Albatross, eagles highlight awesome opener in Qatar

first_imgDOHA, Qatar – George Coetzee of South Africa needed just 21 putts to shoot an 8-under-par 64 for a one-shot lead on the opening day of the Qatar Masters on Wednesday. Coetzee eagled the par-5 10th hole and birdied his closing three holes in a round that was just two shots more than his best on the European Tour, a 62 which equaled the Old Course record at St. Andrews in Scotland 15 months ago. “I was quite lucky to get away with a few shots,” he said. “There’s a lot of luck involved in this game, especially the way I play, and I had 21 putts with a three-putt, so that goes to show.” At 7 under were Dawie Van Der Walt, among five South Africans in the top 13, and Steve Webster of England, who began in spectacular manner by holing a 254-yard, 5-wood second shot for an albatross at his opening hole, the 548-yard, par-5 10th. There were only two spectators around the green, and one of them was jumping up and down and pointing in a downward motion. “I didn’t know whether he was inferring it had gone over the back of the green and onto rocks, but then when I got up there he starts clapping,” Webster said. “I’ve never been 3 under after one hole before, so it was all a bit strange after that. You start thinking is this my day, or have I had all my luck on the first?” It was the second albatross in three events this year, whereas there was just one on the tour in 2013. Webster, who celebrated his 39th birthday last Friday, picked up five birdies over his next 12 holes to lead at 8 under, then dropped a shot at his 15th. Four players were in fourth place at 6 under, while the former British Open-winning trio of Ernie Els, John Daly and Paul Lawrie were among a group at 5 under. Els ended the first round holing a 35-yard bunker shot on 18 for eagle. Round 1 interviews: Ernie Els | John Daly | Jason Dufner | Luke Donald “That was a dream finish, that’s always going to put a smile on your face,” said Els, the 2005 Qatar winner. “I played quite nicely all day but didn’t quite get my share of putts, so that bunker shot at the last really made up for everything.” Lawrie also had an eagle, on the 16th, while Daly birdied his first three holes and two of his closing three. “I’ve started off this year putting really, really well, and just made three bombs to start with today,” Daly said. “But I just got into trouble a couple of times with the driver, so it was my putting that kept me in there.” Henrik Stenson bounced back from missing the halfway cut last week in Abu Dhabi with a 68. PGA champion Jason Dufner, competing in Qatar for the second year running, carded 70. A 30-minute delay due to fog at the start of the day meant three players were unable to complete the round because of darkness.last_img read more

Wilson holds off McIlroy, wins Alfred Dunhill

first_imgST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Oliver Wilson held off Rory McIlroy to capture his first European Tour title with a one-shot victory in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Wilson shot a 2-under 70 in the final round on the Old Course at St. Andrews as McIlroy came up just short after a bogey on the 17th hole. Wilson finished at 17-under 271, with McIlroy (68) in a three-way tie for second with Richie Ramsay of Scotland and Tommy Fleetwood of England. The 34-year old Wilson, currently ranked 792nd in the world, had finished second nine times in his 227 previous tour events, but lost his card two years ago and was competing this week on an invitation. ”It’s all really hard to believe as I have dreamed of this moment many times in my career, and in the circumstances it has happened I can’t believe it,” said Wilson, who started the day with a three-shot lead. ”So it’s a dream come true to win a tournament as St. Andrews because three, four weeks ago my career was looking pretty grim. It’s just amazing what is possible playing professional golf.” McIlroy started with a double bogey but then made four straight birdies and picked up two more shots after the turn before putting from off the green and into the infamous Road Hole bunker at the 17th. At the first hole, his ball spun back off the green into the Swilcan Burn. ”I feel I cost myself the tournament in the space of 20 yards at the front of the green at the first and over at the Road Hole bunker, with both not too far away from each other,” McIlroy said. ”They were the only two mistakes I made all day.” Ramsay had a two-shot lead after birdies at 14 and 15 but then handed the shots back with bogeys the next two to shoot 67. Fleetwood had a chance to force a playoff but missed a six-foot putt at the 18th to settle for a 68. Chris Doak of Scotland was alone in fifth place, another shot behind.last_img read more

