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Cazaubón Acaba Tercero en Mazatlán

Con una ronda de dos golpes bajo par, Rodolfo Cazaubón se adjudicó el tercer puesto en el PTLA Qualifying Tournament en Mazatlán, Sinaloa. El campo del Estrella del Mar Golf & Beach Resort fue la sede del evento en el que participaron 140 golfistas.

“Rodo”, quien en el 2015 fue nombrado el mejor jugador del PGA Tour Latinoamérica y líder en ganancias del mismo circuito tuvo un 2016 casi para el olvido en el Web.Com Tour. A pesar de las dificultades, representó a México en las Olimpiadas de Río 2016.

En su paso por el Web.Com participó en 19 torneos pero solo logró superar el corte en seis de ellos. En dos ocasiones acabó dentro de los mejores 25. En el 2015, hasta ahora el año más exitoso de su carrera, logró superar el corte en 12 de los 16 torneos que jugó y ganar tres de ellos.

Ahora arranca el 2017 con brios renovados y demostrando que lo logrado en el 2015 no fue casualidad. Prueba de ello es el gran desempeño que tuvo en el torneo que acaba de concluir.

El tampiqueño de 27 años de edad arrancó en segundo lugar tras los primeros 18 hoyos, un golpe por detrás de Spencer Fletcher. Para el final del segundo día, sería Cazaubón quien se pondría al frente firmando su segunda tarjeta de 67 golpes (-5)  consecutiva.

Una baja de juego en el tercer día de competencia le costó perder el liderato al terminar cinco golpes por encima del par de campo. Así llegaría al último día empatado en la cuarta posición a tres golpes del norteamericano Blake Olson.

Cuatro birdies y dos bogeys en la ronda de este viernes le ayudaron a Rodo a escalar una posición en la tabla y con un total de 279 (-9) golpes acabar el torneo en la tercera posición. Olson acabó como primer lugar con 274 golpes y Tyler Torano en segundo con 275.

Con esto Olson asegura que puede jugar en todos los torneos que el guste del PGA Tour Latinoamérica. Cazaubón, al haber acabado entre los diez siguientes al primer lugar, tendrá una tarjeta con calidad de exento durante la primera mitad de la temporada. Dicho estatus estará sujeto a cambios para la segunda mitad.

Cabe señalar que Rodolfo fue el mejor latino de la clasificación general. Durante el torneo envocó un total de 21 birdies y 40 pares. Diez bogeys, cuatro de ellos en la tercera ronda le impidieron llevarse el torneo. Sin emabargo se le puede considerar como un buen inicio de año para el egresado de la Universidad del Norte de Texas.

Ahora si, borrón y cuenta nueva.

The Spieth Factor

Chances are you already know Jordan Spieth won The Masters at Augusta this past weekend. Not many people knew him ahead of this weekend but with his appearance at the David Letterman show, shortly after his feat, he is now the most popular golfer. Spieth, 21, is not new to success. Was not new to being in the final group on Sunday in one of golfs’ most prestigious tournaments. In his debut at one of golf’s biggest stages he finished in second.

Spieth, 21, is not new to success. Was not new to being in the final group on Sunday in one of golfs’ most prestigious tournaments. In his debut at Augusta he finished second after having the lead for almost three days and half of the last day. Many thought that would be the only chance the youngster got at wearing the Green Jacket. I personally hoped they were wrong.

Spieth was as cool as the other side of the pillow this weekend. He definitely matured over the year and showed his was no fluke at last year’s masters. He showed his talent against the best golfers in the world breaking records day by day. He knew nothing mattered the first three days if he did not end up winning on Sunday.

Spieth grabbed the lead on Day 1 and never gave it back.
Spieth grabbed the lead on Day 1 and never gave it back.

He managed to keep everyone at a safe distance behind him. He did not break down whenever he shot a bogey or even worst a double bogey on 17 on Saturday. He regrouped and saved the round with a par on 18 that same day. By then, he already had a scorecard of 16 strokes under par. That was a record already, but the question was if he would have a break down like in 2014 or finish the job this time.

The first nine holes showed he was not as strong as on the previous days, but he was able to make birdies after every almost every mistake. Spieth finished the front nine holes just one under par. A birdie on 10 gave him enough confidence to control the game moving forward.

