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Rosaforte Report: Shepherding Jack and Tiger

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first_imgJack Druga will never forget the day he played a practice round with Jack Nicklaus prior to the 1983 U.S. Open at Oakmont. The Pittsburgh native was an Oakmont assistant under Bob Ford and only 24 years old when Nicklaus called the club asking if he could come in early and play nine holes with his assistants. Druga was doubly blessed that day when Nicklaus wanted to play an emergency nine. “Think about how cool that was for me,” Druga said Tuesday from the pro shop at Shinnecock Hills GC. “That was when Jack was still Jack (competitively).” Druga, soon to be 59 and now Shinnecock’s head professional, had two pretty cool days on Monday and Tuesday of this week, before Tiger Woods headed to Muirfield Village GC to play in Nicklaus’ Memorial Tournament. Thirty-five years after escorting Nicklaus around Oakmont, Druga had the honor of going 36 holes with Woods, showing him the changes to Shinnecock since Tiger last played the U.S. Open there in 2004. Joining them was Rob McNamara, a vice president with Tiger’s corporation, TGR, and a former college golfer at Santa Clara University who has played more practice rounds with Woods than anybody. Now stretched out to 7,445 yards from the Open tees, Druga seldom plays Shinnecock from the tips. After teeing off at the first hole, he quietly asked McNamara about the possibility of moving up a tee – to which Druga was informed that he would never hear the end of it. This wasn’t their first golf played together. In 1996, when Tiger was still an amateur and Druga was head pro at Fairfield CC in Connecticut, he and Tiger put on an exhibition for inner-city kids from Bridgeport. “I don’t know if he remembered me or not but we’ve bumped into each other since then,” said Druga, whose role was to stay out of the way and answer any questions that Woods posed. What was obvious was Woods’ incredible golf I.Q. and total recall of shots he hit in 1995 and ’04, his two U.S. Opens at Shinnecock. “It was him doing his homework and me staying out of the way, quite frankly,” Druga said. “But he couldn’t have been more engaging.” From left to right: Mike Moynihan, Kyle Jorden, Jack Druga, Matt Cahill In the weeks leading up to the Open, Druga’s assistants have been playing practice rounds with Tour players seeking the same knowledge. Kyle Jorden played with Daniel Berger, Mike Moynihan with Bryson DeChambeau, and Matt Cahill with Phil Mickelson. They are all in the same age bracket as was Druga when he carried Jack’s bag. Like his boss 3 ½ decades ago, who still tells the stories of caddying for Nicklaus, the 26-year-old Cahill sees himself down the road recalling his encounter with Mickelson. “One of the coolest days I’ve had in golf,” Cahill called it. “I’ll definitely remember some of the stories, and some of the things we talked about will be forever engrained. They’re things that will stay with you forever.”last_img read more

Egypt’s LNG imports starting in March to end by 2020

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first_imgEgypt’s imports of LNG are about to start in March with the arrival of the first cargo, an official at Egypt’s Ministry of petroleum said. The country has been busy confirming LNG supply deals recently securing shipments from Sonatrach, Trafigura, Noble Energy and Vitol, but Hamdy Abdel Aziz, head of the Petroleum Ministry’s media department did not name the supplier of the first shipment to the Höegh LNG’s FSRU Höegh Gallant.As Abdel Aziz told Bloomberg, Egypt plans to halt LNG imports by 2020, but further imports might be possible together with further gas fields development and exploration projects.The country signed 56 contracts since 2013 awarding licenses for further exploration.Resumption of imports after 2020 will depend on the demands of the domestic market and need for energy mix diversification.Egypt is also looking at the possibility of chartering a second floating regasification terminal as imports of the liquefied natural gas increase. LNG World News Staff; Image: Höegh LNGlast_img read more

Fatal Shooting in Sterling Highway Trooper Pursuit

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first_imgThe narrative explains that as a result of the altercation, the officer drew and fired his service weapon. The driver reportedly succumbed to his injury and was pronounced deceased on scene. The Alaska Bureau of Investigation, an arm of the Alaska State Troopers, is conducting an investigation. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享An Alaska State Trooper ended a physical altercation with a man on the Kenai Peninsula with a fatal shot at about 11:20pm yesterday (Saturday). In accordance with Department of Public Safety Policy, the name of the Trooper involved will be released after 72 hours. The name of the deceased will be released after next of kin has been notified.center_img According to the Trooper Dispatch report, the incident began as a traffic stop near mile 82 of the Sterling Highway. The author of the report says the driver initially failed to stop and was contacted by an officer after a short pursuit. The Trooper sustained minor injuries and was transported to Central Peninsula Hospital.last_img read more