Three Olympians continue momentum at Wyndham

first_imgGREENSBORO, N.C. – Perhaps rest is overrated. The torrid 2016 schedule has brought with it an increased focus on how players craft their own list of events – when to recharge the batteries, and when to put the pedal down for weeks on end. With the playoffs and Ryder Cup still to go, there’s still no end in sight to one of golf’s longest summers. But the leaderboard at the Wyndham Championship shows that sometimes the spark from a unique experience can outweigh any globetrotting fatigue. Sixty men participated last week in golf’s return to the Olympics, and six of them opted to make the nearly 5,000-mile journey from Rio to Greensboro. In the wake of an emotional, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a letdown would certainly be understandable as players return to the daily grind of the PGA Tour. Instead, three of the six have rolled right from Brazil onto the first page of the early leaderboard at Sedgefield Country Club. Consider it Riomentum. Wyndham Championship: Articles, photos and videos The trio is led by Rafael Cabrera Bello, who last week represented Spain alongside Sergio Garcia. Cabrera Bello left Rio Monday night for Miami, arriving on-site at this week’s venue Tuesday morning. Having played here only once before, he grabbed a share of the lead alongside Kevin Na with a 7-under 63 in the opening round. “Last week was a big adrenaline week. It was the first time I was really playing, not playing for myself, just playing for my country,” he said. “I’ve had a couple days’ rest and today was continuation of the good feelings of last week.” As a special temporary member on the PGA Tour, Cabrera Bello would only qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs with a win this week. But he sought a sponsor invite months ago from tournament director Mark Brazil with an eye on a different prize: securing a spot on his first European Ryder Cup team. Cabrera Bello is currently sixth on the World Points list, with the top nine players on Aug. 28 earning automatic berths. Rather than rest on his laurels, he decided to add an Olympic follow-up and is still considering playing on the European Tour next week at the Made in Denmark. “The decision was because I’ve been all year pretty much inside the Ryder Cup team, European team. So I wanted to keep fighting for it,” he said. “There was a chance of me not making it through the (European Tour) money list but making it through the world ranking points list. That’s where I wanted to focus.” A hectic schedule is nothing new for Danny Lee, who was the Tour’s ironman while making 36 starts last season. The 26-year-old was running on fumes this summer after a stretch that included three majors and a WGC event in a five-start stretch from the U.S. Open to the PGA Championship, and he viewed the Olympics as a welcome break from the daily grind. “Going to Rio and stuff like that, it was a big refresh for me,” Lee said. “I was trying to do my best to get a medal, but it was more for the experience. Kind of went over there as like a half-holiday, and it was great.” Lee got a short rest at home in Texas before flying to Sedgefield, where he promptly opened with a 5-under 65. That left him two shots off the lead, but one clear of a group that included fellow Olympian Patrick Reed. For Reed, there’s plenty of incentive this week. He returns to the site of his first Tour win precariously positioned on the Ryder Cup bubble, likely needing to play well over the next two events to secure his spot at Hazeltine. It also marks the halfway point of an especially busy stretch for Reed, who will play seven straight weeks from the PGA through the BMW Championship and 12 out of 13 weeks dating back to the U.S. Open. But don’t expect to hear any complaints from Reed, who just four years ago was trying to break onto the Tour one Monday qualifier at a time. “I’m always that kind of grinder. I love to compete, love to play,” Reed said. “Anytime you can get me in the trenches to go play some golf, I’m down for it. That’s why it was pretty easy for me to come back and just kind of keep on going.” All three players agreed that the north-south travel logistics made the return from Rio a bit easier to handle, a trip that spanned only one time zone instead of the five or six that accompany a trip to Europe. And while three rounds still remain, it’s clearly in the early going that the Olympic spirit which fueled golfers last week – and which is still driving a field of 60 women down in Brazil – can also produce some positive lingering effects for those that made the journey.last_img read more

