Graham did not catch it.Safety Jimmie Ward instead did enough to wrestle the ball away, and a special throw fell incomplete to prompt fourth down and a punt. Throughout San Francisco’s 37-8 victory, defenders thwarted Rodgers’ best efforts to lead a comeback. The quarterback finished the game 20-of-33 passing for 104 yards. He was sacked five times.If the Packers get a postseason rematch with this elite 49ers defense, being limited in their famous Rodgers-led improvisation could spell swift elimination. San Francisco might be too good against whatever traditional offensive scheme coach Matt LaFleur cooks up for Green Bay to consistently move the ball from planned approaches.“They shut us down for a good part of the night running the ball, and we couldn’t really throw worth a you-know-what either,” Rodgers said. “We were pretty bad on offense.”MORE: 49ers add scary new dimension to offenseFor all the talk that usually accompanies California-born Rodgers playing on the West Coast, the quarterback is 1-5 lifetime against NFC West teams in the postseason, including an 0-2 mark against the 49ers. The Packers have had some of their most gut-wrenching exits in this region. Rodgers has been more reliable in regular-season play around here, Sunday notwithstanding, but that does not completely alleviate the catalogue of bad memories.It is possible, and perhaps probable, that Rodgers will visit San Francisco or Seattle during the playoffs and once again reckon with one of the NFL’s top pass rushing and coverage units in unfriendly territory. While he is a Hall of Fame-bound quarterback without anything to prove to himself, Rodgers is not immune to what those teams offer.The 49ers certainly solidified belief they can handle the Packers.“A dominant performance in a big-time game,” said defensive lineman Arik Amstead.Added safety Jaquiski Tartt: “It is just being relentless. Be relentless on every play.”MORE: Updated NFL playoff pictureThe relentless harrying of Rodgers began on the first drive of the game, when Fred Warner drilled the two-time MVP and jarred the ball loose, enabling Nick Bosa to recover a fumble and take it to the 2-yard line. Moments later, Tevin Coleman ran the ball into the end zone to give the 49ers a 7-0 lead.Green Bay nearly turned the ball over again on its second possession. A high third-and-4 throw from Rodgers bounced off receiver Geronimo Alison’s hands and just out of the reach of Tartt, who dove forward toward the ball from his up-top position.HOT START 🔥@fred_warner takes down Rodgers and @nbsmallerbear recovers the 🏈 #GoNiners pic.twitter.com/1blOUc0XVu— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) November 25, 2019Most of the contest followed a singular script for the Packers: little time for Rodgers to stand in the pocket, and few places for him to throw.Afterward, an offensive group used to putting up gobs of points found it difficult to accept what transpired.”We’ve got to give more,” said veteran offensive lineman David Bakhtiari. “We’ve got to do more. We’ve got to be more.” SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Even when Aaron Rodgers engaged super-quarterback mode Sunday night against the 49ers, the Packers came away frustrated.Rodgers accelerated out of a sure sack and rolled out of the pocket under duress with six and a half minutes remaining in the second quarter. He unleashed a running rainbow leap throw down the right sideline. The pass floated to where only tight end Jimmy Graham could catch it. Several Packers players said they expected to return to Levi’s Stadium in the coming months. They offered a variety of platitudes to explain why next time might be different. They argued this was an outlier performance, not one that offered definitive proof of which team was better.Rodgers kept upbeat despite one of the worst passing efforts of his career. His words were among the suprisingly few positive things he created Sunday night.“They played really well, but I still like our chances,” Rodgers said. “I think we have the makeup to bounce back from these kinds of things and put ourselves in the position to potentially come back here and play again.”
