Rahm, Rory, Tommy look to close on Sunday

first_imgPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – As omens go, this sounds, well, ominous. “The Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas was very similar to this, both the Friday round and the Sunday round,” Jon Rahm said late Saturday, following a third-round 64 at The Players. “It was two days where I hit it really, really well tee to green, very similar.” Rahm was referring to the event he won in December, when he posted rounds of 71-63-69-65 for a four-stroke victory that was really a runaway. No one else in the field at TPC Sawgrass is going to be happy hearing Rahm talk like that, not after watching what he just did. Rahm was one shot shy of the Stadium Course record Saturday. He possessed an unmistakable swagger.  “I had a good stretch from 1 to 18 pretty much today,” he joked. His round included an eagle and seven birdies, the former coming when he launched a 4-iron from 244 yards at the par-5 11th. It finished 3 feet from the hole. “[That was] one of those shots that you visualize in your mind, and one of the few times in your life that it’s going to come out exactly how you see it,” he said. In full flight, Rahm is a handful. Think of Lebron James in the open floor or of Todd Gurley in the open field. The 24-year-old powerhouse has all the markings of a presumptive favorite.  Except, golf is fickle. And being the best player on Saturday doesn’t always translate to holding the trophy on Sunday. Just ask Rory McIlroy, who will again begin a final round within striking distance of the lead, just a shot behind Rahm. The Ulsterman has done everything this year except the thing — win. From Hawaii to Jacksonville and at all the stops in between, he’s patiently explained that it’s the process, not the result, that matters. When he finished fourth at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where he started the final turn alone in second place, he leaned into the optimism. “My attitude was much better today. I didn’t press at all. I was very patient. It’s just something I’m going to have to persist in, just keep putting myself in these positions,” he said in Maui. Your browser does not support iframes. Full-field scores from the The Players Championship The Players Championship: Articles, photos and videos Last month when he won the B-flight at the WGC-Mexico Championship, taking runner-up honors five shots behind Dustin Johnson, he was equally reasoned. “Dustin had a four-shot lead starting out. When you have a four-shot lead and shoot 5 under par, no one’s catching you,” he said. “It was sort of like there was two different golf tournaments going on, and I won the second one. DJ was just a little bit above everyone else this week.” And when he again began a final round in the day’s anchor group only to slip and slide his way to a closing 72 and a sixth-place showing at last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational, his glass was still half-full. “I’m playing well, I’m getting myself into contention every week, continue to do that, going into next week, that’s the great thing about golf, you don’t have to wait too long to get back on the horse,” he explained, having recorded his fifth top-10 finish in five starts. So when he sets out on Sunday at TPC Sawgrass in the day’s penultimate group following a third-round 70, it won’t be Rahm’s flawless play on Day 3 that occupies McIlroy’s thoughts. It’s the old distinction for Tour types: sometimes you lose a tournament and sometimes you get beat. For McIlroy, Mexico was the latter, when Johnson boatraced the field. He could face a similar force on Sunday at TPC Sawgrass in Rahm, but through 54 holes, McIlroy is once again in the hunt. “In a good position, not the best position I could be in. But I thought after the start today that to play the last 16 holes in 4 under par with no bogeys was a good effort,” he said, referencing his bogey-bogey opening at Nos. 1 and 2. They’ll go off in back-to-back tee times, but you could group Tommy Fleetwood with McIlroy. The Englishman took a lead into last weekend at Bay Hill, only to blow up on Saturday. He’ll head out in Sunday’s final pairing with Rahm, having rebounded from an even worse start than McIlroy’s on Saturday, playing his first two holes in 3 over. “I think at the end of the day, winning is very difficult. Four days of golf is a long time, like I’ve said before,” said Fleetwood, who three-putted from 11 feet for double bogey at the first and followed with a bogey at the second. “But you have to take the positives all the time about how consistent your golf is.” Each of the would-be champions are wrestling with their own Sunday demons, but it may be Mother Nature that has the final say. The forecast is expected to take a bad turn on Sunday, with rain chances around 80 percent and temperatures in the 50s. Welcome back to The Players Championship in March. “I think tomorrow’s one of those you try to make a gameplan, but all the while you know that it could be pissing down rain. It could be really windy. You don’t know what you’re going to get and you just kind of play it by ear and make the best of the conditions,” said Jim Furyk, who remains in the hunt, five back. For Rahm, the gameplan is straightforward. For all the attention given to McIlroy’s start this year, Rahm has a similar record with top-10 finishes in five of his first six starts. He has no shortage of confidence, and he appears to be maturing in real time. “About eight months ago, I wouldn’t have finished at 8 under,” Rahm admitted. “I think I would have lost my patience on [No.] 14.” Rahm owns his inconsistencies, as well as his emotions. He just has to own them for 18 more holes on a layout meant to frustrate. He will begin the final round in the pole position, with a game showing few weaknesses at the moment. But as McIlroy can attest, even the most obvious of favorites don’t always end up holding a trophy.last_img read more

