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Lewis tied for Detroit lead, DeChambeau misses cut

England’s Tom Lewis flying high in Detroit as he shares the halfway lead with Joaquin Niemann at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, where defending champion Bryson DeChambeau crashed out.

Last Updated: 03/07/21 12:10am

Tom Lewis is tied for the halfway lead

Tom Lewis is tied for the halfway lead

Tom Lewis will go into the weekend of the Rocket Mortgage Classic in a share of the lead as defending champion Bryson DeChambeau missed the halfway cut in Detroit.

Lewis sits top of the 36-hole leaderboard for the first time in his PGA Tour career after he matched the three-under 69 of Joaquin Niemann to tie the Chilean on 10 under par, one shot clear of a chasing pack that includes popular American Max Homa.

But a troubled week for DeChambeau ended on Friday as rounds of 72 and 71 saw him miss the cut by two strokes, while his fellow US Open champions Webb Simpson and Gary Woodland also bowed out.

Lewis was looking for positive momentum to take into next week’s John Deere Classic, which represents his final chance to qualify for The 149th Open at Royal St George’s, where he enjoyed the first-round lead as an amateur the last time the Championship was staged in Sandwich 10 years ago.

And he is well placed to travel to TPC Deere Run on the back of a victory after a cautious second round in Detroit, carding three birdies and 15 pars in a solid performance that consolidated his opening 65, and he was particularly delighted to hole a nine-foot putt at the last to remain bogey-free for the tournament.

Lewis shares the lead with Joaquin Niemann

Lewis shares the lead with Joaquin Niemann

“That was big,” said the Englishman. “I was saying to my caddie, John, it would be nice to get up-and-down and go bogey-free for two rounds. It’s always nice doing that. I’m just happy, even if I did miss that putt, to be in the position I am going into the weekend. I’m really pleased with the way I’ve been playing.”

Lewis admitted he had mixed feelings over his chances for the weekend, declaring himself “confident and nervous”, and he knows that keeping his game together on Saturday will be crucial.

“I’m going to make mistakes on the weekend, I know that, and it’s just a matter of holing putts at the right time to make important pars and obviously make as many birdies as possible,” he added. “So I’m just going to try and enjoy myself as much as I can whatever happens this weekend.

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“I think the toughest round for me is going to be tomorrow. If I can go out and shoot under par, whatever happens, I’ll be really happy with that. Some days I really feel quite relaxed a lot of the times when I’ve been in those positions. Tomorrow’s going to be key for me.”

Niemann has also kept a bogey off his card over the first 36 holes as he chases his second PGA Tour title, while Homa and Russell Knox made huge strides up the leaderboard with 65s on day two.

Scotland’s Knox was one over after four holes and staring at a missed cut, but he played the remainder of his round in seven under par and insisted the blustery conditions brought out the best in his game.

Bryson DeChambeau missed the cut by two shots

Bryson DeChambeau missed the cut by two shots

“I need the wind, I think, to bring out the creativity in my game,” he said. “It was windy, but I was in control of my ball today, which is something which I’ve been lacking, I guess, maybe over the course of the season.

“So it was really nice and comforting today to be in control of it and fortunately I was able to capitalize and shoot a good score.”

Knox is just two off the lead at the halfway stage, while Ireland’s Seamus Power is three back after a 71 and Danny Willett recovered from a poor front nine with three birdies on the inward run to get to six under par.

But DeChambeau, who split with long-time caddie Tim Tucker on the eve of the tournament, could not keep the mistakes at bay and offset four birdies with three bogeys in a lacklustre defence of his title.

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Was a 240-Pound, 7-Foot-Long, 100-Year-Old Fish Found in Detroit River

On April 30, 2021, the Alpena Fish and Wildlife Conservation office — a branch of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — shared news on Facebook of a “once in a lifetime” catch:

real life river monsterA once in a lifetime catch for our Detroit River native species crew last week! This real life river monster was tipping the scales at 240 lbs, measuring 6’10” long, and a girth of nearly 4′. Caught in the Detroit River, this fish is one of the largest lake sturgeon ever recorded in the U.S.

Based on its girth and size, it is assumed to be a female and that she has been roaming our waters over 100 years. So, she likely hatched in the Detroit River around 1920 when Detroit became the 4th largest city in America.

This fish was returned to the river after being processed by scientists from the Alpena office. That office, according to its website, deals with “conservation, restoration and management of the fishery resources of the Great Lakes Basin.” The sturgeon catch was part of that office’s native species restoration efforts:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s mission is to preserve and restore native species. This is done by acquiring biological information on native species’ population status/trends, habitat availability/quality, controlling nuisance species and conserving habitat through protection, restoration and management. Restoration of native fish species and promoting healthy fish communities is a priority for the Alpena Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office.

Determining the age of a lake sturgeon is not an exact science. In the past, scientists have determined the age of these fish using relationships between certain scales or bones in a fish and its known age. While some of these methods have been further validated using radiocarbon dates, any age estimate will come with uncertainty, and that uncertainty increases with age.

Other more basic approaches have been created based on those aforementioned aging techniques. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), for example, has created a simple chart that estimates age based only on length (from the sturgeon’s nose tip to the end of the dorsal lobe of the tail) and girth (the maximum circumference on the sturgeon’s body). Using this approach, an 82-inch long fish with a maximum girth of 48 inches is literally off the chart.

The closest approximation on that table would be an 80-inch-long, 35-inch-wide fish. Such a fish, according to the Michigan DNR, would have an estimated age of 153. Unfortunately, these numbers come with a great deal of uncertainty when you get to the larger end of the scale. What is certain, however, is that this is a huge old fish.

“We don’t know the exact age of the fish,” Justin Chiotti, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist, told the Detroit Free Press. “But, to be 7-foot long and 240 pounds, the fish was likely 100 years old or older, and I think that’s a minimum estimate, but I didn’t want to get too crazy.” An age of 100 years or so would put the fish’s birthday somewhere in the administration of either U.S. President Woodrow Wilson or his successor Warren G. Harding.

Because the fish’s size was confirmed by the scientists who captured it, and because there is a solid scientific rationale for concluding a fish of this size would be a century or more old, the claim that someone caught a 7-foot-long, 240-pound, centenarian fish in the Detroit River is “True.”

Author: Alex Kasprak
This post originally appeared on Snopes.com