Z. Johnson, Landry share 54-hole Texas Open lead

first_imgSAN ANTONIO – Zach Johnson birdied the par-5 18th Saturday at the Valero Texas Open for a share of the third-round lead with Andrew Landry, a stroke ahead of record-setting Trey Mullinax. Johnson shot a 4-under 68, holing a 10-footer on 18 to match Landry at 13-under 203 at TPC San Antonio’s AT&T Oaks. Landry birdied the 16th and 17th in a 67. Johnson won the event in 2008 and 2009, the last two times it was played at LaCantera. The 42-year-old Iowan is trying to win for the first time since the 2015 British Open. ”I’ve got 18 holes to get to that point,” Johnson said. ”I’ve got to do exactly what I did on the back side and that was give myself opportunities on every hole. I’m putting great, I’m seeing the lines well, my caddie’s reading the greens well, so it’s just a matter of committing and executing down the stretch.” The 30-year-old Landry is winless on the tour. ”I’m a good putter and I just need to give myself a lot of opportunities tomorrow like I did today,” Landry said. ”I’ll be looking forward to tomorrow.” Mullinax had a course-record 62. He played the back nine in 7-under 29, going 6 under on the last five with eagles on the par-5 14th and 18th and birdies on 16 and 17. He also birdied Nos. 10 and 12 and bogeyed 11. ”It’s probably one of the best rounds I’ve ever had,” Mullinax said. ”To go out there and shoot 62 on a hard golf course is really good.” Johnson played the front nine in even par with two birdies and two bogeys. He birdied Nos. 11, 14, 15 and 18 on the back nine. Full-field scores from the Valero Texas Open Valero Texas Open: Articles, photos and videos ”Different wind today early on, misjudged some numbers, misjudged some wind, made some bad swings, all of the above,” Johnson said. ”But truthfully, my short game was actually pretty good, my putting was great. I missed some putts, but I hit some really good ones, hit some lines and I gave myself opportunities especially on the back side.” Landry had a bogey-free round. ”I just did everything really good,” Landry said. ”I was staying patient and just trying to make a bunch of pars. This golf course can come up and bite you in a heartbeat.” Ryan Moore was two strokes back at 11 under after a 70. Sean O’Hair had a 65 to join 2015 champion Jimmy Walker (67), Chris Kirk (68) and 2013 winner Martin Laird (69) at 9 under. ”I just feel like I’m getting closer and closer to playing better and better golf, more solid golf, putting rounds together,” Walker said. ”I’m excited for the opportunity tomorrow.” Mullinax has made 42 of 44 putts from inside 10 feet this week. ”They just kind of remind me of greens from home,” Mullinax said. ”My caddie, David (Flynn), has been reading them really well. We trusted each other on our reads and I’ve been hitting good putts. Been working hard on putting on the weeks off that I’ve had so it’s good to see some results.” The 25-year-old former Alabama player chipped in for the eagle on 14 and the birdie on the par-3 16th. ”It was just a little bit down the hill,” he said about the 16th. ”All you had to do was just land it just past that little light grass spot. My caddie told me just read it like a putt, so I tried to just read it like a putt and it went in.” On 18, he hit a 3-iron from 255 yards to 15 feet to set up his eagle putt. He broke the course record of 63 set by Matt Every in 201 and matched by Laird in 2013. The tournament record is 60 at LaCantera, by Bart Bryant in 2004 and Johnson in 2009.last_img read more

