Tiger gets back to golf with questions about head, not body

first_imgNone of that matters to Ernie Els when Woods returns to competition this week.Els is more curious about what’s going on in his head.“The talent’s there. It’s been proven. It doesn’t go away,” Els said. “It’s what you think of yourself. It’s what you think where you are. We look at this great player, but he’s not seeing the same stuff in his own mind. A lot of us are like that. When you’ve achieved as much as he has … it’s a shock to the system not to play as good as you have been. To look at other people looking at you like, ‘Hey, you’re not the same guy,’ that’s hard to take.”Els, perhaps more than any other player, has a deep golfing connection with Woods.He was the player Woods sought out 20 years ago at Royal Lytham & St. Annes when deciding whether to turn pro. They had so many meaningful battles, and Woods almost always got the better of him. Els was runner-up to Woods seven times, the most of any player.Els designed the Albany golf course where Woods comes back from the longest layoff of his career. He plans to be in the Bahamas, and he is as eager as anyone else to see how a guy who won 79 times on the PGA Tour, including 14 majors, stacks up against a generation that grew up in awe of how Woods played golf.The Hero World Challenge is a holiday tournament with an 18-man field and no cut. Even so, it commands as much attention as any tournament this year. Woods has been a star attraction his entire career, and the appetite is even stronger after an absence that dates to Aug. 23, 2015.“I can’t wait to watch, either, just to see him play,” Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III said. “The last time I saw him play, I won. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long. I’ve seen his swing. I’ve seen him on video. He’s sent me clips, and I’ve heard the description of how he feels. I’m excited to see him play.”“You’ve got to start somewhere,” he added. “And I want to see the start.”Woods already has had one false start. He signed up to play the Safeway Open, only to pull out three days later because he said he felt “vulnerable.” That followed a week as assistant captain at the Ryder Cup, and cramming in practice the week before with results that made him want to wait.Love won the Wyndham Championship last year in August at age 51, and it could easily have served as a model for Woods — a power player no longer in his prime, not among the biggest hitters anymore, but with enough experience and talent to find a way to score and to win.“It has to motivate him that Vijay Singh is lasting until 53, that Ernie is still competitive, that Davis is still competitive,” Love said. “He knows Jack Nicklaus won the Masters in 1986 playing part-time. He knows what everybody has done. I know he’s working hard not to come back and be average. He wants to come back and win again.”That might be expecting too much, way too soon.Woods hasn’t won a tournament since his seven-shot victory in the Bridgestone Invitational in 2013, the year he won five times and was PGA Tour player of the year. He hasn’t had a serious chance at winning since his tournament three years ago when it was at Sherwood Country Club. Zach Johnson holed a wedge from the drop zone to force a playoff, and won when Woods missed a 5-foot putt in the playoff.No other player has ever faced so much scrutiny, especially now.“I won’t be able to turn the TV on, or the radio on, or look at my phone without knowing what he shot,” Jim Furyk said. “The expectations are so high. … Every pitch shot, every putt, every 3-footer, it’s not under public scrutiny like he has. I guess you live by the sword, die by the sword. That’s why he’s Tiger Woods. It’s a tough situation.”Woods said his health had nothing to do with pulling out of the Safeway Open, and Els believes him. He says Woods is in better shape than some players in their 20s. Then again, he has accumulated plenty of emotional baggage over the last several years, on and off the golf course.“They physical side is not an issue. It’s the other side that’s an issue, whatever is blocking him,” Els said. “But you’ve got to get on the horse. You can’t be standing on the sidelines. You’ve got to get out there. … Hopefully, he plays well, really, for his own goodness, his own sake, his own mental sake. If he plays well, it would be great. He’ll have hope and start a good schedule. If it goes the other way, he’s behind the 8-ball again.”,None of that matters to Ernie Els when Woods returns to competition this week.Els is more curious about what’s going on in his head.