Raiders can’t get started — a big reason they’re 1-7

first_imgFor complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.ALAMEDA — There’s nothing wrong with the Raiders that a few short-field drives couldn’t make better.Actually, there would still be a lot wrong with the Raiders, but it’s also true their inability to get decent field position has had made a bad team even worse.The Raiders had 10 possessions in a 34-3 loss to the 49ers in falling to 1-7. All started on their own side of the field with an average drive start of the 24-yard line. The …last_img read more

Square And PayPal Push The iPad-ification Of America’s Small Businesses

first_imgRelated Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Mobile Payments#PayPal#PayPal Here#square The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces dan rowinski Square, PayPal, and Groupon all made news today with the common goal of getting small businesses to junk their cash registers for Internet-connected devices that promise to bring the simple act of settling accounts into the future.Change With Your CoffeeI work from home, but every morning I wake up, take a shower and go straight to work from my local coffee shop. About half of those days I stop at the neighborhood ATM kiosk to grab some cash. Call it quaint, call it archaic, but my local coffee shop only takes hard currency.The coffee shop, 1369 in Cambridge’s Inman Square, is really the only reason I bother using cash at all. 1369 is a little old school, a little hipster. Cash sales were kind of its “thing.” That’s why I was surprised the other day when I ran into 1369’s owner, Josh Gerber, and he told me that the coffee shop was going digital with the Square Register.To me, this is disruption personified. No longer are we talking about some abstract concept of how smartphones and tablets could change businesses at the local level. We are seeing it in action on a tangible scale on the street, in our neighborhoods and, yes, at our local coffee shops.Mobile Reshapes Main StreetLeading the charge in this changing business landscape are companies like Square, PayPal, LevelUp, Intuit, Groupon, Revel and a variety of others. The task these companies have taken on is no easy challenge – each aims to redefine the point of sale and replace one of the most common items for Main Street business: the cash register.The chosen vehicle to replace the cash register? The iPad.Call it the iPad-ification of the point of sale or the mobilization of American’s businesses. We are now starting to see distinct results from several years of ecosystem growth and product releases intended to change the way that basic commerce is conducted.Square is the leading disruptor. It was the company that made the original card-swiping device for the iPhone and, later, the iPad. With its Square Register software, it introduced one of the first connected point-of-sale solutions. Today, Square took that a step further by announcing the Square Stand, a full replacement for the cash register that holds an iPad, includes a built-in credit-card swiper and allows business to connect cash drawers and receipt printers. The Square Stand, due out in July, is available for pre-order for $299.Not to be outdone, PayPal announced at the same time a new program called “Cash For Registers” where it will buy old registers from businesses that wish to install PayPal Here, its own iPad-oriented point-of-sale system—and it’s waiving payment-processing fees for the rest of the year.Groupon also unveiled a new iPad-friendly version of its Breadcrumb point-of-sale software today.Already, Revel Systems uses the iPad and Intuit can install any variety of smartphones or tablets into an effective register replacement.Conceptual To ImplementationFour factors are driving the implementation of iPad point-of-sale systems in small and medium-sized businesses:Install cost: It is often cheaper to buy an iPad and a couple of accessories that it is to go through a major point-of-sale vendor like Aloha or Micros, whose devices can cost thousands of dollars apiece.Interchange: The classic credit-card readers often have a variety of hidden costs for the business. They take a few percentage points of the total sale and often have a monthly fee or minimum that must be reached by the merchant, driving up their take to an effective rate of 3 to 5 percent for many merchants. Square charges interchange of 2.75% with no hidden fees on swiped transactions. A company like LevelUp does not charge interchange, but rather makes money as a marketing and advertising platform, offering incentives to users.Mobile acceptance: A couple of years ago (even last year, when we first noticed the iPad point-of-sale trend), smartphone and tablet adoption were still in relative infancy. That has changed in a big way extraordinarily quickly. In just a few years, smartphones are now the norm. Second and third wave mainstream consumer adopters are now looking at them not as some weird fad but as practical tools for solving problems.Ease of use: Anyone can hit a few buttons on an iPad and swipe a credit card. Proprietary register systems pose a training nightmare.Square’s new Stand product promises to be more durable than the older plug-in card swiper. Square merchants like Blue Bottle were known to stock multiple replacement swipers in case one went bad—but no one wants to fiddle with hardware while customers are waiting.PayPal is taking a less prescriptive approach than Square’s integrated hardware and software, but it too is pushing iPad-based solutions. It rolled out an iPad version of PayPal Here in March, with one nice feature from its parent company, eBay: Merchants can scan barcoded inventory for easy input into the register’s list of items for sale.“The reason the iPad is such a great device is it’s touchscreen; you can integrate it with devices like receipt printers; it’s relatively affordable,” says PayPal president David Marcus. “It’s the ideal device.”Marcus says PayPal’s seen many merchants upgrade from the smartphone version to the iPad version.“We just want to accelerate the inevitable,” Marcus says of PayPal’s move to offer free payment processing to merchants who take it up on the register turn-in offer. The cash register “is a dumb device,” he says, that doesn’t handle features like loyalty tracking or remote ordering.At 1369, Gerber knew that he would eventually need to go digital, at least to the bare minimum of accepting credit cards. Yet, the average check at 1369 (or really any other coffee shop) is in the $4-$5 range. When you are processing a lot of small transactions, that interchange rate becomes painful. That is why it is good for businesses when payment processors battle on interchange and lower rates for everybody.We are now in a phase in the Mobile Revolution where we are seeing concepts become reality. This is not just some startup CEO saying, “I am going to change the world” or a huge gadget manufacturer telling us that this is the next big thing. These are real implementations we can see, feel and touch, in our neighborhoods and at our coffee shops.Photo via 1369 Coffee HouseOwen Thomas contributed reporting to this story.last_img read more

