‘Angry’ Poulter in search of a needed turnaround

first_imgSHANGHAI – Ian Poulter temporarily stopped a slide that had him pointed in a direction he has not been in nearly a decade. He has not been out of the top 50 in the world since Sept. 10, 2006. Poulter lost ground on the leaders with a 72-71 weekend in the HSBC Champions, though it still was good enough to tie for sixth. That allowed him to move up four spots in the world ranking to No. 40 going into the Turkish Airlines Open this week. Even so, it was only his third top-10 finish of the year. He tied for fifth in the China Open and tied for sixth in the St. Jude Classic. And while his chip-in on the 15th hole in the Ryder Cup was the turning point in earning a halve with Rory McIlroy in fourballs, it was his first Ryder Cup without winning a match (0-1-2). And, yes, he’s aware of all this. ”I’ve had three injuries this year and I’m angry,” Poulter said last week. ”I’m angry at the position I’ve put myself in. I’m annoyed that I wasn’t able to take the time off I needed playing two schedules.” The upside is that he is happy with his switch to Titleist clubs, he feels fit and he is ”fresh in the mind.” Poulter made news for reasons he wasn’t expecting when he published his book, ”No Limits,” and excerpts led to former PGA of America President Ted Bishop referring to him as a ”Lil Girl” for his candid comments about Nick Faldo and Tom Watson. Bishop wound up losing his job. ”The book wasn’t a distraction,” Poulter said. ”It was just an unfortunate circumstance, which was stressful.” Poulter plans to do a formal launch in London after the European Tour season ends in Dubai. But there won’t be much of an offseason. Depending on how he fares the next two weeks, Poulter said he might start his season in Hawaii at the Sony Open, which he hasn’t played in 10 years. MEDAL OF FREEDOM: Charlie Sifford spent a lifetime breaking color barriers in golf. His next stop is a place he never would have imagined. Sifford is going to the White House to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom The first black member of the PGA Tour was among 19 people chosen to receive the highest honor granted to U.S. civilians. Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus are the only other golfers so honored. The ceremony is Nov. 24. Sifford, 92, broke through the Caucasian-only clause on the PGA, which was rescinded in 1961 when he became the first black on tour. Sifford won twice on the PGA Tour. He also won the 1975 Senior PGA Championship. Tiger Woods congratulated him with a tweet Monday night that said, ”You’re the grandpa I never had. Your past sacrifices allow me to play golf today. I’m so happy for you Charlie.” Sifford became the first black inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2004. He said during his induction that he only had five goals in golf – to become a PGA member, win a PGA event, playing in the U.S. Open, play in the Masters and get inducted into the Hall of Fame. He never made it to the Masters, which did not start inviting PGA Tour winners until a few years after his victories in the 1967 Greater Hartford Open and 1969 Los Angeles Open. President Barack Obama saluted the President Medal of Freedom honorees as citizens who have made ”extraordinary contributions to our country and the world.” ISLAND MAN: Justin Rose of England has returned to living under the realm of Queen Elizabeth II. Only the weather is a lot nicer. Rose has moved his family from Florida to the Bahamas, where he has owned property at Albany the last few years. They moved right after the British Open and have made that their permanent residence. At least for now. ”We’re having a great time,” Rose said. ”We had a place there for two or three years, and obviously over time we developed a lot of friendships. With the facilities they’ve created for us, I have the opportunity to practice and be the best player I want to be and spend time with my family. There are a few more natural hobbies than I had in Orlando, fun things to do to get away from golf. I thought it would be good to have a nice, healthy place to be and spend time with the kids.” His oldest child, Leo, has already started kindergarten. How long this lasts is still to be determined. Rose said he has not sold his home at Lake Nona until he is certain this is the right move. ”We’ve taken a leap of faith, but we’re not all in. We’re kind of hedging,” he said. Rose said travel is not an issue. He flies private about 80 percent of the time, and there are enough direct flights out of the Bahamas to the right cities to make travel easy. And he won’t have to travel far to play in the Hero World Challenge that Tiger Woods hosts. Woods also has a place in Albany, and his December tournament is expected to move there in 2015. ”Are you kidding? It’s right on my door step,” Rose said. ”Sign me up now.” OCHOA’S TIME: Perhaps one of the few good things that came out of the World Hall of Fame revamping its process is that it clears a path for Lorena Ochoa. The Mexican star stunned the golf world in April 2010 when she announced her retirement at age 28. Ochoa had more than the required 27 points to qualify for the Hall of Fame, but she was lacking the minimum 10 years on the LPGA Tour. Ochoa walked away from golf after eight years. Now that’s no longer necessary. Under the new criteria, female candidates must be at least 40 years old at the start of the year she is elected or at least five years removed from the game. LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan said in an email that Ochoa will be eligible for the 2017 class. Then it would be up to a subcommittee to nominate her, and for 12 of the 16 people on the selection committee to vote for her. DIVOTS: Rickie Fowler, who has been a member at Medalist, recently joined the Bear’s Club, both in Jupiter, Florida. ”Just to be able to play both places,” he said. ”There are good games at both places. The Bear’s Club has a little better practice facilities.”… Aberdeen Asset Management and the Scottish government have agreed to extend their sponsorship and support of the Scottish Open through 2020. It is being held next year at Gullane. … Daric Ashford has been appointed president of Nike Golf, replacing Cindy Davis. Daric has been at Nike for 21 years, most recently as vice president and general manager of Jordan Brand for North America. … John Daly will host a six-part series on SiriusXM PGA Tour radio this December called, ”Hit It Hard with John Daly.” STAT OF THE WEEK: Tim Clark has had at least one runner-up finish every season since 2004. FINAL WORD: ”No. Me? Are you kidding? No. That is not happening. Because … that’s not happening. It would not be good.” – Ian Poulter, on whether he would ever agree to wear a microphone on the golf course.last_img read more