“The talent’s there. It’s been proven. It doesn’t go away,” Els said. “It’s what you think of yourself. It’s what you think where you are. We look at this great player, but he’s not seeing the same stuff in his own mind. A lot of us are like that. When you’ve achieved as much as he has … it’s a shock to the system not to play as good as you have been. To look at other people looking at you like, ‘Hey, you’re not the same guy,’ that’s hard to take.”Els, perhaps more than any other player, has a deep golfing connection with Woods.He was the player Woods sought out 20 years ago at Royal Lytham & St. Annes when deciding whether to turn pro. They had so many meaningful battles, and Woods almost always got the better of him. Els was runner-up to Woods seven times, the most of any player.Els designed the Albany golf course where Woods comes back from the longest layoff of his career. He plans to be in the Bahamas, and he is as eager as anyone else to see how a guy who won 79 times on the PGA Tour, including 14 majors, stacks up against a generation that grew up in awe of how Woods played golf.The Hero World Challenge is a holiday tournament with an 18-man field and no cut. Even so, it commands as much attention as any tournament this year. Woods has been a star attraction his entire career, and the appetite is even stronger after an absence that dates to Aug. 23, 2015.“I can’t wait to watch, either, just to see him play,” Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III said. “The last time I saw him play, I won. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long. I’ve seen his swing. I’ve seen him on video. He’s sent me clips, and I’ve heard the description of how he feels. I’m excited to see him play.”“You’ve got to start somewhere,” he added. “And I want to see the start.”Woods already has had one false start. He signed up to play the Safeway Open, only to pull out three days later because he said he felt “vulnerable.” That followed a week as assistant captain at the Ryder Cup, and cramming in practice the week before with results that made him want to wait.Love won the Wyndham Championship last year in August at age 51, and it could easily have served as a model for Woods — a power player no longer in his prime, not among the biggest hitters anymore, but with enough experience and talent to find a way to score and to win.“It has to motivate him that Vijay Singh is lasting until 53, that Ernie is still competitive, that Davis is still competitive,” Love said. “He knows Jack Nicklaus won the Masters in 1986 playing part-time. He knows what everybody has done. I know he’s working hard not to come back and be average. He wants to come back and win again.”That might be expecting too much, way too soon.Woods hasn’t won a tournament since his seven-shot victory in the Bridgestone Invitational in 2013, the year he won five times and was PGA Tour player of the year. He hasn’t had a serious chance at winning since his tournament three years ago when it was at Sherwood Country Club. Zach Johnson holed a wedge from the drop zone to force a playoff, and won when Woods missed a 5-foot putt in the playoff.No other player has ever faced so much scrutiny, especially now.“I won’t be able to turn the TV on, or the radio on, or look at my phone without knowing what he shot,” Jim Furyk said. “The expectations are so high. … Every pitch shot, every putt, every 3-footer, it’s not under public scrutiny like he has. I guess you live by the sword, die by the sword. That’s why he’s Tiger Woods. It’s a tough situation.”Woods said his health had nothing to do with pulling out of the Safeway Open, and Els believes him. He says Woods is in better shape than some players in their 20s. Then again, he has accumulated plenty of emotional baggage over the last several years, on and off the golf course.“They physical side is not an issue. It’s the other side that’s an issue, whatever is blocking him,” Els said. “But you’ve got to get on the horse. You can’t be standing on the sidelines. You’ve got to get out there. … Hopefully, he plays well, really, for his own goodness, his own sake, his own mental sake. If he plays well, it would be great. He’ll have hope and start a good schedule. If it goes the other way, he’s behind the 8-ball again.” Tiger Woods (AP Photo/File)NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Tiger Woods has gone through two back surgeries since he last played a golf tournament 15 months ago. He had another back surgery that knocked him out of the Masters for the first time in 2014. He had four knee surgeries before that.last_img read more

