BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Jeff Maggert didn’t let the missed putts haunt him when he faced the most pressurized one of the day. Maggert won the Regions Tradition on Sunday for his first Champions Tour major title, beating Kevin Sutherland with a 3-foot par putt on the first hole of a playoff. He missed from a similar distance on No. 17 and failed to hole other modest putts over the final nine holes in a day-long, back-and-forth Shoal Creek scramble. ”No one likes to miss 3-footers,” Maggert said. ”It doesn’t matter if you’re a 20-handicapper or a golf pro. When you miss a few of them, you start to second-guess yourself. On 18, I said, ‘Hey, you missed it, no big deal, on 17. Let’s just go to your routine and your game plan and try to put a good stroke on it.’ ”I was nervous, shaking a little bit.” It didn’t show in his stroke on the straight-on putt. Sutherland two-putted for bogey to set up Maggert for the winning shot on the 18th hole. Maggert closed with an even-par 72 to match Sutherland at 14-under 274. Sutherland had a 71. Maggert’s only previous Champions Tour win came in Mississippi last year in his first start on the 50-and-over tour. He won three times on the PGA Tour, the last in the 2006 St. Jude Classic. Sutherland had his second runner-up finish of the year and remains stuck at one career win in 544 tournaments spread across the PGA, Champions and Web.com tours. Maggert won $345,000 and moved into the points lead after the first of five majors. Sutherland’s tee shot on the playoff hole dropped into the left bunker a few feet from the lip and about 130 yards from the green. His next shot landed near fans lining the fairway and he was left needing a long putt to make par. Sutherland said a nearly day-long struggle with his driver ”reared its ugly head at the last moment and got underneath the lip of the bunker and didn’t have much of a play really. Couldn’t get it to the green.” He said jitters weren’t a problem, though. ”I was as relaxed as you could possibly be,” Sutherland said. ”I was much more relaxed on the 19th hole than I was on the first hole.” Jeff Hart and Gene Sauers both shot 69 to tie for third at 11 under, three shots back. Michael Allen (68), Bernhard Langer (70), two-time winner Tom Lehman (69) and defending champion Kenny Perry (70) were 9 under. Both players parred the 18th hole the first time to force the playoff. Maggert needed to make a three-footer to stay alive, similar to the one he missed on the previous hole. ”Second time’s the charm,” Maggert said, adding that the shot on 17 ”was a putt that I was expecting to walk up and tap it in.” It was a change-up after Maggert had birdied the final two holes each of the previous two days. Maggert’s the first 36-hole leader to hold on for the win at the tournament since Tom Watson in 2003. Maggert and Sutherland traded birdies on No. 15 to remain deadlocked after jockeying for position the past two days and then set up similar tap-ins on 16. Sutherland had reclaimed the edge with an eagle on the par-5 third hole, while Maggert bogeyed for a three-stroke turnaround. He regrouped with a birdie on No. 6 while Sutherland had three bogeys on the first nine holes for a 1-over 32. Maggert had three-putted from five feet on No. 12, saying he had trouble gauging the speed of the greens after overnight rains. Hart, meanwhile, managed his first top-three finish on the Champions Tour, having finished no better than 29th in his three previous events this season. He extended his string without a bogey to 54 holes and finished with a birdie. Hart’s two bogeys was the fewest in a Tradition. ”At that point, I didn’t care where I finished,” Hart said. ”But I didn’t want to blow the non-bogey string on the final hole.” Sauers ended with back-to-back birdies. He has finished in the top three over the last two majors he’s played, losing a playoff to Colin Montgomerie in last year’s U.S. Senior Open.
