McIlroy wins dramatic fourth major

first_imgRory McIlroy claimed his second major title in four weeks and a third win in succession in a thrilling, weather-affected climax to the US PGA Championship on Sunday. Mickelson then birdied the 11th to join his playing partner Fowler in the lead, the pair exchanging fist-bumps as they walked to the 12th tee, and Stenson made it a three-way tie with a birdie on the 13th. Stenson had offered a prayer of thanks to the golfing Gods when his approach had just carried the water, only to three-putt the next to drop out of the lead and effectively end his chances of a first major title. McIlroy missed good birdie chances on the 11th and 12th, the latter after seeing Mickelson in the group ahead hole from 30 feet across the green for an unlikely par. But the world number one made no mistake from eight feet on the 13th to get back into a share of the lead with five holes remaining. Fowler was the first to crack under the pressure after a wayward tee shot led to a bogey on the 14th, and when Mickelson bogeyed the 16th, McIlroy was back in the outright lead for the first time since the third hole. As the light quickly faded, McIlroy delivered the killer blow with a birdie from nine feet on the 17th to enjoy a two-shot lead playing the last. Mickelson did not seem happy with being asked to make way for McIlroy on the 18th but almost holed his pitch shot for an eagle, the birdie forcing McIlroy to make par for the win. There was almost embarrassment for PGA president Ted Bishop as he dropped the lid of the trophy in the process of presenting it. McIlroy, perhaps inevitably, made a one-handed catch to save Bishop’s blushes. A torrential downpour which flooded the course and caused a delay of almost two hours meant it was a race against time to get play finished, so much so that Mickelson and Fowler stood aside on the 18th to allow the final group to tee off. McIlroy’s drive finished dangerously close to the water to the right of the fairway, but a closing par was enough for the 25-year-old to become the first player since Padraig Harrington in 2008 to win back-to-back majors, his victories in the Open Championship and US PGA also sandwiched by a first World Golf Championship win in the Bridgestone Invitational last week. Lifting the Wanamaker Trophy for the second time also makes the Northern Irishman the third youngest player after Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus to win four majors, just one less than the total won by the late Seve Ballesteros and two behind Nick Faldo. It was the fourth time McIlroy had held the 54-hole lead in a major, the first leading to heartache in the 2011 Masters when he was four ahead entering the final round at Augusta only to collapse to a closing 80. Two months later he bounced back in spectacular style to win the US Open by eight shots at Congressional before winning the 2012 US PGA by the same margin at Kiawah Island. Last month he led from start to finish at Royal Liverpool, taking a six-shot lead into the final round before going on to win by two from Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler. This time he started the day with a one-shot lead but dropped two shots in his first six holes and trailed Fowler by three as he reached the turn, Fowler having recovered from a bogey on the second with four birdies in his next five holes. The par-five 10th had cost McIlroy a double-bogey seven on Thursday but three days later he hit a fairway wood to seven feet and holed the eagle putt to get back into contention in stunning fashion. McIlroy carded a closing 68 at Valhalla to finish 16 under par, one shot ahead of Phil Mickelson after a remarkable final day which finished in near-darkness, with the lights blazing from the clubhouse behind the 18th green. Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson had been part of a three-way tie for the lead with Mickelson on the back nine but dropped shots on the closing stretch to finish two behind McIlroy on 14 under. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Liverpool, C-NS indoor track stars at state qualifier