The 2019 World Series is in the books, and it’s time to get on with the business of baseball. This year’s free agent crop is solid, especially for teams looking for starting pitching (and isn’t everyone always looking for starting pitching?). There are elite starting pitchers available, back-of-the-rotation guys available and even several roll-the-dice options, too. MORE: Five potential landing spots for Gerrit ColeSo let’s take a look at this year’s group. We tried to include players with opt-outs who will exercise those clauses (Hello, World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg) and we left off guys who aren’t likely to exercise those clauses (Hello, Jason Heyward). There are potential free agents who will join the list, as teams decide whether to exercise club options, too. We’ll add those players to the list as those decisions happen, and we’ll keep this list updated all offseason as players and teams agree on contracts. UPDATE: Ryan Zimmerman, Yan Gomes, Derek Holland, Alex Gordon, Jedd Gyorko, Juan Lagares and Fernando Abad had team options turned down this weekend and are now added to the free-agent player pool. MLB free agent rankings 20191. Anthony Rendon, 29, 3BUnderrated no more, Rendon’s incredible second half and even better postseason guaranteed a massive payday this offseason. 2. Gerrit Cole, 29, SPCole followed a possible Cy Young regular season with a 1.72 October ERA. Every contender is drooling right about now. 3. Stephen Strasburg, 31, SPStrasburg opted out of the four years and $100 million left on his deal. After his October, he can definitely beat that. 4. Madison Bumgarner, 30, SPIt’s been a few years since MadBum has dominated the World Series, but teams haven’t forgotten. Still great K/BB ratio in 2019 (4.72), even if the ERA was a career-worst 3.90.5. J.D. Martinez, 32, DHMartinez, essentially a DH only at this point, has an opt-out, with three years, $62 million left on his deal. UPDATE: Martinez declined to use his opt-out, so he’s back with the Red Sox. 6. Josh Donaldson, 34, 3BDonaldson’s healthy and productive 2019 — 37 homers, .900 OPS, 6.1 bWAR — showed he’s still an elite middle-of-the-order bat. 7. Hyun-Jin Ryu, 33, SPRyu, who has no draft-pick compensation attached, has a 2.21 ERA in 44 starts over the past two seasons.8. Zack Wheeler, 30, SPWheeler’s ERA was up a tick in 2019, but his other numbers — K/BB, FIP, WAR — were at or better than career averages. 9. Nicholas Castellanos, 28, RFIn 51 games after he was traded from the Tigers to the Cubs, Castellanos — invigorated by a pennant race — hit 16 homers, with a .321 average and 1.003 OPS. That’ll play. 10. Aroldis Chapman, 32, RPChapman, still an elite closer, has an opt-out with two years, $30 million left on his deal. He can certainly top that. UPDATE: Chapman is staying with the Yankees; the sides extended his current deal, adding one year and $18 million. MORE: Every MLB team’s most pressing free-agent need11. Yasmani Grandal, 31, C (UPDATE: Grandal signed a four-year, $73 million deal with the White Sox)12. Marcel Ozuna, 29, LF13. Didi Gregorius, 30, SS14. Jake Odorizzi, 30, SP (UPDATE: Odorizzi accepted the Twins’ qualifying offer)15. Dallas Keuchel, 32, SP16. Cole Hamels, 36, SP17. Mike Moustakas, 31, 3B 18. Daniel Hudson, 33, RP19. Will Smith, 30, RP (UPDATE: Smith signed a three-year, $40 million deal with the Braves)20. Yasiel Puig, 29, RF21. Avisail Garcia, 29, OF22. Howie Kendrick, 36, 2B23. Jose Abreu, 33, 1B (UPDATE: Abreu accepted the White Sox’s qualifying24. Michael Pineda, 30, SP25. Drew Pomeranz, 31, RP26. Rick Porcello, 31, SP27. Will Harris, 35, RP28. Wade Miley, 33, SP29. Asdrubal Cabrera, 34, INF30. Brett Gardner, 36, OF31. Kyle Gibson, 32, SP32. Alex Wood, 29, SP33. Corey Dickerson, 31, OF34. Edwin Encarnacion, 37, DH35. Dellin Betances, 32, RP36. Chris Martin, 34, RP (UPDATE: Martin signed a two-year, $14 million deal with the Braves)37. Homer Bailey, 34, SP38. Jordan Lyles, 29, SP39. Scooter Gennett, 30, 2B40. Joe Smith, 36, RP41. Brock Holt, 31, OF42. Steve Cishek, 33, RP43. Robinson Chirinos, 35, C44. Tanner Roark, 33, SP45. Sergio Romo, 37, RP46. Craig Stammen, 36, RP47. Brett Anderson, 32, SP48. Ivan Nova, 33, SP49. Jose Iglesias, 30, SS50. Adam Wainwright, 38, SP (UPDATE: Wainwright signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Cardinals)51. Cameron Maybin, 33, OF52. Eric Sogard, 34, INF53. Jonathan Schoop, 28, 2B54. Brian Dozier, 33, 2B55. Todd Frazier, 34, 3B56. Drew Smyly, 30, SP57. Tyler Clippard, 35, RP58. Brandon Kintzler, 35, RP59. Travis d’Arnaud, 31, C (UPDATE: d’Arnaud signed a two-year, $16 million deal with the Braves)60. Michael Wacha, 28, SP 61. Francisco Liriano, 36, RP62. Gio Gonzalez, 34, SP63. Hunter Pence, 36, OF64. Mitch Moreland, 34, 1B65. Yoshihisa Hirano, 36, RP66. Andrew Cashner, 33, SP67. Matt Wieters, 33, C68. Pedro Strop, 34, RP69. Jonathan Lucroy, 33, C70. Josh Tomlin, 35, RP71. Austin Romine, 31, C72. Martin Maldonado, 33, C73. Collin McHugh, 32, RP74. Adeiny Hechavarria, 30, MI75. Adam Jones, 34, RF76. Justin Smoak, 33, 1B77. Neil Walker, 34, INF78. Melky Cabrera, 35, OF79. Felix Hernandez, 33, SP80. Juan Nicasio, 33, RP81. Jason Castro, 32, C82. Pablo Sandoval, 33, 3B83. Trevor Cahill, 32, RP84. Matt Albers, 37, RP85. Brad Brach, 33, RP86. Jarrod Dyson, 35, OF87. Francisco Cervelli, 34, C
Atlanta won the game on a walk-off pick-six of Winston — the passer’s NFL record seventh pick-six of the year.“We’ve got some very important free agents that I think want to be here, and we’ll have a lot of long, hard discussions this week… and see what we can iron out because I want to keep this defense together.”: HC Bruce Arians pic.twitter.com/MMGID3jjmC— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) December 30, 2019″[If] we can win with this one, we can definitely win with another one too,” Arians told reporters on Monday. “We’re going to have this defense.”The Buccaneers used the No. 1 pick in the 2015 draft to select Winston, but the 25-year-old, who became the eighth quarterback in league history to throw for 5,000 yards in a season, struggled in 2019. As the Buccaneers prepare to evaluate their season, Arians said he will take his time reviewing Winston’s place on the team.”It will be a while,” Arians said. “I would think in a few weeks we will have a decision on which way we want to head. Will we let it out? Probably not. Because you lose your leverage on that one too. So it’s ‘stay tuned.'””Well, free agency, who’s available,” Arians added. “What’s behind Door No. 2. That’s the first question. Then as you evaluate for the draft, that’s another question. Are they better than what you have? Then you evaluate and that’s when you make your decisions.” Bruce Arians insisted his Buccaneers could win with a quarterback other than Jameis Winston amid doubts over the quarterback’s future.Winston became the first NFL player to throw for at least 30 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in a season as Tampa Bay ended its campaign with a 28-22 overtime loss to the Falcons on Sunday.
