GAINESVILLE, Va. – When Troy Merritt completed his record-setting round of 61 he figured his 14-under-par total would leave him squarely back in the pack by the time dusk settled over Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. “Decent chance,” he figured when he completed his round just as the day’s last group was heading out at the Quicken Loans National. Little did he know a light breeze and intense humidity would combine with Saturday pressure to create a leaderboard as crowed as the Capital Beltway at rush hour. All told, the final five groups and the top 10 players heading into Round 3 posted an average of 70, nine strokes worse than Merritt’s masterpiece that left the 29-year-old tied with Kevin Chappell and a stroke clear of Rickie Fowler. It was not exactly the afternoon scoring many expected at a spongy layout that had yielded plenty of birdies, not to mention holes-in-one, for the first two and a half days. The result will be a busy landscape for Sunday’s final turn with a dozen players within four strokes of the lead. “Somebody will do it early and post a number,” said Charles Howell III, who loomed just two back at 12 under after a 67. “You have to stay at it on this golf course and especially if it’s fairly calm tomorrow like it was today. You got to make birdies.” Quicken Loans National: Articles, photos and videos Welcome to the East Coast version of the Bob Hope Classic where one-way traffic (up the leaderboard) is the only requirement. One of those early risers on Sunday who will need to claw his way back up the leaderboard is tournament host Tiger Woods, who failed to hit a fairway until the eighth hole on Saturday and scrambled his way to a 74 that didn’t look nearly that good. After turning in 1 over par Woods made a mess of the par-3 12th for double bogey and added another bogey at the 14th before finally making his first birdie of the day at No. 16. For a player who appeared inspired by two sub-70 rounds to begin his week it was another setback in his journey back to competitiveness. “I saw a lot of [Round 4 hole location] dots out there for tomorrow. They’re in pretty easy spots. Shoot one of those 61s out there,” said Woods, who needs a victory this week to qualify for next week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, otherwise the PGA Championship may be his last start of the 2014-15 season. Fowler won’t need to be nearly as perfect as he continues to establish himself as a regular contender. Despite three bogeys, The Players champion signed for a 68 and continues to make good on his promise to start winning more events. Following last season, when he became the first player to finish inside the top 5 in all four major championships, Fowler committed to taking the next step this year with more trophies. His near-flawless finish at TPC Sawgrass in May was an impressive start and he added another “W” last month by winning the European Tour’s Scottish Open. “It would have been nice to get a win in the majors last year. With making history and that top 5 in all four majors it’s going to be special to look back on, but winning is a lot better than finishing top 5,” Fowler said earlier this week. While Fowler will be the clear fan favorite on Sunday it will likely be Justin Rose who may have the competitive edge. Although this year’s Quicken Loans National is being held at a new venue, the Englishman has proven himself adept wherever this event is played. In 2010, he won Tiger’s tournament at Aronimink Golf Club near Philadelphia; last year he collected his second Quicken Loans title at Congressional. It’s worth pointing out he won last year after starting the final round three shots out of the lead, the same place where he will begin Sunday. “I’ve won tournaments from four back before and it’s going to take something very low for me. It’s out there, probably 63 tomorrow,” said Rose, who moved into contention with a 65 after a late-afternoon putting session with his short-game coach on Friday. It was a common theme at an uncommonly low-scoring event. In the eight-year history of the Quicken Loans, just twice (2009 and 2011) has the winning score made it to 13 under. Thanks to Merritt’s early move on Saturday and Chappell’s workmanlike 67 that benchmark has already been eclipsed. It all sets the stage for a very different final round from what players and fans have come to expect at the Washington, D.C. area stop. “You’ve got to keep the pedal down tomorrow,” Howell said. And you also have to remember this is not your normal Quicken Loans National.
Viviane Reding, the European commissioner for justice, has said that the UK should openly declare whether it wants to leave the European Union, after Prime Minister David Cameron announced measures to curb migration from other member states.“If the UK wants to leave the single market, the UK should say so,” Reding told the German daily Die Welt.“The right to free movement of people is not negotiable – as long as the UK is a member of the European Union and of the single market,” she said in an interview published today (29 November). Her comments followed an announcement by Cameron of a clamp-down on migrants from the EU. The measures are supposed to make it easier to expel homeless EU citizens and to prevent EU migrants from claiming benefits.Cameron made his comments amidst a rising controversy about intra-EU migration, just a month before the last restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian citizens will be lifted.“If one takes advantage of freedom of services, goods and capital in our internal market, one has to accept freedom of movement of people as well,” she said. “This is the spirit of the EU treaty, and the Commission will ensure this without wavering.”