Sara Nightingale Gallery in Sag Harbor presents “Timeshapers,” an exhibit featuring the works of three friends: Paul O’Connor, Mimi Saltzman, and Johnny Wong. Opening Saturday, December 1, from 5 to 7 PM, and running through December 28, Timeshapers explores O’Connor’s “meditation holes,” Saltzman’s hourglass figures, and Wong’s diamond shapes.Paul, how did the three of you meet?Paul O’Connor: I met Mimi Saltzman’s brother, Robert, in Taos, New Mexico in 1989 when my wife and I moved there. I knew who she was and we knew people in common, but didn’t actually connect personally until 2012. I was publishing a book of my black and white portraits and the image I used for the cover was one of her old boyfriends, Bill Gersh, so Mimi wrote the story that accompanied his photo in the book. It was through that project that we clicked as like-minded enthusiasts for art and life.Mimi introduced me to Johnny Wong on my first visit to New York City. There was an instant synergy of style and manner of approaching the moment. I hosted a show of Mimi’s work at the Philip Bareiss Gallery in August 2017, and it was truly a collaborative effort between Mimi, Johnny, and myself. It was a fantastic show that was well attended by the Taos art scene. I think that show and creative process of putting it together was one of the seeds of this current exhibit.How does your approach to woodworking and painting differ?PO: My relationship with materials has its origins in the building trade. I started working for a contractor in Malibu, California, in 1982, when I got out of the Navy. It was always something more than just a way to make money. I had an affinity for making things beautiful, precise, aesthetic, and lasting. I got that from Don Bird, who took me under his wing and taught me how to use power tools, paint and stain, mix and match, essentially how to see things from the ground up. Bird always got these jobs working for people where time and money didn’t seem to matter and we could do things without looking at the clock. I still work that way.Often people ask me how long it takes me to make a piece, and the fact is I have no idea. I’m usually working on about four pieces at a time, and when I get stuck on one, I’ll move to another for a while until I’m ready to do the next step. There’s one piece still in my studio after almost a year that I just can’t seem to finish.Describe your “meditation holes.”PO: I refer to them as “voids,” although that word can have a negative connotation to it (as well as hole). That black hole symbolizes “vast spaciousness, so vast that even light gets lost in it,” and indeed that is what is happening. Light is going in, but not coming back out. There is also a “purity” of black because it is not influenced by materials.In the absence of form, one finds limitless space. It’s also as simple as the play of form and formlessness, to the degree that these wall hanging constructions may be meditative in nature, then I would attribute that to my daily practice of focusing on the infinite space that holds all things.Mimi, what’s your connection to the East End?Mimi Saltzman: I grew-up part time in Montauk as of 1957 and have a lifelong, deep connection to the East End. I moved to Sag Harbor four years ago and have an awesome studio here.How do you incorporate your studies in psychology into your artwork?MS: My fascination with psychology vis-á-vis painting (both mine and other artists) is analysis of the impact a work has and the content it carries. For me, making art in the studio happens with the materials and often finds its meaning later. Good art should grab the viewer fast with color and design, while the message may dawn slowly.My own messages frequently don’t even occur to me until I finish painting the works. I had no idea what the first hourglass series meant until I had my second child. Then, I knew it was about the biological clock. Now, it’s about mortality.What is it about the hourglass that fascinates you?MS: The hourglass fascinates me for a few reasons. I lived in Taos for years and an artist I loved gave me an antique hourglass. He also taught me a lot about art and life. The shape is decidedly feminine and elegant. The sand that moves “her” is dynamic and full of urgency but cannot be rushed. The glass surrounding it has clarity and fragility. The object is ancient and very precise. It has nothing to do with technology. Neither do my paintings.Johnny, what does a single line symbolize to you?Johnny Wong: Each single line responds to our path traveling in this universe. How we cross paths with one another and create an electricity of social interaction. My work is about time and using the strongest element of design, the line. Without line, there’s no shape. Without shape, there’s no form. Without shape and form, there’s no texture. And without line or shape, there’s no pattern.For the last 10 years, my series of works in media such as mirrors, wood, and canvas has incorporated the line element with my interpretation of time.What are some parallels between yours and Saltzman’s work?JW: I see Saltzman’s work as highly emotional and very profound. Her art on canvas in materials of salt, tears, and personal clothing are her reflection of the time she lived and still accelerating on. It’s the tiny details of a living female artist today magnified into a canvas baring it all.How does your study of motion graphics play a role in your artwork?JW: My study of motion graphics in television and film initiated my attraction to the interplay among history, culture, and society. The motion led me to discover more on the idea of time, and graphic design supported the ideas I want to create in my [email protected] Share
