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We may never see Tiger Woods play in New York again

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We may never see Tiger Woods play in New York again

Take a close look at Tiger Woods this week at Winged Foot.

Enjoy him while he’s here, because this week’s U.S. Open may be one of the last times Woods plays a tournament in the New York metro area.

There won’t be another U.S. Open here until 2026, when Shinnecock Hills hosts again, and Woods will be 50.

The 2022 PGA Championship is scheduled for Trump National in Bedminster, N.J., and the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust FedExCup event returns to Liberty National in Jersey City next year.

That’s about it, though.

Tiger sightings in New York will be rare, which makes it a particular shame that no spectators will be permitted at Winged Foot this week with COVID-19 protocols to get perhaps one final up-close look at one of the greatest players of all time.

Add to that the fact that Woods plays so few tournaments now, protecting his surgically repaired back, and seeing him playing in New York figures to be rare, if at all, after this week.

At age 44, Woods’ form has been completely lacking entering this week — particularly since the PGA Tour restarted its season after the pandemic pause. He’s played in four events since the pause and not been within a sniff of contention once.

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In his last event, he finished tied for 51st at the BMW Championship after tying for 58th at the Northern Trust at 6-under par on the same course where Dustin Johnson won at 30-under. Before that, he tied for 37th at the PGA Championship after tying for 40th at the Memorial, which he used to win in his sleep.

Add to that indifferent form the fact that Winged Foot figures to be one of the sternest challenges the players have faced all year — or in years — that doesn’t bode very well for Woods even making it to the weekend.

“This golf course is going to be one of the more difficult ones,’’ Woods said after playing a practice round with Justin Thomas on Tuesday. “The winning scores here have never traditionally been very low. I don’t see that changing this week. The golf course is going to be hard. It depends on how difficult they want to set up these pins, give us a chance at it. But with the forecast, it’s going to be difficult no matter what.

“It’s right up there next to Oakmont and I think Carnoustie as far as just sheer difficulty without even doing anything to it. I think those three golf courses, they can host major championships without ever doing anything to them.’’

Since he won the Zozo Championship in October 2019, what’s been missing for Woods this year?

“I really haven’t putted as well as I wanted to, and the times I did make a few swing mistakes, I missed it in the wrong spots,’’ Woods said. “I’ve compounded mistakes here and there that ended up not making me able to make pars or a birdie run, and consequently I haven’t put myself in contention to win events.’’

Translation: Woods’ superpowers are gone. Long gone.

And, the rest of the players — the PGA Tour is deeper with talent and athletic ability than it’s ever been — have caught up to Woods. No one is intimidated by Woods the way his peers used to be. Many of today’s stars are fearlessly boat-racing him now.

To be fair: Age has caught up to Woods, as it does to everybody.

Age, of course, is the only undefeated force in sports.

“It gets harder to win as we all age,’’ Woods said.

Woods comes to Winged Foot 14 years after missing the cut in the 2006 U.S. Open. He’d just lost his father, Earl, to cancer weeks before and was mentally not even close to in it.

“I was not prepared to play and still dealing with the death of my dad,’’ he said. “When I didn’t win the Masters that year, that was really tough to take because that was the last event my dad was ever going to watch me play. He passed not too long after that, and quite frankly, when I got ready for this event, I didn’t really put in the time, I didn’t really put in the practice, and consequently missed the cut pretty easily.’’

For the sake of New York-area fans who may not get many — if any — opportunities to see him play again in the area, perhaps Woods makes the cut this week, gets four rounds in and possibly even contends.

Enjoy it while it lasts.

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“Who Is Nielsen” – Jorge Masvidal Not Impressed With the World’s Most Marketable Athletes Rankings

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"Who Is Nielsen" - Jorge Masvidal Not Impressed With the World’s Most Marketable Athletes Rankings

Combat sport athletes have made their mark on SportPro’s list of the World’s 50 Most Marketable Athletes. While the list features several big names from the world of boxing and MMA, their order is a bit surprising, even for UFC welterweight Jorge Masvidal.

Powered by Nielsen, the list features soccer icon Lionel Messi on the top. The highest-ranked combat athlete on the list is UFC lightweight kingpin Khabib Nurmagomedov. Despite not fighting in the year 2020, the Russian has been in news a lot.

He was booked to fight Tony Ferguson in April, but the fight fell through due to the pandemic. The death of his father in the month of July also came as a shock for all his fans.

The only other MMA figure on the list is Jorge Masvidal, who ranked in at 24. The UFC welterweight took the MMA world by storm with his three back-to-back victories last year. Amidst a rift with the UFC over a pay dispute, Masvidal then stepped in at a short notice to face UFC welterweight champ Kamaru Usman at UFC 251.

While he didn’t win the fight, the narrative of him stepping in on short notice and going five rounds with a fully prepared champ gained him a lot of praise. Moreover, after Masvidal came to know that only two MMA athletes have cracked into the list, ‘Gamebred’ wasn’t impressed with the same.

