Brandel’s best: Top 25 impactful moments of the last 25 years, Nos. 6-10

first_img(Editor’s note: For Golf Channel’s 25th anniversary, Brandel Chamblee reveals his top 25 impactful moments over the last 25 years. Click here to listen to Chamblee’s podcast with Jaime Diaz, revealing Golf Channel’s official top 25 moments.)   6. Payne Stewart’s Death Golf’s history has been rich in, and enriched by, great personalities and colorful characters, but especially so in earlier eras. Walter Hagen was an explosion of styles. Like the tallest and most recognizable building of a 1920’s skyline, he epitomized the Art Deco style of the roaring ’20s, the era when he played his best golf. He wasn’t just all style, there was substance to the man. Over the years, just to name a few of the larger than life men and women in this game, there were Wild Bill Melhorn, Ky Laffoon, Babe Zaharias, Sam Snead, Jimmy Demaret, Don Cherry, Tony Lema, Lee Trevino, Joanne Carner. Then, in the 1980s, along came a young man named Payne Stewart, who was an amalgam of all of these men and women. As if there had been an error in chronology and assigned all of the strange and beautiful traits of the past players to one man. His golf swing had a Sneadian lyricism to it and his attire was a remembrance of things past. He was an athletic and aesthetic anachronism. He was witty. He was funny. Like Don Cherry, he entertained at night. Don sang, Payne played the harmonica in a rock band. Occasionally he said the wrong thing. Out of the blue he would turn to you in the locker room, looking all serious, and then say something with fake hillbilly teeth. Remembering the late, great Payne Stewart But there was substance to the man, too. Concentrated within him was a fierce competitive nature that he struggled to constrain, a hell’s stew that began to hold him back. It was not a unique problem for an athlete. How does one separate what is potent from what is poison? Payne turned to his faith for guidance and beginning in 1999 he set out to constrain those dark competitive impulses and he became the ideal combination of grace and grit. When he won the U.S. Open that year, his winning putt celebration included a warm reminder to the player he had just gutted, Phil Mickelson, that the nearing birth of Phil’s first child was more important than any major win. It said as much about the new Payne as the 20-foot putt he had just made. A little more than four months later, on October 25, he died, along with five others, on an ill-fated private plane headed for Texas. His death was an eerie reminder of the loss of Tony Lema, who died similarly in the ’60s and of the words of Walter Hagen, that we are only here for a short time so we should all stop and smell the roses. The Payne Stewart Award given annually to those who possess a generosity of spirit reminiscent of Payne, is also a reminder that a thousand little acts of self-discipline are the path to a great life, which as Payne showed us, was the best way of compensating for the brevity of life.   7. Annika Sorenstam Playing a PGA Tour Event The curiosity that a woman dominating her sport might be able to compete with the men is nothing new. Jackie Mitchell struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in a 1931 exhibition game and the great Babe Zaharias played in few PGA Tour events in 1945 making all the 36-hole cuts and finishing as high as 33rd in one of them. In 1973, 29-year-old Billie Jean King won all three sets and $100,000 against 55-year-old Bobby Riggs. So, when Annika won 19 times during the 2001 and 2002 LPGA seasons, there were rumors that she might be invited to play a men’s tour event. In February of 2003, she accepted an invitation to play in Colonial in Ft. Worth, Texas. Stirring up controversy was the seventh-ranked player in the world, Vijay Singh, when he said that her playing was ridiculous and that she didn’t belong. There were a few other public grumblings from PGA Tour players, but they only worked to increase the hype of her appearance. What the critics failed to understand was that her playing wasn’t about breaking barriers, it was about her own personal quest to see how good she could become. It’s the same reason why women want to play Hamlet, to do things no one has ever done before, to stretch the limits of what one imagines as possible. Feherty Foursome: Annika reflects on playing PGA Tour’s Colonial I played in the Colonial that week and had dinner with Annika on Tuesday, and was shocked to find out that she and her team had to arrange a decoy car to leave the house to put the frenzied media off her track, to provide any respite from the maelstrom of reporters. She endeared herself to the golfing world when she feigned collapsing after her opening tee shot and after her warm smile when she made her first birdie. She managed to beat a few major champions that week but she missed the cut with rounds of 71 and 74. Ardent golf fans may not be able to tell you the specific years of Annika’s biggest victories or even who won the Colonial in 2003, but they can tell you what she was wearing that week, who she was paired with and what she shot.   8. Phil Mickelson Wins First Major Phil Mickelson had won a Tour event as collar-popping, incandescently talented college kid who played the game as if he had a pocketful of get-out-of-jail-free cards. If there was something a foot high that he could step over, he would look around for something 6 feet high that he could jump over. Taking big risks didn’t seem to keep him from winning regular events though and the major wins seemed inevitable. And then the unexpected happened: Tiger Woods. Nobody could have predicted a player coming along so unimaginably talented that the next best players would be left to fend for the scraps. Right in Mickelson’s prime, from the 1997 Masters to the 2002 U.S. Open, eight of the 22 majors he played in, went to Woods, leaving little more than a couple a year up for grabs. Two things happened from 2002-04 though, that helped increase the odds for Phil. First, Tiger decided to abandon the form that made him so dominant and changed his swing. The downturn in his game as he retooled, allowed the next best to shine. Ernie Els won The Open in 2003, and Vijay Singh won nine times in 2004. Second, the prevalence of the multi-layered, solid core golf ball meant that everyone in golf was much longer, and as dispersion rates go, much more inaccurate. That set the stage for Phil to finally win a major. Tiger was distracted with swing thoughts and even the straightest of hitters were finding themselves in the rough far too often. They could beat Phil from the fairway, as Payne Stewart and David Toms demonstrated, but out of the rough was another story. Phil lived there. He shined there. No surprise then that when the 2004 Masters came around, and Tiger was nowhere to be found on the leaderboard, it came down to Mickelson and Els. Phil’s 18-footer to win by one at the last, was punctuated by the great call by Jim Nantz who said as the ball was inching toward the hole, “Is it his time?!” It was. Finally.   