Asia and North America fuels profits at SSP

first_img Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe Wrap’Crazy Rich Asians’ Director Wishes He Made South Asian Roles ‘More Human’The WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap whatsapp Asia and North America fuels profits at SSP TRAVEL catering giant SSP delivered a strong jump in profits in its maiden full-year results since floating this summer, fuelled by growth across its businesses in North America and Asia Pacific. The group, which runs travel concessions for retailers such as Marks & Spencer, said underlying pre-tax profits, which exclude IPO costs, rose 61.4 per cent to £61.8m in the year to 30 September on sales up four per cent at constant currencies to £1.8bn.Chief executive Kate Swann said its growing presence in US and in Asia Pacific – particularly in China where it had won contracts to open restaurants at Beijing Inter­national Airport – had helped to offset tougher conditions in other markets like Egypt.“In Egypt last year, particularly in the first half because of the political instability, we did see huge drop off in passenger numbers, and we are seeing a bit of that now in Thailand with martial law and in Hong Kong with the protests,” she told City A.M.“But we are a very globally spread business, so generally we ride that really well because those people travelling in Egypt will go to Spain, so we will pick up business there,” Swann added.Rest of world sales, including China and Egypt, increased by 11.2 per cent on a constant currency basis, while North America sales were up 19.8 per cent.SSP said weak consumer spend­ing in Germany and France slowed growth in European sales to 1.7 per cent while in the UK – its largest market – sales edged up 1.9 per cent.Shares rose four per cent last night to 255p, 45p above its initial offer price and valuing the company at £1.2bn. Thursday 27 November 2014 9:07 pm Share Kasmira Jefford whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Tags: Company SSP Grouplast_img read more

News / LATAM Argentina grounded ‘indefinitely’ – sad but inevitable, says carrier

first_img Despite strong freight demand in Latin America, LATAM Airlines Argentina today announced it would end cargo and passenger operations, indefinitely.The LATAM subsidiary said it was “a result of current market conditions, exacerbated by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the difficulty of building structural agreements with local industry actors, which has made it impossible to foresee a viable and sustainable long-term project”.Roberto Alvo, chief executive, said: “This is regrettable but inevitable news. Today, LATAM must focus on transforming the group to adapt to post-Covid-19 aviation.”The carrier will cease flights to and from 12 domestic destinations, while cargo routes and international destinations in the US, Brazil, Chile and Peru will continue to be served by other LATAM carriers once travel restrictions are lifted. Rival airlines, however, are finding opportunities in South America, including Air Canada, switching focus as demand for PPE carriage from Asia to North America wanes.“We’re seeing strong demand to the Caribbean and Latin America,” said Vito Cerone, director of cargo marketing & sales, Americas. “We’ve upped our A330 passenger-freighter flights. We put these aircraft into Europe and South America,” he added.He says flows between Latin America and Europe as well as Latin America-Asia are going strong.A couple of weeks ago, Air Canada announced the expansion of its cargo flights to include twice-weekly scheduled services to Lima and Bogota. In addition, the airline continues to run charter flights to various points in Latin America, including Buenos Aires, Santiago and Quito.“We’re working with one customer for seven flights to Santiago,” Mr Cerone said.Meanwhile, the airline’s passenger division is charting its return to the region. It was the first carrier to announce the planned resumption of service to Colombia, which will see 787-800s fly three times a week between Toronto and Bogota, starting in the first week of September. The same month will usher in the resumption of the airline’s passenger flights to Buenos Aires and Santiago.Air France KLM Martinair is also moving to step up its presence in Latin America. Last week, the carrier group announced the opening of several routes, including Paris-Panama and Amsterdam-Quito, and boosted frequencies to destinations including Sao Paulo and Bogota.Last month, Emirates started weekly cargo flights to Sao Paulo with 777-300ER passenger aircraft, supplemented with multiple charters to Brazil’s largest airfreight gateway.Kurt Schosinsky, managing director of Avianca Cargo, noted that last year international airlines poured into South America as the decline in the region was less pronounced than in the major tradelanes involving Asia, North America and Europe.The 2008 financial crisis prompted airlines to target Latin America, which remained comparatively strong. This time they are drawn by the dearth of capacity.Travel bans have been stricter in the region than elsewhere, grounding 93% of regular flights. Argentina and Colombia banned all international flights until 31 August, and a number of others have grounded all flights and extended those bans several times. Moreover, in response to the rapid rise in Covid-19 infections in Brazil, the US banned all international travellers who had been in the country 14 days prior to attempting to come to the US.The ‘invasion’ of foreign carriers is taking a toll on South American carriers. IATA has warned that domestic carriers cannot go beyond July without risking bankruptcy or closure. Avianca and LATAM have already filed for bankruptcy protection, but are expected to pull through. IATA estimates that Latin American airlines will lose $4bn this year as their revenue falls by $18bn.To stem the bleeding, both Avianca and LATAM have been active on the cargo side. By the end of last month, Avianca had operated more than 3,000 cargo flights to 24 destinations around the world, moving over 110,000 tons of cargo, including 12,311 tons of flowers for Mother’s Day. Nearly 10,000 tons were moved on flights using 787 passenger-freighters.Likewise, LATAM has supplemented its freighter fleet with A320 and 787 passenger planes, and last month removed the seats on a 777-300ER to boost its cargo capacity by 20%. LATAM Cargo has indicated that more such conversions are on the radar.Recently, the airline carried more than 40 polo horses from Argentina to Amsterdam over a two-week period. At a time when many airlines have suspended animal transport, the move brought some semblance of normality. LATAM Cargo plans more charters serving Chile and Amsterdam.The influx of foreign carriers threatens to dilute the precious yield these activities generate. More than other markets, Latin America has suffered a contraction in cargo traffic. According to IATA, international demand slumped 38.9% in April, worse than any other region.Currently at least, it is clearly not an Eldorado that can bring rich returns to new entrants. By Ian Putzger, Americas correspondent 18/06/2020center_img © Andre DurÃo last_img read more

