Nick Watney takes it at -16/Doral

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Nick takes $1.4mil for the weekend. He’s been playing great this year. And this guy..Tiger? He may have gotten something back in this final round at Doral shooting a 66. He was striking the ball like the Tiger we all know. The Master’s are coming around the corner and it’d be nice to see him play well. We want a Tiger come back!

Nick Watney plays an iron-shot during his victory over Tiger Wood at the WGC Match Play Championship.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Nick Watney beats Tiger Woods at WGC World Matchplay tournament
  • Lee Westwood sees off Robert Karlsson 3&2 at Dove Mountain
  • Rory McIlroy and Westwood can take over as World No.1 with overall victory
  • Dustin Johnson thrashes Francesco Molinari 7&5

(CNN) — Nick Watney sent former world No. 1 Tiger Woods packing in the second round of the WGC Match Play Championship in Arizona Thursday.

Woods, who had to battle in his first-round win over Spain’s Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, again took the match against his fellow American to the final hole.

Trailing one down, the 14-time major champion hit a superb approach to within 10 feet of the hole. Needing the putt to take the match to the 19th, Woods pushed it wide to hand his opponent victory.

"I’ve blocked my putts all day and I blocked that one. I didn’t make any putts today and, subsequently, I didn’t win the match," Woods said after his bid for a fourth title in the 64-man event ended early.

"I didn’t miss a single shot coming in, which is good. And that was fun, to hit the ball that well. Unfortunately, I just didn’t make a putt when I needed it."

Woods is still seeking his first win in a PGA Tour event since 2009, but has shown signs of a return to his best form since the start of the year.

"We don’t see him miss putts like that very often," said Watney, who next faces world No. 3 Lee Westwood. “And there were a few of them.”

Westwood beat fellow former European No. 1 Robert Karlsson of Sweden 3 and 2, but has lost to the American for the past two years Arizona.

He can take the No. 1 ranking from fellow Englishman Luke Donald, beaten by Ernie Els in the first round, with victory come Sunday.

Westwood won four of the first six holes but had to hold off a late rally from his opponent before booking a last-16 place.

World No. 2 Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland also has his eyes on the top spot, and progressed comfortably with a 4 and 2 win over Anders Hansen of Denmark.

The U.S. Open champion will next take on Spanish veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez, who beat in-form U.S. PGA Championship titleholder Keegan Bradley 2 and 1.

Scottish pair Paul Lawrie and Martin Laird will play each other in the last 16 after more excellent play.

Former British Open champion Lawrie followed up his first-round victory over England’s Justin Rose by edging out 20-year-old Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa on the final green.

Laird carded eight birdies against 18-year-old Italian Matteo Manassero on his way to a 2 and 1 victory.

American Dustin Johnson had to battle back from three down to beat Ryder Cup teammate Jim Furyk in the first round, but enjoyed a 7 and 5 romp over Italian Francesco Molinari for the biggest win of the week so far.

Johnson, seeded ninth, will next play 40th-ranked compatriot Mark Wilson — who won 3 and 2 against England’s Robert Rock, winner of January’s Abu Dhabi event where Woods made his season debut and tied for third.

Another home hope, Steve Stricker, winner of the tournament in Australia in 2001, sank a 20-foot birdie putt on the last to see off former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa.

The 44-year-old world No. 5 will next face 21st-seeded compatriot Hunter Mahan, who thrashed former PGA Championship winner Y.E. Yang of South Korea 5 and 3.

Els, having routed Donald 5 and 4, lost by the same score to SwedePeter Hanson and is facing an uphill battle to qualify for the Masters in April.

Hanson, seeded 33rd, will take on Brandt Snedeker, who beat fellow American Kyle Stanley 2 & 1.

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There’s been a ton on at the Micro Pig Brewery over the past 2 weeks but we’ve had time to brew another Milk Stout.

I’ve been excited since brewing the Left Hand clone for the Brooklyn Wort competition tomorrow. After doing some research I found a recipe from an old brewery in the UK, Whatney’s in BYO.

Watney’s Cream Stout Clone

5 gallons/19 L, extract with grains; OG = 1.063; FG = 1.020; IBU = 37; SRM = 39; ABV = 5.5%

Ingredients

3.3 lbs. (1.5 kg) Dark extract syrup
3.0 lbs. (1.4 kg) Light dried malt extract
0.5 lbs. (0.22 kg) Belgian Special B malt
0.5 lbs. (0.22 kg) Belgian CaraMunich malt
0.5 lbs. (0.22 kg) Belgian roasted barley
0.5 lbs. (0.22 kg) Belgian roasted malt
0.5 lb. lactose (at bottling)
0.25 tsp. Burton water salts
9 AAU Cascade hops (2.oz.)
7.8 AAU Bramling Cross hops (1 oz.)
Wyeast 1056 (American Ale) yeast
0.5 cup corn sugar (for priming)

Step by Step
Crush the grains, place in a grain bag and steep them in 2.5 gallons (9.5 L) of 168 °F (76 °C) water for 20 minutes. Remove grain bag and bring grain tea to a boil. Stir in malt extract and resume boil, add Cascades hops once boil resumes. After 45 minutes, add the Goldings hops. (60 minute total boil.) Ferment at 68 °F (20 °C)

Hipster piglet and I even managed our first starter ever. This should be an amazing beer, probably better than the competition beer. Will make sure to do a taste test next month.