School construction underway

first_imgClassrooms might be virtually empty at present, but construction crews continue to work on bringing Pakenham’s newest secondary college to…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Mitchell Clarke last_img

Zeroes and Heroes: Ginebra-Star semis series

first_imgMarcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town In Game 7, Mercado forced Lee, who never hit double digits from Game 3 onwards after averaging 17.5 points in the first two games, into his worst game of the series with only four points on 2-of-8 shooting from the field.Zero: Aldrech RamosAldrech Ramos.Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRE R.netMuch was expected from Aldrech Ramos and the veteran forward failed to live up to it.Ramos was a vital piece for Star this conference but he was a non-factor in the semifinals against Ginebra.With Allein Maliksi, who was also considered for this infamous recognition, playing inconsistently, the Hotshots badly needed Ramos to step up and provide what he’s known for which is his outside shooting.ADVERTISEMENT It takes a team to win and Barangay Ginebra played as one in knocking off Star in their best-of-seven semifinals series.And the Gin Kings did it in comeback fashion, overcoming a 2-0 hole and a 3-2 deficit to make their second straight finals appearance after winning it all in the Governors’ Cup last season.ADVERTISEMENT China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ San Miguel, Ginebra promise ‘tough battle’ in PBA Finals But Star couldn’t get anything from its floor-spacer.Ramos did have 14 points and four 3-pointers in Game 7 but the Hotshots would have appreciated it more had he showed up in the first six games of the series.X-factor: Jervy Cruz and Joe De VanceGinebra’s Jervy Cruz. PBA IMAGESJust when Ginebra seemed out of it, Jervy Cruz channeled his inner Growling Tiger and Joe Devance played through excruciating pain from a plantar fasciitis on his left foot to inspire the Gin Kings.Cruz had a memorable Game 3 where he scored 21 points, coming just two points shy of matching his career-high, while Devance made the most out of his limited playing time, doing just enough to give his team a much-needed lift.Turning point:Ginebra looked like a beaten team after Star took a 2-0 lead.But that was before Devance, in pain and all, suited up in Game 3 to boost the Gin Kings.Game 3 was also the start of Paul Lee’s decline in numbers with Sol Mercado locking him down all the way to Game 7 where the Hotshots guard was silenced. Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respitecenter_img Ginebra drew contributions from the starters to its bench with a dangerous Star side getting the headstart and nearly pulling the plug on the Gin Kings’ bid.Hero: Sol MercadoFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSol Mercado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSol Mercado was the Gin Kings’ star on both ends of the floor. He hit the big shots and at the same time, shut down Hotshots’ main man Paul Lee.Lee was super in leading Star to victory in Games 1 and 2, but he found his kryptonite in Mercado in the last five games of the series. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezonlast_img read more

Even the First Lady is asking for money

first_imgby Anna CorreiaLast week Guyanese were faced with the harsh reality of Budget 2017 which has been imposed upon us by the Government, without consideration for the hardships that accompany our developing society. We watched as the Coalition members and Opposition parliamentarians engaged in a budget debate which, if it weren’t for the expensive fancy suits that most of us cannot afford, was comparable to a melee of pigs. Shame and defeat were perhaps the most stabbing sentiments of disempowerment felt, during a debate which gave the Government another opportunity to barefacedly invent the merits of its anti-poor budget, barricading the Opposition with rhetoric and accusations of failure and deceit.The deliberations on Amerindian development were unsubstantiated by the absence of sustainable measures to secure generational progress. As we listened to Garrido-Lowe blandly read a policy deprived speech, we were jolted from our ennui at one of the most absurd proposals she has yet advanced in the House: Amerindian Hinterland Scholarship Students are now going to learn to speak English by playing Scrabble and would enhance their knowledge in maths by playing chess! This is what policy makers of the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry and its Projects Department have laid before the nation on December 7, 2016. While Ramjattan plans on doing the job of the Social Protection Ministry by educating some 4000 “troubled youths” through capacity building initiatives and night classes, Amerindians seem to have nothing to look forward to beyond Scrabble and chess in 2017.Later Allicock endorsed his habitual costume of political marionette and spent a good portion of his venomous speech speaking of “segregation” and “induced servitude” by the previous administration, while usurping the credit of the Public Infrastructure Ministry for apparently building better roads. He took pride in announcing the extension of the Amerindian Land Titling Project by two full years, which hopefully, will overcome the failures incurred in attaining project objectives under his leadership. However, he cautiously avoided to address the impact of VAT and the increases in prices for goods and services (announced by several companies last week) on Hinterland inhabitants. He also detracted from accounting for the outstanding HEYS payments to beneficiaries in several regions and made no allusion to higher education and job opportunities for young Amerindians.Neither Ministers presented innovative plans for the future development of their people.Inevitably, those who will feel the backlash of the aggressive, crack-down measures of Budget 2017 are the poorest of our society, a category in which many Amerindian communities find themselves. And although there might be plans from other Government agencies to develop the Hinterland, MoIPA in itself is reluctant to go beyond short-lived handouts to invest in its people’s future. It doesn’t matter that the massive tax increases will provide extra spending money come 2017, to amply allow for creativity.But another who feels that taxes aren’t enough to satisfy the whims of the Government is the First Lady herself, Her Excellency Sandra Granger. Mrs Granger has summoned minions to collect Christmas donations of at least US$1000 from each foreign embassy present in Guyana, to assist her husband in funding bicycles (under the many 3-B programme). There was even a ceremony scheduled for 11:30h on December 6 at the Iwokrama Office in Georgetown, to honour these donations. Never mind that some foreign agencies aren’t authorised to deliver monetary donations, because diplomacy entailed that some Ambassadors find the money anyway, even if it had to come from their pockets! Tax on the diplomatic corps?! Even Guyanese civil society has serious competition now!The architects of Budget 2017 may envisage great plans for Guyana, but these are disproportionate in comparison to what Guyanese people can afford. The austerity measures announced threaten Guyana with poverty, and the condemnation of this budget by both the people and the Private Sector should have been interpreted by now as a warning for the coalition to review its spending habits. But instead, the APNU/AFC has chosen to ignore the will of the people, and in so doing demonstrated its intolerance for inclusive and participatory governance.In so doing, it has definitively fallen from grace. Contact sundayarrow@gmail.comlast_img read more

