Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson Signs with UFC: Latest Contract Details and Reaction

Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson Signs with UFC: Latest Contract Details and Reaction
USA TODAY Sports

Nearly two years after his last fight in the Octagon, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has come back to UFC in an announcement on the UFC Fight Night event Saturday in Brazil. 

The news was tweeted by the official UFC on Fox Twitter account:

In the official release on UFC.com, Jackson stated that he wanted to return to the promotion because he wasn’t getting the same challenge anywhere else:

I left, got my knees fixed and healed up and I got excited about fighting, and it showed in my training camps. I don?t feel like I was fighting the same caliber of guys that was in the UFC, but at the same time, my training camps went a lot smoother and made me more excited about being a fighter.

Jackson had been competing with rival promotion Bellator, winning all three of his fights, most recently defeating Muhammed Lawal in May. According to Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com, Bellator still holds Jackson’s rights despite what Rampage claims:

However, Bellator President Scott Coker took to Twitter and alerted the world that Jackson is still under contract with the promotion:

It’s clear that something has gotten lost in translation, which could lead to an interesting legal battle in the future. Jackson is the No. 1 contender for the Bellator light heavyweight title, though no match has been set. 

Prior to leaving UFC, Jackson lost his last three fights with the promotion to Jon Jones, Ryan Bader and Glover Teixeira. He has been regarded as one of the best light heavyweight fighters in MMA history, but age has slowed him down in recent years. 

As Jackson stated, the talent he was fighting in Bellator wasn’t at the same level as he was used to seeing in UFC. He just has to figure out the contract situation to determine who he will fight next and where that fight will be.

This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service – if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.
Want something else to read? How about ‘Grievous Censorship’ By The Guardian: Israel, Gaza And The Termination Of Nafeez Ahmed’s Blog

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2306472-quinton-rampage-jackson-signs-with-ufc-latest-contract-details-and-reaction

John Olerud Elmer Flick Joe Medwick Lou Boudreau Billy Herman Joe Torre Joe Kelley Bill Terry Robin Ventura Jack Clark Joe Gordon Stan Hack Carlos Beltran Bill Dickey Enos Slaughter Jim O\\\’Rourke Bob Johnson Jimmy Collins Norm Cash Minnie Minoso Jason Giambi Jose Cruz Bob Elliott Harry Hooper Cesar Cedeno Buck Ewing Ron Cey Jimmy Sheckard Mickey Cochrane Tommy Leach Sam Rice Ted Simmons Ichiro Suzuki Max Carey Fred McGriff George Sisler Tony Perez Gabby Hartnett Chet Lemon Luis Aparicio Kiki Cuyler Hugh Duffy Frank Chance Brian Downing John McGraw Vada Pinson Joe Tinker Gene Tenace King Kelly Johnny Evers Joe Sewell Tony Lazzeri Bobby Doerr Ellis Burks Hughie Jennings Tony Phillips Fielder Jones Larry Doby Larry Doyle Fred Lynn Bernie Williams Cupid Childs Mark Grace Toby Harrah Harry Stovey Edd Roush Orlando Cepeda Mike Cameron Johnny Damon Sam Thompson

Girls’ Golfer of the Year: Burbank High’s Maemura enjoys swinging success in senior season

Though Irene Maemura missed achieving her ultimate goal of competing in the state tournament for the first time in her career, she doesn’t harbor any regrets. The steady Burbank High girls’ golfer proved to be among the top athletes in the Pacific League, which featured top-flight programs San Marino and Arcadia.

Full Story

Quantcast

This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service – if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.
Want something else to read? How about
‘Grievous Censorship’ By The Guardian: Israel, Gaza And The Termination Of Nafeez Ahmed’s Blog

Source: http://www.topix.com/golf/2014/12/girls-golfer-of-the-year-burbank-highs-maemura-enjoys-swinging-success-in-senior-season?fromrss=1

