‘Pharma doesn’t like fish oil’: Wall Street funds sold Amarin after big win with heart drug

first_img Senior Writer, Biotech Adam is STAT’s national biotech columnist, reporting on the intersection of biotech and Wall Street. He’s also a co-host of “The Readout LOUD” podcast. GET STARTED About the Author Reprints Adobe Tags biotechnologySTAT+ What is it? @adamfeuerstein Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. What’s included?center_img Wall Street fund managers lightened their stock positions in Amarin (AMRN) during the fourth quarter — an unexpected downshift in sentiment that suggests some doubt about the company’s ability to transform its fish-oil derived heart drug into a commercial blockbuster.The last three months of 2019 were good for Amarin, topped in December with a Food and Drug Administration decision to expand the approval of Vascepa. Amarin is now allowed to say the drug prevents heart attacks, strokes, and related health problems in people who are at high cardiovascular risk. The company believes Vascepa could now be prescribed to millions of Americans, leading to billions of dollars in new revenue. Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. [email protected] Log In | Learn More By Adam Feuerstein Feb. 18, 2020 Reprints ‘Pharma doesn’t like fish oil’: Wall Street funds sold Amarin after big win with heart drug Adam’s Take Adam Feuersteinlast_img read more

Florida to start internet sales tax collection

first_imgDeSantis briefed on blue-green algae treatment used on Caloosahatchee June 7, 2021 AdvertisementWhat’s not perfect in the eyes of Democrats is that the billion dollars each year will be used to replenish the state’s unemployment trust fund.“We could use this money to offset driver’s license fees,” said Representative Anna Eskamani.“This is really a tax. A regressive tax on workers,” said Representative Angie Nixon. Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementTags: Governor Ron DeSantisLegislation Advertisement LCSO among law enforcement agencies deploying officers to Texas, Arizona June 16, 2021 But supporters argue the money will avoid a tax increase on 2.5 million small businesses“We look in there and there’s a twelve hundred dollar increase for my unemployment tax. Now my in my world, twelve hundred dollars is a few workers. Blue-collar workers,” said Representative Nick DeCeglie.If you haven’t voluntarily paid the tax in the past, the legislation forgives you for breaking the law and protects you from being audited in the future.“We prevent Floridians from mistakenly breaking the law by not paying tax on something they were supposed to pay tax on for years,” said Representative Bob Rommel.College student Hanna Raymon has mixed feelings.“Now, I guess I don’t have to pay back, but now I have to pay in the future, so I don’t know how I feel,” said Raymond. It will take about four years to replenish the unemployment trust fund. After that, the money will lower the tax businesses pay on commercial rentals.  The legislation only applies to retailers with $100,000 or more in sales. Local governments are expected to see an extra $239 million starting in July and $250 million a year starting in 2022. Florida bans ‘critical race theory’ from public school classrooms June 13, 2021 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – After what one state lawmaker called a ‘historic’ vote, legislation to require out-of-state retailers to collect the sales tax on internet sales is on its way to the Governor. Ron DeSantis is expected to sign the legislation, but only because the new revenue will be used to offset another tax.Few people in Florida know they required to pay the sales tax not collected on online purchases, but starting in July, out-of-state merchants will begin collecting the tax for you. “Is this a perfect bill? No,” said House sponsor Representative Chuck Clemmons. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Registration opens for 2021 Florida Python Challenge June 4, 2021 RELATEDTOPICSlast_img read more

In Pictures: Magical Mountrath St Patrick’s Day a delight as parade receives national attention

