Big Time

first_imgORLANDO, Fla. – Matt Every was so confident that he’d win the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday, he shaved for his close-up and opted for a pair of red-and-blue plaid pants. He thought they’d nicely match the winner’s blue blazer. Keep in mind this is the same player who four months ago was playing so poorly that he was embarrassed to be on the golf course. Looking around at the star-studded field at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, he wondered what his fellow playing competitors must have been thinking. “Probably like, ‘This guy sucks! How is here?’” he said. Things didn’t get any smoother once Every returned to the mainland, either; in five full-field starts this year, he had collected about $40,000. Every’s ongoing work with swing coach Sean Foley may not have offered instant gratification, but that only made another success story that much sweeter. In contention for the first time since early June, Every buried a 17-foot birdie putt on 18 to cap a 6-under 66 that lifted him to a one-shot title defense. An upside-down year became even more so Sunday at Bay Hill. The last nine 54-hole leaders on the PGA Tour have coughed up the lead on the final day. Leave it to the guy without a top-45 finish this season to close out the tournament. No, even that stat isn’t sufficient. Consider: This was a player who had a scoring average north of 72, who had one top 25 since May, who entered this week ranked outside the top 200 in ball-striking. He is the 19th winner in 19 events this season. Arnold Palmer Invitational: Articles, videos and photos When Every won this tournament a year ago, even his caddie, Derek Mason, described his boss as a “flash in the pan,” a player who relied on a swing based too much on timing and his comfort level at that particular venue. The next few months proved that. Playing in his first Masters just three weeks after his first win, Every got exposed. He shot rounds of 77-78 and, worse, didn’t feel like he belonged. “I got my butt kicked,” he said. “I said I’ve got to get better because I don’t want to be a guy who can’t compete there.” The missed cuts mounted, six in all, by the time he reached the FedEx Cup playoffs. He was tired, worn down, frustrated. The first step was his decision to transform his body, to shed some weight, to ensure that his 30s were the prime of his career like so many of his peers. Revamping his swing was next. Every has been friends with Sean Foley for years, and the renowned swing coach had an opening in his stable last fall when a certain former No. 1 decided that Foley’s services were no longer needed. Every jumped at the opportunity. They made a rather drastic adjustment in Every’s swing – moving his eye line over the ball – but more than the technical aspects, Every says that the uber-positive Foley has provided him clarity, or a better understanding of how and why the swing works. “It was like he had a Ferrari but the wheels weren’t aligned,” says Mason, the caddie. “Now, he’s got the alignment and the GPS units on it, so he’s not taking wrong turns.” Oh, but there were several in the last few months. Several until this past week, really. “It’s easy to get down on yourself out here,” Every said. “It’s the biggest waste of time, because nobody really cares.” He was striping it on the range, for two hours at a time under the watchful eye of Foley. He sensed a turnaround was imminent. And besides, why couldn’t he win again at Arnie’s Place, a tournament he’s been attending since he was a boy, when his dad would let a 12-year-old Matt follow Mark Calcavecchia, walk the entire course and meet up four hours later? Last year Every chased down a soon-to-be-No. 1 in Adam Scott. This time, he needed seven final-round birdies to hold off world No. 3 Stenson. The Swedish ball-striking savant had a one-shot lead midway through the back nine, but his group was put on the clock for a second time on 15. Worried about the stopwatch-wielding official, Stenson rushed through his routine on the green and three-putted from 45 feet, including a 5-foot miss. The next hole, he three-jacked from the same distance. “That’s really what cost me the tournament,” Stenson said, adding that he made a gesture toward the rules official after the second three-putt on 16. Let’s just say it wasn’t a thumbs up. Up ahead, Every delivered the finishing blow. As Every approached his final birdie putt at the back of the 18th green, a fan in the grandstand purposely coughed and blurted, “Straight putt! … Ahem. … Straight putt!” “I was like, this guy is a real d— if he’s lying to me, because it’s a pretty important moment,” Every said. But sure enough, Every surveyed the downhill putt and couldn’t find much break. The fan was right. Every’s putt snuck in the side door. That final birdie lifted Every to 19-under 269, one shot clear of Stenson, who missed a hard-swinging 20-footer on the last. Every, who erased a three-shot deficit, joined Loren Roberts (1994-95) and Tiger Woods (five times) as the only back-to-back winners at Bay Hill. At the trophy presentation, Every leaned into the microphone and cracked, “I told Tiger I’d hold it down for him until he gets back.” An embarrassment no longer.last_img read more