TE Travis Kelce, Chiefs vs. Texans ($6,400). As soon as we picked Mahomes as our QB and committed to Henry and Cook, we almost had to pick Kelce as a stacking partner. Sure, we could’ve just used Jacob Hollister at TE and tried to find a way to fit in Tyreek Hill ($7,600), but that would have required even riskier WR picks. Kelce is a target monster (second most in regular season among players still playing), and Houston allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to TEs in the regular season. Kelce has as high of a floor as virtually any WR or TE, so he’s worth paying up for in cash games. FLEX Jacob Hollister, Seahawks @ Packers ($4,000). Hollister hasn’t done much down the stretch, failing to score in each of the past seven games (including last week’s wild card game). However, he’s seen consistent targets in that span (5.6 per game), and Seattle has thrown to him at least eight times in three games this year. Green Bay is middle of the pack at defending TEs, with their stats inflated by studs like George Kittle (6-129-1), Darren Waller (7-126-2), and Kelce (4-63-1), but if Seattle throws to Hollister more than six times, he can post big numbers, too.D/ST Seattle Seahawks @ Packers ($2,600). We’re mostly punting D/ST, as there are no favorable matchups at this point in this playoffs. You can make a strong case for the Vikings at $2,700 or Packers at $2,800, but that would require changes in our lineup, which ultimately isn’t worth it. In Weeks 10-15, Seattle totaled nine sacks, 16 takeaways, and two defensive TDs — and that included games against the 49ers, Vikings, and Rams. Seattle still has enough talent on its roster to make a few big plays despite the tough matchup. MORE DIVISIONAL ROUND DFS: FanDuel | YahooUltimately, most players are facing tough matchups by the time the second round of the playoffs gets here. Sure, you can find a talented RB with a slightly easier matchup (Mark Ingram? Aaron Jones?), but at the end of the day, we have both of the most talented RBs on our roster. In cash games, that means a lot, and with Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce also in tow in great matchups, we should be able to afford a dud from one of our risky WRs. NFL Playoff DraftKings Picks: Divisional Round DFS cash game lineupQB Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs vs. Texans ($7,500). Mahomes is priced $900 below Lamar Jackson and $800 above Deshaun Watson, so he’s not exactly a “value”, especially when you factor in his relatively modest numbers over his final six games (234.2 passing yards per game, 10 total TDs). But we know what kind of upside he has, especially now that he’s running a little bit more (22.7 rushing yards per game, two rushing TDs over the past six games). Houston allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to QBs during the regular season, and Mahomes put it on them earlier this year (273 yards, three TDs). We’re hoping others either pay up for Jackson or try to save money with one of the other talented QBs priced lower than Mahomes and we actually get relatively low ownership on the NFL’s best passer. RB Derrick Henry, Titans @ Ravens ($8,200). Henry might be chalky in cash games, but that’s fine. He’s been nearly unstoppable over his past seven games, rushing for 1,078 yards and 11 touchdowns. His worst game in that span was a 21-carry, 86-yard performance against Houston in Week 15 when he was playing on a bum hamstring. By giving Henry 35 touches last week, the Titans made clear that they plan to ride him for as long as they can, and DFS owners in cash games should do the same. You know the touches are going to be there, which is half the battle. Some owners might fade Henry on DK because of his lack of receptions and potential game script worries, but we’re not taking that bait. Even in a relatively tough matchup, no RB is as likely to post 80 yards and a score. RB Dalvin Cook, Vikings @ 49ers ($8,000). Like Henry, Cook dealt with injury issues down the stretch, but he looked more than 100 percent in the wild card round, running for 111 yards and two scores on 21 carries. Unlike Henry, we know Cook can be a difference-maker in the receiving game if the game script calls for it. Few teams are tougher against the run than San Francisco — and its expected to get back Dee Ford (ankle) and Kwon Alexander (pec) for this game — but we saw the Niners give up 100-yard games during the middle of the season to Christian McCaffrey and Kenyan Drake, and they’ve had some trouble keeping RBs out of the end zone lately, allowing four rushing TDs in their final three games. SATURDAY DFS LINEUPS: FanDuel | DraftKingsWR Deebo Samuel, 49ers vs. Vikings ($5,200). Because we can’t afford big-time WRs, we have to look for guys who at least get consistent touches/targets. Samuel gets a good amount of targets (5.4 per game) and is always good for a couple carries per game, too. With his big-play potential and prominent role in the 49ers offense, Samuel is a solid option against a Vikings defense that allowed the 11th-most fantasy points to WRs during the regular season.WR Marquise Brown, Ravens vs. Titans ($4,400). Brown isn’t a typical cash game play, as he’s had 15 receivers yards or fewer in four of his past five games. Moreover, he’s had just one game since Week 2 with more than 49 receiver yards. Still, he’s managed to score seven TDs in 14 games this year and is easily Baltimore’s top wide receiver. Because we’re paying so much at QB, RB, and