Spieth-McIlroy rivalry stalls at Masters

first_imgAUGUSTA, Ga. – Tennis and boxing and professional wrestling and presidential politics are set up for great rivalries. Golf is not. It’s the nature of the sport. See, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer play all the time. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders go at it every day. You can always match up two great boxers. But in golf, so many things have to come together for two greats to climb to the top of a major championship leaderboard at the same time. And then, even when it actually does happen, both have to play well to make it interesting. They have to feed off each other, push each other, inspire each other, intimidate each other. Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are the greatest players of the last generation. And yet, they were never really rivals. They never had that major championship moment. Saturday, we hoped to see the emergence of a true rivalry – golf’s first since Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson – when Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy teed off in the final group of the Masters third round. It seemed perfect. Rivalries are made by contrasting styles, right? Well, here was Spieth, the thinking man, the scrambler, the genius with a wedge, the brilliant putter. And here was McIlroy, majestic, Superman, hitting some of the longest drives and some of the highest shots on earth. Spieth won the Masters wire to wire last year, then won the U.S. Open, then almost won the Open Championship and the PGA. Masters Tournament: Day 3 Tracker Masters Tournament: Articles, photos and videos McIlroy won a U.S. Open with the lowest score in the tournament’s history, and he won a PGA Championship by a record eight shots. We all thought this was the beginning of a beautiful rivalry. No. Maybe the rivalry will emerge someday, but that day was not Saturday. On Saturday, McIlroy shot a listless 77 and did not make even one birdie. Not one. It was the first time in 81 major championship rounds that he failed to make even a single birdie. Spieth had his own troubles late in the third round, which we will get into in a little bit. But the fight was long over by then. It was McIlroy who singlehandedly killed the rivalry spirit that buzzed around Augusta. McIlroy seems to have a bit of a Masters problem. Everyone knows by now that he needs only a victory at Augusta to complete the career Grand Slam. McIlroy knows it better than anyone, and he does not seem to know exactly how to go about it. He has always prepared intently for the Masters – coming early, playing as many rounds here as he could, studying every yard of this course – but that apparently wasn’t working, so this year he decided to go the other way. “I’m trying not to look too much into it,” he said at the beginning of the week. “I’m trying not to hit so many shots off tees into greens, around the greens. I’m just trying to approach it in a more relaxed way.” Does that make sense to you? There were others – including Phil Mickelson – who seemed puzzled by this laissez-faire approach. But hey, sure enough, there was McIlroy on Saturday, one shot out of the lead, playing in the final group with Spieth. So maybe the relax plan was working. There certainly was a lot of excitement about McIlroy and Spieth playing together on the weekend for the first time. Asked about it, Spieth was typically honest. “It’s exciting to play with Rory,” he said. “It’s even a little bit intimidating, he’s such a great player who can just overpower a golf course.” And what did McIlroy say coming in? “I don’t really look at the names on the left of the leaderboard. I’m looking at the number that’s on the very far right just to see how many shots I’m back. Doesn’t make a difference to me who it is up there.” OK, maybe you believe the whole notion that McIlroy wanted to relax for the Masters this year. But you CANNOT believe this bit of nonsense. There is absolutely no way that Rory McIlroy does not look at the names of players he’s trying to beat. There’s no chance of it. And the reason we KNOW there’s no chance of it is because, right, McIlroy himself said the opposite. “What Jordan did here last year, the U.S. Open and the whole way through the summer and what Jason Day did during the summer and this year, as well ‑ yeah, I don’t want to be left behind,” he said. “I want to be a part of that conversation. … [Jordan] is a phenomenal talent, and you know, it’s my job and Jason’s job and everyone else’s job to try to stop him from dominating.” Of course he knows. But it makes you wonder: Who was he trying to convince when he said “Doesn’t make a difference to me who is up there?” The answer seems clear: He was trying to convince himself. This speaks, I think, to McIlroy’s bewilderment at Augusta. He seems to be playing mind games with himself to get