Exciting!

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Sean Bean Set For The Martian
Get your ‘when does he die?’ jokes out now…

“He’ll suffocate! He’ll experience explosive decompression! He’ll be roasted by a stray rocket booster! He’s playing the planet Mars and it blows up at the end!” Yes, we can almost hear the litany of ‘How Will Sean Bean Die?’ jokes being drawn up as we write this, but here’s the news anyway – he’s joined the cast of Ridley Scott’s The Martian.

Matt Damon is starring in the film as NASA astronaut Mark Watney, left stranded on Mars after his crewmates on the Ares 3 mission are forced to evacuate by a dust storm.

To stave off death on the Red Planet, Watney tries to rustle up water and grow crops. Meanwhile, his fellow astronauts are kept in the dark about his survival during their voyage back to Earth on the Hermes spacecraft. NASA struggles to find some way to rescue Watney, while the Hermes astronauts add their efforts once they finally discover he’s alive. Jeff Daniels will play the NASA boss who must decide how much to tell Watney’s colleagues about his dire straits, while Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara and Michael Peña are all now listed as aboard the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

As for Bean, he’s staying firmly on the ground as a NASA flight director, who presumably works for Daniels’ character and faces little chance of kicking any buckets unless a stray space shuttle lands on him, or something. Drew Goddard adapted Andy Weir’s book for the film, which kicks off filming next month.

Bean has been busy starring in US cable drama Legends and will be seen in both Jupiter Ascending (due February 6 next year) and Pixels, which lands next year. 

James White

Sean Bean Joins Matt Damon in Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’

Sean Bean Joins Matt Damon in Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’

As Ridley Scott‘s The Martian approaches the start of shooting, yet another high-profile name has entered its orbit. Sean Bean is reportedly set to star in the space survival drama, which centers on an astronaut played by Matt Damon. Hit the jump for more on the Sean Bean The Martian casting.

Scripted by Drew Goddard and based on the book by Andy Weir, The Martiancenters on astronaut Mark Watney…

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The Martian by Andy Weir

I gave The Martian 5 stars on Goodreads, though I’ll be honest, I felt guilty about doing so. The Martian is a flawed book, and worse still it’s flawed in ways that if it happened in most books I’d complain at length. Character development is minimal, clichés are sprinkled liberally and the main character I’d probably have disliked had he showed up in most books.

But all of that fades into the background when you actually come to the book. Just prior to the start of the story, astronaut Mark Watney and his colleagues are caught in a storm on Mars, and NASA gives the order to evacuate. Watney is hit by a communication antennae and when he can’t be rescued and his monitor reads zero, is left, presumed dead. But he survived, and the book chronicles his attempts to survive in the Martian world (the antennae that hit him was also the only thing that would allow him to contact home), along with some of NASA back on Earth and occasionally his crew mates. Lip service at best is given to anyone’s personal life, this is a book firmly about space, not about those who happen to work in it.

The story is mainly told via Watney’s logs, which gives an unusual perspective. They are mostly absent the emotional trauma that would be expected, (internet arguments abound whether this is because he wouldn’t record that, or because he’s a complete Marty Stu, this is left as an exercise for the reader). Rather they instead focus on exactly how he goes about trying to save his own skin, going into detail about the science, engineering and thinking behind his actions. I wasn’t left feeling confused (with GCSE sciences, A-Level physics and a maths based degree), and this is probably the book’s greatest strength. A lot of SF treats space travel as easy (I’m looking at you “Star bang-on-the-ship-to-make-it-go Wars”). Mars is, celestially speaking, practically on top of us. But throughout the book you constantly feel just how close Watney is to dying, you hear in detail just how much this could all go wrong. And it’s impossible not to cheer him on.

Normally I’d hate the character of Mark Watney. But reading the book I couldn’t help be swept along, cheering every victory, fearful at every setback. The book is a lot like the moon landings. If you think about them then you know rationally they were enormous wastes of public money (which could have gone to much more useful places), as part of Cold War tensions. But when you watch them, look at the plaque (“We came in peace for all mankind.”)or read the speech prepared in case of their death (I love this speech so much, if you haven’t read it it’s here), I for one can’t help smiling from ear to ear. The Martian is a flawed book, but boy does it push all the right emotional buttons.

I should probably say something about the ending too. There are two versions (not in terms of what actually happens, as in literally the phrasing of the last few paragraphs). More recent versions contain a different ending to the earlier self published ones. I got the most recent one, and found it a little strange and out of tone with the rest of the book. The other ones sounds much better.

tl;dr Go read the Martian. Be proud to be a human being.

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