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This Year’s U.S. Open Spotlights Ben Hogan’s Claim to a Fifth

For almost 100 years, the hallmark of the United States Open has been the qualifying procedure. It’s integral to the very nature of the Open, as the tournament is open to all comers — provided they have an official handicap index of 1.4 or better.

Usually the Open field is composed of 156 players, with half of them qualifying via prior performance and the other half through a series of grueling qualifying rounds. The Open is played on some of the finest courses in the land, under the most rigorous conditions imaginable, but the need to first qualify through superlative play is paramount.

It is this requirement of having to earn one’s way into the championship that clearly sets the Open apart as the most democratic of all of golf’s tournaments.

Typically, there are 9,000 to 10,000 applicants for local qualifying at about 115 sites across the country, with successful qualifiers moving on to 10 regional qualifying sites in the United States. There are also additional international qualifying rounds, with regionals in Canada, England and Japan. Most years, about 78 players are fully exempt into the championship and qualify through a variety of categories — winners of the major tournaments over the past several years, winners of other U.S.G.A. events in the past year, high finishers on various money lists and the like.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S.G.A. canceled all qualifying and replaced it by deliberately selecting players picked from several golf performance lists for approximately half the field with the other half coming from the fully exempt categories as usual. Because of the change of dates for the tournament — to mid-September from mid-June — the field was reduced to 144 players, a result of the fewer hours of available sunlight in the fall than in the summer that is critical to completing the first two rounds with a much larger field.

The goal was to mirror — as closely as possible — the average composition of the various player categories over the past few years and fit play into the available light. John Bodenhamer, the U.S.G.A.’s senior managing director, in charge of the Open, acknowledged that the goal was to mirror the average composition of the past few years. “This has been a very challenging year, and to go without qualifying is deeply disappointing to us,” he said.

However, the U.S.G.A.’s category selections were somewhat arbitrary — for example, this year’s inclusion of players off the Official World Golf Ranking list was increased to 70 from 60; 13 amateurs, always a fixture in the Open, were included, down from the 18 who played their way into the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.

Without the qualifying rounds, there won’t be any wonderful, compelling stories about the young assistant pro at a small club who overcomes all odds to qualify or the heartwarming tale of the senior amateur who first played in the Open 25 years before and finally made it back. The U.S.G.A. takes great joy in publicizing those individuals.

Also missing will be the ultimate Cinderella stories — the players who had to go through the qualifying rounds and went on to win the U.S. Open — Ken Venturi in 1964, Orville Moody in 1969, Steve Jones in 1996, Michael Campbell in 2005 and Lucas Glover in 2009.

Because of the elimination of local and sectional qualifying, this year’s Open is tantamount to an invitational tournament. But the winner’s name will appear on the U.S. Open trophy right there with the greats of the game. His scores will go in the official U.S.G.A. record book and he’ll also receive the same gold medal as those legendary players.

As a counterpoint, consider the case of the 1942 Open. It was called the Hale America Open, but it came to be known as the Wartime U.S. Open. It was conducted by the U.S.G.A., with an assist from the Chicago District Golf Association and the PGA of America, and was played at Ridgemoor Country Club in Chicago on the traditional mid-June dates for the U.S. Open.

Most significantly, it featured local and sectional qualifying conducted by the U.S.G.A.

Virtually all of the top players were there; players who had already won a major or would go on to win one. Bobby Jones even came out of retirement to play.

Without a doubt, it had all of the trappings of the U.S. Open.

Ben Hogan won by three strokes over Mike Turnesa and Jimmy Demaret, and by four over Byron Nelson, shooting 17-under-par 271 for the tournament. Hogan’s Open appeared for many years in the official record book. And the gold medal that Hogan was presented with by the president of the U.S.G.A., George Blossom, was visually identical to the other four he would go on to win. There was one very slight exception — the background of a small field of stars on the face of the medal, about half the size of a pinkie fingernail, is not painted blue as it is normally in the ones that winners get for winning the Open.

The threshold question then is, if this year’s U.S. Open, without local and sectional qualifying — the bedrock principle underpinning the U.S. Open — is considered official, shouldn’t Hogan’s name be added to the iconic trophy and his records put back in the official record book as well?

Hogan always believed he won five U.S. Opens, though U.S.G.A. removed the 1942 victory from their record book and did not engrave his name on the trophy. Restoring his fifth title would also change another bit of Open history: Hogan’s 62 in the second round would also count as the lowest score in the tournament’s history.

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Trump Has the Coronavirus. What Risks Does He Face?

President Trump’s announcement on Friday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus has raised many questions about what the infection could mean for the health of America’s top leader.

In a statement, the president’s physician said Mr. Trump, who is 74, was “well” but did not say whether he was experiencing symptoms. He said the president would stay isolated in the White House for now.

Here is what we know about how the virus could affect people with his general profile.

Older men are up to twice as likely to die from Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, as women of the same age are, according to an analysis by the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Another study, published in Nature in August, found that this was because men produce a weaker immune response than do women.

The potential for needing hospitalization rises after the age of 50, said Raina MacIntyre, who heads the biosecurity program at the Kirby Institute of the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Obesity poses another risk factor for dying — particularly among men, according to an analysis of thousands of patients treated at a Southern California health system.

“If you don’t know anything about Donald Trump, just knowing that he’s a male, over 70, and appears to be overweight, right away, you can say he’s in the high-risk group,” said Michael Baker, a professor with the department of global health at the University of Otago in Wellington who is an adviser to the New Zealand government.

Even though the risk of severe illness from Covid-19 increases with age, most people who contract it get well quickly with minimal symptoms.

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“The good news is that even people who have a number of risk factors, on average, do well,” Professor Baker said. “Only a minority have illness and severe consequences.”

“A lot of people his age who get Covid are actually fine,” said Benjamin Cowling, head of the division of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Hong Kong.

The outcome could be complicated if Mr. Trump has certain underlying health conditions, which researchers widely agree pose a risk of serious illness.

Mr. Trump, White House officials and his doctor have maintained in recent months that the president was in good health. But Mr. Trump loves cheeseburgers and does not exercise much, aside from playing golf. In June, Mr. Trump’s doctor said the president weighed 244 pounds, which makes him slightly obese.

“If he doesn’t have diabetes, high blood pressure or any long-term illness, then the outcome probably won’t be severe,” said David Hui, the director of the Stanley Ho Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Experts agree that the next week will be critical in determining the course of Mr. Trump’s illness.

If Mr. Trump does not develop symptoms, antibodies will appear 10 days after the onset of illness and he will recover, according to Dr. Hui at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has said that “the good news about Covid-19” is that about 40 percent of those who get infected never develop symptoms.

