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    SPRINGFIELD, N. Air Max 270 Black Red .J. -- Rickie Fowler couldnt resist smiling Thursday when a reporter tried to artfully phrase a potentially prickly question about his midseason struggles this year.Hed just shot a 2-under 68 in the first round of the PGA Championship, so it was an odd time to talk about why he has been a hot mess in all the majors this season, but the reporter tap-danced around it anyway: Is it fair to say the middle part of your year wasnt quite what you wanted it to be?The middle part was terrible, Fowler said. You dont have to sugar coat it. It wasnt very good.It was a nice bit of candor from one of golfs typically reserved personalities, and it spoke to just how lost Fowler was for a stretch of 2016. After starting the year with four top-10s in his first five starts -- including a near miss at the Waste Management Phoenix Open -- he found himself mired in a tailspin in which he missed cuts at four of the most important tournaments: The Masters, The Players, The Memorial and The Open Championship.Missing cuts is definitely not fun, and definitely not whats planned, Fowler said. Swing wise, its just fundamentals. At the highest level, if you are off just a little bit, especially in a major, it picks you apart.Six years into Fowlers career, its still hard to project what kind of player hell go down as. An overhyped, streaky fan favorite? Hes likely better than that, especially after retooling his swing under Butch Harmon and finding more consistency. He has won three times since rebuilding his swing, including earlier this year in Abu Dhabi at the HSBC Championship.An all-time great? Might be a stretch, but its still possible. Hes only 27 years old, and Phil Mickelson didnt win his first major until he was 33. Five out of the past six major winners have been first-timers, which suggests he has karma on his side. When hes playing well, Fowler hits it so pure, its hard to imagine him never breaking through and winning a major. He doesnt have any glaring weaknesses. Hes currently sixth on the PGA Tour in strokes gained tee-to-green, 13th in total driving distance, and 48th in strokes gained putting.But in a way, playing so well in 2014, when he became only the third player in history (joining Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods) to finish in the top five in all four majors in one season, may have raised expectations to unrealistic levels. Winning the Players in a playoff in 2015 only fueled the hype even more. Touted at the start of the year as a potential member of The Big Four, with Jason Day, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, Fowler now isnt even a lock to make the U.S. Ryder Cup team. Hes 10th in points, and might need Davis Love III to make him a captains pick without a strong showing over the final month of qualifying.All of which is why Fowlers first-round 68 at Baltusrol was a positive sign. In the opening round of the past seven majors, Fowler had been a combined 25-over par. And after starting with a bogey on the 10th hole, his first of the day, he then made four birdies on the back nine to finish the day 3 strokes behind Round 1 leader Jimmy Walker, who shot 65.Definitely happy with todays round, Fowler said. Anything in red numbers is always nice to start off a major. ... I like my chances. Ive been swinging well and heading in the right direction. Anything can happen this week.Fowlers youth, his embrace of social media, and his unique sense of style can create the impression (at least among some fans) that he doesnt care enough -- that he isnt as focused on winning tournaments the way Spieth, Day and McIlroy are.Its an unfair characterization, and Fowler put some of it to rest earlier this year when he choked up in his post-round media conference after losing in a playoff to Hideki Matsuyama in the Waste Management Phoenix Open. It was obvious, in both his words and how his voice broke several times, how badly he wanted to win in front of his father and grandfather, who were in attendance.With how good Im playing, I know I can win. Thats what hurts, Fowler said at the time.After a frustrating couple of months, Fowler may finally be back there again. 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However, the couple of hundred people working inside the Holkar Stadium here want it to rain as much as it wants now but not during the weekend or early next week.Madhya Pradesh is often referred to as Hindustan Ka Dil, Indias heart. Literal translation of the name of the state is central province. The jungles of MP provided Rudyard Kipling fertile ground for his imagination of The Jungle Book. The states street food alone is worth the travel. The Gond tribes eponymous paintings are recognised the world over. This state has given India such musical geniuses as Tansen and Kishore Kumar. Indias first Test captain, CK Nayudu, and their first centurion in an away Test, Syed Mushtaq Ali, came from here. From the mid-40s to mid-50s this states team, then known as Holkar, made it to 10 Ranji Trophy finals, winning four of them. More than 60 