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

Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump returns, Scarlett Johansson spoofs Ivanka on “SNL”

first_imgNBC/Will Heath(NEW YORK) — Alec Baldwin returned to Saturday Night Live this weekend to reprise his role as President Donald Trump, kicking off the show with a cold open inspired by the sci-fi film Independence Day.At a military base about to be invaded by aliens, Baldwin’s Trump is debriefed by an officer, played by cast member Kenan Thompson.The cold open implies that Trump relies on questionable sources for his facts.“Actually, I heard the aliens are already here,” Baldwin’s Trump says. “They’ve been hiding in this country for hundreds of years. It’s a fact. They are shape-shifters.”Thompson’s character asks, “Where are you getting this information?”“From a very reputable source: Infowars,” says Baldwin’s Trump. “It’s a radio show hosted by Alex Jones. You know he’s legit because he’s always taking off his shirt, OK?”Then, in an attempt to imply that the president mispronounces words, Baldwin’s Trump stumbles over the words “hereby” and “demand,” saying, “That is why I hair-by demand. Sorry. I here-be be-dammed. Sorry. I Gigi Hadid. Sorry. We launch an investigation into these … aliens right now.”Later in the show, guest host Scarlett Johansson played first daughter Ivanka Trump, spoofing a commercial for Ivanka’s fictitious perfume, “Complicit.”“A feminist. An advocate. A champion for women,” says the voiceover. The camera then pans to a trio of other women, and the voiceover says, “but how?” It’s an apparent attempt to question the first daughter’s values.And during “Weekend Update,” cast member Kate McKinnon reprised her role as Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and the show’s Alex Moffat played Minnesota senator — and former SNL cast member — Al Franken. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Man United target hoping for central role at Real Madrid this season after downing Tottenham

first_img1 Gareth Bale insisted he was happy at Real Madrid after playing a starring role in the 2-0 win over former club Tottenham at the Audi Cup in Munich.The Welshman has come in for some criticism from the fans in the Spanish capital since his £85.3million world-record move two years ago and has often been linked with a move to Manchester United.Former Red Devils captain Bryan Robson has been one of the cheerleaders for a move to Old Trafford but, after scoring the second goal for Real on Tuesday night, Bale made it clear he is still very settled in Spain.“I am confident anyway, but it’s great to have the support of the manager and the president and, hopefully, I can repay them now with goals and trophies,” he told national newspapers.New Real boss Rafael Benitez deployed Bale in a central attacking role against Spurs and the former left-back believes that is where he can do his best work, although he faces serious competition from the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.“I have spoken to the manager about playing through the middle,” he added. “I’m able to go out to the left, the right and the centre which is what I was doing at Tottenham and what I do at Wales, and that’s where I play my best football so it’s something I’m enjoying.“It’s my best position. I feel when I played for Tottenham I played my best football there. When I play for Wales I play there and play my best football.“So, for me, that’s my position and that’s where I play my best. It’s where I want to play.” Gareth Bale last_img read more