Spieth comes close to perfection

first_imgSHEBOYGAN, Wis. – The pursuit of the Greatest Major Season Ever isn’t supposed to be easy. “There’s a reason I have a receding hairline,” Jordan Spieth said, “and it’s because of that kind of pressure building up and that kind of stress. As much of a thrill as it is, it can wear you down.” He emptied the tank Sunday at Whistling Straits.  With one final chance to stamp his major season as the best of all time, Spieth embraced the moment and put on a memorable show at this PGA Championship – crouching and kneeling, begging and pleading, spinning and marching, swiping and fist-pumping, barking and cheering. It just wasn’t enough. Spotting one of the hottest players in the world a two-shot lead, Spieth could only watch in awe as Jason Day buried five years of frustration with a near-flawless 67 to bully his way into the major winner’s circle. “By far the best loss I’ve ever had,” Spieth said. Spieth lost to the lowest score ever shot in a major, 20-under 268. His own 17-under total is the best score in a major (relation to par) by a non-winner or playoff participant. Big picture, Spieth’s 54-under par cumulative score in the majors is the best all time, eclipsing by one Tiger Woods’ epic 2000 season. His 1,090 strokes in the majors are the fewest ever, five less than Woods’ gold standard. And he is the third player since 1960 to finish in the top-4 in all four majors in a season. Historic by any measure.  But it wasn’t until after the round that Spieth learned of the greatest consolation prize of all: His solo second was enough to overtake Rory McIlroy and ascend to No. 1 in the Official World Ranking, one of his lifelong goals.  “That will never be taken away from me now,” he said. Neither will one of the two best major seasons of the modern era.    This week there was considerable debate on where a three-major haul by Spieth would rank in the pantheon of all-time great seasons. It’s all a moot point now, of course, because Spieth fell short of earning the hat trick, and thus his major season will be slotted behind Woods in 2000 and Ben Hogan in 1953. But the conversation was interesting, and it served as a reminder of how close the 22-year-old came to reshaping our perception of major greatness. So while it’s easy to mourn what could have been, it’s worth celebrating one of the most impressive stretches of golf we’ve ever seen.   There was the runaway, record-breaking victory at the Masters. There was the taut finish at the U.S. Open, where Spieth was fortunate not only to avoid a loss, but also a playoff, after Dustin Johnson’s three-putt from 12 feet.  And then there was the gut-wrenching conclusion to the Open Championship, where Spieth had a tie for the lead after 70 holes and kicked away a chance to win. No one in the modern era – not Palmer, not Nicklaus, not Woods – has come closer to winning the third leg of the Grand Slam. All told, Spieth came within four measly shots of the single-season Slam. Only Nicklaus in 1975 (three) was closer. “You only get four (majors) a year,” Spieth said, “and to have an opportunity to win all of them is so cool.” Thing is, Spieth could very easily have mailed it in after St. Andrews. He could have showed up at the PGA, punched the clock, recorded another top 10 and been content with his two-major campaign. But his focus shifted to the winning this major, to making the most of this glorious year, the moment his last gasp from the Valley of Sin veered left of the cup. When he returned home to Dallas, he took only two days off and got back to work with swing coach Cameron McCormick. After a rusty start at Firestone, he closed with 66 and back-doored a top 10. “In our conversations where he confides in me, there was no letdown at all,” McCormick said. “Of course he would have loved to get into the playoff and win that tournament. That’s obvious. But there’s still a lot to play for.” Here he smiled. “Jordan is also very good at revising goals once he checks off a box, and he’s set some further goals for the rest of the season.” The PGA was next on Spieth’s list, and with a victory he could have become the first player to sweep all three American majors in the same season. His bid got off to a slow start, but a 71 in tough conditions kept him in touch with the leaders. No surprise there – he never trailed by more than five strokes after any major round this season. After his putter heated up, Spieth soared into contention with rounds of 67-65 and stirred hopes of even more history. With a back-nine 30 Saturday, he earned a spot in another final group, trailing the star-crossed Day by two. No player has put himself in position to break through more often recently than Day, but the Aussie showed the kind of audacity Sunday that had been lacking in his other close calls. Wailing away on his driver, he birdied four of his first seven holes to create some separation. The turning point in the final round came on No. 11, a reachable par 5 of 555 yards. Day belted a drive that practically waved at Spieth’s ball on the way by, bounded down the hill and settled 382 yards away. Walking up to their tee shots, Spieth whirled around and yelled, “Holy s—! You’ve gotta be kidding me!” Day smiled and flexed his bicep. A few moments later, he launched a wedge onto the green for an easy birdie, and when Spieth’s weak attempt from 6 feet peeled away at the cup, Day had regained his four-shot advantage. “It was a stripe show,” Spieth said. “It was really a clinic to watch.” Day got up and down out from the sand on 12. He stuffed an approach out of a deep fairway bunker to 10 feet on 14, then poured in the birdie putt. And after he gave back a shot on 15, he ripped a 4-iron to 20 feet on the par-5 16th to set up a stress-free birdie. “Each time he stood and took it back, I had hope,” Spieth said. “And each time after it came off the face, the hope was lost.” Spieth tried everything. He talked to his ball. Listened to pep talks from caddie Michael Greller. Made a few of the best up-and-downs of his life. Tried to will his ball into the cup. “To be honest,” Day said, “the kid just doesn’t go away.” But nothing worked, not this time.  Spieth’s goal at the start of the day was to shoot 68. That’s exactly what he signed for – and lost by three. Ever gracious in defeat, Spieth unabashedly praised his fellow competitor down the stretch. When Day made an unlikely birdie on 14, Spieth waited for him by the next tee and said, “I mean, wow, that’s impressive right there.” When Day nestled his long lag putt on 17 to within tap-in range, Spieth locked eyes and gave him a thumbs up. And when it was all over, when Day sobbed in his caddie’s arms and his young family spilled out onto the green, Spieth stood and applauded.   Later, while waiting in the scoring trailer, Spieth looked at Day and told him, “There was nothing I could do.” That helps explain why a legitimate run at the single-season Grand Slam only comes around every decade or two. It requires exquisite golf, yes, but also mental toughness, good fortune and timing. So much has to align, and in the end Spieth was four shots from perfection, from the Greatest Major Season Ever. “I’m tired right now,” he said. “I left it all out there.”last_img read more

