Langer takes 3-shot lead into Sunday at Insperity

first_imgTHE WOODLANDS, Texas – Bernhard Langer shot a 4-under 68 on Saturday to open a three-stroke lead in the Champions Tour’s Insperity Invitational. Langer had a 10-under 134 total at The Woodlands Country Club. The 56-year-old German player won the 2007 event at Augusta Pines and successfully defended his title in 2008 at The Woodlands. He won the season-opening event in Hawaii for his 19th Champions Tour title. ”Every win is a thrill and it’s exciting,” Langer said. ”I’m not sure I’ve ever won any other tournament three times. That would be a first and it would be a lot of fun.” Colin Montgomerie was second after a 66, the best round of the day. He eagled the par-5 13th. In his second year on the tour, Montgomerie’s best finish is a second in March in Newport Beach, California. Montgomerie is hoping to get the upper hand over ”good friend” Langer when they’re grouped together Sunday. ”I’ve been trying all bloody year to do it and I’ve not done it yet,” he said. ”Not many people have, to be honest. But he’s playing some superb golf and it’s nice to have an opportunity anyway tomorrow to give it another go and see if I can win out here.” Montgomerie played in college at Houston Baptist. Defending champion Esteban Toledo, Gary Hallberg and Bart Bryant were four strokes back. Hallberg had a 67, Toledo shot 71, and Bryant – tied for the first-round lead with Langer – had a 72. Fred Couples, the 2010 winner, was tied for sixth at 5 under after a 70. The former University of Houston player won the Newport Beach event.last_img read more

Wie birdies last two holes, takes Open lead

first_imgPINEHURST, N.C. – Michelle Wie is becoming a regular contender in major championships, only now as an adult. She captivated women’s golf as a teenager, contending in three straight LPGA Tour majors when she was 16. That was when she still was trying to compete against the men, when she didn’t always look as if she was having fun and before injuries and criticism were a big part of her growing pains. On another tough day at Pinehurst No. 2, the 24-year-old from Hawaii held it together Friday with two key par putts and finished with back-to-back birdies for a 2-under 68, giving her a three-shot lead going into the weekend at the U.S. Women’s Open. ”I think you look at the way Michelle has played the last six months and you look at her differently,” said Stacy Lewis, the No. 1 player in women’s golf who was four shots out of the lead. ”I think she’s become one of the best ball-strikers on tour. She hits it really consistent. She knows where the ball’s going. And she’s figuring out how to win. That’s the big thing.” But there’s a familiar name, and another teen prodigy, who joined Wie as the only players still under par. U.S. Women’s Open: Articles, videos and photos Lexi Thompson, who soundly beat Wie in the final round to win the Kraft Nabisco Championship for her first major title, powered her way out of the sand and weeds, running off three straight birdies to match Wie’s 68, the low score Friday. For all the interest in the men and women playing Pinehurst No. 2 in successive weeks, Wie and Thompson made the Women’s Open more closely resemble the first LPGA major. Is it too early to start thinking rematch? ”Definitely too early,” Thompson said with a laugh. ”Thirty-six holes in a major, that’s a lot of golf to be played, especially at a U.S. Women’s Open.” For now, Wie had control. Her three-shot lead is the largest through 36 holes in the Women’s Open in 11 years. She twice thought her shots were going off the turtleback greens, and twice she relied on her table-top putting stance to make long par saves. She finished with a 6-iron that set up a 12-foot birdie putt, and a 15-foot birdie on the par-5 ninth to reach 4-under 136. ”End of the day yesterday, I was thinking if I just did this again, that would be nice,” Wie said. ”Finishing with two birdies is always great. It’s a grind out there. It’s not easy. Really grateful for the par putts that I made and some of the birdie putts that I made. I can’t complain. I’ll take it.” Just when it looked as if this had the trappings of another runaway – Martin Kaymer led by at least four shots over the final 48 holes to win the U.S. Open – along came Thompson with a shot reminiscent of what Kaymer did last week. From the sand and bushes left of the fairway on the par-5 fifth hole, Thompson blasted a 5-iron from 195 yards just off the green, setting up two putts for birdie from about 60 feet. Kaymer was in roughly the same spot in the third round when he hit 7-iron from 202 yards to 5 feet, that pin position more toward the front. That was her third straight birdie, and she closed with four pars to reach 139. Pinehurst No. 2 wasn’t in much of a giving mood on another warm day in the North Carolina sandhills, with a brief shower in the middle of the afternoon that didn’t do much to soften a dry, crusty golf course. Lewis, who opened with a bogey-free 67, picked up a bogey on her first hole in a wild round of six bogeys, three birdies and a tough 73. Even so, the two-time major champion managed to see the big picture. ”I hung around, and that’s what you’ve got to do at this tournament,” said Lewis, at even-par with Amy Yang (69) and Minjee Lee, the 18-year-old amateur from Australia who played bogey-free on the back nine to salvage a 71. Lucy Li, the precocious 11-year-old and youngest qualifier in the history of the U.S. Women’s Open, isn’t leaving town until Monday. She just won’t be playing any more golf. The sixth-grader from the Bay Area started with a double bogey for the second straight day and shot another 78 to miss the cut by seven shots. The cut was 9-over 149. Na Yeon Choi had a 70 and was at 1-over 141, followed by a Paula Creamer (72) at 2-over 142. The group at 143 included Karrie Webb (73) and So Yeon Ryu (74), who saved her hopes with three straight birdies on the front nine, and narrowly missing a fourth. All of them are former Women’s Open champions. This is a different Wie they are chasing. She already has won this year in Hawaii, and she has eight top 10s and is No. 2 on the LPGA money list. Attribute that to a putting stroke that she owns, no matter how peculiar it looks with her back bent severely, almost parallel to the ground. And she has learned to play the shot – she has a full allotment – instead of worrying about her score or her position on the leaderboard. ”I knew I could get better,” Wie said. ”I knew I could improve. But that’s the game of golf. I think that’s what’s so fun about it. You work hard, you work hard, it’s a challenging game. You can never quite perfect it. I love working on my game. I love working on different shots. Just trying to get better every day. I never really lost a sense of determination or drive.”last_img read more