Kang can finally breathe easy

first_imgKILDEER, Ill. – Danielle Kang’s mother would worry. Her daughter was too driven, too frustrated trying to follow up her two U.S. Women’s Amateur victories with her first LPGA title. Grace Lee knew what was driving her daughter to exhaustion. “She struggled so hard trying to win for her dad,” Grace said. “It was something she felt like she really needed to do for her dad, and when she finally did, it was like she was a different person. She was reborn. She was free.” Kang’s first LPGA victory at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship last year was as liberating as it was fulfilling. If you followed Kang’s breakthrough at Olympia Fields, you know the story. Her father, K.S., a communications executive, was also her caddie, toting her bag for her back-to-back U.S. Women’s Amateur victories, which stamped her as a future star when she turned pro. Her father followed her to the LPGA, but he died of lung and brain cancer during her second year on tour. That drove Kang to want to complete the journey they started together, to win that LPGA title he didn’t get to see. “She pushed too hard, worked too hard,” Grace said. “I would call her brother and tell him to make her stop practicing so much. It wasn’t good for her. She needed to rest more.” It took Kang, 25, six exhausting seasons to break through to get that first victory. Danielle feels what Grace is seeing now. “Winning has allowed me to be myself as a player again, to be free and play the way I want to play,” Danielle said. Her older brother, Alex, sees it, too. “She works very hard, and she wants to win,” said Alex, who plays on the Tour. “But it seems like she isn’t putting so much pressure on herself to win anymore. She isn’t burning herself out trying to win.” Michelle Wie can see how winning liberated her friend. “I think Danielle just feels more confident,” Wie said. “She just needed that validation, and I think having that validation is important. You put in all that work, and it’s just nice to have something in return. It was a great moment for her.” KPMG Women’s PGA Championship: Articles, photos and videos Kang’s story is still very much a family story. Her father remains a strong presence in her life. The word “Dad” is tattooed on the edge of the palm of her right hand. Kang lives in Las Vegas, but she takes day trips back to the Southern California home where she grew up. She will typically fly out at 5:30 in the morning and be back in Las Vegas by dinner time, or sometimes by lunch. She likes to go to visit her father’s tombstone in Glendale, Calif. “I go just to sit there and talk to him,” Kang said. “I like to take naps there. It’s so peaceful.” Kang says she never goes a day without talking to her mother or brother. Grace confirms that. “Oh, she will call me 20 times a day, and I’m not exaggerating,” Grace said. “I learned I have to pick up, because if I don’t, she will call 911, thinking something’s happened to me. I had a police officer come knock on my door because I didn’t answer her calls. I told the officer I was taking a nap. “I don’t know. I think there’s some insecurity, losing her dad, wanting to make sure her family’s OK.” Danielle and her brother are just as connected. “They talk 20 times a day, too,” Grace said. Actually, Alex says they Facetime. “Alex will be standing in line a pizza place and call Danielle if he can’t decide between pepperoni or vegetable toppings,” Grace said. “They’re that close.” Danielle says she keeps communication with her father going. She writes notes to him daily in a diary. And she will ask him things in her head, when she is playing, the same way Alex calls to ask her about pizza toppings. K.S. is so deeply rooted in Kang’s upbringing in the game. “I can still be very hard on myself, expecting nothing less than perfection,” Kang said. “So, when I’m getting down on myself, or I’m frustrated and don’t know what to do, I’ll talk to him. I’ll say, `Hey, dad, I’m not playing well.’ And I’ll remember things he used to say. It was never anything complicated, just simple things. He always knew what to say.” Alex understands. “Dad was very supportive, very positive,” Alex said. Danielle hasn’t followed up her Women’s PGA title with a second victory yet, but she is getting herself in the mix more. She has four finishes of T-7 or better this year. “Her game isn’t far off,” said David Leadbetter, her swing coach. “She could break out at any time. “She has all the attributes of being a top, top player, and she knows she can play at the highest level. With the good memories there at the Women’s PGA, she could put it all together again this week.”last_img