PhD Research Fellow in Human Geography at University of Oslo

first_imgPhD Research Fellow in Human Geography at University of Oslo July 17, 2014 Published by lenka 2021 DRAPER HILLS SUMMER FELLOWS PROGRAM Gender Equality Research Fellowship → Deadline: 15 August 2014Open to: graduates with master’s degree in human geographyScholarship: salary in pay grade 50-57 (NOK 416 600 – 468 400 per annum)DescriptionThere is a vacant position at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography for a research fellow in human geography. The position is for a period of up to 4 years with 25 % compulsory work (primarily teaching). The Department Human Geography is divided into two core areas. Research fellows should have research interests within one or more of these areas:1. Development in third-world countries, politics, and the environment;2. Urban and regional development.EligibilityApplicants for the position of research fellow must have a master’s degree/second-level degree in human geography. The master’s thesis must has been submitted before the application deadline.ScholarshipSalary in pay grade 50-57 (NOK 416 600 – 468 400 per annum), depending on competence;A pleasant working environment;A good pension scheme through the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund;Good welfare benefits.ApplicationThe electronic application should include:A letter of application;Project proposal (5-10 pages) which should include the topic, relevant theory and methods and a work plan. If the project requires field work or data collection, costs must be calculated and presented in a budget;CV with full summary of education, practice and academic work. The period of enrollment (admission-completion) in the master’s study programme must be specified;Copies of certificates and references;Master’s thesis – please note that there is no separate prompt for uploading your thesis in the electronic application. Your thesis must therefore be uploaded as “attachment”;Complete list of publications and any academic work.The hiring process will include an interview. In addition to an overall evaluation of the applicant’s grades, particular emphasis will be placed on the quality of the project proposal and the master’s thesis.For further information, please visit the official website. The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program 2021 +1 LinkedIn 0 2021 Senesh Fellowshipcenter_img ← International Conference ‘What Divides Europe?’ in Georgia Similar Stories Pocket Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Share 0 Reddit Tweetlast_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Early Salmonella egg warning, cholera vaccination in Guinea, veterinary training

