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Masters–Day 3—-MSU SPRING FOOTBALL
Apr 7th, 2018 by Kindle

Patrick Nathaniel Reed is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour and the European Tour. He is notable for his victory in the 2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship.  Reed was a runner-up at the PGA Championship last summer, though he played the final hole without a chance to win. His best performance on the big stage has been in the Ryder Cup.

Patrick Reed is leading a major championship for the first time, and his confidence is so high that he can only see what’s ahead of him.

Reed started and finished the front nine with three straight birdies. He answered Marc Leishman‘s bold shot for an eagle by polishing off another run of three straight birdies. It added to a 6-under 66 and a two-shot lead over Leishman going into the weekend at Augusta National, where rain is expected today.

Right behind them are five major champions.

Nowhere near him are Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, the two names that generated so much of the buzz for a Masters that otherwise is living up to expectations.

None of it matters to Reed, who is going after his first major.

 Patrick Reed had played 12 rounds at ahead of this week with a combined score of +27 and had never broken 70.

Patrick Reed Round 2 Masters Scorecard

Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Tot
Par 4 5 4 3 4 3 4 5 4 36 4 4 3 5 4 5 3 4 4 36 72
Score 3 4 3 4 4 3 3 4 3 31 5 4 3 4 3 4 4 4 4 31 66

HERE’S A LIST OF THE PLAYERS UNDER PAR AFTER TWO ROUNDS

Pos Golfer To Par Friday R1 R2 Tot
1 Patrick Reed -9 -6 69 66 135
2 Marc Leishman -7 -5 70 67 137
3 Henrik Stenson -5 -2 69 70 139
T4 Rory McIlroy -4 -1 69 71 140
T4 Jordan Spieth -4 +2 66 74 140
T6 Dustin Johnson -3 -4 73 68 141
T6 Justin Thomas -3 -5 74 67 141
T8 Tony Finau -2 +2 68 74 142
T8 Rickie Fowler -2 E 70 72 142
T8 Louis Oosthuizen -2 -1 71 71 142
T8 Justin Rose -2 -2 72 70 142
T8 Bubba Watson -2 -3 73 69 142
T8 Charley Hoffman -2 +1 69 73 142
T14 Cameron Smith -1 E 71 72 143
T14 Matt Kuchar -1 +3 68 75 143
T14 Jon Rahm -1 -4 75 68 143
T14 Bernd Wiesberger -1 +1 70 73 14

The official cut line is set at +5. Check out which golfers are going home and which will contend for a green jacket this weekend in THIS LINK.

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Michigan State football Green and White spring game

When: 5 p.m.

Where: Spartan Stadium, East Lansing.

TV: Big Ten Network.

Spring Game SCOUTING REPORT

MASTERS–Day 2
Apr 6th, 2018 by Kindle

  Jordan Spieth,  the 2015 Masters champion, who also has finished runner-up twice, made five consecutive birdies on the back nine and finished with a 66 to grab a two-stroke lead.  Spieth will be back on the course early after posting the best round of the day at Augusta National in the first round of the 2018 Masters. The 2015 champion wowed crowds with an eagle at No. 8, and then ran off five birdies in a row with exceptional play coming down the back nine. He’ll be back at it at 10:53 a.m. ET on Friday, headlining a list of morning contenders that also includes Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler.

Tiger Woods is set to tee off at 1:27 p.m. ET along with Marc Leishman and Tommy Fleetwood. Woods described his 1-over 73 as “sloppy” on Thursday, pointing to the lack of birdies on the par-5s and some mishits that caused his score not to reflect how well he played in his first round back at the Masters in three years.

 

 

 

 

LAST YEAR’S CHAMPION:

Defending champion Sergio Garcia’s day was ruined in A single hole. On the par-5 15th, he put not one, not two, but five balls into the pond guarding the front of the green, the last four trickling down the slope until disappearing into the water. He made a 10-footer to finish with an octuple-bogey 13 and shot 81.——-“It’s the first time in my career where I make a 13 without missing a shot,” said Garcia, who made an eagle 3 in the last round in 2017 en route to the green jacket. “Simple as that. I felt like I hit a lot of good shots and unfortunately the ball just didn’t want to stop. It’s just unfortunate, but that’s what it is.”

