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Bryson DeChambeau’s dicey plan as forces clash at US Open

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Two forces will clash this week at Winged Foot for the 120th U.S. Open.

New school will try to defeat old school when the game’s biggest bombers of the golf ball attempt to overcome Winged Foot’s ankle-high rough and narrow fairways, beginning Thursday.

Which will win out?

Will the likes of world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and his booming length or Bryson DeChambeau and his new-found bulk hoist the chalice at the end of the day Sunday?

Or will the treacherous conditions nullify the super powers of the big boppers?

Recent history says that — high rough and narrow fairways be damned — the big hitters will prevail. Gary Woodland, one of the game’s long hitters, is the defending champion. Brooks Koepka, who’s nursing a knee injury and not playing this week, won the previous two U.S. Opens.

Johnson is unquestionably the game’s best player, closely followed by Spaniard Jon Rahm, the No. 2-ranked player in the world who’s also a big hitter.

DeChambeau went on a workout bender during the COVID-19 shelter-at-home hiatus and came out the other side of it looking almost like a “Popeye’’ cartoon character he’s so bulked up.

“I think overall the game is kind of trending in that direction,’’ Woodland said of the big hitters. “You look at what DJ has done … I don’t think Boston [the Northern Trust] really set up too much for a long, long hitter, and DJ just overpowered the thing [winning at 30-under par]. It was impressive what he did.

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“And then you go to Chicago [the BMW], which was a golf course I would say was a pretty good prep for this week there at Olympia Fields, big golf course, thick rough, you saw what DJ and Jon Rahm did that week. And then DJ goes to Atlanta [the Tour Championship], and that’s the same thing, drive the golf ball in the fairway at that place [and win]. The game has kind of trended that way.’’

DeChambeau, for one, said he’s going for it with driver all week — despite the narrow fairways and heavy rough.

“I’m hitting it as far as I possibly can up there,’’ DeChambeau said, almost defiantly. “Even if it’s in the rough, I can still get it to the front edge or the middle of the greens with pitching wedges or 9-irons. That’s the beauty of my length and that advantage. Even if I hit it in the rough, I still feel like I can make birdies out here. I still feel like I can run it up the middle of the green and make a 20-footer. It’s not guaranteed if you lay up you’re in the fairway, right?’’

DeChambeau’s approach is similar to the strategy Phil Mickelson used at Winged Foot in 2006, a bomb-and-gouge philosophy. Mickelson, who was struggling with his driver, particularly in the final round, hit it as far as he could and tried to hack short irons out of the rough.

“Luckily, I’m usually a pretty good driver of the golf ball, so it should fit,’’ Rahm said. “Clearly, hitting the fairway is going to be an advantage. Now, what you choose to hit it with is up to you, whatever you feel comfortable with.’’

Asked if the Winged Foot fairways and rough might be a hindrance to his aggressive approach, DeChambeau said, “I think, if anything, it enhances what I do off the tee with the length. Hopefully it works out for me. You never know. I could be in the rough and get bad lies and not be able to execute out of the rough, or I could hit it in the fairways all day and not hit great iron shots and then not make anything. That’s the beauty of golf … you just never know.’’

Johnson, of late, has left little doubt about his ability to play well under any conditions. In his past four starts, he has two wins and two runner-up finishes. He won in Boston and lost in Chicago in a playoff to Rahm at an Olympia Fields course that was set up like a U.S. Open.

“I’m playing well; I’ve got a lot of confidence in the game,’’ Johnson said. “The game is in good form right now [and] hopefully it stays in good form for the rest of the week, but it’s one of those golf courses where it’s very difficult and you need to be spot-on if you want to play well.’’

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Raiders: Gruden ‘doing my best’ with facemask as three NFL coaches fined

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Jon Gruden insisted he is trying his best in terms of wearing a facemask and communicating with his Las Vegas Raiders players as a number of NFL coaches received fines for not wearing theirs.

Gruden and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton were each pictured not wearing masks during the Raiders’ 34-24 victory on Monday.

NFL Network reported that San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and Denver Broncos boss Vic Fangio had all been handed fines for violating rules regarding wearing face masks during Sunday’s action.

Each coach has been fined $100,000, with their respective teams docked $250,000.

It appears a similar punishment awaits both Gruden and Payton but the Raiders head coach appears willing to pay the price. 

“I’m doing my best. You know, I’ve had the virus, okay. I’m doing my best,” Gruden said in a media conference. “I’m very sensitive about it, but I’m calling plays.

“I just want to communicate in these situations and I apologizes and if I get fined, I will have to pay the fine, but I’m very sensitive about all of that and I apologise.”

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“Best Player of All Time on Clay”: Dominic Thiem Picks Rafael Nadal as French Open 2020 Favorite

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"Best Player of All Time on Clay": Dominic Thiem Picks Rafael Nadal as French Open 2020 Favorite

US Open 2020 champion Dominic Thiem doesn’t see himself as the number 1 candidate for winning the French Open 2020. Yes, you read it right. Despite his terrific comeback victory at the finals of US Open 2020, the 27-year-old Austrian believes that Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will start as favorites to win the French Open 2020.