Best of YouTube: The Bok dream team

first_img‘ Best of YouTube: The Bok dream team Video published on April 10, 2020 AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Shop Bras Online | Search AdsTake a Look at These Bra and Panty SetsShop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ ‘ Post by Dylan Jack ‘ 熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAaron Smith names South African as greatest World Cup scrumhalfSA Rugby MagUndoJapan-based Kiwi player: I hope to never experience this againSA Rugby MagUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndo GoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndo In another selection from YouTube, Real Rugby select a Springbok dream team from players that played in the 1995, 2007 and 2019 World Cup campaigns.Photo: Steve Haag Sports/Hollywoodbets World Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVMaverick coach Eddie Jones has named his Test dream team made up of players he has worked with throughout his illustrious career.SA Rugby MagUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndoShop Bras Online | Search AdsBrilliant Bra and Panty Sets (take a look)Shop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo贷款| 搜索广告在香港獲得貸款可能比您想的要容易贷款| 搜索广告|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Watch: I wanted to rip Jean’s head off – Jaque FourieSA Rugby MagUndo ‘ ‘ Posted in Springboks, Top headlines, Videos, World Cup last_img read more

Mission’s costs for Johnson Drive, Martway projects drops from early estimates

first_imgUtility crews have been working since last summer to relocate utilities in anticipation of the Johnson Drive rebuild in 2014.The total cost to the City of Mission for the extensive street projects on Martway and Johnson Drive extending into 2014 have dropped substantially in the last several months.Between May and November, the total cost to the city on both projects has been lowered as the Martway construction actually wrapped up and the Johnson Drive project, which will run through next summer, took construction bids last week.The initial Johnson Drive construction bid came in nearly $684,000 less than the engineer’s estimate. Some additional subcontracts will be awarded in January that will round out the bids. The city had already seen its costs drop from May estimates, mostly as a result of increased participation from Johnson County road funds. That accounted for the bulk of a $1.6 million reduction in what the city is expected to pay.The Johnson Drive rehabilitation, including a significant storm water project, still will cost approximately $10 million, but the city’s share is expected to be less than $4.5 million. The Martway project, which concluded this summer, cost about $300,000 less than predicted in May for a total of just under $3.3 million. The city’s share was less than $1.3 million.The Johnson Drive cost estimates had been a point of concern at city council meetings because the cost of acquiring easements and right of way access for sidewalks, parking and roadway were approximately double early estimates.  The council defeated a resolution to increase the project funding based on the May estimates.In some cases the city did not own easements, going back decades, for sections that are part of the street. In a twist on that scenario, it was discovered that the city easement actually extended into the Verizon building. That is being corrected by vacating the easement for the building owner.The Johnson Drive project will rebuild the street from storefront to storefront next summer. Utility work in preparation for the project has been under way for months.last_img read more