Current estimates suggest that symptoms, if they appear, could do so as soon as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure to the virus.

If Mr. Trump develops mild symptoms such as a cough, fever or shortness of breath, it could take him a week to recover. A severe illness, which could mean developing lung lesions and pneumonia, could require hospitalization, possible ventilation and months of treatment.

“You couldn’t put a specific time on it,” said Dominic Dwyer, a medical virologist at the University of Sydney. “Irrespective of what one thinks about politics, you wouldn’t wish this on anyone.”

Experts agree that Mr. Trump’s treatment regimen will depend on whether he develops symptoms in the coming days.

As long as he has no symptoms, or limited symptoms, maintaining a comfortable environment in which he can be isolated for 14 days and be regularly assessed by doctors would suffice.

There is, of course, no cure yet for Covid-19. But if Mr. Trump develops pneumonia and respiratory failure and other signs of a more serious condition, a number of treatments that have been used widely by doctors and nurses would be available to him.

Remdesivir, an antiviral drug designed to treat both hepatitis and a common respiratory virus, has shown to be useful for treating severely ill patients. A steroid called dexamethasone has also reduced mortality in such patients, according to scientists at the University of Oxford.

Elsie Chen contributed reporting.

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Eric Trump Finally Interviewed in N.Y. Fraud Inquiry

After months of delays, President Trump’s son Eric was questioned under oath on Monday as part of a civil investigation by New York’s attorney general into whether the Trump family’s real estate company committed fraud.

The deposition came less than a month before the presidential election. And while the interview was not made public, the mere fact that it happened before Election Day was a victory for the attorney general, Letitia James, whose inquiry is one of several legal actions the president and his company, the Trump Organization, are facing.

Ms. James’s office declined to comment about what was discussed in the deposition, which was conducted remotely and ended around 5 p.m. It was unclear when the questioning began.

Marc L. Mukasey, who represents Eric Trump along with Alan S. Futerfas, also declined to comment, as did Alan Garten, the Trump Organization’s general counsel.

The attorney general’s investigation is focused on whether the Trump Organization inflated its assets to get bank loans and tax benefits.

In August, Ms. James, saying the company had tried to stall the inquiry, asked a judge to order Eric Trump, an executive vice president at the Trump Organization who runs its day-to-day operations, to answer questions under oath and to order the company to turn over documents.

Ms. James, a Democrat, sought the order after Mr. Trump pulled out of an interview with her office in July, and after the company said that it and its lawyers would not comply with seven subpoenas.

Eric Trump’s lawyers responded to Ms. James’s move by arguing that he was willing to be interviewed by lawyers from the attorney general’s office, but only after the election.

The delay was necessary, Mr. Trump’s lawyers said, because their client was busy campaigning for his father and because he did not want his deposition to be used “for political purposes.”

But Justice Arthur F. Engoron of State Supreme Court in Manhattan rejected those arguments and ordered Eric Trump to sit for a deposition no later than Oct. 7.

“This court finds that application unpersuasive,” the judge said from the bench after a two-hour hearing on Sept. 23. “Mr. Trump cites no authority in support of his request, and in any event, neither petitioner, nor this court, is bound by timelines of the national election.”

Justice Engoron also ordered the Trump Organization and several related entities and lawyers to turn over records connected to four of the properties that Ms. James is scrutinizing.

Eric Trump reacted to the ruling by assailing the attorney general’s investigation as “a continued political vendetta.” Nonetheless, he added, “since I previously agreed to appear for an interview, I will do so as scheduled.”

Ms. James began her inquiry last year after the president’s former personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, told Congress that Mr. Trump had overstated the value of his assets in financial statements when seeking bank loans and had understated them to reduce real estate taxes.

The investigation is focused on a number of Trump properties, including several that came up during Mr. Cohen’s congressional testimony. Those that were the subject of the subpoenas were the Seven Springs estate in Westchester County, N.Y., the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, 40 Wall Street in Lower Manhattan and the Trump National Golf Club, Los Angeles.

Court documents released in August suggested that there were concerns within the Trump Organization that the attorney general’s civil inquiry could develop into a criminal investigation.

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Gómez and Korda in French Open Decades After Their Fathers Played it, Too

Tennis remains a family game, and former French Open champion Andrés Gómez’s five children all became good enough to play college tennis in the United States.

Only one became good enough to follow their father’s path and play in the French Open, and when Emilio Gómez took to Court 3 on Monday for his Grand Slam tournament debut, Andrés Gómez was back home in Guayaquil, Ecuador, watching it on a screen in the early morning with his stomach churning.

His son got close, very close, pushing Lorenzo Sonego of Italy to a fifth set, but there will be no second round for the younger Gómez in Paris. Sonego prevailed 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-1, 6-7 (4), 6-3 in just over four hours.

“That’s how tennis goes,” Andrés Gómez said by telephone. “I’m still happy. Obviously, I would have wanted a different result today, but clay is not his best surface. Good things are coming for him, I think.”

Just reaching the main draw was quite a journey for Emilio Gómez, a former collegiate player at the University of Southern California. He is 28 and nearly quit the game in 2018 after a string of disappointing results, only deciding to push on after winning two satellite events in Ecuador. But in this strange and disjointed season, he finally broke through in Paris, coming through three rounds of qualifying and saving two match points in the final round against Dmitry Popko.

Thirty years after his father won the French Open in 1990, defeating Andre Agassi, Emilio made it into the main draw, breaking into tears.

“To be on the courts where my father won is something special,” said Emilio, ranked 155th. “I’m not a first-level player like him, but I enjoy it.”

Choosing the same path as a champion parent is not without its perils.

“Emilio had to carry the name on the back, and it was a heavy load, sometimes even heavier because he thought it was heavy,” Andrés Gómez said. “But I think Emilio started to enjoy being my son. Everybody is the son of somebody, and there’s always expectations and sometimes expectations are a little tougher on some of them. Being the son or daughter of a neurosurgeon, which maybe doesn’t get the recognition or exposure of an athlete, for sure in that family you’re going to have a big, big bag to carry.”

Emilio Gómez is not the only child of a Grand Slam champion making his main-draw debut at this year’s French Open. There is also Sebastian Korda, a 20-year-old American who will face John Isner in the second round of men’s singles on Wednesday.

Korda’s father and coach is Petr Korda, the 1998 Australian Open champion from the Czech Republic who also reached the French Open final in 1992, losing to Jim Courier.

Andres Gómez said he and Petr Korda had compared notes on the art of parenting and coaching. But the next-generation Kordas are not just tennis players.

