Marc Leishman comments after winning the Farmers Insurance Open

first_img WATCH US LIVE Ryan Palmer, who started one shot out of the lead, closed with a 77.Leishman knew he needed a good start, and some help. He got both. He birdied three of the opening four holes, while the final group of Rahm, McIlroy and Palmer were collectively 9 over through four holes.Once Leishman had the lead, no one caught him. For all his eight birdies, though, the 20-foot par putt on the 12th, the par putt from 12 feet on No. 14 and from 8 feet on No. 15 were key.“Any one of them don’t go in and we’re probably still on the golf course,” he said.Instead, he was celebrating his fifth career PGA Tour victory. Leishman was the second Australian to win on Australia Day, following Lucas Herbert at the Dubai Desert Classic on the European Tour earlier Sunday. First Published: 27th January, 2020 11:04 IST FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV Last Updated: 27th January, 2020 11:04 IST Marc Leishman Comments After Winning The Farmers Insurance Open Australia’s Marc Leishman comments after winning the Farmers Insurance Open Sunday in San Diego, California, his fifth PGA Tour victory. Australia’s Marc Leishman comments after winning the Farmers Insurance Open Sunday in San Diego, California, his fifth PGA Tour victory.Marc Leishman realized he had at two-shot lead as he stood over a 6-foot birdie putt on the final hole at Torrey Pines. He also knew Jon Rahm was the only one who could catch him.That made his final birdie all the more important.It turned out to be the winner Sunday in the Farmers Insurance Open, much to Rahm’s surprise.Leishman shot 31 on the front nine to seize control, came up with three big par saves on the back nine and closed with a birdie for a 7-under 65 and a one-shot victory.“If I wasn’t to win, I didn’t want it to be because of me,” Leishman said. “I wanted it to be because someone made a run, which Jon did. I’m just lucky that he didn’t do it a hole earlier.”Rahm played so badly at the start — two bogeys and a double bogey through five holes — that he started firing away, and few players are more dangerous. He made an eagle and three birdies over a five-hole stretch to at least have a chance.His one mistake, aside from a bogey on the 15th hole, was not knowing the score.“He stuffed his tee shot on the 16th to 8 feet, and he went after the pin on the 17th to 5 feet for birdie, drawing him to within two shots. Leishman had finished by then at 15-under 273.“After I made that putt on 17, I never looked at the scoreboard,” Rahm said. “So as far as I was concerned, I was one back. With a birdie, I was going to be in a playoff.”It might not have changed anything. Rahm hit the green on the par-5 18th, and it went to the top ridge — the pin was on the lower level in a bowl. He was in the same spot from where he made eagle in 2017 that secured his first PGA Tour title.His putt died to the left and short. His caddie told him, “Good try.”“I’m like, ‘What do you mean? We’re in a playoff.’ He’s like, ‘Nope, he birdied 18.’ And I didn’t hear any roars or anything, so I just assumed he parred,” Rahm said. “Again, even if I hit the right speed, that putt doesn’t go in. It was left of the hole, so it doesn’t matter. But still, it’s just a sour feeling.”Rahm shot 70. When he won at Torrey Pines in 2017, he rallied with a 65 to win. This time, it was Leishman’s turn. Leishman and Rahm are the only players to win with a 65 in the final round since the South Course was revamped and lengthened ahead of the 2008 U.S. Open.Rory McIlroy, needing a victory to return to No. 1 in the world, started three shots behind in the final group and opened with two straight bogeys. He missed a short birdie attempt on the third, and then pulled his tee shot into the hazard and had to scramble for bogey.Much like Rahm, he stayed in the mix by playing his last five holes on the front nine in 5 under. McIlroy couldn’t make up enough ground, shot 69 and tied for third with Brandt Snedeker (68).Tiger Woods, trying to set the PGA Tour record with his 83rd career victory, never got anything going. Woods had to settle for a 70 and tied for ninth, six shots behind.Woods and Kobe Bryant began their pro careers the same year. Only after the round did Woods learn Bryant had died in a helicopter crash about 30 minutes north of Los Angeles.“I didn’t understand why they were yelling, ‘Do it for Mamba’ on the back nine,” said Woods, who called it “one of the most shocking, tragic days I’ve ever been part of.” Written By Associated Press Television News COMMENTlast_img read more