22-year-old Ryan Garcia acquires the top-spot among boxers on the list

The work put in by Ryan Garcia on his social media posts have finally paid off. Coming in at No. 12, WBC Silver lightweight champ is the highest-ranked boxer on the list. Garcia’s Instagram videos where he shows-off his insanely fast hands and reflex skills have attracted millions of followers from around the globe.

The other two boxers who complete the list are heavyweight juggernauts Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury. The two are ranked side-by-side at 31 and 32.

Fury stepped in the ring earlier this year when he defeated Deontay Wilder in the seventh round of their rematch. Meanwhile, Anthony Joshua last fought and defeated Andy Ruiz Jr. last year in Abu Dhabi. The two have also signed a contract to fight each other if they get past their respective mandatory challengers.

The ranking of the athlete’s marketability was made after assigning them a score. Called the Influencer Selection and Measurement Framework, the methodology draws on vast amounts of social media data to generate an Athlete Influencer Score comprising four key data points: relevance, reach, return, and resonance.

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Top 5 Games to Look Out for In October 2020

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Top 5 Games to Look Out for In October 2020

The next few months are going to be extremely exciting for gaming fans all over the world. The next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X launch in November. Additionally, Cyberpunk 2077, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War titles also come out during that time. But, the month of October 2020 also has a few big games to look forward to, and here’s a list of the top 10 titles to look out for.

1. Watch Dogs: Legion

Watch Dogs: Legion is the third installment in the series that takes place in the city of London. There is civil unrest in the city and one man is tasked with the job of maintaining order. He, along with his team of evil henchmen, are from a private military outfit called Albion that takes control of the city. The player is tasked with recruiting anyone throughout the city as a part of the resistance to give the control back to the citizens. The game shows a lot of promise and will finally come out on October

2. Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time

The highly anticipated sequel to Crash Bandicoot comes after years of waiting. Along with the return of Coco, there will be a total of 5 playable characters in the game and it will be phenomenal. Additionally, the game also features Multiplayer and Co-Op modes that make it even more exciting. The game launches on October 2.

Also Read: PlayStation 5 Users Will Have to Wait Longer for Yakuza: Like A Dragon

3. Fall Guys Season 2

Fall Guys was the most unexpected breakout game of the year. Not only is it extremely simple, but is also super fun to play. Moreover, this game proved that one doesn’t need to make a graphics-heavy game to have fun, rather simplicity is what developers should thrive for. The Season 2 update brings the medieval era to the game that will also will include knights, sorcerers, dragons, and more cosmetics to match its setting. It will also include new maps when it goes live for PlayStation and PC player on October 6.

4. Star Wars Squadrons

The next iteration in the Star Wars saga is a space combat title as it is set after the events of The Last Jedi. Players get to take control of different types of spacecraft which appears in the movies as well. The game will also feature multiplayer modes like Dogfights and Fleet Battles. It is all set to come out on October 2.

5. FIFA 21

Live every year, EA has come out with its new FIFA title. And much like every year, not much has changed from the previous titles. Although, the VOLTA Football mode is retained as it was a tad bit exciting. EA was also recently criticized for advertising FIFA 21’s micro-transactions in a children’s magazine. Well, they really need to do away with their loot boxes if they are to save their reputation. The game launches on October 9, without a demo mode this year.

There are obviously more games that will be launched in the month of October. For now, we know that the next month is going to be an exciting one for the fans with the arrival of these games. Stay tuned for more updates.

Akshay Patel

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BREAKING: History Created at French Open 2020 After Six Hour Marathon

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BREAKING: History Created at French Open 2020 After Six Hour Marathon

Corentin Moutet and Lorenzo Giustino faced each other in Round 1 of the French Open 2020. While many expected it to be an ordinary match, it turned out to be a historic game.

The match lasted for 6 hours and 5 minutes, making it the second-longest match in the history of Roland Garros. Additionally, it was the fourth-longest match in the history of Grand Slams.

In a match that saw a total of 459 points won by both the players collectively, Guistino defeated the Frenchman 0-6, 7-6, 7-6, 2-6, and 18-16.  It was also the first Grand Slam win for the Italian player Guistino.

Record Fifth-set scoreline makes French Open history

The fifth set scoreline was 18-16, a record for French Open’s red clay. It was almost as if nobody will give up at any point. Surprisingly, Giustino won only 34 games as compared to Moutet’s 40 but still ended on the winning side.

Fabrice Santoro and Arnaud Clement held the earlier record, with the fifth set scoreline being 16-14. The match between the two lasted for 6 hours and 33 minutes, the longest match so far in the French Open’s history which Santoro won 6-4, 6-3, 6-7, 3-6, and 16-14.

Who could have possibly thought that after losing the first set 0-6, the Italian player would make such an impossible-looking comeback! In the end, Giustino not only turned the tables but also registered his name in history. Playing 6 hours is not a joke, requiring a lot of sweat and determination.

Lorenzo Giustino will next face the new sensation, Diego Schwartzman, who recently defeated World No.2 Rafael Nadal on clay. The Argentine even reached the finals of the Italian Open 2020 but lost to World No.1 Novak Djokovic.

Also Read: French Open 2020 Draw

 

 

 

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