first_img Twitter Pinterest 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin In Pictures: Magical Mountrath St Patrick’s Day a delight as parade receives national attention Pinterest Twitter Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results By Siun Lennon – 17th March 2019 Facebook Home Lifestyle In Pictures: Magical Mountrath St Patrick’s Day a delight as parade receives… LifestyleOut and About WhatsApp GAA center_img WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleRemember the Game: The Harps defeat Castletown-Slieve Bloom in Palmer Cup in 2011Next articleGardai appeal for information after elderly man viciously assaulted in Laois Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA Brought to you in association with Joe Mallon Motors, PortlaoiseAll sorts of ghouls, dragons and fairies took to Main Street, Mountrath for their mythical St Patrick’s Day parade.No stone was left unturned with a variety of floats, acts, entertainment and delights to entertain all the ages.National broadcaster RTÉ even turned up to get a glimpse of the action on the day.Mountrath St Patrick’s Parade Committee chose this year’s theme to recognise the multi-cultural country Ireland has become and the growing number of different communities living in and around the town.The parade in Mountrath has been a much loved tradition honouring Irish heritage and culture since 1973.Highly revered for its iconic and original floats; the parade in Mountrath has generated a huge following with even one Irish Journalist Brenda Power describing it as ‘one of the last traditional parades’.In recent years the addition of school mascots and Grand Marshall combined with a variety of entertainment has added to its popularity.Chairperson for this year’s Mountrath St Patrick’s Parade Committee is local independent County Councillor James Kelly.“Mountrath and its surrounding areas has a very strong tradition of celebrating our national saint and the crowds that flock to the town have always been presented with a great parade that caters for all ages,” said cllr Kelly.A variety of local acts also took to the big stage to showcase the best of local talent.Thanks to Claudia Morrin and Evan Doyle who, along with our reporter Siun Lennon, captured these great photos: TAGSMountrath St Patrick’s DaySt Patrick’s DaySt Patrick’s Day 2019St Patrick’s Day Parade Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory SEE ALSO – Laois footballer Conroy nominated for Republic of Ireland U-15 Player of the Year award GAA last_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Sunday, May 19, 2019

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Deaths in Laois – Sunday, May 19, 2019 Twitter WhatsApp By Alan Hartnett – 19th May 2019 Pinterest WhatsApp Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results TAGSDeaths in Laois Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Christina (Crissie) Doyle (née Maher)Clanmalire, Portarlington, LaoisChristina (Crissie) Doyle(née Maher) 19 Clanmalire, Portarlington and formerly Pattison Estate, Mountmellick Co. Laois. Died Peacefully May 18th at The Regional Hospital Tullamore surrounded by her loving family.Predeceased by her husband Aidan. Deeply regretted by her loving daughters Aideen, Julie and Christine and her loving grandson Aidan, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters in law neighbours, relatives and friends.R.I.P.Reposing Maher’s Chapel of Rest, Portarlington, on Sunday evening from 7pm with Recital of The Rosary at 9pm. Funeral arriving to St Michael’s Church, Portarlington, on Monday morning for 10am Requiem Mass. Burial after in St Joseph’s Cemetery, Mountmellick. Funeral Home Private on Monday morning please.Cornelius GlynnBayroad, Mountmellick, Laois / Bray, WicklowCornelius (Con) Glynn, Bayroad Mountmellick and formerly Bray, Co. Wicklow, May 18th, at home in the loving care of his family (in his 99th year). Beloved husband of the late Rita (nee Martin). Deeply regretted by his loving family Mary, Pat, Conor, Collette and Marty. Grand-children, great-granchildren, Sister Monica Murphy (Ballsbridge), daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, neighbours, relatives and many friends.Reposing in Moloney’s funeral home, Mountmellick, Sunday from 4:30pm until removal at 6:45pm to St. Joesph’s church, Mountmellick, arriving at 7pm. Requiem Mass Monday morning at 11am burial aftwards in St. Joesphs Cemertery.Mary O’Neill (née Delaney)Sidegate, Moneenroe, Castlecomer, Kilkenny / Wolfhill, LaoisMary Delaney O’Neill, Sidegate, Moneenroe, Castlecomer & formerly of Glosna, Athy Road, Wolfhill, Co. Laois.Peacefully at Home surrounded by her Family. Mary will be sadly missed by her husband Martin, sister, brothers, aunt, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Reposing at her Home from 5pm on Saturday. Vigil Prayers and Rosary on Sunday evening at 8pm. Funeral Prayers on Monday morning at 10am followed by removal to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Moneenroe for 11am Requiem Mass, with burial in the adjoining cemetery. House Private on Monday morning, please.Family flowers only please, donations, if desired, to Carlow/Kilkenny Homecare Team (donation box in church).MAY MARY REST IN PEACEFrank LangfordMorette, Emo, LaoisFrancis Langford, Morette, Emo, Co. Laois. Died after a short illness, May 17th, at The Regional Hospital, Tullamore, surrounded by his loving wife and family. Deeply regretted by his loving wife Marie (née Greene) and his family and their spouses and partners Mark and Rachel, Helen, Michelle and Niall Treacy, Francis and Regina, Jason and Sara, and Ronan, his mother Mary, grandchildren, uncles, aunts brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, neighbours, relatives and many friends.Rest In PeaceReposing in his home on Saturday from 5pm. Recital of The Rosary at 8.30pm. Reposing on Sunday from 3pm with Recital of The Rosary at 8pm. Funeral arriving for 12 noon Requiem Mass on Monday to St Paul’s Church Emo. Burial afterwards in The New Cemetery, Emo. House Private on Monday morning, please.Alice Parnell (née O’Brien)Old Knockmay Rd, Portlaoise, LaoisParnell (nee O’Brien) “Avondale”, Old Knockmay Rd., Portlaoise, May 16th, 2019, peacefully, surrounded by her loving family. Alice, beloved wife of Kieran and dearly loved mother to Michael and Lisa. Cherished grandmother to Aoife, Laura, Rachel, Adam and Conor. Deeply regretted by her loving family, Maura and Seamus Morrin, sisters in law Annie and Delores, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.Reposing at Keegan’s Funeral Home from 6pm on Friday evening with rosary at 8pm. Requiem Mass at 10am on Saturday morning in SS Peter and Paul’s Church, Portlaoise. Interment in SS Peter and Paul’s Cemetery afterwards.Angela Cussen (née Kenny)Donaghmede, Dublin / LaoisCussen Angela (nee Kenny) (Donaghmede and Grawn Attanagh, Co. Laois) (14th May 2019) peacefully surrounded by her loving family in Beaumont Hospital. Beloved wife of John and loving mother of Colm and Jonathan. Very sadly missed by her husband and sons, daughters-in-law Jennifer and Toni, grandchildren Jamie, Josh and Kymberly, sister Kathleen, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, extended family and friends.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Saturday, May 18, 2019 Twitter Pinterest Previous articleSalter goal key as Crettyard Utd book historic Leinster Junior Cup final placeNext articleChanges on the way in Offaly Local Elections – as women seek to make their presence felt Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Sunday, May 19, 2019 Deaths Facebook GAA GAA GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Facebook 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Disguised SK Cosmetics Popular in Markets

