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Travelers’ home course delivers thrills others lack



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.

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.

Kramer Hickok reacts to missing a birdie putt.

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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These fatty foods could be destroying your memory, say scientists



Ready meals and fast food could be destroying your memory.

Scientists say highly processed foods, crisps, and deli meats containing preservatives were linked with abrupt memory loss in older brains.

Researchers warn the amygdala — the part of the brain which regulates fear — is also affected.

So a bad diet could mean some dangerous decisions.

But diets with extra omega-3 fatty acid DHA, found in fish such as salmon, could ward off problems. Rather than supplements, researchers advised improved diets.

Scientists at America’s Ohio State University Institute for Behavioural Medicine Research did tests on lab rats.

Dr. Ruth Barrientos called the results “alarming”, adding: “Consumption of a processed diet can produce significant and abrupt memory deficits.”

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Biden and Lightfoot know mask rules are idiotic — so why haven’t they changed?



It happened again because of course it happened again. The latest example of COVID hypocrisy, if you have enough hard-drive space to keep track, is a viral video of President Biden traipsing through a ritzy DC eatery with no mask, in defiance of the city’s strict rules. In Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot was photographed at a basketball game, the only bare face in a sea of muzzled fans.

This kind of thing has been so common that it is hard to stay outraged, even though we should.

But there is another, deeper question at play here. Why won’t the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention update its masking guidance as vaccinations increase, case numbers diminish and politicians, among pretty much everyone else, ignore it across the nation?

The CDC website says that “If you are fully vaccinated, to maximize protection from the Delta variant, and prevent possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public, if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.” A handy map shows the location of these areas — it’s basically the entirety of the United States. This guidance is vague, and not followed by massive swaths of the nation.

Mask mandate hypocrite Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot attended a basketball game where everyone except her was wearing a mask.
Mask mandate hypocrite Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot attended a basketball game where everyone except her was wearing a mask.

Why is it being ignored? Because much of its application is nonsensical on its face, so to speak. What possible health benefit is there for wearing a mask from door to the table then taking it off to eat and drink and talk all night? Every one of us knows that 10 seconds of following the hostess to your table is not a potential superspreader event. It’s such performative idiocy.

Meanwhile, CDC guidelines still say if you take a kid across state lines, say on vacation, you have to quarantine for 10 days. Is any parent in the country actually doing this? We should hope not, because it’s insane. Even Fauci the Merciful, who has relented and has now pronounced we can have holiday gatherings, isn’t mentioning this. Because he knows he would look like a fool.

President Joe Biden leaves Washington DC restaurant Fiola Mare without wearing a face mask.
President Joe Biden leaves Washington DC restaurant Fiola Mare without wearing a face mask.
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President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden went to Fiola Mare on October 16, 2021 for a date night.
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden went to Fiola Mare on October 16, 2021 for a date night.
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So why do these absurd rules, that most people don’t follow anyway, and seem to be based on about as much science as Tarot cards, still exist at all? And more importantly, what metrics do we need to hit for them to go away? That’s one query the exultant and high experts will never answer. When it comes to imposing restrictions the science is strict, settled, and exact, when it comes to easing restrictions it’s all a rich tapestry of who really knows.

Enough. When mask mandates made their first appearance in the Spring of 2020 many feared we would wind up wearing them forever. Those people were mocked as alarmists. Well, it’s almost 2022, what gives? Everyone over 12 can get a vaccine that we are promised gives fantastic protection, and young kids continue to only very rarely have significant illness.

People can decide for themselves whether they want to keep wearing masks, if they are high risk or nervous. As for the rest of us, what are we waiting for? We have long passed common sense. We need some answers about how and when these rules will end. And we need them now.

David Marcus is the author of “Charade: The COVID Lies That Crushed A Nation.”

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Cops face questions after missing Alabama woman’s body found in police van



A missing Alabama woman’s body has been found in an unoccupied police van — prompting questions about her death and how she could go undetected as authorities were searching for her.

Christina Nance, 29, was discovered dead in a prisoner transport van Oct. 7, five days after she was reported missing, Deputy Police Chief DeWayne McCarver said.

The vehicle was parked at a public safety complex in Huntsville.

“The officer noticed shoes next to the van and approached, discovering Ms. Nance’s body inside. Windows on the van were observed to be opened and on this type of van they popped outward,” McCarver said on Friday at a press conference, CNN reported.

No cause of death has been determined, but preliminary autopsy results didn’t indicate that there was any foul play or bodily trauma.

“The official cause of death will be ruled by the state medical examiner once additional studies, including toxicology, are complete,” police said.

Police released surveillance footage of a woman believed to be Nance wandering through the parking lot on Sept. 25, then appearing to enter the van.

But her family — who reported her missing on Oct. 2 — said they have their doubts about the footage.

“The video was not clear enough to indicate that that was our sister Christina Nance,” Nance’s sister Whitney Nance told news station WAFF.

Police vehicles.
Police released surveillance footage of a woman believed to be Christina Nance wandering through the parking lot on Sept. 25.
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“It was just very heartbreaking to know that we didn’t get the clarification that we really needed, that we wanted.”

Police have said it’s protocol for the vans to be kept locked.

“It is an accountability issue on our part,” McCarver said. “That should not have happened. And now we have to look at that, and we have to make sure that we have things in place so that does not happen again.”

It’s unclear how Nance went undetected in the busy police parking lot.

“Cars go by, people walk nearby the van. We just wish that she would have hollered out to someone or something, because there were plenty of … what we see as potential opportunities for this to not be a tragedy. And unfortunately, no one was able to realize she was in that van and that was the outcome,” McCarver said.

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