“Nadal and Djokovic are also the absolute favorites in Paris,” said the World No.3 Thiem in a recent interview.

Also Read: Why is it difficult for Nadal to win the French Open 2020?

Thiem admitted that irrespective of form, Nadal is not someone who can be neglected, especially when it comes to playing on clay. The 34-year-old Spaniard recently lost to Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the quarters of the Italian Open 2020. It will be the first time in 12 years that the World No.2 Nadal will play the French Open without having won a title on clay.

‘He’s the best player of all time on clay’- Dominic Thiem on Rafael Nadal

Dominic Thiem in action against Alexander Zverev at US Open 2020 finals. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

“He (Nadal) had no hardships with the New York trip, he trained on the sand the whole time. He’s the best player of all time on clay,” said the US Open 2020 winner.

Thiem had faced Nadal in the last two finals of the French Open. Nadal won on both occasions. However, Thiem was able to breach Nadal’s fortress at the Australian Open 2020, in the quarters of the tournament. He was later defeated in the final by Novak Djokovic.

Rafael Nadal holds the record for winning the most number of French Open titles. If he wins this time too, it will be a hat-trick for him, and increase his tally to 13. However, Djokovic’s unbeaten run in 2020 and thiem’s excellent form could prove to be a barrier for him this time.

Nadal hasn’t played a Grand Slam match since January 2020, as he decided not to play at the US Open 2020. So the question is will Nadal be able to turn the tables once again at the French Open 2020?

Read More: Djokovic reveals that it would be strange not facing Nadal at the finals of Italian Open 2020

‘I really like him’- Dominic Thiem on Alexander Zverev

Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev at US Open 2020 finals
Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev with their Winner and Runner UP titles respectively at the post-match ceremony of the US Open 2020 finals. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

“Yes, it hurt me because I know how he felt. I really like him, so it would have been easier against other players,” said Thiem, talking about his US Open 2020 opponent, Alexander Zverev.

He even praised the youngster for his exceptional performance at the final. The respect between the two was visible on the court as well. When Alexander Zverev lost the final in the tie-breaker of the 5th set, it was Thiem who consoled him on the court. The pair share a friendly relationship.

Fans believe that both Thiem and Zverev have a bright future and will continue to entertain us even after the Big Three’s time.

“I wish him (Zverev) from the bottom of my heart that he will soon win a Grand Slam tournament,” concluded the Austrian player.

(Quotes have been translated from German using Google Translate)

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“The Greatest”: Former NBA Player Claims LeBron James Will be Grabbing the Title This Season

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"The Greatest": Former NBA Player Claims LeBron James Will be Grabbing the Title This Season

The hype around LeBron James is not a mere fan creation, rather his stats are proving it day-by-day. Along with a terrific playoff record, ‘The King’ is paving a well-built campaign for the Lakers. As he progresses towards greater achievements, comparisons with the GOAT, Michael Jordan are getting intense.

The Lakers are treading fast towards this year’s championship, all thanks to LeBron and Anthony Davis. A large section of fans is vouching for this star-studded team to make it to the top.

Sep 10, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) watches a replay of a foul as members of the Los Angeles Lakers inspect his jersey in the first half against the Houston Rockets in game four of the second round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James is having a wonderful time in the bubble, breaking league records each day. Recently, he was named for the 16th time in an All-NBA team, surpassing the tied record with Hall of Famers Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Moreover, he also became the player with most Playoff wins in the NBA alongside Derek Fisher. The list of feats will go on, but LeBron isn’t stopping anytime soon. Michael Jordan was given the pedestal as NBA’s greatest player a long time back. Now, is LeBron James closing in on that gap to become the GOAT in the league?

LeBron James looking to bag his fourth championship in 17 years

Former player and now NBA analyst, Jalen Rose, has dug deeper into this debate. He considers this championship title as the deciding factor for any such argument on the All-time GOAT. While chatting on ‘First Take’ recently, Rose makes a judgment on LeBron’s greatness in the league.

“He (LeBron) can do that really soon in the bubble. That’s a fourth championship, that’s a fourth Finals MVP. That’s another championship but with the Los Angeles Lakers, a story franchise,” Jaylen added.

“If he’s able to do that to Kobe, the people who didn’t see Michael Jordan play, they’re gonna start screaming a lot louder. And they’re going to say, ‘LeBron James is the greatest we’ve seen in the last almost 20 years and he’s the GOAT’. That’s going to start to fuel those arguments again.”

The GOAT debate may never find a conclusive answer, but LeBron is definitely adding to his big numbers out there. He is currently averaging 25.6 points, 10 rebounds, and 8.7 assists in this Playoff run. The Lakers are looking to win that title with all their force. Can they do it?

 

 

 

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