9. Ben Crenshaw’s Poignant ’95 Masters Win Before the 1995 Masters began on Thursday, no one could have dreamed into existence what would take place as the sun was setting four days later. Ben Crenshaw had missed three of his last four cuts and hadn’t broken 70 in 15 rounds. On Monday of Masters week, his lifelong coach and mentor, Harvey Penick died, and he flew home to be a pallbearer at his funeral on Wednesday, making it back to Augusta later that night. Ben Crenshaw, it was written when he was just beginning his professional career, had Jack Nicklaus’ talent and Arnold Palmer’s charm. It could have just as easily been written that he had Bobby Jones’ sense of history and respect for the traditions of the game. Jones, of course, was the co-founder of Augusta National and the Masters. Crenshaw didn’t turn out to be as good as Nicklaus, but in many other ways he was too good to be true. He didn’t just study the history of the game, he embodied all that was good and great about the game. He was a gentleman. He was also 43 years old in ’95. From 1968-94, there had been 108 majors played and only five had been won by players who had been 43 or older. Mathematically, that gave Crenshaw a little less than a 5% chance to win. Before he had left for the funeral, though, his longtime caddie, Carl Jackson, had given Ben a little tip about his ball position and as the tournament wore on, the good shots began to look less like happy accidents and more like minor miracles. Sporting miracles confuse people, such that they say the events must have been fate, but the sum total of many little things, is not little. The combination of Carl’s tip, Ben’s knowledge of the course and his still magical touch on the greens was enough to explain away a good finish, but emotionally Ben had found that calm place, where poetry comes from. When he putted out on the 18th hole, to win by one, the grief of losing Penick, the stress of winning a major championship, and the historical reverence and importance of a Masters win, drained out of him and doubled him over. Carl Jackson, as if a surrogate for the entire golf world, comforted him, in what is, one of the most indelibly enduring images in the history of golf.   10. Tom Watson Almost Wins the 2009 Open In 1867, Old Tom Morris, then 46, became the oldest winner of The Open Championship. That record was intact 112 years later, and only Julius Boros had won another major (1968 PGA) at an older age (48). The physiological decline in athletes – though the exact age is debatable – is certainly evident in golf when a player hits their late-30s. It occurs even earlier in other sports, which makes aged accomplishment all-the-more impressive. Gordie Howe played a full season in the NHL when he was 51; George Forman won boxing’s heavyweight title he was 45; and in the 2008 Summer Olympics, 41-year-old swimmer Dara Torres won three silver medals. Pitcher Satchel Paige, who wasn’t drafted into the major leagues until he was 42, famously mused, “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” Apparently in 2009, Tom Watson thought he was 33 years old and it was 1983 again. That year he won his fifth Open Championship, which surprisingly turned out to be the last of his eight major victories. His 39th and final PGA Tour title came in 1998. So, 11 years thereafter, Watson wasn’t just an afterthought on the regular tour, he was past his prime on the senior circuit. There was a moment, in the 2003 U.S. Open, that Watson turned back the clock. Five months after his longtime caddie Bruce Edwards was diagnosed with ALS, Watson shot 65 at Olympia Fields. And then the clock struck midnight as Watson tied for 28th. Tom at Turnberry: Believing the impossible in 2009 As the years went by, Watson would make just three more cuts in majors. Then came the 2009 Open. Watson once again opened a major with a 65 and was tied for second place. He followed that with rounds of 70-71 and led outright entering the final round. Asked if he was nervous, Watson said, after thinking for a moment, “serene” is the right for it. Surreal was more appropriate. Watson wasn’t just on the verge of shattering a record. This wasn’t Bob Beamon jumping 21 2/3 inches longer than anyone ever had; this was Beamon jumping from Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta. Watson was doing the impossible. The unimaginable. When he came to the 72nd hole on Sunday, Watson maintained a one-shot lead, just as he had at Turnberry in 1977 against Jack Nicklaus, in what many believe is golf’s most legendary duel. That day, Watson rifled an iron at the finishing hole to a couple of feet away. This day, he once again struck his approach shot perfectly, with a puff of dirt flying through the air as evidence. His ball should have nestled near where it did in ’77, but somehow it kept rolling and rolling, past the hole and off the back of the green. After a testy putt from the rough ran 10 feet past the hole, Watson, for the first time all week, looked like an AARP member. His par putt to win never had a chance. Watson eventually lost a four-hole aggregate playoff to Stewart Cink. More than a decade has passed, and I still cannot believe that a man almost 60 years old wasn’t beaten in 72 holes at a major championship. There is an exquisite agony there that the game of golf still endures … and enjoys. Brandel’s Impactful Moments: Nos. 1-5 | Nos. 6-10 | Nos. 11-15 | Nos. 16-20 | Nos. 21-25last_img read more