Five Lies About Selling

first_imgSolutions Selling is Dead: Pure, unadulterated bullshit. Has selling changed? Absolutely. Has buying changed? Perhaps, but not as much as is being touted (at least not in B2B sales). The idea behind solutions selling is that you collaborate with your clients to understand their business needs, whether it is pain or latent pain, and develop consensus around a solution that moves their business forward. It’s a process that starts at target and ends at close, covering all of the stages in between. The process is mostly good fundamentals, and it is anything but dead.Pain Is Dead: Hair-splitting. People buy when they are dissatisfied. If they don’t know they’re dissatisfied and you motivate them to change, you aren’t helping them by ensuring they remain satisfied. Selling is helping to move your client to a better place. Better than what? Better than where they are now. If they didn’t know their results could be better, you created the pain, or you developed the latent dissatisfaction. If you help your clients capitalize on an opportunity they didn’t know existed, the gap you introduced them them to is the source of their dissatisfaction. Try to be compelling without pain.Relationship Selling Is Dead This lie should come with it’s own hazard suit. You don’t want to get any on you. Anyone who has successfully sold knows that the very heart of their success has been built on relationships of value, both inside their company and out. Imagine you have two opportunities. In the first opportunity, you have developed relationships with all of their stakeholders, you have access, and you have a deep understanding of their needs. You have developed trust. In the second opportunity, you are unknown, you’ve had no real access, and your prospective buyer doesn’t know that you understand their needs. You just don’t have a relationship. But let’s assume what is true about you in the first opportunity is true about your competitor in the second. Which deal are you going to win? Which deal is your competitor going to win?Cold Calling is Dead: This is a special lie. It belongs to charlatans selling greenhorns a book, a program, or a package that promises they’ll never have to make the uncomfortable “ask.” The charlatan’s target market is those susceptible to believing the fairy tales that social media and inbound marketing alone are enough to make your number. Is every method effective? Should your playbook be more than cold calling? Absolutely. But you still need to pick up the phone.Buyers Have a Process: They don’t. Certainly they go through the stages of a buyer’s journey (dissatisfaction, recognition of needs, exploring options, avoiding risk). But they don’t have a formal process (if they do, you’re selling to purchasing). Buyers hope you know how to help them figure out what they need, build consensus within their organization, and write the business case for their management team. Buyers don’t have a process, and if they do then it mostly leads to a no decision. Better you believe the truth which is somewhere closer to you helping your buyer with a process. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now Here are five lies about sales and selling. Don’t believe them.last_img read more