Hearn (64) enjoying final Tour event with anchored stroke

first_imgST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Thursday at gloomy Sea Island Resort was pulled straight from Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’ famous verse: Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. This week’s RSM Classic is the swansong for anchored putting on the PGA Tour with next year’s ban looming, and David Hearn appears to have plucked a page from Thomas’ poem with an opening-round 64 that left him tied for second place and in the hunt for his first Tour title. This week’s stop isn’t Hearn’s last on Tour, but it will be the last time the Canadian will be allowed to anchor his signature broom-handled putter in competition. “I obviously prefer to putt the way I am right now, but I am just going to enjoy it this week,” said Hearn, who plans to try a cross-handed grip when he changes to a non-anchored putter. “It’s the last week I will be putting with it. I putted last weekend actually with a short one in Mexico and felt fine.” The move back to something familiar paid off on Thursday, with Hearn rolling in putts from 17 feet (No. 10 and 14), 14 feet (No. 3) and 10 feet (No. 8) to match his lowest round of the young 2015-16 season. Hearn, like most players who currently anchor, voiced a familiar refrain on Thursday – when it’s time to change he’ll figure it out. “Obviously I put a lot of thought into it. Fortunately for me I putted on Tour when I first got on in ’05 with a short putter. It’s something I have done at a high level,” Hearn said. “I’m confident in my transition, but only time will tell.” Tim Clark faces the same unknown after a particularly difficult year on the greens. The RSM Classic: Articles, photos and videos “It’s been so much on my mind,” Clark said following a first-round 1-under 69 on the Seaside layout that included 31 putts. “My putting has been really bad no matter what I used this year. Once it’s done I can just move on and stick with it. I’ve been stuck between two minds.” Following surgery on his left elbow that forced him to miss 22 weeks of competition, the South African switched to a non-anchored putter when he returned at the Travelers Championship. It was an experiment that lasted just one tournament before he switched back to the broom-handle model he’s been using since he was in college due to a congenital problem with his arms in which he can’t supinate his wrists. “It’s been 20 years, figured I’d give it another few weeks,” said Clark, who plans to try the “Matt Kuchar” method of putting next year with the end of the putter grip pressed into his forearm. “It’s not like I’m going from belly putter to a normal putter, I’m going to be using a completely different way of putting. That’s going to be the hard part of next year.” If either Hearn or Clark needed a paradigm of putting hope on an overcast day they could have taken a peek at Adam Scott’s Round 1 card at the Australian Masters. Scott carded a 7-under 64 in what he called “stress-free golf” with a non-anchored putter after a rocky transition away from an anchored model. After a rough week at the Presidents Cup last month, he saw progress with the new putter at the Japan Open (T-7) and CIMB Classic (second), and needed just 28 putts on Thursday in Melbourne. “I didn’t putt well at all this year with the long putter,” Scott said. “My stats were horrible and it was a very frustrating year, so the change has actually been quite refreshing for me.” While Scott’s transition has been anything but “stress free,” and a few good starts against relatively weaker fields is hardly a definitive statement, he does provide those facing a similar overhaul a reason to be optimistic heading into next season and a new era of non-anchoring. Until then Hearn and Clark have 54 holes to make the most of anchoring, which the R&A and U.S. Golf Association announced they were banning in 2013. “For now I’m just going to enjoy it this week and see if I can make a few putts and take the anchored putter out on top,” Hearn said. Dylan Thomas couldn’t have said it any better.last_img read more

