Jordan’s wild journey: Spieth wins The Open at Royal Birkdale

SOUTHPORT, England — During one of Jordan Spieth’s many low points Sunday in the British Open, his caddie reminded him of a photo from a Mexico beach holiday two weeks ago that showed him in All-Star company that included Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan.

The message: “You belong in that group.”

Spieth left little doubt with a closing performance that ranks among the greatest finishes in major championship history.

Trailing for the first time all weekend at Royal Birkdale — and lucky it was only one stroke thanks to a shot from the driving range — the 23-year-old Texan followed with a birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie stretch that allowed him to close with a 1-under 69 and win the British Open by three shots over Matt Kuchar.

Spieth captured the third leg of the career Grand Slam and heads to the PGA Championship next month with a chance to be the youngest to win them all.

“This is as much of a high as I’ve ever experienced in my golfing life,” Spieth said.

And it all started in a spot so dire it looked as though he would endure another major meltdown.

The break of the tournament — and a moment that will rate alongside Seve Ballesteros making birdie from the car park when he won at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 1979 — was when Spieth discovered the range was part of the course.

His tee shot was so far to the right on the par-4 13th hole that it sailed some 75 yards from the fairway and settled in thick grass on a dune so steep he could hardly stand up, let alone take a swing. The only smart option was to take a one-shot penalty for an unplayable lie.

And that’s when Spieth showed his golfing brain is as valuable as any club in his bag.

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Source:: The Denver Post

Brauchler wins Colorado gubernatorial straw poll

George Brauchler, 18th Judicial District attorney, won the Western Conservative Summit’s gubernatorial straw poll, leading a roll of 26 candidates with 38 percent of the vote, organizers said Sunday.

Former Republican state representative Victor Mitchell finished second with 20 percent, and Steve Barlock, who served as Denver co-chairman for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, came in third, with 7 percent.

State Treasurer Walker Stapleton, who has not yet announced his candidacy, followed with 6 percent, and Doug Robinson, a former investment banker, tailed 5 percent, organizers said.

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More than 3,500 participants from 40 states attended the three-day conference at the Colorado Convention Center. Attendees included conservatives, Republican volunteers, Tea Party activists, students and community, religious and business leaders.

Front-runners were all Republicans.

The ballot offered 26 choices, including 18 Republicans, 7 Democrats and one independent.

Director of the Centennial Institute Jeff Hunt said, “The Colorado gubernatorial straw poll is a test of 2017 potential gubernatorial preferences among grassroots conservatives in Colorado.”

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Source:: The Denver Post

Lark Creek restaurant shuts down in Walnut Creek after 22 years

Lark Creek restaurant, a mainstay in Walnut Creek’s constantly evolving downtown, has closed after 22 years.

The Locust Street location, one of the early homes of noted chef Bradley Ogden’s American comfort food menu, still featured such classics as fried chicken, pot roast, meatloaf — and Ogden’s famous butterscotch pudding. The restaurant had recently participated in the Walnut Creek Restaurant Week promotion, as it did most years.

A note posted on the website read: “Thank you for your patronage over the years! We have decided to close our doors effective Friday, July 21. It has been our pleasure to serve and be a part of the Walnut Creek community. We truly appreciate your support.”

Remaining open are at least two other high-profile members of the Moana Restaurant Group, which took over operations from the Lark Creek group in 2015. They include Parcel 104 at the Santa Clara Marriott near Levi’s Stadium and the seafood-centric Yankee Pier in Lafayette.

The group had previously closed its Lark Creek Blue concept at San Jose’s Santana Row.

Moana representatives did not respond to a request for comment on the Walnut Creek closing.

One of Ogden’s original flagships, One Market, which made its debut in San Francisco in 1993, is under separate ownership.

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Source:: The Mercury News