Biotech venture capitalists form a lobbying coalition to join the drug pricing debate

first_img What’s included? What is it? @NicholasFlorko Unlock this article — plus daily intelligence on Capitol Hill and the life sciences industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED Washington Correspondent Nicholas Florko reports on the the intersection of politics and health policy. He is the author the newsletter “D.C. Diagnosis.” Alex Hogan/STAT A shorter version of this story first appeared in D.C. Diagnosis, STAT’s weekly newsletter about the politics and policy of health and medicine. Sign up here to receive it in your inbox.WASHINGTON — Venture capitalists aren’t exactly the most political types, but one group is trying to change that: Meet Incubate, a new lobbying coalition with the goal of correcting what the group’s executive director is calling Congress’ “fundamental misunderstanding” of the world of venture capital and biotech. About the Author Reprints Nicholas Florko Politics center_img Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. [email protected] STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Biotech venture capitalists form a lobbying coalition to join the drug pricing debate  Log In | Learn More GET STARTED By Nicholas Florko Nov. 19, 2019 Reprints Tags advocacybiotechnologyCongressdrug pricingfinancepolicySTAT+last_img read more

Ri Yong Ho Sees IAEA Day Drawing Near

first_img Facebook Twitter News News SHARE AvatarPark Seong Guk North Korea’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Ri Yong Ho claimed yesterday that North Korea will soon allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency to return to the country.Ri, the North’s chief envoy to the Six-Party Talks, was asked about the issue before departing for Pyongyang from New York, a question to which he replied, “I think it will be on a date in the near future,” before adding, “concrete measures are continuously being taken to implement the agreement between the U.S. and North Korea from this February.”He also repeatedly expressed the position that the June 15th and October 4th statements must be implemented, but that South Korea appears unwilling to do so.“Our basic position is that the standard is whether South Korea is ready or not to implement the June 15th and October 4th declarations, the important first agreements reached at the highest levels in inter-Korean history. Were the South to be ready to respect and implement these declarations then we would be willing to go forward with them, but it doesn’t seem as if they have the will yet”.Ri also rejected a report carried by Yomiuri Shimbun claiming that North Korea had proposed the opening of liaison offices in each other’s capitals. Yomiuri said that Ri put forward the idea at a closed-doors seminar in New York on Saturday.However, Ri rejected the claim, explaining, “We made no specific suggestions; we just stated our principled original position. The fundamental issue is to end hostile relations between North Korea and the U.S.”He added, “If the U.S. hopes to improve relations then we stand ready to accept their position.” North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak center_img By Park Seong Guk – 2012.03.13 1:34pm News News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest Ri Yong Ho Sees IAEA Day Drawing Near RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