Harden has 31, Rockets win again over Knicks

first_imgLATEST STORIES Ryan Anderson added 21 points for the Rockets. They won their eighth straight at Madison Square Garden, a streak that lasts so long that Mike D’Antoni was the Knicks’ coach last time they beat Houston at home, back on Jan. 26, 2009.Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 23 points for the Knicks, but Kristaps Porzingis was held to 19 as their three-game winning streak was snapped. Porzingis had scored 30 in five of the first six games, including a career-high 38 in a victory over Denver on Monday night, and came in third in the league with 29.3 per game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Rockets arrived in New York struggling a bit, particularly from long range. Houston had been held below 30 percent from behind the arc already four times, including 28 percent in its loss to Philadelphia on Monday night, and hasn’t had a 40 percent night yet.D’Antoni said the Rockets’ data showed they were getting similar 3-point attempts as last season, when they set an NBA record for makes, but they just hadn’t been nearly as accurate. They finished at 36.5 percent Wednesday — but only after their subs cooled off to a 2-for-12 final quarter. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “There was no chance to get here and no use being on the bus for two hours for that,” he said.UP NEXTRockets: Visit Atlanta on Friday night.Knicks: Host Phoenix on Friday night. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TIP-INSRockets: Houston scored 36 points in the second quarter and 40 in the third. … Clint Capela finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds. … Eric Gordon had 17 points and Trevor Ariza 16.Knicks: The Knicks have three games remaining on a five-game homestand, their longest of the season.ONE-SIDED RIVALRYThe Rockets beat the Knicks for the 23rd time in the last 25 meetings. Houston has swept the series in 10 of the last 12 seasons.CHANGE OF PLANSThe Rockets decided to cancel their morning shootaround at Madison Square Garden because of the difficulty of getting to the arena from their hotel. They are staying in Battery Park, near where eight people were killed Tuesday when a man drove his truck onto a bike path, and the investigation was ongoing Wednesday morning. D’Antoni said they had the bus ready to take them and figured it wasn’t worth it.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) celebrates after making a three point basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in New York. The Rockets won 119-97. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — James Harden had 31 points and nine assists, and the Houston Rockets had their 3-pointers falling again in a 119-97 victory over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.Harden made six 3-pointers and the Rockets hit 19 to bounce back after two straight losses.ADVERTISEMENT Nadal beats Chung to guarantee ending the year as No. 1 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Ancelotti ‘thrilled’ by Serie A return with Napoli

first_imgNapoli Ancelotti ‘thrilled’ by Serie A return with Napoli Ben Spratt 14:59 5/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) CarloAncelotti - cropped Getty Images Napoli Carlo Ancelotti Serie A The former Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain boss is delighted to have been given an opportunity to coach at “one of the greatest teams in Italy” Carlo Ancelotti has expressed his delight to be returning to Serie A and joining Napoli, hailing them as one of Italy’s “greatest teams”.The former AC Milan coach has been out of the game since leaving Bayern Munich last September, but he replaced Maurizio Sarri on Wednesday after Napoli were beaten to the Scudetto by Juventus.Ancelotti, who won the Serie A title once as Milan coach, is hopeful that his “knowledge and experience” can help Napoli topple seven-time defending champions Juve. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “I’m very happy to return to my country and to one of the greatest teams in Italy,” he said in a statement on his official website.”We come to compete and give Napoli all our knowledge and experience. We are thrilled by this challenge and to open a new stage in football.”I want to thank the president for trusting me in a project that I love and for the chance to get to know one of the best clubs in Italy. To the fans, I say that we will work hard and very professionally to reach our goals that we all want.”I hope we can all enjoy this together.”Ancelotti had been linked with a return to Milan and the Italy national team job before arriving at Napoli in place of Sarri, who is reportedly be set for a move to Chelsea.last_img read more