Westwood edges Kaymer, wins second Thailand title

first_imgCHONBURI, Thailand – Englishman Lee Westwood won his second Thailand Golf Championship with a one-stroke victory over Australian Marcus Fraser and Martin Kaymer of Germany at the Amata Spring Country Club on Sunday. The 2011 champion was in a three-way lead with Fraser and Kaymer on 8 under with two holes to go but the German bogeyed the 17th while the Australian missed an easy par putt on the 18th, giving Westwood, who was watching in the clubhouse, the victory. Westwood came back from two straight bogeys at the start of his final round to fire seven birdies for a 67 and an 8-under 280 total. ”I didn’t start well and I knew I needed to shoot good scores,” Westwood said. ”I played some really good shots and made a couple of safe putts, hit a lot of fairways. ”This win is more special than in 2011 as then I was having a big lead,” added Westwood, who has won eight Asian Tour titles. Overnight leader Fraser, who started the day with a two-stroke cushion, carded five birdies against two bogeys for a 281 to finish joint-second along with U.S. Open champion Kaymer. The result assures Fraser of an entry into the British Open as one of the four leading players at the Thailand Golf Championship who had not already qualified. ”That’s why I came up here to try and do – get one of those spots at the (British) Open at St Andrews next year so it’s great, I’m excited. I played there in 2005, the first major I ever played, and was jumping out of my skin on the first tee. But hopefully I will be a bit calmer next year,” said Fraser, who has not won an Asian Tour title since victory in Korea four years ago. Apart from Fraser, Australian Scott Hend, who finished fifth with a 284, American Jonathan Moore and India’s Anirban Lahiri, both in joint-sixth with 285s, took the remaining three berths. Despite finishing at 6 over 294, American David Lipsky finished the year as the top player on the Asian Tour with total prize money of $713,901.last_img read more

