Big-game Brooks: Koepka has 4 wins on tour, 3 majors

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs And it goes deeper than that.He has finished among the top 15 in 12 of the last majors he has played, dating to a tie for fourth in his U.S. Open debut at Pinehurst No. 2 in 2014.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“More attention to detail, more mentally focused, more … every shot really, really means something, ” he said about his major performances. “Everyone on my team says I act a little different, the way I approach it. It’s very down to a routine this week, and other weeks … not saying I vary from the routine, but it’s much more disciplined.”One oddity about his record is the low number of other victories, though it’s not as skewed as it seems considering his background. “There’s only one thing that would surprise me about Tiger’s game, and that’s if all of a sudden he becomes a great driver of the golf ball.” — Hank Haney on his SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio show.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal “I want to make sure I have five vice captains there,” Furyk said. “That’s what we’re allowed, and I see a lot of value in having all five there.”Then again, Furyk says Woods plays a big role no matter what his position.“Tiger’s been a vice captain in the team room as a player. He serves that role in either direction,” Furyk said. “His value … he’s priceless, to be honest with you.”MAJOR RECORDSThe British Open gets the distinction of being the only major this year where a significant scoring record was not set or tied.The PGA Championship led the way at soft Bellerive Country Club, where Gary Woodland set the 36-hole tournament record at 130, and Brooks Koepka set the 72-hole record at 264. Both scores tied major championship records — 130 is the record at the Masters (Jordan Spieth), U.S. Open (Martin Kaymer) and British Open (Brandt Snedeker, Nick Faldo).Koepka and Charl Schwartzel tied the PGA Championship record with 63. Fourteen players had shot 63 previously in the PGA. Also, Tony Finau tied Gary Player’s record in the PGA by making 10 birdies in one round. And if that wasn’t enough, Ben Kern shot 277 to set the PGA record for club pros.At the Masters, Spieth tied the record for lowest final round with a 64. Gary Player also shot 64 in 1978 when he rallied to win. Spieth finished third. It’s also worth noting that the final round at the Masters set a record for most rounds at par or better (42), most subpar rounds (34) and most rounds in the 60s (19).And at the U.S. Open, Tommy Fleetwood tied the 18-hole record with a 63. It was only the sixth such score at the U.S. Open, and second in two years. Justin Thomas had a 63 at Erin Hills last year, which played as a par 72.GRAND SLAMMED Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedcenter_img One year after his Masters victory, Sergio Garcia was the only player to miss the cut in all four majors.It wasn’t just the majors.The PGA Championship was the seventh time that Garcia missed a cut this year, the most of a career that began in 1999. But it was one shot from looking very different. Bellerive also was the fourth time this year the Spaniard missed the cut by one shot.He now goes to the Wyndham Championship this week at No. 131 in the FedEx Cup, needing to at least make the cut — and then do more — to finish among the top 125 and qualifying for the playoffs. He has never missed them since the FedEx Cup began in 2007.And to think Garcia began the season with a victory in the Singapore Open.Also in jeopardy is a spot on the Ryder Cup team for Europe. He likely would have to win the Wyndham Championship to move into the four spots from the world ranking points that qualify for the team. He is too far behind on the European Tour points list, which is based on money. Garcia has played on every Ryder Cup team since 1999 except 2010, when he served as a vice captain.FURYK’S HELPTiger Woods will either be a vice captain or a player at the Ryder Cup, but not both.At least in name.U.S. captain Jim Furyk already had picked Woods and Steve Stricker as his vice captains in late February. Since then, Woods has moved up to No. 11 in the standings and appears certain to be a pick. Woods has said he would like to do both, though Furyk said if Woods is a captain’s pick, then he will take another assistant captain. Brooks Koepka holds the Wanamaker Trophy after he won the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)ST. LOUIS — Just call him big-game Brooks.Not even Brooks Koepka can explain why he plays some of his best golf at the biggest events. The PGA Championship not only was his third major, he won two of the three majors he played this year and three of his last six.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan Spieth is 0 for 2 in his bid to complete the career Grand Slam. He’s also 0 for 26 in his last PGA Tour starts, dating to his British Open victory last summer at Royal Birkdale.Spieth keeps thinking his best stuff is around the corner. He closed with a 66, despite a double bogey on the par-3 sixth hole with a tee shot in the water. He also had a triple bogey on Saturday in his round of 69, and he opened the PGA Championship with a double bogey.“Minus a couple of tee shots, I had a chance to win this thing with what felt like not my A-game,” Spieth said. “The putting was phenomenal. And the rest of the game is moving in the right direction. So it’s good to have a test like this.”Spieth is No. 40 in the FedEx Cup and should be in reasonable shape for the first three playoff events. He still has work to do to earn a spot in the Tour Championship.“I’ve got a week off now to nail it in and feel like I step into the playoffs with my game in the best shape it’s been this entire year,” Spieth said.DIVOTSRickie Fowler and Marc Leishman are the only players to have made the cut in all four majors each of the last two seasons. … The 266 by Tiger Woods at Bellerive would have won or forced a playoff in all but three PGA Championships since it switched to stroke play in 1958. … Tony Finau got into the record book at two majors this year for his birdies. His six straight birdies in the fourth round of the Masters was second behind only Woods and Steve Pate (seven), and his 10 birdies at the PGA Championship tied the record for most in a round held by Gary Player. … Kenny Perry, 58, is the only PGA Tour Champions player averaging more than 300 yards off the tee (301.1). … Brooks Koepka now has won two majors with scoring records. He tied Rory McIlroy for most under par (16 under) at the 2017 U.S. Open at Erin Hills, and he set the PGA Championship record (264) at Bellerive. … Ryder Cup captain Jim Furyk says he will call every player under consideration for a captain’s pick to let them know his decision. Furyk never received a call from Fred Couples when he was left off the 2013 Presidents Cup team, ending his appearance on 15 straight teams.STAT OF THE WEEKBen Kern set the PGA Championship record for club pros with a 277 to tie for 42nd at Bellerive. The previous record was 279 by Jimmy Wright, who finished fourth in the 1969 PGA Championship at NCR Country Club, three shots behind Raymond Floyd.FINAL WORD Messi to skip Argentina friendlies – reports ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil On the PGA Tour, Koepka now has four victories — the Phoenix Open and three majors.Koepka began his career on the Challenge Tour, winning three times in 2013 to earn a European Tour card. He also won the Turkish Airlines Open on the European Tour, and he has back-to-back titles in the Dunlop Phoenix on the Japan Golf Tour. He won last year by nine shots over Xander Schauffele.Larry Nelson’s third major was his eighth PGA Tour title. Nelson had the fewest victories of those with at least three majors (since World War II) until Koepka.Jordan Spieth’s third major was his 11th win on the PGA Tour. Payne Stewart’s third major also was his 11th victory on the PGA Tour. Nick Price had 14 titles on the PGA Tour when he won his third major, while Hale Irwin had 18 wins when he captured his third U.S. Open.SERGIO’S SWOONADVERTISEMENT MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