Survey Finds 71 Percent of Americans Plan to Shop Online This…

first_imgWhile 51 percent of Americans do create a holiday budget, two-thirds of Americans (66 percent), as well as 71 percent of the parents polled, usually spend more than they plan to during the holidays. However, Americans do love to save and use their favorite methods for the most wonderful time of year.Top methods Americans will use to save money this holiday season (Top three ways)Use coupons or promo codes (81 percent)Use cashback sites/apps (69 percent)Use cashback/rewards credit cards (51 percent)Baby, it’s cold outside… so shop onlineWhen do Americans start holiday shopping?November (39 percent)October (22 percent)December (13 percent) Know the retail patterns and time your purchases. With 31 percent starting their holiday shopping on Black Friday, you’ll likely find game consoles and kitchen appliances marked down heavily on that day. Meanwhile, Cyber Monday is notorious for any deals that include free shipping, free express shipping or any other types of online promos (ex: spend $150 get X off). Keep these general rules of thumb in the back of your mind when you’re searching for gifts. Although over a third (39 percent) start holiday shopping in November, about 36 percent of Americans do most of their holiday shopping throughout the year, on Black Friday (31 percent), during last-minute sales right before Christmas (17 percent), and Cyber Monday (15 percent).How do you plan on shopping this upcoming holiday season?Online (71 percent)In-store (29 percent)Why do Americans plan on shopping online this upcoming holiday season? (Top three responses)I want to avoid the crowds/long lines (70 percent)I believe I get the best deals online (63 percent)I prefer to get everything shipped to my home (42 percent)What’s on your wish list?Top three gifts that are usually purchased for adultsClothes (56 percent)Gift certificate/gift card (51 percent)Tech (41 percent)Top three gifts that are usually purchased for children Toys (70 percent)Clothes (57 percent)Video games (35 percent)So, whether you’re planning to shop online this season or head to the malls, keep the following tips in mind to score the best deals and steals. Below, please find some insight from Rebecca Gramuglia, Shopping Expert at TopCashback.com:Comparison shop. Don’t try to do all of your shopping at one store. If you’re buying an item, whether it’s a game console, TV, Nike sneakers or a designer bag, check other retailers before making a purchase! You may end up saving a lot more than you initially thought you would… or could. MIAMI, Florida – ‘Tis the season to spend money. Fa-la-la-la-la…TopCashback.com, the USA’s most generous cashback site, is sharing their holiday survey results and found that 72 percent of Americans say their stress level increases during the holidays with 64 percent of those feeling financially stressed.The survey polled a cross-section of 2,700 adults, aged 18 and over, on their holiday spending habits.Keep the change… and put it towards your holiday budgetNearly half of Americans (48 percent) plan to spend the same amount this holiday season as last year, while 24 percent plan to spend more and 28 percent plan to spend less.On average, how much do Americans expect to spend on gifts in total this year?$101 to $500 (35 percent)$501 to $1,000 (28 percent)$1,001 to $2,000 (16 percent)Do you create a spending/holiday budget?Yes (51 percent)No (49 percent)center_img Download the apps. Whether it’s a major retailer or a cashback app, every bit of savings helps. A one-stop-shop holiday favorite like Target offers 1% earnings for a later date on every purchase when you join Target Circle and use the app. Sometimes retailers also offer a hefty percentage off a single order or rewards program points when you make a purchase through the respective app. And shopping through a cashback app, like the TopCashback app, is a perfect way to score holiday presents while on-the-go (especially if you found a good deal in the moment and know it will sell out). Stack the savings. Make sure you hit all the key savings points this holiday season. First, look to find your item marked down to its lowest point. Next, see if you can stack an additional coupon code or discount on top of that. Then, use a cashback site like com. Lastly, smile to yourself because you scored a sweet deal.Do your research. Lots of retailers like Best Buy, Targetand Walmart release their Black Friday deals ahead of time online via sites like com. By looking at who has the best prices and items, you’ll be able to plan your shopping accordingly. And be on the lookout for in-store only and online-only deals, that way you’re not wandering around the store looking for something only available online (or vice-versa).last_img read more

Tavernier: Gerrard demands consistency and Rangers delivered

first_imgRangers captain James Tavernier believes the team are delivering on Steven Gerrard’s demands for the season so far and showed that by reaching the League Cup final.A 3-0 win over Hearts set the Ibrox side up for a showdown with Celtic next month for the first trophy of the season. It’s the first time the team have reached a final since 2016 and Tavernier has been part of teams that have fallen short in the last four over previous years. The right-back said that manager Gerrard had set challenges for his team and that so far, with the team competing on all fronts, players had stepped up to the mark.“It’s always difficult because you’re always playing with a new team since the previous year but we knew that this season we needed consistency and I think we’ve shown it throughout the season so far,” Tavernier said. “It’s just the level of performance that the boys have been putting in. “It’s what the gaffer demands and we’ve gone and delivered today.”A Filip Helander goal and a double from Alfredo Morelos saw Rangers see off Hearts without too much danger and Tavernier felt his side could be pleased with their efforts and look forward to the final.“That’s what we wanted to do before the game,” he said. “We haven’t had the greatest of (records in) semi-finals since I have been here but a club like Rangers needs to be in finals and competing for trophies.“We knew it would be a tough game today but we handled Hearts the best we could and came out on top.“Everybody wants to win a cup. “Us lads in that changing room all want to win a cup and be successful but we will concentrate on the Europa League and the (league) season and when the final comes along we will concentrate on that.”last_img read more