Goosen survives wild back nine, holds two-shot lead

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Retief Goosen made only two pars on the back nine Saturday at Riviera and survived a day of wild shots and bad breaks for a 2-under 69 to take a two-shot lead into the final round of the Northern Trust Open. The 46-year-old Goosen wasn’t sure how his nerves would hold up because he had not been a 36-hole leader in more than four years, and he is approaching the six-year anniversary of his last victory. Those nerves were tested at Riviera, which is getting increasingly difficult on the greens. Goosen was flawless on the front nine before he strapped in for a rough ride over the final two hours. He hit a tee shot into the trees on the 12th and 13th holes, both times making bogey. He had to make an 8-foot bogey putt to stay in the lead. And then he recovered with a chip-in from 35 feet on the par-3 16th for birdie, and then a two-putt birdie on the downwind par-5 17th. Goosen was at 8-under 205, two shots clear of Graham DeLaet of Canada, who had a 70. Bae Sang-Moon of South Korea matched the low score of the week with a 66 and was in a large group at 5-under 208. That included Sergio Garcia, whose remarkable par on the 13th hole was set up by a 3-iron from a bunker behind the 10th green. Northern Trust Open : Articles, videos and photos Ryan Moore, whose tee shot on the 286-yard 10th hole rolled over the cup and off the green, was preparing for a long putt up the slope when Garcia’s tee shot on No. 13 landed with a thud behind him and went into a bunker. ”I didn’t know anybody was on the 10th hole,” Garcia said. ”I mean, I didn’t even know where my ball was going.” The trick was figuring out where to go next. The TV towers on the 10th hole blocked his view to the green, but because he was in a bunker, his only relief was against the back lip. Garcia grabbed a 3-iron and drilled it through a tiny gap in the eucalyptus trees, just short of the green. His chip came up 25 feet short, and he made it for par. Garcia birdied only the 17th on the back nine and shot 68, putting him in contention in his first U.S. tournament of the year. Carlos Ortiz of Mexico also had a 68 and will play with Garcia, one of his mentors on tour. J.B. Holmes shot a 69 and joined them at 208. Defending champion Bubba Watson is hanging around. He shot 70 and joined seven others at 4-under 209, still in range just four shots behind. The group included Vijay Singh (69), who turns 52 on Sunday, Dustin Johnson (67), Jim Furyk (68), Jordan Spieth (70) and Angel Cabrera (71). Also in that group was Ryan Moore, who started the round one shot behind and shot a 72. Moore’s drive on the 10th was close to perfect and ran over the back of the cup. It was an inch away from hitting the flag and possibly dropping for a hole-in-one, but the cup didn’t slow it enough to keep from running off the back of the green. He wound up with a par. Then, Moore’s tee shot on the par-3 16th hit the flag and caromed off the green. He made that one from the fringe for a birdie. Even so, he was among 13 players within four shots of the lead.last_img read more

