Masters: Nick Dougherty hoping for a McIlroy Slam, but American challenge is strong | Golf News

first_img Rory McIlroy is confident his game is in the right place heading into The Masters as he reiterated that limiting mistakes will be especially vital. One player who has never had a distance problem is Rory McIlroy, and as much as I’d love to see him complete the Grand Slam of major titles, I’m not sure it will be this year.Rory is more “under the radar” this week with so much attention directed at Bryson, and he’s said he’s happy to not be the main focus ahead of the one major that eludes his collection.After he won the third leg of the Grand Slam at The Open in 2014, he finished in the top 10 in each of the next four Masters tournaments, although he lost his way a little last year and managed only a tie for 21st. But he’s generally been fantastic, and clearly one of the premier players at Augusta over the last 10 years. There are so many home players to get past even before you add tournament-favourite Bryson DeChambeau into the mix, so it’s going to be really tough for the British contingent to emulate Lyle, Faldo, Woosnam and Willett.There’s no doubt they’re capable, they’ve all got big golf games and Augusta always offers the opportunity to step out from the crowd and put in an inspired performance. But it needs something extra special to get across the line here.One thing in favour of the less-experienced players this week could be the absence of patrons. Any major championship is ramped up by an atmosphere that can be so big, powerful and often overwhelming for the uninitiated – and no more so than at Augusta National. “As strong as the British and Irish challenge is, the Americans are looking pretty formidable right now. DJ, Cantlay and Schauffele all look good, and there are so many home players to get past even before you add Bryson DeChambeau into the mix” Last Updated: 12/11/20 6:19am As strong as the British and Irish challenge is, the Americans are looking pretty formidable right now. Dustin Johnson looked in great form last week in Houston, Patrick Cantlay beat a very strong field at the Zozo Championship, and Xander Schauffele has not finished outside the top-25 in his last 11 starts and went so close to Masters glory last year. Can the British and Irish challengers upstage a powerful home contingent at the Masters this week? Nick Dougherty explains the magnitude of that challenge …Only four British golfers have made the trip to the Butler Cabin to be presented with a Green Jacket, so what are the chances of making that a “famous five” this week?Tyrrell Hatton certainly has great form coming into the Masters, but his record at Augusta National isn’t the best. In three appearances, he’s yet to crack the top 40, but he’s in great shape to improve on that this week. Get Sky Sports Golf for just £10 a month All four days of The Masters exclusively live. Get our £10 golf offer. Find out more here. World No 1 Dustin Johnson could deny Rory McIlroy this week – Advertisement – He’s been tipped by many to lead the British challenge, but I’d lean towards the more experienced players in the field. Lee Westwood has had a great year and still hasn’t given up hope of winning that elusive major, and I’m expecting a good week for Justin Rose.He hasn’t had the best of years and has slipped to 28th in the world rankings, but he’s got a cracking record at Augusta. Runner-up twice, including that play-off defeat to Sergio Garcia in 2017, three other top-10 finishes and he’ll be determined to atone for his first missed cut in the tournament last year.- Advertisement – Experience is likely to be a big factor at Augusta Experience is likely to be a big factor at Augusta

Petition Seeks to Remove “Racist Tropes” from Splash Mountain

first_imgDisney fans are calling on the company’s parks to change the theme of one of their most popular attractions.A petition that is posted on Change.org asks Disney to remove all references to its 1946 film “Song of the South” from Splash Mountain.The petition claims the movie is “steeped in extremely problematic and stereotypical racist tropes” and suggests that Disney re-theme the ride around “Princess and the Frog.”Tiana, the main character in that film, is recognized for being Disney’s first African American princess.As of Thursday morning, the petition had more than 8,000 signatures, with a goal of 10,000 at this point.Read more about the plans for the phased reopening of @WaltDisneyWorld Resort Theme Parks, Resort Hotels, and Disney Stores on @DisneyParks Blog: https://t.co/YDTsO3hZP7— Disney (@Disney) May 27, 2020 The call for change comes as discussions continue about racial injustice, following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody.Bystander video shows the 46-year-old man struggling to breathe while in police custody on May 25.Police officer Derek Chauvin could be seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes.Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter.The three other officers involved in Floyd’s arrest — Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane — have all been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.last_img read more