Locals disgusted by treatment of tourist in Ballyliffen

first_img By News Highland – September 22, 2011 Facebook Newsx Adverts Google+ Google+ 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Previous articleHighland Radio Glasgow Weekend 2011Next articleDonegal islanders precluded from fishing meeting News Highland Pinterest The head of the Ballyliffen Local Development Company says she was shocked and disgusted to hear the story of a Waterford tourist who, along with his family was terrified by so called ‘boy racers’ during a recent visit.Eoin McMahon, his wife and children were visiting Inishowen on Friday and pulled in at close to Pollen Bay in their camper van to stay over night.They claim they where then intimidated in to leaving by what they describe as boy racer types.Susan McGonigle of the BLDC hopes those responsible are caught:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/sus530bally.mp3[/podcast] WhatsApp Twitter Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterest Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Facebook Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Locals disgusted by treatment of tourist in Ballyliffen Twitterlast_img read more

Efficient Anglin paces young Brighton team

first_img Follow on Facebook Efficient Anglin paces young Brighton team Subscribe by Email This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Connect on Linked in Share on Facebook Add to Google+center_img By Paul Cifonelli on April 21, 2020No Comment Efficient Anglin paces young Brighton team added by Paul Cifonelli on April 21, 2020View all posts by Paul Cifonelli →FacebookTwitter分享by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksSponsor ContentAirPhysioThis All-Natural “Lung Cleaning” Device Helps Anyone Breathe EasierAirPhysioUndoBig Data Courses | Search AdBig Data Online Courses Might Be More Fun Than You ThinkBig Data Courses | Search AdUndoAmazingWomanMagTop 30 Most Beautiful Women in the WorldAmazingWomanMagUndoby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksMore from Pickin’ SplintersBaron keeps Bonaventure close to his heart – Pickin’ SplintersUndoTah-Jae Hill, Zion Morrison and the Starting Five – Pickin’ SplintersUndo”If you had a Mount Rushmore of MCC baseball, he’s on there.” Longtime assistant Jack Christensen passes away – Pickin’ SplintersUndo Kiara Anglin averaged 19 points, six rebounds, three assists, four steals and one block on the season. (Photo: DENNIS JOYCE)By PAUL CIFONELLIBrighton sophomore Kiara Anglin paced a young Barons squad which added two wins over their previous season total. Anglin averaged 19 points, six rebounds, three assists, four steals and one block on the season.VIEW MORE DENNIS JOYCE PHOTOS HERE.The only Baron averaging double figure points for the season, Anglin finished with the game-high efforts in 18 of 21 outings. Her field goal percentage was similar to her freshman season, as she shot 46 percent in 2019-20 and 45 percent in 2018-19. She improved her free throw shooting from 55 percent to 71 percent. With all the efficiency, Anglin scored at least 20 points nine separate times. The all-league guard’s season-high in scoring was 30, which she hit twice. The most threes she made in a game was three.The 5-foot-9 guard led her team in every offensive category for the second season in a row. Anglin also posted the best efficiency rating (FG + FT makes + steals + rebounds + assists – FG + FT misses + turnovers / games played) at Brighton since the stat was kept with a 19.24. She pulled down 13 rebounds against Batavia, dished out eight assists against Pittsford Sutherland, nabbed six steals against Greece Olympia and swatted three shots against Honeoye Falls-Lima.Anglin was one of two sophomores on a team that rostered two seniors along with two freshmen, and 8th-grader and seven juniors.The sophomore guard has been contacted by Roberts Wesleyan, RIT and Binghamton. She will play AAU basketball for the Syracuse Royals before looking to build on her Monroe County Division III first-team honor. Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Print This Postlast_img read more