Peter Korda and his wife, Regina, who was also a leading Czech player, also have two older daughters: Jessica, 27, and Nelly, 22, who are two of the leading women’s professional golfers. Each has won multiple L.P.G.A. Tour titles, with Nelly tying for second in the ANA Inspiration, a major championship held earlier this month.

“They are having a good year this year, so we’re always in contact, and we’re always talking about what we can do better, and how we’re doing it,” Sebastian said of his sisters. “But yeah, they’re a big help, and I love them a lot.”

Sebastian, nicknamed Sebi, started out with a passion for ice hockey but decided to focus on tennis at age 9 after traveling to the United States Open in 2009 with his father when Petr was coaching the Czech player Radek Stepanek.

“He played Djokovic on Ashe at like 10:30 at night,” Sebastian said of Stepanek. “It was completely packed, and I thought it was the coolest thing ever after that. I went home and said, this is exactly what I want to do, just kind of fell in love with it.”

Home was Bradenton, Fla., which is also home to IMG Academy, the sprawling multisport academy where his sisters developed their golfing talents and where he honed his tennis skills.

For the Kordas, juggling the travel to support their children’s careers has long been complicated and is only getting more complicated: Petr chose not to travel to Paris in part because of French Open restrictions on player entourages and in part because of Nelly’s and Jessica’s golf schedule.

“It’s challenging,” Petr said. “But once this year will be over and hopefully life will go back to the normal direction and the schedule will be much more firm in tennis and then golf, then I will make my schedule and try to balance it so I can always be between the girls and Sebastian.”

The Korda parents taught Sebastian the tennis fundamentals, which included a two-handed backhand, which has developed into his best shot and is quite a contrast with his father’s flat one-hander.

Petr is a lefty. Sebastian, like his mother, is a right-hander.

But both father and son are tall and wiry, and since winning the 2018 Australian Open boys junior title, Sebastian has grown a couple of inches taller than Petr. He is now 6-foot-5 and starting to make inroads on the main tour.

Like Emilio Gómez, he qualified here for his first French Open, and on Sunday he upset Andreas Seppi, a 36-year-old Italian with much more experience on clay and every other surface.

Sebastian is ranked 213, but not for long. His next hurdle: Isner, the thunderous server who is still the top-ranked American at age 35.

The next challenge for the late-blooming Gómez: Making the main draw at another Grand Slam tournament on a surface better suited to his tight-to-the-baseline game, though that may not be quite as symbolic for him, his family and those who remember what happened at Roland Garros in 1990.

“To be here and get through qualifying was already a privilege for me,” he said. “It’s the story of my father and our country. I can’t be too hard on myself. It’s something that means more now. If it had come earlier, I wouldn’t have been able to appreciate it as much.”

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Bryson DeChambeau’s No-Fear Strategy at the U.S. Open Is Working

MAMARONECK, N.Y. — Bryson DeChambeau, the PGA Tour pro who has spent most of the 2020 season in open defiance of many accepted golf tenets, has turned his iconoclasm on the United States Open and one of its most venerable golf courses.

On Friday, in the second round of the championship, DeChambeau continued with his preferred strategy of bombing mammoth drives off the tee without apparent fear of the menacing rough along the narrow fairways at Winged Foot Golf Club. Since 1929, when the first of six U.S. Opens at Winged Foot was contested, such reckless bravado has been considered foolhardy — not to mention a loser’s gambit.

But DeChambeau, born 64 years after 1929, has his own ideas.

“I’m going to keep hitting it as far as I can,” he said with a smiling swagger on Friday after a two-under par 68 improved his two-round score to three-under par, which put him one stroke behind second-round leader Patrick Reed.

Much farther down the leaderboard was Tiger Woods, who missed the cut with a second-round 77 that left him at 10-over par for the championship. Woods, 44, has failed to qualify for the final two rounds in three of the last four U.S. Opens he has played.

What happened to par being a golfer’s best friend at challenging Winged Foot?

DeChambeau, who has eight top-10 finishes this year, including a victory at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in July, has instead tried to befriend his inner wild child.

“My approach is to hit the ball as close to the green as I can get it — and as straight,” he said. “But if I miss the fairway and I’m in the rough, I’m comfortable with that result.

“If the ball goes as far as it usually does, I’m comfortable in the rough, because with a wedge or a short iron I can still get it to the green or to the front of the green. That lowers the intimidation factor of the rough.”

While unconventional, DeChambeau’s approach is not borne of carelessness or imprudence. He majored in physics in college and has tried to bring science-based theories to a sport known more for its nuances, feel and a mantra known as the rub of the green — otherwise known as fate.

DeChambeau’s research, he said, supported the benefits of his power game, and Friday’s round was an example. Yes, he made his bogeys mostly when he missed the fairway, but he also made most of his birdies, and an eagle on his last hole Friday, by driving the ball much closer to the green than his contemporaries. With a shorter distance to the hole, DeChambeau was able to hit deft, accurate wedge and iron shots that shortened the length of his putts to holes. Then he sank a host of those putts.

And it’s not like he was that wayward off the tee. For the championship, his drives have landed in the tapered fairways 50 percent of time. The average for the rest of the field is about 37 percent.

In fact, DeChambeau is so confident that his tactics are an advantage over the field at this year’s Open that he is hoping the golf course gets harder in the final two rounds this weekend. He may get his wish, with the weather forecast calling for blustering, fall-like conditions, including cooler temperatures, in the low-60s.

“I want it to play as hard as possible,” he said. “There’s so many holes out here that I can take advantage of that some people can’t. Now, that doesn’t mean that I’m going to win or anything. You’ve still got to execute, you’ve still got to hit the driver straight.”

That was a sentiment Woods echoed Friday, as he blamed his inaccurate tee shots for his high scores. A subdued Woods talked after his round about taking a break from golf for a few days and then refocusing.

“There’s still one major to go,” said Woods, who be the defending champion when the 2020 Masters Tournament is held in mid-November.

Reed, whose 66 in the first round left him one stroke off the lead, played aggressively while shooting even par 70 on Friday with five birdies. Reed said Winged Foot played much more difficult in the second round than on Thursday when 21 golfers were under par.

“It was almost like they eased us into it yesterday then showed us what it’s really supposed to be like today,” Reed said.

First-round leader Justin Thomas trailed Reed by two strokes. Thomas appeared to be reeling Friday when he was five-over par through his first 12 holes played. He rallied with two birdies and five pars in his last seven holes.

