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Will The PGA Championship Be Jordan Spieths Great White Whale

Winning three of the four major championships in men’s professional golf is no easy feat. Only 18 golfers have ever done it,1And as we’ll see in the table below, only 11 have had a chance to cap off the career slam after 1958, when the PGA Championship switched to stroke play and thus began what’s generally regarded as the modern era of major championships. and of those, only five — Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Gene Sarazen — have gone on to win the fourth and complete the career grand slam.2The tournaments that constitute a grand slam have changed over the years, so we’re only considering the definition in use since 1958: The Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship.One of the 13 golfers stuck on three majors (poor guy, I know) is Jordan Spieth, who joined the club with his win at the British Open in July. And luckily for Spieth, the last major he needs to check off is the PGA Championship, which begins Thursday at the Quail Hollow Club in North Carolina. If Spieth wins, he’ll become the group’s sixth member — and the youngest at the time of his accession. Spieth is OK at golf, gang.But although the PGA is often regarded as the game’s weakest major, even the greatest golfers can get hung up trying to add it to their collection. Of the seven modern-era golfers who weren’t able to secure that elusive fourth major (not counting Spieth, who still has much of his career in front of him), two counted the PGA Championship as their white whale. One of those golfers was some guy named Arnold Palmer, and the other was Tom Watson — owners of 15 total majors between them. But for all their many accomplishments, the duo were never able to capture the Wanamaker Trophy. Lee TrevinoThe Masters13 Sam SneadU.S. Open19 Winning that last major is hard, especially when it’s the PGAGolf’s career grand slam candidates since 1958 Raymond FloydBritish Open7 Jack NicklausBritish Open3✓ Tiger WoodsBritish Open1✓ PLAYERMISSING MAJORCUTS MADE*SUCCESS? Gary PlayerU.S. Open3✓ * With a career grand slam on the line (i.e., after winning the other three majors, but not counting any cuts made after a slam was collected). Nine of Snead’s cuts at the U.S. Open were made before 1958.Source: ESPN Tom WatsonPGA Championship17 Phil MickelsonU.S. Open2 Rory McIlroyThe Masters3 Arnold PalmerPGA Championship21 When modern-era golfers have needed either the U.S. or British Open to cap off the slam, they’ve had at least some success — three wins against 35 cuts made after winning his first three majors.3This includes the nine pre-1958 cuts Snead made at the U.S. Open after he’d picked up the other three majors; we grandfathered him into the data because he also made 10 cuts at the U.S. Open after the modern era began. And the two players who’ve needed only the Masters as their coup de grace, Lee Trevino and Rory McIlroy, are only oh-for-16 in terms of wins versus cuts made. But between Palmer and Watson, slam-seekers are winless in their 38 cuts at the PGA, a record of futility Spieth will try to chip away at.Watson got close at the PGA before the career grand slam was on the line — he finished in a tie for second at Oakmont Country Club in 1978, though he hadn’t yet won the U.S. Open at that stage of his career. He’d get his first chance at the career slam in the summer of 1982 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma — and he put forth a solid effort, finishing in a tie for ninth on the leaderboard. But in his subsequent 23 starts at the PGA Championship, Watson would never get closer than fifth.Palmer, meanwhile, got his first shot at career-slam glory at the 1964 PGA