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Winged Foot closure leaves U.S. Open in limbo

The closure of Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, due to coronavirus concerns has at least temporarily halted preparations there for the 2020 US Open.

The US Golf Association said in a statement to GolfChannel.com that it continues “to hold the dates for the US Open at Winged Foot in June” while it also monitors guidance and regulations from the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and state and local authorities.

In the meantime, work that had started on tournament infrastructure such as corporate hospitality tents and grandstands has been halted.

The USGA acknowledged that the championship, programmed for June 18-21, might have to be postponed, but said it was too soon to make that call.

“We are continuing to monitor the situation and making relevant contingency plans,” USGA chief brand officer Craig Annis told the Journal News newspaper that serves Westchester County.

“We expect to make a decision sometime in the middle of April.”

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The first two major championships, the Masters and PGA Championship, have already been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Open Championship at Royal St. George’s in England is still programmed for July 16-19.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo warned Tuesday of “troubling and astronomical numbers” in the rate of coronavirus infections in the state, saying they were doubling every three days.

The Masters and PGA Championship have already been postponed, and the PGA Tour has canceled eight events. There is talk of the PGA Championship taking over the date vacated by the postponed Olympic Games in late July, with the Masters potentially moving to October.

The last time the U.S. Open was not played was in 1945 due to World War II.

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Augusta National to close by week’s end

Augusta National first postponed the Masters. Now the home of the Masters is closing its club.

Golf Digest obtained a letter from Chairman Fred Ridley to Augusta National members that says the club will close by the end of the week because of growing concerns over the new coronavirus and how it might affect the staff.

The club would confirm only that a memo had been sent.

“Beginning today, we are taking the necessary steps to curtail our operations so, by the end of this week, the Club will be closed until further notice,” Ridley stated in the memo obtained by Golf Digest.

Ridley said the grounds would be maintained with limited personnel and said other duties would be handled remotely.

He said he would review the situation and send timely updates, and he thanked the members for “patience and trust as we plan for the realities of this pandemic.”

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The Masters was planned for April 9-12. This will be the first time since 1946 — when the Masters resumed after World War II — that golf’s most viewed tournament is not the first full week in April. Augusta National closes about a month after the Masters for the summer and reopens in October.

Still to be determined is when it could be rescheduled, which is the club’s plan. Ridley’s letter comes one day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considered that events of 50 or more people be shut down for eight weeks. That would last until the second full week in May.

Still up in the air is the second major of the year, the PGA Championship, scheduled for May 14-17 in San Francisco.

If played as scheduled, the top 20 from the 2019 PGA professional of the year standings would qualify for the PGA. The PGA of America has yet to announce a decision on the PGA Championship.

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Reed Builds 3-shot Bahamas lead as Tiger rallies

A tropical breeze replaced the raging wind and made golf a lot easier for Patrick Reed, Tiger Woods and just about everyone else Thursday in the Hero World Challenge.

Reed took advantage of the back nine at Albany Golf Club for the second straight day. He was tied for the lead until making six birdies over his last 10 holes for a 6-under 66 that gave him a three-shot lead over U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland.

”It’s one of those golf courses that when the wind lays down, it gives you opportunities to make birdies,” Reed said. ”But when the wind starts blowing, the golf course can get really challenging.

You need to give yourself as many opportunities as you can.” Woods, playing for the first time since he won in Japan for his record-tying 82nd career triumph on the PGA Tour, kept a clean card to match Reed’s 66 and remain six shots behind.

Unlike the opening round, when Woods started poorly and ended even worse to wipe out a good back nine, he played bogey-free and made up ground on the back nine.

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It started with a 6-iron that hopped onto the green at the par-5 11th and rolled 7 feet away for an eagle. He followed with a 7-iron to 8 feet for another birdie. He didn’t make up any ground on Reed, but he at least cut down on the number of players ahead of him as he tries to win his holiday event for the first time since 2011.

”I just think it was less windy,” Woods said. ”It was a little bit easier today.”

Once he got through the front nine, where he spent much of the time scrambling for pars outside of a lone birdie, Woods didn’t miss too many shots coming in.

A week before he heads over to Australia as the playing captain for the U.S. team in the Presidents Cup, the game looked to be in order.

Woodland, who makes his Presidents Cup debut next week, lost ground with consecutive bogeys that left him six shots behind at one point. He fixed that by finishing with three straight birdies for a 69 and will be paired with Reed again on Friday for the third round.

The tournament ends Saturday so the American team can board a charter to Melbourne, arriving on Monday.

