been pretty well documented that Jason could have been on the wrong side of the tracks. It could have easily gone the other way, and he would have been in a totally different spot,” said Colin Swatton, Day’s caddie and longtime swing coach. “He wouldn’t have been standing on the 18th green at Whistling Straits. He’s come a long way to be here today.” It’s roughly 9,800 miles from Kooralbyn – a small country town, which is Australian for remote, about an hour west of the shimmering beaches of the Gold Coast – to Sheboygan, Wis. But for Day it’s the metaphorical distance he’s traversed that matters most. The trek began 14 years ago not long after Day’s father, Alvin, died of stomach cancer and the gangly 12 year old decided, as many children do in times of crisis, to act out. He got in trouble, hung out in the wrong circles and alarmed his mother, Dening, enough that she took a second job, scraped together just enough money and sent Day to the Kooralbyn International School, a sport specific institution where she hoped he’d find a purpose. Things didn’t go well at first between Day and Swatton, who was Kooralbyn’s golf instructor at the time. Day was angry and obstinate, Swatton was methodical and entrenched to the point he painted lines on the sidewalk at Kooralbyn that were exactly one yard apart to teach students how to correctly pace off yardages. “We had a little disagreement initially, but from that day forward he dedicated himself to being the best player in the world,” said Swatton, who evolved into something of a surrogate father for Day. “He put more hours in and worked harder than anyone else.” And like that Day went from obstinate to obsessive. Swatton once told Day to work on a certain chipping drill and went off to work with other students. When he returned hours later Day was still working on the same drill. It was the type of single-minded focus that left unchecked could wreak havoc, but under proper supervision could be harnessed and honed to produce frighteningly impressive results even from a player who Swatton concedes wasn’t even the best golfer at his academy. To a point, Day’s climb followed a predictable script, with numerous amateur titles followed by just a single year on the Tour before he quickly ascended to the Big Leagues. But things weren’t as easy for Day on the PGA Tour. He played two full seasons before his first Tour victory and found himself bouncing on and off the disabled list with alarming regularity. Day was sidelined with a thumb ailment (2014), back issue (2014), ankle injury (2013), wrist problem (2007) and, most concerning of all, a debilitating bout with vertigo that flared up at the U.S. Open. It became standard fare to start each interview with Day by asking about his health, so much so the normally affable player waved off your scribe last year on the practice range at the Tour Championship. “Don’t even ask,” he glared before offering a smile, “I’m feeling fine.” But if he’d become weary of dealing with doctors, it was the increasingly loud drumbeat of his play in major championships that had truly begun to wear on him. “I guess you can take me off the best players without a major [list] now,” he said on Sunday after winning the PGA Championship. It was only fitting that Day completed his Grand Slam quest at Whistling Straits, which was the site of his first near miss at a major when he tied for 10th at the 2010 PGA. There were runner-up showings at the 2011 Masters (which may have hurt the worst considering the inexplicable Australian drought at Augusta National) and U.S. Open. He finished third at the 2013 Masters, which was won by Adam Scott, and was again runner-up at the U.S. Open later that season. But the ultimate blow may have been at last month’s Open Championship where he began the final round with a share of the lead, but Day missed a 25 footer for birdie at the 18th hole that would have earned him a spot in the playoff won by Zach Johnson. “He was disappointed that he didn’t get it done [at St. Andrews], but it was a matter of looking at what he did really, really well at that golf tournament,” Swatton said. If necessity is the mother of invention, then it’s easy to see how Day used yet another disappointment to fuel what turned out to be a historic week at Whistling Straits. After making birdie on his final three holes to win by one shot at the RBC Canadian Open, Day led by two strokes starting the final round at the PGA where, paired with the best player in the world (Jordan Spieth), he picked apart the course and the leaderboard like a guy who already had a six-pack of Grand Slam titles on the shelf. He birdied four of his first seven holes to pull away from the field and put the finishing touches on what turned out to be a three-stroke victory with a towering 4-iron into the par-5 16th hole for what was essentially a walk-off birdie. “A lot of tears. This one means a lot. We’ve come so close so many times,” Swatton said. “He always wanted to get better and his goal was to be the No. 1 golfer in the world.” While he’s not No. 1 yet, his dream of winning a major has come true, and it all materialized alongside a dusty hill in Kooralbyn not long after Dening Day took a gamble, and a second job, on a young man who could have gone either way.last_img read more