Harris English and Rafa Cabrera Bello were tied with Thomas. Jason Kokrak was the only other golfer under par at the championship’s midpoint. Phil Mickelson, a sentimental favorite since he finished second when the U.S. Open was last held at Winged Foot in 2006, shot 74 Friday and did not make the cut with a two-day score of 13-over.

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U.S. Open: New-Era Golfers Prepare to Be Humbled at Winged Foot

MAMARONECK, N.Y. — In the 14 years since the United States Open was last held at Winged Foot Golf Club, which is probably the most feared course to host a major championship, technology and advanced strength training have revolutionized the game. Tee shots routinely soar 50 yards farther than they did even a decade ago.

With the U.S. Open returning to Winged Foot on Thursday, some in the golf community wonder if the modern golfer’s cutting-edge arsenal might be the formula for taming, or at least mitigating, the club’s rigorous challenge of narrow fairways, ankle-deep rough and dastardly sloped greens.

Jon Rahm, the world’s second ranked golfer who is just 25 years old, scoffed at such conjecture.

“Like Mike Tyson said, ‘Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face,’” Rahm said. “It’s the same thing here.”

Most in the world of professional golf are instead bracing for another four days of Winged Foot humbling the field. As David Feherty, the former tour professional and current NBC golf analyst said: “I expect a lot of whining.”

Indeed, the new-era players who are now the face of the sport seem to be preparing themselves for a 97-year-old golf course that mocks their contemporary tactics.

“You just have to embrace it,” Justin Thomas, ranked third on the PGA Tour, said. “Otherwise, it’s going to eat you alive. It’s the hardest golf course I’ve ever played.

“But I’m not scared. I think it’ll be fun — maybe, you know, a different kind of fun.”

Thomas made those comments on Tuesday. With a smile he conceded: “I might not think the same way at the end of the week.”

One illuminating exercise in the lead-up to the championship has been asking players what they think the winner’s final score will be. The consensus was about four shots over the course’s par of 70. It is an improvement on the best score from 2006 when Gregg Ogilvy’s five-over-par performance was good enough to hoist the U.S. Open trophy. But it’s also a far cry from Dustin Johnson’s winning score of 30-under-par at the PGA Tour’s Northern Trust about three weeks ago.

And, as many players noted, the United States Golf Association, which conducts the championship and revels in devising the sternest test in golf, is well aware that last year’s U.S. Open was won with an unusually low score of 13-under-par.

Rahm said of the U.S.G.A.: “They’re going to make some extra effort to be over par knowing this golf course and the history. They have a reputation to maintain.”

Already, in practice rounds, there have been amusing outcomes as players do battle with the lush, verdant rough — much of it just inches from the devilish, sharply breaking greens.

During a practice round this week, the defending U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland held a ball waist-high and dropped it into the rough to practice his recovery technique. The ball disappeared and he and his caddie spent five minutes looking for it.

“It was right in front of me,” Woodland said. “But we didn’t find it until we stepped on it.”

The U.S.G.A. has recruited extra on-course marshals, and even veteran Winged Foot caddies, for the championship to assist in finding errant shots. The help is needed more than in past years. Since this year’s U.S. Open is being contested without spectators, a wayward shot no longer lands in a crowd — or on grass trampled down by tens of thousands of fans. The scores of massive hospitality tents are missing, too, which was often an advantage to the players since they could get a penalty-free drop from a ball near a tent.

And while the rough has been getting most of the attention this week, the most daunting part of the Winged Foot layout reveals itself once a player reaches the distinctive greens conceived by course designer A.W. Tillinghast, which were restored in recent years by the golf architect Gil Hanse using a treasure trove of archived, 1920s-era photos.

Those images proved that over the years, Winged Foot’s greens had shrunk substantially. Hanse’s renovations enlarged the green surfaces by about 20 percent and brought back the rolling, multitiered greens of Tillinghast’s vivid imagination.

The result is putting surfaces that make even the best shots come up wanting. As Collin Morikawa, who won the P.G.A. championship in August, said Tuesday: “You can be pin high and not have a putt at the hole.”

Hanse was asked to name the most difficult shot on the course and answered: “Your third putt on the first hole.”

The test that Winged Foot is expected to exact on the world’s best golfers is so great, the U.S.G.A.’s leadership has talked about softening the potential ordeal. Mike Davis, the organization’s chief executive, said that even in 2006 they searched for ways to “make the golf course a little bit easier.”

He also recalled that the players of 14 years ago did not complain much, despite the high scores. Could the same thing happen this year?

Davis grinned.

“Listen, the players haven’t put a pencil in their hand yet,” he said, referring to the act of writing the number of strokes needed to complete each hole on a scorecard.

“So we’ll wait and see,” Davis added.

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$421 Million in Debt: Trump Calls It ‘a Peanut,’ but Challenges Lie Ahead

President Trump painted a rosy picture of his financial condition during a televised town hall on Thursday night, calling his hundreds of millions of dollars in debt coming due “a peanut” and saying he had borrowed it as a favor to lenders eager to take advantage of his financial strength.

In fact, the loans, and the unusual requirement he had to accept to receive them, illustrate the financial challenges he faces and the longstanding reluctance of banks to deal with him.

Mr. Trump had to personally guarantee $421 million in debt, a rare step that lenders only require of businesses that may not be able to repay. The commitment puts his assets on the line and could place his lenders, should he be re-elected, in the position of deciding whether to foreclose on a sitting president.

The personal guarantee also speaks to why, despite Mr. Trump’s assertion that banks are eager to lend him money, nearly all the money he borrowed in the last decade came from only two institutions.

“When a bank asks for a personal guarantee, it is because the bank isn’t satisfied with the creditworthiness of the borrower,” said Richard Scott Carnell, who served as assistant secretary for financial institutions at the Treasury Department under President Bill Clinton and now teaches law at Fordham University. “If the captain gives a personal guarantee for the ship, he will be less likely to sink it.”

Mr. Trump was asked about the debt in response to an investigation by The New York Times published last month based on a review of more than two decades of his tax-return data. The investigation found that Mr. Trump had personally guaranteed $421 million of his companies’ debts, with more than $300 million coming due within four years.

The Times also found evidence that Mr. Trump might have difficulty repaying or refinancing the loans without liquidating assets. His main source of income in recent decades — a total of more than $427 million from entertainment and licensing deals that were fueled by his fame — has all but dried up. That cash enabled a buying spree of failing golf courses, and propped up those businesses as their losses mounted. In recent years, Mr. Trump has burned through most of the cash, stocks and bonds at his disposal and has recently explored the sale of some of his holdings, including the Trump International Hotel in Washington.