Championship in Columbus, Ohio. He hit it well all week but ended up three strokes back of winner Bobby Nichols, in a tie for second with Nicklaus. It was a tough pill to swallow for sure, but Palmer would get many more whacks at his slam; Nichols would never win another major.But the PGA disappointments kept piling up. At the 1968 PGA Championship in San Antonio, Texas, Palmer entered Sunday two strokes back of leader Frank Beard and saw an opening when Beard blew up in the final round. But 48-year-old (!) Julius Boros played a little better, edging Palmer by a single stroke with a final-round 69.Palmer’s window was closing, but ’68 wouldn’t be his last near-miss. That would come at the 1970 PGA Championship — also played at Southern Hills — where he, for the third time in seven seasons, finished in a tie for second. That meant one of the greatest golfers ever came within a few shots of reaching the sport’s zenith on three separate occasions, only to fall short because of a bad chip here or a poor read there.Now Jordan Spieth — a 24 year-old who celebrated his first birthday two weeks before Palmer was cut from the final PGA Championship in which he appeared — has a chance to do what Palmer couldn’t.Spieth’s path won’t be easy, though — he’ll have to contend with McIlroy, a two-time PGA Championship winner who holds the course record at Quail Hollow4He shot 61 there at the 2015 Wells Fargo Championship. and who — oh, by the way — is also just one major shy of the career grand slam. (He only needs to check off a Masters victory.) Spieth may be golf’s wunderkind du jour, but it wasn’t long ago that McIlroy was the player everyone believed might challenge Jack and Tiger for GOAT status. And despite Spieth’s bid to make history this weekend, McIlroy is the tournament favorite.So it should be a fun duel: Spieth and McIlroy are two of the best golfers in the world and have been for a while. For the 2017 PGA season, Spieth ranks first in strokes gained approaching the green, fourth in total strokes gained on average, seventh in strokes gained from tee to green, 18th in strokes gained around the green, and 47th in strokes gained from putting. (Strokes gained is a statistic that measures how golfers pick up and lose strokes compared to the rest of the field. Spieth leading the PGA tour in strokes gained approaching the green means that, because his approach shots are so good, he is improving his score at a better clip than anyone else in the field. It also confirms what everyone is saying: Spieth is an excellent iron player.)What about McIlroy? He’s battled injury for much of the season, but when he has played, he’s been good. McIlroy hasn’t made enough starts in 2017 for his stats to qualify for the PGA leaderboards, but let’s have a look at them anyway. If he were ranked against the rest of the tour, McIlroy would be first in strokes gained from tee to green and in strokes gained off the tee. And McIlroy’s total strokes gained average would rank third on the tour. His play around and on the green hasn’t been great — he would be tied for 79th in strokes gained around the green and rank 96th in strokes gained from putting, if qualified — but then again, McIlroy’s strength has never been his putter. He’s a tee-to-green kind of player, and that part of his game is firing on all cylinders entering the PGA Championship. The field — and especially Spieth — should be very afraid.Whatever the outcome this Sunday, golf fans should be feeling pretty lucky right now — it’s possible Spieth and McIlroy could both achieve career grand slams by trading wins in the next two majors. But there are no guarantees in golf, especially when it comes to checking off the career slam at the PGA — just ask Palmer and Watson. read more