Redskins Drop Heartbreaker, Fall To Texans 23-21

first_imgIt was a roller coaster of a game to say the least for the Washington Redskins as they took on the Houston Texans on homecoming at FedEx Field.The Texans got out to an early 10-0 lead as they dominated the line of scrimmage in the third quarter. The second quarter is when the Redskins would turn it on, getting on the board with a 3 yard run by Adrian Peterson to draw within 3 at 10-7. Washington then had the ball in the red zone, looking to overcome their first deficit of the season, but then Alex Smith threw a pick six to Justin Reid to push the deficit back to 10 at 17-7. Washington refused to let up, as they started another drive. This is where things started to turn, as Alex Smith left the game with an injury. Enter Colt McCoy. Thankfully for Redskins fans, this proved to be a seamless transition as McCoy threw a 9 yard touchdown pass to Jordan Reed on his first drive. After Washington held Houston to a field goal, McCoy orchestrated another drive which ended in a 7 yard touchdown run by Adrian Peterson to give the Redskins a 21-20 lead, marking the first time all season that they had overcame a deficit. This would be short lived as Texans kicker Kai’imi Fairbairn kicked a 45 yard go ahead field goal. Fairbairn had a chance to tack on in the final 2 minutes, but missed, giving the Redskins new life. The result, a 63 yard attempt for Dustin Hopkins. Unfortunately the kick, and the Redskins, came up short as they fall to the Texans 23-21 to drop to 6-4.A negative takeaway from this game is that Alex Smith has broken his tibula and fibula and will miss the remainder of the season.There is a silver lining here, and that is that the defense forced 3 turnovers on the day to go along with 4 turnovers forced the previous week in Tampa. Additionally, since the Texans are in the opposite conference, the loss does not affect the Redskins conference record, which sits at 6-2.Redskins will head to Dallas to face the Cowboys on Thanksgiving.Please follow and like us:last_img read more

Utah Utes football notes: Practice days planned to minute

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — During two-a-days, which end today, the Utes have begun each morning practice at 9 a.m., while the afternoon sessions have started at 4:55 p.m. and are supposed to end at 6:25.So why not just start at 5 and end at 6:30?Coach Kyle Whittingham explained that every minute of the day is mapped out from the time the coaches arrive before their 7 a.m. meeting.”The NCAA has certain stipulations about time between practices, so we want to utilize every minute available to us,” he said. “You don’t round off in football. It’s a game of inches and milliseconds.”So what about the fact that nearly every Ute practice seems to go a half hour long?”We’ve built in some leeway there, so we’re well underneath the total time allowed (by the NCAA),” Whittingham said.INJURIES: As has been he case throughout most of fall camp, at least a dozen players didn’t participate in practice Thursday and worked out in the injury “pit.” The latest to get hurt was freshman receiver Kenneth Scott, who had ice wrapped on his ankle and used crutches after getting injured in Thursday’s practice.”They’re starting to pile up,” said Whittingham of the injuries. “We’ve got to get guys healthy. It’s starting to be a concern.”Starting linebacker J.J. Williams is also still on crutches with an injured left foot and freshman safety Damian Payne is also hobbling on crutches. Even though it looks like Williams may not practice for awhile, defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake believes he will be ready to play against Pitt in two weeks.CAPTAINS SELECTED: By a vote of their teammates, Matt Asiata, Christian Cox, Sealver Siliga and Zane Taylor have been elected as the 2010 Utah team captains. Asiata, who was also a captain last year, Cox and Taylor are all seniors, while Siliga is a junior.The four team captains will also serve on the 2010 Football Leadership Committee, voted by the players, joining Eddie Wide, Jereme Brooks, Matt Martinez, Tony Bergstrom, J.J. Williams, Brandon Burton, Jordan Wynn, Luke Matthews and Brian Blechen.UTE NOTES: Dexter Ransom, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound transfer from Blinn Community College in Texas, spoke with the media for the first time Thursday after joining the team a day earlier. “I’m getting used to the air,” the big receiver said. “It will take a few days to get in shape.” … Jamal Smith, a redshirt freshman wide receiver has started working out as a defensive back. “He played a lot of DB in high school, so we’re going to take a look at him,” said Whittingham. … Freshman safety Brian Blechin, who has been wearing No. 4, the same number as Matt Asiata, wore No. 17 Thursday, although that may not be the number he wears this season. … The third scrimmage of the fall will be held Saturday morning.e-mail: [email protected] Related Utah Utes football camp notescenter_img Conspiracy as ESPN gets BCS?last_img read more

Totti to retire at end of season – Roma

first_img0Shares0000Roma’s forward from Italy Francesco Totti controls the ball during the Italian Serie A football match Roma vs Lazio at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on April 30, 2017. Lazio won 1-3. © AFP / FILIPPO MONTEFORTEROME, Italy, May 3 – Roma club icon Francesco Totti will retire at the end of the season when the 40-year-old’s contract expires, new sports director Monchi said on Wednesday.“I want him here right by my side. He is Roma. He can teach me what Roma is,” said Monchi at his unveiling in the role, adding the captain will remain at the club in a management position. “There is an agreement in place. This is his last season but then he continues in management.”“I want Totti to explain to me what Roma is, to make me understand what he knows,” added the Spaniard Monchi, who won credit for his sports director role at Sevilla, who won the Europa League in 2014, 2015 and 2016.The striker Totti has played all his professional career at Roma and is a hugely popular figure, making his debut in 1993.Roma coach Luciano Spalletti had a series of run-ins with the Roma number 10 last season.Despite that and his advancing years Totti answered with a string of key goals and eventually got another 12-month contract last summer, although Roma said then it would be his final season.Asked how he felt after his last derby, the weekend defeat to Lazio, Totti said: “Others see this is as my last derby, but I don’t.”Monchi also said he wants to keep Spalletti at Roma, who are second in Serie A.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more