OUCH, THAT SMARTS!! (Will Tony Finau be the story of the weekend?  Well, he was the story of Day 1.)

Tony Finau, who dislocated his ankle Wednesday after making a hole-in-one in the Par-3 Contest, shot 68 in his first Masters and sits in second place, tied with Matt Kuchar, 2 shots behind Spieth.

2018 Masters tee times, pairings for Thursday

All times Eastern

8:30 a.m.: Billy Horschel, Chez Reavie, Cameron Smith

8:41 a.m.: Sandy Lyle, Si Woo Kim, Dough Ghim

8:52 a.m.: Trevor Immelman, Ian Poulter, Patrick Cantlay

9:03 a.m.: Angel Cabrera, Ross Fisher, Jimmy Walker

9:14 a.m.: Fred Couples, Haotong Li, Joaquin Niemann

9:25 a.m.: Larry Mize, Russell Henley, Shubhankar Sharma

9:36 a.m.: Bernhard Langer, Tony Finau, Yuta Ikeda

9:47 a.m.: Charl Schwartzel, Webb Simpson, Yuxin Lin

9:58 a.m.: Kevin Kisner, Thomas Pieters, Xander Schauffele

10:09 a.m.: Gary Woodland, Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

10:31 a.m.: Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar

10:42 a.m.: Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm

10:53 a.m.: Jordan Spieth, Alex Noren, Louis Oosthuizen

11:04 a.m.: Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Rafa Cabrera Bello

11:15 a.m.: Austin Cook, Ted Potter Jr., Wesley Bryan

11:26 a.m.: Ian Woosnam, Ryan Moore, Jhonattan Vegas

11:36 a.m.: Mike Weir, Brendan Steele, Matt Parziale

11:48 a.m.: Jose Maria Olazabal, Kevin Chappell, Dylan Frittelli

11:59 a.m.: Bryson DeChambeau, Bernd Wiesberger, Matthew Fitzpatrick

12:10 p.m.: Mark O’Meara, Brian Harman, Harry Ellis

12:32 p.m.: Vijay Singh, Satoshi Kodaira, Daniel Berger

12:43 p.m.: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Pat Perez, Francesco Molinari

12:54 p.m.: Danny Willett, Kyle Stanley, Jason Dufner

1:05 p.m.: Hideki Matsuyama, Patton Kizzire, Paul Casey

1:16 p.m.: Zach Johnson, Martin Kaymer, Branden Grace

1:27 p.m.: Tiger Woods, Marc Leishman, Tommy Fleetwood

1:38 p.m.: Sergio Garcia, Justin Thomas, Doc Redman

1:49 p.m. Bubba Watson, Henrik Stenson, Jason Day

 

“So gather your thoughts, and get ready for a Friday that seems likely to be delicious. So many of the flavors are there. Spieth’s two-shot lead is over Finau, whose story this week currently outweighs the accomplishments of his golf career, and Matt Kuchar, the perpetually smiling longtime tour pro who has never won a major. But the group who managed 3-under 69s included McIlroy, who would complete the career Grand Slam with a victory here; Swedish star Henrik Stenson, who has no record to speak of at Augusta but is perhaps the best ball-striker in the galaxy; Patrick Reed, the feisty American for whom majors seem in the offing; and Haotong Li, a 22-year-old from China who had never played here before last week.”

 

 

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Masters Day 1
Apr 5th, 2018 by Kindle

The golf balls used in this morning’s Honorary Starters ceremony, autographed by Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus.  Gary edged Jack with his ceremonial tee shot: “I told Jack: ‘Don’t worry about me outdriving you now. You outdrove me for 50 damn years.'”

2018 Masters tournament

First of four major championships on PGA Tour

When: Today-Sunday.

Where: Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga.

TV: ESPN (Thursday-Friday); CBS (Saturday-Sunday).

Stream:Masters.org.

Final odds show Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth are co-favorites, according to Westgate Las Vegas Superbook.