10 months agoCannavaro backing Napoli to win Europa League

first_imgCannavaro backing Napoli to win Europa Leagueby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBallon d’Or winner Fabio Cannavaro is backing Napoli to win the Europa League.The former centre-back lifted the trophy with Parma in 1999.“I was the last to win what was still the UEFA Cup in 1999,” Cannavaro told Il Mattino.“I was at Parma, and at that time we dominated the UEFA Cup like the Spaniards do now. I don’t know why, over time, Italian teams have snubbed this competition, although it’s certainly tiring.“Winning it brings great joy though, and Napoli have all the means to do that.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Which NFL Teams Really Have the Toughest And Easiest Schedules in 2014

The NFL released its 2014 schedule Wednesday night, confirming the dates and locations of all 256 matchups (and ending your chance to enter the St. Louis Rams’ schedule-guessing contest, even though you had no chance of winning). With the slate solidified, you can probably expect to see more of the standard strength-of-schedule analysis that averages the 2013 winning percentages of a team’s opponents. Unfortunately, those numbers aren’t especially useful, because they assume each team will be exactly as good in 2014 as it was in 2013; in reality, NFL teams vary quite a bit from season to season, and our ability to predict which ones will and won’t be good in a given year is extremely limited.For example, going into the 2013 season, the Detroit Lions were expected to have the league’s second-hardest schedule based on the 2012 records of their opponents. So, what ended up happening? According to the strength-of-schedule component of Pro-Football-Reference’s Simple Rating System, Detroit actually had the league’s easiest slate of opponents last season.In cases like this, a better tactic is to make regressive predictions. We can use a regression formula to predict each team’s 2014 Simple Rating from its ratings over the previous two seasons, while building in plenty of regression to the mean to reflect our limited knowledge. If we base each team’s projected 2014 strength of schedule on these regressive predictions (while also taking into account a 2.5-point home-field advantage depending on where the game is being played), we arrive at the following projected schedule strengths for 2014:The biggest differences between our projected SOS numbers and the NFL’s official rankings center around a handful of teams in the AFC East and NFC South. The AFC East’s record was better in 2013 than it had been in 2012 — despite posting a poorer point differential — while the NFC South had a better record in 2012 than in 2013 (mainly because the Atlanta Falcons’ record declined so much in 2013).Because the regression is looking at two years’ worth of data (albeit weighing results from 2013 about 2½ times as strongly as those from 2012), it expects Atlanta to be roughly an average team in 2014 — not the 4-12 team it’s perceived to be by the NFL’s official SOS metric — which feeds most heavily into the SOS ratings of Atlanta’s divisional foes in Carolina, Tampa Bay and New Orleans.Meanwhile, the two-year regression is skeptical about the AFC East having as good a record in 2014 as it did in 2013. It’s not so much about the AFC East’s improved out-of-division win-loss record in 2013 (it was 22-18 outside the division in 2013, only a modest improvement over its 19-21 record in 2012), but more about the way the division’s records didn’t match up with its teams’ point differentials. According to Football Outsiders, AFC East teams’ actual wins exceeded their pythagorean wins by 3.9 victories in 2013, including 2.6 for the New York Jets alone. Research has shown that such overachievement is rarely sustainable, so our regression method would be expecting a decline for the Jets (and the division as a whole) in 2014.Such a regression-based system is far from perfect; for example, it doesn’t even know about which players changed teams in the offseason between 2013 and 2014. (But even methods that try to account for such wrinkles do a relatively poor job of prediction compared with simple metrics like our regression.) In other words, the above SOS rankings are going to be wrong — but they’re almost certain to be a more accurate gauge of each team’s schedule difficulty in 2014 than the official rankings that only tap into last year’s records. read more