Johnny Miller: ‘Dream come true’ to broadcast Open

first_imgJohnny Miller can’t wait to get back in the broadcast booth for a major championship where he won with a great closing round. Only he will be at Royal Birkdale, not Oakmont. Miller said Monday he was thrilled the R&A selected NBC Sports Group as its U.S. television partner for the British Open starting in 2017. NBC agreed to a 12-year deal, getting back to the majors and giving Golf Channel its first live coverage of a men’s major on the weekday rounds. NBC last year ended 20 years covering the U.S. Open when a 12-year deal was awarded to Fox Sports for about $1 billion. For the NBC deal to start in 2017 at Royal Birkdale is ideal for Miller, who won the claret jug in 1976 at Birkdale by closing with a 66 to beat 19-year-old Seve Ballesteros and Jack Nicklaus. ”It’s sort of a dream come true to cover Birkdale and the Open,” Miller said during a break from a corporate outing. ”Obviously, it’s not great that we lost the U.S. Open to Fox. This makes up for that. In some ways it’s even better. It’s another era. To get to do an Open at Birkdale is kind of a bucket list.” The deal with NBC includes coverage across all media of the British Open, the Senior British Open, the British Amateur and the Walker Cup when it is played in Britain or Ireland. Coverage would be on NBC and Golf Channel in English, and NBC Universo in Spanish. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Golf Channel celebrated its 20-year anniversary in January, and president Mike McCarley said co-founder Arnold Palmer was ”like a new man” when he shared the news. No American has done more for golf’s oldest championship than Palmer. At a time when American players found it not worth the time or expense, Palmer entered in 1960 at St. Andrews and first discussed the notion of a modern Grand Slam – the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship. He was runner-up to Kel Nagle, then won in 1961 at Royal Birkdale and in 1962 at Royal Troon. ”You have the big-event nature of NBC Sports and the 24-7 dedication of the game from Golf Channel,” McCarley said. ”Viewers can follow stories and get deeper into them, into the history of the championship or the venue.” Alastair Johnston of IMG, who handled the negotiations for the R&A, said NBC, CBS, Fox and ESPN made presentations in New York. ”The process became a lot more about relationships,” he said. ”At the end of the day, these became essentially the PR machine for The Open Championship in this country.” Miller, 68, said last fall he wanted to work at least through 2017 and possibly another year. He said he ran into R&A chief Peter Dawson three times at various spots in April, and while they didn’t talk about the TV rights and he didn’t think he had any influence, ”he could tell my enthusiasm was right up there.” ”The flavor and history … there’s something about the British that you feel like you’re seeing an old-time movie,” Miller said. ”You’re seeing history being made. I loved playing the British. I could have won three of them. It’s the world championship. In the U.S., we think the sun rises in New York and sets in California. The British is the world’s championship. ”I love the U.S. Open. I was groomed to win the U.S. Open by playing Pebble Beach and Olympic,” he said. ”But if you asked me the next two things I’d like to have done, it would be the Masters and the British.” Miller is renowned for frequent mentions of the 63 he shot in the final round at Oakmont in 1973 to win the U.S. Open. He was the first player to shoot 63 in a major. Does this mean viewers should prepare to hear about his 66 at Royal Birkdale? Maybe not. ”I won both my majors with a great last round,” Miller said. ”But I don’t put the 66 up there with a 63.”last_img read more