Sal Bando Willie Randolph Bobby Wallace Jimmy Wynn Dave Winfield Sammy Sosa Jeff Kent Mike Piazza Sherry Magee Jack Glasscock Andruw Jones Ken Boyer Richie Ashburn Bid McPhee Zack Wheat Willie Stargell Will Clark Todd Helton Billy Williams Willie Davis Vladimir Guerrero Bobby Abreu Darrell Evans Bobby Bonds Hank Greenberg Andre Dawson John Olerud Elmer Flick Joe Medwick Lou Boudreau Billy Herman Joe Torre Joe Kelley Bill Terry Robin Ventura Jack Clark Joe Gordon Stan Hack Carlos Beltran Bill Dickey Enos Slaughter Jim O\\\’Rourke Bob Johnson Jimmy Collins Norm Cash Minnie Minoso Jason Giambi Jose Cruz Bob Elliott Harry Hooper Cesar Cedeno Buck Ewing Ron Cey Jimmy Sheckard Mickey Cochrane Tommy Leach Sam Rice Ted Simmons Ichiro Suzuki Max Carey Fred McGriff George Sisler Tony Perez Gabby Hartnett Chet Lemon Luis Aparicio Kiki Cuyler Hugh Duffy Frank Chance Brian Downing

Selfies rule OK at Ryder Cup

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Ryder Cup organizers encourage selfies and sharing via social media at event
  • Reports had said there would be a ban on uploading photographs via social media
  • Rory McIlroy among many players who attract big following on Twitter and Facebook
  • Ultrafast wifi also on offer but restrictions in place to avoid disruption to players

Follow us at @WorldSportCNN and like us on Facebook

(CNN) — Rory McIlroy loves making birdies, but he’s partial to the odd selfie too.

And thanks to a late change of heart from Ryder Cup organizers, golf’s world No. 1 can tweet to his heart’s content at this week’s transatlantic tussle between Europe and the United States.

A ban on uploading pictures via social media during the tournament in Scotland has been reversed, which will no doubt please four-time major champion McIlroy and his 2.1 million-strong Twitter following.

This pro-selfie stance reflects a growing shift in attitude from golf’s authorities, with the 2014 Ryder Cup set to be the most socially connected in the team competition’s 87-year history.

“Selfies are positively encouraged and I expect to see plenty of them,” says its match director Edward Kitson. “We want people to share their stories online and feel part of the Ryder Cup.”

This commitment to sharing will also embrace ultrafast 4G wireless connection and radio frequency wristbands that allow fans to indulge in activities around the course and post their experiences to social media instantly.

And while there are rules in place to minimize disruption to play, it is all a far cry from a six-year period between 2007 and 2012 when mobile phones were banned from the British Open after complaints from players.

Sport has grown into one of the biggest draws on Twitter and Facebook, and a strong social media presence is now essential for any self-respecting major event.

“There’s now an expectation among fans that their experience will include social media in some way,” Caroline Cheese told CNN from the offices of UK-based LiveWire Sport, which counts the English Premier League and broadcaster Channel 4 among its clients.

“Events now see social strategy as a crucial part of the planning process — not just a luxury add-on or afterthought.

“It doesn’t just start when the event kicks off either. Events can start connecting with their fans months ahead, building a buzz, offering exclusive competitions and, in doing so, creating a loyal fanbase.”

Even those fans who are in the stands at a sporting event are developing an appetite for in-game interaction.

Thanks to reliable wifi across Hoylake’s links at this year’s British Open, many fans were able to watch the action right in front of them as well as follow TV coverage on a tablet or mobile phone.

The concept of “second-screening” — watching TV with a mobile, laptop or tablet to hand — has become the norm in recent years thanks to the explosion in social media.

Now clubs, and brands, are cottoning on to the opportunity it presents.

Scottish football champion Celtic has earned plaudits for its in-stadium wifi network and dedicated matchday app — only the second of its kind in Europe.

The app provides text commentary, stats, images and interactive polls during a game, while pulling in the best of social media. It also encourages fans vote for a sponsor’s man of the match.

“If you think about it, it is totally natural. You check your phone however many times a day, if you are at a live sporting event of course you want to do that,” Niall Coen, managing director of Snack Media, the digital content wing of the app’s developer, Sports Revolution, told CNN.

“It’s human nature — everyone wants to talk about the great goal they saw go in, or debate whether that was a red card or a penalty.

“When you see something that’s important to you, you want to share with like-minded people around you and that’s the basic premise of a lot of these social media business, not just sport.

“Part of the project at Celtic, and part of its success, is being able to fill that gap because when you have huge numbers of people together in one place you don’t have the coverage and connectivity.”

Future plans for the app include an ability for fans to buy tickets for matches or order food and drink to pick up during halftime.

And as sport’s social presence continues to evolve and technology gets better, Coen thinks it won’t be long before event rights-holders themselves get in on the action.

