Hunger Game: Garcia, Scott both aching for a win

first_imgPALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – You could call them kindred spirits. Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott were both once phenoms saddled with great expectations, dashing young stars who were supposed to conquer the world. They’ve enjoyed their share of success, Garcia winning 28 times around the world, Scott winning 27 times, but they’ve also had their share of struggles as they’ve grown to middle-aged veterans. They’ve battled through slumps, fought balky putters and shouldered pressures to win more than they’ve won. Garcia, the Spaniard, turned 36 last month, while Scott, the Aussie, will turn 36 in July. They both have homes in Switzerland. “There are some similarities, and maybe things we feel connected by,” Garcia said. “We enjoy each other, and we’re friends.” They share more than the lead here going into Sunday at the Honda Classic. They share a hunger to end winless spells. “I think we’re both pretty desperate to have a win tomorrow after putting ourselves in this position,” Scott said. Garcia and Scott pushed each other Saturday to the top of the leaderboard at 9-under 201, with Garcia shooting 67 and Scott 66.  They pushed each other four shots clear of the field. They’ll be pushing each other again Sunday to get that trophy Scott says they’re both craving. The Honda Classic: Articles, photos and videos Scott’s last victory came at the PGA Tour’s Colonial Invitational in 2014. Garcia’s last on a major tour was also two years ago, at the European Tour’s Qatar Masters. Garcia was asked which of them will be more desperate to win if it comes down to them in the end. “I think we both will want it badly, if it gets to that,” Garcia said. “And, hopefully, it will get to that.” They are such similar players, supreme ball strikers who may have won so much more had they not battled their putters as much as they have over the years. The big difference between them is the green jacket Scott owns, the Masters title he claimed in 2013. Scott unloaded a lot of pressure on himself breaking through to win a major championship. Garcia’s still dealing with it. “I guess every year that goes by, it feels another chance has kind of gone by,” Garcia told the BBC last month. “But if I get to 45, and I haven’t won any, then I will probably feel a lot of pressure then. But I still feel like I’m young enough to be able to do it, hopefully several times. My appetite is the same.” Neither is assuming this is a two-man duel. They know what can happen at PGA National, even if the winds are down, like they were Saturday. They know what can go wrong with all the water at the 15th, 16th and 17th holes. As trilogies go, the Bear Trap is an epic tale of wonder and woe. Scott experienced both Saturday in a dizzying 30 minutes on that trio of holes. After taking control early in the third round, Scott reminded us how quickly a lead can disappear through that stretch. Pulling away brilliantly, Scott stepped to the start of the Bear Trap with a three-shot lead and promptly hit a 6-iron into the water at the 15th. The fun wasn’t over for Scott. After taking a drop there, he swatted a wedge from 120 yards over the green and into the water. He had to take yet another drop before walking off the hole with a quadruple-bogey 7. “It took me five goes to get a ball dry,” Scott said. And just like that, Scott’s lead was gone. In a staggering four-shot swing, Garcia left the green with the lead. Scott left the hole laughing to himself. “What else can you do?” he said. Both these guys have their share of scar tissue. They’ve both bounced back from hard times to win. “I’ve experienced things along those lines plenty of times,” Scott said. After extricating himself from trouble to save par at the 16th, and then stiffing a 6-iron to 9 feet to set up birdie at the 17th, Scott walked out of the Bear Trap back atop the leaderboard, one shot ahead of Garcia, who evened the score back up with a closing birdie. Neither player is comfortable with just a four-shot cushion. “So much can happen, especially at a golf course like this,” Scott said. “There’s trouble waiting on every misjudgment or poor swing. I’m just going to try and play that solid round of golf and give myself as many opportunities as I can.” They know what perils leaders face. They saw what happened to Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker. Fowler and Walker went out in the final pairing on Saturday, Fowler with a one-shot lead on Walker. After playing the first 36 holes bogey free, Fowler made four of them and not a single birdie. Walker shot 79. Last year, Ian Poulter took a three-shot lead into the final round and hit five balls in the water. “I expect some of the guys behind to shoot a number and make it tough on all of us,” Garcia said.last_img read more