first_img SHARE North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) Disguised SK Cosmetics Popular in Markets AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] NewsEconomy News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR South Korean cosmetics produced in Chinaare being sold in North Korean markets masked as products from Southeast Asia,the Daily NK has learned. According to a local source, this is becauseresidents commonly believe Chinese cosmetics are inferior in quality and SouthKorean products are illegal, leading to such cover-up methods.“In fall, a lot of women buy skin-careproducts, and there are also a lot of weddings, so many buy cosmetics toinclude in ceremonial gift exchanges,” a source basedin North Hamgyung Province told the Daily NK on October 30th. “There are a lot of different types in the marketplace, but productsfrom Southeast Asia are the most popular.”“Most people know that Southeast Asian cosmetics actually means the products are from South Korea,”she added. “The name of the product is written inEnglish, but inside, there are instructions written in Korean, so a lot ofpeople know to look for Southeast Asian cosmetics.” According to the source, when going throughcustoms, the Korean instructions are not included, but rather added in when they go onsale at the market. Selling South Korean products is strictly banned, somerchants have been using these methods as attempts to evade the crackdowns.“The distributors are basically smugglingin semi-packed goods from China to get by surveillance,” the source said. “Consumers have now cometo realize cosmetics from Southeast Asia are actually South Korean, seeing thatthe instructions are written in Korean, so stalls that sell cosmetics arebustling with people.”“South Korean cosmetic sets, unlike Chinesegoods, have up to 15 different products ranging from essence [moisture infusionto prep skin for other products], skin toner, hair mousse, shampoo, andconditioner,” the source explained. In time for weddingseason in the North, the “Southeast Asian cosmetics” havebecome essential goods for ceremonial gift exchanges, pushing prices up to1,000 RMB from 700 RMB.“These cosmetics from ‘Southeast Asia’ notonly have great whitening effects, there is no surveillance on them in themarketplace, which is why they sell well,” the sourcesaid. “Many women now say it’smore important to save money on food and use good cosmetics, which is why it’s likely sales for these good will climb.”Meanwhile, Eunhasu[milky way], manufactured in Pyongyang’s cosmetics factories, and Bomhyanggi [scentof spring],produced in factories in Sinuiju, are both madewith natural ingredients, receiving good reviews locally. However, the source asserted that as most areexported overseas, few North Korean women have the opportunity to use them.center_img Facebook Twitter News News By Daily NK – 2014.11.03 2:53pm There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once againlast_img read more