“The likes of Twitter and Facebook are quite open about fact that sport is one of the biggest interests amongst their users,” Coen added.

“One way it might go is some of the top rights-holders in sports and football might club together and do their own channel.

“Or maybe Twitter and Facebook could enhance their offering, with VIP areas that include a stream about a particular event, where you have all the very best commentators.”

The recent World Cup underlined what an important accoutrement social media is for any global sporting event.

A total of 672 million tweets relating to the football showpiece were sent during the tournament in Brazil — a new record according to Twitter.

The 35.6 million tweets sent during Brazil’s humiliating 7-1 defeat to eventual winner Germany was the most sent during a single sporting event.

And it shows that whether inside the stadium or not, the online debate around the game is growing ever larger.

“Fans aren’t passive anymore, they want to feel part of the event and social is crucial in that,” Cheese explained.

“It allows events to deliver behind-the-scenes content, competitions, hashtag initiatives to allow fans to connect with each other and to the event itself.

“Perhaps its most crucial role — especially for really big events — is in bringing together a global audience.

“For example, the Premier League — and many of its clubs — engages directly with its millions of fans in China via channels like Sina Weibo.

“The big match might be taking place in Manchester but its reach is way, way bigger than that.”

Read: ‘I’m just a wife, but I’m treated like a star

Read: Why Tom Watson battles with Twitter

Read: Do you love Team USA this much?

This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service – if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.
Want something else to read? How about ‘Grievous Censorship’ By The Guardian: Israel, Gaza And The Termination Of Nafeez Ahmed’s Blog

Source: http://rss.cnn.com/~r/rss/edition_golf/~3/XZzufTvmcNo/index.html

Luke Appling Barry Larkin Derek Jeter Tony Gwynn Jesse Burkett Bobby Grich Carlton Fisk Duke Snider Edgar Martinez Larry Walker Jim Thome Alan Trammell Eddie Murray Jim Edmonds Ivan Rodriguez Pee Wee Reese Ron Santo Gary Carter Manny Ramirez Craig Biggio Rafael Palmeiro Willie McCovey Kenny Lofton Tim Raines Ozzie Smith Ernie Banks Frank Baker Roberto Alomar Al Simmons Gary Sheffield Mark McGwire Reggie Smith Jackie Robinson Goose Goslin Joe Jackson Joe Cronin Scott Rolen Ryne Sandberg Dwight Evans Yogi Berra Jake Beckley Graig Nettles Harmon Killebrew Dick Allen Keith Hernandez Willie Keeler Buddy Bell Sal Bando Willie Randolph Bobby Wallace Jimmy Wynn Dave Winfield Sammy Sosa Jeff Kent Mike Piazza Sherry Magee Jack Glasscock Andruw Jones Ken Boyer Richie Ashburn Bid McPhee Zack Wheat Willie Stargell Will Clark Todd Helton Billy Williams Willie Davis Vladimir Guerrero Bobby Abreu Darrell Evans

UFC Fight Night 58 Results: Winners, Scorecards from Machida vs. Dollaway Card

UFC Fight Night 58 Results: Winners, Scorecards from Machida vs. Dollaway Card
Jae C. Hong/Associated Press

Just where should Lyoto Machida rank in the UFC middleweight hierarchy?

That?s the questioned being answered at UFC Fight Night 58. The Dragon will headline the event across from longtime middleweight contender C.B. Dollaway.

The former light heavyweight champion?s drop to middleweight hasn?t yielded a title thus far. He came short of that goal against Chris Weidman at UFC 175. Now, the dangerous striker will look to get back on track against The Doberman.

Machida isn?t the only former champion on the card, though. Renan Barao will also look to get back on track after losing his title to T.J. Dillashaw.

With a few former champions and plenty of exciting up-and-comers highlighting a card on free TV, there are far worse ways to spend a Saturday night.

Keep it locked here for the latest results, instant analysis and reaction to the night as it unfolds.

