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US Open almost was played in ‘December in Los Angeles’

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US Open almost was played in 'December in Los Angeles'

For a while back in the spring it looked like Winged Foot would not be hosting its sixth U.S. Open.

USGA CEO Mike Davis revealed Wednesday, on the eve of the opening round, that the organization was prepared to move its storied championship away from Winged Foot because of the severity of the COVID-19 crisis.

“Back in March and April, we were very skeptical we were going to conduct this,’’ Davis said. “Certainly, when you think about the magnitude of the virus, and the epicenter was literally a couple towns over from here [New Rochelle], and it really wasn’t until several weeks later that we determined that we could in fact come back to Winged Foot.

“And to be very transparent with you, we thought we were going to be playing the U.S. Open in December in Los Angeles. We were that close. It really wasn’t until the day before we went public with the schedule that we realized that the [British] Open couldn’t be played in September, which gave us an opportunity to play in September at this wonderful, storied golf course.’’


The USGA has been criticized more than once over the years for going over the top with its course setup (see Shinnecock in 2004 and 2018). Rory McIlroy, for one, believes that won’t happen at Winged Foot this week because nothing needs to be done to make it any more difficult than it already is.

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Winged Foot Golf ClubEPA

“Something would have to go seriously wrong to get into the realms of goofy golf,’’ he said. “I think good shots here seem to get rewarded. I think the Oakmont setup normally is right about on the edge, and if you just go a little further than that, it can start to get a little goofy. But here it doesn’t seem like that can happen.’’


There are 13 amateurs in the 144-player field, the eighth consecutive year 10 or more amateurs are competing. Andy Ogletree, the 2019 U.S. Amateur champion, and James Sugrue, who won the 2019 Amateur Championship, conducted by the R&A, are among the amateurs.

This will be the 73rd USGA championship played in New York and the 20th U.S. Open contested in the state. The number of USGA championships is third behind Pennsylvania (87) and California (83). In 2026, the U.S. Open will be played again in the Empire State at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club.


Steve Stricker, at age 53 (born Feb. 23, 1967), is the oldest player in this year’s field. Stricker won the 2019 U.S. Senior Open on The Warren Golf Course at Notre Dame, in South Bend, Ind. Preston Summerhays, who won the 2019 U.S. Junior Amateur, is the youngest at age 18 (born July 22, 2002).

There are nine players in the field who will be 21 years old or younger when the first round begins. Summerhays and Rasmus Hojgaard, who won the European Tour’s ISPS Handa UK Championship on Aug. 30, are under age 20.

There are 25 players in the field who are 40 or older. Tiger Woods, 44, won three U.S. Opens, in 2000, 2002 and 2008. Lucas Glover, 40, and Graeme McDowell, 41, captured the 2009 and 2010 U.S. Open titles, respectively. Justin Rose, 40, won the 2013 U.S. Open. The average age of the 144-player field is 31.19.


Danny Balin, the head pro at Fresh Meadow Country Club in Lake Success, is one of only three club pros in the field. Gene Sarazen won the 1932 U.S. Open at Fresh Meadow in its previous location, in Queens, where Sarazen had also served as head pro. Balin, who was the runner-up in the 2019 PGA Professional Championship, previously worked at Westchester Country Club, in Rye, N.Y., and Sunningdale Country Club, in Scarsdale, N.Y.

Another player with local knowledge this week is Brandon Wu, who has lived in Scarsdale, 4¹/₂ miles from Winged Foot. Wu shot a final-round 65 to win the Korn Ferry Tour Championship on Aug. 30 and tied for second in the Albertsons Boise Open two weeks earlier.

Wu, who tied for 35th as an amateur in last year’s U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, helped Stanford University win its ninth NCAA championship and third consecutive Pac-12 crown in 2019.

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Giants’ MLB playoff hopes crushed on umpire’s brutal call

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Giants’ MLB playoff hopes crushed on umpire’s brutal call

The San Francisco Giants fell just short of qualifying for the expanded National League playoffs. The way in which their 2020 season ended was all the more disappointing.

