Patrick Cantlay overcomes both Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm, Tiger Woods falls flat, Bryson DeChambeau nearly breaks the internet and more in this week’s edition of Monday Scramble: Cantlay: ‘Felt like it was coming and this week it did’ 1. Patrick Cantlay made nine birdies in the final round to leapfrog Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm and capture the Zozo Championship. TAKEAWAY: It’s remarkable this is only Cantlay’s third PGA Tour title, for he’s such a consistent and complete player. Though he’s 28, he doesn’t have much mileage on his body after sitting out a few years because of back problems. This was his 101st career Tour start; by comparison, Justin Thomas, who is a year younger, has made 158. Cantlay’s best is still to come, as he rose to No. 9 in the world rankings. Throughout the bag Cantlay was stellar at Sherwood, per usual, ranking third in strokes gained: tee to green, first in scrambling and 10th in putting – using a flat stick that is slightly longer and heavier than his previous model. That’s one of the reasons why Cantlay failed to win during the pandemic-affected 2019-20 season and fell short of qualifying for the Tour Championship. It didn’t help either that he missed some scheduled starts because of surgery to correct a deviated septum. We’ll keep picking Cantlay to have a breakout year, as we do seemingly every year. It’s bound to happen. He’s that talented. Thomas: ‘If I birdie 16, I win the golf tournament’ 2. Despite shooting final-round scores in the 60s, Thomas and Rahm were passed by Cantlay on Sunday and shared second at Sherwood. TAKEAWAY: Both players, ranked inside the top 3 in the world, were left to rue missing a good opportunity to win. Thomas, who held the overnight lead, made only one birdie over his last 12 holes and fell one shot shy. Considered one of the game’s best closers, JT has now failed to win four of his last five solo 54-hole leads: 2019 Genesis Invitational: Led by 4; finished 2nd 2019 BMW Championship: Led by 6; won 2020 WGC-Mexico Championship: Led by 1; finished T-6 2020 Workday Charity Open: Led by 2; lost in playoff 2020 Zozo Championship: Led by 1; finished T-2Interestingly, Thomas told reporters afterward that he was struggling in the final round to find that “killer instinct” and “stay in the zone” without fans. “It’s tough, but we’re all dealing with it,” he said, “and I just have to find a little bit better way with how to cope with that here in the next couple weeks.” Thomas bemoaned that he didn’t have his best stuff over the weekend, and though that was true, he was still typically excellent – second in proximity to the hole and fifth in strokes gained: putting. A nice combo that portends well for Augusta, a place that Thomas, with no top-10s in four career appearances, has not fared particularly well. With top-12 finishes in all three starts this young season, he’ll still be a top-5 favorite for the Masters. As for Rahm, he made back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 12 and 13 (the latter a par 5!) to fall into chaser’s mode coming down the stretch. His biggest takeaway: His iron play was spot-on. Ranking sixth in the field in strokes gained: approach, that was his best finish in that category since his win at the Memorial, and his second-best in 13 months. Getty Images 3. At a place where he’s won five times and finished runner-up on five other occasions, Tiger Woods beat only three players during his tie for 72nd at the Zozo Championship. TAKEAWAY: At the beginning of the week Woods said he was “definitely better” than he was at the U.S. Open, but in his Zozo title defense his game looked as bad as it has all year. Of the 77 players at Sherwood, Woods ranked 70th in strokes gained: tee to green and 65th on the greens. Even more eyebrow-raising: He maxed out at 115 mph clubhead speed. That added up to a dismal scoring line, in which the only players he beat were Japan Tour player Naoki Sekito, Champions Tour-eligible Phil Mickelson and Michael Thompson, who has one top-45 since June. News & Opinion Zozo’s dreary finish might be the last we see of Phil-Tiger together on Sunday BY Rex Hoggard — October 25, 2020 at 9:29 PM Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods went head-to-head Sunday at the Zozo, and it might well be the last time we witness that in a final round. Woods said he’ll decide in the “next few days” if he will commit to next week’s Houston Open. But a final tune-up start before the Masters doesn’t make much sense, not least because he’d have to learn a new course at Memorial Park. A lack of competitive reps isn’t what is hurting Woods at the moment; he’s just not swinging well enough. He needs to put in the time on the range, if his battered body will allow. His two-plus decades of course knowledge at Augusta won’t matter if he can’t execute the shots. Since the Tour restarted in June, Woods has played six events. His finish in relation to the winner: 15 shots back 12 back 24 back 15 back 14 back (thru 36; MC) 22 back at Sherwood Getty Images 4. In a post on Instagram, Bryson DeChambeau claimed he hit a drive with a 400-yard carry – even without the 48-inch driver he’s been testing. TAKEAWAY: Bryson’s big blast was the talk of the Tour last week, and for good reason. He’s been hinting that he’s been touching ridiculous numbers in practice. Now here’s proof. The post was cryptic enough that it leaves plenty of questions: Did the ball go straight? Is it repeatable? Is it tournament-ready? What