Tiger Woods Plays His Best In The Midwest

In the Northeast … Finished in top 2580% In the West … Average finish15.9 Average finish17.4 In the Southwest … Finished in top 543% There’s a reason that Woods, like so many other PGA Tour players, has a home — and a private golf course — in Florida.Tiger has finished in the top five in 40 percent of his starts in the Sunshine State. That feat is only further amplified by the fact that he’s played more events in Florida (62) than in any other state. He’s won more than a quarter of those events, including the 2009 Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, less than a year after his knee surgery.“Once we figure out what courses we like, we tend to play those,” Woods said after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2013 — for the eighth time.He has four wins at Augusta National, tied with Arnold Palmer for the second most by any player,8Nicklaus has six. and he has finished in the top five in at least half of his appearances in Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland and North Carolina. Three-fourths of his career starts in the region resulted in top-25 finishes.With its wide fairways, Augusta National is tailor-made for big hitters like Woods. “Augusta has always rewarded length more than any other course,” Nicklaus once said.Southwest Woods has managed his most dominant performances in the center of the country. He has a higher percentage of top-25 finishes, top-five finishes and wins in the Midwest than he does in any other region of the U.S. One-third of the 69 total tournaments he played there resulted in wins, and nearly 30 percent of his PGA Tour victories have come in the region.Woods has won more than twice as many tournaments in Ohio alone (13) as he has in the Southwest (four) and Northeast (two) combined. “He’s just making mincemeat out of golf courses,” the redoubtable Jack Nicklaus said after Woods won the 2000 Memorial Tournament2Which Nicklaus designed. in Dublin, Ohio, by five strokes. The following year, Woods won the tournament by an even wider margin. As he once succinctly put it, “[I’ve] done well in Ohio, I guess.”If you took Tiger’s accomplishments only in Illinois — his two major championships (the PGA Championship in 1999 and 2006) among his seven career victories — he would already qualify for the World Golf Hall of Fame upon being of eligible age.3He’d also qualify in California, Florida and Georgia.In total, Woods has placed in the top 25 at Midwest tournaments a gaudy 80 percent of the time. From 2000 to 2009, his average finish at Midwest tournaments was an unimaginable 5.3. Fewer than 30 players in the history of the sport have enough total PGA Tour victories to match Tiger’s tally of 23 just in the Midwest.When compared with Tiger’s performance in other regions of the United States, his degree of dominance in the Midwest is unparalleled. So why has his success largely manifested itself in middle America?Three tournaments — the WGC Bridgestone Invitational (formerly named the WGC-NEC Invitational), the Memorial Tournament and the BMW Championship (formerly the Western Open) — served as the backdrop of 18 of Woods’s 23 Midwestern wins. Each is longer than the PGA course average,4Which ranged between 7,200 yards and 7,300 yards from 2003 to 2015, according to GolfPredictor.com. allowing bombs-away players like Tiger to attack scoring openings. Firestone Golf Club, home of last week’s Bridgestone Invitational, features a 667-yard 16th hole, among the longest par-5s in the world.5Woods birdied the hole in his first round last week, though he hit water there during the final round and double-bogeyed the hole. Woods has been known to obliterate those kinds of holes with his transcendent power and pin-seeking style of play.Familiarity with a course also helps, particularly when putting: Greens can be deciphered with repetition, which is why Woods so often plays tournaments he’s played before.6Excluding majors and World Golf Championship events, the last time Woods won a tournament the first time he played the course was 1998. Tiger has played four courses in the Midwest7Cog Hill, Firestone, Muirfield Village and Warwick Hills. at least nine times each — accounting for 56 of his 69 Midwestern tournaments played.West Won33% Total events119 Total events31 Finished in top 2575% Finished in top 551% Won7% Finished in top 544% Average finish24.1 Finished in top 558% Average finish14.6 In the Southeast … Finished in top 532% Won14% Out of all the areas in the U.S. where golf is played, the Northeast has been particularly trying for Woods.9As trying as a region can be for an all-time talent the likes of which may never be seen again. He has won just twice in the region — the 2002 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black and the 2006 Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston — in 31 starts.If it’s difficult to dominate any