Only Jack And Tiger Were Better Than Arnold Palmer At His Best

Arnold Palmer, who died Sunday of complications from heart problems, fell just short of being the greatest player in golf history. But for a brief period, he was very nearly as good as anyone who ever played the game — and his greatness came at exactly the right time for a sport seeking viewers at the dawn of the television age.From 1958 to 1966, Palmer won seven major championships — including four green jackets at The Masters — and finished in the top 10 at 16 other majors. At the heart of that span was a five-season stretch from 1960 to 1964, which, according to our method of “major shares” (which credit players for their expected majors won based on how dominant their scores are relative to the field), still stands as the seventh-best peak performance of golf’s modern era.1For our purposes, golf entered its modern era in 1958, when the PGA Championship abandoned match play and unified all the majors under a common stroke-play format.Seventh-best doesn’t sound overly impressive, until you consider that slots 1 through 6 are four five-season stretches from Tiger Woods and two from Jack Nicklaus. In fact, that pair so thoroughly dominates any ranking of great golf seasons that merely being in their company is a rare honor. And in terms of peak greatness, Arnie is the only other player in the conversation aside from Tiger and Jack: 13Jack Nicklaus197019742054.37 PLAYERFROMTOCUTS MADEWINSMAJOR SHARES 1Tiger Woods199820022075.89 22Jack Nicklaus196919732053.69 19Jack Nicklaus196519691843.79 10Jack Nicklaus196219661964.63 21Tiger Woods200120052053.73 YEARSMAJORS 8Tiger Woods200220061964.66 4Jack Nicklaus197119752065.24 20Jack Nicklaus196119651743.76 17Arnold Palmer196119651843.94 7Arnold Palmer196019641964.78 2Tiger Woods199920032075.67 Since 1958, when the PGA Championship adopted a stroke-play format.Sources: ESPN, Yahoo Palmer didn’t remain at that level very long. He made his final top-10 finish at The Masters in 1967, and although he’d have 11 more top-10s at the other majors, he also fell out of golf’s highest tier of players around that time. While still capable of contending at majors, he didn’t do it consistently after the mid- to late 1960s. And by that point, Nicklaus had long since surpassed Palmer as the game’s top player. In Nicklaus’s absence, Palmer could have enjoyed a longer reign atop the sport, but Palmer had the misfortune of winning his first major only four years before golf’s eventual G.O.A.T. would win his.But in other ways, Palmer’s timing couldn’t have been better. His greatest stretch of seasons coincided with golf’s increased popularity in a booming postwar America, and — even more importantly — the ascendance of televised sporting events in the U.S. With good looks and a swashbuckling style that played well on TV, Palmer became the face of the sport, selling it (and himself) to growing audiences on a national stage.Ultimately, that will be Arnold Palmer’s most important golf legacy. But in all the talk about his role in popularizing the sport, we shouldn’t forget just how good he was at playing it during his prime. He wasn’t there very long, but when Palmer was at his best, only a couple players in the history of the sport were better. 5Tiger Woods199720012065.03 12Tiger Woods199620001854.54 Best 5-year runs in modern golf history 3Jack Nicklaus196319671865.45 6Tiger Woods200020042064.85 9Jack Nicklaus197219762054.65 15Tiger Woods200520091664.00 11Jack Nicklaus196419681844.59 23Arnold Palmer195919631953.68 16Arnold Palmer196219661833.97 25Arnold Palmer195819621863.67 18Tiger Woods200420081763.87 24Tiger Woods200320071953.67 14Jack Nicklaus197319772034.35 read more