TE, we have to take some chances at wide receiver, and getting Brown at WR13 pricing still presents a solid value. The Titans are middle of the road against WRs, allowing the 11th-most receptions to the position, so Brown is in a slightly better spot for catches than you might have originally thought. WR Corey Davis, Titans @ Ravens ($3,700). Davis was shut out last week, so he likely won’t be high on people’s lists for cash games, but he was a steady 40-yard producer down the stretch. Obviously, that isn’t all that great, but Davis will get looks. We know Tennessee will try to establish Henry early, but if it falls behind in the second half, Davis could get some cheap production. “Cheap” is the operative word, as Davis is less expensive than a few receivers whose targets are less predictable. We’ll take the savings and hope Davis scores for the first time since Week 7. SUNDAY DFS LINEUPS: FanDuel | DraftKings With just four games in the second round of the NFL playoffs, it’s tough to really to build a classic NFL DFS “cash game” lineup. You’re going to have to take some risks because of budget constraints or matchup concerns (or, realistically, both). For our divisional round DraftKings picks for the Saturday-Sunday slate, we’re taking risks at WR and paying up for “safe” players at QB, RB, and TE. This strategy is far from a sure thing. Our RBs, despite being the most talented and expensive available, both face brutal matchups. You can make a case for paying down at RB (like we did with Damien Williams and Duke Johnson in our FanDuel weekend lineup) and paying up for high-target WRs, but we’re going to follow the guaranteed touches and instead hope our WRs can hit on one or two big plays and give us solid floors.
Fear of getting beat in man to man coverage. Every snap every play. The fact that he doesn’t travel as a cornerback is lame. Except the challenge as the best and shut Adams down the entire game. Do it for the game of football. Stop hiding a cover 3 zone. pic.twitter.com/OWuzFtj8ov— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) January 20, 2020SUPER BOWL ODDS:Chiefs open as slight favorites over 49ersSherman, naturally, had a ready reply on Twitter to Revis’ jab.I would go in on this has been but I have a Super Bowl to prepare for. Enjoy the view from the couch. Your ninth year looked a lot different than this. Lmao https://t.co/jj3pwWYhVa— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) January 20, 2020To decode the “ninth year” part: Revis watched the playoffs from home in his ninth pro year (Sherman is now in his ninth season) after the Jets lost in Week 17 of the 2015 season to the Bills. Revis was a non-factor in that game for Gang Green. Former Jets receiver Brandon Marshall, who was on that ’15 New York team, was much harsher in assessing the performance. He said on a New York Post podcast in December that Revis “was stealing from us and didn’t show up” that week.Revis thought he earned his money that season.My 9th year I lead the entire league in turnovers. 5 Ints and 4 Fumble Recoveries. Enjoy the Super Bowl and strap up because this game you will have to cover. @RSherman_25 😂😂😂— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) January 20, 2020Well, Sherman wasn’t going to let that reply stand, of course:I have to cover every game kid. I get my hands on the football in the playoffs something you will never know anything about. https://t.co/V6uFIvNQvT— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) January 20, 2020(NARRATOR: Revis had three career postseason interceptions, and he owns a Super Bowl victory over Sherman’s old team, the Seahawks.)Correction pup. Think you have to go check the stats. You’re balling in the postseason. Not taking anything from your play. As a corner we play best on best to challenge the #1 receiver, every snap, 4 quarters. Waiting for you to do the same. @RSherman_25— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) January 20, 2020So, again, Revis’ main beef with Sherman is that Sherm can’t/doesn’t play man all the time (ignoring that, maybe, the Niners don’t want him playing man or just really like to play zone).All y’all think I’m throwing shade. I’m not. Just stating the man is not a pound for pound man to man corner. If you know the game of football he plays in a Cover 3 Scheme. He does not travel but traveling with a receiver is not for every DB. It’s a few on the corner list who can— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) January 20, 2020Sherman had a few things to say about zone vs. man last week after he intercepted a Kirk Cousins pass in the Niners’ victory over the Vikings in the NFC divisional round.”I get tired of hearing, ‘Oh, man, he’s a zone corner.’ I get tired of hearing the excuses for why I’m great,” Sherman told reporters postgame. “It was zone coverage. I covered the man (Vikings wideout Adam Thielen) and picked the ball off. In the playoffs, in big games, I show up.”Sherman, who was voted an All-Pro this season, later said: “It’s odd. It’s like people got frustrated that I was so confident early on in my career, so people wanted me to fail. When I didn’t fail, it’s like, ‘How do we tear him down in other ways?’ I’m too consistent on a yearly basis. Since I got in the league, every category that matters to a corner, I’m No. 1.” Sherman’s next assignment will be helping to slow down Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and the Chiefs’ high-powered passing game in Super Bowl 54.Revis’ next assignment? Changing the channel, maybe? Regardless, he’ll be watching (and perhaps even admiring) 25 from afar.@RSherman_25 I’ll quit messing with you. Enjoy the win! Ball out in SuperBowl.— Darrelle Revis (@Revis24) January 20, 2020Something says that Sherman isn’t going to quit with an extra week of prep time. Darrelle Revis and Richard Sherman used to be rivals as elite NFL cornerbacks. Now, Revis is a former player giving Sherman grief on Twitter for not being a shutdown corner for a Super Bowl team.Revis emerged from his island of exile Sunday to dog Sherman for lacking superior man-to-man skills, after Packers receiver Davante Adams burned Sherman deep in garbage time of the NFC championship game. Revis made the oft-repeated claim that Sherman uses zone coverage as a crutch.