This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service – if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.
Want something else to read? How about ‘Grievous Censorship’ By The Guardian: Israel, Gaza And The Termination Of Nafeez Ahmed’s Blog

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2306442-ufc-fight-night-58-results-winners-scorecards-from-machida-vs-dollaway-card

Frank Thomas Arky Vaughan Pete Rose Paul Molitor Frankie Frisch Ed Delahanty Reggie Jackson Paul Waner Fred Clarke Johnny Bench Johnny Mize Billy Hamilton Lou Whitaker Harry Heilmann Brooks Robinson Luke Appling Barry Larkin Derek Jeter Tony Gwynn Jesse Burkett Bobby Grich Carlton Fisk Duke Snider Edgar Martinez Larry Walker Jim Thome Alan Trammell Eddie Murray Jim Edmonds Ivan Rodriguez Pee Wee Reese Ron Santo Gary Carter Manny Ramirez Craig Biggio Rafael Palmeiro Willie McCovey Kenny Lofton Tim Raines Ozzie Smith Ernie Banks Frank Baker Roberto Alomar Al Simmons Gary Sheffield Mark McGwire Reggie Smith Jackie Robinson Goose Goslin Joe Jackson Joe Cronin Scott Rolen Ryne Sandberg Dwight Evans Yogi Berra Jake Beckley Graig Nettles Harmon Killebrew Dick Allen Keith Hernandez Willie Keeler Buddy Bell Sal Bando Willie Randolph Bobby Wallace Jimmy Wynn Dave Winfield Sammy Sosa Jeff Kent Mike Piazza

Dwight Howard starts fast break, finishes it with alley-oop dunk

Howard didn’t embarrass himself in the open floor, but the real star of the play was James Harden’s assist.

Big men dribbling the ball in the open court is not always a recipe for success. So when Dwight Howard decided to take a couple of dribbles rather than pass the ball to a nearby guard, there was some question whether it was a smart decision.

It turned out just fine:

That assist from James Harden is a thing of beauty. The dish was one of a career-high 14 assists for Harden.

This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service – if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.
Want something else to read? How about ‘Grievous Censorship’ By The Guardian: Israel, Gaza And The Termination Of Nafeez Ahmed’s Blog

Source: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2014/12/20/7429365/dwight-howard-dunk-vine-rockets-james-harden

Tony Lazzeri Bobby Doerr Ellis Burks Hughie Jennings Tony Phillips Fielder Jones Larry Doby Larry Doyle Fred Lynn Bernie Williams Cupid Childs Mark Grace Toby Harrah Harry Stovey Edd Roush Orlando Cepeda Mike Cameron Johnny Damon Sam Thompson Babe Ruth Barry Bonds Ty Cobb Willie Mays Hank Aaron Honus Wagner Tris Speaker Stan Musial Rogers Hornsby Eddie Collins Ted Williams Mickey Mantle Lou Gehrig Rickey Henderson Mel Ott Mike Schmidt Frank Robinson Nap Lajoie Joe Morgan Cap Anson Alex Rodriguez Eddie Mathews Jimmie Foxx Al Kaline George Davis Cal Ripken Wade Boggs Carl Yastrzemski Roger Connor George Brett Dan Brouthers Roberto Clemente Joe DiMaggio Charlie Gehringer Jeff Bagwell Rod Carew Ken Griffey Robin Yount Chipper Jones Albert Pujols Sam Crawford Bill Dahlen Frank Thomas Arky Vaughan Pete Rose Paul Molitor Frankie Frisch Ed Delahanty Reggie Jackson Paul Waner Fred Clarke

Elevated Plays Of The Week

Elevated Plays Of The Week

‘);ad_counter++};

Publish Date: Yesterday, 01:52 AM ETDuration: 02:07

This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service – if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.
Want something else to read? How about ‘Grievous Censorship’ By The Guardian: Israel, Gaza And The Termination Of Nafeez Ahmed’s Blog

Source: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=12051173

Chipper Jones Albert Pujols Sam Crawford Bill Dahlen Frank Thomas Arky Vaughan Pete Rose Paul Molitor Frankie Frisch Ed Delahanty Reggie Jackson Paul Waner Fred Clarke Johnny Bench Johnny Mize Billy Hamilton Lou Whitaker Harry Heilmann Brooks Robinson Luke Appling Barry Larkin Derek Jeter Tony Gwynn Jesse Burkett Bobby Grich Carlton Fisk Duke Snider Edgar Martinez Larry Walker Jim Thome Alan Trammell Eddie Murray Jim Edmonds Ivan Rodriguez Pee Wee Reese Ron Santo Gary Carter Manny Ramirez Craig Biggio Rafael Palmeiro Willie McCovey Kenny Lofton Tim Raines Ozzie Smith Ernie Banks Frank Baker Roberto Alomar Al Simmons Gary Sheffield Mark McGwire Reggie Smith Jackie Robinson Goose Goslin Joe Jackson Joe Cronin Scott Rolen Ryne Sandberg Dwight Evans Yogi Berra Jake Beckley Graig Nettles Harmon Killebrew Dick Allen Keith Hernandez Willie Keeler Buddy Bell Sal Bando Willie Randolph Bobby Wallace Jimmy Wynn