Wiesberger (63) leads by two at European Open

first_imgBAD GRIESBACH, Germany – Bernd Wiesberger made nine birdies and one eagle to lead the European Open by two strokes after a shortened opening day. Play started 3 hours, 25 minutes late because of fog, and some leading contenders did not complete the first round in fading light. Wiesberger finished with an 8-under 63, notching five birdies on the back nine, where he started. The Austrian, who hasn’t missed a cut on the European Tour this season, produced a double bogey on the first, and had another bogey on the fourth, but recovered with an eagle on the eighth. Renato Paratore of Italy was two shots adrift, with six birdies and an eagle to compensate for a double bogey on the fifth. Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard, American Daniel Im, and England’s Steve Webster all held the lead before Wiesberger’s late charge took him to the top, and they finished the day at 5 under, along with Sweden’s Michael Jonzon. England’s Matthew Southgate was also at 5 under through 11 holes.last_img read more

Wagner leads rain-suspended Safeway by 1

first_imgNAPA, Calif. – Johnson Wagner avoided all the drama, and the bogeys, and came in from the rain holding a one-shot lead in the Safeway Open. Wagner chipped in for birdie on No. 8 to start his climb from a three-shot deficit. He also rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 12. His best work before the third round was stopped by wet conditions, however, were the par saves. ”I was hanging on, hitting little quack hooks to the green but just somehow getting it up and down and making par putts, and really just trying to survive and make as many pars as I could.” He was at 15 under par and facing a short iron into the par-5 16th when a sponge roller couldn’t keep water off the front of the green, from where Scott Piercy was trying to play. Piercy, who had been in the lead since his opening 62 that set the course record at Silverado, was at 14 under. Also at 14 under was Patton Kizzire, who was facing a 20-foot birdie putt on the 17th green. The dark clouds drooping over the foothills in Napa Valley were the first signs of the peculiar day. Paul Casey, who was two shots behind when play was halted, was making up ground on Piercy on the front nine until his tee shot clipped a tree, ricocheted somewhere and was never found. Fans indicated that it shot across the fairway and went out of bounds into some trees, but that wasn’t his golf ball. Either way, the lost ball cost him two shots. Safeway Open: Articles, photos and videos Piercy, who started the third round with a three-shot lead, hit a tee shot that was stymied by a tree, and when he walked up to play his third shot, another tree trunk blocked his path. He played back to the fairway and hit a superb pitch-and-run to 2 feet to limit the damage to a bogey. The real pain was later. Piercy missed a 6-foot birdie putt that was downhill with a wicked right-to-left break. He took a step toward the hole on the ninth for his birdie putt only to stop in his tracks when it spun around and out of the cup. He missed a 4-foot birdie putt on No. 10. And then on the par-3 11th, he watched his tee shot hit the base of the pin and carom off the green. Through all his travails, he still was only one shot behind. ”I had a ball fly in the hole, I had a couple balls lip out,” Piercy said. ”Just maybe a little off today as far as the scoring. But I gave myself lots of chances , and even though I didn’t score well, I’m one back. I’m in a good spot.” The third round was to resume Sunday morning, and starting times for the final round already had been moved up because of more rain forecast for the afternoon. Martin Laird was 12 under through 16 holes. The best 54-hole scores posted belonged to Michael Kim (65) and Brendan Steele (67), who were at 11-under 205. Phil Mickelson hit a wild tee shot in the rain and made bogey on the par-5 closing hole for a third straight 69. He was six behind. No person was more responsible for the PGA Tour’s season-opening event having a decent chance to finish than JT Poston. In his first PGA Tour event, he holed an 8-foot birdie putt on his final hole for a 69 that moved the cut line to 3-under 141. That meant 70 players made the cut. His birdie knocked out 16 players. Piercy finished the second round Saturday morning with a 67 for a three-shot lead over Casey and Wagner. Casey had another lost ball late in the second round, but this turned out much better. He was about 30 seconds away from abandoning the search when a spectator held up a ball with the Nike swoosh and a blue pen dot and said, ”Is this it?” The spectator had found it in the hazard, so while Casey still had a one-shot penalty, he was able to drop away from the grandstands and save par for a 68. Casey birdied the par-3 second hole in the third round from 6 feet, and he was on the verge of getting within one shot of Piercy with a 4-foot birdie putt on the next hole until he missed it. Two holes later, the lost ball led to double bogey. Wagner, meanwhile, plodded along. He was short of the green on No. 8 when he chipped in for birdie, and his chip from short of the ninth green lipped out. He pulled within one shot of the lead with a short birdie on the 10th, and caught Piercy with a 30-foot birdie on the 12th. Piercy fell out of the lead with a bogey from just off the 14th green. Kizzire started the third round six shots behind and made up ground quickly with five birdies on the front nine, only one of them longer than 12 feet. He finally dropped back in the rain, three-putted the 14th when his birdie attempt rolled some 6 feet by.last_img read more