He’s won the green jacket five times, as you certainly know. The most recent one was just as mesmerizing as the first one, though for completely different reasons. If you want to watch him claim the fifth, CBS is showing the final round of the 2019 tournament on Sunday. The rebroadcast starts at 12:30 p.m. ET. If you’re more of a Phil fan, CBS is showing the final round of Mickelson’s first Masters win — his first major overall — on Saturday, starting at 2:30 p.m. ET. MORE: Tiger Woods’ decade rememberedBut today, we’re here to talk about Tiger and Augusta. He played his first six competitive rounds at The Masters in 1995 and 1996. He made the cut in 1995 and finished 5-over (tied for 41st); he missed the cut in 1996, at 6-over after two rounds. And more specifically, we’re here to talk about Tiger and Augusta and his performances as a pro. He’s one Masters win short of Jack Nicklaus’ record, but that also means he’s fallen short of his goal 15 times as a pro. We’re going to look at all 20 Masters Tournaments he’s competed in as a professional, with a look at the defining moments for his wins and where it all went wrong in the others. Let’s jump in, shall we? 1997 MastersWhere Tiger finished: FirstRound-by-round scores: 70-66-65-69, 18-underWhy he won: All things considered, this is still the most stunning performance in Masters history. Woods was only 21 years old, but his golf legend already was substantial, and the pressure on this prodigy heading into golf’s most prestigious tournament was enormous.The 2-under 70 he shot in the opening round — a jaw-dropping 30 on the back nine — was better than anything he’d shot as an amateur (that low was 72), but it was just a sign of things to come. His second-round 66 moved him from three back after Thursday’s round to three up on the field after Friday’s round.The 65 on Saturday, though? Game over. By the end of that third round, he owned a nine-stroke lead, and the 69 on Sunday was all about crowning golf’s new king as he cruised to a 12-shot victory. 1998 MastersWhere Tiger finished: Tied for eighthRound-by-round scores: 71-72-72-70, 3-underWhere it went wrong: One sub-70 round — at any point — would have changed everything, but that didn’t happen for golf’s young superstar. Instead, all eyes were on golf’s all-time king, Jack Nicklaus. At 58 years old, Nicklaus fired a final-round 68 and was in contention until the back nine. Mark O’Meara won at 9-under. 1999 MastersWhere Tiger finished: Tied for 18thRound-by-round scores: 72-72-70-75, 1-overWhere it went wrong: Woods was five shots behind the leaders heading into Sunday’s final round, but he recorded his first clunker of a round as a pro at The Masters, shooting a final-round 75 to finish nine shots behind Jose Maria Olazabal. Woods being such a non-factor on Sunday … It was weird.2000 MastersWhere Tiger finished: FifthRound-by-round scores: 75-72-68-69, 4-underWhere it went wrong: You see that 75, right? It was Woods’ second consecutive 75 at the Masters, which seemed damn near impossible after his 1997 performance. He clawed back into shouting distance by going 4-under on Friday and Saturday, but even a 3-under 69 wasn’t enough to catch third-round leader Vijay Singh, who shot a 69 himself and claimed the green jacket at 10-under. 2001 MastersWhere Tiger finished: First Round-by-round scores: 70-66-68-68, 16-underWhy Tiger won: This was vintage Woods, and he needed every single birdie and eagle he could muster. Scoring was low in the 2001 Masters; four other players finished double-digits under par, and nine others finished either 9-under or 8-under.Woods held off David Duvall (14-under) and Phil Mickelson (13-under) with three birdies, five pars (and, yes, a bogey) on the back nine on Sunday. 2002 MastersWhere Tiger finished: FirstRound-by-round scores: 70-69-66-71, 12-underWhy Tiger won: Only Jack Nicklaus and Nick Faldo (Sir Nick, for those in the game) had ever pulled off back-to-back Masters titles before Woods turned the trick in 2002. That helpful 66 on moving day lifted Tiger from four off the lead into a tie for first place with Retief Goosen heading into Sunday.Woods had three birdies on the front nine, and Goosen had three bogeys on the same holes. Woods rolled to a relatively stress-free three-shot victory from there. 