first_img NRC: Too few vet students going into research, public healthColleges are not preparing enough veterinarians to serve in academic and research capacities, according to a report from the National Research Council (NRC). The report says that, although the supply of veterinarians is growing, most graduates seek training in companion-animal or pet medicine and not enough are prepared for faculty teaching or research positions or for jobs in state diagnostic laboratories, federal research and regulatory agencies, and the pharmaceutical and biologics industry. College debt also drives veterinary students away from pursuing PhD training, according to an NRC news release. The shortage could hamper filling “jobs overseeing and enforcing food safety and animal health standards, conducting research in human drug development and advances in pet health, and participating in wildlife and ecosystem management, infectious disease control, biosecurity, and agro-terrorism prevention,” according to the press release. Alan Kelly, BVSc, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania and chair of the committee that wrote the report, said, “We must ensure that schools train qualified veterinarians in sync with the diverse and growing array of societal needs.”May 30 NRC news releaseFull report Iowa lab warned of Salmonella in hens before 2010 egg outbreakMonths before a 2010 multistate outbreak of Salmonella in eggs was made public, an Iowa State University (ISU) lab found Salmonella in sick laying hens at Iowa farms owned by former egg magnate Jack DeCoster and warned the egg producer that the pathogen “almost certainly” was in its eggs, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. The ISU Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory found Salmonella in manure at several Iowa egg-laying plants and in hens’ internal organs about 4 months before the August 2010 recall of 550 million DeCoster eggs, the story said. Birds on the farms were dying in unusually high numbers, and by late April, 43% of DeCoster poultry houses tested positive for Salmonella. On May 1 of that year, ISU scientist Darrell Trampel, DVM, PhD, told a colleague that the lab had isolated Salmonella Enteritidis (SE), the outbreak strain, from the livers of dead hens from two farms that each housed tens of thousands of chickens. “If SE is in the livers of the laying hens, it is almost certainly in the eggs,” he wrote in an e-mail. He also informed DeCoster manager Tony Wasmund, both on that day and on May 11, when similar findings were seen in dead hens from three Iowa plants, according to the story. The laboratory released its testing records in response to a subpoena from NuCal Foods, a California cooperative that bought contaminated DeCoster eggs and is now suing. ISU lab operations director Rodger Main, DVM, PhD, said SE doesn’t have to be reported to state or federal officials, and doing so would violate confidentiality agreements between the lab and food producers, who pay for the voluntary tests. The 2010 outbreak sickened at least 1,900 people nationwide.Aid group vaccinates 117,000 to fight cholera in GuineaThe aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, or Doctors Without Borders) announced recently that it vaccinated 117,000 people to fight a cholera outbreak in Guinea, marking the first time Africans have been give a two-dose oral vaccine during an outbreak. Working with the Guinean Ministry of Health, MSF vaccinated people in the coastal region around Boffa, 150 kilometers north of Conakry, capital of the West African country, MSF said in a May 31 statement. “We were faced with an outbreak and we wanted first to protect people by vaccinating them, and to limit the spread of cholera,” said Dr Dominique Legros, MSF’s innovation initiative manager in Geneva. MSF and a partner group, Epicentre, plan to monitor the course of the Boffa outbreak and the effectiveness of vaccination over the next 6 months. “The results of this surveillance will be analyzed and used to develop a comprehensive global response strategy for future epidemics, which will enable MSF teams to deploy quickly to vaccinate communities and protect more people,” the group said. It commented that vaccination is a promising new tool for fighting cholera, but it must be complemented by treatment, improved hygiene, and the provision of safe water and sanitation.May 31 MSF statement Jun 4, 2012last_img read more

Alaska Lawmakers Approve Designating Indigenous Peoples Day

first_imgColumbus Day is a federal holiday but not a state holiday in Alaska. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Under a measure passed by the state Legislature, Columbus Day would be known as Indigenous Peoples Day in the state of Alaska. The bill, which passed the broad bipartisan support, will next go to Governor Bill Walker.center_img For the past two years, Walker has issued proclamations declaring the second Monday in October recognized federally as Columbus Day to be Indigenous People’s Day.last_img