Austin, Mar 28 (AP/UNB) — Six years later, the Dell Technologies Match Play was all too familiar for Tiger Woods.
He was on the cusp of losing his fourth straight hole Wednesday when Woods poured in a 10-foot par putt, and Aaron Wise three-putted from 30 feet. Just like that, momentum swung in his favor. Woods won three of the next six holes and won his opening match.
The round-robin format is new to Woods, who last played this event in 2013.
He had never been to Austin Country Club.
What doesn't change is the fickle nature of match play.
"I was up, the next thing I'm down in the match," Woods said. "Looked like I was about ready to go 2 down through 11. All of a sudden, I'm all square. I'm up and throw away a hole with a three-putt. It's one of those weird matches."
And it was like that all over the place in the opening session of group play.
Jim Furyk, who only two weeks ago never imagined he would be in the 64-man field, was 3 down to Jason Day when he won three straight holes around the turn, and ultimately the last two holes to win.
Ian Poulter was on his way to atoning for his 8-and-6 quarterfinal loss last year to Kevin Kisner until he watched Kisner jar a wedge from 58 yards for eagle, forcing Poulter to birdie the last two holes to win.
"I wasn't going to roll over like last year," he said.
Jordan Spieth birdied his last two holes for a halve against Billy Horschel, which felt bigger than that the way his year has gone.
"Feels like a win to me," Spieth said. "If I were on his side of things, that's kind of a tough go."
Woods is a three-time winner of the World Golf Championship and has experienced enough to realize that scores don't matter as long he wins.
"The way we were playing today, we're very thankful it's not stroke play," Woods said with a laugh.
Wise gave away the opening two holes with a double bogey and a bogey. Woods went from 2 up to 1 down around the turn, and then he regained control when Wise missed too many short par putts. Woods closed him out, 3 and 1, when Wise three-putted the par-3 17th.
Some players had far easier. Jon Rahm had the shortest match, beating Siwoo Kim, 7 and 5. Rory McIlroy needed only 14 holes to beat Luke List, while top seed Dustin Johnson closed out Chez Reavie on the 15th hole.
Defending champion Bubba Watson lost his opening match for the first time since he began playing this event in 2011. Watson needed to win the 18th against Kevin Na, but his second shot out of the bunker in front of the green came back down the slope and into his footprint. His next shot, far more difficult, started to come down the hill when he jogged over and picked it up to concede the match.
In the group of major champions, Henrik Stenson got the same result against Phil Mickelson as he did at Royal Troon when he won the 2016 British Open. He won on the 17th hole when Mickelson's tee shot went over the green, off the rocks and into a hazard.
Justin Harding of South Africa, just inside the top 50 and in danger of being passed, was 2 down with three to play against Matt Fitzpatrick when he won the last three holes — two of them with pars — to win the match.
The highest seed to lose was Justin Thomas at No. 5. He fell behind to Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark, who never gave him much of a chance to get back in the match. It ended on the 16th, when Thomas hit what he thought was a perfect wedge only to see it carom off the flag stick and into the rough.
Spieth, the No. 4 seed in this event last year, is now at No. 28. He has not finished better than a tie for 35th in his six tournaments this year, an alarming development as the Masters nears. He only wants to see progress.
And then he was 3 down after just six holes to Horschel.
Spieth managed to square the match with five holes to play when it seemingly fell apart with a tee shot along the banks of the Colorado River that he chopped out into a foot print in the bunker left by a bird. He lost that hole. And then he turned a chance to tie the match into another loss when he three-putted from 20 feet on the 15th.
Horschel helped the cause by missing a 3-foot par putt on the 16th that would have kept him 2 up with two to play. Spieth took it from there. He made a 6-foot birdie to match Horschel and send it to the 18th, and he lofted a wedge to 2 feet for birdie to win the 18th.
"To birdie the last two holes is really big for me right now as I'm looking to gain confidence under pressure and kind of test some of the stuff I've been working on," Spieth said. "It feels like you're battling to try to win a golf tournament on a Saturday or Sunday toward the end of these matches. So it was really cool to hit some clutch shots and pull off a tie there 2 down and three to go."
Dhaka, March 27 (UNB) – Three Bangladeshi players—Mashfia Arefin, Ruman Hossain and Alvi—included in the Division-1 team of the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Asian U-14 Development Championship scheduled to be held at Uzbekistan capital Tashkent from May 5 to 18.
This is the first time that three Bangladeshi players included in the meet at a time, also featuring a girl—Mashfia Arefin--from Bangladesh for first time in the ITF junior meet.
Fourteen nations--China, Chinese Taipie, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Vietnam and Bangladesh—will take part in the meet.
The ITF U-14 team was formed considering the performances in the Division-2 matches of the ITF Asian U-14 Development Championship held in Thailand last January.
Dhaka, Mar 27 (UNB)– Bangladesh Sports Journalists Association (BSJA) arranged an open discussion on “Participation and Role of Sportsmen in the Liberation War 1971” at its office in the Bangabandhu National Stadium premises Wednesday afternoon.
During the discussion, Captain of the Swadhin Bangla football team Zakaria Pintu, Vice-Captain Pratap Sankar Hazra and booter Sheikh Ashraf Ali recalled the memories and their contribution during the Liberation War.