Macy’s cuts nearly 4K jobs as it reopens hundreds of stores

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Macy’s Herald Square at 151 West 34th Street Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette (Getty)Macy’s eliminated thousands of jobs this week in another sign of the retail sector’s struggles, as companies work to emerge from the coronavirus lockdowns.The department store chain cut about 3,900 corporate and management jobs, which is expected to save $365 million this year and $630 million a year going forward, according to Bloomberg. The move came as it has also been reopening hundreds of locations across the country.“We know that we will be a smaller company for the foreseeable future, and our cost base will continue to reflect that moving forward,” CEO Jeff Gennette said, according to the report.Retail — particularly brick-and-mortar stores — has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic. Macy’s closed all of its locations on March 18 and furloughed most of its employees that month. But even before stay-at-home orders kept shoppers home, retail had been battered by changing consumer habits, namely the shift to online buying.As lockdown orders lifted, Macy’s announced plans for all of its 775 stores to reopen. It also reported stronger sales than expected — although its performance still lagged far behind last year. Macy’s reported a preliminary loss of $652 million for the three months ending on May 2, compared to a $136 million profit during the same period in 2019. Before making that announcement, the retailer said it had secured a new $4.5 billion financing package to help with debt obligations and operating costs. [Bloomberg] — Georgia Kromrei Share via Shortlinkcenter_img TagsCoronavirusretail sectorlast_img read more

Enel Completes 400 MW Kansas Wind Facility

first_img No posts to display Linkedin 4.3.2017 Renewable project management firm Bradley acquired by Bureau Veritas “We are pleased to announce the entry into service of this major wind farm, which is also the first in Enel’s US portfolio to generate energy for a corporate off-taker,” said Rafael Gonzalez, Head of EGPNA. “Thanks to this significant achievement, in Kansas we are now managing our largest portfolio of North American wind farms and we are further strengthening EGPNA REP, the joint venture which is supporting our dynamic, sustainable growth in North America.” By chloecox – Facebook Twitter Facebook CPV says it has developed 400+ MW of renewable capacity on former coal mines Enel Green Power North America announced it has begun operations at the 400 MW Cimarron Bend wind facility in Clark County, Kansas. EGPNA also owns four additional wind facilities totaling 1.1 GW in Kansas.center_img TAGSEnel Linkedin By Editors of Power Engineering Enel Completes 400 MW Kansas Wind Facility Previous articleToshiba America Energy Systems President and CEO DepartsNext article7-Eleven to Power All 425 Texas Stores with Wind Energy chloecox The $610 million project has a long-term power purchase agreement with Google and the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR RenewablesWind Southern Power acquiring 118-MW Oklahoma wind project developed by Vestas’ NA unit Twitterlast_img read more