RBC and Tangerine Bank top J.D. Power’s banking satisfaction survey

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Banking industry Related news Fed plays limited role in assessing climate risks for banks Share this article and your comments with peers on social media TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planningcenter_img Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and Tangerine Bank, both based in Toronto, are leading the pack in their respective categories in U.S.-based research firm J.D. Power and Associates’ latest retail banking customers satisfaction survey released Thursday.RBC’s top marks for the quality of its products; personal service or the ways in which clients interact with the bank, whether it be in person, by phone or online; communication methods; and financial advisors helped the bank nab the top spot in the “Big Five banks” category with a score of 765 out of 1,000, according to the J.D. Power report. Canadian banks to focus on growth, spending and buybacks after strong second quarter “The expert advice our employees provide day-in and day-out makes us proud,” says Jennifer Tory, group head of personal and commercial banking with RBC, in a statement. “This recognition is a demonstration of the strength of our team and their willingness to go the extra mile.”TD Canada Trust was close behind among the Big Five with a score of 761; Bank of Montreal was in third place with a score of 760; Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) landed in fourth with a score of 754: and Bank of Nova Scotia came right behind with a score of 753. (All four banks are based in Toronto.)Tangerine, a wholly owned subsidiary of Scotiabank, received the highest score (840 of 1,000) in the category of “mid-size banks” for the fifth straight year. The online bank’s top ranking was helped by high ratings for its product, personal service, self-service and communication.President’s Choice Financial, whose direct-banking services are provided by CIBC, landed in second place with a score of 789. This was followed by Montreal-based National Bank of Canada (767), Edmonton-based Alberta Treasury Branches (766), Montreal-based Laurentian Bank of Canada (757) and Vancouver-based HSBC Bank Canada, which rounded out the list with a score of 756.The J.D. Power report notes that overall satisfaction with Canadian retail banks has improved over 2015, when clients were feeling the sting of new higher fees introduced that year and in 2014. The overall satisfaction with the Big Five banks segment is an average of 760 in 2016, up from 737 in 2015, while the overall average satisfaction rating for the mid-size banks jumped to 783 from 759 year-over-year.“The improvements indicate that customers are becoming less sensitive to new pricing structures, which caused satisfaction to tumble in 2015,” says Paul McAdam, senior director of banking services with J.D. Power, in a statement. “The banks are doing a better job communicating with their customers, who now are seeing the value they are getting in return for higher fees.”This study is based on responses from more than 13,000 customers who use a primary financial services institution for personal banking. The study includes the largest financial services institutions in Canada and data were gathered between April and May.Photo copyright: Bloomberg Tessie Sanci last_img read more

CSA’s new rules enhance custody requirements on EMDs

first_imgOSFI proposes revisions to capital rules for life insurers olegdudko/123RF Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Specifically, the CSA published a set of rule changes on Thursday designed to enhance custody requirements for firms such as EMDs that are directly regulated by the provincial securities commissions. According to a CSA notice, the rule amendments will address risks that may arise when firms that are not regulated by one of the industry’s self-regulatory organizations (SROs) — the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA) — are involved in the custody of client assets. IIROC and the MFDA already impose custodial requirements on their members. The CSA’s new requirements will codify existing best practices of non-SRO firms, enhance the protection of client assets and clarify the activities that firms such as EMDs can engage in when it comes to trading prospectus-qualified securities. The changes also expand an existing exemption from the dealer registration requirement that, the CSA says, allows registered advisors to trade investment funds that it, or an affiliate, manages. The package of changes also includes some tweaks to the second phase of the client relationship model (CRM2) requirements, such as bolstering regulators’ guidance on certain relationship disclosure requirements; adding guidance about market valuation for client reporting; and adding guidance to clarify the regulators’ expectations concerning certain of the information required to be included in investment performance reports. However, the CSA has backed off from other proposed changes to the CRM2 requirements, such as measures to require disclosure of non-cash sales incentives, and to require disclosure of embedded fees paid to the issuers of securities. Although the CSA is not pursuing changes in these areas as part of the changes adopted on Thursday, the CSA says it will “continue to consider issues” related to non-cash incentives, embedded fees and the conflicts of interest they both create as part of other ongoing reform efforts. “These amendments aim to enhance market efficiencies while maintaining strong investor protections. They also address market participants’ desire for clarity on certain regulatory requirements,” says Louis Morisset, chairman of the CSA and president and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers, in a statement. If the required ministerial approvals are obtained, the amendments, other than the custody amendments, come into force on Dec. 4. The custody amendments would come into force on June 4, 2018. Photo copyright: olegdudko/123RF The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) is introducing new regulatory requirements that aim to enhance investor protection by bolstering the requirements on certain firms, such as exempt-market dealers (EMDs), for ensuring that client assets are held safely. James Langton Related news PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case New exemption aimed at savvy investors in Alberta, Saskatchewan Keywords Custody,  Exempt marketCompanies Canadian Securities Administrators Share this article and your comments with peers on social media BFI investors plead for firm’s salelast_img read more