ready. And, of course, those mind games will break at the first sign of Augusta pressure. McIlroy looked unsettled and uncertain more or less from the first hole on Saturday. He hit drives into bunkers, he made a dreadful decision at No. 11 to hit the ball out of the pine straw toward the green (the ball rolled into the water because the ball ALWAYS rolls into the water on shots like that), he putted without confidence, he looked like he needed a friend. “I was playing tentative,” he admitted after the round. “I didn’t think anything was off, it was just … I was always trying to get something going, and I just couldn’t.” By the 17th tee, Spieth had turned his one-shot lead over McIlroy into an eight-shot lead, and McIlroy looked like he had been through a losing fight. The last two holes changed the dynamic some, but even so, McIlroy knows the score here. “It is his to lose,” McIlroy said. “He’s been in control of this tournament from the first day.” Then he did brighten a little. “I am feeling a little better standing here five behind than I felt on the 17th,” he said. Yes, now to Spieth and that stunning finish. He was fantastic for 16 holes. Oh, he had his problems too. He hit the ball all over the place early in the round. He made his own a dreadful double bogey at the 11th after a perfect drive. But he pushed through. He broke McIlroy’s spirit by scrambling out of trouble, by making impossible-looking putts. He won this rivalry day by TKO on the 12th hole, when he sank a 17-foot putt for birdie and then watched McIlroy miss his own significantly shorter birdie putt. At the 17th tee, Spieth had that eight-shot lead over McIlroy and a four-shot lead over everyone else. This tournament seemed all but over. And then, just say it, Spieth went haywire. He hit driver on the 17th though a 3-wood was the prudent play – Spieth never makes mistakes like that – and he drove the ball way right. Spieth then hit a nice punch shot that rolled to the front of the green but, for some reason, completely flubbed his approach shot and left it 20 feet shot. He made bogey. On the 18th, it was worse. He hit another drive way right. Another layup shot. He chunked a brutal approach that stopped 50 feet short of the hole. And his first putt was stunningly limp and stopped nine feet short. That was a double bogey. With that his score plummeted from 6 under to just 3 under par. He’s still in the lead but only by one shot over Smylie Kaufman, who sounds like someone who would win the Masters in a “Minions” movie, and by two over 58-year-old Bernhard Langer and Japanese superstar Hideki Matsuyama. Even more to the point, Spieth seemed to have buried the ever dangerous Jason Day and Dustin Johnson and Danny Willett. Now they are all just three shots back and very much in the game. Spieth beat himself up relentlessly for his two-hole carelessness. “It’s very difficult,” he said. “It’s going to be very difficult. As I look at the leaderboard now, if I can just make three pars to finish … even just saying that, I can’t think that way. But that certainly brings anyone who is over par almost out of the tournament. And now, with very little wind tomorrow, someone gets on a run …” He went on this self-loathing bit for a while. Spieth was absolutely seething at himself for the finish. He tried to keep reminding himself that, hey, he’s in the lead – seventh consecutive round he’s led at Augusta, by the way, a record – and that was his goal. If someone had guaranteed him a one-shot lead going into Sunday, he would have taken it and not even played the last three days. But, of course, it’s not that simple. I asked Spieth how easy it will be for him to let go of the last two holes and get himself into a winning frame of mind Sunday. “I think it will be tough, personally,” he said. “I mean, honestly, I think it will be tough to put it behind me. I think I will, but that wasn’t a fun last couple of holes to play from the position I was in. I’m not going to dodge the question by any means. It’s not going to be fun tonight for a little while. Hopefully I just sleep it off, and it’s fine tomorrow. I imagine that will be the case.” This, to me, is part of what separates Spieth. He does not hide from the pressure. He does not try to pretend it away. He does not act as if playing with Rory McIlroy is no big deal, he does not run from the overwhelming expectations that now surround him, and he does not cover up his feelings. Spieth sees things clearly. He’s got a one-shot lead going into the final round of the Masters, and the weather is supposed to be calm, some of the players with a lot of firepower – including McIlroy – could string a bunch of birdies together and take the green jacket away from him if he doesn’t play lights out himself. But, knowing how Spieth’s mind works, I imagine he’s right. I imagine it will be fine for him on Sunday.last_img read more