KPMG Women’s PGA opening doors beyond golf

first_imgCHASKA, Minn. – The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship continues to give the LPGA grand stages. It continues to open important doors for women. It’s opening doors beyond golf and the pedigree a course like Hazeltine National Golf Club offers this week, with its history hosting the U.S. Open (1970, ’71), PGA Championship (2002, ’09) and the Ryder Cup (2016). It’s opening doors to women in whatever profession they choose to pursue. This is what set the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship apart as a major when it was launched five years ago. The KPMG’s Women’s Leadership Summit made the event about more than celebrating excellence in sport. “Our players see how this event is leaving a bigger footprint, beyond golf,” LPGA commissioner Mike Whan said. The inaugural women’s summit at Westchester Country Club struck a nerve with businesses who began seeing a new opportunity with the LPGA, one focused on women’s empowerment. That first KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit spawned a wave of similar women’s leadership conferences during tournaments, with the Bank of Hope Founders Cup, the ANA Inspiration and a dozen other LPGA events following suit.  Today, 15 LPGA events host some sort of women’s leadership conference. The LPGA’s new “Drive On” marketing campaign evolved out of this new focus. The campaign is about diversity, inclusion and women’s empowerment within the LPGA ranks, themes Whan says have been “in the tour’s DNA” for all 70 seasons of its existence. The third commercial in the “Drive On” campaign is being released this week. Whan says the LPGA’s most important business partners recognized the tour’s value as a vehicle for advocating women’s issues before anyone at the tour did. He credits his business partners with inspiring the LPGA’s new and wider marketing focus. Your browser does not support iframes. Full-field scores from the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship In fact, Whan says former IBM chief marketing officer Jon Iwata teed up the “Drive On” campaign after he joined the tour’s board of directors. “Hey Mike, when you are out selling the LPGA, what are you selling?’” Iwata asked Whan late last year. Whan told him he was selling interaction with athletes, hospitality and the friendliness of the tour’s product. Iwata shook his head. He told Whan that after attending the KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit, and then summits at three other events, he saw businesses buying into something the LPGA exhibits beyond golf. “At that moment, we all looked around the table, and thought, ‘Shame on us,’” Whan said. “Our sponsors were already seeing in the LPGA what we weren’t reflecting back in ourselves.” That’s why Jin Young Ko, Lexi Thompson and Brooke Henderson aren’t the real headliners at Hazeltine this week. Condoleezza Rice and Mia Hamm are the headliners. Rice, the former Secretary of State, is back as one of the summit’s keynote speakers. Hamm, the World Cup and U.S. Olympic women’s soccer star, is being presented the KPMG Inspire Greatness Award. “Here is a startling statistic that I think proves that this is working,” KPMG chairman and CEO Lynne Doughtie said. “Nearly half of the women who have been part of our previous summits have been promoted.” KPMG released a study during the summit outlining challenges executive women face in advancing their careers. Whan likes the LPGA being a showcase for more than golf. “We’ve realized, as companies have started to join us, is they like what we represent, and what it means even inside their own buildings,” Whan said.  “We have been in this space for 70 years. We’re just adjusting the mirror. We’ve never really let the reflection be right back on us. We have always kind of showed what we thought people wanted to see, as opposed to just showing us.” Roberta Bowman came to the LPGA last year as its new chief brand and communications officer. She’s a former Duke Energy senior vice president. She played a large role in developing the “Drive On” campaign after Itawa connected the tour with the Ogilvy advertising and marketing agency. “This event has allowed us to think about reframing the business case for women’s sports, and women’s golf in particular,” Bowman said. “The coupling around leadership and diversity inclusion, core objectives of virtually every corporation in the world today, has made people look at the LPGA differently and see possibilities.” Bowman sees the coupling of the Women’s PGA’s first-class setup at Hazeltine and the KPMG summit bolstering player pride. “They’re walking a little taller,” she said. “They’re smiling a little brighter.”last_img read more