The investigation revealed that Mr. Trump’s finances were under stress, with losses that allowed him to pay just $750 in federal income taxes for 2016 and 2017, and nothing at all in 10 of the previous 15 years. Also hanging over him is a decade-long audit battle with the Internal Revenue Service over the legitimacy of a $72.9 million tax refund that he claimed, and received, after declaring huge losses. An adverse ruling could cost him more than $100 million.

The tax-return data obtained by The Times does not by its nature identify the lender for most of Mr. Trump’s debts. But the borrowing businesses and largest amounts track with the personal financial disclosures he has been required to file with the federal government as a candidate and president.

The bulk of the debt appears to be owed to Deutsche Bank, one of the few lenders that would do business with Mr. Trump in the last decade, even after he defaulted on past loans.

The tax records, for example, show that the largest loan balances at the end of 2018 that Mr. Trump had personally guaranteed were $160 million on his Washington hotel and more than $125 million on his Doral golf resort. His disclosure forms indicate that Deutsche Bank was the lender on both loans. Mr. Trump had also personally guaranteed $60.3 million of debt owed by one of his entities, DJT Holdings. His Chicago tower, another Deutsche Bank borrower, is among the many businesses he controls through that holding company.

Deutsche Bank is the only mainstream financial institution that has been consistently willing to do business with Mr. Trump. And even that lender has required him to personally guarantee what he has borrowed.

As The Times has reported, Deutsche Bank and Mr. Trump have had a long and fraught relationship, with the bank at times being hesitant to lend to Mr. Trump, including refusing to advance him money during his 2016 campaign.

Deutsche Bank has spent billions of dollars trying to transform itself into a global player, a strategy that has pushed it to take outsize risks that have repeatedly landed it in trouble with U.S. regulators. In recent years, the Justice Department has investigated whether the bank has complied with laws meant to stop money laundering and other crimes. And in 2017, the Justice Department completed a deal with the bank that required it to pay $7.2 billion for its sale of toxic mortgage securities in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis.

According to Mr. Trump’s disclosure forms and property records, the only other significant lender to his businesses since 2012 has been Ladder Capital.

Mr. Trump’s reputation among lenders was sealed over the decades that his Atlantic City casinos repeatedly filed for bankruptcy. Ben Berzin, a retired executive vice president and senior credit officer at PNC Bank who dealt with Mr. Trump over the casino loans, said banks got “an expensive education,” and the ones that did not demand a personal guarantee got burned.

“They lent on the aura of success,” he said. “And things went really wrong.”

Mr. Trump’s most lucrative investment is one run by another company: a 30 percent share with Vornado Realty Trust in two office buildings, one in Manhattan and the other in San Francisco. Mr. Trump withdrew $125.5 million from his share of the partnership’s profits from 2010 through 2018, the records show.

The Times’s totals for Mr. Trump’s debts do not include $950 million that the Vornado partnership borrowed on the two buildings in 2012 from four lenders, including Deutsche Bank. Tax records issued to Mr. Trump show he is not responsible for any of that debt.

The debt that Mr. Trump has personally guaranteed was only part of the total debt and other liabilities shown in his tax records for the end of 2018. Additionally, Mr. Trump’s businesses owe more than $200 million for which Mr. Trump is not personally responsible.

During the town hall, Mr. Trump said that the $421 million in debt was not a concern, apparently clinging to his long-held assertion that his net worth is more than $10 billion.

“What I’m saying is that it’s a tiny percentage of my net worth,” Mr. Trump said

“When you look at vast properties like I have, and they’re big and they’re beautiful and they’re well located, when you look at that, the amount of money, $400 million, is a peanut; it’s extremely underlevered,” he added, seemingly using his own version of the financial term “underleveraged.”

In a dire situation, Mr. Trump could try to sell some assets or properties to cover a loan coming due. But loans are usually based on the profitability of the business borrowing the money.

Tax records for the businesses on which he borrowed the bulk of the money suggest that refinancing may present a challenge. Doral and his Washington hotel, with more than $300 million in debts coming due, have posted regular losses. And in addition to the debt he owes, Mr. Trump has pumped a net of $261.8 million cash into the businesses to help keep them afloat.

And he appears to have spent much of the cash and investments he had on hand just a few years ago, as his income from entertainment and endorsements began a steep decline.

In January 2014, he sold $98 million in stocks and bonds, his biggest single month of sales in at least the last two decades. He sold $54 million more in stocks and bonds in 2015, and $68.2 million in 2016. A financial disclosure released in July shows that he had as little as $873,000 in securities left to sell.

Mr. Trump’s businesses reported cash on hand of $34.7 million in 2018, down 40 percent from five years earlier.

Mr. Carnell, the former Treasury official, said Mr. Trump’s personal guarantee on the debts put his lenders, primarily Deutsche Bank, in an “awkward” spot, in no small part because banks are subject to federal regulation and Mr. Trump has displayed a willingness to push the Justice Department to investigate perceived foes.

“The Donald Trump approach to law is all legal levers would be fair game in pressuring or punishing a bank,” he said.

David Enrich contributed reporting.

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Whoop Strap 3.0 is a complex and cool fitness tracker, but not suited for the casual user

It collects vast amounts of accurate data • There’s no better sleep tracker • The simple look is sharp • Workouts are automatically registered and fun to track • It’s fully • totally waterproof • You never have to take it off

The amount of data can be a lot • The app can be difficult to master • I missed simple readouts like step counts • standing reminders • etc. • even if they’re not totally useful

The Whoop is a very cool fitness tracker. It is undeniably great at giving you all the data you’d likely ever need. But it might not be the product for everyone.

I’ve been in the market for a fitness tracker for a while now — it felt like a responsible choice during a pandemic that’s made gyms nearly obsolete — and I couldn’t stop hearing about the Whoop Strap.

Podcast commercials, news stories, internet ads, everything was pointing me toward Whoop

You might’ve seen Whoop around, too. If you like golf, for instance, the PGA Tour purchased a Whoop for every golfer and caddie in an effort to help detect potential COVID-19 symptoms. Or you might’ve heard that other famous athletes like Michael Phelps use it

I reached out to Whoop for a review unit to give it a whirl and see what the experience is like, since most folks have heard of or tried other similar products like the Apple Watch or a FitBit Versa. 

I’ve used the Whoop Strap 3.0 for nearly two months now. Here’s the TL;DR: It’s an unquestionably detailed and impressive fitness tracker; it’s a good-looking product; I can see why some folks love it, but it might not be the thing for me. In some ways, it’s just too much for my needs. I’m probably a pretty average user: I jog, I go on walks, I cycle. I do my best to get decent sleep and move around while mostly stuck inside my home. The Whoop Strap 3.0 basically wrote a thesis about my body. For the more casual user, it might be information overload.

