FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Heath Slocum has reason to be wary of media on the golf course unless it is for a trophy presentation.
Two years ago in the final event of the season, Slocum was so far out of contention at Disney that he teed off on the back nine. as he finished, he saw photographers and a few writers behind the ninth green, and he knew why they were there. Slocum was at No. 30 on the money list, needing to hold down that spot to get into the Masters.
“I didn't know if they needed a quote because I made the Masters or because I missed it,” Slocum said.
He made a 7-footer for par and held onto the 30th spot by $1,439 over J.B. Holmes.
On Monday in Greensboro, Slocum was trying to move into the top 125 on the FedEx Cup standings to qualify for the playoffs when he started dropping shots. A three-putt double bogey on the 14th, a bogey on the 16th, and then more photographers.
“I knew it was going to be close,” he said.
Slocum finished with a bogey, but he was one-shot clear of moving into the top 125, sending him to Bethpage Black for The Barclays.
He needs to get into the top 100 in the standings to advance next week to the Deutsche Bank Championship, though he has history on his side. Slocum also was No. 124 in 2009 when he won The Barclays at Liberty National. he wound up at No. 8 when the FedEx Cup ended, giving him a $600,000 bonus.
It was the biggest win of his career, not only because the field was among the strongest of the year, but because of the four players he beat – Tiger Woods, Padraig Harrington, Ernie Els and Steve Stricker, who at the time had combined for 97 PGA Tour wins and 20 majors.
Now, if he can only find a little more magic at this tournament. and this time, he wouldn't mind seeing photographers.
“If I see them Sunday, that would be a good thing,” he said. “And I hope I do. I hope I can make it a good story.”
RYDER CUP: Four years ago, Ian Poulter and Paul Casey stayed in America for the FedEx Cup playoffs instead of going to Scotland for the final qualifying event to make the Ryder Cup team. Poulter missed the cut in the second FedEx Cup playoff event, and lashed out at the media for causing a distraction.
Poulter and Casey were seen in the parking lot together having a chat that day. Both became captain's picks by Nick Faldo.
This time, there is far less stress, even though Poulter again will have to rely on being a pick.
Sergio Garcia winning at Greensboro assured the Spaniard a spot on Europe's team, though he wound up bumping Poulter out of the top 10 in the standings. This is the last week to qualify for the European team, but only for those at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, where players can earn points from money or the world ranking. Whatever points a European Tour member earns at The Barclays wouldn't count, because the tournament ends after Gleneagles.
That means Poulter can't earn a spot on the team, and neither can Padraig Harrington.
Poulter, however, appears to be a lock as one of Jose Maria Olazabal's two picks, especially after he tied for third at the PGA Championship and moved into the top 10 momentarily. The other leading candidate is Nicolas Colsaerts, the big hitter from Belgium, who is playing at Gleneagles.
Then again, Colsaerts can earn a spot on the team by finishing in the top two. That would knock out Martin Kaymer, and then leave Olazabal with a tough choice. The captain had said Harrington, who has played on every team since 1999, would have to do something extraordinary to merit consideration.
Harrington can't earn points at The Barclays, but he still might be able to make an impression.
LOOPER'S LIFE: Sergio Garcia and his caddie, Gary Matthews, split up at the PGA Championship. The Spaniard went to the Wyndham Championship in need of a caddie, and David Faircloth was in the right spot at the right time. Faircloth, a caddie at a private club in North Carolina, was working the pro-am for club member Bobby Long, who wound up recommending him to Garcia.
The rest of the week was a blur. Faircloth was on the bag as Garcia won his first PGA Tour event in four years.
Perhaps the classiest gesture came from Tony Navarro, a longtime PGA Tour caddie who has worked for Greg Norman, Adam Scott and now Bud Cauley. Garcia and Cauley played in the final group at Greensboro, and when Navarro realized how overwhelmed Faircloth was, he unscrewed the flag from the pin on the 18th hole, took it over to Faircloth and said, “Well done this week. This is yours.”
