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U.S. Open 2019: Arnold Palmer’s grandson tees off first with Rory McIlroy set to start early

first_imgA grandson of 1960 U.S. Open champion Arnold Palmer was given the honor of playing the opening tee shot at the first hole. Sam Saunders, a 31-year-old professional who is in the field after battling through qualifying in Columbus, Ohio, said in the build-up to the tournament he was “incredibly flattered” to be asked. Palmer, one of golf’s all-time greats, died in 2016.Sam Saunders, the grandson of Arnold Palmer, will have the honor of hitting the opening tee shot of the 119th #USOpen: https://t.co/lroYidZaEg pic.twitter.com/3w9r0PBBtg— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 13, 2019McIlroy was due off at 7:51 a.m. PT, looking to end his major championship title drought which stretches back to 2014, when he won both the British Open and the PGA Championship. He arrived at Pebble Beach buoyed by winning the Canadian Open in style last weekend courtesy of a final-round 61. Among the afternoon starters was Brooks Koepka, seeking a third successive U.S. Open triumph. He won at Erin Hills in 2017 and Shinnecock Hills last year, and was due to begin his latest challenge at 1:47 p.m. local time in the company of Norwegian debutant Viktor Hovland and Italian Francesco Molinari.Masters champion Tiger Woods was due out after Koepka, at 2:09 p.m., playing in the headline group of the day with Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose. U.S. Open 2019: How Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, others will attack Pebble Beach The 119th U.S. Open got under way at Pebble Beach on Thursday and Rory McIlroy was aiming to make an early impact.Action at the California course began at 6:45 a.m. local time (9:45 a.m. ET), with players starting in groups of three from both the first and 10th tees.center_img U.S. Open 2019: Three under-the-radar players to watch Related Newslast_img read more

Pacquiao praying for critics’ enlightenment

first_imgLATEST STORIES Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Pacquiao, also preoccupied with his duties as senator and owner of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, said his first international fight promotion is “an advocacy,” having experienced the hardships of a struggling boxers many years ago.“I had a sad experience as a struggling boxer. Oftentimes, fighters are being shortchanged by the wily promoters. Staging my first ever international boxing promotion is part of my advocacy to help budding boxers, particularly those coming from Asia,” Pacquiao said.Pacquiao, the article added, wants to provide employment through his boxing outfit, which has reportedly completed a 12-fight card with four world titles at stake.Boxers from 14 countries will slug it out in Kuala Lumpur, where the main fight will reportedly be given a special primer to be shown in 170 countries in the days leading to the fight.Dubbed as the “Fight of Champions,” MP promotions is co-promoting it with Golden Boy Promotions—not with Top Rank which produced most of Pacquiao’s mega fights.ADVERTISEMENT Amid the noise caused by his long-time promoter Bob Arum, Manny Pacquiao remained steadfast in training for—and promoting—his July 15 fight against Argentinian slugger Lucas Matthysse.The only eight-division champion, deep in training in his hometown of General Santos City where he just stepped up his sparring sessions to full 12-rounders, said he would rather focus on the Kuala Lumpur showdown and not allow distractions to get to him.ADVERTISEMENT Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinacenter_img Parks silences critics, leads Mandaluyong past Zambo Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Arum, quoted by United States-based websites, said Pacquiao’s MP Promotions has missed on its obligations and is in danger of letting the World Boxing Association welterweight championship fight slip away.The Top Rank boss also went to as far as offering Matthysse a fight with his current top fighter, Terence Crawford, just in case the Pacquiao fight fell through.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut Pacquiao said the fight will “proceed as scheduled, nothing can stop that.”In an article that came out in website philboxing.com, Pacquiao said he is “trying my best with the help of God to make this fight a success. I also pray for my detractors that God may enlighten their minds and soften their hearts.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Read Next View commentslast_img read more