Van Gaal favourite to replace Moyes

first_imgLouis Van Gaal has emerged as the front runner to replace David Moyes after he was axed by Manchester United just ten months into his six-year contract.Moyes paid the price for a dreadful campaign when he was dismissed following a meeting with United vicechairman Ed Woodward at the club’s training ground yesterday.United’s most-decorated player Ryan Giggs, a player/ coach under Moyes, will take charge ‘‘until a permanent appointment can be made’’, the club said.Holland head coach Van Gaal has emerged as the favourite to replace Moyes with senior figures at United holding the 62-year-old, who is out of contract after the World Cup, in high regard.Sources close to the club have made it clear the fact that Van Gaal will be in Brazil with Holland this summer would not be an obstacle to the Dutchman taking over.Talks could take place over the coming days as United want to install Moyes’ successor quickly. It is easy to see why United are interested in Van Gaal.The Dutchman lifted the Champions League with Ajax and he also won titles in Germany and Spain.The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach is also used to working with bigname players and attracting big signings – neither of which were part of Moyes’ track record.Van Gaal has made it clear he wants to move to the Barclays Premier League when his contract expires and is the bookmakers’ overwhelming favourite.Van Gaal was linked with the Tottenham job, but United’s illustrious history, and a £150million transfer kitty, make the vacancy at Old Trafford far more attractive.Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp ruled himself out of the running, telling the Guardian: ‘‘Man United is a great club and I feel very familiar with their wonderful fans. But my commitment to Borussia Dortmund and the people is not breakable.’’ Pep Guardiola was considered when Sir Alex Ferguson retired last summer, but the Spaniard went to Bayern Munich, where he intends to remain. ‘‘I want to stay at Bayern for two more years,’’ Guardiola told a press conference.‘‘Bayern are my team, I’m comfortable here.’’ Other potential candidates include Paris Saint-Germain manager Lauren Blanc, who played for United for two years, Ferguson’s former assistant Carlos Queiroz, whose contract as Iran coach expires in the summer, and highly-rated Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone.For now, Giggs is the man charged with restoring some pride to United following what has been a truly awful campaign.What Giggs lacks in experience, he makes up for with passion and a will to win. The 13 Premier League winner’s medals he owns prove that.Giggs is expected to be assisted by Nicky Butt, who is currently in charge of the under-19s and also coaches the reserves. Phil Neville and Chris Woods remain in their posts as first-team coaches, but Steve Round and Jimmy Lumsden – both brought in by Moyes last summer – have been fired.A throng of camera crews and photographers turned up at the AON Training Complex, but they had missed Moyes, who slipped in during the early hours of yesterday morning.Moyes was sacked shortly after 8am, but the 50-year-old remained at the training ground for a few hours so he could thank and say goodbye to his players.He then left via the back exit away from the cameras.Moyes knew he was on his way out when reports emerged on Monday claiming he had lost the faith of United’s owners, the Glazer family. But he can have few arguments about his dismissal.Exactly one year ago, United won a record 20th title with four games to spare.Now they are in seventh, 23 points behind leaders Liverpool.The list of unwanted records broken by Moyes is as embarrassing as it is long.United are guaranteed to end the season with their worst points total in Premier League history, they have failed to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in almost two decades while Moyes’ home record is the worst of any United boss since 1978 when Dave Sexton was in charge. That is why Moyes will go down in history as the third shortest serving United boss behind Walter Crickmer and Lal Hilditch.Moyes never looked capable of dealing with the pressure of being United boss, he struggled in the transfer market, and his reign was dogged by rumours – denied by the Scot – that he did not get on with a number of his players.Former United striker Michael Owen took to Twitter and he summed up the situation perfectly.‘‘United had to be 100% Moyes was the right man,’’ the former United striker said.‘‘Evidently they didn’t have the confidence in him in which case makes the timing absolutely right. Now the big question is who’s next?’’ Van Gaal looks likely to be that man.last_img read more