Captain Koch prepared for more Solheim Cup success

first_imgST. LEON-ROT, Germany – Carin Koch earned a master’s degree in Ryder Cup philosophy last year in Scotland. The European Solheim Cup captain was a VIP guest of Paul McGinley at Gleneagles and was given behind-the-scenes access to each move the dynamic European Ryder Cup captain made; Every impassioned speech, all team meetings, the reasoning for pairings and lineups, everything that helped deliver Europe a 16 ½ to 11 ½ beat down of the Americans. “Just learning how he worked with his team and his preparation,” Koch said, “yeah, it’s just been good having the help of the past captains like that.” Said McGinley: “She has been open to learning and asking questions in the past two years from many sources knowing what to filter as it relates to her task as captain. She’s gathered a lot of information and worked very hard, the players know that. It will give them confidence in their leader that she’s prepared.” Koch has been hesitant to discuss details about everything she learned from that experience but it’s clear McGinley’s help was invaluable. It’s impossible for it not to have been. Truth is, though, even without McGinley’s guidance, Koch has all the tools necessary to deliver Europe its third consecutive Solheim Cup victory. Nearly everything Koch has touched in the Solheim Cup has turned to gold. In 2000 at Loch Lomond, she was a captain’s pick and a rookie who fought back from a 3-down deficit in singles against Michele Redman to win the match and clinch the Solheim Cup. The U.S. had won the three previous Solheim Cups and this European victory was a key to keeping the matches historically relevant. Two years later in Minnesota, Europe lost, but Koch went 4-0-1 and was the sole reason why her team took a 9-7 advantage heading into Sunday singles. The Americans won 8 ½ points in singles to win the cup, but Koch was as dominant as any player has ever been on a losing team. Koch didn’t play particularly well in 2003 in her native Sweden (1-2-1) but Europe did not need her help and won handily. Again, in 2005, Koch was 2-1-1 in a losing effort. Granted, Koch was paired with Annika Sorenstam on five occasions during her four appearances and they went 4-1 together, but still, Koch is 10-3-3 in her Solheim Cup career as a player. On the administrative side, Koch was an assistant captain to her Swedish role model Liselotte Neumann two years ago outside Denver when Europe delivered the biggest thrashing in Solheim Cup history. It marked the first time that the U.S. lost on home soil. You get the point. Koch is much more than just a pretty face. [[{“type”:”media”,”view_mode”:”media_original”,”fid”:”1220766″,”attributes”:{“alt”:””,”class”:”media-image”,”height”:”300″,”typeof”:”foaf:Image”,”width”:”600″}}]] Photos: Carin Koch through the years “She’s experienced on and off the course in Solheim’s and know what works from both angles,” McGinley said. “She believes in not reinventing the wheel.” Although the Europeans have won the last two Solheim Cup they still arrive here on home soil as underdogs. Their collective world ranking is much lower than the U.S. and some of their key players from two years ago (Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall, in particular) are not playing well. However, one advantage Koch has is that she can look at her team and see numerous successful pairings from the last two victorious cups. She sent out her two top-ranked players in Friday’s first foursomes match. Suzann Pettersen and Anna Nordqvist are 2-0 together and they’re facing Morgan Pressel and Paula Creamer, who has struggled most of the year. Nearly every European player has said they don’t care who they play with, that they’re happy to play with whomever Koch feels is the best fit. Players usually say that in these team events but you get the feeling that it happens to be true with this European team. Koch, 44, has long been known as one of the friendliest players on the LPGA and you won’t find one person, no matter which country they’re from, that has a negative word to say about her. She genuinely has a kind soul. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a raging fire in her belly to stomp the Americans into the ground for the third straight time. It’s no surprise that, so far, Koch has managed every detail to perfection. She surrounded herself with three Swedish assistant captains (Sorenstam, Sophie Gustafson, Maria McBride) who make a formidable team and her captain’s picks (Hedwall, Karine Icher, Caroline Masson, Catriona Matthew) were players who are past Solheim Cup stalwarts and ones she believe will best fit her team strategy. This is Koch’s team. She’s going to do things her way. “I think you change as you go along a little bit with the people that are around you,” Koch said. “But I think my plan from the start, it’s my captaincy, I want to be myself and do what I can for the team and that hasn’t really changed.” Koch downplays her role as a captain saying her top priority is “to create that atmosphere in the team room that we’ve always had and just to have fun together and make sure they focus on the job that needs to be done.” They’ll be focused, they’ll have fun, they’ll be united and, win or lose, they’ll play well for their captain. “She’s a likeable, charismatic, nice person who people believe and will play for,” McGinley said. Sounds familiar.last_img read more