Chiefs are masters on the mats

first_img“Once we got out of the middle weights, which is their strength, we were able to break away a little bit.” Santa Fe got pins from Anthony Corona (160), Niko Crouch (171), Marc Rodriguez (189), Lenny Romero and Anthony Romero (103). Miguel Garcia, a 215-pounder, won by forfeit. “I knew we just had to get through that middle part of the lineup and hopefully break away from there,” Garcia said. “That’s what happened.” But there was a concern. Santa Fe, getting a 17-10 win from Dimitri Crouch (112), a 12-0 shutout from Marcus Orona (125) and technical fall by Nigel Villalobos (135), led 12-6. California closed the gap, as Warr and Melendrez took close decisions before Noriega’s overtime win made it 15-12. Santa Fe then took control. “We knew all along it was a battle for second (place),” California coach Doug Loo said. “Our guys did what they did good. We prepared for them and gave it our best. “We just have to come back to the drawing board and work a little harder.” steve.ramirez@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: California vs. Santa Fe SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Del Rio League dual meet wrestling title will stay at Santa Fe High School. The Chiefs, who have controlled the league for much of the past two decades, scored another league championship with a convincing 52-12 victory over visiting California on Wednesday. Santa Fe, which finished 5-0 in league play, won 10 of the 14 matches, including the last six, to win comfortably. center_img “We didn’t want to go out there soft,” said Santa Fe heavyweight Lenny Romero, one of five Chiefs to win by fall. “We were ready for Cal High. Coach \ told us before the match not to underestimate them. “\ league really matters to us, but we’re also looking to CIF.” California (4-1) used its strength in the middle weights to keep it close early on. The Condors, getting wins from Roy Ramirez (119 pounds), Ruben Warr (130), Matt Melendrez (140) and Nik Noriega (152), trailed just 15-12 after Noriega scored an 8-6 victory in overtime over Matt Couts. But the Chiefs, ranked third in CIF-Southern Section Division III, took over. They won the final six matches, including five by fall, to clinch the title. “\ has a good team,” Garcia said. “I felt it was going to be a tough match, and it was. There were a lot of touch matches out there. last_img read more

Mariga banned for injuring ref

first_img0Shares0000Mariga dribbles past Novara players on his debut in a league match on for US Latina. PHOTO/AFP.LATINA, April 27 -Kenya international McDonald Mariga received a five-match Serie B ban for squeezing a referee’s hand so hard it drew blood.The former Inter, Parma, Real Sociedad and Helsingborgs IF midfielder is currently at Latina. He was sent off in the second half of a game against Virtus Entella at the weekend.Before leaving the pitch, Mariga went to shake the referee’s right hand, but then squeezed it so hard that it caused an abrasion, drawing blood.At the same time, according to the Disciplinary Commission’s report, the 29-year-old continued to heap insults on to the official.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Jury finds man guilty in 1992 slaying of modeling hopeful