A few wide shots from the tee here and there opened the door for Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose to plan on catching up with the Dallas native. The young man showed he wanted it really bad this time and got the job done even with a bogey on 18. With a scorecard of -18 when at one point it read -19. The best score ever at Augusta.

Spieth was able to bounce back from every mistake he made.
Spieth was able to bounce back from every mistake he made.

His game might not be solid right now, but just think of how good he can get whenever he gets more experience. He will be able to control the pressure and he is sure to rise to the occasion. He stayed calm throughout the whole weekend. Very methodical in his approach to every stroke, especially when putting from any distance.

Jordan delivered a game worthy of his talent. His achievement at Augusta now has him ranked second place in the world. He follows the steps of Rory McIlroy that failed to impress over the weekend. He is just as hungry for more just like Tiger Woods at the beginning of his career.

Spieth dropped out from the University of Texas to pursue his dream as a pro golfer. Sometimes that is a risky decision, for Spieth it seems to be the right one, otherwise golf history would not have been written the way it was this past few days at Augusta National.

He now joins a very select club of golfers who have won the Masters
He now joins a very select club of golfers who have won the Masters

The man now wears that green jacket everywhere he goes, his name joins the elite ranks of the game and at his young age, the sky is the limit for this Texan. He wants more, and if he continues to play like he did from April 9-12 he will reach higher heights tournament by tournament. The future of American golf may have found its man, and his name is Jordan Spieth.

Last Week in Sports (10/13/14 to 10/19/14)

Here is a look at some of the most important stories in the world of sports this past week.

NFL

Once again I will start things off by talking about the Dallas Cowboys. The team was coming off an impressive victory on the road against the reigning Super Bowl Champs, the Seattle Seahawks. They had a bumpy week that started with Joseph Randle being caught stealing underwear and cologne at a store in the Dallas/Fort-Worth area (he will now endorse it). The next day a survey came out stating that the team owned by Jerry Jones was no longer America’s team, but now the Denver Broncos held that title. Pretty sure if that same survey was handed out today the Cowboys would recover that spot. Playing their first division game of the season against the New York Giants they had a shaky first half but a very solid second. DeMarco Murray  ran for 126 yards becoming the first player to go over 100 for seven consecutive games in the history of the NFL. Tony Romo had another great day in Arlington passing for 279 yards and three touchdowns. The Cowboys are now 6-1 after beating the Giants 31-21. Last time they started this well was in 2007.

On the Sunday Night Football game history was made. Peyton Manning tied Brett Favre’s record of 508 career touchdown passes and just moments later he went for a record setting 509 on a third and goal opportunity. Demaryius Thomas caught the ball that from now on will be displayed in Canton, Ohio at the NFL Hall of Fame museum. Manning would leave the game but not before he threw one more touchdown pass (510) against the San Francisco defense. It was a historic night at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado where the dominant 42-17 win by the Broncos will hardly be remembered by the score.

WATCH: Peyton Manning 509 TD Pass

SOCCER

Euro 2016 Qualifiers continued early this week. Germany can’t find a way to play like it did to achieve the World Cup title just a few months back and was tied by Ireland in the last minutes of the game for a 1-1 draw. A header from Cristiano Ronaldo helped his national team (Portugal) get three points on its visit to Denmark 1-0. A game determined by UEFA (the European association that regulates soccer in Europe) as a high-risk match proved to be just that. Serbia hosted Albania hoping politic turmoil in between both nations did not affect the game but it was a drone flying over the field carrying a flag from Albania the last straw that angered Serbian players. One of them pulled the flag down and when that happened all hell broke loose and there was a big fight among players and those on the bench as well as in between fans in the stands. That way Martin Atkinson from England had no other choice but to suspend the game. While Albanian players were received as national heroes, Serbia wants UEFA to award them an automatic win. Chances are both teams get suspended from competition from now in.

In Mexico the national league is only four games away from going into playoffs. America played Monterrey hoping to get a win after two straight games without it. They did just that playing against a team that was in second place before the game and now sits in the fifth spot after. Monterrey after losing 0-2 against the leaders of the competition has let Toluca, Atlas and Tigres stand in the way between them and the top of the leaderboard. Chivas, one of the most popular teams in the league hired a new coach, (the same one that could not get Mexico to the World Cup) José Manuel de la Torre. They played León  who won the last championship setting the stage for a great comeback but in the end 2 goals from “La Fiera” and one from “El Rebaño” just made things worst .