Bioware stops work on Anthem

first_imgBrendan SinclairManaging EditorWednesday 24th February 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleEA BioWareBioware has given up on Anthem.In a blog post today, executive producer Christian Dailey said that the studio has halted development on Anthem and a proposed refresh of the game called Anthem Next. Dailey didn’t give a reason for the decision, other than to say the COVID-19 pandemic “has had an impact on our productivity and not everything we had planned as a studio before COVID-19 can be accomplished without putting undue stress on our teams.””Game development is hard,” Dailey said. “Decisions like these are not easy. Moving forward, we need to laser focus our efforts as a studio and strengthen the next Dragon Age, and Mass Effect titles while continuing to provide quality updates to Star Wars: The Old Republic.”Related JobsEnvironment Artists – New IP South East Creative AssemblyLead Sound Designer South East Creative AssemblyRemote Environment Artist Console Studio UK UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games While development work on Anthem has stopped, Dailey said the game’s live services will continue to run.Anthem originally launched in February of 2019 to mixed reviews, and it fell short of sales expectations.After Anthem’s first year, BioWare said it wanted to reinvent the core gameplay loop, and last May the studio said it was creating an “incubation team” of about 30 people to “take our time and go back to the drawing board.”last_img read more

Mediterranean Games (W): Serbia wins Gold!

first_imgRelated Items: Serbian girls won the gold at the Mediterranean Games in Mersin. In the final they were better than the national team of Slovenia in a low-scoring game, winning 25:19 (13:12). The bronze medal went to Croatia, which beat Montenegro by one goal 25:24 (12:11).In the mens competition, Egypt and Croatia will be playing in the final in a match which is scheduled for tomorrow. Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. ShareTweetShareShareEmailcenter_img Click to comment ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentslast_img read more

Junior WCH 2013: Spain against Sweden for the gold!

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsAfter two extra-times, Spain beat Croatia 36:35 (30:30) and qualified for the final at Junior World Championship 2013 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Croatia saved their hopes in the last second of the regular match with a goal of Sime Ivic, but that didn’t repeat Stipe Mandalinic in the last attack of the second extra-time.Spain will meet Sweden in the final. For the bronze will play France and Croatia. For the fifth place will clash Brazil and Netherlands. Recommended for you ShareTweetShareShareEmail World Championships All-Time list: Sweden again No.1 in number of medals! NORDIC FINAL! Denmark beat Spain in thriller! Spain celebrate 15th medal in 25 years Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Click to comment Related Items:handball, Junior handball, junior world championship, Sarajevo, Spain, Swedenlast_img read more

White River Junction VA begins COVID-19 vaccine distribution with Moderna

first_imgVermont Business Magazine White River Junction VA Healthcare System began COVID-19 vaccination with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine today, following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Emergency Use Authorization for this vaccine.“Today, hope arrived in a box containing frigid vials of a highly effective vaccine.  Yes, we need to continue our vigilance in battling this virus – social distancing, hand washing, masks, avoiding gatherings. But rest assured, hope really is on the horizon.” said Dr. Brett Rusch, Executive Director, in an email to all staff at White River Junction VA Healthcare System. “As vaccine supplies increase, our ultimate goal is to offer COVID-19 vaccination to all veterans and employees who want to be vaccinated.”White River Junction VA Healthcare System is one of 113 VA Medical Centers across the country to receive the first limited supply of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine(link is external). Sites were identified based on need for the vaccine according to CDC’s 1A(link is external) prioritization and capacity to  store the vaccine at -20◦C. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was 94 percent effective in clinical trials in preventing COVID-19 disease. The vaccine is administered in two doses, 28 days apart. The side effects appear similar to those of other vaccines and are short-lived.Thirty-seven medical centers(link is external) began offering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to health care personnel and Veterans Dec 14. Fifteen additional VA facilities will receive an allocation of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine the week of December 21.At 11:06AM today the first Moderna vaccinations were administered to three employees:Chris McSherry, Army Veteran, LPN JP Flanigin, RN, Infection Preventionist Chelsie Hatfield, Air Force Reservist, NPcenter_img Even after receiving COVID-19 vaccination, employees and Veterans should continue wearing face coverings, practicing physical distancing and washing hands often.As vaccines become available for more groups of Veterans, VA care teams will reach out to eligible Veterans to schedule vaccinations. There is no need to preregister or come to a facility to sign up.Veterans can get up-to-date information on VA’s VA COVID-19 vaccine webpage(link is external), which launched on December 11, 2020, and sign up to receive regular updates on the vaccine on the VA’s Stay Informed(link is external) page. For more information, please contact Katherine Tang, Public Affairs Officer at [email protected](link sends e-mail) or (802) 295-9363 extension 5880.Source: White River Junction, VT —White River Junction VA Healthcare System 12.21.2020last_img read more