Manufacturing sales slip 0.2% in February

first_img Leading indicators signal steady rebound: OECD Related news Household debt-to-income ratio fell in first quarter: Statscan Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Statistics Canada says manufacturing sales fell 0.2% in February to $53.6 billion as the motor vehicle assembly and petroleum and coal product manufacturing industries declined. Economists had expected a drop of 0.7%, according to Thomson Reuters. Factory sales were down in 10 of the 21 industries, representing 37% of the Canadian manufacturing sector. In volume terms, sales ticked up 0.1%. Sales in the motor vehicle assembly industry fell 5.3% to $5.7 billion, while the petroleum and coal products industry dropped 5.0% to $5.1 billion. Sales fell in seven provinces, led by Ontario, which fell 1.1% to $25.7 billion. Sales in Quebec rose 2.1% to $12.9 billion.center_img Economy lost 68,000 jobs in May Canadian Press Keywords Economic indicators Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Solicitor-General says Public Service Commission should deal with Chest Hospital Issues

first_imgAdvertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Solicitor General has recommended that the Public Service Commission(PSC) determine whether there has been any breach of Staff Order regulations, arising from investigations into the operations of the National Chest Hospital(NCH) in Kingston.This was revealed by Minister of Health and Environment, Rudyard Spencer, at a press briefing at his ministry, King Street, downtown Kingston, today.Mr. Spencer said that he had been advised by the Solicitor General, that the committee he had appointed to review the situation had no power to make any determination of the rights and obligations of anyone, as it was advisory and could only make recommendations to him as minister.He also pointed out that the committee provided an opportunity to the affected persons to participate in the investigations, but they declined.“(The Solicitor General) also found that there was no breach of natural justice, and no evidence of bias on the part of the committee,” the minister explained.The Solicitor General’s advice provided guidance on how best the Ministry should treat with matters pertaining to the operations of the hospital, arising from a report from a committee which had been appointed by the minister.The institution came under the spotlight, after the review conducted by the committee, established by the Minister in October, 2007, revealed several deficiencies in the hospital’s activities. The review also found shortcomings on the part of the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) in the monitoring of the institution.One of the issues highlighted in the committee’s report, was that of exorbitant private fees paid to a consultant physician attached to the institution by public patients. The medical practitioner was subsequently suspended, and the matter referred to the Solicitor-General for advice.Mr. Spencer said that the Solicitor General recommended that a copy of the committee’s report be submitted to the Commission, for the commission to determine whether there has been any breach of the Staff Order Regulations. And also, that the document be submitted to the Medical Council of Jamaica for consideration of its contents, with a view to holding an enquiry, pursuant to the provisions of the Medical Act, as is deemed fit.“Since receiving the advice of the Solicitor General, I have submitted copies of the report to both the Public Service Commission and the Medical Council of Jamaica,” Mr. Spencer confirmed.Regarding the recommendations relating to the general problems at the hospital, the Minister reiterated that his Ministry has moved with dispatch to address them, including a $60 million refurbishing exercise. He added that there is also an outstanding order for US$55,000 worth of items expected soon. RelatedSolicitor-General says Public Service Commission should deal with Chest Hospital Issues RelatedSolicitor-General says Public Service Commission should deal with Chest Hospital Issuescenter_img RelatedSolicitor-General says Public Service Commission should deal with Chest Hospital Issues Solicitor-General says Public Service Commission should deal with Chest Hospital Issues Health & WellnessMarch 3, 2009last_img read more