Woodland High School to serve as a rest area for truckers

first_imgWoodland High School to serve as a rest area for truckersPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Monday, March 23, 2020in: Community Newsshare 0 The district plans to open the high school on Tue., March 24 starting at noon and intends to keep the facility open 24/7 to support truck drivers WOODLAND — Woodland Public Schools will open Woodland High School as a rest area for truckers along Washington state’s Interstate 5, the country’s only interstate highway connecting three countries — Mexico, Canada, and the United States.Woodland High School's facilities plus its location right off I-5's exit 22 makes it a suitable alternative for truckers seeking a place to rest and rejuvenate. Photo courtesy of Woodland Public SchoolsWoodland High School’s facilities plus its location right off I-5’s exit 22 makes it a suitable alternative for truckers seeking a place to rest and rejuvenate. Photo courtesy of Woodland Public SchoolsThe district plans to open the high school on Tue., March 24 starting at noon and intends to keep the facility open 24/7 to support truck drivers. Woodland High School is located at 1500 Dike Access Road, Woodland, WA 98674 off exit 22 on Interstate 5. Other services and businesses located nearby include Chevron, Docolicious, Les Schwab Tire Center, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Subway, Taco Bell, Verizon, Wal-Mart Supercenter, and Wayback Burgers.District administration teamed up with community volunteers to open the high school as a rest stop for long-haul truckers after receiving word that rest areas across the country would be closing. Truckers will have access to the school’s parking lot and shower facilities to rest and recuperate. The district also plans to work with area restaurants and community members to try to provide access to hot meals, however, there are restaurants and grocery stores nearby at the same exit including a Walmart Supercenter located directly next door to the high school.According to the American Trucking Association (ATA), trucks move roughly 71.4 percent of the nation’s freight by weight including a vast amount of food, consumer goods, and needed supplies. There are more than 3.5 million professional truck drivers in the United States, and their efforts are integral to ensuring Americans have the basic necessities for life.“The trucking industry is responsible for transporting the majority of goods and products our communities rely on each day,” said Superintendent Michael Green. “Providing the men and women who drive these trucks a place to rest and relax is vital in ensuring every community will receive the deliveries they need in this time of COVID-19 prevention.”The idea to open the high school to support the nation’s trucking industry came from Woodland community member Eric Hansen who worked with Woodland Public Schools’ Superintendent Michael Green and Facilities Manager Scott Landrigan to coordinate efforts between the district, the City of Woodland, and the Woodland Police Department. To keep up with the latest from Woodland Public Schools and what the district is doing to help the community during the statewide COVID-19 school closure, visit the district’s dedicated COVID-19 website: https://www.woodlandschools.org/o/district/page/covid-19-updates.Information provided by Woodland Public Schools.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyCovid-19Woodlandshare 0 Previous : Area CTE programs donate protective equipment Next : Gov. Jay Inslee announces ‘Stay home, stay healthy’ orderAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