The Netherlands lied to Poland in the League of Nations

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first_imgThe Netherlands beat Poland 1-0 in a Group 1 match of League A of the League of Nations tournament. The only goal at the Johan Cruyff Arena was scored by Stephen Bergwein in the 61st minute.The match was chaired by the Bulgarian referee Georgi Kabakov and was the debut of the coach of the hosts Dwight Lodeveges. The guests were without their superstar Robert Lewandowski. The “Tulips” dominated the initiative in the first half, but did not reach a goal. In the 13th minute Jozwiak tried a long shot that went wide of the door. In the 22nd minute Promes fired inaccurately.In the 27th minute Van Dyke hit a header, which Szczesny saved. Shortly afterwards, Silesen managed a cunning shot by Piontek.In the last seconds of the first half, De Jong’s volley hit the crossbar.At the beginning of the second half Depay failed to control the ball and sign from an excellent position.In the 61st minute, De Jong centered in the penalty area, after which Hans Hatebour directed the ball parallel to the door, and Bergwein was in the right place to finish the attack for 1: 0.Shortly afterwards, Szczesny saved a shot by Promes.Poland without Lewandowski in the League of NationsThe attacker will get a breaklast_img read more

Canada pull off stunning upset of Volcanoes

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first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Left-arm pacer Romesh Don ripped through the heart of the Windward Islands Volcanoes’ batting lineup as Canada recorded a shocking 18-run victory in their Regional Super50 contest at the Queen’s Park Oval here yesterday. Don finished with the spectacular figures of six for 21 from ten breathtaking overs, as the Volcanoes were dismissed for 188 in 49.2 overs, well short of their target after Canada had made 206 for nine from their 50 overs.The 33-year-old made his presence felt from the very first over of the Volcanoes’ innings, dismissing both Devon Smith and Tyrone Theophile for ducks to leave them 2 for 1.Kirk Edwards made 15 before he became Don’s third wicket, with Kavem Hodge’s run out pushing the Volcanoes further into trouble at 40 for four. However, an 86-run partnership between Roland Cato and Alick Athanaze turned the momentum in their favour as they progressed to 126 for four.But immediately after getting to his 50, Cato was needlessly run out and Athanaze followed two runs later to put Canada in firm control of the contest at 128 for six.Cato’s knock lasted 78 balls and he struck two boundaries and two sixes. Captain Shane Shillingford tried his best to stage a late recovery during his knock of 27, but the Volcanoes ran out of both wickets and overs to give Canada their first win. Don also claimed the wickets of Athanaze, Ryan John and Shillingford to wrap up his spell.Canada owed their eventual total to an all-around effort which saw several meaningful contributions from their batsmen.Both Navneet Dhaliwal and Srimantha Wijeyeratne scored 35, while David Jacobs (32) and Bhavindu Adhihetty who made 29 also played useful innings. Jacobs and Wijeyeratne combined for Canada’s biggest partnership, adding 49 for the sixth wicket to help lift their team from the precarious position of 137 for five in the 38th over.Despite going for over eight runs an over, Theophile was the Volcanoes’ best bowler finishing with figures of 3-33 from his four overs, with Kesrick Williams and Kavem Hodge each picking up two wickets.last_img read more

Coalition airstrikes kill three high-value ISIS targets

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first_imgicholakov/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A spokesperson for the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS, Col. Ryan Dillon announced airstrikes Thursday that eliminated three high-value ISIS targets in Syria.The strikes, which took place earlier this month, targeted men responsible for manufacturing and modifying commercially produced drones and a drone developer. The strikes also destroyed the developer’s research lab. Each strike took place near the city of Mayadin in Syria. Col. Dillon said the strikes “will disrupt ISIS’s development of weaponized drones, as well as testing new software.”Dillon also offered updates on the battle for the city of Raqqa, saying that 75 percent of the city was now cleared of ISIS fighters. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more