Small-town Olson on verge of big win

first_imgAmy Olson is the pride of Oxbow, N.D. It’s a tiny city of 305 people, according to the most recent census. “No gas station, no grocery story, nothing too glamorous,” Olson once said of what it was like growing up there. “I’m a country girl. I don’t like big cities.” This self-described small-town girl, however, is on the verge of becoming a really big deal in the world of women’s golf. With a 6-under 65 Saturday, she took the lead going into the final round of the Evian Championship. It was her second straight 65, moving her to 14-under overall, two shots ahead of Sei Young Kim (64) and four ahead of Mo Martin (69). Inbee Park (67), Georgia Hall (68) and Angela Stanford (68) are five back. Olson, 26, wasn’t among the household names expected to step up and help the Americans avoid being shut out in the majors this year, but those in the game aren’t surprised to see her with her first lead in a major. Olson, formerly Amy Anderson, won the U.S. Girls’ Junior as a 17-year-old and went on to win 20 titles at North Dakota State, breaking Juli Inkster’s record for collegiate victories. And while Olson has yet to win an LPGA title, she showed signs earlier this year that she’s got a game and disposition that may be even more suited to majors than regular tour events. She played her way into the final pairing with Pernilla Lindberg at the year’s first major, the ANA Inspiration. Olson watched Lindberg show her how it’s done in majors, even though Lindberg had never won one before ANA. Like Lindberg, Olson is looking to break through and make her first LPGA title a major. It just might end up being the theme of this year’s majors. Georgia Hall did the same last month at the Ricoh Women’s British Open. “Watching Pernilla, I think she bogeyed the first hole and she stayed in it,” Olson said. “She stayed patient and some birdie putts fell, but she didn’t try to force anything and didn’t beat herself up over a lost shot. Full-field scores from Evian Championship Evian Championship: Articles, photos and videos “Watching that really inspired me. I think at some point you’re going to face adversity out there, and how you respond is the most important thing.” Olson, who graduated with a degree in accounting and went on to become a CPA, is running some terrific numbers up the leaderboard at Evian. Back to back 65s are rare in majors. “I think the biggest thing that I like about major championships is how it forces you to bring your best game,” Olson said. “You can’t really fake it. You can’t get away with poor shots.” Olson has her brother, Nathan, on the bag as caddie this week. Her husband, Grant, is the linebackers coach at Indiana State. Will she be nervous Sunday? Yes, she said, but the ANA experienced helped, and so does a very grounded nature she got growing up in Oxbow. “I’m very content with my life and where I am,” Olson said. “Obviously, winning adds greatly to it, but not as much as most people would think.” Olson will have to hold off some formidable opposition. She will go out in the final grouping with Kim, who may be the best player in the women’s game today without a major. She’s a birdie machine with seven LPGA titles. Olson will also go off with Martin, who broke through to make her lone LPGA title a major at the Women’s British Open in 2014. Park, trying to win her eighth major championship title, will be in the group right in front Olson. What’s Olson’s game plan? “Honestly, just staying patient and recognizing that if my moment is going to come, it will come,” she said. “If it doesn’t, I’ll be OK.”last_img read more