Dustin Johnson, who withdrew from the Bahamas to have one more week for his knee to recover, plans to fly in on Saturday to join the rest of the Americans on the charter.

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Brooks Koepka to pull out of Presidents Cup due to knee injury

Brooks Koepka has withdrawn from the Presidents Cup due to a knee injury he suffered last month in South Korea.

He has been substituded in the competition by Rickie Fowler.

Koepka is the No 1 player in the world and was the leading qualifier for the Presidents Cup, which will be played between December 12 and 15 at Royal Melbourne in Australia.

He previously pulled out of the CJ Cup last month with the same ailment.

Koepka said at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open earlier this fall that he had a procedure done on his left knee following the 2018-19 PGA Tour season.

“It wasn’t technically surgery; it was stem cell,” he stated, “Got to go in there and inject it. I was watching it on the screen as they were doing it, and it was probably one of the most painful things. I was screaming when they did it.

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“I limped out of there. I was limping for probably two, three days after, and then it’s just about trying to grow the muscles around it. Try to get strong again, rest it. That’s kind of how we went with it, doing a little rehab. The important thing was to not walk with a limp. Those three days you’re kind of off your feet. And at the same time, enjoy your offseason.”

Koepka may have enjoyed his offseason, but he probably hasn’t enjoyed his start to this new campaing. He followed a missed cut at the Shriners with that WD at the CJ Cup and now has bowed out of the Presidents Cup.

It’s a disconcerting trend for the No. 1 player in the world. The U.S. — despite losing probably the best player on their side — still a heavy favorite to beat the International team at Royal Melbourne in three weeks.

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Sport Betting: Betting Odds

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Odds are simply a reflection of the chance or probability of a certain outcome in an event. In any event, every outcome has a chance or likelihood of taking place. Odds are simply an interpretation of those chances. The bookmakers form odds or prices to reflect those chances.

  • Betting odds tell you how likely an event is to happen
  • They also tell you how much money you will win

The first thing you need to understand is what basic betting odds mean.Let’s take odds of 2/1. This means that you need to bet one unit to win two back. Odds of 4/1 means that you bet one unit to win four back. Then you have odds-on prices such as 1/2. In this scenario, you would need to bet two units to win one back.

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The longer odds of 2/1 have less of a chance of winning, while the 1/2 odds-on price is more likely to happen but you would have to risk twice as much to get the same return as if the longer price won.

 ‘Odds Terms’

Fixed Odds Betting

When you place a fixed odds bet, you are staking a certain fixed amount of money against the bookmakers money to predict the outcome of the event.

Stake

When placing a bet, your stake is the amount of money which you risk or gamble.

Laying Odds

This is another term for a bookmaker taking bets.

Odds Against

Odds against is the term used to describe a bet where you will receive a return of more than double your stake. The profit on the bet will be more than your stake.

Even Money

Also known as EVS, this is when the return will be double your stake.

Odds On

Odds on is the term used to describe a bet where you will need to stake more than you will win,

Short Odds

This indicates that a selection has a good chance of winning.

Long Odds

This indicates that a selection has a poor chance of winning

 

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How To Be A Responsible Gambler

How To Be A Responsible GamblerGambling in one form or another has existed throughout history and to this day is an enjoyable pastime for people all over the world. Many see it simply as a form of entertainment or fun, while there are others that take it very seriously. There are even professional gamblers that make a living out of it.

Responsible gambling for individuals means:

  • They may gamble for pleasure and entertainment but are aware of their likelihood of losing and understand the associated risks,
  • They exercise control over their gambling activity, and
  • Responsible gambling occurs in balance with other activities in their lives and is not causing problems or harm for themselves or others.

Unfortunately, though, the nature of gambling means that it’s possible to become addicted or to lose control.

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Even if you think that you’ll never encounter a problem yourself, it’s a good idea to be aware of the importance of responsible gambling.

Tips for Safer Gambling

  • Don’t think of gambling as a way to make money.
  • Always gamble with money that you can afford to lose.
  • Never chase losses.
  • Set a money limit.
  • Set a time limit.
  • Don’t gamble when you are depressed or upset.
  • Balance gambling with other activities.
  • Gambling and alcohol are not a good combination.
  • Know Where & How to Get Help
  • Take Frequent Breaks
  • Keep a Record
  • Know the Game

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How To Bet On Golf

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The game of golf is played in almost every part of the world now, with professional tours in almost every region. There’s the Asian, Australasian, Japan, Canadian and Sunshine Tour, to name just a few, but the main two to concentrate on are the European Tour, now rebranded as the Race to Dubai, and the US PGA Tour.

