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Rory McIlroy seeks consistency as British Open approaches

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Which way will the pendulum swing this week at Royal St. George’s for the 149th British Open?
Upon the arrival of every major championship, we analyze who among the game’s top stars is hot and who’s not.

Entering this week, John Rahm is hot. Rory McIlroy is not. Brooks Koepka is trending. Dustin Johnson is not.

Then there are the players who are due, like Xander Schauffele, who at age 27, already has nine top-10 finishes (including six fop-fives) in the mere 17 major championships he has played.

You might, too, say Louis Oosthuizen is due. He has finished runner-up six times in major championships, including once at the British Open, at which he captured his one career major victory, in 2010 at St. Andrews. Oosthuizen finished solo second last month at the U.S. Open and was tied for second at the PGA Championship in May at Kiawah Island.
Johnson, who just lost his No. 1 world ranking to Rahm at the U.S. Open, has had a curious couple of years. In 2020, he won the Masters, finished runner-up at the PGA and tied for sixth at the U.S. Open. This year’s majors have been quite different for Johnson, who missed cuts at the Masters and PGA and managed a nondescript tie for 19th at the U.S. Open.

No player among the stars, though, is more of a question mark than the 32-year-old McIlroy. He enters every major as one of the betting favorites, yet is so streaky it’s difficult to figure out which McIlroy is going to turn up on a given week.

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy
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When McIlroy won the Wells Fargo Championship in May, it appeared he might in for a big summer. What followed that tournament at Quail Hollow, however, were a tie for 49th at the PGA, a tie for 18th at the Memorial and a tie for seventh at the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines, where he teased by being in contention, but never was able to mount a final-round charge.

Then there was his missed cut at the Scottish Open this past week. McIlroy’s game appeared to be stuck in neutral for two days.

Suffice it to say McIlroy is not entering this Open Championship with any momentum.
This not the first time that McIlroy’s form has dipped just when you thought it was going to spike.

In 2019, McIlroy was named the PGA Tour player of the year, was FedEx Cup champion, a four-time winner and the Vardon Trophy recipient. But after he won the WGC-HSBC Champions in November 2019 (at the start of the 2020 PGA Tour season), McIlroy went 18 months between victories, spanning 27 tournaments.

In that period, his world ranking plummeted from No. 1 to 15th, his lowest spot since 2009.

Through his inconsistencies, however, McIlroy has retained a healthy, positive outlook. He often talks about knowing the great golf “is in there’’ for him. Now he’s hoping he can bring it out on the biggest stage.

“All anyone asks of themselves is to give themselves a chance on Sunday,” McIlroy told reporters before the Scottish Open. “The only way you can win is to give yourself that chance. And I gave myself a chance [at the U.S. Open]. I was right there on Sunday. So, I’m getting there.”

A key for McIlroy this week will be getting off to a good start. At times, he has struggled with that, leaving him to chase low scores after mediocre opening rounds.

“That’s the thing about majors, you just have to hang around,” McIlroy said. “You don’t have to do anything spectacular. You can sort of par the course to death, pick off a few birdies here and there. It’s a different style of golf than we’re probably used to playing week-in, week-out, and I like that. I like that challenge.’’

“At the grand old age of 32, I like the fact that it’s probably more of a mental challenge than a physical one because I feel like I can use my experience to hang in there.”

That experience could come in handy at Royal St. George’s, considering this eye-opening statistic: In the past two Opens played there, just five players have finished those tournaments under par.

McIlroy recalled playing a practice round in advance of the 2011 Open at Royal St. George’s with Clarke, the eventual winner, and thinking, “At that point it didn’t look like Darren was anywhere near winning the golf tournament.

“But that’s the great thing about golf: You just never know. I think the big thing with St. Georges, though, is you know that you know you might get some unlucky breaks, but you’re going to get some good breaks, too. The ball is going to take some different bounces here and there. But if you just pack your patience and understand that it’s the same for everyone, the good and the bad bounces should all level out over 72 holes.”

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
New York DMV

The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
New York DMV
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
New York DMV

He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

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