JEJU ISLAND, South Korea – Brooks Koepka, recently named the PGA Tour Player of the Year, gave himself the perfect opportunity to become the No. 1 player in the world when he shot a 7-under par 65 to move to within one shot of the lead in the CJ Cup on Friday. At the Nine Bridges course, the three-time major champion made an eagle on his closing hole to finish on 8-under par 136 after two rounds, just one stroke behind Scott Piercy, who was bogey-free in matching Koepka’s 65. With the wind subsiding and the course playing much easier than on the opening day when the scoring average was 73.26, 44 players – more than half the field of 78 – had under-par rounds. Overnight leader Chez Reavie added a 70 to his opening-round 68 to sit in third place at 138, three behind Piercy. Sweden’s Alex Noren was the other player in with a 65, which moved him into a tie for fourth place alongside Ian Poulter (69), four out of the lead. The best round of the day was a 64 by Brian Harman, who was tied for sixth and five behind Piercy. Full-field scores from the CJ Cup CJ Cup: Articles, photos and videos The 28-year-old Koepka will move to the top of the world rankings when they are announced on Monday if he wins the tournament. Thomas, playing alongside Koepka, matched Koepka’s eagle on the last, but that was only for a 70 and he is tied for 22nd place at 1 under. Koepka’s only bogey was on the par-5 ninth hole, where he hit a wayward tee shot. But he was otherwise pleased with the state of his ”caveman golf.” ”I feel like my game is in a good spot. I feel like the way I played today, if I can carry that momentum into Saturday and Sunday, it will be fun,” Koepka, winner of the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship, said. ”My game is pretty simple. I guess you can call it like caveman golf – you see the ball, hit the ball and go find it again. You’re not going to see any emotion just because I’m so focused, but I’m enjoying it.” Piercy, who has fallen to No. 252 in the world ranking despite winning the Zurich Classic earlier this year with Billy Horschel – there are no world ranking points for a team event – was rarely out of position in a round in which he found 13 of 14 fairways off the tee and reached 16 greens in regulation. ”Obviously, the wind was down a little bit and from a little bit different direction, so 10 miles an hour wind versus 20s is quite a big difference,” said Piercy, who is looking for his first individual PGA Tour win since the Barbasol Championship in July 2015. ”It was a good day. Hit a couple close and then my putter showed up and made some putts of some pretty good length.” Australia’s Marc Leishman, winner last week at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, shot a 71 and was seven behind. Paul Casey’s 73 included a hole-in-one on the par-3 seventh hole and the Englishman is nine behind Piercy.
HEBOU PNG Under 19 Garamut Igo Mahuru has been nominated as Junior Male Athlete of the Year at the SP Sports Awards for his performance with the bat. “Igo was the highest scorer there, but without the bowlers getting wickets and him being supported at the other end with solid partnerships, he would not have had the same impact. “Igo is a short player and players playing against him will ball bouncers at him and try and remove his head. “But he is fantastic at tackling that. He is very skilled. He is a keen learner and loves to pick up on our advice. He has got a bright future,” Hebou Garamuts head coach Kila Pala said. After the high of the qualifiers, the Garamuts had to deal with disappointments at the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup held in New Zealand. After coming into the tournament undefeated, the team would leave without picking up a win. “The ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup is a big experience overall. We were pooled with Australia, India and Zimbabwe. We knew we had a lot on our plate – India and Australia played the final. We knew what we were capable of but all of our players – it was their first time at the World Cup. “There were times when they were nervous against the bigger names. While the results didn’t go our way, the good things were the players that stood out. “Simon Atai scored a fantastic 81 against Canada. James Tau was bowling some decent opening spells and was our highest wicket taker there and was very economical. Sema Kamea bounced the Indian captain – Prithvi Shaw – while bowling at over 130 KM/Hr. Shaw mind you is used to playing against full internationals as he is doing at the Indian Premier League. After the first game against Zimbabwe, he was so disappointed in the result that he was just sitting on the ground and crying. He could not hold back the tears. These things don’t get mentioned, but it was clear how much performing well and winning meant to him.” Pala said the Garamuts had the privilege of being the number one team again, but such is the nature of U-19 cricket, that the turnaround in the squad is very high. Many of the players that went to Samoa and New Zealand are either in the A team or trying to knock on the doors of the Barramundis. A new crop is being created. “We’ve retained only three players in the Garamuts – Eisa Eka, Sema Kamea and Tau Nou. “That’s two pace bowlers and a spinner. We feel we can build them up a lot for the next round. ‘“The others are making a step up because they will be too old by the time the next World Cup qualifiers comes around. “And we need to prepare for the next year’s qualifiers right now. We have to always be at the World Cup.”
(Thanks to Ken Anderson, Brownfield Ag News, and Amy Mayer, Iowa Public Radio) Sonny PerdueThe Senate Agriculture Committee held a confirmation hearing Thursday for U.S. Ag Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue. Democrats on the panel have raised questions about the Trump Administration’s commitment to agriculture.Perdue said he did not have input into the administration’s proposed budget, which calls for a 21 percent cut at U.S.D.A., but the former governor of Georgia said he’s “used to doing more with less.”“I flippantly say sometimes that I grew a 20 billion dollar budget in Georgia to 16 billion dollars, during that 2003 to 2011 period of time,” Perdue said. “We did do more with less. Some of that has to do with efficiency and effectiveness, which I look forward to engaging this U.S.D.A. federal workforce in and inspiring them that we can do more.”The 70-year-old Perdue said, if he is confirmed to lead the U.S.D.A., he’s ready to jump into the already-underway process of crafting the 2018 farm bill.“I value my own self as governor in being a facts-based, data-driven decision-maker. And I think it’s important that we take those facts of things that have worked, learned from the past, those things that have not worked, and create a farm bill for the future,” Perdue said.It’s unclear when a confirmation vote will be taken by the Ag Committee, which includes both of Iowa’s U.S. Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley.Here is a video of Ernst questioning Perdue during the hearing: Share this:FacebookTwitter