Newsmakers: Honorable mentions

first_imgA busy year in golf means that some compelling stories don’t make the cut. There was history made in Scotland and drama at TPC Sawgrass. Trophies were won, sure – but some big names also let hardware slip through their fingers. Oh, and the clock on one of the game’s biggest rule changes continued to tick. All gained headlines, but none of them were among the top 10 Newsmakers of the Year as voted on by Golf Channel’s writers, editors, reporters and producers. The list will be revealed, one by one, day by day, beginning Tuesday with No. 10 Donald Trump. For now, let’s take a look back at the honorable mentions from this past year: Dustin Johnson: Johnson began the year on the sidelines, with his six-month leave of absence stretching into February. There were highlights both on and off the course, as the birth of his son, Tatum, was followed by a win at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in March. But there were also lowlights, as Johnson three-putted the final green at Chambers Bay to lose the U.S. Open and then forfeited a 36-hole lead at St. Andrews the following month. Grand Slam: One of the most elusive feats in golf entered the conversation not once, but twice this year. First it was Spieth, who gave the single-season slam its best run since 1953 when he captured both the Masters and the U.S. Open before coming up one shot short at the Open Championship. Then there was the Grand Slam that wasn’t, as Inbee Park won her fourth different major at the Women’s British Open. The LPGA deemed it a career Grand Slam, but other outlets, including Golf Channel and the Associated Press, said no because the Evian Championship wasn’t deemed a major until 2013 – one year after Park won the event. Eras: Has the Tiger Era closed? Has the Spieth Era begun? Is this the newest incarnation of the Big Three? Incredible performances from several of the top golfers in the world led many to paint in broad strokes this past year. Those narratives were aided by the fact that the rise of a new crop of stars coincided with Tiger Woods’ worst season ever. But the summer was dominated by Spieth and Jason Day, who along with Rory McIlroy separated from the pack atop the world rankings and drew comparisons to the halcyon days of Nicklaus, Palmer and Player. R&A women members: After 260 years, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews became a co-ed institution. Its 2,400 members voted “overwhelmingly” in September to admit female members effective immediately, and the first wave of new additions included the likes of Annika Sorenstam and Laura Davies. Now the focus shifts to the three remaining all-male clubs in the Open rota – Muirfield, Royal Troon and Royal St. George’s. The Players: It was arguably the most exciting tournament of the year, as storylines abounded on the Stadium Course. Woods, battling injury, made the cut on the number but never contended. Sergio Garcia nearly won the event where he and Woods had been embroiled in controversy two years prior, and Kevin Kisner continued his affinity for overtime. But in the end, the event belonged to Rickie Fowler, who closed the tournament in historic fashion. Fowler birdied the famed par-3 17th hole three times on Sunday, including twice during a four-hole playoff, and outlasted both Garcia and Kisner to seal the biggest win of his career. Bryson DeChambeau: When you join a list that includes the likes of Woods, Nicklaus and Phil Mickelson, you’re doing something right. DeChambeau completed an impressive double this summer, first winning the NCAA individual title then following with a U.S. Amateur victory in August. With his SMU team banned from the postseason next year, DeChambeau won’t return to defend his NCAA title, but it won’t be long before he and his evenly-measured clubs are on the PGA Tour. Phil Mickelson: While Woods’ slide garnered more headlines, Mickelson’s season wasn’t much better. Sure, there was the runner-up at the Masters, but Lefty was largely absent from leaderboards, and at age 45, he hasn’t won since the 2013 Open Championship. He failed to reach the Tour Championship for the second straight season and ended the year by closing a significant chapter in his career, replacing longtime swing coach Butch Harmon with a relative unknown in Andrew Getson. Anchoring ends: After being debated into the ground for more than a year, the anchoring era finally came to a close. Some anchorers opted to ride it out until the bitter end, as David Hearn and Tim Clark were seen using long putters well into the fall. Others, like Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley, used the year to transition to a shorter model, while Adam Scott couldn’t quite make up his mind.last_img read more

Jaeger wins rain-shortened BMW Charity Pro-Am

first_imgGREENVILLE, S.C. – Stephan Jaeger won the BMW Charity Pro-Am on Sunday for his second Web.com Tour victory when heavy rain washed out the final round. The 27-year-old German player shot a 7-under 65 on Saturday to reach 19-under 195. Tyler Duncan, Xinjun Zhang and Andrew Yun finished a shot back. “I didn’t miss a shot today, which was cool,” Jaeger joked. “It’s unfortunate. I was ready to play, I was ready to compete today, but the rain was not letting up and the golf course can only take so much.” A year after falling $3,243 short of earning a PGA Tour card through the Web.com Tour’s regular-season money list, Jaeger earned $126,000 to jump from 103rd to sixth with $138,234. The top 25 at the end of the regular season will earn PGA Tour cards.last_img read more