first_imgFreshman Kate Putman starred again in the 1,000, her time of 2:57.72 well clear of Camden’s Elizabeth Lucason (3:01.75) and a pack that included Morgan Kingdeski finishing fifth in 3:08.44.Brooke Blaisdell was victorious in the girls long jump for C-NS, going 16 feet 10 ¼ inches as Julianna Hutt was 11th with 15’5 1/2”. Blaisdell also went 36’5” to gain third place in the triple jump as Sierra Davis was fourth with 35’2 3/4”.In the boys 1,000, the Northstars’ R.J. Davis was victorious in 2:39.12 to advance to the state meet as Liverpool’s Carter Rodriguez got third place in 2:39.93. Evan Breitbeck was sixth and Evan Romano eighth for C-NS. Tags: C-NSindoor trackliverpool A large contingent of Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool indoor track and field athletes are on their way to Staten Island for this weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships.During Tuesday’s sectional state qualifying meet at SRC Arena, the Northstars and Warriors were victorious in several different events, even those where they had already secured state meet berths through efforts earlier this season.This included the C-NS girls winning both the 600 and 1,000-meter runs. In the 600, Hannah Boyle set a school record as her time of one minute, 38.54 seconds to beat Fayetteville-Manlius’ Phoebe White (1:40.70) to the line.center_img Sam Nessel, Isaiah Wright, Josh Adams and Colin Hopkins paired to finish the 4×200 relay in a state meet-qualifying 1:33.22 as Liverpoolw as fourth in 1:36.68. Wright also reached the state meet in the 55-meter hurdles thanks to his third-place time of 7.76 seconds.Liverpool’s wins included a sweep of both weight throws as Imahni Sinclair went 47’9 1/2” on the girls side to go with her second-place shot put toss of 38’4” that trailed the 39’2 1/2” from Whitesboro’s Madison Kozyra.The Warriors’ Jalen Graham won the boys shot put by going 59’11”, nearly three feet ahead of the 57′ 1/4” from Rome Free Academy’s Justin Swavely.In the girls 55 hurdles, Kali Hayes beat the field in a school-record 8.63 seconds as C-NS’s Lexi Gaetz was third in 8.81, Hayes having reached the final with 8.75 with the Northstars’ Savannah Kuhr eighth.Jenna Schulz, Kara Nash, Kaleigh Buck and Gabby McCarthy were second for Liverpool in the 4×800 relay in 10:06.98 to F-M’s 9:30.36 as C-NS had Kingdeski, Allison Newton, Marissa Doty and Hannah Reichard third in 10:07.57, right behind the Warriors for that runner-up spot.Running at 3,000 meters, Schulz, in 10:06.68, reached the state meet even as she finished second to F-M’s Claire Walters in 9:51.08 as Reichard finshed seventh. Schulz was third (4:52.60) just ahead of Putman (4:52.85) in the 1,500-meter run.Also for the Warriors, Bennett Robb finished third in the high jump, clearing 6’1” as Owen Jarosz (5’6”) was ninth. Liverpool, in 8:37.71, beat out C-NS (8:46.82) for fifth place in the 4×800 relay.In the girls 4×200, Liverpool had Hayes, Anne Gullo, Sophia Jarosz and Riley Norris get to third place in 1:49.86. C-NS had Newton, Doty, Shannon Brown and Molly McGrath get third place in the 4×400 in 4:19.05.The Warriors’ Amina Sinclair, who is going to the state meet in the girls high jump, cleared 5’3” here as C-NS’s Lilly Capria was fifth, topping 5 feet, and Lexi Gaetz (4’10” was eighth.Nessel finished fourth in the 300-meter dash in 37.49 seconds, with Matt LeClair fourth in the 1,600-meter run in 4:31.07. Wright had a fourth-place long jump of 20’8 1/2” as Carlton Garnes, 10th in that event with 18’6”, was seventh in the triple jump with 39’7”.In the boys 3,200-meter run, Liverpool had Jake McGowan get fourth place in 9:52.67, with Ryan Hagan fifth and Ryan Cartwight seventh, and C-NS’s Josh Koeppe between them in sixth place.Stephanie Webb was 13th in the weight throw and 18th in the shot put, with Faith Keville 15th in the weight throw. Liverpool’s Amelia Loop and Sophia Recuparo tied for 16th in the pole vault.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

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SAZKA commits to ‘package deal’ safeguarding Casinos Austria concerns

first_img Share Submit Camelot secures six-month National Lottery operating extension June 22, 2020 STS completes takeover of Czech software provider Betsys July 7, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Czech gambling conglomerate SAZKA Group has agreed to terms on a ‘cooperation agreement’ with Austrian state fund Österreichische Beteiligungs (ÖBAG) related to the ownership structure of Casinos Austria.ÖBAG had come under fire from Austrian political parties for not using its ‘pre-emption rights’ to challenge SAZKA’s bid to secure a majority +50% stake in Casinos Austria.Last summer, maintaining a 37% stake in Casinos Austria, SAZKA governance agreed terms with Novomatic AG to acquire a further 17.2% stake in the Austrian gambling incumbent.ÖBAG and Novomatic was criticised for allowing SAZKA to take majority control of Casinos Austria – the operating firm of ‘Osterreichische Lotterien’ Austria’s national lottery.Challenging SAZKA’s motives, Austria’s Social Democrats (SPO) said that SAZKA had been given free rein to takeover Austria’s national lottery without any form of regulatory oversight and commitments to Casinos Austria’s 3,000 staff.This week, an under pressure Austrian Finance Minister Gernot Blümel stated that the governing Austrian Peoples Party (OVP) would deliver a ‘deal package’ satisfying all stakeholders.ÖVP is reported to have instructed ÖBAG to waive its pre-emption rights, allowing SAZKA to purchase its majority stake in Casino Austria, which the Czech conglomerate will limit to a 51.8% stake.Protecting ‘Osterreichische Lotterien’, SAZKA commits to jointly operating Casinos Austria lottery unit for a period of 15-years, in which SAZKA can service no rival to the Austrian National Lottery.Casinos Austria will maintain its headquarters and business functions in Vienna maintaining all current staff and operations. Share SAZKA faces scrutiny following appointment of Flint Global as National Lottery advisor August 20, 2020last_img read more

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