Report: Canadian International Doneil Henry Close to West Ham Move

Report: Canadian International Doneil Henry Close to West Ham Move
Chris Szagola/Associated Press

Ex-Toronto FC centre-back Doneil Henry is reportedly close to securing a move to West Ham United of the Premier League, according to the Canadian Press (h/t Sportsnet).

Henry, who has had a strange year, was sold to Cypriot club Apollon Limassol. But he was then loaned back to TFC for the 2014 MLS season.

Now it seems as if the Canadian defender will be going to the Premier League. He trained with West Ham last year, but he is now extremely close to sealing a transfer to one of England’s best sides this season.

All that stands in Henry’s way is a work permit, per Luke Wileman of TSN:

Henry appeared in 70 games for TFC since 2010 and has earned 14 caps for Canada at just 21 years old.

The Canadian has extremely high potential. He’s strong in the air and effective with his tackling. He averaged nearly two tackles per game and 3.7 interceptions, via WhoScored.com.

However, Henry is also prone to mistakes. He lacks concentration and makes rash decisions on occasion, such as his foul against Igor Juliao against Sporting Kansas City.

On the other hand, Henry is still just 21 years old and can develop into a quality defender. Sam Allardyce and his coaching staff should be able to help him improve. They wouldn’t be on the verge of signing him if they didn’t have faith in the Canadian’s abilities.

This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service – if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.
Want something else to read? How about ‘Grievous Censorship’ By The Guardian: Israel, Gaza And The Termination Of Nafeez Ahmed’s Blog

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2306334-report-canadian-international-doneil-henry-close-to-west-ham-move

Fielder Jones Larry Doby Larry Doyle Fred Lynn Bernie Williams Cupid Childs Mark Grace Toby Harrah Harry Stovey Edd Roush Orlando Cepeda Mike Cameron Johnny Damon Sam Thompson Babe Ruth Barry Bonds Ty Cobb Willie Mays Hank Aaron Honus Wagner Tris Speaker Stan Musial Rogers Hornsby Eddie Collins Ted Williams Mickey Mantle Lou Gehrig Rickey Henderson Mel Ott Mike Schmidt Frank Robinson Nap Lajoie Joe Morgan Cap Anson Alex Rodriguez Eddie Mathews Jimmie Foxx Al Kaline George Davis Cal Ripken Wade Boggs Carl Yastrzemski Roger Connor George Brett Dan Brouthers Roberto Clemente Joe DiMaggio Charlie Gehringer Jeff Bagwell Rod Carew Ken Griffey Robin Yount Chipper Jones Albert Pujols Sam Crawford Bill Dahlen Frank Thomas Arky Vaughan Pete Rose Paul Molitor Frankie Frisch Ed Delahanty Reggie Jackson Paul Waner Fred Clarke Johnny Bench Johnny Mize Billy Hamilton Lou Whitaker Harry Heilmann

UFC Fight Night 58 results: Erick Silva puts Mike Rhodes to sleep

That didn’t take long.

It was all but guaranteed Erick Silva would return to form following a loss on the main card of tonight’s (Sat., Dec. 20, 2014) UFC Fight Night 58: “Machida vs. Dollaway” event in Barueri, Brazil. That’s because he was tasked with taking on Mike Rhodes, a former RFA champion who lost both his bouts inside the Octagon.

That was likely the idea.

Sure enough, the Brazilian came out firing away. In response, Rhodes rushed in and found himself working for a guillotine. It was never tight or anywhere close to earning him anything resembling a finish. Actually, it wasn’t long until Silva had popped his head out, passed to side control, found a submission of his own, and quickly finished the fight with an arm triangle.

He put Rhodes to sleep.

Just like that.

For complete UFC Fight Night 58 results click here.