Related TopicsCleveland BrownsRobert Griffin III The Cleveland Browns have a quarterback controversy yet again. Veteran quarterback Josh McCown and once rookie sensation Robert Griffin III will battle it out this training camp for the starting quarterback position.In a recent interview with Browns reporter Mary Kay Cabot, who appeared on CSN Mid-Atlantic the other day, Cabot said that the Browns are “all-in” on Griffin and he should be the day one starter against the Philadelphia Eagles.I think the odds are very, very high,” said Cabot. They want him to be the starting quarterback on day one. They’re not going to have a short leash on him at all.(Browns head coach) Hugh Jackson and (offensive coordinator / QB coach) Pep Hamilton are all in on RG3. They are trying to do everything they possibly can to coax that 2012 type of season out of him again. They see those flashes of greatness, they love the skill set, the mobility, and all those kinds of things. They think they can coach him up into the kind of player who can not only scramble around and get out of the pocket and make crazy things happen like that, but also to stay within the pocket, read the defense, go through the progression. Hugh really believes in himself and what he’s been able to do with quarterbacks since he’s been in the league and he feels that he can be successful with RG3.Griffin’s 2012 rookie campaign was one for the ages. After tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) his career has never been the same. The once explosive and accurate quarterback hopes that the Browns give him the second chance that he has been waiting for.In 2014, Griffin played in the majority of the games throwing four touchdown passes, throwing 7 interceptions, fumbling 9 times, and getting sacked a whopping 33 times. He hopes that Cleveland gives him another chance to showcase the skills he still has.The 26 year old quarterback will have a chance to showcase his skills against the Philadelphia Eagles in a week one matchup (if he is named the starter.) nbodnar1
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Story Highlights Delinquent motorists have been granted an opportunity to pay the fines on outstanding traffic tickets without incurring a penalty or interest, through an amnesty scheduled to run from August 2 to October 31.The three-month amnesty has been provided under the Road Traffic (Temporary Ticket Amnesty) Bill, which was passed in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (July 11).It will affect tickets issued from September 1, 2010 to July 31, 2017.Piloting the legislation, Minister of National Security, Hon. Robert Montague, said the Bill seeks to enhance revenue administration and collection.He noted that the measure will afford persons an opportunity to clear their driving record before the enactment of the new Road Traffic Act.“Presently, the data show that the outstanding traffic tickets in the courts total $2.283 billion. Additionally, the records of the Inland Revenue Department (indicate) that there is $565.92 million in outstanding tickets as at December 31, 2016. As such, this amnesty will seek to facilitate the collection of these monies for the public purse,” Mr. Montague said.To ensure the collection of these sums, the National Security Ministry intends to undertake a public education campaign via radio, print media and television, which will focus on the target audience, and a series of briefing meetings with key stakeholders, including the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Ministry of Justice, Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ), and the Court Management Division.Additional cashier stations and security personnel will be provided at the TAJ to manage the expected influx of motorists.Mr. Montague informed that during the amnesty, motorists have the option of contesting their tickets in court.“However, motorists will be required to abide by the decision of the court and cannot, thereafter, utilise the amnesty offer. Additionally, motorists who do not avail themselves of the amnesty will be vigorously pursued by the strong arm of the law after the amnesty period is concluded,” he noted.The legislation also provides for the relevant laws to be suspended to prevent the police from issuing warrants for the arrest of traffic-ticket holders during the period of amnesty. Delinquent motorists have been granted an opportunity to pay the fines on outstanding traffic tickets without incurring a penalty or interest, through an amnesty scheduled to run from August 2 to October 31. To ensure the collection of these sums, the National Security Ministry intends to undertake a public education campaign via radio, print media and television, which will focus on the target audience, and a series of briefing meetings with key stakeholders, including the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Ministry of Justice, Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ), and the Court Management Division. The three-month amnesty has been provided under the Road Traffic (Temporary Ticket Amnesty) Bill, which was passed in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (July 11). It will affect tickets issued from September 1, 2010 to July 31, 2017.