M. Lee (66) takes one-shot lead in South Korea

first_imgBUSAN, South Korea – Minjee Lee overcame changing weather conditions at the Buick Ladies Championship to take a one-stroke lead with a bogey-free 6-under 66 after the first round of the LPGA tournament in South Korea. “Sometime we had sunshine, wind, rain … we had a little bit of everything today,” the 23-year-old said Thursday under an umbrella at the end of her round as the showers persisted. “But whenever I had to make up-and-downs, I was able to get up-and-down.” Danielle Kang, who won last week’s tournament at Shanghai, was in a group tied for second with Jin Young Ko, Jeongeun Lee6 and Seung Yeon Lee on the LPGA International Busan course. Minjee Lee birdied three of her opening nine holes and added three more birdies on her final nine. Kang continued her strong play, carding her second consecutive bogey-free round. Full-field scores from the BMW Ladies Championship “I stayed really patient today. I knew there were a lot of birdie opportunities but a lot of mistakes that could happen,” said Kang, whose last bogey came on the second hole of her third round in Shanghai. “I didn’t attack a lot of pins – not like me – but I just tried to hit the fairways, the greens, and try to keep dry.” Ko and Lee6 also went bogey-free Thursday while Seung Yeon Lee, playing in just her second LPGA Tour event, made one bogey to go with four birdies and an eagle at No. 18. Seven players were tied for sixth at 4 under, including Shanshan Feng. “Somehow when I play in the wind, I’m actually more focused and more patient,” said Feng. “Especially we knew that it was going to rain today, so we prepared. We brought our rain gear, umbrella, and extra towels to try to keep ourselves dry. So I think overall, I did a pretty good job.” Lydia Ko and Nelly Korda each shot 69, her sister Jessica Korda 71 and Morgan Pressel and Paula Creamer had opening 74s. It’s the second stop on the LPGA Tour’s Asian swing. There are tournaments in Taiwan and Japan over the next two weeks.last_img read more

Flannery: Who Is the “Godfather” of Intelligent Design?

first_img Share Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos As the story goes, ID sprung up recently in order to pick up where fundamentalist “creationism” had failed in a plot to inject the Bible into public school science classrooms. This is the Darwinist conspiracy theory I wrote about here the other day. Even if you are sympathetic to ID or are a fair-minded critic, you may not realize that ID’s heritage in fact can be traced back long before the 1993 Pajaro Dunes meeting, or perhaps the 1966 Wistar Symposium.Writing here, Flannery has traced the descent of ID to Anaxagoras, the pre-Socratic philosopher who lived in the fifth century BC. But why get greedy for history? It’s enough to say, as Flannery does, that the “godfather” of ID is Charles Darwin’s colleague and rival Alfred Russel Wallace. As Flannery notes, it was Wallace’s unexpected co-discovery of the theory of evolution by natural selection that, communicated to Darwin privately in 1858, compelled a panicked Darwin to rush to get his own version, in the Origin of Species, into print in 1859.Wallace subsequently split with Darwin, moving toward a position of “intelligent evolution,” in Flannery’s phrase, first over the issue of human exceptionalism. Flannery details the momentous split, and Wallace’s subsequent intellectual evolution, in Nature’s Prophet. Get it at the Discovery Institute Store now. TagsAlfred Russel WallaceAnaxagorasCenter for Science & CultureCharles Darwinevolutionhistoryhuman exceptionalismInsiders Briefingintelligent designintelligent evolutionMichael FlanneryNature’s ProphetOn the Origin of SpeciesPajaro Dunes meetingRobert CrowtherTacomaWistar Symposium,Trending Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Recommended Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Sharecenter_img Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Intelligent Design Flannery: Who Is the “Godfather” of Intelligent Design?David [email protected]_klinghofferAugust 28, 2018, 11:54 AM One of the untruths told about the modern intelligent design movement is that it has no history to speak of. Science historian Michael Flannery corrects the record in his important new book, Nature’s Prophet: Alfred Russel Wallace and His Evolution from Natural Selection to Natural Theology (University of Alabama Press). Discovery Institute’s Rob Crowther caught up with Professor Flannery at the recent Insiders Briefing, a yearly private event organized by the Center for Science & Culture. This year’s Briefing was held in Tacoma, WA. A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more

