LIVERPOOL, England (AP):Emre Can completed Liverpool’s comeback against Burnley yesterday, clinching a 2-1 victory to consolidate fourth place in the English Premier League.Liverpool are a point behind Tottenham and Manchester City, and 11 adrift of leader Chelsea, having played a game more than the top three.Ashley Barnes had opened the scoring in the seventh minute with Burnley’s first goal at Anfield since 1975, sliding in at the far post to meet a pass from right back Matthew Lowton.Liverpool were looking short of ideas in the absence of injured forward Roberto Firmino, but Georginio Wijnaldum equalised with the last kick of the first half after meeting Divock Origi’s cross.LOW EFFORTCan secured the victory in the 61st minute with his first goal in three months – a sumptuous low effort from distance.There was still half an hour to see out and Ragnar Klavan had to intervene to block a shot from Barnes’ shot. Lowton also hooked over from close range in stoppage time, but Liverpool held on to move five points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, although the London club has two matches in hand.
He’s 0 for 9 in the Nissan Open as a pro and 0 for 11 including two amateur appearances. It’s the only tournament he’s played at least three times and not won. Pulchinski might not be upset – after all, six of the world’s top nine players will tee it up in the tournament – but he’s not immune to the problems of hosting a PGA Tour event without the king of golf. “He’s the best player in the world,” Pulchinski said. “Everyone wants to see him. If he’s not here, I imagine attendance would be affected negatively somewhat because people want to see Tiger play in person. We’d be disappointed, but it’s a fact of life. PGA Tour players are independent contractors. They can pick and choose the tournaments they play. “If he doesn’t, I hope he comes back. (Arnold) Palmer and (Jack) Nicklaus never won at Riviera. I’m sure Tiger would like to win here. It’s probably another record he could go after.” Pulchinski doesn’t put any stock in the fact that the next tournament listed on Tiger’s Web site is the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona. He can still add Nissan to the list today. Woods has just 10 scheduled tournaments listed on his Web site, and he’ll add more as the season progresses. As for tournament organizers, they’ve been getting ready for the Nissan Open, with or without Tiger. “We prepare the same way if Tiger’s playing or not playing,” Pulchinski said. “We put the tents in the same place. We have as much security if he’d be here as if he was not here. There’s plenty of security for all the marquee players. We’ve had just as many tickets that we’ve had to buy in advance. We’ve done the same amount of preparation.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3615 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! This year, it might be different – Woods really might not play. It would be a heavily criticized decision, considering Woods has a streak of seven consecutive PGA Tour wins but has never won at Riviera. Also, he’s had the week off since his third-place finish at the Dubai Desert Classic and this is his hometown tournament. But if Woods is a no-show, Pulchinski won’t be upset. “If that happens, what else can I say, but (playing) 11 of 12 times is pretty good compared to a lot of other tournaments,” Pulchinski said. “He’s played with us and shown us a lot of loyalty. We have to be grateful for that and understanding that Tiger does what Tiger does because it’s in the best interest for him, and that’s what he should do.” Since he turned pro in 1996, Woods has missed the Nissan Open just once, in 2002. Seemingly the one thing that’s missing on Woods’ illustrious resume is a win at Riviera. Woods must decide by 3 p.m. today, when all player commitments are due. While the rumor seems to be more substantial this year, Pulchinski hasn’t put much stock in it. “Absolutely. It doesn’t change from year to year,” Pulchinski said Thursday. “Every year, it’s the exact same thing. You wait to the end. In years past, the same thing happened. Someone hears a rumor that Tiger’s not coming, but he’s been here 11 of the past 12years. It doesn’t seem any different.” Nissan Open tournament director Tom Pulchinski has been down this road before. The buzz around the golf world is that Tiger Woods won’t play in next week’s Nissan Open at Riviera Country Club. If Woods isn’t playing, that’s news to Pulchinski, who has yet to receive official word.