AUGUSTA, Ga. — The wait is over—and the comeback is complete. Tiger Woods is a major champion once again.
Tiger shot a final-round 70 on Sunday at the Masters to claim his fifth green jacket and 15th major championship, his first since 2008. Woods trailed Francesco Molinari by two shots entering the final day, but used a vintage back-nine to claim the tournament, redemption and a victory many golf fans thought they would never see.
Woods picked up steam as the week progressed, shooting a two-under 70 in his first round and following it up with a four-under 68 on Friday to get within one of the lead. On Saturday, he kept pace with a loaded leaderboard flush with players going low, shooting a five-under 67 (including a 33 on the back) to put himself in position to contend.
But Sundays at the majors have historically belonged to Tiger—and he added a new chapter this week. After shooting a one-under 35 on the front, Tiger made birdie on the par-five 13th, par-five 15th and par-three 16th to seize control of the tournament and put distance between himself and the pack. Woods was aided by a collapse by Molinari, who suffered two double-bogeys on the back nine, dropping two balls in the water, including on No. 12.
Paired with Molinari and Tony Finau in the final group—in threesomes due to inclement weather—Woods was able to stare down the competition and outlast his biggest foes, a familiar sight around Augusta, but one that hadn’t been seen in quite some time. Tiger’s previous Masters wins came in 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005. The 43-year-old becomes the second oldest Masters champion in history, trailing only Jack Nicklaus, who was 46 when he won in 1986.
While Tiger was able to claim his fifth green jacket, the Masters won’t be holding the traditional outdoor ceremony, which was called off due to storms.
(Reporting by Sports Illustrated)
Oklahoma Quarterback Kyler Murray Drafted #1 By Arizona Cardinals In NFL Draft
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is the first pick in the NFL draft, going to Arizona and immediately creating a quarterback quandary.
A year after the Cardinals traded up to the 10th spot to grab Josh Rosen, they went with Oklahoma’s dynamic Heisman Trophy winner. The team apparently believes Murray is a better fit running the offense of new coach Kliff Kingsbury, who worked in the Big 12 that Murray dominated last season.
Murray is the second straight Sooners quarterback taken atop the draft, following another Heisman recipient, Baker Mayfield, who went to Cleveland last year. Mayfield had a superb rookie season, and the Cardinals can only hope Murray has a similar impact in the desert.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Broadway in downtown Nashville is as lively a place as any in America. The Las Vegas Strip, Times Square and Bourbon Street have nothing on it.
Particularly this week.
For the first time, the NFL draft is in Music City, and even in the days leading up to Thursday night’s opening round, Broadway has been buzzing.
Sure, the honky tonks tend to be full of revelers who don’t care if it’s New Year’s Eve or, well, a weekday in late April. The difference now: Nearly everyone is talking football while the bands on stage are working through their repertoires of Carrie Underwood and Blake Shelton songs.
“This weekend, Nashville, Tennessee, is, in fact, Football City,” declared Mayor David Briley. “This wouldn’t be happening if the league and team had not seen what we already knew about the city of Nashville.”
How much have the locals embraced the draft? Well, 100,000 or more are attending the opening round, with thousands more projected to turn out on Friday and Saturday.
Although, by the look of things Wednesday and early Thursday on Broadway — which has been shut down to traffic for several blocks, a fact that might bottle up traffic but doesn’t seem to bother pedestrians a bit — many of those attendees aren’t from middle Tennessee. An informal survey of NFL team jerseys being worn showed 17, including from as far away as Seattle and Buffalo.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told SiriusXM NFL Radio: “One of the things is the geographic location of the city you are in. Fans love to go from other markets to here. The number of jerseys you see (fans wearing), it reminds me of our international games.”
Rain was in the forecast for Thursday night, something that didn’t plague Chicago, Philadelphia and Dallas in the past four years as the draft has become a traveling circus. That could put a damper on outdoor festivities, though it’s unlikely to affect the business in the restaurants and bars downtown. Might even help.
As Goodell has noted, the bar — a different sort of bar from those on Broadway — for the draft has been set high by previous cities, particularly Philadelphia.
But as Briley and other Nashville residents point out, this isn’t exactly a city of strangers to big events, including the CMA Music Fest in late spring that is even more crowded.
Twelve NFL cities have sent representatives here. In some cases, the league is looking to cities that aren’t likely to bid for a Super Bowl because of stadium or hotel issues.
Taking particular interest in this week’s events are representatives from Las Vegas, which has next April’s draft.
“I am sure Las Vegas will try to set a new bar also,” Goodell said. “Nashville will have an influence on Las Vegas.”
In several ways, Las Vegas and Nashville have commonalities. Both have a centerpiece street — of course, closing down much of The Strip in Nevada would be much more of a chore and much more unlikely than doing so with a significant portion of Broadway here. Both have a solid entertainment base. Both have become destination vacation spots.
That’s a year off, though. Right now, Nashville and the NFL are joined at the hip. Goodell believes “This is going to be a great platform for the city of Nashville.” The mayor simply smiled at that statement.
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Colin Kaepernick Reaches Settlement With NFL Over Kneeling Protest Fallout
- Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid settle collusion grievance with NFL
- Parties have resolved grievances subject to confidentiality pact
The NFL and attorneys for Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid jointly announced on Friday afternoon they have settled a complaint of collusion by the players, who claimed the league’s owners blackballed them because they had protested by kneeling during the pre-game playing of the national anthem.
“For the past several months, counsel for Mr Kaepernick and Mr Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL,” the statement read. “As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.”
An arbitrator had been expected to rule over the next few weeks on Kaepernick’s grievance against the league, which he filed in 2017 under the collective bargaining agreement. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback alleged the owners conspired to keep him off the field because of his protests to draw attention to racial inequality and social injustice issues.
The filing said the NFL and its owners “have colluded to deprive Mr Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr Kaepernick’s leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States”.
The NFLPA released a statement on Friday in support of Kaepernick and Reid, acknowledging they did not know the terms of the agreement as the players employed outside counsel.
“We continuously supported Colin and Eric from the start of their protests, participated with their lawyers throughout their legal proceedings and were prepared to participate in the upcoming trial in pursuit of both truth and justice for what we believe the NFL and its clubs did to them,” the statement said. “We are glad that Eric has earned a job and a new contract, and we continue to hope that Colin gets his opportunity as well.”
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