years on, Indore is gearing up to host Indias second-largest states first Test match.It is ironic that what could prove to be the cricket-ruling elitists final move is to take Test cricket away from the elite venues. It can be argued it is already a belated decision, but no ground deserves a Test debut more than Indores Holkar Stadium. Walk in three days before the Test, and you will see every seat in the stands being washed with soap. Yes, actual soap. To wash plastic seats and wooden benches for the common public, not the members area. In an Indian ground. Some of the other grounds fail to provide soap in the toilets. Holkar Stadium could do without this final touch-up because it is arguably the cleanest stadium in India. No cigarette butts, no paan stains, no litter. Walk into some of the other, more legendary grounds, and you have to sit with nose covered even on match days.Indore is a good idea because it is lucky enough to have its cricket ground bang in the middle of the city. The Holkars, the Maratha kings who ruled over this area since the mid-18th century, were patrons of the sport, and donated this land, which now belongs to the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association. There is a tennis complex in the vicinity, and various other sports associations are housed in this area too.The ground has all the facilities Test cricket needs. It is known for a pitch with good bounce in first-class cricket. Good seamers and good batsmen do well here, but for Test cricket replace spinners with seamers, as is, fairly, expected.The curator, Samandar Singh Chauhan, is the answer to the trivia question, Who rolled out the two pitches in two different cities for the first two double-centuries in ODI cricket?, but he is more than that. Team innings in this Test might not be too much bigger than 200. Outside international cricket, though, this is considered to be one of the best pitches in India. It offers good bounce despite being composed of black clay, but the moment Chauhan came to know that this years Ranji matches would be played at neutral venues, he provided two red-soil pitches for Madhya Pradesh to prepare on should they have to play many games in the West Zone. Buy Nike Air Max Plus Uk. There are nice touches to this ground. Sanjay Jagdale, a long-time BCCI administrator who is reluctantly into another - and final, he says - term as MPCA president, started working on this ground in the late 1990s. In the mid-2000s this stadium was ready for action. Before Chennai did it, this stadium had an Adelaide Oval-like roof. Before Mumbai did it, this stadium provided an unobstructed view from the stands. With a natural slope downhill from the centre, extensive covers, and two Super Soppers, this ground should prove to be one of the best-draining venues in India.Being a new ground, its clean slate offers nice personal touches. One half of the stands are named after India legends - Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Vijay Hazare and Ajit Wadekar. Local legends such as Nayudu and Chandu Sarwate have stands named after them in the other half. Dressing rooms are named after two greats born in Madhya Pradesh: MAK Pataudi and Rahul Dravid. The gates are named after Madhya Pradesh stalwarts Narendra Hirwani, Rajesh Chauhan and Amay Khurasiya. The commentary box is named after the Hindi commentator Sushil Doshi. Umpire Narendra Menons name adorns the umpires room; his son Nitin will be the fourth umpire for this Test. At 32, one of the younger umpires from India, he will walk out of the room named after his father come Saturday and will take charge of the ground once the curators hand it over to the match officials.Should there be any doubt, as created by the BCCI threat on Tuesday to not go ahead with the series, a visit to the ground will dispel it. The broadcasters are installing their cables as per schedule, which is a big indicator that no such pull-out is going to happen. There was momentary nervousness - the ground has hosted ODIs and IPL before, but Test cricket is the big thing - but Jagdale is too experienced an administrator to not know that this threat wasnt going to be carried out. While at the BCCI, before he resigned on moral grounds during the IPL corruption scandal, he was one of the early proponents of the idea of taking Test cricket to smaller venues. He says upwards of 18,000 season tickets have already been sold. The stadium can hold more than 25,000. If half the ticket holders and those who have to be obliged with complimentary passes turn up every day, it will be a success.If Indore turns out to be a success, it wont necessarily stand for the larger success of taking Test cricket to new venues. This just happens to be a centrally located, clean, and welcoming ground. The real test for non-traditional venues will arrive when people will be asked to travel for upwards of half an hour outside Pune, Rajkot and Ranchi, with poor public transport and parking facilities. Jerseys NFL China Cheap Jerseys 2018 Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale ' ' '
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