Nissan Open notes: Riviera spotlights tradition

first_imgThey’ll find a shot of Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn while filming “Pat and Mike” in 1952. Ben Hogan, Sam Snead and other greats can be found, too. “We have so much history and we just had piles of stuff,” Yamaki said. “We had to start putting stuff up. There’s a lot of shots I’d still like to get. I’d like to get kikuyu shots and bunker shots. I think that would be great to see the successes and failures of people here. They show you how tough it is here.” PACIFIC PALISADES – Riviera Country Club is oozing with tradition, but there weren’t enough reminders of that for general manager Michael Yamaki. He took care of that in the recent clubhouse renovation, although it will be an ongoing project. Now, the public can take a jaunt down memory lane by viewing old black-and-white framed photos that line the clubhouse walls. Instead of collecting dust, people can view the first golfers teeing off at Riviera when it opened for play in 1927. When Hogan and Snead and Byron Nelson played, the tournament was known as the L.A. Open. Even though it’s now known as the Nissan Open, the great moments in history never will be forgotten. A dedication plaque for Hogan was placed at the fourth hole, the site of his only commercial for Hogan clubs. “The story is that it took him three days to do it,” Yamaki said. “He wanted it perfect. A lot of people don’t know about that.” Hogan won the L.A. Open three times, in 1942, 1947 and 1948. He also won the U.S. Open here in 1948. His success at Riviera is why it’s known as Hogan’s Alley. A Hogan statue now overlooks the 18th hole. Riviera has had the statue since 1998, but found a good base for it. center_img Els making comeback: Ernie Els is back on the comeback trail after knee surgery in 2005. He played last year but struggled. When Els had surgery in 2005, he was the world’s No. 3 golfer and now sits at No. 5. Els, who held the world’s No. 1 ranking for a brief period nearly 10years ago, believes he can still win the two majors – Masters and PGA Championship – that he doesn’t have on his r sum . The South African won the U.S.Open in 1994 and 1997 and the British Open in 2002. “I’ve got to play consistently very well, and that means I want to play at a higher level than I’ve played in the past, and I want to win golf tournaments,” Els said. “I want to try to win majors. I want to complete my own Grand Slam. & I still feel if I play my best, I’m pretty tough to beat.” Rolling, rolling, rolling: The greens are moving fast at Riviera this week. They’re firm and should stay that way, especially if it doesn’t rain. “The greens are going to only hold the well-struck golf shots,” Adam Scott said. “& I like it just how it is. It’s going to be a good test. I think it will be harder this way.” Also: Els, Retief Goosen and Sergio Garcia are making their first PGA Tour start of the year at the Nissan Open. & Dudley Hart withdrew and was replaced by Jason Dufner. j[email protected] (818) 713-3615 NISSAN OPEN TEE TIMES TODAY No. 1 tee 7 a.m. – Joey Sindelar, Bo Van Pelt, Daisuke Maruyama 7:10 a.m. – Richard S. Johnson, Michael Allen, Ryan Moore 7:20 a.m. – Craig Barlow, Kevin Na, Ryuji Imada 7:30 a.m. – Eric Axley, Rory Sabbatini, Steve Wheatcroft 7:40 a.m. – Will MacKenzie, Chris Couch, Ben Crane 7:50 a.m. – J.J. Henry, Chad Campbell, Padraig Harrington 8 a.m. – K.J. Choi, Rod Pampling, Jason Bohn 8:10 a.m. – Carl Pettersson, Jason Gore, Stewart Cink 8:20 a.m. – Vijay Singh, Wes Short Jr., Retief Goosen 8:30 a.m. – Cameron Beckman, Brett Quigley, Nathan Green 8:40 a.m. – Frank Lickliter II, Robert Allenby, Daniel Chopra 8:50 a.m. – George McNeill, John Merrick, Steve Conway 11:30 a.m. – Charles Howell III, Mathias Gronberg, David Branshaw 11:40 a.m. – Ryan Palmer, Mark Hensby, Kent Jones 11:50 a.m. – Brian Gay, Charles Warren, Camilo Villegas Noon – Adam Scott, Peter Lonard, Fred Funk 12:10 p.m. – John Senden, Heath Slocum, Todd