Martin Kaymer became only the second German to ever win a Major Championship on Sunday when he defeated Bubba Watson in a playoff at Whistling Straights golf course in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The three-hole playoff was decided on the third hole when Bubba Watson hit a stray shot into a water hazard, allowing Kaymer to safely put his way to victory.
The United States soccer team returned to action for the first time since the World Cup on Tuesday night when they took on a fresh faced Brazilian squad in an exhibition match. The game nearly sold out the New Meadowlands Stadium with a crowd of over 77,000 who came out to see the likes of Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley take on the worlds best. The Brazil team had a few recognizable names such as Robinho and AC Milan forward Alexander Pato who scored to put his team into a comfortable 2-0 lead but for the most part, it was a Brazil team chalk full of young talent.
Professional golfer Bobby Jones once said, “Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course - the distance between your ears.” The truth behind this quote was illustrated to perfection this weekend by the mediocre performance provided by Tiger Woods at the Bridgestone Invitational. At a course where Tiger Woods has won seven previous times, he posted a final round 77 and finished the tournament at a whopping 18 over par, good enough for 78th place out of 80 golfers.
The soap opera that Brett Favres career has become took another turn for the extraordinary this week when reports surfaced that Favre had sent text messages to Viking teammates informing them that he would in fact be retiring. As an avid Chicago Bears fan I couldn’t help but enjoy watching the looks on my friends faces (Viking fans) as they realized that Tavaris Jackson was once again their starting quarterback.
As I have mentioned in previous blogs I am a baseball purist. I have grown up in the era of juiced baseballs, juiced baseball bats, and juiced baseball players. Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player to reach 600 homeruns at 35 years and 8 days, eclipsing the record held by Babe Ruth at 36 years and 196 days. I for one have to admit I am not impressed. Granted hitting 600 homeruns is impressive whether juiced or not, however it is not as impressive as what the players of the past were able to accomplish.
The start of the 2010 NFL season is a little over a month away and there are already several developing stories making headlines as training camp gets underway. The New York Jets for starters, have cause for concern as their top corner and quite possibly the best corner in the league Darrelle Revis, has decided to hold out from camp until a contract agreement can be reached. Revis has made it no secret that he would like to become the highest paid corner in the league, a title that Nnamdi Asomugha of the Oakland Raiders currently holds.
The first ever Barclays New York Challenge produced some highly entertaining and competitive soccer games for fans to enjoy in New York’s recently opened Red Bull Arena. The event showed promise for soccer in America both in terms of the fan support and the performance of the New York Red Bull MLS squad. Fans flocked to the state of the art, soccer specific stadium to watch their Red Bulls take on the likes of the European Premier Leagues Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City as well as Sporting Lisbon.
Boxing has gradually become an afterthought in the American sports landscape over the past decade and for good reason. Gone are the days of big name heavyweights going punch for punch in classic matches that earn themselves nicknames such as Foreman and Ali’s Rumble in the Jungle or Ali and Frazier’s Thrilla in Manila. People now look to the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) for entertainment, a sport that has quickly risen to popularity in boxings absence.
The 2010 British Open came to an anticlimactic conclusion on Sunday when 27-year-old South African Louis Oosthuizen ran away from the field to win by an amazing 7 strokes. That margin of victory tops Tigers 5 stoke win in 2000 to become one of the most lopsided results in tournament history. The pronunciation of Louis odd last name became the topic of conversation for the broadcasters who had little else to talk about while Oosthuizen was cruising to a victory on Sunday. Louis led for the final 48 holes and left little for drama on a rather uneventful final round.