Spieth Wins John Deere Playoff

first_imgSILVIS, Ill. — Jordan Spieth made it a lot tougher on himself than it needed to be.In the end, Spieth got exactly what he was looking for from the John Deere Classic: a win and some positive energy ahead of the British Open.Spieth beat Tom Gillis on the second hole of a playoff to win at TPC Deere Run on Sunday for his fourth victory of the season.Gillis and Spieth, who opened the tournament with an even-par 71, finished the final round at 20-under 264. Zach Johnson and Danny Lee tied for third at 19 under.“To be able to shoot 20-under in three rounds is nice momentum,” Spieth said. “The finish, when I really didn’t feel like tee to green I had much (Sunday), gives me a lot of momentum to draw on if I don’t have my best stuff. ”The 46-year-old Gillis, who was attempting to become the oldest first-time winner on the PGA Tour in 20 years, sent an approach into the water. Spieth made par for his second win at this tournament in three years.Now Spieth heads to the British Open in search of his third consecutive major championship.Spieth is the first golfer to win four times before the Open Championship since Tiger Woods in 2000 — and he silenced many of the critics who questioned why he played this tournament instead of heading overseas early to prepare for St. Andrews.“I really didn’t care anyways. I came here for a reason, and we accomplished that reason,” Spieth said.After shooting a career-best 10 under on Saturday, Spieth entered the final round with a two-shot lead.But the field caught up to Spieth when he turned in a pedestrian front nine.Spieth bogeyed two of his first three holes and was soon passed by the likes of Gillis and Johnson. Spieth was even at the turn and two shots back of Gillis, who in 171 previous PGA Tour starts had only finished in the top three twice.Spieth’s low point was a bogey on the par-4 11th hole after a putt from the fringe went left.But Gillis played his final six holes at even par. Spieth roared back into contention with four birdies in five holes, including a 21-foot chip from the fringe on No. 16.Spieth had a 30-foot putt for the win on No. 18, but he pushed it left. He nearly won on the first hole of the playoff, but his 33-foot try lipped out.Even though Spieth ultimately outlasted the field, he knows he has some work to do — specifically with his driver, which abandoned him at times this weekend — if he hopes to make it three majors in a row.“I need to fine tune my driver. I love where my putter is at. My pace control, my speed is awesome right now,” Spieth said.Gillis matched Spieth with a par on the first hole in sudden death. But a tee shot that went into the rough led to a shot in the water, effectively ending his bid for an elusive victory.Gillis shot a 7-under 64 in the final round.“When you’re going to be 47, the window is closing,” Gillis said. “What I saw (Sunday) and the last three days, I’d have to say makes me think I’ve still got some tread on the tires left.(LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Locals look to CR7