golf course, it may be especially so in the Northeast. Just check June’s scores at Shinnecock Hills. Or the memories of the Massacre at Winged Foot.When Woods competed in the 2004 U.S. Open, which was also at Shinnecock Hills, he finished in the top 20 despite shooting 10 over par. When he won the 2002 U.S. Open, he was the only player who finished in the red. But he’s finished outside the top 30 in five of the past seven tournaments in the region.The patience demanded by many courses in the Northeast doesn’t match Tiger’s game or approach. We’re talking about a guy who finished outside the top 10 in driving distance only twice from 1998 to 200710He finished 11th in 2003 and 12th in 2007. but who has often failed to regularly hit fairways. The margin for error in the Northeast is often smaller, so it’s critical to avoid bogeys and mitigate errant tee shots. Deftly navigating recovery shots is paramount. So it’s no wonder that the player many identify with the most competitive and aggressive style the sport has ever seen struggles mightily to play conservatively. Average finish18.4 Tiger Woods has won golf tournaments in pretty much every corner of the map, from Australia to Dubai and even Japan.But the place where he’s dominated most is America’s heartland: the Midwest. He’ll get another chance to pad his numbers there in this week’s PGA Championship, at Bellerive Country Club in Missouri. Woods has never won in the Show Me State — nor has he even finished a tournament there before — but if his track record in nearby states is any indication, the PGA might provide him with a good chance to check off yet another stop on his Midwestern victory tour.To figure out which region Woods has ruled over the most, we dug through Tiger’s tournament results since 1992, when he played his first professional event, and cataloged all of his starts.1I used National Geographic’s regional map to determine regions. (Apologies to those offended by Oklahoma’s inclusion in the Southwest or any of the states listed as being in the Midwest). We looked at tournaments held in the U.S. that Woods started, excluding unofficial events or team events like the Ryder and Presidents cups. That gave us a sample of 316 tournaments to parse — and some clear through-lines emerged.Midwest Total events28 Won25% In the Midwest … There was a time when Texas — most notably the Byron Nelson Championship — served as an annual stop on Tiger’s tour schedule, but he hasn’t played a PGA Tour event in the state since 2005.In fact, he’s largely avoided the Southwest in general, having played only four events there since 2010. Maybe that’s because his all-time record for most consecutive cuts made was snapped at the Byron Nelson in 2005; he hasn’t returned since.But regardless, Texas has been arguably Woods’s most successful state in the region; he’s finished in the top five in more than 50 percent of his 15 tournaments and won twice.Northeast Total events69 Total events65 Finished in top 2579% Finished in top 2558% Won23% Woods was born and bred on the West Coast, so it’s fitting that the native son dominates the region. He’s played nearly twice as many events in California (52) as he has in the Southwest (28) over his career, and his home-state trophy case is ostentatiously full.Tiger’s last major championship was the 2008 U.S. Open, at Torrey Pines, arguably the most herculean performance of his career. With two stress fractures below his knee and a torn ACL, Woods walked 91 holes over five days (because of a 19-hole playoff with Rocco Mediate) at the South Course, which, at more than 7,600 yards, is among the longest courses in major championship history. Effectively playing on one leg, Woods produced one of the greatest individual efforts ever seen in a major.The performance wasn’t an outlier; it was a continuation. Woods won five consecutive events at the course over a four-year stretch and has won nine in total if you count his Junior World title. In at least half of his starts in each of California, Colorado, Hawaii and Nevada, he’s finished in the top five.His coastal success at courses like Torrey Pines, Pebble Beach and Kapalua largely follow the same cadence that his success in the Midwest does: Use length to establish an advantage on the rest of the field, make timely putts and dominate scoring holes.Southeast Finished in top 2577% At this stage of his career, Woods only traffics where he’s had success; aside from majors, you can expect him to tee it up where he’s dominated in the past. This week represents a rarity for Tiger: the opportunity to try his hand somewhere new. Bellerive is enormous, catering to his power-driven approach. Plus, the Midwest certainly qualifies as the backdrop for some prime Woods domination over the course of his career. So even though he hasn’t yet completed a tournament in Missouri, it would hardly be surprising to see him in contention. History says so. read more