This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service – if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.
Want something else to read? How about ‘Grievous Censorship’ By The Guardian: Israel, Gaza And The Termination Of Nafeez Ahmed’s Blog

Source: http://www.mmamania.com/2014/12/20/7428969/ufc-fight-night-58-results-erick-silva-puts-mike-rhodes-to-sleep

Ryne Sandberg Dwight Evans Yogi Berra Jake Beckley Graig Nettles Harmon Killebrew Dick Allen Keith Hernandez Willie Keeler Buddy Bell Sal Bando Willie Randolph Bobby Wallace Jimmy Wynn Dave Winfield Sammy Sosa Jeff Kent Mike Piazza Sherry Magee Jack Glasscock Andruw Jones Ken Boyer Richie Ashburn Bid McPhee Zack Wheat Willie Stargell Will Clark Todd Helton Billy Williams Willie Davis Vladimir Guerrero Bobby Abreu Darrell Evans Bobby Bonds Hank Greenberg Andre Dawson John Olerud Elmer Flick Joe Medwick Lou Boudreau Billy Herman Joe Torre Joe Kelley Bill Terry Robin Ventura Jack Clark Joe Gordon Stan Hack Carlos Beltran Bill Dickey Enos Slaughter Jim O\\\’Rourke Bob Johnson Jimmy Collins Norm Cash Minnie Minoso Jason Giambi Jose Cruz Bob Elliott Harry Hooper Cesar Cedeno Buck Ewing Ron Cey Jimmy Sheckard Mickey Cochrane Tommy Leach Sam Rice Ted Simmons Ichiro Suzuki Max Carey

Jordan Spieth: Is He the Next Dominant Player to Watch on the PGA Tour?

Jordan Spieth: Is He the Next Dominant Player to Watch on the PGA Tour?
Willie J. Allen/Associated Press
Jordan Spieth had an outstanding 10-shot victory at the Hero World Challenge

When we think of dominant play in golf, we think of Tiger Woods winning the U.S. Open by 15 strokes in 2000 or winning The Masters by 12 shots in 1997. It’s unusual for anyone to win a golf tournament by that large a margin.    

So when Jordan Spieth won the Hero World Challenge by 10, it was attention-getting. He was double digits ahead of the next guy, who happened to be Henrik Stenson. Stenson won the FedEx Cup and the Race to Dubai in 2013. In addition, there were many former major champs in the limited field.

In his final round of 66, Spieth went with the momentum he created right from the start.  

“I made a birdie on 1, which was really big. Just get a putt going in. Hit three great shots there to start the round. I told Mike, Let’s get three more and we can’t be caught. That was the thing for the day,” he said about his final round at the Hero World Challenge.

“By No. 7, that eagle went in and I had gotten to 5?under, and from there I knew that if I just continued to do what I was doing that we would get the job done.”

He kept setting goals during the round.

“I wanted to get to 30. I thought that would be a cool number that I’ve never even sniffed,” he added. “It was great to come back and get two birdies on the last four holes, to see a couple putts go in and close out this tournament. It was a really fun walk on that back nine.”

He did not get to 30 on either nine. It was 31-35 and included a double bogey on the back nine. But a 10-shot victory is enough for a two-eyebrow raise. Even he was amazed.

“This was the best that I’ve ever played, which is what I said in a media center in Sydney last week. I played better this week,” he remarked.

The only down side of the victory margin in Orlando is that the field was just 18 players, not 100 or 120 or 144 or 156.  However, full-field victories with double-digit margins are few and far between since the beginning of competitive golf.

If we compare Spieth‘s result to winning margins in the history of the sport, it’s a little easier to understand how rare this kind of achievement really is. So far as record books show, there are fewer than 20 players who have double-digit victory margins in professional golf.

Most people would say that Tiger Woods has the biggest margin, but they would be wrong. You can probably win bets in bars with that fact.

Nobody but a real golf geek will be able to tell you that the leading margin is 16 and belongs to four men:

  • J.D. Edgar, 1919 Canadian Open
  • Joe Kirkwood Sr., 1924 Corpus Christi Open
  • Sam Snead, 1936 West Virginia Closed Pro
  • Bobby Locke, 1948 Chicago Victory National Championship

Then it’s Woods alone with the 15-stroke victory at The Masters.