Austin Slater reacts to striking out to end the Giants season
Austin Slater reacts to striking out to end the Giants seasonIcon Sportswire via Getty Images

Home plate umpire Rob Drake rung up Austin Slater with a questionable third-strike call to secure the Giants’ fate with a 5-4 loss to the San Diego Padres Sunday. Slater, who was batting with the bases empty, immediately threw his hands up in disbelief at the low pitch from Padres pitcher Trevor Rosenthal.

A win for the Giants would’ve solidified a spot in the playoffs and booked their ticket to Los Angeles to take on the rival Dodgers in the wild-card round beginning Wednesday.

Manager Gabe Kapler let Drake know his feelings on the call from the dugout.

“It was disappointing,” Kapler told reporters after the game. “I haven’t had a chance to go back and watch the game but I know there were some calls that went against our guys.”

Brewers star Christian Yelich, whose team secured the final playoff spot in the NL and will face the Dodgers in the first round because of Drake’s call, said he “one hundred percent” thought the season-ending call on the Giants was right.

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Preakness Stakes post positions: Full draw & odds for the 2020 Triple Crown race

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Preakness Stakes post positions: Full draw & odds for the 2020 Triple Crown race

The post positions for the 2020 Preakness Stakes are set, and the entry list includes 11 horses for what’s now the final leg of horse racing’s annual Triple Crown.

The Preakness has typically been the second leg of the Triple Crown race, with the Belmont Stakes to follow. But COVID-19 has affected the Triple Crown schedule, pushing the Belmont Stakes to first, Kentucky Derby to second and the Preakness Stakes to last.

In addition to the schedule change, there’s also been another impact on the race as a result of COVID-19. There will be no fans in attendance for the 2020 Preakness Stakes as Stronach Group chairman and president Belinda Stronach explained in a statement to the AP.

“While we had hoped to be able to welcome fans as we have for the past 145 years, the health and safety of our guests, horsemen, riders, team members and the community at large is, and will always be, our top priority,” Stronach said.

This isn’t too surprising considering the Belmont Stakes and Kentucky Derby also ran their races without fans present.

Unfortunately for viewers, the excitement of a Triple Crown winner will not be present at the Preakness. Tiz the Law won the Belmont Stakes and was a heavy favorite to win the Kentucky Derby, but Authentic ended up winning the second leg of the Triple Crown. 

Below, we’ll go over the post position results from the 2020 Preakness Stakes.

Preakness Stakes post positions 2020

The Preakness Stakes held its post positions on Monday, Sept. 28th at noon. Kentucky Derby winner Authentic is running, even though the Triple Crown isn’t on the line. Art Collector is also competing after being a scratch in the Kentucky Derby due to a foot issue. Tiz the Law, who won the Belmont Stakes, will not be competing in the Preakness Stakes.

Post Horse Jockey
1 Excession Sheldon Russell
2 Mr. Big News Gabriel Saez
3 Art Collector Brian Hernandez Jr.
4 Swiss Skydiver Robby Albarado
5 Thousand Words Florent Geroux
6 Jesus’ Team Jevian Toledo
7 NY Traffic Horacio Karamanos
8 Max Player Paco Lopez
9 Authentic John Velazquez
10 Pneumatic Joe Bravo
11 LiveYourBeastLife Trevor McCarthy

Preakness Stakes odds 2020

With the 2020 Preakness Stakes post positions now available, the morning odds were also announced. These odds may change throughout the week, but these were the odds announced with the post positions.

Authentic opens up as the early favorite. The longshots include Excession, Jesus’ Team and LiveYourBeastLife.

Post Horse Odds
1 Excession 30-1
2 Mr. Big News 12-1
3 Art Collector 5-2
4 Swiss Skydiver 6-1
5 Thousand Words 6-1
6 Jesus’ Team 30-1
7 NY Traffic 15-1
8 Max Player 15-1
9 Authentic 9-5
10 Pneumatic 20-1
11 LiveYourBeastLife 30-1

When is the Preakness Stakes in 2020?