Prince Michael Suggests Aggressive Enforcement of Seat Belt Law

first_imgRelatedPublic Servants Agree to Wage Restraint RelatedGround Broken for New Barracks at Up Park Camp Advertisements RelatedPrince Michael Lauds Jamaicanscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail His Royal Highness, Prince Michael of Kent, has suggested that aggressive enforcement of the seat belt law could assist in further improving road safety in Jamaica.He pointed out that the use of safety belts and helmets is one of the most basic ways of improving road safety in any country. The Prince was speaking during a Round Table discussion with representatives of the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing and the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), following a tour of the National Works Agency’s Traffic Management Centre in Kingston, on April 17. The tour and discussion formed part of the itinerary for the Prince’s five-day working visit to the island, from April 15 to 19, as special guest of the NRSC, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.Citing the case of Costa Rica, he noted that enforcement of the seat belt law in that country had made a significant impact on its usage among motorists, and in turn, road safety. He informed that the country was awarded the Prince Michael Road Safety honour as a result of its achievements in improving seat belt compliance.“The reason I gave them an award is because, finally, 20 years after the (seat belt) law had been introduced, they actually got around to enforcement. So, it can be done and if Costa Rica can do it, I’m sure you can do it,” he said.Responding to Prince Michael’s suggestion,Executive Director at the NRSC, Paula Fletcher, said that the Council, and other stakeholders, including the Road Safety Unit, have been working to change the culture of seat belt usage in Jamaica, through the use of public education campaigns.She informed that these campaigns have seen very favourable results over the years.“We are aware of the challenges with seat belt usage, and from time to time, have had various programmes,” she said.Mrs. Fletcher informed that in conjunction with the NRSC’s 20th anniversary celebrations, the Council has launched a road safety campaign, in collaboration with Olympic gold medallist, Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, with one of the main messages being the promotion of seat belt usage. The Prince is the Royal Patron for the Commission for Global Road Safety and Patron of the non-profit organisation, Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). Both organisations have been leading advocates in the fight to reduce road traffic injuries and deaths.He is also Patron for the Institute of the Motor Industry, as well as founder and patron of the Prince Michael Road Safety Award Scheme. Additionally, he is President of the Institute of Road Safety Officers and is an Honorary Fellow at the Institute of Highways and Transportation.The Prince, who arrived in the island on April 15, is on a five-day visit as the special guest of the NRSC, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. He will depart the island on Friday, April 19. Also in attendance were: Minister of Transport, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies; Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy; State Minister in the Ministry, Hon. Richard Azan; Vice Chairman and Convener of the NRSC, Earl Jarrett; and Co-ordinator of the Below 240 Programme, Victor Anderson.By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker, JIS Reporter Prince Michael Suggests Aggressive Enforcement of Seat Belt Law Office of the Prime MinisterApril 18, 2013last_img read more

Millicom snags Ooredoo CCO Gordon

first_imgHome Millicom snags Ooredoo CCO Gordon AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 26 AUG 2015 Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more MillicomOoredoo Emerging market operator Millicom appointed Cynthia Gordon, a senior executive with Ooredoo, to head its Africa business.Gordon (pictured), who joins on 21 September, will be Millicom’s executive vice president, CEO Africa Division, with responsibility for operations in six countries.She will report to Mauricio Ramos, Millicom’s recently appointed CEO whose background is in the Latin American cable television industry. Aside from Africa, the group’s footprint also covers Latin and South America.Millicom’s strategy is based on what it terms the Digital Lifestyle, which bundles a number of services, including mobile, cable television and mobile money, into a single offering for consumers.Gordon was Chief Commerical Officer of Ooredoo, reporting to the group’s CEO. Previous stints included Orange, where she was vice-president of partnerships and emerging markets and developed her African expertise.Despite her new role, she will remain on the Board of Commissioners of Indosat, Ooredoo’s largest operating company.Millicom’s African operations covers six markets: Tanzania, Ghana, DRC, Senegal, Rwanda and Chad. Tags Author Millicom to launch open RAN network in LatAmcenter_img Español Richard Handford Previous ArticleWileyfox targets Europe with Asia-inspired smartphone strategyNext ArticleBICS completes “first end-to-end” VoLTE call between Asia and Europe Millicom lanzará una red RAN abierta en América Latina Related Millicom mejora resultados gracias a las altas de móvillast_img read more

