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In the most direct rebuke of the infectious disease expert who helped guide his administrations global coronavirus response, President Donald Trump called out Dr. Anthony Fauci as "wrong" on slowing the spread in the U.S.

Trump tweeted:

"Wrong! We have more cases because we have tested far more than any other country, 60,000,000.
If we tested less, there would be less cases. How did Italy, France & Spain do? Now Europe sadly has flare ups. Most of our governors worked hard & smart. We will come back STRONG!"

Trumps comments came in response to Faucis comments to the House select subcommittee investigating the Trump administrations pandemic response, tweeted out by CBS News.

"If you look at what happened in Europe when they shut down or locked down or went into shelter-in-place – however you want to describe it – they really did it to the tune of about 95-plus percent of the country did that. When you actually look at what we did, even though we shut down, even though it created a great deal of difficulty, we really functionally shutdown only 50% in the sense of the totality of the country."

While Fauci might be technically correct in his estimations, those comments do not distinctly qualify as Europe is a group of individual countries, while the United States is a collection of a number of states, each with its own respective governors in charge.

Many of the less-populous states that shutdown less, saw far fewer cases initially, but that does not necessarily mean they had a better response when weighed with Faucis logic. The initial leaders of the most coronavirus cases – New York, New Jersey, and Michigan – were led by Democratic governors with very strict shutdowns. Yet, they had many cases and the most deaths.

"There are some states that did it very well, there are some states that did not," Fauci did admit to Congress, but that comment was not included in the tweet Trump responded to.

Then, as for Trumps comments, the testing has now ramped up to around 820,000 tests per day – whereas before, when the country was shut down, the testing was far less robust to determine the precise number of cases, making Faucis above comment about the effectiveness of the U.S. shutdowns mere speculation.

Fauci was referring to total COVID-19 cases, many of which are now being found via testing of asymptomatic and younger patients. While the U.S. cases are rising amid the ramped up testing, the rates of death and hospitalizations are declining: Far, far more confirmed COVID-19 cases and still less deaths or hospitalizations in the U.S. than the spring peak of severe cases.

"We cannot test our way out of this or any pandemic," Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services Adm. Brett Giroir, the White House coronavirus task force testing czar, said at the congressional hearing.

Fauci did admit testing has vastly improved throughout the U.S.

"I think that things are significantly different and improved now," he told Congress, which also was not promoted by CBS News tweet that Trump was responded to above.

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PGA Championship, 3 straight majors

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A look at players who have won the same major at least three three straight times, and the 22 times a player had a chance at three in a row.

MASTERS

No one has won three in a row.

Attempts:

Tiger Woods in 2003 (tied for 15th).

Jack Nicklaus in 1967 (missed the cut).

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US OPEN

Willie Anderson (1903-05)

Attempts

Brooks Koepka in 2019 (runner-up).

Curtis Strange in 1990 (tied for 21st).

Ben Hogan in 1952 (3rd place).

Ralph Guldahl in 1939 (tied for 7th).

John McDermott in 1913 (8th place).

x- Bobby Jones won the U.S. Open in 1929 and 1930. He retired and did not play in 1931.

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BRITISH OPEN

Peter Thomson (1954-56)

Bob Ferguson (1880-82)

Jamie Anderson (1877-79)

Young Tom Morris (1868-1870)

Attempts:

Padraig Harrington in 2009 (tied for 65th).

Tiger Woods in 2007 (tied for 12th).

Tom Watson in 1984 (runner-up).

Lee Trevino in 1973 (tied for 10th).

Arnold Palmer in 1963 (tied for 26th).

Bobby Locke in 1951 (tied for 6th).

James Braid in 1907 (tied for 5th).

Harry Vardon in 1900 (runner-up).

J.H. Taylor in 1896 (lost in a playoff).

Old Tom Morris in 1863 (runner-up).

x-Bobby Jones won in 1926 and 1927. He did not enter in 1928.

x-Walter Hagen won in 1928 and 1929. He did not enter in 1930.

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PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

Walter Hagen (1924-27)

Attempts

Tiger Woods in 2001 (tied for 29th).

Denny Shute in 1938 (lost in the round of 16).

Leo Diegel in 1930 (lost in the round of 16).

Gene Sarazen in 1924 (lost in the round of 16).

Jim Barnes in 1920 (lost in the round of 16).

x-Tiger Woods won the PGA Championship in 2006 and 2007. He had season-ending knee surgery and did not play the PGA Championship in 2008.

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