Where to start
Get to know the courses well. Most will have their own websites with plenty of helpful descriptions and hole-by-hole course guides, but a study of the statistics from previous events will provide the most clues.

Getting to know the players strengths will take time but again, the stats will help you get up to speed quite quickly.

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Types of statistical analysis
On the PGATour.com there are a myriad of weird and wonderful stats and an over-analysis of them could tie you up in knots. Here are the main ones to concentrate on though.

Driving Accuracy – The higher the percentage the more fairways hit from the tee.
Driving Distance – Expressed as average yards covered from the tee.
Greens In Regulation – The higher the percentage the more greens hit in regulation. I.e. On the green with your second shot on a par four equals a green hit in regulation.
Putting Average – Shows the average number of putts per green. Lower the better.
Scrambling -This stat demonstrates the percentage of times a player gets up-and-down when they’ve missed the green. It’s the most important stat in my mind. If a player is scrambling poorly, the rest of their game has to immaculate or they’ll fritter shots away. And a good scrambler can keep a score going, even if they’re off their game.

Odds to Win

The sports bookoddsmaker will give the bettor money line odds on specific golfers to win a tournament or event, as well as odds on “the field”, which is an opportunity to wager on a collection of the golfers not given individual odds.

Example:

Odds for British Open:
Tiger Woods 1/1
Phil Mickelson 4/1
Fred Funk 14/1
David Duval 50/1
The Field (Any other golfer) 6/1

Golfer Matchups
In a golfer matchup or head to head wager, the oddsmaker takes two golfers in a tournament or event and pairs them against each other.

Example:

Chad Campbell -130
Boo Weekly +120

Group Matchup Betting
The group matchup betting wager is similar to golfer matchup betting, but instead of just a single head to head matchup, the sports book oddsmaker creates a matchup pool consisting of three or more golfers.

Example:

Tiger Woods +100
Phil Mickelson +150
Jim Furyk +170

Future Bet
A future bet is a bet made on an event which will happen sometime in the future.

Example:

How many Majors will Tiger Woods win this season?
0 – 10/1
1 – 7/1
2 – 5/1
3 – 15/1
4 – 25/1

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Cleveland Cavaliers at Charlotte Hornets

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The Cavaliers are in Charlotte on Wednesday night to take on the Hornets for the second of four regular season matchups in 2015-16. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. ET.

The Cavs sit atop the Eastern Conference with a 35-12 record, which includes winning 11 of the last 12 games against the East (7-0 on the road over that span).

This will be the second matchup of the season between these two teams. The Cavaliers won the first game 95-90. James played a big role with 25 points and 13 rebounds.

Cleveland has the best road record in the NBA since Dec. 28 at 10-1 (.909). Over that 11-game stretch away from home, the Cavs are winning by an average of 8.3 points (104.3-96.0).

Charlotte (23-25) enters Wednesday’s contest having won four of the their last six after defeating the Lakers, 101-82, in their most recent game on Sunday night in Los Angeles.

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Notes

  • Charlotte is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Charlotte’s last 5 games.
  • Charlotte is 6-12 SU in its last 18 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Charlotte’s last 5 games at home.
  • Charlotte is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games at home.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Charlotte’s last 8 games when playing Cleveland.
  • Charlotte is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cleveland.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Charlotte’s last 5 games when playing at home against Cleveland.
  • Charlotte averages 101.6 points per game (ranked 15th). However, Cleveland has allowed an average of just 96.5 points per game (ranked third).
  • Charlotte ranks 14th in the league with 103.5 points per home game. Cleveland allows just 95.1 points per away game (ranked second).
  • In its last game, Cleveland won by a 22-point margin. Charlotte is 6-2 in games decided by a margin of 18 points or more. Cleveland has a 7-2 record in blowouts.
  • When allowing fewer than 100 points, the Cavaliers are 20-6 on the season. When the Hornets score fewer than 100, they are a subpar 5-18.
  • The Cavaliers have a 12-6 record when they allow at least 100 points. The Hornets have also performed well when they register triple digits with a record of 17-5 in such contests.
  • The Cavaliers have the fourth-best offensive rating in the NBA (106.6). The Hornets are also in the top half of the league based on their defensive rating of 102.5 (ranked 13th).
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers have one of the best field goal percentages this season, ranking 10th in the league with a FG% of 45.3%. When their opponents record a similar or higher FG%, the Charlotte Hornets have a losing 6-12 record.
  • The Charlotte Hornets and the Cleveland Cavaliers both rank higher in average effective field goal percentage when compared to their field goal percentages. Charlotte is 29th and 20th in the league for FG% and EFF% respectively, while Cleveland is 10th and sixth in these categories.
  • Charlotte makes an average of 21.3 assists per game (ranked 20th). Cleveland ranks higher in assists with 22.4 (ranked 10th).
  • Charlotte makes an average of 5.2 blocks per game (ranked 10th), while Cleveland makes 3.7 blocks per game (ranked 28th).
  • Charlotte is ranked 24th when it comes to offensive rebounding. Cleveland ranks 10th in defensive rebounds.
  • On average, Charlotte makes 7.2 steals per game. Cleveland has a winning 19-7 record when it allows at least 7 steals.