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Let Non-Doctors Participate in Assisted Suicide?

first_img Photo credit: © Kwangmoo — stock.adobe.com.When selling the legalization of assisted suicide, activists always promise that strict guidelines will protect against abuse. After legalization, these protections are rebranded as “obstacles” or “barriers” that prevent patients from getting what they want. As soon as activists think they can get away with it, the law is loosened. Richard Doerflinger — who recently retired from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and has been one of the world’s foremost experts on assisted-suicide laws and proposals for more than 40 years — explains the potential consequences in testimony opposing the bill: The mental-health providers who would be allowed to clear patients thought to have a mental issue for death would also be loosened so that he or she need not be a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist: In other words, a patient who receives a lethal prescription might have only known the prescriber and the consulting provider for a very short time, both of whom only saw the patient — either in person or the consulting by Zoom — for the purpose of ending life. “Attending (physician) qualified medical provider” means the physician, physician assistant . . . or advanced registered nurse practitioner who has primary responsibility for the care of the patient and treatment of the patient’s terminal disease . . . [Emphasis added.] Recommended Under state law, a Psychological evaluation can be done by a person with no qualifications. State law defines a “mental health counselor” to include any individual who counsels members of the public, for money. If the attending medical provider is an MD, nurse practitioners and physician assistants can also be the second opinion “consulting” medical professional, who can even be employed by the attending physician. If the attending provider is not an MD, the second opinion would have to be an MD Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Add in this fact. Sometimes, these consultations are done virtually over Zoom or Skype! Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share That process is unfolding in Washington State, where a new bill would let non-doctors be part of the assisted suicide bureaucratic process. From HB 1141: “Counseling” means one or more consultations as necessary between a state licensed psychiatrist (or), psychologist, independent clinical social worker, advanced social worker, mental health counselor, or psychiatric advanced registered nurse practitioner and a patient for the purpose of determining that the patient is competent and not suffering from a psychiatric or psychological disorder or depression causing impaired judgment. The Potential Consequences Medicine Let Non-Doctors Participate in Assisted Suicide?Wesley J. SmithJanuary 24, 2021, 6:48 PM Wesley J. SmithChair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human ExceptionalismWesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.Follow WesleyProfileTwitterFacebook Share Bottom line. Once assisted suicide or legalization is legalized, whatever “protective guidelines” are put in the law to protect against abuse will erode over time. It isn’t a matter of if, but when. 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 Understand What This Means Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man The waiting period has also been reduced in some cases from six months to three days or waived entirely if one doctor and one non-doctor say the patient may die sooner! Doerflinger explains: Tagsactivistsassisted suicidecounselingdcotorsinfallibilitylegalizationnurse practitionerpatientsphysician assistantphysiciansprotective guidelinespsychiatristpsychologistRichard DoerflingerSkypeterminal diseaseUnited States Conference of Catholic BishopsWashington StateZoom,Trending Neither the attending nor consulting provider would actually have to be the patient’s long-term doctor. For example, if a patient’s own doctor refuses to lethally prescribe, a patient can ask an assisted-suicide-advocacy group to refer to an ideologically predisposed provider to become “attending,” who can, in turn, refer to the a consulting provider known to support assisted suicide. Cross-posted at The Corner and the Humanize blog, published by Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Neither a Psychiatrist or a Psychologist That’s the point with assisted suicide/euthanasia: Make death as easy to obtain as possible for as many people that the cultural circumstances of a given society will allow. Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Our Debt to the Scientific Atheists Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share They will never be proved wrong if their prognosis immediately qualifies the patient for lethal drugs, and the law requires them to list the underlying condition as cause of death. Instant infallibility! Oral and written requests can be simultaneous, turning the health facility almost into a drive-through suicide clinic.last_img read more

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ODM hosts training to empower community responders

first_img Share Fire Chief, Josiah DupuisA week-long training to empower and equip villagers to respond to emergency situations is ongoing at the Office of Disaster Management (ODM) in Jimmit.It is the second of its kind here in collaboration with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) with funded support from the Government of Italy, Enhancing Resilience to Reduce Vulnerability (ERC) project, UKAID, the Canadian International Development Agency (CEDA) and Australian AID.In addressing thirty participants at the opening ceremony on Monday, 9th September, Fire Chief, Josiah Dupuis described the training as an important one which will bring value to the communities and the country.“Your being here tells a story about your willingness or your commitment to volunteerism and I am sure that at the end of this week’s program you will be better prepared to assist yourself to certainly be of assistance to your family, community and country”. He added that the premise of self-reliance marries beautifully with the concept of the community volunteers being the first responders. The training is being held to empower and equip villagers to respond to emergency situations“A few years ago fire officers would certainly challenge you because we pride ourselves in the whole concept of being first responders, but as the whole concept of volunteerism has grown and has developed we have come to appreciate that truly you at the community level are the first responders and that first response capacity makes you more self-reliant”. The CERT training is expected to give each partaker a better chance at addressing any emergency they are faced with, thus it will enable fire and emergency personnel the opportunity to minimize the impact of the disaster. “It certainly enhances, promotes and facilitates the kind of recovery we would like to see after we have an incident”. Mr Dupuis stated that his research has shown that Dominica is prone to almost every hazard and this training is therefore critical simply because of the island’s vulnerability to disasters. The training which is being facilitated by the ODM in conjunction with local fire and medical personnel will end on Friday, 14th September. The CDEMA team will assess and provide support to the ODM during the training. Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share 12 Views   no discussionscenter_img LocalNews ODM hosts training to empower community responders by: – September 10, 2013 Share Tweetlast_img read more