Laird trying to outlast young guns at WMPO

first_imgSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Martin Laird watched the ball disappear into the cup on the par-3 16th hole and put some elbow grease into his fist pump. It certainly wasn’t the most exciting moment on golf’s most raucous hole. That belonged to Francesco Molinari, who made the first hole-in-one at the 16th on Saturday at the Phoenix Open since Tiger Woods in 1997. But it was plenty important to Laird. On the verge of dropping another shot and watching his lead dwindle, Laird followed that 10-foot par putt with a birdie on the 17th and another par save on the 18th to finish off a 3-under 68 and take a three-shot lead into the final round. Next up is another round with a new pair from the next generation. Laird, a 32-year-old Scot who has lived in Scottsdale since turning pro, played in the final group Saturday with two 21-year-old rookies, Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger. Chasing him Sunday will by Hideki Matsuyama, the 22-year-old from Japan who is No. 18 in the world, and 24-year-old power hitter Brooks Koepka. ”This might just be the way it is,” Laird said of the increasingly evident youth movement. ”When they come out, they’re ready to go. They don’t need three or four years to get used to the Tour life or used to the golf courses. I don’t think they get intimidated at all anymore.” Laird was at 13-under 200 as he goes for his fourth PGA Tour victory. Waste Management Phoenix Open : Articles, videos and photos Matsuyama, already with seven wins worldwide, birdied his last four holes to surge into contention with a 63. Koepka finally managed to find the fairways, made birdie on both par 5s on the back nine and shot 64. They were at 203 with Zach Johnson, who shot a 67. Laird at least has a cushion, which might not have been the case without those key par putts, especially on the 16th. He pulled his tee shot into the water on the par-5 15th and made bogey, which can feel like losing two shots. And then he stepped into the arena at the 16th, hit wedge at the flag from 133 yards and pulled it enough to go in a bunker. He blasted out to about 10 feet, though the putt had plenty of break. ”That was a big one,” he said. ‘You don’t want to make two bogeys in a row at two holes you’re looking at maybe making birdies on.” He followed with a perfect pitch to 3 feet for birdie on the 17th, and finished his round with a 10-foot par save. Molinari’s ace wasn’t for show. It carried him to a 64, and at 8-under 205, he was among 15 players still within five shots of the lead. Perhaps the biggest surprise of that group was Jon Rahm of Spain, a junior at Arizona State playing this week on a sponsor’s exemption. He got the gallery on his side early, especially by wearing a Sun Devils jersey when he teed off on the 16th, and shot 66. Rahm was at 9-under 204, along with Ryan Palmer (68) and Thomas, who had four birdies over his last six holes to salvage a 69. ”I’m not surprised, but I didn’t expect it. Something between there,” Rahm said. Laird played in the final group with Thomas and Berger, two players who were still in high school three years ago. That’s the way golf is shifting, players getting younger and more fearless. And that’s what Laird faces again on Sunday. Matsuyama, who won the Memorial last year, was the first rookie to win the Japan Golf Tour money list. He played bogey-free, and it was his birdie streak at the end of the round that put him into contention. The best one of all was his 50-degree wedge into the 16th and a salute from the crowd. Koepka is the Floridian who went to the far corners of the world to chase his card, starting at the Challenge Tour on Europe and then winning the Turkish Open last year. He was 3 over on the par 5s this week, his first tournament in nearly two months, and made up some ground Saturday. Koepka hit the fairway on two par 5s on the back nine, setting up simple up-and-down birdies, and he made birdie on the 17th. ”It’s just a little bit of rust, just not playing in two months,” Koepka said. ”Felt like today I was finally comfortable. Being out there the last two days, it was almost like I was trying to find the driver a little bit.” Even with an overcast sky and cool temperatures, TPC Scottsdale still had a big buzz. The hope was for a record attendance – as it had been all week – until Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson both missed the cut. The attendance was 159,906, some 40,000 short of the record last year. But it was loud enough, especially the final hour. ”It shouldn’t be a struggle to get your adrenaline going,” Laird said.last_img read more