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McGirt tops Curran in Memorial playoff for first win

McGirt tops Curran in Memorial playoff for first win

first_imgDUBLIN, Ohio – William McGirt thought he hit it big when he won the Cabarrus Classic and pocketed $16,000, the second-largest prize on the Tar Heel Tour. That was in 2007, and it felt like a lifetime ago compared with the perks from winning the Memorial on Sunday. The victory was worth $1.53 million and a three-year exemption for a guy who once dreamed of simply having a PGA Tour card. Waiting to congratulate him was tournament host Jack Nicklaus, who raved about the bunker shot on the 18th hole that kept McGirt in the playoff at Muirfield Village, and the flop shot from behind the 18th green that led to a 6-foot putt and his first PGA Tour victory in his 165th try. U.S. Open qualifying? Take the day off. McGirt moves up to No. 43 in the world and was assured a spot in his first national championship. ”It will all sink in at some point,” McGirt said. This was a long time coming. McGirt couldn’t count all the mini-tours he played and the self-doubts he ignored, including a four-month stretch in which he saw his wife for only four days. But on Sunday against the strongest field of the year for a regular PGA Tour event, McGirt made his first victory one to remember. Memorial Tournament: Articles, photos and videos He played the final 22 holes at Muirfield Village without a bogey. His final par in regulation was the most important, a two-putt from 65 feet for a 1-under 71 that allowed him to join Jon Curran (70) in a playoff at 15-under 273. McGirt won the way Nicklaus said he captured so many of his 73 times on the PGA Tour. ”I won half of my golf tournaments watching everyone else self-destruct,” Nicklaus said. ”And that’s the way you win. I saw him coming down the stretch. I saw Jon coming down the stretch. The two of them played great. I felt that either one of them could have won.” Dustin Johnson dropped three shots in four holes to start the back nine, and a fourth bogey on the 16th ended it for him. Matt Kuchar was tied for the lead when he returned from a 90-minute rain delay and promptly hit the lip of a fairway bunker and made double bogey. He never recovered. Emiliano Grillo had a share of the lead until starting the back nine with four straight bogeys. Gary Woodland couldn’t get up and down behind the 17th green and made bogey. Curran, who knows Nicklaus from being a member at his Bear’s Club in South Florida, looked like a winner when he hit 7-iron out of a fairway bunker on the 17th hole to 7 feet for birdie to join McGirt at 15 under. McGirt was battling his swing and trying to hang on. He saved par from a bunker on the 17th. He had the long two-putt for par on the 18th hole. And he was in trouble on the 18th in a playoff, facing a deep bunker shot to a back pin. He expertly used the slope behind the hole and watched his shot roll back to a few feet to stay alive. ”That was a long bunker shot,” Nicklaus said. ”I don’t want to hit it again,” McGirt replied. Playing the 18th for the third time, Curran misjudged the strong wind at his back and went into the gallery above the green, and his pitch ran down the slope well past the hole, leading to bogey. McGirt also went long and played a perfect flop shot to 6 feet for the winner. ”Surprisingly, I felt no nerves standing over that putt and poured it right in the middle,” McGirt said. Johnson finished alone in third – his fifth finish in the top 5 this season – while Rory McIlroy (68) tied for fourth with Kuchar (73), Woodland (73) and J.B. Holmes (69). Jason Day, a Muirfield Village member and No. 1 in the world, got to within two shots of the lead until he tumbled to a 74 and tied for 27th, matching his best result at the Memorial. Jordan Spieth shot 73 and finished 12 shots behind in a tie for 57th. McGirt became the third straight Memorial champion to become a first-time PGA Tour winner, and it was the third straight playoff at Muirfield Village. In his 12 years as a pro, he has played only one major, the 2012 PGA Championship. That was meaningful, even though he missed the cut, because he was coming off a close call at the Canadian Open in which he didn’t look at the leaderboard the final round. He ran into Tiger Woods, told him what he did, and he said Woods told him he was foolish for not looking. McGirt didn’t make that mistake twice. And when it was over, his name was at the top. The U.S. Open is now on his schedule. So is the PGA Championship at the end of July, and the Masters next April. ”I wondered for years if I would ever get to the PGA Tour,” McGirt said. ”And then once you get out here, OK, you’ve played 160 events. Are you ever going to win? But I think you have to get your nose bloodied some to learn how to handle it, and I definitely had my nose bloodied a few times.”last_img read more