Kelly (65) finishes regular season with win at SAS

first_imgCARY, N.C. – Jerry Kelly knew he needed to make as many birdies as he could Sunday in a sprint to the finish in the SAS Championship. He was so locked into the process that he didn’t realize how many he made until he marked them down on his card. Locked in a tight race, Kelly ran off five straight birdies to close out the front nine and then made an insurance birdie late that carried him to a 7-under 65 and a one-shot victory in the final regular-season event on the PGA Tour Champions. “When the guys are so close and you’re bunched up, it’s make the next birdie,” Kelly said. “And then somebody else makes a birdie and it’s like, ‘OK, I have to make another birdie. I have to make another birdie.’ It kind of shocked me to see I was three, four shots clear.” Kelly made his lone bogey on the final hole when it only affected the margin. He won by one shot over David McKenzie, who shot 63. Woody Austin and Doug Barron, who shared the lead going into the final round, each shot 71 and tied for third with David Toms (66). Barron fell back with a tee shot that went out-of-bounds on No. 6 and led to triple bogey. Austin played his final 13 holes in even par. Full-field scores from the SAS Championship Kelly, who finished at 16-under 200, won for the third time this year on the PGA Tour Champions and takes plenty of momentum into the postseason. He went over $2 million in earnings for the year and remains No. 2 in the Charles Schwab Cup standings, though he cut into Scott McCarron’s once big lead. Kelly now is $221,430 behind McCarron, and points are double in the three Schwab Cup playoff events that start in two weeks. “I’m very happy to be healthy, very happy to be playing well at this time,” Kelly said. Rod Pampling of Australia, who turned 50 last month and was playing his second event on the PGA Tour Champions, needed to finish in the top 10 to earn a ”wild card” into the postseason. He birdied three straight holes and needed one more on the 18th to finish the tournament in the top 10, but his 15-foot putt was inches short. The top 72 on the money list qualify for the postseason. Sandy Lyle was holding down the 72nd spot until closing with a 75. Mike Goodes, who started the SAS Championship with a 75, rallied with rounds of 68-70 and tied for 28th, making enough money to finish No. 72 on the money list by $323 over Lyle.last_img read more

LPGA’s Chinese players vow to help homeland

first_imgThe LPGA’s top two Chinese players are safe and sound but heavy hearted over the deathly spread of the coronavirus in their homeland. Shanshan Feng, the former world No 1 and still the highest ranked Chinese player in the Rolex Rankings at No. 23, flew out of China in the middle of January to do her winter training in Los Angeles, where she remains today. With the outbreak growing worse since she left her home in Guangzhou, her focus is on doing what she can for family, friends and fellow countrymen back in China. Yu Liu, No. 35 in the world, is in contention at this week’s ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open. She posted a 6-under-par 67 Friday to move four shots behind the leader, Inbee Park.  Liu made her move on a day when the Chinese government announced 5,090 new cases of the virus and 121 new deaths, raising the number of documented cases worldwide to more than 64,000, with 1,393 total deaths, with all but three of those deaths occurring on mainland China. “I’m very saddened,” Liu told GolfChannel.com. “There are so many people losing their lives, especially in the Hubei Province.” Liu is from Beijing, about 700 miles north of the city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak. Liu’s mother accompanied her to the LPGA’s Boca Raton event in Florida three weeks ago, but her mother flew back to China after the competition. “She’s still there,” Liu said. “We didn’t know how serious it really was then.” Liu says she also has aunts, uncles and grandparents there, all of whom are safe. “It hasn’t been too bad for them,” Liu said. “They’re just staying at home, not being able to do too much.” Liu is motivated to help her homeland, so much so that she is planning to donate her winnings from last week’s Vic Open and this week’s Women’s Australian Open to a foundation assisting those in China who are affected by the virus. Liu said that purpose helped her rally Friday after she fell outside the cutline early in her round. “I just wanted to go out and make birdies and go very low,” Liu said. Shortly after a bogey at her third hole dropped her a shot outside the cutline, Liu responded with an eagle and back-to-back birdies. She played the final 13 holes in 7 under. Feng is equally motivated to help her fellow countrymen. “Shanshan’s parents are currently in Guangzhou, which is also severely affected by the coronavirus,” Ruby Chen, Feng’s agent, informed GolfChannel.com. “Luckily, they are both very well and staying at home following the government’s travel guidelines.” Guangzhou is about 600 miles south of Wuhan. Feng left Guangzhou for the U.S. last month, before the seriousness of the outbreak was fully understood. “She’s doing fine, but the breakout is very scary,” said Gary Gilchrist, Feng’s coach. “She’s such a caring person, and so proud of her country, she’s going to do everything in her power to help in any way possible.” Chen said Feng is finding ways from afar. “She’s also working with friends in the United States to purchase some medical, protective products and trying to support Wuhan,” Chen wrote in an email. Golf Central LPGA cancels more events due to coronavirus BY Golf Channel Digital  — February 9, 2020 at 9:04 PM The LPGA won’t visit Asia until at least August after canceling two more events because of coronavirus concerns. Feng and Liu were both looking forward to playing the Blue Bay LPGA on Hainan Island in China March 5-8, but the event was among three Asian tour stops the LPGA canceled because of the spread of the virus. Feng won the event three years ago. The Honda LPGA Thailand (Feb. 20-23) and the HSBC Women’s World Championship in Singapore (Feb. 27-March 1) were also canceled. Feng and Liu were planning to play all three Asian events. “I was kind of worried about playing five events in a row,” Liu said, “but now … I’m just grateful to be playing on tour.”last_img read more