Reed dodges rules violation, shares Farmers lead

first_imgSAN DIEGO — Patrick Reed was involved in another rules controversy Saturday in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. He also had a share of the lead with Carlos Ortiz. On the par-4 10th, Reed hit a 190-yard shot out of a bunker with a TV replay showing the ball bounced once before settling into the rough. Believing the ball didn’t bounce, Reed picked it up to see if it was embedded before a rules official arrived. Reed told the official that no one in his group, as well as a nearby volunteer, saw it bounce. Reed was awarded a free drop and saved par. He bogeyed four of the next holes before birdieing No. 18 for a 2-under 70 and a share of the lead with Ortiz at 10 under. Ortiz had a 66 on the South Course. In December 2019 in Tiger Woods’ Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, Reed was penalized two strokes for appearing to deliberately improve his lie in a bunker. “It’s an unfortunate situation obviously, but at the end of the day when you finish a round and the head rules official comes up to you and has the video and shows everything that went down to the whole group and says that you’ve done this perfectly, you did this the exact right way, the protocols you did were spot on, at that point, you know, I feel great about it,” Reed said. Why Reed picked up ball on 10th hole at Farmers “The ball just disappeared. None of us saw it bounce,” said Reed, who added that a nearby volunteer told him that it did not bounce. “I looked at my group and said, ‘Guys, she didn’t see it bounce it, either, so I’m going to mark this ball and see if it’s embedded.’ “Once I marked it, the first thing I wanted to do was make sure I got the ball out of my hand because you don’t want to clean it or anything because you don’t know if it’s embedded yet. When I put my finger down there and felt like it has broken ground, the first thing you do is call the rules official. … The rules official said, ‘Yes, this ball has broken the plane.’” The ground was soft because of rain overnight Thursday and during the second round Friday, when play was suspended for nearly an hour because of a storm. “At that point we go with what the rules official said and also with what the volunteers and what we see,” Reed said. “When we’re out there, we can’t see everything and when that happens you have to go with what the volunteers say and what the rules officials say and when all comes push and shove we felt like we did the right thing and the rules official said we did absolutely perfectly.” PGA Tour rules official Ken Tackett said Reed “did all the things we ask to do of a player. It’s obviously difficult and you get to second-guessing when see video; soft conditions, there’s a lot of variables out there.” Mutch breaks down Reed’s incident on the 10th hole The incident on 10 overshadowed Reed’s eagle on the par-5 sixth when he reached in two and made a 40-foot putt to get to 12 under. He reached 13 under with a birdie on No. 9. Reed shared the lead with Alex Noren after the first round and was one shot off the lead after 36 holes. Sam Burns (70), Lanto Griffin (72), Viktor Hovland (73), Jon Rahm (72) and Adam Scott (72) were two shots back at 8 under. Rory McIlroy (70) was in a group of four at 7 under. Scott’s round included an eagle, a double bogey, five birdies and five bogeys.last_img read more