The Web And The West: Comparing Two Frontiers Is Topic Of CU Conference

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Historians and telecommunications experts from around the country will gather at the University of Colorado at Boulder to examine parallels between the expansion of the American West and the development of the World Wide Web’s still-emerging technological frontier. CU-Boulder’s Silicon Flatirons Telecommunications Program and the Center of the American West are co-sponsoring the March 21 panel discussion, which will feature an appearance by renowned CU-Boulder historian Patty Limerick. The gathering will take place 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Wolf Law Building on the CU-Boulder campus. Panelists will examine areas of similarity between the development of the Web and the country’s westward expansion, looking for insights and lessons drawn from the comparison. Limerick said the topic raised many questions. “In the worlds of the 19th century West and in the 21st century Web what – in the way of access to a new infrastructure – separated winners from losers in the scramble for resources and profit? “In both worlds, does an initial phase of chaos yield to an era of clear and settled definitions of property? And how did the ‘pioneers’ in both terrains both welcome and resist the arrival of centralized government and regulation?” she asked. Three panels of experts will address the following topics: the role of infrastructure to economic and social development; the definition of property rights and the role of the rule of law; and the impulse for grassroots democracy. Limerick, a MacArthur “genius” fellow, is a nationally recognized author and American West historian and former president of the Western History Association. She will participate in all of the event’s panels alongside a team of noted Colorado State University historians. “We in Boulder have the great fortune of Patty Limerick’s expertise to learn more about whether the Internet frontier truly resembles the Wild West and what this means for critical policy questions,” said Phil Weiser, executive director of Silicon Flatirons.The event is free and open to the public, but people are strongly encouraged to register to ensure a space at the conference. Continuing legal education credits are available. For more information about the conference, including a complete schedule, visit Silicon Flatiron’s Web site at www.silicon-flatirons.org/index.html or send e-mail to [email protected] Published: March 7, 2007 last_img read more

Education scholarship continues legacy of luminaries Charles and Mildred Nilon

first_imgMildred and Charles Nilon, courtesy of the University Libraries Special Collections & Archives Tom Windham still remembers meeting Mildred Nilon in the summer of ‘69. She stopped him in the stacks of Norlin Library and wanted to know about him — where was he from, what was he studying, what were his goals. That was the thing about Charles and Mildred Nilon, Windham explained. They went above and beyond their roles on campus to support students and community. As the university’s first black professor and first black librarian, respectively, they helped inspire countless students and colleagues and challenge the status quo on campus and in the community. Charles passed away 1991, and Mildred recently passed away on Sept. 30 at the age of 97. However, their legacy and education advocacy will live on through a new education scholarship created in their honor, the Charles and Mildred Nilon Endowed Teacher Education Scholarship. The scholarship was awarded for the first time this fall to two students pursuing a bachelor’s of elementary education.  “The Nilons had a way of connecting with students,” said Windham, a CU Boulder alumnus (PhD, Psych ’75) and a School of Education Development Advisory Board Member. “When they saw you, they really saw you. They wanted you to know that just by being who you are, you deserved respect and opportunity.”Charles Nilon joined the English Department in 1956 and Mildred Nilon joined the library in 1962. Among their many important contributions, Charles spearheaded and served the chairperson for the university’s Black Studies program that became part of the current Department of Ethnic Studies, and Mildred retired as the head of the library’s public service division after 25 years. They were active on and off campus in groups such as the United Black Action Committee, the United Black Women of Boulder Valley, Housing for Everyone through Local Programs (HELP), the Town and Country YWCA Board, the Mental Health Board, and Historic Boulder. Together, they were beloved members of the CU Boulder community who also effectively began a change in Boulder’s segregated housing pattern.Windham, a friend and mentee of the Nilons, helped lead efforts to honor the Nilons by creating the new scholarship and many donors across the country have stepped up to show their support. The scholarship is designated for education students who are pursuing teacher licensure and are committed to advancing educational opportunities in under-resourced schools, especially those that serve African American communities. The Nilons’ son, Charlie, a professor at the University of Missouri, said his mother was “thrilled” that a scholarship had been created in their honor. Charlie said his mother often remarked that she had one son but many children. With the new Nilon scholarship underway, there will be many more “children” who thrive personally and advance educational opportunities for their own students for many generations to come. Help us ensure the Nilon Scholarship can continue to support students and educational equity for years to come. Give now Education Scholarship Awards CeremonyRecipients of the new Nilon Scholarship and recipients and donors for more 40 other scholarships will be honored at the School of Education Scholarship Awards Ceremony.October 27, 4-6 p.m. University Memorial Center, Glenn Miller BallroomRSVP by Oct. 18 at [email protected]  Categories:Alumni & Donor News Published: Oct. 9, 2017 last_img read more

Monday Scramble: Does an international stalwart have to win in the U.S.?

