McIlroy at a loss after shooting 79

first_img McIlroy cut a disconsolate figure following an opening 79 at Muirfield that included two double bogeys in the space of four holes in a back nine of 42. The first of those sixes had the world number two describing his approach as “brain dead” and confessing to a worrying lack of confidence that shows no signs of improving. “I’ve worked with Bob (Rotella) before a little bit. It could be beneficial to see someone like that again. We’ll see,” McIlroy said. “I felt like I struck the ball okay. So as long as I can somewhat get my mind in a better place, I can go out there and try and shoot a good score. “I want to try to be here for the weekend. But the thing that I need to do is just go out there and freewheel it and try and make birdies and try and play with that little bit of whatever it is I have usually. “But sometimes I feel like I’m walking around out there and I’m unconscious. Going left of the pin on 12, when I had no right to be going anywhere near that pin, that’s just thoughtless. It’s just so brain dead. “Seriously, I feel like I’ve been walking around out there like that for the last couple of months. I’m trying to get out of it. I just don’t quite know why.” The 24-year-old was not the only star name to suffer on an opening day which saw Masters champion Zach Johnson card a five-under 66 to lead by one from Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello and 1998 champion Mark O’Meara. Luke Donald’s nine-over par 80 equalled the worst round of his Open career – his first ever round in the event at Carnoustie in 1999 – and US Open champion Justin Rose returned a 75 containing just one birdie. “I was not thinking about Merion so I can’t use that as an excuse. I need to get a good round of golf together and maybe be a bit more aggressive with my iron shots rather than trying to not make mistakes,” Rose said. “I feel very comfortable as a major champion. I understand what works for me and how I can get the best out of myself, but it does not make the game any easier.” Playing partner Ernie Els could attest to that, the defending champion returning a 74 that featured three shots in a bunker and a triple-bogey six on the 16th, the same hole which cost him a double-bogey five in the final round during his victory here in 2002. Rory McIlroy was hoping to find the missing spark from his game in order to make the halfway cut in the Open Championship, after admitting he might need to enlist the services of a sports psychologist.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Solskjaer confident De Gea will sign new deal soon

first_img“There’s a limit of players and whoever performs will be part of the team and whoever doesn’t they will have to fight to get back in.”After an unconvincing 2-0 victory over a depleted Perth, United will be hoping for a better performance against one-time bitter enemy Leeds.The rivalry has simmered since Leeds’ relegation from the English Premier League in 2004 but hostilities between the passionate fan bases are still evident with extra security measures being put in place by organisers at Perth Stadium.Solskjaer said United were excited to renew the rivalry. “Of course you want to have games against the biggest clubs,” he said. “It’s a great occasion for both sets of supporters and the players because there were great games (in the past).”Romelu Lukaku, who is reportedly looking to secure a move to Inter Milan, is set to play his first pre-season match against Leeds after recovering from a “niggle”. However, Luke Shaw is likely to miss out after suffering a hamstring injury in the match against Perth.United will have further pre-season games against Inter Milan in Singapore on July 20 and Tottenham in Shanghai on July 25, while Leeds will head to Sydney to face Western Sydney Wanderers.Share on: WhatsApp Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea signs autographs for fans in PerthPerth, Australia | AFP |  Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Tuesday he was optimistic that goalkeeper David De Gea would sign a new deal to remain at Old Trafford as Manchester United prepared to face old rivals Leeds in Perth.United’s pre-season tour of Australia has been overshadowed speculation over the futures of several stars, including De Gea who is in the last year of his contract and has been linked with French champions Paris Saint-Germain.The Spaniard is reportedly close to signing a new five-year deal with United worth in excess of £350,000 a week that would make him the highest paid goalkeeper in the world.De Gea was rested from United’s pre-season opener against Perth Glory on Saturday but will line up against Leeds on Wednesday to wrap up the Red Devils’ 10-day visit to the Western Australia city.“He’ll play and hopefully we can agree (on a new deal) with David, as I’ve said a few times,” Solskjaer told reporters.“That’ll be up to David to announce when that happens, if and when.”The United boss refused to be drawn on whether Leicester City and England centreback Harry Maguire was on his way to Old Trafford.“There’s been loads of speculation but I can’t really say anything,” Solskjaer said.last_img read more

Nisqually Indian Tribe Awards $2.5 Million to Local Groups.

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Nisqually, WA. January 18, 2013 – The Nisqually Indian Tribe will continue the Native American tradition of sharing and helping the local community by distributing approximately $2.5 million in grant funds to local groups. The Nisqually Indian Tribe Charitable and Local Government program partners with charitable organizations and local governments to keep people safe, help children succeed, improve community health, honor veterans, preserve culture, protect the environment and support dozens of other critical community services and programs. These programs benefit Indians and non-Indians, alike.“Philanthropy is deep in the roots of our culture and we are committed to helping needy families and individuals,” said Cynthia Iyall, Chair of the Nisqually Indian Tribe. “Through generous giving and strong community partnerships, the Nisqually Tribe is laying the foundation for generations to come and improving the quality of life for all of our neighbors.”More than 140 local organizations will receive funds from the Nisqually Tribe. Charitable grant recipients include the Child Care Action Council in Olympia, Turning Pointe Domestic Violence Services in Shelton, the South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group in Olympia, the YMCA of Pierce County, the Nisqually Land Trust, Safe Kids Thurston County, Operation Homefront, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southwest Washington, the Mary Bridge Foundation and the Tenino Food Bank Plus. Grants to government programs will pay for much-needed equipment and services including Eatonville Fire and EMS Department, City of Lacey Parks and Recreation, and Thurston 9-1-1 Communications.Every year the Nisqually Tribe awards money to local charitable and government programs through a competitive grant application process. Eligible charitable groups include 501(c)3, tax-exempt organizations that provide public safety, literacy, religious, educational, charitable or other community activities. Requests from scholarship funds and community groups are also considered. The local government fund supports police, fire, emergency services and other public safety needs.last_img read more