Here's the strap I tested out.

Here’s the strap I tested out.

The Whoop device

The Whoop tracker is different than most anything else on the market. Let’s get into how that’s the case.

First: It’s a simple band that’s mostly fabric. It has no display, no clock, no step-counter, nada, nada, nada. The Whoop band clasps on your wrist and the massive amount of data it collects (more on that later) gets sent straight to Whoop’s app, which is available for iOS and Android. I actually really loved the look: It’s simple and sharp. It doesn’t scream “Look at this high-tech thing on my wrist.” There are also a ton of different colors and styles to choose from

Here's the Strap 3.0 on my wrist. Yes, those are my pathetic arm hairs.

Here’s the Strap 3.0 on my wrist. Yes, those are my pathetic arm hairs.

Image: Mashable / Tim Marcin

The cost is different, too. Whoop is membership-based and costs $30 per month. That’s right, the Strap itself is now technically free with a membership. That’s not how things used to work. As Mashable wrote in a 2017 Whoop Strap review, an earlier iteration of the tracker cost $500. 

The Whoop is 100 percent waterproof and you never — actually never — have to take it off. I wore it in the shower, swimming in bay water, on sweaty long runs. Everywhere, everything, no problem. It recharges via a battery that slides over the strap while it’s still on your wrist. (You just better be sure you battery is charged when the strap is near death. Did I forget to do that? Of course, but I am quite forgetful.) 

So what does this tracker actually…track. The short answer: The Whoop measures nearly everything. It auto-detects and registers every minute of your sleep. It auto-detects and auto-sorts workouts and physical activity. It tracks how many calories you’ve burned. It measures your recovery and daily strain, which factors in sleep, your heart rate variability, your physical output, and a whole mess of other complicated things. 

The experience 

Alright, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. It’d be tough to explain everything the Whoop does, but you should know this thing is more detailed than you’re probably imagining. To me, that felt slightly overwhelming. It’s easy to see why pro athletes would be drawn to this sort of thing: Their bodies are part of their profession, so the more info, the better. For me, I want baselines and benchmarks, but knowing every last bit of info made it hard for me to focus on simple goals. It’s hard to figure out what to do to make your resting heart rate better, for instance, but it’s simple to up the mileage you move in a day. 

Sleep tracking

It’s the gold standard in sleep tracking because of the amount of data it collects. Its sensors are collecting data 100 times per second

Here look at the data from my sleep one night, which happened to be a pretty good evening of rest for me. 

This is considered a very good night's sleep for me these days.

This is considered a very good night’s sleep for me these days.

Image: Tim Marcin / Whoop app screenshot

I can see my time in bed (8 hours, 3 minutes), time actually slept (6 hours, 59 minutes), disturbances (18), sleep efficiency (89 percent), respiratory rate, latency, and how much time I spent in each sleep stage. For instance, I can see I got nearly two hours of REM sleep and 1.5 hours of SWS sleep. The Whoop folks told me SWS sleep is an especially important part of recovery, which is their metric that effectively tells you how ready you are to work out. 

It’s often interesting to see how much sleep you got vs. how much time you spent in bed. For me, so much is wasted during disturbances and latency (which basically is how long it takes you to fall asleep). And of course, very often, my Whoop was really unhappy with my sleep levels. But, you know, the world is crumbling so who could blame me?

“There’s so much to look at, so much to click through, that often I found myself ignoring the app altogether.”

And let me be clear: The Whoop app has graphs on graphs on graphs on graphs. You can zoom in on an exact moment of your sleep and see what’s up; ditto for heart rate. You can compare any given stat to its 30-day average. You can see a bar graph of every day’s strain. Seriously, if you love math or you’re into massive troves of data, holy hell are you in luck. You can spend hours diving deep into every last thing going on with your body.

Here's my recovery vs. strain graph. As you can tell,  things can vary wildly from one day to the next.

Here’s my recovery vs. strain graph. As you can tell,  things can vary wildly from one day to the next.

Image: Tim Marcin / Whoop app screenshot

At times, though, this amount of information was overwhelming to me. The app can really feel like labyrinth of data and visualizations. There’s so much to look at, so much to click through, that often I found myself ignoring the app altogether. It could be tedious to parse through all that info. Where do you even begin? 

Workout tracking 

So, what about workouts? I mean, if you’re looking for a fitness tracker, you almost certainly want to track workouts and athletic performance. The Whoop is quite good at that. You don’t have to really do anything, it’ll pick your workout up on its own because, you know, it’s constantly measuring your heart rate. A month in, after the Whoop had really homed in on my body’s trends, it was comfortably able to register even a brisk walk as a physical activity. Here’s what a workout looks like in the app. 

A tired but pleasant run.

A tired but pleasant run.

Image: Tim Marcin / Screenshot Whoop app

The app does all this on its own, and you can go check any date and see what your workouts looked like that day. For every workout, you can also fill out how you felt that day, how well things went, or if you were injured. 

If you’re a runner, one thing to note is that the app does not track your route via GPS. Still, I was pretty shocked the Whoop could tell when I was cycling, walking, running, or whatever, then immediately categorize it and process the data. 

I found it nice to have every exercise stored away, and it was pretty cool to see my performance over time, in detail. It’s helpful to see how you’re improving or struggling over time. I mostly stayed the same, but that’s cool too. 

A ride on my DIY Peloton.

A ride on my DIY Peloton.

Do you notice what I haven’t talked about yet? A step count. Whoop argues that step counts are kind of meaningless as a measurement of overall health. And sure, reaching 10,000 steps in a day isn’t an end in itself and neither is standing for a certain amount of time. But part of me definitely missed having those easy benchmarks. There’s a part of your brain that simply loves hitting nice, even numbers or closing rings on an Apple Watch. 

Whoop will be your sleep coach or your workout coach, but it all feels more like a demand to suck less. One note from the early days with mine reads,”oh man, guess my sleep sucks.” That was after the app told me I needed at least seven hours the next just to get by. You get the data, but there are no easy benchmarks to give a sense of accomplishment, just lots of numbers to fuss over.   

All the other things it tracks

Besides the vast amounts of data, the auto-generated graphs of changes over time, and the different design, Whoop has a few other unique features that may be selling points for some people.

Strain and recovery

Basically, each day you’re given a strain score that reflects how much strain you’ve taken on that day. You’re also given a recovery score. If you haven’t reached optimal recovery, the app’s strain coach will tell you to take it easy and vice versa. 

HRV  

HRV, or heart rate variability, is a measurement unique to Whoop. It’s a super-sensitive piece of data and is key in determining recovery. Basically, it’s a good judge of how well your body is functioning and if it’s working hard behind the scenes. 

