"Matt Kuchar described it as an "incredible feeling" to win the Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona on Sunday.
In tennis it would be a huge story if the world's 23rd-ranked male or female player - currently Sam Querrey and Su-Wei Hsieh respectively - won one of the biggest titles going.
In golf it comes as no surprise at all to see Kuchar win the Accenture Match Play Championship, certainly not at the end of a week which had world number one Rory McIlroy lose to 64th seed Shane Lowry, Tiger Woods go down to 63rd seed Charles Howell and none of the top seven seeds even make it to the last 16.
Kuchar's victory makes it eight different winners in the first eight events of the PGA Tour year, while on the European Tour - the Match Play counts for both - nine tournaments so far this season have produced nine different outcomes.
"Every week is a great opportunity," said the sport's newest world champion after beating holder Hunter Mahan 2&1 in the final in Arizona.
Kuchar is developing a superb match play record - in this event if not at the Ryder Cup, where in his two singles games so far he has been beaten 5&4 by Ian Poulter at Celtic Manor and then 3&2 by Lee Westwood in Chicago.
Win either of those and Europe would not have been celebrating, but he has been a semi-finalist, quarter-finalist and now the champion at Dove Mountain in the last three years.
"I'm not sure I can explain how excited I am to have won this tournament," the 34-year-old gushed. "Match play I find to be such an amazing, unique format, so much fun to play and so much pressure. It seems like each hole there's so much momentum riding and so much pressure on every hole.
"To come out on top after six matches with the top 64 guys in the world it's an incredible feeling."
Kuchar is one of golf's good guys, someone who really appreciates playing a sport for a living where the rewards are so huge.
When my brilliant Quant friend Melinda Thielbar explained how Linkdedin is using gamification to clean their data I was stunned. Stunned at the sheer genius and power of LinkedIn's little endorsement game.
Today I confronted the two Martins. The Martin I THINK I am and the Martin who IS. Fascinating conversation and all from a little game. Brilliant.
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A peasant here on Tuesday defeated a wealthy businessman and landlord and was elected the district president of Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI). With elections for the 72 union councils of the district having been held three weeks ago, the intra-party election process in Attock is now complete. The chairman of the PTI district election commission, Rafique Hussain Niazi, confirmed that peasant Waheed Murad garnered 432 votes while his rival Sardar Mumtaz Khan, a landlord, received 360. Murad had the support of Malik Suhail Khan, running for NA-58 Attock-II, and former MPA Syed Ejaz Bukhari, who is contesting PP-15 Attock-I. Rana Liaquat Ali Khan, who was elected unopposed to the position of district general secretary, and former state minister Malik Amin Aslam supported Mumtaz Khan.
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"En préambule au WGC-Cadillac Championship qui doit regrouper tous les meilleurs joueurs du monde du 7 au 10 mars prochains au Doral, le Honda Classic propose déjà cette semaine un savoureux avant-goût avec la présence de Rory McIlroy et Tiger Woods, les numéros 1 et 2 mondiaux. Tout simplement !
Quand on consulte le plateau proposé cette semaine à Palm Beach Gardens (Floride) sur le PGA National Champion Course, on frôle l’indigestion de stars : Cinq pensionnaires du Top 10 mondial dont les n°1 et 2, quatorze des trente premiers à ce même classement dont les Sud-Africains Louis Oosthuizen, Ernie Els, Charl Schwartzel ou Branden Grace sans oublier les Américains Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Dustin Johnson et les "Européens" membres du PGA Tour, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Peter Hanson et Martin Kaymer. Que du très lourd même si tous les regards se portent – quasi exclusivement - sur la doublette Rory McIlroy-Tiger Woods.
Encore en période de réglagles... Les deux hommes viennent en effet de subir un terrible affront en se faisant éjecter dès le premier tour du WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship à Dove Mountain. Mais si l’Américain s’est déjà mis en avant en 2013 en s’offrant le Farmers Insurance Open à Torrey Pines le 28 janvier dernier, le Nord-Irlandais traverse, lui, une période délicate. Depuis le début du mois de janvier, l’actuel n°1 mondial n’a ainsi joué officiellement que 54 trous (deux tours à Abu Dhabi puis 18 trous à Marana jeudi dernier), offrant à chaque fois un jeu poussif et emprunté (4 double-bogeys, 9 bogeys, 7 birdies), très loin de sa démonstration à l’USPGA au mois d’août (huit coups d’avance sur son dauphin) ou en finale de la Race (European Tour) fin novembre. Bref, passé récemment chez Nike à grands coups de communiqués, l’adaptation avec ses nouveaux clubs continue de faire jaser. Malgré un contrat juteux d’environ 200 millions de dollars sur dix ans… « Je suis toujours en période de réglages, vient de souligner le jeune homme de 23 ans lors de sa conférence de presse en Floride. C’est plus une question de swing qu’autre chose. Il y a peut-être une part de mental dans ce qui m’arrive mais c’est plus en relation avec le physique et mon swing. La chose la plus importante pour moi aura été de trouver le meilleur driver possible. Et je pense que nous sommes ici sur la bonne voie. Il ne me reste plus qu’à enchaîner les tournois pour prendre confiance en moi. Je n’ai joué que deux épreuves officielles en 2013. J’en ai encore une bonne vingtaine à négocier… »
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A visual exhibit introducing Five Regions of the Future by authors, Joel Barker and Scott Erickson; includes a three-part audio-podcast with authors. A primer to their discoveries five very distinct kinds of sophisticated technologies.
The National Youth Policy of Belize Launch is tomorrow, and the Department of Youth Services in Benque has a free bus to take people to the Bliss Centre to support it.
"A bus is scheduled to leave Benque Viejo from in front of the 'marshallleck Cancha' on Wednesday February 27, 2013 at 7:15am. Transportation is free...for more information contact Jimmy Leslie @ 803-3027 or 633-5050 or visit your nearest DYS office in your area if not from Benque Viejo."
Having just freshened our own website, we felt it was timely to repost our 10 Commandments of About Us pages. Need a PDF to share with decision-makers at your organization? Glad to oblige. Commandment 1: Know thy ...
The global recorded music industry is on a path to recovery, fuelled by licensed digital music services and rapid expansion into new markets internationally. Recorded music is also helping drive a broader digital economy, according to IFPI's annual Digital Music Report.
Political violence in the country claimed the lives of 163 people in 37 incidents from February 16 to February 22, up from preceding week's 106 and 89 the week before, says the Free and Fair Election Network. Another 225 people were also injured. Two of the 37 incidents were direct observations made by Fafen's District Long-Term Observers (DLTOs). Civilians, again, constituted the majority of the 388 casualties - 126 people killed and 218 injured. In Quetta, a sectarian attack killed 94 civilians. The civilian deaths increased almost 80 percent from last week, when 70 people were killed. Region-wise, 99 people, including five militants, were killed in Balochistan and 180 injured. Sindh was the second most violent region with 26 people killed and 14 injured, mainly in targeted attacks, followed by sectarian violence and attacks on political party workers. In Fata, 26 militants were killed in two aerial bombings while four security personnel sustained injuries in an attack.
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