Kelly earns second win in four weeks

first_imgVICTORIA, British Columbia – Jerry Kelly avoided the late trouble that derailed Lee Janzen and David McKenzie to win the Pacific Links Bear Mountain Championship on Sunday for his second PGA Tour Champions victory in four weeks. Kelly closed with a 3-under 68 in chilly, rainy conditions for a one-stroke victory over Janzen on Bear Mountain’s Mountain Course. The three-time PGA Tour winner won the Boeing Classic outside Seattle last month for his first senior title. ”You always want that validation after you win the first one,” Kelly said. ”And to get it so soon, again, very surprised, but I’m just going to keep working hard.” Janzen also shot 68, but dropped three late strokes to give away the lead. After making three birdies in a row, he bogeyed the par-4 15th and made a double bogey on the par-4 17th. On 17, the two-time U.S. Open champion drove into a bush, chipped back to the fairway and three-putted after his ball ran to the back of the green. ”Where that pin was, it’s so difficult to get it near the hole and I just made a huge error by hitting on the wrong line,” Janzen said. ”Unfortunately, I just didn’t know any better. … It would have saved myself one shot, maybe two, and that’s the difference.” The 50-year-old Kelly rebounded from a bogey on the par-5 13th with a birdie on the 15th – making the putt after being stung by a bee – and finished with three straight pars. ”It was really thinking your way around and I made a couple good saves and a couple good birdies at the end,” Kelly said. ”It was more of a survival day.” Kelly finished at 14-under 199. He began the round a stroke behind leaders McKenzie and Jerry Smith. ”The funny thing is I switched irons and won in Seattle and played well the week after in Calgary, and it’s just continued on here,” Kelly said. ”Some of those changes, things click and next thing you know you’re playing with confidence and get some wins.” Janzen missed a chance for his second senior title after winning eight times on the PGA Tour. ”When I look back at a tournament, I’m more concerned with my mental preparation and execution and where I went wrong,” Janzen said. ”My psyche’s not damaged over that. Stupid things happen on the golf course all the time. It’s not the first time I’ve hit a bad shot with a chance to win a tournament, so I’m not worried. I’m getting to go to Pebble Beach, one of my favorite places in the world, and I’m really encouraged because my game stunk a week ago.” McKenzie, the Australian trying to become the first qualifier to win since 2012, dropped back with double bogeys on the par-3 14th and the 17th. He birdied the par-5 18th for a 71 that left him tied for third at 12 under with Tommy Armour III (67). Charles Schwab Cup points leader Bernhard Langer (68) and Esteban Toledo (67) followed at 11 under. Smith had a 75 to finish six strokes back.last_img read more