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Dominicans urged to adopt safety culture

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img LocalNews Dominicans urged to adopt safety culture by: – April 12, 2013 7 Views   no discussions Petro Caribe’s safety products displayed at the expoDominicans have been called upon to strengthen their safety culture by taking preventative action. That call came from acting general manager of Petro Caribe Dominica, Ian Pinard when he addressed the official opening of Health and Safety month exposition at the Public Service Union building on Friday April 12th. The theme for this year’s observance is “Safety is an Obligation not an option” and is aimed at creating a safer environment for all Dominicans. “Friend’s safety a top priority for us and we want to make it clear, that is why our objective to strengthen the safety culture in and around our facility and promote safety culture in the entire country, we must stop harmful events long before they happen,” Mr Pinard said. He stressed that his company’s health and safety record “is a contribution to our industry our host community and Dominica”. Meanwhile, Charge D ‘affairs in the Venezuelan Embassy, Francisco Anzola said safety measures must be practiced as Dominica moves towards producing geothermal energy.“We are in the business of producing our own energy and everything surrounding that is dangerous flames and people can die, and you in Dominica live in that now, as progress has given the path for Dominica to produce its own,” Mr Azola said. According to Mr Anzola, Health and safety month should be used to “prepare people to handle those hazardous situations and to install and prepare the correct devises to prevent or to take care of whatever will happen,” he said. Acting minister for Lands and Housing Ivor Stephenson commended Petro Caribe for the initiative. He said adopting health and safety measures is critical. Eighteen government and service agencies and private services, they range general merchants, service organizations, pharmacies, fire and ambulance service, waste management, medical schools and disaster preparedness. Here are the photographs from the expo: [nggallery id = 296]last_img read more

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Local Product in Padres System Shines in Pitching Start Against Lake County

first_img NEOSI Staff By Mike HolzheimerIt was an impressive baseball night for a Cleveland kid.Nick Margevicius, a St. Ignatius High School graduate, started on the mound for Fort Wayne Thursday night in a Class A minor league game against the Lake County Captains.Margevicius, who starred collegiately at Rider University, didn’t appear to be nervous on the big stage of professional baseball. A seventh-round draft choice of the San Diego Padres, the southpaw pitcher retired the first 10 batters he faced striking out seven of them.He didn’t allow a hit until the sixth inning, and was then subsequently taken out of the game. Margevicius worked 5.2 innings finishing the night with nine strikeouts. Lake County, though, managed to win the game in walk-off fashion, 3-2.Still, a good night for the young man who began this professional baseball journey as a kid on the playgrounds of Cleveland.And if last night’s effort is any indication, the best is still yet to come. Related TopicsNick Margeviciuslast_img read more

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USPS: Santa Mail Won’t Be Stopped After Friday’s Earthquake

first_imgHere are the steps for your child to get a letter back from Santa:Have your child write a letter to Santa and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.Later, when alone, open the envelope and write a personalized response.Insert the response letter into an envelope and address it to the child.Add the return address: SANTA, NORTH POLE, to the envelope.Affix a First-Class Mail stamp to the envelope, such as one of the new holiday stamps.Place the complete envelope into a larger envelope — preferably a Priority Mail Flat Rate envelope — with appropriate postage and address it to:North Pole PostmarkPostmaster4141 Postmark DriveAnchorage, AK 99530-9998 FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The United States Postal Service has resumed operations across the Anchorage area with all retail and delivery functions back to normal on Monday. USPS wrote in a statement: “And as a comfort to all children around the world, the hundreds of thousands of cards and letters destined to Santa Claus have not had any delay.” The U.S. Postal Service letters from Santa program provides Santa’s personalized response to your child’s letter to Santa.center_img Alaska District Manager Ron Haberman: “No quake can shake our service this time of year.” USPS recommends sending Letters to Santa by December 8 so that they can be received by the Anchorage Postmaster no later than December 15. Santa’s helpers in Anchorage will take care of the rest.last_img read more

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