first_imgFourteen years after aspiring model Kimberly Pandelios left her husband and year-old son at their Northridge home to go on a photo shoot, a registered sex offender was convicted Wednesday of killing her. “This is justice,” her mother, Magaly Spector, said by phone from work in New Jersey. David Rademaker, 41, of Burbank showed no reaction as the verdicts were read finding him guilty of capital murder with the special circumstance of kidnapping. Prosecutors are pursuing the death penalty, and the jury of eight men and four women, which deliberated a little more than three days, will hear the penalty phase of Rademaker’s trial beginning Friday, then decide whether he deserves to die for what he did. During Rademaker’s three-week trial, prosecutors argued that he was the man who had posed as “Paul,” a freelance photographer, and lured Pandelios to her death. The main witness against Rademaker was Manya Ksendov, with whom Rademaker began a sexual relationship when she was 14 and he was 29. He was sentenced in 1998 to 12 years in prison after pleading no contest to procuring her to engage in sex and providing her with drugs. He was paroled in 2004 and arrested shortly after in connection with Pandelios’ death. “Their sole case is an ex-girlfriend who has tremendous animosity toward Mr. Rademaker,” Calabria said. Ksendov testified earlier that Rademaker had said he attacked Pandelios after the model refused to have sex with him. She pleaded for her life, Ksendov said, and promised not to tell a soul if he let her go home to her son, Nicholas. The defense relied on the testimony of Bradley Leon of Nevada, who said he saw a woman who fit Pandelios’ description at the Monte Cristo Campground three days after she was reported missing. Calabria said there was another witness who saw her after Feb. 27, but that that man died before the trial. Brad A. Greenberg, (818) 713-3634 brad.greenberg@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The burned-out remains of her car were found Feb. 28, 1992, the day after she disappeared, near the Monte Cristo Campground in the Angeles National Forest. Her body was discovered nearby about 13 months later. Rademaker admitted in a taped conversation with an ex-girlfriend that he had set fire to the victim’s car but denied killing her. Overall, the prosecution’s evidence was weak, Rademaker’s defense attorneys said after the verdict. “It’s all speculation and conjecture,” said Chad Calabria, one of the attorneys. Prosecutor John Monaghan declined to comment. last_img read more

Manchester United star set to sign stunning £400k-a-week new deal

first_img David de Gea is set to commit his long-term future to the club Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade deals REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won David de Gea is set to hand Manchester United a major boost.According to The Sun, the Spain goalkeeper is on the verge of penning a new long-term contract after months of talks between his camp and the club. REVEALED David de Gea has been named Manchester United’s ‘Player of the Season’ four times in the last five years RANKED Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 2 boost Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? center_img 2 IN DEMAND Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland gameday cracker targets Latest Manchester United News Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder United recently took up an option to extend his current deal by another year, to 2020.But they have been desperate to tie their star man down for longer and it now seems as though they are close to a breakthrough.De Gea, 28, is claimed to have told close pals he is on the verge of signing a new contract which will tie him to the club well into his 30s.The new deal is understood to be worth around £400,000-a-week, including bonuses.It will come as a huge relief to Jose Mourinho and Unoied’s supporters, with Paris Saint-Germain among a host of clubs monitoring De Gea’s situation.The Spain No.1 has been an outstanding success since moving to Old Trafford from Atletico Madrid in 2011.He has kept 95 clean sheets in 253 Premier League appearances and has won United’s player of the year award in four of the last five seasons. Mourinho recently praised the shot-stopper and expressed his confidence he would commit his long-term future to the club.The United manager said: “He is a world-class player.“He is the best goalkeeper in the world and, if our ambitions are to be a big club, to be a winning club, you need the best goalkeeper in the world – and you need also some other players the best in the world.“In this case, we have the best goalkeeper in the world and I know that he wants to stay.“I know that his agent is happy to do what the player wants and I also know that the board wants him to stay and they’re working on that, so hopefully sooner or later they arrive into good conclusions.”last_img read more

Aberdeen difficult to scout, says Siroki Brijeg boss

first_imgSiroki Brijeg manager Goran Sablic says he has found it difficult to prepare his side for their Europa League clash with Aberdeen.The Bosnian side travel to Pittodrie for the first leg of their second round qualifier on Thursday as they look to edge closer to the tournament’s group stages.The 37-year-old said analysing Aberdeen has been a struggle this summer due to their recent transfer activity.He said: “It’s a great challenge for our team but we know it is going to be difficult and it was very difficult to analyse the Aberdeen team since they lost a couple of their players from the first 11. “It was difficult to prepare for the match and difficult to prepare the team because we don’t know how their new players are going to react, we don’t know how they play usually but in general we know the style.“We know the style of the match, we know the style of the play of the Aberdeen team and we will try and adapt to the situation to get a positive result.”Sablic says his team, who play in a 7,000-capacity stadium back home, are looking forward to playing in front of the large Pittodrie crowd.He doesn’t believe Siroki Brijeg are favourites but is says they are ready for what the Dons have to offer. “Regarding the previous match and this one, I believe in my team and I believe we have good shape and they are now almost in competitive form,” he added.“We were not favourites in the first round, we are not favourite in this round also but we trust in the team and we are very happy to play in this stadium.”The two sides will find out their potential opponents for the next round on Friday afternoon when the draw for the third round qualifiers takes place.last_img read more