That’s followed by a trio who finished 14 ahead of the field:

  • Gene Sarazen, 1935 Massachusetts Open
  • Ben Hogan, 1945 Portland Invitational
  • Johnny Miller, 1975 Phoenix Open

At lucky 13, you’ll find Old Tom Morris in the 1862 British Open, Phil Mickelson in the 2006 Bellsouth Classic, Gene Littler in the 1955 Tournament of Champions and Byron Nelson in the 1945 Seattle Open.

Then at 12, it’s Woods at The Masters in 2000, Jose Maria Olazabal at the 1990 NEC World Series of Golf, Arnold Palmer in the 1962 Phoenix Open and Byron Nelson in the 1939 Phoenix Open.

There are at least four other victories with double-digit margins mentioned in PGA Tour records or from other sources. Because record keeping is never quite what it should be, there’s a chance another person had a double-digit win, and it was eclipsed by what Tiger did that year.

However, sources say there are two with 11-stoke margins: Tiger Woods in the 2003 Bay Hill Invitational and Willie Smith in the 1899 U.S. Open.

Finally, there are two with a 10-shot advantage: Brian Gay at the 2009 Verizon Heritage and now Jordan Spieth at the Hero World Challenge, a PGA Tour-sanctioned event, not quite the same as a PGA Tour event.  

With just under 20 men in the history of the sport showing such impressive victories, it’s obvious that Spieth has given notice he’s here to stay and here to win. He plays hungry and has already stated goals for the upcoming season and beyond.

“In order to take it to the next level and try and win majors, I got to look to Rory. He’s the youngest guy, the one with the most success. He’s No. 1 in the world and setting the bar. He’s the one we’re all chasing,” Spieth explained, adding that the victory in Australia and at the Hero World Challenge were good steps for him.

“That’s only really the beginning of what needs to happen for the ultimate goal, which is to overtake him.”

With Speith’s end-of-year performance, you have to say that he is likely to be a contender more times than not when he tees it up in 2015. His 10-shot margin of victory at such a young age puts him into the category of being a potentially dominant player in the years ahead.

Yes, he will still have to prove himself in PGA Tour victories and by winning majors, but he has shown the potential to dominate with his win at the Hero World Challenge.    

Kathy Bissell is a Golf Writer for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand or from official interview materials from the PGA Tour, USGA, R&A or PGA of America.

This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service – if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.
Want something else to read? How about ‘Grievous Censorship’ By The Guardian: Israel, Gaza And The Termination Of Nafeez Ahmed’s Blog

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2305757-jordan-spieth-is-he-the-next-dominant-player-to-watch-on-the-pga-tour

Mark McGwire Reggie Smith Jackie Robinson Goose Goslin Joe Jackson Joe Cronin Scott Rolen Ryne Sandberg Dwight Evans Yogi Berra Jake Beckley Graig Nettles Harmon Killebrew Dick Allen Keith Hernandez Willie Keeler Buddy Bell Sal Bando Willie Randolph Bobby Wallace Jimmy Wynn Dave Winfield Sammy Sosa Jeff Kent Mike Piazza Sherry Magee Jack Glasscock Andruw Jones Ken Boyer Richie Ashburn Bid McPhee Zack Wheat Willie Stargell Will Clark Todd Helton Billy Williams Willie Davis Vladimir Guerrero Bobby Abreu Darrell Evans Bobby Bonds Hank Greenberg Andre Dawson John Olerud Elmer Flick Joe Medwick Lou Boudreau Billy Herman Joe Torre Joe Kelley Bill Terry Robin Ventura Jack Clark Joe Gordon Stan Hack Carlos Beltran Bill Dickey Enos Slaughter Jim O\\\’Rourke Bob Johnson Jimmy Collins Norm Cash Minnie Minoso Jason Giambi Jose Cruz Bob Elliott Harry Hooper Cesar Cedeno Buck Ewing Ron Cey

‘Celtic Tiger’ McIlroy Emerges Dominant in 2014

LOS ANGELES ? A year to forget for an injury-plagued Tiger Woods was savored sweetly by Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy after the ‘Celtic Tiger’ won two majors in 2014 to regain his status as the game’s leading player.

McIlroy ended a stellar campaign with four victories and five runner-up spots in 23 starts worldwide, embellishing his credentials as a genuine golfing great in what many regard as a handover of the ‘Tiger’ torch to usher in a new ‘Rory’ era.

While former world number one Woods failed to add to his career major tally of 14 and played just eight tournaments during a winless and truncated season, McIlroy proved to be the player to beat virtually every time he teed off in competition.