2003 MastersWhere Tiger finished: Tied for 15thRound-by-round scores: 76-73-66-75, 2-overWhere it went wrong: Rain wreaked havoc with the first couple days of the 2003 Masters, and Woods’ hopes of a three-peat seemed dead when he was 5-over after two rounds, just barely making the cut on the nose. A 6-under 66 on Saturday brought him within four shots heading into the final 18 holes, but there were no miracles in store.Woods carded a double-bogey and three other bogeys on the front nine and finished nine shots out of the playoff, which was won by Mike Wier, the first Canadian and the first lefty to win The Masters.2004 MastersWhere Tiger finished: Tied for 22ndRound-by-round scores: 75-69-75-71, 2-overWhere it went wrong: Well, you see the double 75s, don’t you? Woods finished a distant 11 shots behind Mickelson, who drained a memorable putt on 18 to claim his first major title.2005 MastersWhere Tiger finished: FirstRound-by-round scores: 74-66-65-71, 12-underWhy Tiger won: Tiger once again struggled through his opening round, this time posting five bogeys and ending the first 18 holes seven shots behind leader Chris DiMarco. Woods’ 66 in the second round vaulted him into third place overall, but he only gained one shot on DiMarco, who fired his own 67.Saturday, though, was the difference-maker. Woods strung together seven consecutive birdies — on holes 7 through 13 — and DiMarco imploded. Woods shot 65; DiMarco shot 74, and Woods led by three shots heading into Sunday.Sunday was anything but anticlimactic, though. You remember Woods’ birdie chip on 16, right? But Woods bogeyed both 17 and 18 to fall into a tie at 12-under with DiMarco — third place was a distant seven shots back — who carded a stellar final-round 68.The sudden-death playoff started on 18. DiMarco missed the green on his approach, but got up-and-in for a par. Woods knocked down a 15-foot birdie putt for the win. 2006 MastersWhere Tiger finished: Tied for thirdRound-by-round scores: 72-71-71-70, 4-underWhere it went wrong: Nothing went awfully wrong for Woods, but nothing went spectacularly right, either. Three steady rounds left him two shots off the lead heading into Sunday, but with only one birdie and two bogeys on the card in the first dozen holes Sunday, he didn’t mount a realistic charge.He did birdie four of the last six holes, but by that point he needed several other players to fall apart to have a chance. Mickelson, the leader heading into the final round, held a comfortable lead on the final few holes and finished at 7-under.2007 MastersWhere Tiger finished: Tied for secondRound-by-round scores: 73-74-72-72, 3-overWhere it went wrong: Yep, you remember this one. It was cold and windy at Augusta, which is why Woods posted his highest score since his amateur days but still finished in a tie for second. The conditions were ideal for a more accurate, control-oriented player, and Zack Johnson took full advantage. He didn’t try to reach the par-5s in two, like most players, instead relying on his short-iron game, and it was on point Sunday.Johnson shot a 69 in the final round to win by two shots ahead of Woods, who shot even-par 72, and two others. 2008 MastersWhere Tiger finished: SecondRound-by-round scores: 72-71-68-72, 5-underWhere it went wrong: Woods finished second, but he was never really in contention to win on Sunday. Trevor Immelman won, despite carding a final-round 75 that dropped him from 11-under heading into the round, to 8-under. Woods shot an even-par 72 on the final 18, including a birdie on 18 that wound up giving him sole possession of second place. 2009 MastersWhere Tiger finished: Tied for sixthRound-by-round scores: 70-72-70-68, 8-underWhere it went wrong: This was right in the thick of the “Tiger is lurking!” mantra pushed on the CBS broadcasts, when he was kind of in contention but not seriously in contention. He was seven back of the leaders heading into Sunday; it’s not that he blew up at any point, but he didn’t score well when conditions were mostly ideal.He played very well Sunday, going 6-under through 16 holes to reach 10-under — three golfers eventually went to a playoff at 12-under — but he bogeyed 17 and 18 to lose “leader in the clubhouse” status. 2010 MastersWhere Tiger finished: Tied for fourthRound-by-round scores: 68-70-70-69, 11-underWhere it went wrong: Woods shot a 68 in the first round, the only time in his Masters career that he’s been under 70 on the opening 18. Hard to believe, but true. He was two shots out of the lead after 18, two shots back after 36 and four shots back after 54.Woods fired a 3-under 69 on Sunday — 11-under often wins in Augusta — but this was Mickelson’s day. He scored his third 67 of the tournament and finished 16-under for his third green jacket. 2011 MastersWhere Tiger finished: Tied for fourthRound-by-round scores: 71-66-74-67, 10-underWhere it went wrong: With apologies to Woods, this was the Rory McIlroy tournament, and that’s not a good thing for the Irishman. McIlroy had a four-shot lead, at 12-under, heading into the final round, but just melted in the Augusta spotlight. Remember when he hit a house? Most of us didn’t even know there were houses anywhere near the golf course.McIlroy shot an 80 on a day when rounds under par were as common as pimento cheese sandwiches. As for Woods, he was up-and-down (as you see above) and finished four back of eventual winner Charl Schwartzel. 