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Brooks Koepka’s chances at Quail Hollow were always stronger than bizarrely long odds Greg Zuerlein Womens Jersey of 25–1 suggested. Koepka has driving accuracy and distance, which are valuable commodities at this venue. A US Open triumph in June also enhanced the American’s belief in his level of talent which is now reflected by that success. Koepka signed for a 68, after which he highlighted the value of a level head. “We focus in on these majors and that’s when you’re trying to peak, trying to play your best,” he said. “Sometimes it’s a lot simpler than people think. I think people kind of psyche themselves out quite a bit in a major, put too much pressure on themselves. It’s the same game I’ve been playing for 23, 24 years. All you’ve got to do is put the ball in the hole and move on. PGA date switch makes sense for US but is troublesome for European Tour Ewan Murray at Quail Hollow Read more “I think people get quite frustrated sometimes in majors. I’ve seen it a lot. You’ve just got to stay really patient and realise sometimes bogey is not a bad score out here. It’s quite difficult but you’ve just got to realise that, you know, you’re in the first round of a four-round event. So one hole isn’t going to kill you. “I try not to make a double-bogey. That’s kind of my goal in a major; if I can keep doing that … I don’t know the last time I did in a major. It takes one hole to recover from a bogey and it takes two to come back from a double. You’re not going to make many birdies in a major championship, so you need to stay patient.” Tommy Fleetwood appeared at this major having been afforded considerably less spotlight than was the case at the Open, in his hometown of Southport, last month. Perhaps that lack of attention boosted Fleetwood’s mindset; he opened with http://www.authenticflyerstore.com/authentic-9-ivan-provorov-jersey.html a 70, the same score as Hideki Matsuyama, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson. Justin Rose, surprisingly, could fare no better than 76, a score matched by Luke Donald. Casey opened with a 69, which placed him alongside Patrick Reed. Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els hoped for happier starts to their 100th major appearances. Els tumbled to a morning 80 while Mickelson, who remains without a win since the 2013 Open, posted a 79 later in the day. John Daly rolled back the years, however, when marauding to minus one and a share of seventh. It didn’t last and he finished with a seven for a round ofGawain Jones won his second British title last weekend when the 29-year-old Yorkshireman defeated Luke McShane, 33, the grandmaster who works full time as a financial trader, in a speed play-off final. The pair finished in a four-way tie on 7/9 in the main event at Llandudno. McShane missed his chance when he beat the No1 seed, David Howell, in round six and went a point clear of Howell and Jones with only three rounds left but he then slowed up with draws. A new format, nine rounds instead of 11, triggered a more Joey Rickard Youth Jersey cautious approach by several top players, leading to a bunch finish. Fewer rounds could lead to messy multiple tie at British Championship Read more The surprise fourth man on 7/9 was Craig Hanley, a former talented junior and master who has played little in recent years. The Swiss pairing system gave him an easier draw than the three elite GMs. Familiar names dominated as younger talents struggled to make a breakthrough. Andrew Horton, 19, who learnt his chess skills at Manchester GS and at the very successful 3Cs club in Oldham, scored a master norm while the 18-year-olds Conor Murphy and William Claridge-Hansen totalled 5.5/9 against strong fields. England’s best players will now prepare for the World Cup, a 128-player knock-out, starting in Tbilisi, Georgia, on 2 September. Fide, the global chess body, has already published the first round pairings in which the England No1, Michael Adams, Jones and Howell all face lower-rated opponents. It gets hard very quickly, though, as the England trio all have elite GMs barring their way to the later rounds. In round two Jones would probably meet Russia’s Alex Grischuk while Howell would face Ukraine’s Pavel Eljanov. Adams may expect to get through two rounds but would then come up against India’s former world champion Vishy Anand, the brilliant winner of this week’s puzzle diagram. Magnus Carlsen, the world champion, came within one game of losing his No1 ranking when he lost from a winning position in the Sinquefield Cup against France’s Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. That meant that Carlsen’s lead over Fabiano Caruana was down to less than 10 points but next day Carlsen beat the US champion, Wesley So, while Caruana went down to Anand and the danger passed. The final round of the Sinquefield Cup in St Louis starts at 7pm on Friday, and can be viewed live and free on the http://www.officialpadrestore.com/Rickey_Henderson_Jerseyinternet. Anand’s eye-catching victory over Caruana is featured below. It was sparked by Black opting for the active 6...Bc5 rather than the routine Be7, a plan which would have worked if Caruana had continued 18...Nd4 19 Rb2 Bd5 rather than the feeble b7-b5. Even after White sacrificed his bishop on g7 Caruana did not see what was coming. He could have gone for 25...Qe5 26 Rxe2 Qxc3 27 Re8 Qd4+ 28 Rf2 Qxb4 29 f8Q+ Qxf8 30 Rfxf8 when White will win prosaically and slowly
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