PGA Tour setting standard for sports’ return

first_imgNORTON, Mass. – Six months into this global pandemic, I finally got tested this week for COVID-19. It’s part of the rules of engagement here at The Northern Trust: Credentialed media members traveling from outside the northeast (in my case, Florida) are required to return a negative test in order to cover the tournament. The president of the United States said there’s “nothing pleasant” about the testing experience, and, well, he was right – the Q-tip-style stick is shoved up a nostril, so deep that it’s less nasal swab than it is brain tickler. But it’s also quick and painless and easy, and 10 seconds of uncomfortableness is worth it for the knowledge that not everyone here is trying to kill me off with a cough. The results were returned in an hour, via a notification on an app (Not Detected), and a pink bracelet identifies those of us who were tested and deemed coronavirus-free. Though new for me, this routine has become standard procedure for PGA Tour players, caddies and officials over the past three months. Arrive in the host city. Get tested in some vacant lot. And then go play golf, mostly in silence and largely without fanfare. Other non-bubble sports have endured turbulent times while attempting to play amid a raging pandemic that has now taken the lives of at least 170,000 Americans. College football coaches, administrators, commissioners and health experts seemingly all disagree on the best plan. Major League Baseball has suffered through individual outbreaks and shutdowns. The NFL has more than a billion rea$on$ to forge ahead, but its path is filled with potential pitfalls – just last week a rookie was cut after the team learned that he’d tried to sneak a female visitor into the hotel by dressing her up in uniform to disguise her as a player. Tiger (68) feeling comfortable with ‘Old Faithful’ Other than one tense week at the Travelers – when commissioner Jay Monahan, as Ian Poulter said, “put the fear in everyone to make sure that we know this is real, we are in a pandemic, and we have to be super sensible” – the Tour’s restart has largely gone off without a hitch. Financially, the Tour has taken a hit without fans, pro-ams and hospitality suites, but inside the ropes, at least, it’s business as usual, with the TV product as compelling as before. This is Week 11 of the restart, and the events held still outnumber the confirmed positive player tests (eight). The doomsday scenario of the 54-hole leader testing positive and being forced to withdraw, thankfully, hasn’t come to pass. To pull off this Herculean task required reliable, rapid testing. Tour leadership that could quickly pivot because of changing dynamics. And an accountable group of players and caddies who understood – and, most importantly, accepted – that personal sacrifice and discipline was the only way forward. The PGA Tour often is described as a traveling circus, but the performers change each week. Every stop is a new city, with a new field, posing a new threat to the Tour’s safety plan. And yet, here they are, playing deep into the summer without much improvement on the health front nationwide. The Northern Trust: Full-field scores | Full coverage Current FedExCup points standings “You’ve got so many opportunities to get compromised with COVID,” Poulter said, “but I think as a whole the Tour has done an exceptional job. I think it’s been a credit not just to the players and caddies, but all the staff, TV people, everybody that’s done their bit to have a safe environment for us all to get back to work. It’s important, right? We all have jobs out here, and it’s a credit to everyone.” In the middle of the shutdown, with the news becoming more dire each day, Harris English thought there might not be another tournament the rest of the year. But the players returned, cautiously at first, then confident in the plan that was set forth. Even though English was one of the few players to test positive for COVID-19, he was also a prime example of how the Tour was quick to adapt. After sitting out two weeks, health experts determined English was likely no longer contagious, but he continued to test positive as the nasal swab kept picking up dead virus. So the Tour cleared him to compete, first as a single and then in a special COVID group of recovered players. English’s resurgent year continued; after beginning the season with conditional status, he now sits at No. 27 in the FedExCup, in position to earn a trip to the Tour Championship and, potentially, the 2021 Masters. ‘Ready to make a run at it’: English (64) on FedExCup playoffs “I feel like we’ve truly set the standard for how to go about this,” English said. “Other sports can take a look at what we’ve done. Everybody is taking it seriously and done a great job, and we’re all glad to be where we are.” And now they have a chance to be rewarded for their diligence. The first two legs of the FedExCup playoff run feature back-to-back $9.5 million purses. The Tour Championship will pay out a bonus pool of $60 million, with a whopping $15 million to the season-long winner. Though it may be difficult optics for multimillionaires to compete for so much cash amid the economic crunch nationally, who among us can blame them for taking advantage of the opportunity? This year’s Cup doesn’t have the same sense of finality, with the new season beginning the following week and two majors still on the horizon. But a 36-event schedule still constitutes a complete and credible Tour season, and a deserving champion will be crowned at East Lake. For this season unlike another, there shouldn’t be an asterisk on the achievement but rather an exclamation point. Not just because the players found a way to peak in unusual circumstances. But because they somehow reached the season’s finish line at all.last_img read more