Behe’s Irreducible Complexity Validated by Chemistry Nobel

first_img Michael EgnorSenior Fellow, Center for Natural & Artificial IntelligenceMichael R. Egnor, MD, is a Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics at State University of New York, Stony Brook, has served as the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery, and award-winning brain surgeon. He was named one of New York’s best doctors by the New York Magazine in 2005. He received his medical education at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed his residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital. His research on hydrocephalus has been published in journals including Journal of Neurosurgery, Pediatrics, and Cerebrospinal Fluid Research. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Hydrocephalus Association in the United States and has lectured extensively throughout the United States and Europe.Follow MichaelProfile Share Intelligent Design Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share My Discovery Institute colleagues and I have observed that the recent Nobel Prize in chemistry, awarded to Drs. Frances H. Arnold, George P. Smith, and Gregory P. Winter for the ingenious engineering of biomolecules, rewards research that is crucially dependent on the inference to design in biochemistry and to intelligent design as a method of science. The Nobel laureates (implicitly or explicitly) inferred design in cellular structure and function and used random genetic variation of molecules to design highly effective biomolecules. It’s beautiful bioengineering — using random variation in biomolecules to design better molecules. It’s beautiful work in intelligent design science. Coyne Is AghastPredictably, Darwinists are aghast. At Why Evolution Is True, Professor Jerry Coyne is exasperated: “I have no words,” he says. He then goes to write:I presume that Egnor thinks that Frances Arnold [one of the Nobel laurates] is God. Either that, or he fails to understand that humans mimicking evolution in the lab isn’t the same thing as a designer being humanlike and creating plants and animals.And the first ID prize?“Linus Pauling’s groundbreaking work on protein structure in the early 20th century (for which he won the Nobel Prize) depended critically on his correct inference that the structure of a protein must account for the purpose the protein serves in cellular metabolism.”That all turns on the ambiguous meaning of “purpose”, and this is a prime and a rare correct example of “begging the question”. For Egnor, “purpose” presupposes a God rather than being shorthand for “what the protein does as well as the nature of the reproductive advantage conferred by evolutionary changes in that protein.”Coyne misunderstands design science. Intelligent design is two scientific inferences: 1) design is the most reasonable explanation for some aspects of biology, and 2) inference to design in biology is a powerful tool in scientific methodology. These Nobel laurates used the second inference — that inference to design is a powerful tool in biological science — to guide their research. Design in BiomoleculesThey looked for purposes (design) in biomolecules, and used random genetic variation to engineer better biological processes. They did, in a very real sense, what design pioneer Michael Behe discovered in his principle of irreducible complexity: there are some biological functions that are complex in such a way that they cannot evolve simply by random variation and unintelligent natural selection. Intelligence must be added to the process to achieve high levels of biological complexity and function. The Nobel researchers showed how intelligence, coupled to variation, is essential to the evolution of biological novelty. In this sense, these researchers mimicked nature, which is replete with intelligent design. Nature, no less than ingenious biological researchers in their lab, relies on variation, chance, and intelligence in evolution. This Nobel work is a beautiful vindication of irreducible complexity. Coyne correctly points out that good scientific method in bioengineering of biomolecules depends critically on the inference to purpose in biology. The researchers first had to ascertain the purpose — the function — of the molecules, in order to productively evolve them using variation and design. Inference to purpose is pivotal in biological research — the most fundamental and crucial question a researcher can ask about a biological structure or process is: “What is its purpose?” Purpose, of course is always forward-looking. The purpose of DNA is to encode protein structure and facilitate replication. The purpose of ribosomes is to manufacture protein. The purpose of mitochondria is to produce energy in the form of ATP. The purpose of chloroplasts is to carry out photosynthesis. Purpose is the attribute of a system that defines its goal — what it’s meant to do. And purpose inherently signifies design — purpose is a signature of design.Behe ValidatedIt is that signature that guided these Nobel Prize-winning researchers, and always guides the best of biological science. No Nobel Prize has ever been awarded for Darwinian research, and there’s a reason for that. Darwinism denies purpose in biology, and denial of biological purpose is a catastrophic impediment to science. The Junk DNA scandal, for example, which is the catastrophic outcome of the Darwinist inference to purposelessness in biology, set genetic research back decades.Certain levels of biological complexity are so intricate and exquisitely purposeful that they are beyond the feeble power of random chance and mindless selection. They require the application of intelligence to evolve. Once again, it’s design science, not Darwinism, that wins Nobel Prizes. So bravo to Dr. Behe, whose principle of irreducible complexity was so beautifully validated by the superb work of Drs. Arnold, Smith, and Winter and implicitly recognized in this year’s Nobel Prize for chemistry. Photo: Michael Behe, in a scene from Revolutionary: Michael Behe and the Mystery of Molecular Machines. 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