Obama Defers Judgement on Key Military Compensation Reforms

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR President Obama is withholding judgement on the most controversial recommendations of an independent panel to update military pay and benefits, he told Congress Thursday.One of the most significant reforms urged by the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission would transform the existing pension plan that only pays benefit to personnel serving at least 20 years to a hybrid system that would allow troops serving at least two years to invest in a 401(k)-type plan. Interestingly, the House Armed Services Committee early Thursday morning approved language adopting the commission’s recommendation as part of its fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill.The president also put off endorsing a recommendation to shift military families from the Tricare health system to commercial plans and giving them allowances for healthcare.  Other recommendations the White House deferred judgement on called for merging the military commissary and exchange systems, consolidating the duty statuses of reservists and reforming support for dependents with special needs, reported the Hill. Obama did endorse 10 of the commission’s less controversial recommendations.“As President Obama informed Congress earlier today, we are now prepared to support specific proposals for 10 of the commission’s 15 recommendations, and, given the complexities of four others, we will continue to conduct analysis and work with the commission over the next few months,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a written statement.“In some instances, the Defense Department is already taking steps to implement these first 10 recommendations, but in areas that will require legislative changes to do so, we will work quickly to submit proposed legislative language to Congress as soon as possible,” Carter stated.last_img read more

Senate Clears FY17 Milcon Spending Bill

first_imgThe Senate on Thursday passed a two-bill appropriations package that includes $7.9 billion for military construction and family housing programs in fiscal 2017, along with $1.1 billion in emergency funding to respond to the Zika virus.The milcon spending portion of the package, which also included the FY 2017 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development spending measure, closely matches the total funding level for military construction and family housing programs in the corresponding bill passed the same day by the House.The Senate measure represents a $241 million drop from current year funding for milcon programs, but a $486 million increase over DOD’s request. The bill would provide $205 million for past base closure rounds — including cleanup and ongoing operations and maintenance — matching the department’s request. The House version would allocate $230 million for the account next year. Congress allocated $266 million in the current year to clean up installations closed during past base closure rounds.Earlier last week, the White House threatened to veto the legislation over “problematic ideological provisions that are beyond the scope of funding legislation,” according to a statement from the Office of Management and Budget. The statement was critical of a provision blocking the president from closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay or using funding to build alternative locations within the United States to house detainees, reported the Hill.Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), a critic of Obama’s plan to close the facility in Cuba, praised those restrictions. “Although the clock may have run out on the president, I will continue to oppose his ongoing attempts to transfer the detainees at every opportunity,” Roberts said in a statement. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Protein rich diet may reduce Alzheimers risk

first_imgA diet high in protein rich foods such as meat and legumes may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, a study claims. Researchers from Edith Cowan University in Western Australia examined the diets of 541 Australians and measured the levels of amyloid beta (A ) in their brain, which is a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease.They found that participants with higher levels of protein in their diet were less likely to have high levels of A in their brain, reducing their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe participants were divided into three groups based on their protein intake.The team found that those with the highest consumption, around 118 grammes per day, were 12 times less likely to have high levels of A than those in the lowest consumption group, who ate only 54 grammes per day.According to Binosha Fernando, who led the study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, this was the first ever study to examine the relationship between protein consumption and A . Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The research clearly demonstrates that the more protein eaten the lower the chances someone has of having a high A burden on the brain, which corresponds to a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s in the future, she said.Fernando said it was still unknown what was driving the relationship between high protein intake and low A.One possibility is that previous studies have shown that a high protein diet is associated with lower blood pressure, she said. High blood pressure is a risk factor for both Alzheimer’s disease and cardiovascular disease. We also know that developing cardiovascular disease increases your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease,” said Fernando.She said the next step was to further examine what role gender, genetics, age and metabolic factors play in the relationship between protein consumption and Alzheimer’s disease.Protein is found in animal products like beef, pork, lamb, eggs, fish and poultry, as well as in plant-based foods like legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds.To get the protective effect that we have demonstrated, you need to be eating about 120 grammes of protein each day, which is not too hard, Fernando said.For example, if you had a mixed bean and tuna salad for lunch, 100 grammes of chicken and salad for dinner and snacked on a handful of peanuts during the day, you would be getting very close to enough protein to lower your chances of having a high A burden in your brain,” she said.last_img read more