IndyCar’s annual race in St. Petersburg is a fan (and reporter) favoriteQuestion: So what’s your overall opinion of the St Pete Grand Prix now that it’s been around awhile? What do the drivers think of the track? Do any drivers consider it their “favorite” track? Is it generally a destination teams and officials look forward to? (Matt, St. Petersburg, Fla.)Answer: I love it, and I’d put it in my top three or four favorites of each season. For those of us coming from the Midwest, it’s always a breath of fresh, sunny air, and the aroma of the bay is wonderful. As for the track, the 1-2-3 section is very interesting to me, and there’s always action at Turns 4 and 10. There always seems to be three or four cautions to reset the order, and bold moves are rewarded without being too risky. I think it’s a terrific season opener.Question: On paper, this year’s projected Indy 500 field looks very attractive. I’m still curious if we can get above 33. (Austin, Danville, Ind.)Answer: Yes, I count 34, and that’s 17 from each manufacturer. I’ll detail the list in Pit Pass, which will be online Thursday. There are four seats to fill: The fourth at KV (expected to be Alex Tagliani), the third at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, the second at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and the driver who replaces Francesco Dracone at Dale Coyne Racing. Otherwise, it’s set.Question: It is obvious the body kits are too fragile. Will they continue to develop as the season goes on? I don’t really care for the look but at least they are trying to do something different. I give them credit for that. (Keith, Lebanon, Ind.)Answer: I assume you saw the story that Honda has received IndyCar permission to strengthen its front wing end plates and its rear wheel guards. These will be temporary fixes for this weekend’s NOLA Motorsports Park race. HPD’s Steve Eriksen told me a redesign of the internal parts will take place, although he isn’t sure when it will be ready for implementation.Question: We have seen the road/street/short oval aero kits, but what will the cars look like for the large ovals? (Ryan, Fishers, Ind.)Answer: Difficult to say. Teams started receiving the kits April 1, and there won’t be an open test until May 3 at IMS. People I’ve talked to say the two kits will be closer in similarity to the road course configurations since there’s fewer ways to achieve drag reduction.Question: Bronze badge should be in the mail. Planning on coming to the GP and staying for the next week of practice. We are planning on coming down for the Stones in July, I have heard that it will be a “stand up” show, no seats. What have you heard? (Dave, Holland, Mich.)Answer: That’s correct based on the layout I’ve seen. The stage will be in a grassy area of the infield, which means none of the IMS grandstands will come into play.Question: Where are the best general admission viewing locations at Long Beach? (Drew, Torrance, Calif.)Answer: You know, I don’t know, so I’m putting it to the masses. We’ll see what people recommend. Based on years of attending the event, I don’t think there’s much.Follow Curt Cavin on Twitter at @curtcavin
Rugby League Tickets for next Sunday’s Intrust Super Cup Round 19 Country Week clash between SP PNG Hunters and Norths Devils in Lae will go on sale today. PNG Rugby Football League chief executive officer Reatau Rau said the tickets will be on sale from 9am today at Brian Bell and Foodmart in Lae and Andersons at Eriku. He said the cost per ticket is K50. “This covers all the stands and the grass areas at the Lae Rugby League ground,” Rau said. He added the cost covers everybody from young to old. “Every person that enters the ground whether it is a child or adult must purchase a ticket. There is no separate price for children,” he said. Rau said hosting the Country week game in Lae will be expensive and the K50 price per ticket is fair. “This is the first appearance for the SP Hunters in Lae and taking this Intrust Super Cup game out of Port Moresby will be costly. Therefore we believe K50 per person is affordable and will at least cover these costs.” Rau said those companies and organisations wishing to buy tickets in bulk can contact the reception at Prima on 4721166 for more details. He said there are security features on the tickets to prevent counterfeiting and abuse. “The tickets have security features on them and will be scanned on entry so there is no space for cheating,” he said. He urged the public to buy tickets early as there will be no sales on game day on Sunday. Gates at the Rugby League grounds will open at 9am on Sunday July 22, 2018. The 1st game is a Digicel Cup Round 16 match between Lae Snax Tigers and Enga Mioks which kicks off at 12.15pm. The main game between SP Hunters and Norths Devils for the Get In The Game Country Week kicks off at 3pm. Both games will be televised live.