Intelligent Design: A Gift that Keeps on Giving

first_imgIntelligent Design Intelligent Design: A Gift that Keeps on GivingEvolution News @DiscoveryCSCOctober 2, 2019, 4:14 AM Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share On a new episode of ID the Future, host Andrew McDiarmid looks at three new discoveries in nature that shout design.The cone snail has a harpoon as fast as a speeding bullet. Researchers are looking at it for design ideas for robots and medical devices. The humble dandelion’s seeds are so optimized for lift and flight time that scientists wonder about borrowing its design for parachutes. And there’s a species, the mantis shrimp, whose larvae have “flashlights” in their eyes similar to advanced optics designed by human researchers.Download the podcast or listen to it here.Photo credit: Dawid Zawiła via Unsplash. A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Evolution NewsEvolution News & Science Today (EN) provides original reporting and analysis about evolution, neuroscience, bioethics, intelligent design and other science-related issues, including breaking news about scientific research. It also covers the impact of science on culture and conflicts over free speech and academic freedom in science. Finally, it fact-checks and critiques media coverage of scientific issues. Share TagsAndrew McDiarmidbulletcone snaildandelion seedsflashlightsharpoonID the Futureintelligent designlarvaemantis shrimpparachutespodcast,Trending Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Recommended Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesislast_img read more