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Farmers Insurance Open

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This week, the PGA Tour is in the San Diego area for the Farmers Insurance Open. The annual stop at Torrey Pines sports a 156-player field battling to make the weekend cut playing a round each on the North and South courses on the publicly-accessible property.

Jason Day is the defending champion, but he pulled out of the Wednesday pro-am with flu-like symptoms. Beware the sick golfer, they say, but we’re not sure if that’ll mean good things for the Aussie – like when he won The Barclays last summer after pulling out of a pro-am due to illness – or a tough few days.

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Here are our top 4 players for this year:

Jason Day

Day’s breakout 2015 PGA TOUR campaign got kickstarted with a playoff win in last February’s Farmers Insurance Open. He followed it up with four more wins in ’15, including a major victory at the PGA Championship. He’s only entered one stroke-play event since September, a 10th-place finish at the Tournament of Champions earlier this month. Although Day will be a surefire favorite if he plays, there is some concern over whether he’ll be healthy enough to compete. Day pulled out of the Pro-Am on Wednesday, citing flu-like symptoms. It remains to be seen whether he’ll make it for the tournament proper, but if he does, don’t be concerned about illness slowing him down. The last time Day withdrew from a Pro-Am was at he Barclays last year, a tournament he won.

Rickie Fowler

As a youth revolution takes hold of the PGA TOUR, Fowler looks to join the best of the best. Fowler won in Abu Dhabi last week, prompting some to say golf now has a “Big Four” instead of “Big Three,” adding Fowler to a group that includes Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy. While Fowler is certainly one of the best golfers plying his trade today, he’s still a step behind those three, all of whom have won a major title. Back-to-back wins by Fowler to start ’15 would give him lots of momentum to go out and get that first major this year.

Brandt Snedeker

Torrey Pines is built for those who can drive the long ball. Snedeker is good — not great — off the tee, but he’ll more than make up for that on the green, considering he’s one of the game’s best putters. The main reason he makes this list is his outstanding play at the Farmers Insurance Open in the past. Snedeker has five top-10 finishes in nine appearances at the event, including runner-up finishes in 2010 and 2013, as well as a win in 2012. More importantly, Snedeker has been lights out for the last month or so, winning the Franklin Templeton Shootout, tying for third at the Tournament of Champions and getting runner-up at the Sony Open.

Phil Mickelson

So what if the Hefty Lefty is a few years off his prime? Torrey Pines is a hometown course for Mickelson, a San Diego native. And this is his 27th time competing in the Farmers Insurance Open, winning three of them. However, his last win at the event came way back in 2001, and in the past four years he’s missed the cut twice, withdrawn once and finished 51st the other time. Mickelson’s a bomber, though, and he should be able to handle the course’s distance. You also have to factor in the fact he finished tied for third last week at the CareerBuilder Challenge. If he plays as well as he did last week, between his big drive and a hometown crowd cheering him on, Mickelson may have enough to get the win for old time’s sake.

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Steph Curry says Obama talked a lot of trash during their round of golf

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Sounds like NBA MVP Stephen Curry needs to work on his golf game. The NBA champion told Jimmy Kimmel Tuesday that he and his dad lost a golf match to President Barack Obama on the 18th hole.

As if the the President watching you putt wasn’t enough, you’ve got Secret Service agents looming. That’s pressure.

President Obama is known to take his sports \very seriously, and he carries that competitive streak to the golf course.  The president drove Curry around in the golf cart, Curry said. When it came time to actually golf, Curry told Kimmel that Obama engaged in trash talk to distract his golfing partners.

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The president was talking trash, oh my goodness,” said Curry. Kimmel was confused. “How do you talk trash in golf?” he asked. “Like what, specifically, did he say?” Anything to get inside your head and throw you off your game, Curry replied. When Kimmel said that didn’t sound very relaxing, Curry laughed: “Well, there’s 25 Secret Service agents at every hole, so I couldn’t relax at all.”

According to Curry, Obama and Allen’s team won.

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