In Spain the soccer world is getting ready to see Real Madrid play Barcelona in what is said to be the biggest rivalry around a soccer ball that there is in the world. Before that happens this past weekend Madrid played Levante in what seemed to be target practice for the team managed by Carlo Ancelotti. Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, one from James Rodriguez, one from Isco and another one from Javier “Chicharito” Hernández (his 3rd with Madrid), sealed a 5-0 victory the week prior to “El Superclásico”. On the other side, Messi is just one goal away from tying Telmo Zarra as the player with the most goals in “La Liga”(250). He scored once in the 3-0 win against Eibar and refused to be substituted late in the second half.

BASEBALL

It doesn’t matter how you get there as long as you get there. That is probably what both teams that will be playing in the MLB World Series told themselves after clinching a spot for the Wild Card game on their respective divisions a few weeks back. The Kansas City Royals have not been defeated in their first postseason run in 28 years. The team swept Oakland, L.A. Dodgers and the Orioles. The San Francisco Giants are a bit more used to playing this far into the season. They recently were crowned champions when playing against the Texas Rangers in the 2011 World Series. This time around they beat Pittsburgh in the Wild Card game, 3-1 in the series against the Washington Nationals, and 4-1 against the St. Louis Cardinals where the last game came down to the wire but a three-run home run by Travis Ishikawa in the bottom of the ninth inning sealed the deal at home for the Giants (6-3). The 2014 World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants starts this tuesday.

On a quick note, the Texas Rangers announced Jeff Banister as their new skipper after Ron Washington resigned late in the 2014 Season due to personal problems after eight years leading the Rangers clubhouse leader. Banister comes from Pittsburgh hoping to bring the Rangers back to the postseason, an instance they have not showed up to in the past two campaigns.  I will address his personal story in a later date.

GOLF

Major championships were over a while back in the PGA Tour this year but that doesn’t golf players have stayed at home since then. This past weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Ben Martin took the win finishing 20 strokes under par, just two strokes below his closest competitor Kevin Streelman. Mexico’s rookie Carlos Ortiz played in his second tournament as a PGA pro and that did not seem to matter. The former Mean Green golfer finished tied for 18th spot with 11 strokes below par. He is now 33rd in the Fedex Cup Rankings.

RUNNING

Just three weeks ago the Marathon world record was shattered in Berlin, Germany. This past sunday, Abraham Cheroben was aiming to do the same with Zersenay Tadese’s World Record of 58:23. The 21-year-old Kenyan ran the Medio Maratón Valencia with that goal. “I’m satisfied with my win but I’m not totally happy because I was targeting a world record today. I’m convinced I can break the 58-minute barrier for the distance”, were the Cheroben’s words right after the race that has been won by Kenyans the past nine editions. His time of 58:48 is the fastest time for anyone who has ran this distance the past two years.

CAR RACING

The Formula 1 is on a two week break from racing. While the Formula travels from Europe to America in Mexico City representatives from “Tilke”, a german architecture firm presented the design of the new “Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez” track which will be used to host the “Mexico Grand Prix” on November 1st of 2015 per the preliminary calendar. The track is expected to be the second fastest in the world just behind the historic Monza circuit in Italy. Cars should be able to reach a top speed of 328 kms/h and organizers expect to receive over 120,000 fans at the track’s grounds on race day.

WATCH: F1 Mexico Grand Prix Track Design

In NASCAR Brad Keselowski took the checkered flag at the GEICO 500 in Talladega. 32 of the 43 drivers that started the race finished in the same lap that the leader did. Matt Kenseth who is also fighting for the Sprint Cup championship made it finished just 0.141 seconds behind Keselowski. With just four races to go in the season it is Joey Logano from Team Penske who leads the pack. He finished 11th at Talladega in a race that had 38 lead changes.

RACQUETBALL

Mexican racquetball player Paola Longoria had not made major headlines in Mexico until last night when she lost against the American Rhonda Rajsich at the Stockton Pro Am (11-9, 5-11, 14-12, 5-11, 11-4). The reason this was important was because it meant the end to a 152 game winning streak from the mexican superstar. Oddly enough it happened against the same person she had lost to in may of 2011. Since that game Longoria had not lost a single match until now. Longoria’s chance to restart her streak will come at the Central American Games in Veracruz, Mexico from november 14 to the 30th.