“That flag is kind of our trophy,” Navarro told The New York Post. “I figured he didn't know, so I just did the right thing and gave it to him. he was a nice kid, and I could tell he was a bit emotional and excited.”
The payoff for Faircloth remains a mystery. Most regular tour caddies are on a weekly salary, along with a percentage of what the player earns, typically 10 percent if they win. Garcia earned $936,000. But the Spaniard wasn't sure what he should give a club caddie who filled in for the week.
“I'll have to look at it,” Garcia said. “Obviously, he's not going to get what a normal caddie would get because his job was fairly easy.”
For The Barclays, Garcia plans on using Wayne Richardson, who works as a spotter for CBS Sports.
DIVOTS: Arnold Palmer's reaction to Augusta National adding female members for the first time: “I've had the pleasure of meeting Condoleezza Rice. I am happy to welcome her as a member of Augusta National and look forward to meeting Darla Moore and welcoming her, as well. I congratulate Billy Payne and the club for taking this significant step in the wonderful history of Augusta National.” Palmer is a four-time Masters champion and a member at Augusta National. … The Frys.com Open will be the first event of the 2013-14 PGA Tour season, and it will remain at CordeValle. Tournament organizers plan to move it to The Institute, but the clubhouse will not be completed in time to hold the event next year. … Green fees for visitors at the Old course at St. Andrews will increase by 5 pounds in 2013 to 155 pounds in high season. That's roughly $245.
STAT OF THE WEEK: Hunter Mahan has played 78 out of 80 rounds in FedEx Cup playoff events since they began in 2007, the most of any player.
FINAL WORD: “What happened? they took my jacket away?” – Masters champion Bubba Watson, tongue in cheek, when asked his reaction to the news of Augusta National. The club invited female members to join for the first time.
Simpson has played in Woods’ group both times he has missed the cut this year, the other coming at Wells Fargo. and they played together at Doral in the fourth round in March when Woods withdrew after 11 holes because of tightness in his left Achilles tendon.This time, Simpson didn’t see anything amiss with Woods’ play.“he actually played really well,” Simpson said. “he just had some distance control problems and, you know, it wasn’t an issue last week. his game looks good to me.”Simpson has been in this position before at the Greenbrier Classic, leading last year with nine holes left in the final round before fading to a tie for ninth.“I was confident last year, I’m confident this year,” Simpson said. “I don’t think a whole lot has changed. I learned a lot about myself in the final round last year. I think I was only one back in the final round. So I’ve got a long ways to go, a bunch of good players right there.”Just not Woods or Mickelson.Woods missed a cut for only the ninth time in his PGA career, and third time in a tournament following a victory. The others came in 2005 at Disney and 2009 at the British Open. both times he took a week off after his wins.“I drove it really good today and I just did not have the feel for the distances,” Woods said. “The ball was just going forever.“I know it’s hot. I know we’re at altitude. My sand wedge is going 142, 145; wedge is 160. These are numbers that I don’t normally hit. some of the bigger guys hit those numbers, but I don’t. and I was really struggling to get the ball at the right number.”That should be easy to fix heading to the British Open, which starts July 19 at Royal Lytham and St. Annes. Continued…
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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Georgia (AP) – Webb Simpson signed up for the McGladrey Classic because it gave him a shot at winning the PGA Tour money title. He played Thursday as though he was intent on doing just that.
Simpson matched his best score of the year in the opening round at Sea Island, making eight birdies for a 7-under 63 that gave him a share of the lead with tour rookie Zack Miller.
“There’s no way I can play this golf tournament without thinking about the money title,” Simpson said. “I’m thinking about it every day. But I’m not over every shot thinking, ‘This is for the money title.’ It’s more that I’m just trying my best to get focused on winning the golf tournament.”
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At this rate, he stands a reasonable chance at both.
Simpson has won twice in his last five tournaments, leaving him $68,971 behind Luke Donald on the money list with two tournaments remaining. Donald isn’t playing this week, and he has until 5 p.m. Friday to decide whether to play Disney next week in the final event of the PGA Tour season.