type of numbers can he post with the 48-inch model? We’ll get answers soon enough. From our seat it still seems like an unnecessary risk for DeChambeau to implement a new driver at the year’s final major. Clearly, he already enjoys a significant advantage over the rest of the field. It seems like the perfect experiment for Kapalua and Phoenix, with an eye on the 2021 Masters in April. Getty Images 5. Phil Mickelson is undecided on his upcoming schedule, as he weighs whether to play the week before the Masters at the PGA Tour’s Houston Open or against the PGA Tour Champions players in Phoenix. TAKEAWAY: Early last week Mickelson said his decision would come down to which event hosts fans – Houston is welcoming a maximum of 2,000 spectators a day, the first tournament in the U.S. to have fans since March 12 – but later backtracked, saying it’s all about prep. Lefty wants to be able to launch it high and far in preparation for Augusta, and Memorial Park, a course he’s never seen but which has a stiffer penalty for a missed fairway, might not be the most conducive environment for that style of play. The senior event would have overseeded grass, like he’ll see in Georgia, and he’s unlikely to wear himself out playing 54 holes in a cart. That seems the most likely option. Of course, if he continues to play like he did at the Zozo – nearly DFL, last in the field in strokes gained: tee to green – it really doesn’t matter because he wouldn’t contend at Augusta anyway. THIS WEEK’S AWARD WINNERS … Emotional McDonald on first title: ‘It’s really hard to win out here’ First Time For Everything: Ally McDonald. The 28-year-old Mississippi native, on her birthday, held off a spirited charge from Danielle Kang to capture her first LPGA title at the Drive On Championship – Reynolds Lake Oconee. McDonald, a former U.S. Solheim Cupper, made three birdies in a row to start the back nine to surge in front. She finished one ahead of Kang, who nearly holed her wedge shot on 18. Here She Comes: Bianca Pagdanganan. The LPGA rookie is taking the tour by storm, contending at the KPMG Women’s PGA before posting a 299-yard driving distance average last week at Reynolds en route to a career-best third-place finish. Remember the name – she has game-changing potential. Looking Up At Him: Dustin Johnson. Jon Rahm made a run to end his reign at the top, but DJ stayed at world No. 1 for at least another week, cementing him as the fourth player to reach 100 weeks in the first position, behind Tiger Woods (683 weeks, lol), Greg Norman (331) and Rory McIlroy (106). Getty Images Perseverance: Ross McGowan. Ranked 560th in the world, he hadn’t won in 11 years and hadn’t finished inside the top 40 in his last 13 starts. That was until he shot 20 under par at the Italian Open and won by two. Good stuff. Back from the Abyss: Martin Kaymer. At the Italian Open he tied for fifth, his fourth top-10 in his past six starts. It wasn’t enough to clip eventual winner Ross McGowan, but he’s getting closer to earning his first worldwide title since – incredibly enough – the 2014 U.S. Open. Not the Best Quote: Scott Jamieson. After making a hole-in-one in Italy, Jamieson first gave a nothing reaction, then gave an even worse quote afterward: “That’s what we’re trying to do – just put the ball in the hole.” OK, bud. Don’t Look Now, But …: Bubba Watson. Once again Watson had the ball-striking goods, ranking fifth in the field in strokes gained: tee to green. Per stats guru Justin Ray, only DJ has fared better in that stat per round since the PGA Championship. Anyone know a two-time Masters champ who is rounding into form? Don’t Stick to your Day Job?: Mike Whan. The LPGA commish was on the call for the first-round coverage of the Drive On Championship, a smart and creative choice given Whan has owned a vacation home at Reynolds Lake Oconee for years. As expected, Whan was terrific: sharp and insightful, with his usual dose of self-deprecating humor. Though he wasn’t about to criticize his own players, of course, it was a fun few hours listening to his unique perspective. Same … But With a Twist: Masters Champions Dinner. Woods confirmed that the annual dinner with the most exclusive club in golf is still on, but different this year: downstairs instead of upstairs in the iconic clubhouse, with the tables socially distant, and less-than-usual attendance with some of the more at-risk former champions likely staying home because of the coronavirus. Woods’ menu will stay the same: fajitas, sushi and sashimi, with milkshakes for dessert. Unusual Masters Prep: Sergio Garcia. The Sanderson Farms winner and 2017 Masters champ will get ready for the year’s final major by … making his professional tennis debut? He’s teaming up for a doubles tennis tournament in Austin with Amer Delic. Hopefully he doesn’t roll an ankle. Good Omen for Augusta: Rory McIlroy. Though he finished well down the leaderboard, Rory’s good proved to be very good – his 29 birdies were a career high on Tour. Blown Fantasy Pick of the Week: Matthew Wolff. Second week in a row for this category for Mr. Wolff, who was playing a de facto home game at Sherwood, 10 minutes from his childhood home and at a course he reckons he’s played hundreds of times. Wolff got matched up with Tiger Woods over the first two rounds, shooting a pair of 69s, but backtracked with a Saturday 75 on his way to finishing in a tie for 50th. On top of his face plant last week at Shadow Creek, this isn’t what we wanted to see in his last two starts before Augusta. Sigh.