Veteran sports journalist Mohammad Quamruzzaman, BCB Director Ahmed Sajjadul Alam Boby, BSJA President Motahar Hossain Masum and general secretary Raihan Al Mugni also took part in the discussion.
In their addresses, they noted that there is no other instance from world history where footballers played such an important role in creating public opinion and raising funds for a nation’s liberation movement.
They also recalled the roles of late cricketer Shaheed Jewel and swimmer Arun Nandi during the liberation period.
Captain Zakaria Pintu said, “I was the first captain of Bangladesh National Football team, led the Dhaka Mohammedan SC for eight years, we hoisted the national flag for the first time abroad (in nKrishnagar, India). My highest achievement in life was the captaincy of Swadhin Bangla football team, but my only frustration was not getting national or Independence award from state as a team, which we deserved.”
Vice Captain Pratap Sankar Hazra reminisced how present BFF President Kazi Salahuddin played for the team under the under the alias Turjo Hazra, combining his nickname Turjo with the vice-captain’s surname Hazra, considering the security of his family members who were then staying in Dhaka.
Dhaka, Mar (UNB) - Former national cricket star left-handed spinner Abdur Razzak, the first Bangladeshi to bag 400 wickets in List-A cricket, said that he still enjoys the game like his first day in the arena.
“Touching a milestone is always a matter of pleasure for every sportsperson, and the thing is not different to me. I still enjoy my game like the first day. It feels bad when I fail to perform. But, the thing is that I still enjoy my game,” Razzak told reporters whiles expressing his feeling after touching the milestone.
Earlier, he took four wickets for Prime Bank Cricket Club in the ongoing season of Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL) on Wednesday. Razzak ended up taking four wickets conceding 15 runs in eight overs against Uttara Sporting Club and along the way he completed the milestone of taking 400 wickets.
He has also scalped 500 wickets in First-class cricket as the first Bangladeshi.
Razzak took 269 matches to complete the milestone of 400 wickets with the best bowling figure of 7/17. He took five or more wickets in an innings for nine times in List-A cricket. The southpaw started playing List-A cricket back in 2001.
“I was not aware of the record. Actually, I am not that sort of cricketer who takes care of the stats too much. I like to know from you,” Razzak told the reporters.
While describing the secret behind his long-career, Razzak said, “Being focused was the main (behind my success). I think everyone should be focused on their game. At the same time, everyone needs to be fit in order to get a long career.”
“My family always supports me to do my best, and they also encourage me during my bad days. Everything would have been tough without their support,” the southpaw further said.
Razzak was the best spinner of the national team during his best time. At present, there is no left-handed specialist spinner in the team accept Shakib Al Hasan.
Razzak said it happened due to the poor show of those get chances.
“Shakib has been doing well for a long. But, the other guys who got chances failed to capitalize. I think they should practice more because bowling has been the main strength of Bangladesh.” Razzak concluded.
Dhaka, Mar 27 (UNB) - Indian batsman Unmukt Chand guided Shinepukur Cricket Club to an eight-wicket victory against Brothers Union Club under the DLS method in the ongoing Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League (DPDCL) at BKSP ground in Savar on Wednesday.
This was the 2nd win for Shinepukur CC and the 4th defeat for Brothers Union in the league.
Sent in to bat first in a rain-interrupted 40-over-a-side match, Brothers scored 197 runs for five wickets in the stipulated overs with Junaid Siddique making 74, Chirag Jani 54 and Yasir Ali 39 runs.
Shoriful Islam and Shuvagata Home bagged two wickets each.
Chasing a revised target of 239 in 40 overs, Shinepukur easily reached the goal scoring 240 for the loss of two wickets in 35.4 overs and won the game by eight wickets under the DLS method.
Shadman Islam (77) and Sabbir Hossain (30) added 61 runs in the first wicket stand, but Indian Unmukt Chand was the best batsman contributing an unbeaten 90 in his first appearance in the league. He struck nine fours and two sixes in his 83-ball innings and was adjudged man of the match.
BKSP vs Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club
In the day’s other match, Prime Doleshwar Sporting Club registered their 5th win in the league beating Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protisthan (BKSP) by three wickets at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah.
This was the 4th loss for BKSP in the league.
Sent in to bat first, BKSP were dismissed for 160 runs in 44.4 overs against superb bowling by Prime Doleshwar with Prantik Nawroz Nabil contributing team highest 30 runs.
Besides, Akbar Ali (28), Mahmudul Hasan Joy (22) and Shamim Hossain (20) were the other notable scorers for BKSP reaching the double figure.
For Prime Doleshwar, Arafat Sunny, Shykat Ali and Enamul Haque Jnr bagged two wickets each.
In reply, Prime Doleshwar chased the target in 45 overs making 165 for 7.
Saif Hassan, who struck back-to-back centuries in the last two matches, fell for a duck while his partner Imranuzzaman also failed scoring only seven runs.
Prime Doleshwar lost four wickets in 50 runs but in the fifth wicket stand, Sykat Ali and Taibur Rahman added 57 runs on the board and guided their team to the victory.
Shykat Ali scored 43 and Taibur remained unbeaten on 61 runs.
Tanzim Hasan Sakib bagged three wickets while Naushad Iqbal took two for them.