Also at stake is the PGA Tour player of the year award, with no clear favorite. No player has more than two wins and, while Donald has only one win in the United States, he has been No. 1 in the world since may. for Donald and Simpson, the money title could go a long way in collecting votes.
Simpson needs to finish at least in 15th place alone to surpass Donald, although he looked as if he had bigger plans the way he worked his way around the Seaside course, even as the breeze picked up late in the morning.
Deliberate by nature, Simpson at times switched clubs two or three times, although it paid off on the fourth hole when he went back to a 7-iron and dropped his shot some 4 feet from the cup for a birdie. the only glitch was a poor approach from the middle of the 18th fairway in the middle of his round for a bogey.
Simpson isn’t alone in having money on his mind this week.
Miller is trying not to think about it. He hasn’t made a cut since the Viking Classic in July and has fallen to No. 146 on the money list. if he doesn’t get into the top 150, he’ll have to return to the second stage of Q-school.
But he has tried to take whatever positives he could find out of the last few months, learning to base happiness on something besides his scores. It was hard not to be happy with a 63, especially after going birdie-birdie-eagle early in his round, the longest of those a 4-footer for eagle on No. 15 after a perfect 5-iron.
Martin Piller was tied for the lead until a bogey on the last hole put him in a large group at 64. that included Scott McCarron, who is No. 163 on the money list and birdied his last three holes. McCarron, like so many others in the Fall Series events, is trying to get inside the top 125 to secure his full PGA Tour card for next year.
Also at 64 was Billy Horschel, who is No. 139 on the money list.
They were followed by a group at 65 that included two-time major champion Angel Cabrera, Ben Crane, Nick O’Hern and Richard S. Johnson of Sweden. Johnson had to go through Q-school last year, and started the year with a nagging injury to his right shoulder. He continued to play because he couldn’t afford to fall further down the priority list, and it has cost him.
Johnson is at No. 186 on the money list, headed back to Q-school unless he can turn around his fortunes quickly.
“Now I’ve got to get back to my old swing,” he said. “When you’re swinging injured, you get into some bad habits. I’ve been playing nicely at home, but it’s just a matter of bringing it out here.”
That sounds a lot like Tiger Woods, and Johnson also plays out of the Medalist in south Florida.
“I haven’t shot a 62 yet,” he said, referring to Woods’ setting the course record two weeks ago. “It’s been more like 65 and 66.”
Either way, those scores don’t count when it comes to playing the tour and needing to make something happen quickly.
Bud Cauley, the 21-year-old who left Alabama after his junior season to turn pro this summer, opened with a 68. Cauley is poised to become only the sixth player to go from college to getting his tour card without going through Q-school. He is the equivalent of No. 114 on the money list, and a solid start only helped that cause.
Simpson was as deliberate over his schedule as he is over a golf shot. He said he had some 15 options to consider because of his plans to go overseas for the first time, which includes the Presidents Cup in Australia. He has settled on the Singapore Open a week before the Nov. 17-20 matches at Royal Melbourne.
There was some consideration for Asia, although once he adjusted his international travel to make room for the McGladrey Classic, it was an easy decision.
Even so, he had to switch from vacation mode to find the game that brought him wins in Greensboro and Boston, and it didn’t take long once he left the practice range.
“I did have a little question in my mind, ‘Would I be able to turn the brain back on and get in the competitive mode again?’” Simpson said.
He answered with a 63, matching the score he posted in the third and final round at Plainfield in the Barclays.
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ORLANDO, Fla. — Walt Disney World is just for kids, right?
Seniors can and do enjoy the Disney theme parks as much as younger people do. There may be differences in what they like, but many seniors are kids at heart and enjoy the same Disney attractions that their children and grandchildren do.
Still, many seniors tend to shy from the more extreme rides and from really childish offerings, preferring less-frenetic activities. They’re more likely, for example, to enjoy such things as behind-the-scenes tours, sit-down shows, nostalgic presentations and venues that pique the mature imagination, such as the Magic Kingdom’s Hall of Presidents, Epcot’s Innovations and the Universe of Energy.
