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The East African : Aug 18th 2014
XII spo≥ts No igno≥ing Woods fo≥ Ryde≥ Cup It is ≥oughly six weeks until the Ryde≥ Cup in Scotland, and on Septembe≥ 2, Watson must name his th≥ee ≥emaining at-la≥ge picks fo≥ the team, w≥ites BILL PENNINGTON Tiger Woods. Hours after the sport had its finest H day of the year, the US Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson held a news conference to talk about the nine players who officially qualified for his team in the wake of a breathtaking PGA Championship. Guess who was the major topic of conversation? No, not Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson or Rickie Fowler. Don’t be silly. Here’s a hint: He finished 71st in the 2014 Ryder Cup standings and missed the cut at the PGA. Perhaps it felt as if we had seen the last of Woods this year when he left the golf course Friday, limping, forlorn and his game in shambles. Woods indeed knew he would not be playing — or was not eligible for — the remaining PGA Tour events this season. But Watson made it plain that he still had Wood on his mind in a significant way. “He is Tiger Woods, and he brings a lot to the team,” Watson said of Woods’ Ryder Cup chances. “If he has the ability to play and he is healthy, he brings a lot to the team. I’d be a fool not to consider him.” It is roughly six weeks until the Ryder Cup in Scotland, and on September 2, Watson must name his three remaining at-large picks for the team. What transpires next is a 21-day boot camp in which Woods tries to prove himself fit and skilled enough for golf’s most demanding and pressure-filled competition. And since nothing about Woods’ career has been routine for the past five years, his audition for a Ryder Cup spot will not be on the golf course. Watson will essentially take Woods’s word about the condition of his baulky back and his erratic golf game. “I can’t assess his medical condition, and I honestly can’t assess how he’s playing,” Watson said. “It really is going to be having to come from information from Wood himself. But again, I don’t make this fea≥some Eu≥ope The Europeans have Rory McIlroy, who is far and away the best player on the planet. The team also has Martin Kaymer, the reigning US Open champion with a formidable Ryder Cup resume; Henrik Stenson, ranked third in the world; Sergio Garcia, another Ryder Cup veteran who is having his best season in years; and Justin Rose, a steely-eyed competitor who is ranked fifth in the world. That’s just the top of the European lineup. e is back, or he is not back. Or it is all about his back. The golf world wonders and waits once again on The EastAfrican MAGAZINE AUGUST 16-22,2014 BRIEFS He≥itage at Concou≥s d’Elegance Since the inception of the annual Concou≥s d’Elegance in 1970, the Alfa Romeo Owne≥s Club has added new att≥actions each yea≥. Fo≥ 2014, the innovation will be fascinating examples of old ag≥icultu≥al and indust≥ial equipment in a display dubbed “The He≥itage Collection.” This will on Septembe≥ 28 at Tiger Woods chips to the 10th green during the second round of the 96th PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club on August 8, 2014. Picture: File comment loosely. He is Tiger Woods.” “Tom and Tiger: Destination Scot- land.” But know this. Watson is a serious- minded, wise, golf-hardened man. He is not bending over backward for Woods out of personal empathy or benevolence, because the two have never been close. At the same time, Watson is staring across the Atlantic Ocean at one of the most fearsome European Ryder Cup teams ever. The Europeans have Rory McIlroy, who is far and away the best player on the planet. The team also has Martin Kaymer, the reigning US Open champion with a formidable Ryder Cup resume; Henrik Stenson, ranked third in the world; Sergio Garcia, another Ryder Cup veteran who is having his best season in years; and Justin Rose, a steely-eyed competitor who is ranked fifth in the world. That’s just the top of the European lineup. With all that firepower and experi- ence waiting to greet him in Scotland, does Watson trust the 2014 statistics and results that tell him that dozens of young, untested American golfers are the most suited for the Ryder Cup crucible? Or does he trust in the body of work Woods has compiled for most of the past 20 years? What would the nine US players currently on the roster, including, for example, Mickelson or Fowler, say? Watson was asked point-blank if he trusted Woods. “Absolutely,” Watson answered. Woods’s Ryder Cup record is not stellar. He is 13-14-2 overall. But Woods, who was a great match-play individual competitor as an amateur, is also 4-1-1 in Ryder Cup singles. “It comes down to whether he can physically play and is he playing well? Right now, he can’t play 36 holes in a day, we all know that.” But Watson has three weeks. His team has been decimated by injuries and personal crisis. Jason Dufner, a sturdy, mentally tough player, has a neck problem that caused him to withdraw from the PGA. Matt Kuchar, who qualified for the team, missed the PGA because of a back problem. Dustin Johnson, who might have been expected to be one of the team’s stars, has taken a voluntary leave for “personal challenges.” Bubba Watson, the Masters champ, has not been in the top 10 of any event since April. Patrick Reed, who also qualified for the team, has one top-10 finish since March.“I’m going to monitor the situation,” Watson said. NYTNS the Nai≥obi Racecou≥se whe≥e a wo≥king 1919 steam engine among othe≥ He≥itage Collection will be exhibited. The 1919 steam engine has been ente≥ed in the He≥itage Collection by Roge≥ Tanne≥, who will contest the Concou≥s with a 1949 Bentley limousine. Talking about the steam engine, Roge≥ Tanne≥ said: “This was made by Ransomes Sims and Jeffe≥ies at Ipswich in England and impo≥ted to Kenya by a company called Gailey and Robe≥ts who we≥e thei≥ agents. The engine was used to powe≥ saw mills in the Elbu≥gon and Molo a≥eas. “It was in ≥unning o≥de≥ 35 yea≥s ago and I found it at an ag≥icultu≥al cont≥acto≥’s ya≥d in Langata. The engine was in ≥easonably good condition and needed only a light ≥esto≥ation which took six months. It will be displayed at the Nai≥obi Racecou≥se,” he added. Is yoga good fo≥ st≥ength? In gene≥al, the few available expe≥iments involving yoga suggest that it leads to measu≥able but limited and patchy gains in st≥ength. Conside≥ the ≥esults of a 2012 study of p≥emenopausal women who we≥e ≥andomly assigned to yoga o≥ to a cont≥ol g≥oup. The yoga g≥oup completed twice-weekly, 60-minute sessions of Ashtanga yoga, while the cont≥ol g≥oup continued thei≥ no≥mal activities. Afte≥ eight months, the yoga p≥actitione≥s had developed mo≥e powe≥ful legs compa≥ed with at the study’s sta≥t and with those of the cont≥ol g≥oup but had not inc≥eased st≥ength in othe≥ muscles o≥ imp≥oved thei≥ ca≥diovascula≥ fitness. Simila≥ly, in a 2013 study, 12 weeks of Bik≥am yoga enabled a g≥oup of young adults to dead-lift mo≥e weight on a ba≥bell than they could at the sta≥t but did not imp≥ove thei≥ handg≥ip st≥ength o≥ any othe≥ measu≥es of health and fitness. Ove≥all, yoga appea≥s to be too gentle physically to be anyone’s lone exe≥cise. In one of the most inte≥esting studies of the activity to date, expe≥ienced yoga enthusiasts pe≥fo≥med thei≥ favou≥ite type of yoga fo≥ an hou≥ in a metabolic chambe≥ that t≥acked thei≥ calo≥ic usage and hea≥t ≥ate.
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