Hamilton 12:20 p.m. – Lucas Glover, Robert Gamez, Scott Verplank 12:30 p.m. – John Rollins, Stuart Appleby, Jeff Sluman 12:40 p.m. – Ben Curtis, Shaun Micheel, Tom Pernice Jr. 12:50 p.m. – Shigeki Maruyama, Billy Mayfair, David Howell 1 p.m. – Angel Cabrera, Brian Davis, Bubba Watson 1:10 p.m. – John Mallinger, Anthony Kim, Ross Marcano 1:20 p.m. – Kevin Stadler, Matt Hendrix, Toru Taniguchi No. 10 tee 7 a.m. – Matt Kuchar, Len Mattiace, Nick Watney 7:10 a.m. – Nick O’Hern, Bill Haas, Robert Karlsson 7:20 a.m. – Steve Flesch, Billy Andrade, Matthew Goggin 7:30 a.m. – Trevor Immelman, Tim Petrovic, Mike Weir 7:40 a.m. – Stephen Ames, David Toms, David Duval 7:50 a.m. – Jim Furyk, Bart Bryant, Rich Beem 8:00 a.m. – Charley Hoffman, Troy Matteson, Steve Elkington 8:10 a.m. – Phil Mickelson, Vaughn Taylor, Ernie Els 8:20 a.m. – Kevin Sutherland, Duffy Waldorf, Briny Baird 8:30 a.m. – John Daly, J.P. Hayes, Bob Estes 8:40 a.m. – Cliff Kresge, Ken Duke, Johnson Wagner 8:50 a.m. – Jeff Quinney, Anders Hansen, Geoffrey Dean 11:30 a.m. – Harrison Frazar, Pat Perez, David Berganio Jr. 11:40 a.m. – Jonathan Byrd, Bob Tway, Alex Cejka 11:50 a.m. – Rocco Mediate, Jose Maria Olazabal, Justin Rose Noon – Dean Wilson, Corey Pavin, Tom Lehman 12:10 p.m. – Aaron Baddeley, Brad Faxon, Kenny Perry 12:20 p.m. – Joe Durant, Kirk Triplett, Ted Purdy 12:30 p.m. – Geoff Ogilvy, Sean O’Hair, Sergio Garcia 12:40 p.m. – Luke Donald, Justin Leonard, Zach Johnson 12:50 p.m. – Woody Austin, Jason Dufner, Jeff Gove 1 p.m. – Ian Poulter, Hunter Mahan, Shingo Katayama 1:10 p.m. – Tripp Isenhour, Ryan Armour, Paul McGinley 1:20 p.m. – Robert Garrigus, Rich Barcelo, Scott Miller 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Google Maps launches the Mzansi Experience

first_imgAcross the globe, people can now explore the beauty of South Africa virtually through Google Maps. From the views from atop Table Mountain to animals grazing in the Kruger National Park, South Africa’s natural wonders are on display for all the world to appreciate. Google Maps shows an elephant grazing in Kruger National Park. (Image: Google Maps blog) • Tourists watch as buffalo burst tyre to chase lions away • South Africa’s tourism improves • World falls in love with South African baby elephant Priya PitamberGoogle Maps has launched its Mzansi Experience: Discover South Africa for people across the world to discover the wonders of the country.“A virtual trip to South Africa awaits you in Google Maps,” wrote Sven Tresp, street view special collections program manager on the Google Africa blog.He said the country was well known for its unique array of wildlife.“Visiting Kruger National Park in Google Maps, you can see some of its majestic creatures as if you were there in real life,” Tresp wrote.“Catch a glimpse of a rhinoceros grazing the plains, an elephant enjoying a grassy snack, and a herd of buffalo charging against the wind. You may even spot a leopard, who often remain elusive to tourists and locals alike.”We are proud to launch The Mzansi Experience: Discover SA on Google Maps https://t.co/CVhhI6PrPQ #ExploreMzansi pic.twitter.com/tZmuqvk1hn — googleafrica (@googleafrica) March 8, 2016 Google Maps show buffalo grazing in the Kruger National Park. (Image: Screengrab via Google Maps)South African Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom attended the launch in Cape Town on 8 March. He dispelled his initial worry about virtual tours and said it could drive tourism to the country.Minister @Derek_Hanekom speaks at #exploremzansi launch at Cape Point @googleafrica pic.twitter.com/tMtZ2FDhKY — Praveen Naidoo (@tourism_media1) March 8, 2016Minister @Derek_Hanekom said that at 1st he was worried by virtual tours, but now sees them as driving tourism pic.twitter.com/KelfEv6XQv — Megan Ellis (@Megg_Ellis) March 8, 2016Tresp said climbing to the top of Table Mountain gave people a breathtaking view, even on cloudy days. “Feeling like you’re on top of the world has