Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 6th 2015 Contents NORTON---In a year of first-
ever feats for Jordan Spieth, he
accomplished another yester-
day in the Deutsche Bank
Only this one was nothing to
Spieth didn t make a birdie
until the 18th hole, and by then
it was too late. It salvaged a 3-
over 74, not nearly enough to
avoid missing the cut in con-
secutive events for the first time
in his career.
"I ve done a lot of things I ve
never done positively this year.
This is something I ve never
done that s negative," Spieth
said. "Whatever is going on ...
normally my mental game is a
strength of mine. And it s some-
thing I feel like I have an advan-
tage over other players on. These
past two weeks it was a weak-
ness for me."
Charley Hoffman, who five
years ago closed with a 62 to
win on the TPC Boston, made
birdie on half of his holes for a
63 that gave him a three-shot
lead over Brendon de Jonge after
36 holes. Rickie Fowler (67) and
British Open champion Zach
Johnson (65) were another shot
The second FedEx Cup playoff
event nearly lost the top two
players in the world.
Rory McIlroy, who returned
to No 1 last week without play-
ing, needed a par on the final
hole to make the cut on the
number. He got up-and-down
from a bunker and made birdie
for a 74 and made it with one
shot to spare.
PGA champion Jason Day kept
alive his hopes to be No 1 for
the first time with another 68
that left him in a tie for 10th,
six shots behind.
It was the fourth straight
round over par for Spieth, his
longest such streak since he
went five consecutive rounds at
the British Open and PGA
Championship two years ago.
And even though he missed a
second straight cut, he could
return to No 1 if Day does not
win and McIlroy finishes out of
the top 10.
Whatever is going through
Spieth s mind, it didn t help that
he showed up at the TPC Boston
already 16 shots out of the lead.
Hoffman made a tap-in birdie
on the par-3 11th round early in
his second round, poured in four
putts from the 12-foot range and
three more from inside 5 feet.
He traded a bogey with a birdie
at the end to reach 12-under
The biggest difference from
his last low round at the TPC
Boston was that he left with the
trophy. This time, he still has
two more rounds before the
Labor Day finish.
"It was a little different five
years ago," Hoffman said. "I
came from a decent back, so I
didn t have to deal with the lead.
Anytime you are in the lead you
put a lot of pressure on yourself.
And obviously I ve got to deal
with that tonight. ... Just try to
keep doing what I m doing,
making a lot of putts and hitting
a decent amount of fairways for
me, which is a nice combo."
McIlroy is playing for only the
second time since the US Open
because of an ankle injury, and
much like the PGA Champi-
onship, his main problem was
scoring. He had a pair of three-
putt bogeys on the back nine as
he started losing shots at an
alarming rate until a key drive
on the par-5 closing hole set up
"I think it shows that I haven t
really played much competitive
golf," McIlroy said. "When I ve
given myself opportunities to
get it close, then I m not making
putts. And I think I ve had three
or four three-putts in two days
and just haven t really made any-
thing. So it s been a bit of a
struggle, more mentally, because
I ve just been trying to get some-
thing going. And there s nothing
Spieth knows the feeling.
His goal for the week was to
get under par as quickly as pos-
sible to get some momentum for
the week, especially coming off
the missed cut at The Barclays.
Instead, he was 2 over through
four holes, and the player who
was chasing history so much this
summer began chasing the cut.
He was never particularly close
after opening with 12 straight
pars and then making bogeys.
He at least assured of being
among the top five in the FedEx
Cup going into the Tour Cham-
pionship for a clear shot at the
$10 million prize. And he has
one more event at Conway
Farms outside Chicago in two
weeks before that. (AP)
takes the lead
Charley Hoffman watches his tee shot on the
16th hole during the second round of the
Deutsche Bank Championship golf tournament
in Norton, Massechusetts, yesterday. AP PHOTO De Marchi claims
14th Vuelta stage
...Aru keeps lead
ALTO CAMPOO---Alessandro de
Marchi surged upward into the
mountain fog to win the 14th stage
of the Spanish Vuelta, while fellow
Italian Fabio Aru fought success-
fully to keep the leader s red jersey
De Marchi pulled away from four
other escapees near the end to win
the 215-kilometre (113-mile) ride---
the longest of the three-week Grand
Tour ---in 5 hours, 43 minutes, 12
"Incredible! I wouldn t have
believed it at the start that I would
perform so well," De Marchi said.
The race had been "hard" for his
BMC team because of Tejay Van
Garderen withdrawing last weekend
after a crash, De Marchi said, and
BMC lost another rider yesterday.
The 2008 Olympic gold medalist
Samuel Sanchez abandoned the
stage due to pain in his toes after
losing a nail Friday.
The grueling stage started in
Vitoria and ended at the special-
category Fuente del Chivo summit.
With visibility reduced to metres
by the thick fog, Aru recovered from
a late attack by Nairo Quintana and
Joaquin Rodriguez to cross the line
just behind the title rivals.
Aru s overall lead was reduced
by one second to 26 seconds ahead
of Rodriguez with mountain stages
coming over the next two days.
Aru s Astana teammates took
turns setting a hard pace up the
final 18-kilometre (11-mile) ascent
before launching him on an attack
toward the chilly Fuente del Chivo
peak. But Quintana stayed pegged
to his wheel, Rodriguez recovered
to pass him, and Aru became the
Aru managed to close on
Rodriguez just before crossing the
finish line to limit the damage.
Quintana is still three minutes
behind, but Rodriguez and the
Colombian could attack again on
the summit finishes over the next
two days before a rest day. That
will be followed by a crucial indi-
vidual time trial on stage 17.
Today s stage is a 175.8-kilometre
(110.9-mile) ride starting in Comil-
las and fishing at the Sotres sum-
The 21-stage race ends in Madrid
on September 13. (AP)
feature in triple
...but Chadee set to take title
Stephenson rode three winners
at Marquis Downs on Friday
including the feature Can$16 500
Sales Futurity Stakes, but Trinida-
dian Stanley Chadee Jr was poised
to wrap up the jockeys title yes-
terday s final day of the season,
despite a single win on the card.
Stephenson partnered with 4-1
chance Zeus Boanerges to win the
Sales Futurity in race three and
added victories in race one with
8-1 bet Proud Twister and in race
six with Hodrod Hailey, to dom-
inate the eight-race card.
However, championship leader
Chadee won in race eight with
favourite Djimmah to maintain his
healthy lead and is now set to for-
malise his title triumph on Satur-
Chadee tops the standings with
33 wins, nine clear of the second
place Trinidadian Fazal Razack with
Jamaican Oran Bennett a further
three back in third on 21.
Stephenson is back in sixth on
13 wins from 60 starts.
He started the day well, carrying
the five-year-old gelding Proud
Twister to a narrow victory over
the three-year-olds and upward,
going six furlongs.
They settled mid-pack as Call
to Race and Our Nino duelled
through the half-mile but came
late to get up by half length over
In the feature, Stephenson set-
tled Zeus Boanerges off the pace
through the quarter before moving
him up to join pacesetter Mickey
White Socks at the half.
They duelled briefly before
Stephenson got the two-year-old
bay gelding clear and they reached
the finish 2-3/4 lengths clear.
Stephenson rounded off his suc-
cess when he piloted the four-
year-old bay filly Hodrod Hailey
to a concinving 1-1/4 length win
over the three-year-old and
upward fillies and mares, going a
mile and eighth.
Bennett, meanwhile, stole some
of the limelight, producing a double
when he scored with favourite
Dancin Upside Down in race two
over six furlongs and again in race
four with 5-1 chance Dawson.
...Spieth misses another cut
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