2012 MastersWhere Tiger finished: Tied for 40thRound-by-round scores: 72-75-72-74, 5-overWhere it went wrong: Just never in contention. Woods finished 15 shots out of the playoff between Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen. Watson won. 2013 MastersWhere Tiger finished: Tied for fourthRound-by-round scores: 70-73-70-70, 5-underWhere it went wrong: Woods finished four shots out of the playoff. He was cruising along at 5-under heading into the par-5 15th in the second round. Par 5s, as you know, are a Woods specialty at Augusta.Well, he was deemed to have taken an improper drop after his shot hit the flagstick and bounced into the water hazard, meaning his bogey turned into a triple bogey after a post-round review. He bogeyed 18, too. Who knows what might have happened if that approach shot doesn’t hit the stick? Golf is silly sometimes.2015 MastersWhere Tiger finished: Tied for 17thRound-by-round scores: 73-69-68-73, 5-underWhere it went wrong: Woods missed the 2014 Masters after back surgery, so his return was much-anticipated, though expectations were not super high. Woods played fine golf, but scoring was low in 2015. Jordan Spieth did his best vintage-Tiger impression, carding a stellar 18-under to win by four shots over Mickelson and Justin Rose. 2018 MastersWhere Tiger finished: Tied for 32ndRound-by-round scores: 73-75-72-69, 1-overWhere it went wrong: Woods didn’t play in 2016 or 2017, for about a thousand reasons. When he returned for 2018, again, anticipation was high but expectations were not. He made the cut by one shot and played well on the weekend, especially Sunday, but was never in contention. 2019 MastersWhere Tiger finished: FirstRound-by-round scores: 70-68-67-70, 13-under Tiger Woods, in a normal world, would have spent this weekend attempting to duplicate his unforgettable 2019 Masters win. It’s not a normal world right now, though, so there is no golf being played at Augusta National this weekend; the tournament has been rescheduled for November. Woods might not have been the favorite this week — he tied for ninth and finished 68th in the two tournaments he’s played this year — but few golfers have pulled off more magical rounds at The Masters than Woods. Why Tiger won: Nobody really knew what to expect from the 43-year-old in 2019. Woods had finished between 10th and 30th in his first four events of the year, but then played well in the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play tournament a couple of weeks before Augusta. Woods was two back heading into the final round, and it was a final round for the ages. We won’t get into everything here — just watch on CBS starting at 12:30 p.m. ET on Sunday — but we will say this: At one point late in the final round, five golfers, including Woods, were tied atop the leaderboard at 12-under. Woods birdied 13, 15 and 16 to take the lead at 14-under, and needed just a double-bogey on 18 to win.He bogeyed, finishing at 13-under to claim his fifth green jacket. It was the first time he’d ever won a major when trailing heading into the final round.
Orlando City finished 11th of 12 teams in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference last season. Inter Miami is in its first year as an expansion team. These are not two powerhouses the league is rolling out to announce its return, but you have to start somewhere.Nani was scheduled to earn just short of $2.5 million in a full 2020 MLS season, so there are financial reasons for him to compete. It’s more than that, though. This is a chance for him to do what he has done better than all but a fraction of people who’ve visited planet Earth. He is one of fewer than 500 male players who have earned at least 100 caps for any national team. He has appeared in two World Cups.”I’m looking forward to competing again, to get back on the field and play soccer,” Nani said. “It’s what I’ve done all my life and been missing a lot, for so long, so many months because of this situation, this pandemic. I’m so excited to come back.” MORE: Nine FC Dallas players, one coach test positive for COVID-19If anybody in Major League Soccer does not need to be in competing in this event, it has to be this guy. He gave no thought, however, to passing on the opportunity to enter the “bubble” the league has attempted to create at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex, which is designed to keep out the COVID-19 pandemic and facilitate a monthlong event that returns MLS to active competition.“I have a different mind and a different way to think about soccer, about everything that is going on in the world, about myself,” Nani told Sporting News. “I’ll always try in the difficult moments to find a motivation to keep going, thinking about life does not stop, you must continue to live, must continue to believe in the future. I always think, ‘If I stop now, I will not be able to continue further when there is a possibility.'”That’s why my decision always was to come to this tournament, continue to make my way to what I want.”Obviously, I heard about some players not coming. That is a situation we all must respect. Because part of being a soccer player or athlete, we are human, and we must respect some decisions of players not comfortable to be here. They prefer to be with family, to protect themselves and families. But I respect, also, everyone who decided to come here because this is life. We must continue to fight for what we want in our lives — to make a better world, better moments and better days.”On Monday, with Wednesday’s opener between Orlando City and Inter Miami CF so close, news broke that reigning league MVP Carlos Vela would not compete for LAFC in the MLS is Back Tournament. Real Salt Lake defender Nedem Onuoha also is opting out. There are players, such as LA Galaxy midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos, who are missing because of injury or personal concerns. In an ordinary circumstance, some might have been able to return to action within the next week or month. But these times are not ordinary.MORE: Earthquakes’ Thompson says he feels ‘safe’Nani said there are sacrifices to competing in an event such as this, but safety within his surroundings is not one of them. The players are living at a Disney resort equipped with plenty to keep them fed and entertained. Those who leave the bubble, though, cannot return. Inter Miami goalkeeper Luis Robles also said he feels safe in his current circumstances.