Here’s a look at the updated odds, courtesy of the Westgate:

10/1: Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas

12/1: Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose

16/1: Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelon, Bubba Watson

20/1: Jon Rahm, Paul Casey

30/1: Hideki Matsuyama, Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, Tommy Fleetwood

40/1: Matt Kuchar, Alex Noren

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s Masters Week!
Apr 3rd, 2018 by Kindle

Here are some great shots from the past at Augusta.

Georgia Pine Smells Good and MSU Looks Great: Women’s Golf Advances to NCAA Championship Finals
May 10th, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Georgia Pine Suits MSU Fine

The MSU Women’s Golf team seems to excel when playing in the neighborhood of the Tall Georgia Pine. Continuing its trend of solid play under pressure MSU advanced out of the Athens, Georgia Regional to the 2017 NCAA National Championship Round to be held in Sugar Grove Illinois on May 19th-24th. A full recap is [here].

Meanwhile the Detroit Tigers of MLB continue their West Coast Trip, taking on the Snakes in Phoenix.  Detroit beat Arizona 7-3 on Tuesday night with newly designated Closer Justin Wilson pitched a perfect 9th – although not a Save situation.  The Tigers are 3rd in the American League Central 1.5 Games behind Cleveburgh.

MSU Women’s Softball (seeded #7) takes on Indiana tomorrow to begin the B1G Tournament Championship.  The game will be broadcast on BTN at 4:30 PM (EDT).  The background story is [here].

For the first time in decades, no Red Wings in the NHL Playoffs.  However, there is a Game 7 being played with the winner advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals.  Follow [here]

MSU Takes 2017 B1G Women’s Golf Championship Title – Spartan Will at its Finest
Apr 23rd, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Like a well trained, well equipped, motivated, and organized force;  the Michigan State Women’s Golf Team decided the 2017 B1G Women’s Golf Championship was their prize to capture. To those who were desiring of holding off MSU – our sincerest condolences.  Oh, and the truck you believe just hit you? It looked to be the color Green – more specifically WEB Color: 18453B.

2017 MSU Women’s Golf Team. Yes, they are smiling. The reason? They know (as do many opponents) that after three rounds they are likely taking a title home with them.

MSU blitzed the competition in the 3rd and Final Round of play to claim the victory at TPC River’s Bend in Maineville, Ohio.  The Spartans overcame #12 Northwestern’s 4 stroke lead at the start of the day and beat them by 2 strokes overall – finishing the tournament at + 2 PAR (866) to the Wildcats +4 (868).

The reward – a sixth B1G Championship for Head Coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll and a trip (for the entire team) to the NCAA Regional Championships.

For the Tournament MSU’s Sarah Burnham (JR) placed 2nd at -5 PAR (211), Allyson Geer (F) finished 4th EVEN PAR (216), Katie Sharp (RS JR) placed (T) 5th at +2 PAR (218), Carolyn Markley (SO) and Paz Marfa (F) placed (T) 25th at +12 PAR (228) and Logan Otter (RS F) finished at +21 PAR (T) 53rd.

Similar to its taking the title of the Buckeye Classic last weekend MSU overcame a national power (Texas last week and Northwestern this week) after spotting the competition a first round lead.

For the 2017 B1G Championship MSU wore down Northwestern’s 10 stroke lead after round 1 in two distinctly different manners.  On Saturday MSU’s Burnham scorched the PAR 72 course with a  B1G Championship and MSU all-time individual round low (-9 PAR 63).  On Sunday the entire MSU squad was the total difference.  MSU adhered to the adage play-the-course-not-the-competition.  Geer, Sharp, Markely shot under PAR final rounds and Otter shot +1 PAR. Burham shot a +3 PAR and Marfa shot a +4 PAR.  Meanwhile Northwestern seemed to do the opposite and faded in the final day as four players shot +5 to +12 PAR for the round.