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Gonsalves ‘absolutely fed up’ of LIAT’s constant woes

first_imgNewsRegional Gonsalves ‘absolutely fed up’ of LIAT’s constant woes by: – November 7, 2013 Share Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet 42 Views   3 comments BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Nov 7, CMC – St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves says he is ‘absolutely fed up” at the constant industrial action plaguing the regional airline, LIAT.Gonsalves, who is the chairman of the shareholder governments of the financially troubled airline, told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that he was “fed up” with the “self inflicted wounds” on the Antigua-based airline.LIAT pilots walked off their jobs on Monday and their union, the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) blamed “misguided and ill-informed decisions” taken by the airline’s management for the action.The union claimed that they were forced into an emergency meeting to discuss the management’s decision resulting in the widespread disruption to the airline’s daily schedule.The union and airline representatives met on Wednesday to discuss the matter and while the talks are are expected to continue on Thursday Gonsalves told CMC that “these self inflicted wounds between management and the pilots just have to stop.“Maybe everybody simply needs to take a breather and read the Psalms or Proverbs,” he said, adding that the airline, whose major shareholder governments are Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica and St, Vincent and the Grenadines can ill afford these problems particularly as shareholder governments continue to seek invest to invest in the airline.“The amount of money that we are putting in this airline, the shareholders, and more people are getting interested. I just talked to the President of the Regional Council of Martinique and he’s interested in getting on board as an equity partner in LIAT, but this kinda foolishness must stop.”Caribbean Media Corporationlast_img read more

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UWF Sail Past Hawks With Overtime Thriller

first_img#ARGOS#Print Friendly Version Box Score October 6, 2017BOX SCOREROME, Ga. – The University of West Florida men’s soccer won a thrilling victory in overtime 3-2 on Friday evening. UWF improve to 4-5 overall and 2-3 in the GSC.UWF opened the scoring in the 40th minute after coming out strong in the first half. Erick Rivera would finish his first of the season and the first for UWF against Shorter.Just minutes later in the 42nd minute the ball would drop in the box for Sergio Otalora to volley in the second goal for UWF past a scrambling Shorter defense.Shorter would pull back in the second half scoring in the 51st minute, and then Jordan Etsio pulled Shorter even in the 66th minute.UWF would play the last 20 minutes of regular time a man down after Erick Rivera was issued a red card.The Argonauts battled with ten men, and continued to press the Shorter defense totalling 17 shots with 10 on target.The breakthrough would come in the second period of overtime after the ball bounced out to top of the box to an approaching Kameron Bethell who slotted home the game winner for UWF with just under three minutes left.Goalkeeper Jacob Murray recorded five saves in the victory over Shorter.UWF will travel to Lee University on Saturday for a 7:30pm kickoff.last_img read more

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Carrasco Sharp, Stamets Hits Grand Slam as Indians Pound Rangers 10-1 in Arlington

first_imgAs part of their final set of tune-ups before Thursday’s season opener at Target Field in Minnesota, the Indians took care of the Texas Rangers on Monday night, topping the Rangers 10-1 in Arlington’s Globe Life Park. The big blow of the scoreless affair came in the fourth, when shortstop Eric Stamets, who will be Thursday’s starter in place of Francisco Lindor, clubbed a grand slam to break the game open.It was a night of big hits, as Greg Allen wrapped a bases-clearing, three-run double in the top of the eighth and backup catcher Kevin Plawecki connected for a two-run homer in the 9th.Carlos Carrasco looked sharp in his final outing before the regular season, going 5.2 innings, allowing an earned run on five hits with no walks and four K’s.The pen was perfect, as Oliver Perez, Adam Cimber, Dan Otero and James Karinchak all pitched scoreless ball to wrap up the nine-run win. Today the Tribe and Rangers will do it again in the wrap up and final exhibition game before the season opener in two days.Mike Clevinger will go for the Tribe, making his last start before Monday’s home opener against the White Sox, as he will take on lefty Drew Smyly for the Rangers. The game can be heard on Indians.com, with first pitch set for 2:05pm. Matt Loede Related TopicsCarlos CarrascoEric StametsIndiansRangerscenter_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more

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