Respiratory rate

This is a pretty stable stat and, honestly, didn’t mean much to me while testing the Whoop. But it can be a way to spot early symptoms of certain health problems, like COVID-19. PGA Tour golfer Nick Watney noticed his numbers were off and found out he had the coronavirus before he had any symptoms. So, that’s obviously a big feature for some. 

Daily diary and monthly reports

Every day, after you wake up, you’re supposed to fill out a diary where you answer certain questions. (You choose the questions.) From there, you can see how your sleep quality and recovery are affected by daily life choices. You get a weekly and monthly report showing how certain actions have affected your body. The folks at Whoop told me people really start to notice how alcohol affects your body. And (sigh) yes, it ain’t good. My diary was pretty clear that my sleep suffers when I drink. Not anything super revelatory, sure, but It’s wild to see just how much it affects your sleep via a hard measurement. 

See how alcohol messes everything up? And yes, I did redact some personal info about how much I drank, felt stress, or in control of my life.

See how alcohol messes everything up? And yes, I did redact some personal info about how much I drank, felt stress, or in control of my life.

Image: Tim marcin / Whoop Screenshot

Whoop Live

Basically Whoop Live lets you film your workout and have your live Whoop stats displayed as you go. You could even share it with friends. For a Whoop user who is a fitness influencer this might be super helpful. For me, I’m just trying to get through my workout.

The takeaway

So, there’s all this stuff — pages of graphs, lots of stats, impossibly minute details. But…I didn’t totally love the experience. I certainly didn’t hate it, but it all felt like too much. I think if you’re already super in shape, if you already track your calorie intake and workouts maniacally, and you’re trying to reach peak performance, then the Whoop is for you. If you’re a super data-driven person, the Whoop is for you. If you’re quite curious about your sleep, then the Whoop is for you.

To be clear, It’s a useful, very cool tool. It just might not be the right activity tracker for people who have a more casual relationship with fitness. I’ve discovered I don’t necessarily want what felt like a full-body readout. I wanted something to check in on, but the Whoop gives you data you could very easily obsess over. 

There is not anything necessarily bad about the Whoop, but I’d rather have something less intense. Personally I’d love to see if I managed a few thousand more steps in my small apartment on Tuesday vs. Monday. I am fully aware that is not a perfect way to measure physical activity, but it is a nice way to see how much I’m getting around is isolation. Seeing my sleep suffer, answering daily questions about my anxiety, I didn’t love that so much. It was less like taking control, more like being reminded. Maybe things would be different if we weren’t in a pandemic, but I wanted to try the Whoop out for the pandemic. 

I personally would not pay $30 per month for a Whoop. But I totally see the person who would. In fact, back in a different time — when I was a college soccer player or when I was training for a marathon –  I think I would have loved the Whoop Strap. I might give it another go some day. But right now, I could really use the serotonin boost from hitting those 10,000 steps. 

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Eric Trump conceded that his father ‘lost a fortune,’ but dismissed questions about influence-peddling.

President Trump’s son Eric on Sunday angrily dismissed a New York Times investigation showing that more than 200 companies, special-interest groups and foreign governments obtained favors from the Trump administration while patronizing Mr. Trump’s properties, earning the president millions of dollars.

Appearing on the ABC News program “This Week,” Eric Trump deflected when asked to comment on the investigation. He denounced the news media, listed what he said were accomplishments of his father’s administration, insinuated financial impropriety by Joseph R. Biden Jr. and said his father had “lost a fortune” as a result of being president.

But he did not rebut any of The Times’s specific findings or give a clear answer to any of the questions asked by the host, Jon Karl.

“The last thing I can tell you Donald Trump needs in the world is this job,” the younger Mr. Trump said. “He wakes up in the morning, and he has to fight you and he has to fight the entire media and he has to fight the Democrats, and he gets punched in the head every single day. And he wakes up and he fights for this country, and he fights against the lunacy of the radical left.”

In contrast to the president’s contention that he was a Washington outsider who would “drain the swamp” when he took office, The Times investigation revealed that Mr. Trump not only did not disentangle himself from his business empire, but that a pay-to-play culture had permeated his presidency.

Mr. Trump turned his own resorts into the Beltway’s new back rooms, with companies and other special-interest groups spending millions booking conferences and rooms at his hotel in Washington and other properties, and on membership fees at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida. They have been able to parlay their access to the president into federal funding, contracts, regulatory changes and ambassadorships.

When Mr. Karl suggested to Eric Trump that the Times investigation showed “at the very least a huge appearance of a conflict of interest,” Mr. Trump said that tens of millions of people stayed at the family’s properties every year — seemingly playing down the significance of the patronage from special-interest groups and foreign governments. The president placed his two adult sons at the helm of the Trump Organization when he took office in 2017, but The Times reported that he still kept watch on properties run by the company.

The Times’s investigation found that President Trump’s finances had been in steep decline for several years before he entered the White House. The pace of massive profits that flowed his way thanks to “The Apprentice” — a total of $427.4 million from the show, endorsements, and licensing deals — had fallen sharply and consistently after 2011.

The reporting was part of an ongoing examination of Mr. Trump’s finances by The Times, which revealed that he had used much of his reality television fortune to buy and prop-up a collection of money-losing golf courses that required regular infusions of cash. But when the money from entertainment fell, he sold off more than $200 million in stocks and bonds, leaving him with comparatively little, and burned through much of the cash on hand in his businesses.

The investigation also found that regular large losses at Mr. Trump’s core businesses wiped away much of the income tax obligation on his entertainment fortune. After refunds, Mr. Trump paid no federal income taxes in 11 years from 2000 through 2017, and only $750 in two other years. He also faces an active I.R.S. audit of a $72.9 million tax refund that he claimed, and received, after declaring huge losses nearly a decade ago. The investigation also found that he had personally guaranteed more than $300 million in loans coming due within four years.

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24 weekend deals on cool gadgets, Apple products, and more

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Save big this weekend.
Save big this weekend.

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If you miss leisurely rounds of window shopping, we’ve got a way for you to scratch the itch. You won’t even have to leave the comfort of your (hopefully ergonomic) computer chair.

Here are 24 great weekend deals, including hair straighteners, power banks, bidet seats, and more. There’s even a great travel deal — you might just want to wait a while to use it.

As of September 27, you can take up to 68% off the items below. Be sure to keep an eye out for promo codes. They might help you save even more.