McIlroy shoots worst opening round at Masters

first_imgAUGUSTA, Ga. – Rory McIlroy’s circuitous journey continues. Earlier this week, a surprisingly upbeat McIlroy broke down where he is with his game at the moment for the media masses. “I’m just at the start of a journey here that I know will get me back to where I want to be,” he explained. This is the Masters. This is where McIlroy completes his transition from a great player to a legend. This is where the Northern Irishman completes the career Grand Slam and joins the likes of Nicklaus, Woods, Hogan, Sarazen and Player. This isn’t where a player of McIlroy’s caliber comes to find his game or start a “journey,” and yet there he was early Thursday mired at the bottom of those iconic leaderboards. He bogeyed three consecutive holes, starting at No. 5, and added a fourth at the ninth to turn at 3 over. Historically, McIlroy has struggled early in big events. His last two starts at the Masters were over-par efforts (75 last November and 73 in 2019) and he has just two first-round cards in the 60s at this tournament in his career. But this was different. 85th Masters Tournament: Full-field scores | Full coverage His work with new swing coach Pete Cowen has been intense. The duo has spent a good part of Masters week digging holes into the tournament practice area as the 31-year-old tries to reconnect with his old swing. Say what you will about Rory’s game, but his issues don’t stem from a lack of effort. The Masters might be where McIlroy’s career remains on hold but it’s no place for the unsure or unprepared, particularly on a crusty Thursday when the course flexed all that fast-and-firm muscle that was missing at the November Masters. It’s hard to swing with conviction when you’re still in the courting phase. “I think more than anything else around here, it’s trusting that on these side slopes and having these balls that are 2 feet above you.  That was sort of what happened on 13,” said McIlroy, who bogeyed that par 5 “It’s that part of it where I’m on the range off a flat lie, yeah, perfect, I can do it every time, but then once you get on the golf course and you get these different lies and different shots and different winds, that’s the litmus test right there, and it still didn’t feel quite 100%.” The byproduct of that uncertainty was an opening 76 and a share of 62nd place, out of 88 players, when he completed his round. It was the worst opening round of his career at Augusta National and his worst start at a major since the 2019 Open Championship. But if you’re looking for a disgruntled golfer, Rory’s not your guy. There were bright spots on an otherwise cloudy day. He was pleased with his wedge shot approach into the 14th hole, his drive on No. 15 and his 7-iron into that green, as well as his 9-iron tee shot at No. 16. Oh, and his drive at the last was encouraging. “I was starting to get into a rhythm,” he said. “I wish I could have kept going. Might have given myself a few more chances. But there were some good shots coming down the stretch there.” Struggling golfers rarely want to “keep going.” Most are more than happy to be off the course, but that’s not where McIlroy is at the moment. Few in the game at this level are as adapt at turning lemons into lemonade and a scrappy opening day, even at the tournament that means the most to him at this juncture in his career, is no reason to question himself. As he explained earlier this week, the journey is going to take some time to get back to where he once was as the world’s top-ranked golfer and a regular contender at major championships. He also explained that there will be bumps along the way. Day’s like Thursday when a game that once seemed so easy is a non-stop struggle. Golf Central Watch: Rory hits dad with errant approach shot BY Golf Channel Digital  — April 8, 2021 at 4:45 PM Rory McIlroy’s errant approach shot on the seventh hole struck a familiar person among his gallery at the Masters. There was no better example of this than on the seventh hole. Reeling following back-to-back bogeys, he pulled his tee shot into the pines left of the fairway and in his attempt to manufacture a shot to the green he hit his father, Gerry, in the leg with his second shot. “I knew it was my dad when I was aiming at him,” McIlroy laughed. “It was a perfect shot; it was dead straight. But I think he was OK. He didn’t limp away. He walked away pretty swiftly, so that was all right.” Gerry McIlroy was fine and so is Rory. McIlroy understands better than anyone else that this circuitous journey will take some time.last_img read more