Letterkenny Hospital commended for offering reduced parking rates for cancer patients

Letterkenny Hospital commended for offering reduced parking rates for cancer patients

first_imgDonal Buggy, Head of Services and Advocacy at the Irish Cancer Society said: “Car parking charges represent a huge cost for many cancer patients, at a time of not just physical and psychological stress, but financial pressure.  People undergoing treatment are facing real hardship in having to deal with additional costs and large drops in income, and high car parking charges only add to this. We have proposed a set of guidelines for hospitals to the HSE, that, if put in place, would make a big difference to cancer patients.” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gerry Carroll, a 56 year old Acute Myeloid Leukaemia survivor from Dublin, spoke of the huge cost of car parking when he underwent treatment.  “I stayed in hospital for 115 days, as I was vulnerable to infection during my treatment.  During that time, my wife Trish came to visit me five days a week.  It cost her almost €1,200 in parking charges alone in that time.  That’s a lot of money.  If she was able to get free parking, or even a reduced rate it would’ve been a great help to us.” News Mr. Buggy said: “Our ‘Park the Charges’ Report shows that people receiving treatment close to urban centres are facing the highest parking costs.  This is a problem for cancer patients as many have to visit the eight designated cancer centres for individual cancer types in Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Galway and Limerick.  The average cost of parking at these hospitals is €8 for a four hour stay.” WhatsApp To find out more about hospital parking charges in your area and to sign a petition calling for the HSE to issue guidelines around car parking visit www.cancer.ie/parkthecharges Pinterest According to figures provided by the Society, at the 26 public hospitals that offer cancer treatment, the revenue raised by car parking in 2015 totalled almost €14.5 million, with three hospitals taking in in excess of €1million. By News Highland – December 13, 2016 Twitter Mr. Buggy said: “While we acknowledge that car parking is a key source of revenue for many hospitals, the excessive rates charged at some facilities place an unnecessary strain on cancer patients and their families.” “Our much-needed service makes a real difference to chemotherapy patients that not only provides peace of mind, but can be felt in their pockets.  We hope that the HSE adopt our guidelines on can parking, so we can further help in some small way to reduce financial worries at what can be a painful, tiring and emotionally draining time for many.” In 2016 alone, the Volunteer Driver Service has provided 21,350 drives to 1,163 chemotherapy patients, covering over 1,000,000 kilometres.   In Donegal, 718 drives totalling almost 55,000km were covered by 36 Irish Cancer Society volunteer drivers. Facebook Letterkenny Hospital commended for offering reduced parking rates for cancer patients Google+ Facebook The Irish Cancer Society currently runs a Volunteer Driver Service that provides transport for cancer patients to and from their hospital chemotherapy treatments, which currently operates at 21 different hospitals nationwide, including Letterkenny General Hospital. There were significant variations in cost by region, with Dublin hospitals proving the most expensive.  On average a four hour stay in a Dublin hospital cost €8.86.  Hospitals in Munster had the second highest costs for a four hour stay at €6.70, while costs were lower in Connaught/Ulster at €4.67 and in Leinster (excl. Dublin) at €5.20, respectively. Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Mr. Buggy said: “We are asking the HSE to issue guidelines to hospitals, like those that exist in the UK.  Introducing free parking for patients undergoing cancer treatment will help ease the burden they face at a time of complex need and financial stress. Our proposals include guidelines around car parking at hospitals that will ensure all people undergoing treatment for cancer are treated fairly, and that will provide for greater transparency in the levying of charges and use of revenue raised.” Previous articleSpecial Oireachtas Committee member Thomas Pringle will oppose any water chargesNext articleBurst pipe brings more water woes for South Inishowen News Highland Elsewhere, cancer patients could be paying up to €63 a week in car parking charges according to an Irish Cancer Society report, ‘Park the Charges’. The report highlights the financial burden of car parking on patients and their families. The Irish Cancer Society says that the HSE needs to issue guidelines to hospitals so that all people undergoing cancer treatment receive free car parking. One cancer patient told the Irish Cancer Society that his family had spent €1,200 on car parking charges while he was in hospital. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows “These kind of charges are hurting people who are already vulnerable financially.  Discretion is required and we are asking hospitals to adopt practices currently in place at hospitals such as St. Luke’s, Rathgar, Mayo General Hospital and Wexford General Hospital where anyone undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy are allowed free parking.  We also welcome allowances made by the likes of Letterkenny Hospital.” Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter WhatsApp In a survey of car parking across the country, the Society found that a four hour stay in one Dublin hospital costs patients €12.80, a charge Mr. Buggy described as “exorbitant”. Mr. Buggy said: “This vital and unique service helps provide a lifeline to those without access to transport, who have to travel long distances to appointments and to those who simply cannot afford the cost of travel and car parking costs.” Google+  Letterkenny University Hospital has been commended by the Irish Cancer Society for its car parking scheme for cancer patients.Unlike most of the hospitals around the country, the Society understands that Letterkenny makes arrangements that allow cancer patients free or reduced parking for the duration of their visit. The hospital is highlighted in the Irish Cancer Society’s ‘Park the Charges’ report as being an example of good-practice for its car parking policy for cancer patients. Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens furtherlast_img read more