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Davis Advises Women To Get Ready

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 17, 2017 – Nassau – Fully aware of the reputation, which Bahamian women possess as the ’Backbone’ of the nation, Progressive Liberal Party Leader Philip ‘Brave’ Davis admonishes PLP women to get ready for a great change that is to come.The Opposition Leader Davis, while speaking at the Party’s New Providence Central Regional Meeting at the Columbus Primary School on Monday, informed the women of his desire to see them take on greater roles and responsibilities that would make the PLP stronger.   Moved by the incredible out pouring of cheers from the crowd, Davis vowed that once he is reinstated as leader, PLP women can be assured of their place around his leadership table.Describing women as the “heart and soul” of the PLP, Davis recently spoke to members of the New Providence Women’s Branch of the PLP at the Sir Lynden Pindling Centre, where they were also encouraged to step up their purpose, as nothing can be done in any society without women.As the party prepares to hold its National Convention from October 22 – 25, Davis encouraged all PLPs, especially women, to come with a made up mind to promote positive change, as all Bahamians deserve nothing [email protected]#changewillcome#braveCaption: PLP women supporters all smiles at the Davis/Cooper Central Region Branches meeting Monday evening. Related Items:last_img read more

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Grand Bahamas Small Business Incentive Program proving to be successful

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, March 5, 2018 – Grand Bahama – The success of the newly launched Grand Bahama Micro and Small Business Economic, Empowerment and Incentive Program was evident in the certification of a second group of potential entrepreneurs from the program on Monday, February 26, 2018, in the Office of the Prime Minister.The certification of 15 new business owners and the expectation of the program’s being extended to not just a third, but also a fourth group of individuals has brought to light what Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson has been touting all along “that small businesses will be a big part of the economic turnaround for Grand Bahama.”In addition to the 15 new self-starter businesses, eight existing businesses also received financial grants and certification to help in the growth of their already established enterprises.  The businesses represented a cross section of careers, including restaurant, pastry and bakery, nails and cosmetics, bone fishing, sign making, perfume making and landscaping.Senator Kwasi Thompson told the group of entrepreneurs that there are positive signs and good things happening in Freeport, if they chose to see those positive signs.  “I want to encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities that are coming,” said Minister Thompson.The Minister outlined some of the projects that are in the process of coming to fruition in Grand Bahama, which he said, will help to revamp the economy of Grand Bahama.  Projects like the sale and re-opening of the Lucayan Resort, the re-started resort in West End that had once been a Ginn project, the Oban Oil Refinery project, two small projects in West End, inclusive the Sea Wood Fishing Village and the Blue Marlin Cove marina, two light manufacturing companies and other such projects.“I don’t outline these projects or bring them up to suggest that Grand Bahama has turned any corner or that Grand Bahama is doing well, but I bring them up and talk about them because we all need to know that there are positive things happening in Grand Bahama,” added Minister Thompson.“We also need to know what opportunities there are for us here in Grand Bahama.  Think out of the box. Don’t limit yourself to the old ways of doing business.  The good thing is that we have the access where your entire market does not have to be only people in Freeport, Grand Bahama, or even just in The Bahamas.“The entire world now can become your market.”He said that the time has come now where Bahamians begin to think globally and think about exporting their talents and their goods and services.“You have the talent, you have the skills, to be able to compete with anyone, anywhere in the world,” added Minister Thompson. “In fact, you are the best in the world at what you do, because nobody could be Bahamian better than you and nobody can produce Bahamian better than you.”Also giving the new business owners, as well as the established entrepreneurs, some words of encouragement was Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Michael Pintard, who reminded the business owners that they have to be committed and disciplined, not just in how they manage their respective companies, but how they manage their finances.“You have to be prepared to wake up early, pray up, show up, stay late if necessary, in order to build your empire. Not everyone is an entrepreneur, so you are a unique group among hundreds of thousands in the Bahamas.“But if our economy in Grand Bahama is to recover and if the Bahamas is to grow at the rate which we believe it has the potential to grow, much of that success is going to come as a result of the efforts by people such as yourselves. So we are happy to be working in conjunction with you.”Minister Pintard pointed out that micro and small business enterprises help to fuel the economy of countries around the world and that The Bahamas was no exception.  He said that one of the things that is presently being discussed among the government and the private sector is how to obtain the number of people required by Bahamian and foreign business owners, in order to sustain those businesses.He said one of the things he and Minister Thompson discussed while putting together the program, was deciding the types of businesses they ought to fund.“The view was that we should fund businesses that have an opportunity to make it with the present population size we have,” said Minister Pintard.“So, you are uniquely positioned because although it would benefit you to have in excess of thousands more consumers in which to market your products and services, you have the capacity to do a volume of business that would be beneficial to you, your family and this community, right now.“We wanted to identify businesses that would be in the creative arts, businesses that would affect tourism, or that would deal with personal consumption…and all of you represent these kinds of businesses.”He admitted that every business will find itself in a competitive market, not just locally or nationally, but internationally, and with the ability to be paired with mentors who will assist them in ensuring that their respective businesses are successful.By: Andrew CoakleyPhoto Captions:Header: Fifteen new self-starter companies and eight already existing businesses all received certificates and financial grants after successfully completing the required classes in the Grand Bahama Micro and Small Business, Economic Empowerment and Incentive Program on Monday, February 26, 2018 in the Office of the Prime Minister (Grand Bahama). Pictured with the graduates were Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Michael Pintard (seated, centre); Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson (seated, second from left); Carla Roker-Brown, Program Coordinator in the Ministry of Youth (seated right); Lady Naomi Wallace-Whitfield, from the Office of the Prime Minister (seated, second from right) and Shavonia McBride, from the Office of the Prime Minister (seated, left).First insert: Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson reminded new and existing business owners to look at the positive things taking place in Grand Bahama and not focus on the negative. The Minister outlined a number of proposed projects to be undertaken in Grand Bahama, which will help to bring about an economic turnaround for the island’s economy.Second insert: Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Michael Pintard encouraged new business owners to be prepared to put in the time, commitment and dedication to make their respective businesses successful.BIS Photos/Lisa Davis Related Items:last_img read more