Read More »

Deaths Mount as COVID-19 Outbreak Spreads through Whitefish Care Facility

first_img Email On Aug. 7, Larry and Terry Rich celebrated their 27th wedding anniversary through a screened-in window at the Whitefish Care and Rehabilitation Center, Larry resting on his walker’s fold-down seat amid the shrubbery and river rock girding the facility, Terry ensconced in the fluorescent light of her room.Since Terry’s admission to the facility in July — the result of health complications from a fall — the 74-year-old woman had been prohibited from interacting with the outside world due to the risk of COVID-19 transmissions.Despite those restrictions, on the occasion of her wedding anniversary, Terry had just one request — bring Chinese takeout.“So I went over with the white boxes of Chinese food and put them through the mail slot, and I sat down on my walker outside her room and she got her Chinese food and we celebrated our anniversary,” Larry said. “It was nice and as long as I could see her everything was OK.”Exactly three weeks later, on Aug. 28, Larry learned that his wife had died of complications due to COVID-19, which she contracted during an outbreak at Whitefish Care and Rehabilitation that as of Aug. 28 had infected 41 people, including 27 residents, while claiming the lives of five residents in the past week.“We extend our sympathies to all loved ones affected by these recent deaths,” said Tamalee St. James Robinson, Interim Health Officer of the Flathead City-County Health Department, in a statement released Friday.The recent deaths bring the total number of COVID-19 related fatalities in Flathead County up to eight, according to health officials.According to the facility’s executive director, Reid Crickmore, the outbreak stems from an “asymptomatic person.”“As of today, we have tested all employees and residents multiple times,” he said on Friday. “Many of these people have had zero symptoms, and some have started to recover, for which we are grateful. Unfortunately, we have had five residents pass away due to COVID-19.”St. James Robinson said when an outbreak occurs at a long-term care facility, health officials test everyone, including all staff and residents, and continue to test them on a weekly basis.“If they go two consecutive weeks with no positive cases, that’s the criteria for saying the outbreak is contained,” she said.In a press release, Crickmore said a lag time in getting test results back from the state has made it difficult to contain the outbreak.“The two headwinds we continue to face are asymptomatic positive people and the timeliness of lab results, sometimes taking 4-7 days to get these results,” Crickmore said Friday, adding that the facility is undergoing screening and “robust cleaning” as it executes the health department’s mitigation plan.“Additionally, we continue to stay in contact with families and emergency contacts as we get test results in,” Crickmore added.For Larry Rich, those updates were few and far between as he struggled to track his wife’s institutionalized care, which began after she fell at home on July 4, resulting in hospitalization at North Valley Hospital in Whitefish. From there, she was transferred to Whitefish Care and Rehabilitation, at which point Rich says his contact with administrative staff was minimal.“I left about 12 messages and nobody ever called me back,” Rich said. “I didn’t know what was going on. Finally I drove over to the address listed in the phone book and in the parking lot I met a nurse who was coming off duty. She told me I couldn’t come inside, but she pointed out Terry’s window and so I went over there and knocked on the window and I got to talk to her. So I did that every evening until I got the call about this COVID-19 lockdown.”Rich said he’d been expecting the facility to release his wife back into his care this week, but that changed when she tested positive for COVID-19 and was hospitalized at Kalispell Regional Healthcare earlier this week.“I got a call on Monday about her being sent to Kalispell by ambulance because she had checked positive for the virus,” Rich said on Friday. “She was doing OK and we had a very nice conversation on Wednesday night. But she took a turn for the worse after that and I got a call at 5 a.m. this morning that she had died.”Montana reported its 100th COVID-19-related death on Friday, hitting the grim milestone as the state surpassed 7,000 confirmed cases of the respiratory virus.“We all share the responsibility of learning to live in our new normal. By doing so, we are not disregarding that 100 Montanans have lost their lives,” Gov. Steve Bullock said in a statement. “The best way to honor these souls is to protect the people and the state they loved. Through acting collectively to mitigate the risk, we are preventing this virus from leaving more tragedy in its wake.” Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

Read More »