“I think the hardest is the mental part,” Nani said. “Once you’re here, you are away from home, family, and you’re not allowed to see them regular, any day you want. So you must be strong and wait until the end of the tournament, because that’s what everyone wants, to be there at the end of the tournament.”Once you think like that, you know it’s going to be long, but you must handle it, you must be strong and believe everything is going to be OK and try to maintain contact and communication with your family, make sure they are safe.” In a professional soccer career that began when he became a first-team regular at 18, Nani won four Premier League titles and the Champions League with Manchester United, plus 112 caps and the Euro 2016 championship with the Portugal national team. In the Euro final against France, he was wearing the captain’s armband when teammate Eder scored the winning goal in extra time.And yet there he was Monday afternoon, wearing a facemask adorned with tiny Orlando City SC logos and talking on a Zoom call with soccer reporters about his preparation for the MLS is Back Tournament that commences Wednesday.
CLEAR LAKE — A Waukee man is dead after possibly suffering a medical emergency while riding on a tube in Clear Lake over the weekend.The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says at about 2:30 Saturday afternoon, 28-year-old Daniel Linderman was tubing behind a boat being operated by Timothy Heitland of Buffalo Center when he fell off into the water. Witnesses say Linderman, who was wearing a life jacket, was swimming back to the boat when he possibly suffered a medical emergency and went face down in the water for a short period of time.A DNR Water Patrol officer was nearby and immediately rushed to the scene while one person from Heitland’s boat tried to hold Linderman above water, with the officer and other person getting Linderman into the DNR boat. Two more DNR officers arrived on the scene and took Linderman to shore and performed CPR.Linderman was transported to MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center in Mason City where he was later pronounced dead. The State Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.The Clear Lake, Ventura and Mason City fire departments assisted the DNR, and the incident remains under investigation.
DYERSVILLE (AP) — The Chicago White Sox will play a game against the New York Yankees next August at the site in Iowa where the movie “Field of Dreams” was filmed.Major League Baseball announced Thursday that the White Sox will play host to the Yankees in Dyersville, Iowa, on Aug. 13.A video tweeted by MLB shows Yankees star Aaron Judge asking Ray Kinsella, Kevin Costner’s character in the 1989 movie, if he was in heaven. Costner replies with one of the movie’s iconic lines — “No, it’s Iowa” — and Judge nods before trotting back into the corn beyond the outfield.A temporary 8,000-seat stadium will be built on the site to accommodate the first major league game ever played in Iowa. The game will air nationally on Fox.
MASON CITY — Iowa’s first measurable snowfall of the season is expected to start arriving within a matter of hours. Meteorologist Rod Donavon, at the National Weather Service, says snowfall amounts will vary from just a trace to the potential for an inch or two.“We’re expecting snow to spread across much of central and eastern Iowa, especially by late this afternoon and into the overnight hours,” Donavon says. “Right now, the highest accumulations do appear to be east of Interstate 35 where we could have a few accumulations of one-to-two inches possible, mainly on grassy areas. There could be a short period where it does accumulate on the concrete.” That one-to-two inch range extends from as far south as Lamoni to Ottumwa, north into the Cedar Rapids area and northeast as far as Decorah and Dubuque.Another weather pattern is expected to develop over Iowa late Wednesday bringing very cold weather and the chance for more snow into Thursday, though snowfall predictions are still fuzzy. “Certainly, it does appear there’s going to be some snowfall associated with that across parts of Iowa,” Donavon says. “Accumulations due to some of that uncertainty are still a little bit up in the air. The main things to watch out for are, anybody going out on Beggar’s Night and especially Halloween night, bundle up and be prepared for at least light snow across parts of Iowa.”The normal high temperatures for Iowa in late October are usually in the low to mid-50s. “We’re looking at forecast highs, especially today, generally in the 30s north and low 40s south, and we’re really tumbling from there,” he says. “We may only have high temperatures in the 30s by Wednesday and low to mid-30s on Thursday, so that’s really well below normal. Overnight low temperatures will be dipping into the low 20s.”The long-range forecast calls for temperatures to warm slightly — into the 40s — by Friday and into the weekend, with dry weather expected.