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Travelers’ home course delivers thrills others lack

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CROMWELL, Conn. — It doesn’t have the aura of exclusivity of Augusta National.

It doesn’t have the 100-plus-year history of the Old Course at St. Andrews.

It doesn’t have the stunning ocean-view beauty of Pebble Beach.

It doesn’t have an iconic famous hole like the island green of TPC Sawgrass.

Yet year after year, TPC River Highlands, the host course for the Travelers Championship, is as much the star of the show as the best players in the world who play it.

The place delivers.

Sunday’s final round of the Travelers was no exception. It did not disappoint. It was a roller-coaster ride, leaving a lot of players queasy, not the least of which was three-time winner Bubba Watson, who spit up the lead on the back nine by going 6-over-par on his final five holes.

In the end, Harris English won it on the eighth playoff hole, a tournament record and the second-longest playoff in PGA Tour history.

The PGA Tour and the USGA can have their tournament courses that are defined by brute length requiring brute strength from players in order to survive, courses where it’s difficult for players to make up ground on the leaderboard because birdies become as easy to come by as runs for the Yankees of late.

Give me TPC River Highlands, thank you. It’s a veritable golfers’ playground whether you’re a pro or a 15 handicap, a place where birdie and eagle opportunities reside all over the course, yet so, too, does trouble.

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Harris English won the Travelers Championship on Sunday.
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Is there a sporting event more boring to watch than a golf tournament where the course is so difficult it makes is almost impossible for those chasing the lead to make up a lot of ground?

You watch and watch and watch and there’s almost no movement on the board — #yawn.

TPC River Highlands is not that course — as evidenced by the fact that in the past 12 Travelers Championships, only three 54-hole leaders (Chez Reavie in 2019, Jordan Spieth in 2017 and Freddie Jacobson in 2011) went on to win.

Does that mean the course is too easy?

Not if you ask the 16 players who’ve held at least a share of the 54-hole lead in that 12-year period, only five of whom managed to break par in the final round.

Volatility is exciting in sports. Volatility is sexy. If we praise players for their thrilling play, TPC River Highlands should be praised for producing thrills every year.

It’s no coincidence this tournament produces drama every year. Remember Jim Furyk’s 58 in 2016, the lowest PGA Tour round ever recorded?

“It’s just hard to have the lead [at TPC River Highlands], because you feel like you should be making birdie on every hole, but if you start trying to birdie every hole, you can get yourself in really bad spots,” Marc Leishman said. “It’s one of those courses where you feel like you should shoot 65 every single time you play … and you don’t.

“But someone does.”

Leishman was that “someone’’ in 2012 when he won the Travelers, beginning the final round tied for 20th and six shots out of the lead held by Brian Davis and Roland Thatcher.

“It’s just a really fun golf course, because if you hit good shots you can give yourself a lot of chances for birdies, but if you’re just a little bit off it kicks your butt,’’ Leishman said. “You can make bogeys from nowhere it seems like. I think that’s the great thing about it.’’

You can make birdies from everywhere, too.

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Kramer Hickok reacts to missing a birdie putt.
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When Kevin Streelman won the Travelers in 2014, he birdied the last seven holes in the final round to do it.

Some purists demand longer, more difficult golf courses because they don’t like seeing 19-under par win, which was Dustin Johnson’s winning score last year.

But TPC River Highlands, despite being just 6,807 yards in length (about 1,000 yards shorter than Torrey Pines for last week’s U.S. Open and Kiawah Island for last month’s PGA Championship), is not a pushover.

Brawny Bryson DeChambeau, for example, didn’t eat it for breakfast, failing to make a Sunday charge (he shot 70). Phil Mickelson, who craves birdies like many of us crave caffeine in the morning, finished a very modest 1-under for the week.

“I think it’s a great test of golf,” Justin Rose said after shooting 63 on Friday and before shooting 74-69 on the weekend.

Kevin Kisner, who shot 29 on the back nine Sunday after shooting 40 on the back Saturday, described the course best when he said it has “a lot of eye candy.’’

Give me eye candy any day over a bland bowl of broccoli.

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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.”
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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.”
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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.
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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

Source: NYS DMV

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