Deals Under $50

2-in-1 Heated Hair and Beard Straightener

This versatile straightener comb heats up in 30 seconds and tidies up thick beards and curly hair while minimizing damage. You can slash the $43 price tag down to just $34.99 for a limited time.

Home Collection Premium Ultra Soft 4-Piece Bed Sheet Set

Made with double-brushed microfiber yarns, these hypoallergenic sheets are durable, wrinkle-free, and great for people with sensitive skin and allergies. Each set includes a flat sheet, a fitted sheet, and a pair of pillowcases, and comes in your choice of gray, navy, or white. For a limited time, you can slash 62% off the original retail price and get a queen set for only $34.

SUC-IT Patented Silicone Suction Phone Holder with Clips

This nifty little gadget attaches to any phone (with or without a case) and sticks onto smooth surfaces, so you can watch shows or take FaceTime calls from almost anywhere. Grab one for only $9.99 (regularly $14) for a limited time.

mbarc 7-Day Weekly Pill Organizer

This seven-day pill organizer is a sleek upgrade from the standard plastic kind. For a limited time, you can snag it for just $26 (regularly $30).

Extreme XL Bluetooth Speaker

This splash-proof wireless speaker features a convenient top handle, a four-hour battery life, and a sleek geometric design. Slash 50% off and get it for just $29.99 for a limited time.

$50 – $100

Wizap™ Cage 360° 3-in-1 Mosquito Trap

Featuring an ultraviolet lamp, a high-powered fan, and a 360-degree electrical grid, the Wizap attracts all flying insects (including mosquitos) within a 300 square foot space, sucks them in, and kills them instantly. Plus, it sits on a flat surface or mounts on a wall to look like a sleek light fixture. Save 40% for a limited time and get this $99 trap for just $59.99.

SoloQi® X Car/Desk Magnetic Wireless Charger

This sleek magnetic charger mounts to your car vent or dashboard and juices up your Qi-enabled devices. And it looks good doing it. Get it for $59.99.

MagEZ Juice: Portable Power Bank + Wireless Charging Dock

This three-in-one device acts as a desk stand for your phone, a magnetic charging dock, and a 2,000mAh power bank all in one sleek package. Get it for a limited time for just $74.99 (regularly $79).

Slim Zero Bidet Seat

This budget-friendly, easy-to-install bidet seat hooks onto your regular toilet seat. Save over 20% and get it for just $99.99 (regularly $129) for a limited time.

ClubONE Rewards: Silver Membership

Make your next vacation (in the distant future) less stressful with a ClubONE Rewards Membership. A silver membership includes exclusive rates on hotels, flights, car rentals, golf tickets, and activities while giving you 2% cash back on every booking. Save over 60% and get a two-year silver membership for only $79.99 (regularly $250).

Hudly Invisible Wireless Charger

The Hudly Invisible Wireless Charger will charge all of your Qi-enabled devices while taking up almost no desk space. It’s originally $99, but you can snag one for only $69.99 for a limited time.

Wheel of Power Mobile Wireless Charger

Make charging your devices a bit more fun with this 10W wireless charger, which has a gesture-controlled LED light. Get it for a steal at just $64.99 (regularly $139) for a limited time.

$100 – $200

TRIO Wireless Charging Station

This classy wooden pad features a three-in-one wireless charging surface plus an additional USB-A port, so you can give all your devices the power they need while minimizing clutter. It’s regularly $144, but you can slash the price down to just $135.99 for a limited time.

AXIS Gear: Smart Blinds Controller

The AXIS Gear Controller provides an easy way to motorize the existing blinds in your home, so you can open and close them with your phone. It is typically $249, but you can get the controller on sale for only $199.99 for a limited time.

Mobile Edge CORE Gaming Backpack with 18″ Molded Panel

Designed by gamers for gamers, Mobile Edge’s Core Gaming Backpack offers three large storage sections pre-wired for a power bank or external battery, as well as four side accessory pockets. Use the code MOBILE15 at checkout and you can knock the $129.99 price tag down to just $110.49.

Acer 11.6″ Chromebook C738T Touchscreen

This grade-B refurbished Chromebook from 2015 features 360-degree rotation, an 11.6-inch touchscreen, a fast Intel Celeron processor, and an impressive 12-hour battery life, which makes it great for working or studying from home. Get it for just $189 for a limited time — 54% off its usual price.

Alienware Area-51m Elite Backpack

Stow your gear safely in the Alienware Area-51m Elite Backpack. With 40 liters of storage capacity, three compartments, six exterior pockets, and seven interior pockets, it can fit everything from your laptop and keyboard to cables and power supply. It’s usually $149, but you can get it for only $127.99 for a limited time.

Sunbeam M1P Quilted Electric Heated Warming Mattress Pad

This electric heated mattress pad features 10 heat settings and shuts off automatically, so you can stay warm and cozy throughout the night without cranking up the heat. Grab it for just $109.99, a 26% savings on its original price of $149.

$200 and Up

ICECO TR45: Portable 45L Fridge with SECOP Compressor

Perfect for camping, festivals, and more, the ICECO TR45 isn’t just a cooler: It’s a portable fridge and freezer. It can reach temperatures of -0.4 degrees Fahrenheit and fit up to 67 cans. Get it for $549 (regularly $599) for a limited time.

Richard Clarkson Cloud Light & Speaker

A gorgeous addition to any home, this fluffy cumulus cloud features hidden LED lights that sync to your music while you play tunes via Bluetooth. You can slash the price from $3,360 down to $2,999 for a limited time.

Hestan Cue™ Smart Cooking System

This smart cookware set includes a smart pan, saucepan, and chef’s pot, as well as a smart induction cooktop that connects to the companion app and automatically adjusts each piece’s settings to help you achieve delicious culinary masterpieces. It’s originally $899, but you can save over 30% and pay just $599.99 for a limited time.

Apple MacBook Air 11″ Core i5, 1.6GHz 8GB RAM 128GB (Refurbished)

Take your work with you wherever you go with this slim, lightweight refurbished MacBook Air, hailing from early 2015 and equipped with a 128GB hard drive, a 1.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor, and an 11-inch display. Slash $100 off and get it for only $599.

Apple Mac mini Intel Core i5, 2.3GHz 8GB RAM 500GB (Refurbished) 

Released in 2011, this refurbished Mac Mini features a 2.3GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 500GB of onboard storage, and multiple ports — four Thunderbolt 3, two USB-A, and one HDMI. It’s regularly $700, but you can slash 40% off for a limited time and get it for only $419.99.

Apple iPad 6th Gen 9.7″ 32GB

Stream, browse, and take stunning photos wherever you go with this 6th-gen iPad. Slash 22% off and get it for only $310 for a limited time.

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