The Latest: Brendon Todd claims a share of PGA lead

first_imgDay had a bogey-free round that included a birdie on the par-4 ninth hole.___Scottie Scheffler is the first one in the clubhouse at 4-under in the opening round of the PGA Championship. He’s tied for fourth with three other players, including two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka.Scheffler was up there at minus-5 with Martin Kaymer, Xander Schauffele and Zach Johnson before hitting his tee shot into the left rough and making bogey on his final hole of the day. Scheffler was in the first group off the 10th tee in the morning. Zach Johnson and Scottie Scheffler are off to an early lead at 4 under at the PGA Championship. Starting on the back nine, Johnson was through eight holes after three straight birdies at TPC Harding Park. Scheffler was through 12 holes. Dustin Johnson and Jason Day were at 3 under. Two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka was tied for fifth at minus-2 through eight holes in the first round on Thursday. Koepka would be the first golfer to win the tournament three times in a row since Walter Hagen won four in a row almost 100 years ago. ___Two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka has teed off a TPC Harding Park as he tries to become the first golfer to win three PGA Championships in a row since Walter Hagen. The Latest: Brendon Todd claims a share of PGA lead Todd, who recovered from a wicked case of the yips that dropped him out of the top 2,000 players in the world, won twice on the PGA Tour in the fall and now is among the top 50.He made a 10-foot par putt on his final hole to join Jason Day at 5-under 65. They were one shot ahead of nine players, including two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka.As the first round at Harding Park was winding down, it was shaping up as a low day for scoring. Nearly half of the field was at par or better, including Tiger Woods at 68.Day is a former PGA champion and no stranger to be at the top of the board in a major. This is only the ninth major Todd has played, and the second time he has opened with a round in the 60s.___ Two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka and Tiger Woods were among those playing in the morning.___More AP golf: apnews.com/tag/apf-Golf Bryson DeChambeau released “the Kraken,” and the Kraken didn’t come back.The bulked-up golfer broke his driver, which he has nicknamed “the Kraken,” after teeing off on the seventh hole in the opening round of the PGA Championship on Thursday. A rules official said he would be allowed to replace the club during the round, and a member of DeChambeau’s support team fetched another shaft for him.“That was weird,” DeChambeau said as he walked toward the green, still holding the pieces. “I guess it’s all those swings I put in.”DeChambeau gained as much as 40 pounds during the coronavirus shutdown, consuming up to 6,000 calories per day with the goal of getting “huge.” He is the longest-driving player on the tour.But this time he was too strong for his own good. What they have in common — aside from a good start — is the last majors they won was the last tournaments they won.Scottie Scheffler, a PGA Tour rookie from Texas, and Xander Schauffele also were at 5 under.Another shot back was Jason Day, who won the PGA Championship five years ago. He wasn’t won in two years.Brooks Koepka was 3 under through 12 holes, just the start he needed. Tiger Woods, after a quick start, was back to even par through 12.___ “Going first out was definitely an advantage, even though it was pretty cold when we started,” he said. “It warmed up fairly quick.” ___Major champions are starting to populate the leaderboard at the PGA Championship, including some names that haven’t been heard from in a while.Martin Kaymer, a PGA champion in 2010 and a U.S. Open champion in 2014, was at 5 under through 14 holes at the TPC Harding Park. He was in a four-way tie that included Zach Johnson, whose last major was at St. Andrews five years ago.Kaymer is No. 128 in the world. Johnson is at No. 210.center_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest from the opening round of the PGA Championship in San Francisco:___Brendon Todd is back in the PGA Championship for the first time in five years and is tied for the lead. August 6, 2020 Koepka teed off on the back nine on Thursday morning and parred his first hole. Koepka would be the first player ever to win the PGA Championship three straight times in stroke play. Hagen won four in a row from 1924-27, when it was match play.The threesome of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas also teed off from the back nine on Thursday morning.___Brian Harman hit the opening shot at the PGA Championship on Thursday, and it was clear as he looked down the first fairway at TPC Harding Park that it was a historic moment. The fairway was lined by trees, not people.The COVID-19 pandemic that forced the PGA Championship to move from May to August also led to this being the first major championship without spectators. That includes family members of the 156 players in the field, and limited media.A few volunteers took out mobile phones to capture the moment. The starter announced in a microphone, “From Sea Island, Georgia, Brian Harman.” And there was no applause. There was no need for a microphone, either, but old habits die hard.Harman pulled his tee shot into the rough. At least he found it. There is only one marshal for each hole, down from 12.This is the first major of the year, with the Masters moved to November, the U.S. Open moved ot September and the British Open moved to 2021. DeChambeau hit what appeared to be a normal tee shot 296 yards into the rough on the par-4, 340-yard seventh hole at TPC Harding Park. But when he bent over to pick up his tee, the club snapped under him.“It was bound to break,” DeChambeau said. “I’ve been using it for a long time.”___2015 PGA Champion Jason Day has the early lead in the first round of the year’s first major.Day shot a 5-under 65 over the 7,251-yard TPC Harding Park to head to the clubhouse in front. Two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka was in a group of nine one stroke behind at minus-4, with some of the morning tee times still on the course.last_img read more