More Just-So Rafting Stories: This Time, Dinosaurs

first_imgWe know that universal common ancestry is true; this is an inviolable fact.Duckbilled dinosaurs are known from North America, South America, and Europe — regions connected by a land bridge in the Cretaceous.This fossil of a type of duckbilled dinosaur was found in Africa. But Africa was a continent isolated by oceans at this time. How can we explain this? It’s impossible that universal common ancestry is false. Therefore, duckbilled dinosaurs must have rafted or swam across oceans to arrive in Africa. Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Of course, this is not what they expected. According to the story, finding a duckbilled dinosaur in Africa was “about the last thing in the world you would expect”: Swimming, drifting, or rafting therefore could explain oceanic dispersal in dinosaurs. Dinosaur reproductive biology may improve the odds of a dispersal events leading to successful colonization. Large mammals have low reproductive rates, meaning a herd must disperse to establish a viable population. Dinosaurs’ large clutch size (Horner, 1999) likely improved the odds of a dispersal event becoming established, because a single gravid female could establish a population.The odds of dinosaurs crossing ocean barriers are low, but improbable is different from impossible. If vicariance and land bridges cannot explain biogeographic patterns, then oceanic dispersal, no matter how improbable, becomes the only viable hypothesis. Importantly, over millions of years, highly improbable, once-in-million-years events become likely, even probable. Duckbills evolved in North America and eventually spread to South America, Asia, and Europe. Because Africa was an island continent in the Late Cretaceous, isolated by deep seaways, it seemed impossible for duckbills to get there.The discovery of the new fossil in a mine a few hours from Casablanca was “about the last thing in the world you would expect,” said Dr. Nicholas Longrich, of the Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bath, who led the study. Dr. Longrich said: “It was completely out of place, like finding a kangaroo in Scotland. Africa was completely isolated by water — so how did they get there?” TagsAfricaAsiacommon descentCretaceous Researchdebrisdinosaursduckbill dinosaurEuropeevolutionistsfalsificationfossil recordGeologyLate Cretaceouslogicmarine rocksMilner Centre for Evolutionmonkeysoceansraftingriver depositsSherlock HolmesUniversity of Bath,Trending The technical article in Cretaceous Research uses much the same reasoning: The article lays out the logic by which they inferred that duckbilled dinosaurs must have rafted to Africa: Ride the Wild Waves, Dinos Expect the Unexpected According to a story at SciTechDaily, “Dinosaurs Once Crossed Oceans: First Duckbill Dinosaur Fossil Discovered in Africa,” duckbilled dinosaurs rafted across ancient oceans to make their way to Africa: Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Recommendedcenter_img Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Reconstructing duckbill evolution, they found the lambeosaurs evolved in North America, then spread over a land bridge to Asia. From there, they colonized Europe, and finally Africa.Because Africa was isolated by deep oceans at the time, duckbills must have crossed hundreds of kilometers of open water-rafting on debris, floating, or swimming — to colonize the continent. Duckbills were probably powerful swimmers — they had large tails and powerful legs, and are often found in river deposits and marine rocks, so they may have simply swum the distance. Evolution More Just-So Rafting Stories: This Time, DinosaursCasey LuskinNovember 9, 2020, 6:56 AM Image credit: Raul Martin, via EurekAlert! (no restrictions).In the past we’ve covered proposals from evolutionists that monkeys rafted across oceans. Why would anyone make such an outlandish proposal? To save common descent from falsification, of course. Now they’re at it again — this time with terrestrial dinosaurs. Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Casey LuskinAssociate Director, Center for Science and CultureCasey Luskin is a geologist and an attorney with graduate degrees in science and law, giving him expertise in both the scientific and legal dimensions of the debate over evolution. He earned his PhD in Geology from the University of Johannesburg, and BS and MS degrees in Earth Sciences from the University of California, San Diego, where he studied evolution extensively at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. His law degree is from the University of San Diego, where he focused his studies on First Amendment law, education law, and environmental law.Follow CaseyProfileWebsite Share “Sherlock Holmes said, once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth,” said Longrich. “It was impossible to walk to Africa. These dinosaurs evolved long after continental drift split the continents, and we have no evidence of land bridges. The geology tells us Africa was isolated by oceans. If so, the only way to get there is by water.” Or in other words: Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos And there you have it, spelled out clearly: for evolutionists, it’s more reasonable to accept the “improbable” event that dinosaurs rafted across oceans than to accept what they feel is “impossible” — that common descent is false. A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more