Michigan’s Elodie Van Dievoet shot a -2 PAR for the final round (-6 210 overall) to claim the individual title by one stroke over Burnham.  It is the second week in a row Burnham placed 2nd in the individual scoring to pace the squad in its title grabbing venture.  Burnham was the B1G Golfer of the Week last week and given her unprecedented round on Saturday will likely receive similar recognition this week.

As for Slobodnik-Stoll it is another B1G Title in a stellar career.  The former MSU player in 20 coaching seasons has led MSU to six B1G Titles, and with today’s victory 18 NCAA Regional appearances.

Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll, alongside her mentor and former MSU women’s golf coach, Mary Fossum. With today’s title, the two have combined to win 12 Big Ten Championships.

 

Spartan Surge – 2018 Women’s B1G Golf Championship: Round 2
Apr 22nd, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Sarah Burnham

Spartan Sarah Burnham (JR) shot a scintillating -9 PAR 63 on Saturday to lead a surging MSU at the 2017 the B1G women’s Golf Championships on the TPC River’s Bend course in Maineville Ohio.  Burnham’s 2nd round result is the lowest single round score in B1G Women’s Championship and MSU team history. After two rounds Sarah sits at -8 PAR (136) which provides her with a 4 shot lead over Elodie Van Dievoet of Michigan and Emie Peronnin of Minnesota heading into Sunday’s Final Round.

MSU shot a combined -5 PAR (283) to vault into 2nd place behind #12 Northwestern who retained its 1st place standing by shooting a combined -3 PAR (285). The Spartans and Wildcats have three players each in the Top 10 Leader-board heading into the 3rd Round.  The Spartans (+5 PAR) are 8 strokes behind the Wildcats (-3 PAR).

Burnham was not the only Spartan to experience good fortune on Saturday as five of the six team members equaled or improved on their results from Friday’s opening round.  Freshman, and the state of Michigan’s perennial top female amateur golfer; Allyson Geer replicated Friday’s score and stands in 9th place overall.  RS Sophomore Katie Sharp improved three strokes from Friday’s round to shoot an EVEN PAR (72).  Sharp stands in 10 place overall.  Paz Marfa, the Freshman from Barcelona, Spain is in 21st.  Sophomore Carolyn Markley, who hails from the host city of the tournament is in 41st place and RS Freshman Logan Otter improved six strokes from Friday’s round and is in 75th place.

You can follow the championship via live stats [here].

Round 1 Recap is located [here].

Can Spartans Find Their Groove? – 2016 Women’s B1G Golf Championships
Apr 22nd, 2017 by Jeffrey Lubeck

Sarah Burnham

Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll’s MSU Women’s Golf team stand in 5th place after Round 1 in the 2016 B1G Golf Championship.  Can the Spartans find their groove and move to the top of the leaderboard? They did it last week to take the Buckeye Classic.  However, MSU will have to make up 10 strokes (or about 1.5 strokes a player) – I would not count them out.

Why? MSU has two All-American’s on the six member card who are a clear threat to take the individual title;  Sarah Burnham (JR) and Allyson Geer (FR).  Both carded a +1PAR and sit at 4 stokes off the lead.  Both are used to thriving on the big stage.  Burnham represented the United States in last year’s World University Games – finishing 9th and helping the USA to a Bronze Medal.  And as for Geer, simply put; she is the best female amateur golfer in the state of Michigan.  Geer was named 2016 Golf Association of Michigan Women’s Player of the Year, won the 2015 and 2016 Michigan State Amateur Championships, becoming the youngest and just the third player in the last 23 years to win the event in consecutive years, and has been ranked #1 in Michigan since 2013.  MSU also has four battle tested teammates to help make up the ground in Katie Sharp, Carolyn Markley, Paz Marfa, and Logan Otter.

You can follow the championship via live stats [here].

US & USMC Stand Tall at TUS HQ.