And, of course, seniors are more apt to enjoy the side perks: a visit to a hotel spa, afternoon tea, fine restaurants and shopping in Disney’s more than 200 stores.
It’s impossible to cover all senior preferences in a single list. So the following is a selection of attractions I think — as a senior myself and a frequent visitor to Disney World — would appeal to most seniors.
Keep in mind that the park has many more attractions that seniors may enjoy.
Carousel of Progress: Shows how the American family evolved with the advent of electrification. in a switch, the audience — seats and all — circles from scene to scene.
Country Bear Jamboree: Banjo-strumming bears entertain in a simulated saloon.
Hall of Presidents: Animatronic figures of all U.S. presidents in a recently reworked presentation. Abraham Lincoln gives the Gettysburg Address.
Mickey’s PhilharMagic: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and other Disney characters appear in a 3-D PhilharMagic Concert Hall show with music, film and special effects.
Main Street Electrical Parade: Disney puts on wonderful parades. the evening event has returned to the Magic Kingdom after a hiatus of several years.
Haunted Mansion: the illusions are superb but not terrifying, from dancing ghosts and eerie thumps to floating heads and stairs to nowhere.
Jungle Cruise: Boat ride with spouting elephants, menacing hippos.
Pirates of the Caribbean: A rollicking boat ride with cannon and musket fire, damsels in distress and besotted buccaneers. look for Capt. Jack Sparrow.
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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: A low-flying roller coaster with a story. not very frightening, but be prepared for a few G-producing curves.
Splash Mountain: A flume ride that takes guests through scenes from the Disney film Song of the South. It’s pretty static until the end, when your vehicle takes a very steep, breath-sucking plunge. you may get wet.
Country pavilions: These showcase the attributes of nations that have built them here. take your pick: Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, United Kingdom and United States. all have shops and restaurants offering national specialties as well as presentations of their history and attractions. Some, like Norway and Mexico, offer rides as well.
Behind the Seeds Tour: you visit Future World greenhouses, learn of innovations in horticulture and how plants are cared for.
Caribbean Coral Reef: more than 2,000 marine animals populate this huge reef tank, which holds 6 million gallons of water.
Illuminations: Outdoor show at Epcot features spectacular lasers and fireworks over the lake at closing time.
Imagination!: outside, fountains spout water in a most unusual way. inside, the 3-D Captain EO film stars Michael Jackson in a sci-fi sequence, and the Journey Into Imagination with Figment ride visits science labs.
Spaceship Earth: inside a huge globe, you ride a circular, ascending track that takes you through the history of communication, from papyrus writing to space satellites.
Living with the Land: Your boat glides though a rain forest, grain fields and fish farms, and visits an experimental plant laboratory.
Universe of Energy: Comic Ellen DeGeneres and science guru Bill Nye appear in a filmed game show, then take spectators on a ride with that traces energy sources from the dinosaur era to today’s alternatives.
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Mission Space: A realistic space flight with very strong G-forces. This can be too intense for many seniors, but there’s an out — an optional flight tour that does not include the G-forces.
Soarin’: you ride in a simulated hang glider 45 feet above an IMAX projection dome in a realistic (but rather peaceful) “flight” that swoops over the natural wonders of California. Guest surveys have rated this as Disney World’s top attraction.
Beauty and the Beast — Live on Stage: A lively stage revue based on the Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast.
Great Movie Ride: Wonderful journey through re-created movie scenes of the past with a surprising twist.
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular: Scenes re-created from the popular movies include the huge rolling ball and the blowing up of a truck.
Lights, Motor, Action!: Sit in the stands and watch cars and drivers do amazing tricks, among them going airborne over obstacles and driving full speed in reverse.
Muppet Vision 3-D: Miss Piggy and Kermit team up in a show that promises no cheap 3-D tricks, but don’t believe them. you could call this show 4-D because scents and sprays waft over the audience.