Rory wins for first time since ’19 at Wells Fargo

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. – Rory McIlroy found his comfort zone at Quail Hollow and left with a trophy he badly needed. McIlroy closed with a 3-under 68 and made it tough on himself at the end Sunday, driving into the hazard left of the 18th fairway and needing two putts from 45 feet for a one-shot victory in the Wells Fargo Championship. What mattered was ending 18 months since his last victory in the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, along with finding a strong semblance of his game as he prepares to return to Kiawah Island for the PGA Championship. “It’s never easy,” McIlroy said. “It felt like a long time.” It showed. McIlroy seemed to be on the verge of choking up at winning on Mother’s Day, thinking of his mother, Rosie, and wife Erica. She was at Quail Hollow with their daughter, Poppy, and McIlroy doted on them before signing his card. McIlroy seized control with two splendid bunker shots, getting up-and-down for birdie on the reachable par-4 14th and the par-5 15th, and then holding on at the end. Abraham Ancer ran off three straight birdies and nearly closed with a fourth one, posting a 66 for a runner-up finish, the fourth of his career as the Mexican seeks his first PGA Tour title. McIlroy finished at 10-under 274 for his 19th career victory, and his third at Quail Hollow. “This is one of my favorite places in the world,” said McIlroy, who picked up his first PGA Tour title at Quail Hollow in 2010. “To break the drought and win here, it’s awesome.” Wells Fargo Championship: Full-field scores | Full coverage It was a tough finish for Keith Mitchell, who started the final round with a two-shot lead and quickly stretched it to three shots with a 6-iron out of a fairway bunker into a stiffening breeze to 12 feet for birdie. But his short game let him down all day, leading to bogeys on the fifth and sixth holes that cost him the lead, and on the 14th hole and 15th holes when he had to settle for pars after being in position for birdies. Mitchell, whose only victory was the Honda Classic just over two years ago, needed to finish alone in second to qualify for the PGA Championship through the money list. But he dropped a shot on the 17th and closed with a 72 to tie for third with Viktor Hovland, who had a 67. Rory McIlroy wins Wells Fargo Championship for third time Former U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland had a share of the lead early on the back nine until he went through a bad patch of back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 12 and 13, and settling for pars on the next two scoring holes. He shot 71 and finished fifth. Bryson DeChambeau managed a tie for ninth following a 68-68 weekend that began with him flying home to Dallas thinking he had missed the cut. McIlroy, along with going 18 months without a win, slipped to No. 15 in the world, his lowest position in more than a decade. He brought on swing coach Pete Cowen for an extra set of eyes. They worked hard last week in Florida as McIlroy tried to get back to understanding what he does so well with the golf swing. Winning is not an instant cure. He hit only three fairways on Sunday, and the last one nearly got him in trouble. His ball landed on the hill left of the winding creek, just short of the water, in a deep hole of shaggy grass. He wisely chose to take a penalty drop instead of gouging it out, and he sent an 8-iron towering toward the green, landing safely in the fat of the putting surface. That brought out of the loudest cheers of a day filled with them. The Wells Fargo Championship had more energy than any tournament since golf returned from the pandemic. Just what McIlroy needed. He thought he would enjoy some quiet of no spectators. It didn’t take long for him to realize he missed the energy. “To bring out the best in myself, I needed this,” he said. And when it was over, he turned and heaved his golf ball toward thousands of fans.last_img read more

Olasky at Discovery Institute: Intelligent Design and the Anthropology of Homelessness

first_img TagsanthropologyDiscovery Institutedowntowneconomicshomelessnessintelligent designMarvin Olaskymascotmental illnesspovertyprogressiveSeattleThomas Sowelltraditionvirtue-signalingwelfareWorld Magazine,Trending Culture & Ethics Intelligent Design Olasky at Discovery Institute: Intelligent Design and the Anthropology of HomelessnessDavid [email protected]_klinghofferSeptember 11, 2018, 3:00 AM 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 Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Recommended “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guidecenter_img Share Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share The historical core of downtown Seattle where we work is awash with mentally ill homeless people. It’s both heartbreaking to see and, often, pretty scary. These are people who are obviously, sometimes floridly not in control of themselves.Marvin Olasky, editor of World Magazine, spoke at Discovery Institute the other day and offered what I thought was a very meaningful take on the situation here. He told a story about encountering, not in Seattle, a grizzled homeless man sleeping on a children’s slide in a park. Turning to a companion with a progressive outlook, Olasky lamented that the man was doing this, preventing kids from playing there. The companion piped up that the man had every right to sleep on a slide if he wanted to.Intelligent DesignOlasky pointed out that our responses to the homeless have a lot to do with how we see human beings and how we see the world — designed, not designed. If designed, then a person is not meant to sleep in a place like that, and a slide is not designed as a place to sleep. The park is “intelligently designed” for play, for children not indigent adults. It’s the kids who have a “right” to play there, not the man to use the place as an impromptu camping ground. There’s a proper, intended order to things.The Poor as MascotsFrom a progressive perspective, the homeless, like others in poverty, aren’t even fully people per se — as the economist Thomas Sowell has said, they are “mascots,” that is, objects that serve a role for others in virtue signaling. It’s good to have them around, to be used as recipients of our pitying gaze. That makes us feel good. The idea of placing demands on them so that they can get well is not, in this view, a sensible proposal. Olasky pointed out that the root meaning of “welfare” — to “fare well” — has become detached from our conceptions of what it means to help the poor.I often wonder why different people come down on different positions on a range issues, including what to do about homelessness and much else. What’s the pivot that turns us toward more traditional solutions, versus the wrongly named “progressive” ones? Part of the answer surely has to do with this question of anthropology — What is a human being?last_img read more