Public speaking: Just how bad can it get?

Public speaking: Just how bad can it get?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by Anthony DemangoneI’m sure many of you give talks.  Perhaps it is at board meeting. Or a local Rotary Club.If you’re like me, there’s likely a butterfly or two before you begin your talk.  That is natural.But deep down inside, quite a few folks have a fear: What if I freeze on stage? What if my voice, brain, or both simply stop working?It happened this week at the Consumer Electronics Show.  (International Business Times.) Hollywood director Michael Bay was called on stage to give a talk and help pitch a new television.And then the teleprompter malfunctioned. Bay became flustered, couldn’t find his train of thought, and eventually walked off stage – apologizing as he went. All of this took place in about a minute.  You can see the video from the story above.Personally, I feel bad for Bay. He lived through what many people believe is their worst nightmare. But I will say this – the fiasco serves as a great reminder. Bay didn’t appear to have notes. When the teleprompter stopped working, he didn’t have a plan B. And he didn’t seem comfortable with the teleprompter from the get-go.There are two lessons from this, and I’ve been burned by forgetting both every now and then.Be prepared.  Know your talk. Know the material “on either side” side of your talk.  By that, I mean – if you’ll mention a book, be prepared to talk about that book. If you mention a movie, you better have seen it. Each topic you bring up could stir a question that could go in any direction. A great amount of preparation is essential.Always understand your AV.  Audio/Visual aids are great. But I’ve had laptops stop working. Microphones won’t work right. It happens. You have to have a plan B. continue reading »last_img read more

Chelsea star “won’t hesitate to cheat like a little boy”, because…

Chelsea star “won’t hesitate to cheat like a little boy”, because…

first_imgThe Chelsea midfielder appears to be, and most likely is, one of the nicest people in the game, seemingly always smiling, and constantly described as being as humble as they come.However, that doesn’t mean he’s necessarily always angelic, as explained by Théo Schuster, one of the producers on the TF1 documentary Les Bleus 2018, au coeur de l’épopée russe about the France national team’s time at the World Cup.Asked by Le Point which players surprised them the most during their time with the squad, he said: “Kanté is someone who’s really endearing, but less naive than you might think. He’s discreet, not shy. He’s perfectly integrated in the group, plays cards and won’t hesitate to cheat like a little boy at times, because he’s also obsessed with winning.Embed from Getty Images“However, his lack of vices can be read on his face when he tries to win by other means. We tried to interview him, but he was really clever in avoiding us. ‘When we reach the semi-finals, promise’, etc… In the end, he always had an excuse, but when it was all over, he gave me his shorts. That’s N’Golo Kanté. He doesn’t like being forced, and wants to be discreet”.Arriving at Stamford Bridge from Leicester having already gained a great reputation during the Foxes’ title win, the France international is now one of the key components of Maurizio Sarri’s club, who appears to have given him a bit more freedom than his predecessor.It’s a role he seemingly enjoys, scoring in his first Premier League game under the Italian manager in a 3-0 win against Huddersfield.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndoCNBC InternationalSingapore’s Freelancers Find New Income During the Coronavirus Pandemic.CNBC InternationalUndoDating.comThe Most Handsome Guys In Hong Kong On This Dating SiteDating.comUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndo No one has bad things to say about N’Golo Kanté. That’s pretty much a fact.last_img read more