first_imgSungjae Im breaks into the winner’s circle, Tommy Fleetwood’s U.S. drought continues, PGA National flexes its muscle, Tiger Woods remains on the shelf  and more in this week’s edition of Monday Scramble: Im credits aggressive play for first PGA win 1. After a number of close calls and Rookie of the Year honors in 2019, Sungjae Im is now a PGA Tour winner. TAKEAWAY:  Im was the last man standing Sunday at PGA National, coming from behind with a final-round 66 to snag a one-shot win at the Honda Classic. Just 21 years old, the Korean sensation has been viewed as a talented prospect since his quick ascent from the Korn Ferry Tour. Now he has the credentials to back up those expectations. Im was a marathon man last season, playing 35 times en route to a trip to East Lake and his first Presidents Cup bid. He’s something of a unicorn among his Tour brethren, still without a permanent residence and instead bouncing from one hotel to the next as he plays nearly every possible week. But his bona fides haven’t been in doubt since he finished T-4 at the 2018 Safeway Open in his first start as a Tour member. Im let one get away in the fall, losing a playoff to Sebastian Munoz at the Sanderson Farms. But this past week on a demanding layout, he leaned on his stout iron game – nowhere more clearly than the treacherous Bear Trap, where he stuffed irons on Nos. 15 and 17 en route to birdies that proved decisive. No longer saddled with the weight of trying to win his first Tour title, Im’s well-rounded skill set could make this win the first of many. Fleetwood (71): ‘I didn’t do that much wrong, really’ 2. While Im got his first PGA Tour win, Tommy Fleetwood’s drought continues. It also brought the merits of the two biggest worldwide tours to the forefront of debate. TAKEAWAY: Fleetwood’s talent is beyond reproach: five European Tour wins, a Race to Dubai title, Ryder Cup hero status and a pair of runner-up finishes in majors. But he missed out on another chance to shed his status as the best player in the world without a PGA Tour win, and it sparked a discussion over whether a player can reach elite status without winning in the U.S. NBC analyst Paul Azinger shined a spotlight on the issue while setting up the final round, noting that Fleetwood was facing pressure as the 54-hole leader while “trying to prove to everyone [he’s] got what it takes.” “These guys know, you can win all you want on the European Tour, in the international game and all that,” Azinger said. “But you have to win on the PGA Tour.” Winning on the PGA Tour isn’t everything. Fleetwood’s game and credentials stack up favorably against several American veterans who have racked up multiple PGA Tour wins over their careers. But with each near-miss, Fleetwood’s lack of hardware in the U.S. becomes an increasingly glaring omission. Sunday’s third-place finish, the result of a closing 71, included a watery bogey on the 72nd hole when he needed birdie to force a playoff. It was a disappointing close for a decorated player, and one that ensured that the debate will rage on about whether or not a PGA Tour win is a prerequisite for global success. Im notches first PGA Tour win at the Honda Classic 3. The week’s biggest winner might have been PGA National, which played more like a major venue than an everyday Tour host. TAKEAWAY: The Champion Course has always been viewed as one of the toughest non-major venues on Tour, but things reached a new level this week as Im won with a 6-under total. It was the highest winning score to par on Tour in more than four years, and it marked the first time since 1996 that no player had a single round of 5 under or lower. The week’s best score was a 4-under 66, shot twice by the eventual winner. Fickle winds and firm greens were a potent combination, and PGA National’s setup is such that double bogey or worse lurks around just about every corner. And while it was an assuredly difficult week to be walking inside the ropes, the viewing product was a refreshing reminder that fans don’t necessarily have to wait for the U.S. Open to see par become a coveted target. Koepka (MC): ‘Nothing to do with my knee, it’s just me’ 4. Brooks Koepka hasn’t seemed like his former self since knee surgery last fall. A dispiriting missed cut at the Honda after consecutive rounds of 74 didn’t help matters. TAKEAWAY: Koepka was the lone top-10 player last week at PGA National, but he was long gone by the time Im got his hands on the trophy. The former world No. 1 was off-kilter from the start in a de facto home game, making as many birdies (4) as doubles or worse across 36 holes. Koepka said all the right things in speaking to reporters after each round, explaining that he was hitting good shots that simply weren’t being rewarded, but there was no hiding from his 8-over score. Koepka has been slow to rebound from this latest knee injury, failing to crack the top 15 in his first three starts of the year after missing the Presidents Cup. But his