That is, ensuring that developments in floodplains can survive the sort of floods that devastated 60,000 homes and businesses this time last year. Two reports published this week – one that the government commissioned from Sir Michael Pitt and the other from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), an organisation whose expertise Pitt drew on heavily – have produced an eminently sensible set of proposals to ensure flood-proofing is at the front of developers’ minds. For example, the 2010 overhaul of the Building Regulations could make homes more resilient to flooding with measures that housebuilders can accommodate without too much extra cost. Pitt says the regulations should apply to home refurbishments, too – as we know, most people who have been flooded don’t make their homes more resilient afterwards, so that’s another good recommendation.One key step would be to remove the right to connect to existing drainage systems, which would force developers to consider using sustainable urban drainage in their projects – that is, ponds and permeable paving that retain water rather than shedding it into drains (which is what happened at Hull).The government has already given the Environment Agency overall responsibility for flood-risk strategy, and has made councils manage the risk from run-off. The ICE would argue the lack of measures for tackling coastal flooding – probably the biggest risk the UK faces in the long term – is a terrible oversight and before long the government will have to invest large sums of cash here. On the whole, though, it feels like coherent action is on the way. Everything depends on the councils. It is their planners, building control inspectors and drainage experts who will staff the new regimeBut everything depends on the councils. It is their planners, building control inspectors and drainage experts who will staff the new regime. That’s a lot of extra expertise needed, and it has to be funded from somewhere. The last thing developers need – particularly at this time – is more bottlenecks in the system. London belongs to usLast Saturday, Exhibition Road in South Kensington closed to traffic, and architecture aficionados, popular music buffs, chirpy children and bewildered passers-by thronged through it by the thousands. This was the launch of the month-long London Festival of Architecture, and it lived up to its name with verve. Artful temporary pavilions purpose-designed for the occasion byFoster + Partners (in raspberry pink) and Tonkin Liu (in banana yellow) mingled with street bands, all of them performing simultaneously. So, congratulations to Peter Murray, who has done more than anyone to find a way for the public to engage joyfully with the city around them.
Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Tonight the postseason in Northeast Ohio continues in high school football, with games spread out around the area and our NEOSI reporters will be on hand to report on a couple of local games, including Vince McKee at the huge Iggy vs Ed’s battle in Bedford, and Cuyahoga Heights Redskins vs Kirtland matchup will be covered by our own Payton Vince!Our broadcast partner AM 930 WEOL will be live broadcasting three games – make sure to listen as teams fight to make it to the Final Four of the postseason next week!Here’s the Two games on the air and on-line tonight!Game One this week is the DI Region 2 Championship between Lorain and Olentangy Liberty. The Titans punched their way to the title game with an impressive 30-14 come from behind victory over Dublin Jerome last week. After losing their first two games of the season, the Titans have put together a run of 10 straight victories. Their opponent this week is the top seeded Patriots. After defeating Medina 45-27 in the semifinals, the OCC Buckeye champions have compiled a perfect 11-0 record on the year. The battle for the title begins at 7pm on Friday night. Click HERE for the Lorain and Olentangy Liberty MatchupThe Second matchup features Olmsted Falls and Anthony Wayne in the DII Region 6 Championship. It is safe to say that the Bulldogs have learned from their mistakes in the regular season. Having lost three regular season games, Olmsted Falls corrected two of those losses in the first two rounds of the postseason. In their semifinal match up with Westlake, the Bulldogs run game, led by Spence Linville, plowed through the Demons for a 49-21 victory. Their opponent this week also draws their strength from their run game, but uses speed in place of force. The duo of Evan Brown and Nick Schneider proved to be to much for Avon Lake to handle last Friday night as the Generals earned a 14-6 win over the Shoremen. Power and speed hit the field on Friday night starting at 7pm.Click HERE for the Bullodgs and Generals Battle Related TopicsHigh School FootballWEOL Matt Loede