never been so easy as it is at Jonkershoek Nature Reserve in the Western Cape.”In more good news, Google Maps Street View will be expanded to more SA tourist destinations. This is only the beginning #ExploreMzansi — iafrica Travel (@iafricatravel) March 8, 2016Tresp wrote that South Africa was a must for people who loved the beach. “With Street View, you can watch the waves break at Sandy Beach, gaze at the clear blue sky and water at Clifton Beach, go parasailing at Sunset Beach or just take a long walk along Durban’s Golden Mile.” Keen for a walk? #ExploreMzansi virtually on Google Maps, you could be on Durban beach now http://bit.ly/1RxaDBS Posted by Department of Tourism on Tuesday, March 8, 2016He hoped that visiting the country through Google Maps would inspire a deeper appreciation for the country, the wildlife and Africa’s beauty.last_img read more

Gilas sews up QF berth

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 84-68 victory over Japan before blowing Hong Kong off the floor, 99-55.They would be closing out first-round play against the Chinese Taipei dribblers on Saturday seeking a sweep.The Tall Blacks, on the other hand, survived a 33-point, 11-rebound, eight-assist performance from Lebanese legend Fadi El Khatib also on Thursday to pull off an 86-82 win over the hosts and also rise to 2-0.New Zealand, which defeated the Philippines in the World Cup Qualifying’s wild card tournament in Manila last year, also defeated Kazakhstan and will be seeking top Group C ranking with a win over South Korea, also on Saturday.El Khatib, meanwhile, is averaging 24.5 points and is running third in the department, which Gilas Pilipinas’ Terrence Romeo paces after exploding for 26 points in a 96-87 win over defending champion China on Wednesday night.Syria’s Tarek Aljabi, a beefy shooting guard, is in second after scoring 25 points over Jordan.El Khatib is likewise averaging eight rebounds and six assists.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers San Beda, Letran trip foes View comments DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games With all guns firing in an eight-minute stretch in the third period on Friday night, Gilas Pilipinas sent Iraq crashing face down in their Group B match and bagged an automatic quarterfinal berth at Nouhad Nowfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Iraq was held to a paltry nine points in the third as the Gilas defense held its own in the shaded lane and in the perimeter.Gilas clashes with Qatar at 9 p.m. (Manila time) on Sunday, with a win pushing China and Iraq to the qualifying round for the quarterfinals.Defending champion China scored its first win, a 92-67 manhandling of the Qataris, and will close out preliminary round action against Iraq.Australia and New Zealand, world powerhouses seeing action in the Fiba Asia zone for the first time, are both undefeated and set the pace in their own groups after the first four playdates.Ranked 10th in the world, the Aussies first posted anADVERTISEMENT Christian Standhardinger joined Terrence Romeo in presiding over a 19-0 tear as the Filipinos broke away from what had been a very tight contest for a 84-68 victory and a 2-0 record that assured them of safe passage into the KO stages.That third quarter spurt climaxed the hard work the Filipinos put in to bounce back from a bum start and it meant that Gilas will, in all likelihood, be avoiding a quarterfinal clash with world power Australia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsStandhardinger, the tournament rookie who took the place of Andray Blatche as the country’s naturalized player at the 11th hour, touched off the crippling run with five straight points before Romeo connected on seven consecutive of his own.It was more than enough for the Filipinos to snuff the fight out of the Iraqis, who, like in their Jones Cup encounter three weeks before, resorted to a lot of physicality. LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more