Big Oil Refinery Loads Spark Big Battle

first_img Email KAMIAH, Idaho – Lewis and Clark traversed part of the route that would one day become U.S. Highway 12 during their 1804-06 Corps of Discovery mission to the Pacific Ocean.So did the Nez Perce Indians during the tribe’s epic 1877 flight on horseback from the U.S. Army.Now two of the nation’s largest oil companies want to drive mammoth truckloads of refinery equipment along the narrow ribbon of spectacular mountain road that borders national forests, wild and scenic rivers, historic sites and campgrounds. Local residents are not pleased.“This is something that weighs 600,000 pounds, is two-thirds the length of a football field and 30 feet high,” said Linwood Laughy, who has sued the Idaho Department of Transportation to stop the mega-loads. “I don’t think it belongs on the highway.”Laughy prevailed in Idaho District Court and the Idaho Supreme Court will hear arguments Oct. 1 on an appeal by ConocoPhillips. If the company wins, it likely faces a similar court fight in neighboring Montana.That a mundane road permit application would ignite into an uproar is unusual, pitting the oil companies against a handful of residents who live along the forest shadowed highway in Idaho and Montana.U.S. 12 runs from Aberdeen, Wash., to Detroit. But the oil companies want to cross a stretch of it that is designated as either the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway, the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail or the Nez Perce National Historic Trail. For 100 miles it tightly borders the Lochsa and Clearwater, both designated Wild and Scenic rivers.“A big share of my business is tourism,” said Cynthia Statler, a Lakota Indian who owns a gift shop in Orofino. “This is terrible for tourism.”The dispute involves two different projects. ConocoPhillips is seeking an oversized load permit to ship four coke drums — huge pressure vessels that refineries use to make gasoline and coke — to its operations in Billings, Mont., and that case is currently in court.But locals are much more worried about efforts by ExxonMobil Canada and some subsidiaries to get permission to ship 207 mega-loads of refinery equipment through the two states to the controversial Kearl Oil Sands in Alberta, Canada. Those loads will take a year and force temporary closures of U.S. 12 five nights a week.All of the equipment is built in South Korea and would be barged up the Columbia and Snake rivers to Lewiston, Idaho, the most inland seaport on the West Coast. From there, it would be loaded on special transports so wide they cover both lanes of the shoulderless road.Each truck would move only at night but take nine days to cross Idaho and Montana. And, yes, the rigs would be 3 stories tall, more than 200 feet long, and 8 times heavier than a loaded semi-truck.Because the trucks will require a rolling road block, stopping traffic up to 15 minutes as they pass, locals fear that fire and ambulance services will be disrupted.Residents are also concerned that U.S. 12 is the only east-west road across Idaho for a 300-mile stretch from Interstate 90 in the north to near Sun Valley in the south. A truck accident that closed the highway would force detours of hundreds of miles, Laughy said.Since utility lines will be moved and bridges strengthened, they think the road could become a permanent route for high and wide loads.But Pius Rolheiser, a spokesman for Imperial Oil in Calgary, Alberta, an affiliate of ExxonMobil, said the company only intends to run the 207 mega-loads for which it has requested a permit.He said using railroads or interstate highways is not an option because the loads could not fit in most tunnels or beneath overpasses.The equipment will be assembled once it reachs its Canadian destination to become the processor where oil is extracted from sand, Rolheiser said. Some of the opposition to the transport is from people who oppose the oil sands project for other reasons. Environmental groups have called the Canadian oil sands “the most destructive project on earth.”Meanwhile, ConocoPhillips had shipped the four drums to the Port of Lewiston in May, and in August received a special permit from the Idaho Department of Transportation to move them to Billings.The company was caught off-guard when Laughy, his wife and neighbor Peter Grub sued the agency in state court, saying it failed to consider the convenience and safety of local residents. After a hearing, Idaho Second District Judge John Bradbury revoked the permits. The four drums are still sitting at the port.In its appeal, ConocoPhillips lawyers evoked the spirit of Lewis and Clark, saying one goal of the famous expedition was to aid early American commerce. Using the road to assist modern day commerce is consistent with those historic principles, according to the company.Montana officials are still studying permit applications, although government officials are already performing some $40 million worth of work to move utility lines and strengthen roads. The city of Missoula, through which the loads would pass, opposes the shipments. In a largely symbolic gesture, the city council doubled the permit fees for oversized loads to $200.In Montana, the Canada-bound trucks would head down Highway 200 along the Big Blackfoot River — of Norman Maclean’s literary “A River Runs Through It” fame — before driving through grizzly bear habitat to reach Canada.“If one of those wide loads falls into the Lochsa or Blackfoot river, it doesn’t look like they would be able to get it out,” said Michael Garrity of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies, which opposes the shipments. “I don’t think they looked at all the actual problems.”Neither does U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, who says the plan essentially has U.S. taxpayers subsidizing Canadian oil production and South Korean refinery equipment by paying for wear and tear on highways.“I am opposed to subsidizing ExxonMobil oil sands mining in Canada with taxpayer dollars,” DeFazio wrote to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood .One clear winner would be the Port of Lewiston, which is 365 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Director David Doeringsfeld called the shipments a significant business opportunity that could lead to increased manufacturing in the Lewiston area.That may be why Republican Gov. Butch Otter and the Idaho transportation department have backed the shipments so enthusiastically.“This delay costs money and jobs for people in northern Idaho, and in this economy every opportunity is critical to our economic recovery,” said Otter press secretary Jon Hanian.But Laughy isn’t buying it.“There’s nothing in it for Idaho,” he said. “Basically, we take the risks and they take the profits.” Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more