Monkeying with feng shui

first_img“So when people see that a species is endangered, maybe they’ll feel motivated to do something to save them.” The three golden monkeys – one male and two females – are expected to arrive by the end of the year, once their exhibit is near completion and China approves the export permit. Former Mayor James Hahn arranged for the loan of the monkeys during a 2002 trade mission to Asia, although he originally had his eye on a couple of pandas. The city will pay the Chinese government $100,000 annually, to be used for monkey research, for the 10-year “loan” of the animals. Golden monkeys have blue faces and long hair that looks like a flowing gold cape as they swing from trees. They weigh around 30pounds, eat foliage and make a catlike meow. The enclosure will look like an aviary, covered by a large mesh net draped over posts, and filled with artificial trees with extra springy limbs for the monkeys to jump around. There will be a viewing platform for visitors to watch the action and a holding building where the monkeys sleep. As they planned the exhibit, the designers from the Seattle-based Portico Group aimed to re-create the feel of a rural Chinese village. “The viewing building has a Chinese character,” principle architect Charles Mays said. “We thought it would be more authentic if we went that extra step and made sure it was done with good feng shui.” His group also worked on the Chengdu Giant Panda Research Base in China, where feng shui was incorporated into the design. Mays hired Mainini, an Italian architect educated in Milan who later became an expert in feng shui. To prepare, Mainini walked through the exhibit location and talked to the zoo employees about the monkeys’ behavior – when do they wake up in the morning, what do they do during the day, where do they sleep. Mainini said she didn’t design the exhibit, but rather tweaked the plans to maximize the good chi (pronounced chee.) For example, designers had put the observation tower door in an unfavorable area, increasing the potential for accidents, lawsuits and arguments. She recommended in her report that they move the door or add a fountain or water feature to “soften, with moisture, the harsh energy” in that area of the tower. She also suggested that the designers rotate the monkey holding building slightly, to orient it on a different angle. That would “transform the energy distribution” of the building and result in a “stronger potential for health and well-being.” It would also promote fertility – important for a species with fewer than 10,000 left in the wild. Mainini completed her review in April 2003 and warned that construction should begin by February 2004, a crucial date in the feng shui calendar. “A later construction date could have a very significant effect on the building’s energy.” But the monkey exhibit was delayed; it’s part of the new elephant habitat that was redesigned and enlarged under pressure from animal-rights activists. Nevertheless, Mainini hopes the project will retain as much good chi as possible. “One of the reasons I started studying feng shui was I could see the effect good feng shui could have on people’s well-being, in terms of health and happiness,” Mainini said. “I really hope my contribution to the project will help create a very supportive environment for these animals.” [email protected] (213) 978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s an amazing world. If you don’t take in all cultural considerations, you can strike out.” Believed to be the first zoo in the nation to tap the ancient Chinese science, Los Angeles paid $4,500 to a feng shui consultant to ensure that the three endangered monkeys will have health, happiness, fertility and, of course, a strong life-force energy, in their new digs. While feng shui (pronounced fung shway) is in demand among high-end architects and interior designers, Beverly Hills-based expert Simona Mainini said the trend hasn’t yet caught on in animal-enclosure design. “It’s very experimental. We don’t have any books on feng shui for monkeys. We just have to assume that Darwin is correct and that there is a connection and what is good for humans is good for monkeys.” “The idea is to get people beyond just looking at the animals so they experience how the animals and people live,” zoo General Manager John Lewis said. The Chinese art of feng shui – balance in design to promote health and happiness – is monkey business. At least that’s true at the Los Angeles Zoo, where a feng shui expert worked on a $7.4million enclosure for three rare golden monkeys set to debut next year. Los Angeles Councilman Tom LaBonge, a big zoo booster whose district includes the facility, said he hopes the blue-faced monkeys with flowing California blond hair will feel right at home in their new exhibit. “I’d hate to have the monkeys get here and say: `Tom, you messed up. We’re going to San Francisco or San Diego,”‘ he quipped. last_img