TUS Cup

TUS HQ Grounds at – The Valley Club, Sun Valley Idaho.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highly placed sources tell TUS that both Burnham and Geer feel their college career’s will not be complete until they take on The Marine (TUS’s MSU HOFer Tommy Hardenbergh.) on the links.  Our source says that Burnham was overheard saying, “None of this St. Augustine Florida or Portage Lake Michigan Cabin home course stuff.  Ideally I want a site such as the TUS HQ Valley Club course in Sun Valley, Idaho.”  Supposedly added Geer, “In fact, we should simply be able to compete for the TUS Cup.”  When asked for comment, TUS Compliance Officer GoSt8Go says “the ladies are Spartans and therefore – by rule – automatically eligible to be considered for membership in TUS.  Membership Committee Chairperson Maureen Whitman (aka Boston Spartan) says “both players – and in fact the whole squad – could gain membership in a Special Plebiscite.”  TUS Cup Director Rick Hurula (aka Trophy) says, “The Marine is tough tee through green, but I might as well start looking into shipping cost for the TUS Cup heading to East Lansing. We can ship it to Dave Pruder, and he can handle it from there.”

The scorecards and standings after Round 1.

Notice the Greer Eagle on the 18th hole.  Nice Finish!

J.D. Slams 3—Jordan Spieth Half-way To Slam
Jun 21st, 2015 by Kindle

Detroit 12, N.Y. 4: J.D. Martinez’s 3 HRs lead Tigers’ rout

J.D. Martinez homered three times and Victor Martinez homered once as the Tigers turned the tables on the Yankees during a 12-4 victory on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. Anibal Sanchez tossed seven strong innings against the Yankees, allowing three runs on seven hits and striking out five to get the win.

After losing by 11 runs Saturday night, Brad Ausmus held a closed-door meeting with his team in an effort to bump up the energy and intensity. The manager didn’t think his hitters were grinding at-bats consistently enough.  Call it payback if you want. But call it history, too.

Jordan Spieth won the 115th U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, emerging from a power-packed final-round leaderboard to defeat Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen by one shot and claim his second major title of the season. The 21-year-old Masters champion fired a final-round 69 and needed a final-hole birdie and some help from Johnson, who three-putted the final green, to secure the victory.

We have a Grand Slam march headed to St. Andrews and an American superstar golfer. Pretty exciting times!

Exciting finish. Horrific greens.  USGA … ahem’d … the pooch on the course and the greens, but got bailed out by possibly the most compelling hour of televised golf since Tiger vs. Bob May.

RELATED: View the Final Leaderboard From the U.S. Open

 

Jeopardy Sports Answer— “Who is Joe Buck?”

 

 

 

 

Max No-Hits ‘Em—Day Steadies—Tigers Blow Up
Jun 21st, 2015 by Kindle

Max Scherzer following his no-hitter, that was almost a perfect game, on Saturday. In his previous outing he allowed just one hit. These rank right up there with the best back-to-back performances in major league history. Scherzer became the fifth pitcher to allow one hit over consecutive complete games: Scherzer became the 13th pitcher in major league history to lose a perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning, and the first pitcher since Kevin Brown in 1997 to throw a no-hitter in which the only baserunner reached via a hit by pitch.

Jason Day walks off No. 18 after his second straight birdie put him at 4 under through the third round of the U.S. Open. Dealing with the lingering symptoms of vertigo and at times struggling to keep his balance, Jason Day somehow shot a 2-under-par 68 on Saturday at the U.S. Open to join a four-way tie for the lead after the third round. Day, who is ranked 10th in the world, collapsed on the final hole of the second round Friday, and it was unclear whether he would be able to play Saturday. Day, 27, walked slowly, bent over carefully to read putts and somehow plodded his way through 18 long, unforgiving holes at tough Chambers Bay in what turned into the round of the day and positioned him as the tournament’s newly minted sentimental favorite. Fans who’d seen Friday’s highlights when Day collapsed on the final green, a scary moment, cheered him on around the course throughout Saturday’s round. In a tournament that was hoping for a strong showing by Tiger Woods, Jason Day is providing the theater that Fox Network could not have scripted.

 

 

Tigers:

The Tigers’ blow-out loss to the Yankees yesterday is undeserving of a photo.

Fresh off a shutout of the Reds, Anibal Sanchez will take the mound for the Tigers this afternoon.

He’s starting to find his groove in June, but he is 5-7 with a 4.65 ERA this season.

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