McIlroy dominated golf’s biggest events in the latter half of 2014 after American left-hander Bubba Watson had clinched the Masters for a second time in three years and Germany’s Martin Kaymer had coasted to an eight-shot victory at the U.S. Open.

Swede Henrik Stenson, Australian Adam Scott and Spaniard Sergio Garcia each triumphed once as they also produced impressively consistent golf during the year but McIlroy set himself apart from his closest rivals, just as he did in 2012.

Having endured a turbulent 2013 on and off the course, McIlroy was once again a picture of focus and consistency, finishing no worse than 25th in 17 starts on the 2013-14 PGA Tour and recording three victories among 12 top-10 placings.

He also claimed the European Tour’s money list trophy for the second time in three years and played an influential role in Europe’s Ryder Cup victory over the United States in September.

McIlroy never looked back after recording his first win of the year at the European Tour’s flagship BMW PGA Championship in May, just a few days after breaking up with his tennis-playing fiancee Caroline Wozniacki.

“Every time I teed it up, I felt like I had a good chance to win,” McIlroy said of his superb form in 2014, highlighted by consecutive major wins at the British Open and PGA Championship sandwiched around a victory at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

“That’s what I feel like I need going forward, consistency in my game and being up there each and every week,” added the four-times major champion.

BACK AT THE TOP

McIlroy, who dropped to sixth in the world rankings after struggling with an equipment change and off-course distractions in 2013, enhanced his standing as golf’s top player and many of his peers expect him to remain there for some time.

“I think we are witnessing at least a five-year spell as world number one (for McIlroy),” former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell said of his compatriot and long-time friend in a column for BBC Sport last month.

“I think he is going to dominate in the way Tiger Woods did in the early 2000s.”

In April, the long-hitting Watson withstood an inspired early challenge from playing partner and compatriot Jordan Spieth in the final round to win the season’s opening major, the Masters, by three shots at Augusta National.

Two months later in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst, an ice-cool Kaymer thrived in sweltering conditions to leave his closest pursuers trailing in his wake as he confirmed his status as one of the game’s very best.

McIlroy clinched the British Open, golf’s oldest major, by two strokes at Royal Liverpool in July and three weeks later went on to win the PGA Championship at Valhalla by one shot after a pulsating finale in near darkness.

Woods, meanwhile, missed the Masters and the U.S. Open following surgery to alleviate a disk issue before finishing 69th at the British Open.

After missing the cut at the PGA Championship, he was once again on the sidelines for four months while recovering from a back injury.

(Editing by Frank Pingue)

This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service – if this is your content and you’re reading it on someone else’s site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.
Want something else to read? How about ‘Grievous Censorship’ By The Guardian: Israel, Gaza And The Termination Of Nafeez Ahmed’s Blog

Source: http://rss.nytimes.com/c/34625/f/640344/s/419f8f0a/sc/35/l/0L0Snytimes0N0Creuters0C20A140C120C190Csports0Cgolf0C19reuters0Egolf0Eyearender0Bhtml0Dpartner0Frss0Gemc0Frss/story01.htm

Mark Grace Toby Harrah Harry Stovey Edd Roush Orlando Cepeda Mike Cameron Johnny Damon Sam Thompson Babe Ruth Barry Bonds Ty Cobb Willie Mays Hank Aaron Honus Wagner Tris Speaker Stan Musial Rogers Hornsby Eddie Collins Ted Williams Mickey Mantle Lou Gehrig Rickey Henderson Mel Ott Mike Schmidt Frank Robinson Nap Lajoie Joe Morgan Cap Anson Alex Rodriguez Eddie Mathews Jimmie Foxx Al Kaline George Davis Cal Ripken Wade Boggs Carl Yastrzemski Roger Connor George Brett Dan Brouthers Roberto Clemente Joe DiMaggio Charlie Gehringer Jeff Bagwell Rod Carew Ken Griffey Robin Yount Chipper Jones Albert Pujols Sam Crawford Bill Dahlen Frank Thomas Arky Vaughan Pete Rose Paul Molitor Frankie Frisch Ed Delahanty Reggie Jackson Paul Waner Fred Clarke Johnny Bench Johnny Mize Billy Hamilton Lou Whitaker Harry Heilmann Brooks Robinson Luke Appling Barry Larkin Derek Jeter Tony Gwynn Jesse Burkett