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Tuck into delectable delights this New Year

first_imgThe year passes by into the realms of fond memories giving way to surprises and new promises for a bright year ahead. Travel through the epicurean legends of Italy, India and South-East Asia at each of our restaurants for a gala New Year’s Eve dinner on December 31 at The Imperial. 1911 offers a sumptuous New Year Eve dinner buffet with a selection of fine delicacies like Seared yellow fin tuna nicoise with quail eggs, Tenderloin picattas amongst other succulent delights at Rs 5000 inclusive of taxes per person. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’San Gimignano presents delectable Tuscan Italian fare to choose from featuring Risotto Alla Parmigiana E Pesto Di Ovlie Nera, which is parmesan cheese risotto cooked with sun dried tomatoes and topped with black olive pesto, Manzo Alla Griglia E Gorgonzola Dolce-grilled sliced tenderloin with sautéed butter spinach, sweet gorgonzola sauce and fried artichoke amongst others at Rs 6500 inclusive of taxes per person.Daniell’s Tavern – Pan Indian fine dining, offers an exclusive celebration with the taste of ancient India with Gucchi Paya, Pathar Boti Kebab, Murgh Musallam Nawabi and Khubani ka Meetha at Rs 6000 inclusive of taxes per person.Extend the new year celebrations and elevate your festive spirits with us as we lay out the most spectacular new year brunch buffet on January  1, 2016 at 1911 at Rs 4000 all inclusive per person, where you can enjoy your favourite world cuisine and welcome the New Year in style. The festive brunch would be open from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm.last_img read more

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Marissa Mayer Mobile Was a Huge Missed Opportunity for Yahoo

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 3 min read Yahoo is a latecomer to mobile and CEO Marissa Mayer knows it.Speaking at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York today, Mayer described mobile as one of Yahoo’s “biggest missed opportunities” and outlined what she’s done and plans to do going forward in order to keep Yahoo competitive in the mobile market.“Last year was really the year where we began to make our investment in mobile and we’re late and we’re behind,” Mayer said. “When I got to Yahoo, mobile was everyone’s hobby and it was no one’s job.”Since taking the helm, Mayer has rallied a team of more than 500 mobile designers and engineers dedicated to making Yahoo a leader in mobile technology. She said the company is looking to appeal to users’ daily habits – gaming and communication.”When you look at how people are spending time on phones … a lot of it is communications or games based. “Something like 50 percent of the top hundred [mobile apps] are games, so we do have a new games platform and we obviously have communication tools. We’re hopeful those communication tools like Tumblr, like Yahoo Mail will be up with the top apps.”Related: Shane Smith Wants to Be the Rupert Murdoch of His GenerationJust a quick look at Apple’s App Store shows just how far behind Yahoo is. Google Maps, Docs, Search and YouTube apps are all among the 20 most popular apps. Facebook has three apps in the top 20 – the main Facebook app, Messenger and Instagram. As of today, Yahoo’s Mail app was No. 43.Recent success on Tumblr—which Yahoo acquired for $1.1 billion—is a big step in the right direction and an example of something Yahoo has really been able to get right by improving the mobile interface and increasing engagement.Related: Google X Chief: We’re Using Technology to Get Technology Out of the Way“More than 58 percent of Tumblr users engage with sponsored content. Forty-eight percent of them actually reshare it because the branded content is so good, so authentic, so interesting,” she said.By the end of 2014 Mayer said Yahoo’s traffic will reach the crossover point with more users on mobile devices than PCs.“Mobile is approximately doubling along every metric we have. Traffic, revenue, users. Were up to 430 million monthly users on mobile so we have the largest mobile audiences in the world already,” she said. “Now it’s a matter of taking the content services that we have online and bringing them onto the phone in a really meaningful way.”Related: Ssshhhhh: Put the Kibosh on Annoying Twitter Users Without Them Knowing Enroll Now for Free Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. May 7, 2014 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more

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