The 145th running of the Preakness Stakes will take place on Saturday, Oct. 3. Coverage will begin on NBC from 4:30 p.m. and last until around 6:00 p.m. ET. The original schedule for the Preakness Stakes was Saturday, May 16, but it was rescheduled as a result of COVID-19.

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Giants, Daniel Jones ruined two $500,000 bets

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It was another wild weekend of wagering in the NFL, as sportsbooks bounced back from a rough Week 2.

The biggest bets of Sunday came at DraftKings Sportsbook in New Jersey, as the book took two huge wagers on the New York Giants:

* $500,000 on the Giants +4

* $500,000 on Daniel Jones Over 244.5 passing yards

Respected money came in on the Giants, pushing the line down to San Francisco -3 on Sunday; it had opened 49ers -6.5 on the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lookahead line. The game didn’t go well for the two bettors above — or the respected money. The Giants finished with only 231 yards of total offense, Jones finished with 179 yards passing and the Giants never led, losing 36-9. San Francisco held the ball for more than 39 minutes of the game.

The Indianapolis Colts (-11.5) were a popular public play, with 68 percent of the money on Indianapolis to cover against the New York Jets at William Hill books. William Hill also took its biggest moneyline bet of the day: $52,000 on Colts at -700 odds. That bet was really never in doubt.

As ESPN’s David Purdum reported, teams that attracted sharp action at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook were the Rams, Texans, Giants, Bears, Colts and Ravens. Sharps were on both sides of Bengals-Eagles. Excluding the Eagles game, those teams were 2-3 ATS heading into Monday Night Football.

The Atlanta Falcons, 3-point favorites, blew another double-digit lead in the fourth quarter, this time to the Chicago Bears, and fell 30-26. According to ESPN Stats & Information, no team had blown multiple 15-point, fourth-quarter leads in a single season. The Falcons just did it in back-to-back weeks.

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The Giants and Daniel Jones cost two bettors $500,000 each on Sunday.N.Y. Post: Charles Wenzelberg

That game drew the highest handle at the Borgata Sportsbook in New Jersey and was the book’s biggest decision of the day.

“We took a $100,000 bet on the Bears moneyline, which obviously ended up costing us money,” said Thomas Gable, Borgata’s sportsbook director. “The other big decision for us [which went against us] was the Jets-Colts.”

Falcons-Bears was the most-bet game at PointsBet sportsbooks, which also had 70 percent of the point-spread money on the Falcons, and game with the third-highest handle. The Bears winning was one of the biggest positive decisions for Stations Casinos in the early games, according to sportsbook director Chuck Esposito.

The Bears were 33/1 underdogs on the moneyline at MGM books to start the fourth quarter. There were no notable bets on the Bears at that price. One BetMGM bettor lost $110,000 on Falcons -3.5 on a wager that had been placed on Friday.

Another big decision at several sportsbooks was the Las Vegas Raiders-New England Patriots game. The Patriots, 7-point favorites, had more than 74 percent of the spread money at PointsBet and FanDuel and produced the worst early window result of any game for Stations Casinos in Vegas. New England controlled the game throughout and won 36-20, easily covering the spread. It was the second-biggest handle game at Borgata.

Respected money on the Eagles pushed the spread of the Cincinnati Bengals-Philadelphia Eagles game up, as it went from Philadelphia -4.5 up to 5.5, with 80 percent of the money at PointsBet on the Eagles. The game ended in a 23-all tie.

In the late afternoon games, the Detroit Lions (+5) winning 26-23 over the Arizona Cardinals and the Carolina Panthers (+6) beating the Los Angeles Chargers 21-16 helped books. More than 87 percent of spread tickets and 91 percent of moneyline wagers at Rush Street Gaming books were on the Cardinals. Rush Street took a hit on the Tampa Bay Bucs (-6) covering against the Denver Broncos, which saw 90 percent of the tickets cash.

The Sunday night game between the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints was another bad game for the books. PointsBet reported 67 percent of the moneyline bets were on the Packers.

“Sunday night, [we were] definitely rooting for the Saints and the under,” The Borgata’s Gable said. The Packers won 37-30 and the game flew over the total of 52.

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