Alexander: The Alliance attempts to make an impact in communities of color

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Alexander: Coping with the desolation, and silence, of empty seats The impetus was the same sequence of events that have awakened much of this society over the last several weeks and helped bring the toxicity of systemic racism and white privilege front and center. The deaths of Ahmaud Arbery (shot while jogging), Breonna Taylor (shot by police who broke down her door mistakenly and with no probable cause) and George Floyd (suffocated by a Minneapolis policeman who knelt on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds), and the resulting protests and backlash against the symbols of hate and bigotry, have forced America into an uncomfortable conversation that many of us had avoided for way too long.If the result of that conversation is that we now dig into the roots of the problem, that is a way forward.“The work we are going to engage in over the next five years is critically important,” said Renata Simril, president of LA84 – the foundation created through the financial success of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and dedicated to supporting non-profit youth sports organizations throughout the region.“Kids from poor communities have an obesity rate that is nearly two times higher than kids from affluent communities. Poor students are five times more likely to drop out of high school than students from high-income families. And Black and Latinx youth have the highest rates of stress, anxiety and depression.“We believe that equity is a social justice issue, and there are a lot of reasons why. Funding is one. Lack of enrichment programs, including sports and physical education in school, is another. Lack of volunteers, coaches and mentors. Safe passage to playgrounds. This is all a hindrance to positive engagement activities for kids, and to their connection (to) support systems that help them realize their true potential. And it’s a hindrance to their academic success in school. … When kids play, they are healthier, both physically and mentally, and do better in school. But it requires access and opportunities.”The professional organizations’ involvement will include money and time, including the participation of the teams’ players, as a complement to their current charitable activities rather than a replacement. But it can’t be just having stars showing up occasionally for meet-and-greets.Simril talked of working with organizations already entrenched in the communities, with an emphasis toward sports and educational opportunities for youths 14 to 18 – and reminding those boys and girls that there are career opportunities in sports that go beyond the field or court. They could be executives, or videographers, or someone like Blake Bolden, who was the first Black player in the National Women’s Hockey League, now is an AHL scout for the Kings and also will work with their front office on diversity and inclusion initiatives.“It’s like that famous adage – if she can see it, she can be it,” Simril said.Related Articles It is unprecedented. A coalition of Southern California’s 11 professional sports organizations, some of whom compete bitterly on the field or court and all of whom scramble for area fans’ dollars and attention, have banded together for a cause.It is noble. They recognize that by pooling their efforts and resources and going all-in with the LA84 Foundation’s Play Equity initiative, they can help make a difference in communities of color desperately in need of jobs, educational opportunities and hope.And it is ambitious. The ALLIANCE: Los Angeles, the combined effort of the Dodgers, Angels, Rams, Chargers, Lakers, Clippers, Kings, Ducks, LAFC, Galaxy and Sparks unveiled Tuesday, has given itself a five-year window to create and sustain change in those communities, through funding and attention.Will it work? Will these organizations, all of whom have their own issues with a global pandemic having ravaged the sports landscape, stay the course and maintain the commitment that was announced Tuesday? Maybe this is the best way to look at it: There is too much at stake, in Southern California and beyond, for it not to work. This collaboration can be a powerful example in other cities where sports have such an outsized profile.It is not the sole path to the end of poverty and inequality. But it’s an idea and a commitment, and more specifically one that will be monitored and tracked to gauge its progress.It’s most definitely a start.“We felt like, if not sports, then who?” said Tom Penn, president and owner of LAFC, during the virtual news conference Tuesday at which this collaboration was officially announced.“Our goal is pretty simple. It’s to unite as allies. In many cases we’re rivals, but in this case we’re allies to push against racial injustice, to take on important issues in communities of color and particularly the Black community. We expect this alliance to be a beacon and a magnet for cooperation and collaboration in Los Angeles and greater Los Angeles.” Alexander: Lakers-Blazers is not your typical No. 1 vs. No. 8 series center_img Alexander: Lakers fans, it’s been a long wait Alexander: Baseball’s ‘unwritten rules’ need to be erased Alexander: Playoff series takes a turn Clippers weren’t expecting Will five years be enough to solve these problems. No. But the ambition seems to be that this will be more than one five-year term, and each increment of commitment that follows will bring those potential solutions closer.“I think the intent of announcing this is so we are held accountable and that we do the good work and the hard work over the long period of time,” Lakers’ chief operating officer Tim Harris said. “We’re not getting together here today to say we intend to boil the ocean. What we’re doing is getting together to say we’re gonna take a little part of the ocean and we’re going to try to boil that, and hopefully that motivates others to do the same.“It took us 400 years to get here. We’re not going to get out of this overnight. But the only way we are going to get out of this is to start taking positive baby steps.”[email protected]@Jim_Alexander on Twitterlast_img read more