Studio Backlot Tour: This 30-minute tour lets you see movie sets and departments such as wardrobe, props and lighting. it also visits Catastrophe Canyon, where unexpected and spectacular special effects occur.
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Star Tours: new since may, this revamped attraction uses flight simulators and 3-D technology to create 50 or more Star Wars adventures. If you’re prone to motion sickness, don’t take this.
Tower of Terror: Your elevator descent in this haunted hotel turns into a frightening free fall when a cable breaks. not for the faint-hearted.
Backstage Safari: How Disney deals with conservation issues, animal care and nutrition.
Festival of the Lion King: A 30-minute show in the round featuring performers costumed as animals.
Finding Nemo — the Musical: A rousing musical stage show based on the animated movie.
It’s Tough to be a Bug: Hilarious cartoon shown in the bole of the huge Tree of Life, the 145-foot-tall icon of Animal Kingdom.
Kilimanjaro Safaris: Don’t miss this truck ride through 400 acres of simulated African savanna where real animals such as elephants, lions and rhinos roam free. Best in early morning or late afternoon.
Rafiki’s Planet Watch: A train takes you to and from the park’s conservation headquarters, where you learn about habitats and animal care, tour laboratories, experience animal encounters, and see videos and a 3-D rain-forest show.
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Kali River Rapids: A river-rafting adventure. Don’t go if you don’t want to get wet.
Downtown Disney: Shopping, dining and enterainment district with three distinct areas — West Side, Pleasure Island and Marketplace. the Cirque du Soleil show (extra fee) presents stunning acrobatics. Disney Quest offers sophisticated arcade games. Restaurants include Planet Hollywood (in a huge blue globe), Bongo’s, House of Blues and Wolfgang Puck. Also there, a 24-screen movie theater complex, Virgin Megastore and the World of Disney store.
Fort Wilderness: A separate campground area with the rollicking Hoop-Dee-Doo dinner show.
Hotels: Disney World has more than 27,000 hotel rooms, ranging from the luxury Grand Floridian to the All-Star motel complex. Prices range from under $100 a night to as more than $1,000 for a luxury villa or suite. all hotels carry a theme:: A Yellowstone-like boiling stream courses through the lobby of the national-park-like Wilderness Lodge, for instance, and you may spot giraffes outside your hotel room window at the Animal Kingdom Lodge.
Shopping: each of the four theme parks have shops that stock items you and your grandkids would enjoy. Other stores are found in the Marketplace division of Downtown Disney.
Participant sports: Walt Disney World has several golf courses. Greens fees vary with season, but all have discounted twilight rates. Disney also has two water parks with separate admissions, Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.
Dining: all theme parks have dozens of eateries and restaurants, both fast food and sit-down. It’ll cost extra, but your grandkids will love a meal with Disney characters, offered in 13 locales. (Cinderella’s Royal Table is the most popular but you have to book it 180 days in advance.) Fine-dining restaurants include the Grand Floridian’s Victoria and Albert’s, one of only three five-star restaurants in the state Florida.
Festivals: Epcot’s International Flower and Garden show in spring features workshops, gardening tips and spectacular flower displays. Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival in autumn showcases celebrity chefs, wine tastings, cooking demonstrations and special dinners with wine pairings. Christmas season brings special shows and displays, among them Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, the Candlelight Processional and Mickey’s very Merry Christmas Party.
Fireworks: Night displays take place nightly during Illuminations at Epcot and on selected nights at the Magic Kingdom. “Fantasmic!”, a mix of fireworks, lasers and fountains featuring Mickey Mouse, is given on selected nights at Hollywood Studios.
Information: Walt Disney World, 407-824-4321, disneyworld.com. Guided tours may have an additional charge.
Jay Clarke is a freelance writer in Florida.
I just watched Disney's ratatouille and I am trying to find the recipe for the ratatouille the rat makes at the end. when i look in cook books, all the vegetables are chopped and put into a stew, when in the movie they are sliced and put with some sauce onto a plate. where can i find the recipe from the movie?
there you go. x