Richard Dawkins as Reluctant Darwinian

first_img TagsadaptationBret WeinsteinChicagoChicago TheatreDarwinian theoryDay of AbsenceEvergreen State CollegeevolutiongenocideGeorge Williamsintellectual dark webmind virusMother Naturenatural selectionNazi erareligionRichard DawkinsRoman CatholicismTravis Pangburnvalues,Trending Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Evolution Richard Dawkins as Reluctant DarwinianPaul NelsonOctober 29, 2018, 3:33 AM Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Paul NelsonSenior Fellow, Center for Science and CulturePaul A. Nelson is currently a Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute and Adjunct Professor in the Master of Arts Program in Science & Religion at Biola University. He is a philosopher of biology who has been involved in the intelligent design debate internationally for three decades. His grandfather, Byron C. Nelson (1893-1972), a theologian and author, was an influential mid-20th century dissenter from Darwinian evolution. After Paul received his B.A. in philosophy with a minor in evolutionary biology from the University of Pittsburgh, he entered the University of Chicago, where he received his Ph.D. (1998) in the philosophy of biology and evolutionary theory.Follow PaulProfile Share Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share I witnessed something last week that I never thought I’d see. Richard Dawkins, pressed to affirm the explanatory power of Darwinian reasoning for human life, backed off, expressing great caution. In fact, he said that talking about human behavior in Darwinian terms was “not helpful” and “not Darwinian.” Pressing Dawkins was evolutionary biologist (and atheist) Bret Weinstein, who, as the evening progressed, out-Darwined Dawkins — if I may coin a neologism — on several fronts. Dawkins, come to discover, turns out to be a rather reluctant Darwinian, at least where human institutions such as religion are concerned.The occasion was a conversation on Tuesday 23 October between Dawkins and Weinstein at the Chicago Theatre, sponsored by the promoter Travis Pangburn. By my rough estimate, about 1500 people attended, a few of whom showed themselves to be Dawkins devotees of an obnoxious sort. At one point, early on, a man sitting in the expensive seats near the front shouted at Weinstein, “Can Richard talk more, please?” (Weinstein had been carefully explaining a complicated biological point, apparently taxing the patience of this audience member, who wanted to hear from his Oxford guru.) Dawkins scolded the interrupter roundly, and as the conversation deepened, the entire audience later voted by applause to forgo the Q & A, to allow Dawkins and Weinstein to continue. Made me proud of my fellow Chicagoans: they wanted thoughtful discussion, not spectacle.Weinstein in CommandWeinstein commanded the evening. Thrust into national prominence last year by the “Day of Absence” controversy at his former school, Evergreen State College, Weinstein has become known as a member of the “Intellectual Dark Web,” a hard-to-classify collection of rebels who manage to offend sensibilities right across the cultural spectrum. By prior agreement, Weinstein and Dawkins started their exchange by first stipulating where they agreed: for example, both affirmed that there is no evidence for supernatural causation in the physical universe. So (for both), insofar as Christianity makes any empirical claims, that religion is — as a factual matter — strictly false.But then the discussants moved on to their areas of disagreement, which occupied most of the time. As Weinstein sketched out the boundary of controversy, with a series of propositions he knew Dawkins could not accept, it became clear that Dawkins was unwilling to extend the reach of natural selection to such matters as the persistence of organized religion.Two DawkinsMoreover, Weinstein argued that there were “two Dawkins,” at odds internally with each other. One Dawkins endowed natural selection with unparalleled explanatory power, but hesitated to extend that mode of explanation to historical realities such as human genocide (e.g., the Nazi era in Germany, or the 1994 Rwandan massacres), or religious behavior. In those spheres, the “other Dawkins,” as Weinstein put it, invoked cultural processes, and entities such as memes — but in an inconsistent or contradictory fashion, where memes floated free of their biological basis.Why is it, Weinstein challenged Dawkins, that Roman Catholicism persists, and by standard Darwinian metrics (such as population growth), appears highly successful, when so many aspects of Catholic doctrine and practice look frankly crazy to both of us, and very costly to fitness? “Well, Catholicism is a mind virus,” replied Dawkins — a meme replicating itself from brain to brain without regard to its truth or falsehood. But that is simply telling one’s Catholic interlocutor, answered Weinstein, that he or she is mentally ill, to which Dawkins said (eliciting much audience laughter), “But they are mentally ill.”That won’t do, replied Weinstein. Why not say, instead, that Catholicism is what — in proper Darwinian terms — it appears to be, namely, an adaptation. If Darwinian principles are correct, Weinstein insisted, religions should not flourish globally, or even exist, unless they conferred some genuine selective advantage on their followers. Follow the logic.Dawkins wouldn’t have it. His ongoing discomfort at Weinstein’s “religion is an adaptation” line of argument was palpable, perhaps because — I’ll speculate — it savored far too much of sociobiology, or evolutionary psychology, both of which risk strenuous condemnation in today’s cultural climate.“The Values We Hold Dear”But Weinstein does not care if he offends cultural officialdom, as his 2017 contrary-to-PC stance at Evergreen made plain. We need to know, he urged Dawkins, if we humans are hardwired with behavioral programs that, when triggered, might cause mass genocide. We need to know because only by “rebelling against our replicators” (i.e., inherited genetic programs) can we sustain “the values we hold dear.”The values we hold dear? Like what? Fairness, kindness, mercy, objectivity, truth…oh, wait a minute, those are my values. Dawkins and Weinstein are borrowing them, but without anything resembling a sound Darwinian justification. Neither Dawkins, nor Weinstein, can give a thoroughly Darwinian account of what matters most to them, because (as their shared hero, the late evolutionary theoretician George Williams said bluntly), “Mother Nature is a wicked old witch,” and she doesn’t give a damn about our values, or whether you, or I, or anyone we love, lives or dies. A supernova that snuffed all life on this planet tomorrow would be just fine with Mother Nature, the icy-hearted bitch. Such things happen.But that is a conversation for another time. The unstated admission price on Tuesday night was “Let’s play Darwin,” and I played along. When one leaves the Chicago Theatre, however, reality returns. 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