Gambling Germany boss Loew goes all-in ahead of Serbia friendly

first_imgThe friendly against Serbia is a warm-up for Sunday’s prestigious opening Euro 2020 qualifier away to the Netherlands with the Germans hunting revenge after a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of the Oranje last October at the Amsterdam Arena.Amid fears that German football is in decline, the 59-year-old Loew is under pressure to show that he can build a new era of success around a younger generation of players. Yet he has also faced fierce criticism for his decision to strike veteran World Cup winners Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Mueller from the national team set-up, falling offside with their club Bayern Munich in the process.The controversial call has been seen as a gamble, which has heightened the pressure ahead of Wednesday’s game.Joachim Loew faced fierce criticism for his decision to exclude World Cup winners Mats Hummels (pictured), Jerome Boateng and Thomas Mueller from the Germany set-up © AFP/File / GUENTER SCHIFFMANN“Loew is going all-in in a high-stakes game of poker,” wrote German football magazine Kicker on Monday.Yet the Germany boss has insisted that the right conclusions have been drawn from the failures of last year.“(Hummels, Boateng and Mueller) are all World Cup winners and great players, so the decision was always going to be debated,” said Loew on Tuesday. “But we are facing a new challenge. As I have said before, we need to be quicker, more dynamic and more ambitious.”– New guard –Loew has given three young players their first international call-up.Hertha Berlin defender Niklas Stark, 23, Werder Bremen midfielder Maximilian Eggestein and RB Leipzig full-back Lukas Klostermann, both 22, join the squad, which now contains just two survivors from the World-Cup-winning class of 2014 in Manuel Neuer and Toni Kroos. “We need to give the young players the feeling that they have our complete and total trust,” said Loew.Loew has confirmed that Neuer remains his first-choice goalkeeper, but said that Barcelona stopper Marc-Andre ter Stegen would get a chance to prove himself in the coming months.Germany coach Joachim Loew has given three young players their first international call-up, Niklas Stark (pictured), Maximilian Eggestein and Lukas Klostermann © AFP/File / Patrik STOLLARZHe also called upon younger players such as Niklas Suele, 23, Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich, both 24, to step up into leadership roles. “Some players need to take the next step,” he said on Friday. “Goretzka and Kimmich are guys with clear ideas, ambition and opinions.”“Suele has to take on responsibility, we expect more from him now,” said Loew. “He needs to organise and direct proceedings at the back.”As the direct heir to rejected defensive duo Hummels and Boateng, Suele will be under particular scrutiny against Serbia.– Klinsmann criticism –Many have questioned Loew’s decision to get rid of two such experienced defenders, including his predecessor and former colleague Jurgen Klinsmann, who coached Germany to third at the 2006 World Cup with Loew as his assistant. “My personal hope is that the door remains open for Hummels, Boateng and Mueller,” Klinsmann told AFP subsidiary SID this week.“They are top players, and it’s important to have them at your disposal if you need them.”“It obviously increases the pressure on the team a bit when you make a decision like that.”Yet Loew said on Tuesday that he would not let the pressure get to him.“I have been doing this job for 14 years, so I know how to deal with pressure and criticism,” he said. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Joachim Loew is under pressure ahead of Germany’s friendly against Serbia on Wednesday © AFP / Tobias SCHWARZBerlin, Germany, Mar 19 – Germany coach Joachim Loew hopes to prove his critics wrong and open 2019 with a win when his new-look team host Serbia in a friendly in Wolfsburg on Wednesday. Loew, who arrived in Wolfsburg later than expected due to a dental operation this week, is hoping to bounce back from a painful 2018, in which Germany suffered an early World Cup exit and were relegated from the top tier of the UEFA Nations League. last_img read more