woeful week at PGA National seems to be a low point for a player who hasn’t seemed the same since going toe-to-toe with Rory McIlroy at East Lake. Koepka’s beefing up his schedule as a result, adding a trip to Orlando that means he’ll play five straight weeks. It’s an indication that his rebuilt knee can take the added strain, but also a sign that he might still be searching for something as the major season approaches. Getty Images 5. Tiger Woods took a pass on a tournament where he’s won eight times before, casting further doubt on his status with the Masters just six weeks away. TAKEAWAY: Few pundits batted an eye when Woods opted to skip the Honda. But his decision to pass on this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, with his agent citing back stiffness as a primary factor, raises some eyebrows. Woods has not played since finishing last among the 68 players who made the cut at the last month’s Genesis Invitational, a week when he seemed woefully out of sorts well before the final putt dropped on Sunday. He didn’t go to Mexico for a no-cut event the following week, and now he’s skipping an event he’s dominated. Woods continues to reiterate the notion that every decision he makes is with Masters prep in mind, and the green jacket currently hanging in his closet is a testament to his ability to carry out that plan. But his pre-Augusta schedule now looks like The Players and the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, with no guarantee that he’ll make the trek to Austin. At age 44, it comes as no surprise that Woods is listening to his body and managing his load accordingly. But he’ll need the full arsenal by the time he drives back down Magnolia Lane, and the opportunities to fine-tune his game are dwindling.   This Week’s Award Winners …  News & Opinion Langer wins 41st Champs title at Cologuard BY Associated Press  — March 1, 2020 at 7:42 PM Bernhard Langer took another step closer to the PGA Tour Champions wins record, firing an 8-under 65 for a two-shot victory at the Cologuard Classic. The Ironman Strikes Again: Bernhard Langer. At 62 years young, the German bagged his 41st PGA Tour Champions win at the Cologuard Classic. It’s the 14th straight year he’s won at least once on the over-50 circuit and nudges him closer to Hale Irwin’s all-time record of 45 career Champions victories. Bear Trap Extension: The 15th, 16th and 17th at PGA National receive plenty (plenty) of attention, but Sunday, the closing hole proved it was no slouch. Runner-up Mackenzie Hughes’ chances to win largely ended when his approach sailed toward Wellington and into the greenside grandstands, while Fleetwood and Brendan Steele both rinsed their approaches en route to bogeys from the day’s final pairing. The WTH?! Moment of the Week: “Get in the hole” Guy just needs to go. The latest example was Fleetwood’s final approach, during which a fan appeared to yell the exclamation in the middle of his backswing. While Fleetwood and his caddie, Ian Finnis, both claimed not to have heard the premature yell, it’s an unsavory aspect of the fan player relationship that cropped up two years after Justin Thomas had a fan ejected for making comments down the stretch. Cheers and critiques are all welcome from those outside the ropes – but it’s not that hard to wait until after contact to lob your one-liner. Score One for the Vets: Im became the fifth player age 22 or younger to win on Tour, but it’s not just the young guys having fun. Former world No. 1 Luke Donald contended throughout the weekend en route to a T-11 finish, while fellow Englishman Lee Westwood tied for fourth. Already a winner this year in Abu Dhabi, Westwood’s candidacy as a player for this year’s Ryder Cup received another boost. Pull Up a Chair: Woods shared his plans for the annual champions’ dinner at Augusta National, a mouth-watering combo of fajitas and sashimi that could also potentially include milkshakes. You can never go wrong with the menu for the most exclusive meal in golf, but the image of green jacket winners swilling a milkshake and trading stories is tough to top – even if Gary Player won’t partake in the sugary concoction. Comeback Kid: Friday afternoon Mackenzie Hughes was teetering toward his sixth straight missed cut. But after making the cut on the number, the Canadian surged into contention and nearly toppled Im, the highlight coming with a fist-pump birdie from long range on the penultimate hole. With two straight rounds of 66, Hughes turned a potential early exit into a solo runner-up finish that could make all the difference for his status in 2021 and beyond. Blown Fantasy Pick of the Week: Rickie Fowler. After three top-6 finishes at the Honda since 2016, including his 2017 win, Fowler dug too big of a hole with an opening-round 76 en route to a trunk slam. The questions continue to linger for a longtime top-10 player who has dropped in the rankings and has not yet gotten his 2020 campaign on track.last_img read more