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo Heroes come in different forms – local champions adopt work ethic of Ronaldo Goal Last updated 1 year ago 21:00 6/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Cristiano Ronaldo Videos Clear is looking to unearth those overcoming obstacles with the same determination as football’s superstars “Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.” There are a few heroes in the world who can match Cristiano Ronaldo’s excellence, especially on the football pitch. The Real Madrid icon has scored more than 360 goals in less than 350 games and holds the record for being the Los Blancos’ leading goal-scorer of all time. With a bulging, hard-earned trophy cabinet that attests to his appetite and ability to deliver, there is no doubt that the Funchal-born star is a champion.   Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Yet, are there many champions akin to Ronaldo – pushing the boundaries repeatedly and setting new records – readily available to be looked up to?Cristiano Ronaldo Real MadridClear MEN seeks to dispel that belief. According to the brand, one needn’t call upon any superhuman ability to achieve the feats Ronaldo has done on the pitch with his club. In fact, all one needs to succeed is to be resolute in the face of obstacles, an undying passion and sincere effort to successfully accomplish your goals. From humble beginnings to super stardom, Ronaldo’s approach to success has been one of focus and dedication. Much like Clear MEN’s commitment to formulating the perfect solution to men’s hair care needs, the number 7’s motto has always been to strive for perfection and being the best in the world. In an engaging commercial for Clear MEN, three different men from different spheres of society, come together for their love of football and Ronaldo.Throughout the four-minute video, the protagonists can be seen juggling their professional and personal life with acute balance, which sees them thrive where it matters on the pitch – just like the man they seek to emulate – Rocket Ronaldo.They are impeded in their quest to enjoy football. Kittisak, a boy from the rural Bangkok sois loves to dazzle with the ball at his feet, but has to help his hardworking parents at their food cart. He is reprimanded by his father in an instance and made to wear the apron ahead of a busy day’s work.Easily the most startling sight of the film, He Yi Yi is a differently abled footballer who is up against athletes. He is able to compete with them, even while vying for 50-50 balls.He is amazingly sharing the pitch against able-bodied opponents and, despite being on a crutch, glides across the pitch at pace and even out jumps others to win headers. He uses his crutches to move at pace despite his challenges.Dimitrov, a Russian carrying the worn-out face of your usual laboured banker is chained to a corporate job and needs to spend long hours at the workplace, while his heart lies on a football turf which is overlooked by his office.The trio’s ambition, as they defy impediments that obstruct their way in enjoying football, shines through. The film repeatedly cuts between the trio copying various training exercises and routines that Cristiano Ronaldo depicts, such as sprinting, keep ups, rope training, swimming including Kittisak even managing to shoot straight through a blazing goalpost.At the same time, all three maintains order and regimen in their personal lives.  But what is evident here is that none of them use the obstacles they encounter as an excuse to give up on their dream. The trio, just like Ronaldo, uses the tried and tested Clear MEN’s “Cool Sport Menthol” shampoo, which helps them get ready for their individual big outings – something they’ve been training rigorously for. It helps them washes away any lingering doubts on their ability, cools their tension down and aids them in preparing for the game in the right frame of mind.  Confident in themselves, the three protagonists put their skills to good use in nutmegging opponents and heading further in search of their dream to be winners. All three score impeccable goals, much like their idol Ronaldo. Kittisak executes a perfect Rabona that beats the keeper, as his parents are in attendance. He hugs his once angry but now proud father after the winning goal.Cristiano Ronaldo Barcelona Real MadridDimitrov’s skills are on full display as he negotiates one challenge after another like Ronaldo at full tilt and bludgeons a shot past the opposition keeper. Yiyi, meanwhile, executes a perfect volley despite being on crutches and surrounded by opposition defenders, to leave them reeling.The trident eclipse doubts they may have had about themselves and by displaying the ultimate amount of drive and defiance to naysayers they prove that one can be their own champion. A champions is someone who never doubts himself despite difficult situations. And everybody can be their champions, provided they have the willpower and character to plough on in search of their goals. With the World Cup drawing closer, this is the time Champions rise up from the ashes of a trying football season and aim to elevate their national teams to the plinth of glory that will see their names recorded into history books. The ilk of Ronaldo and company will likely focus on ensuring they build an enduring legacy by becoming their own champion on the grandest stage of them all.  Read more herelast_img read more

Keemo Paul replaces Cummins in Windies squad for 2nd Test

first_imgSt. John’s (Antigua): All-rounder Keemo Paul has replaced fast bowler Miguel Cummins in the West Indies’ 13-member squad for the second Test against India, starting on Friday in Jamaica. Paul, who missed the first Test due to an ankle injury, is now available for selection, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said in a statement. Besides, West Indies’ interim selection committee has also decided to keep wicket-keeper Jahmar Hamilton with the squad. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Shane Dowrich, meanwhile, has returned to Barbados to continue his rehabilitation after being ruled out of the series with an ankle injury. India won the first Test by 318 runs in Antigua. The Virat Kohli-led visitors also emerged victorious in the limited-overs leg of the tour. West Indies squad: Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Braithwaite, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rakheem Cornwall, Jahmar Hamilton, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach.last_img read more