Collin Morikawa holds off Jordan Spieth to win British Open

Originally posted on YardBarker | By Erin Walsh  |  Last updated 7/18/21

Collin Morikawa won the British Open at Royal St. George’s Golf Club on Sunday for his second major title in two years. It was his first time playing the Open.

The 24-year-old American secured a two-shot victory, holding off Jordan Spieth. He finished at 15 under 265, which is the lowest score in the 15 times the Open has been played at Royal St. George’s.

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Rory McIlroy receives chants from fans after winning Wells Fargo

Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  By Larry Brown  |  Last updated 5/9/21

Rory McIlroy won for the first time in more than 18 months and was feeling the love from the fans.

McIlroy won the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow in North Carolina on Sunday. He shot 3-under in the final round and 10-under for the tournament to win it. How won the tournament for the third time.

There were big roars as soon as McIlroy made the putt to win the tournament.

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Los Angeles County sheriff: Excessive speed caused Tiger Woods’ car accident

By Erin Walsh  |  Last updated 4/7/21

Tiger Woods’ February car accident was caused by excessive speed, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday, according to ESPN.

Woods’ vehicle was traveling 84 to 87 miles per hour on a downhill road outside Los Angeles with a speed limit of 45 and was going 75 mph when his car hit a tree, sheriff Alex Villanueva said.

The accident left Woods with serious injuries, which required surgery. Villanueva blamed the crash solely on excessive speed and reiterated that the golf star was not impaired. 

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Significant Black firsts in sports history

Posted 1 day ago  |  By Matt Whitener

The impact of Black athletes across the history of sports is an undeniable one, but also one that has not always been accomplished on equal footing. Of the many highs that have been accomplished, there have been just as many –if not more— that have also had to overcome the rules of the times they were accomplished in. This is a look back at many significant firsts, highlights, and noteworthy moments accomplished by Black athletes across the sporting spectrum, as well as the conditions that secured their significance.

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1884: First African-American MLB player (all-time): Moses Fleetwood Walker

1884: First African-American MLB player (all-time): Moses Fleetwood Walker

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Technically, William Edward White was the first Black man to play professional baseball in 1879, but he did so while passing as white. However, it was Walker who did so outright as an African-American, playing catcher for the Toledo Blue Stockings in 1884. He faced the intense racial scrutiny of the time and lasted only one season, becoming the last African-American to appear in the MLB for 63 years.

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1889: First Black Professional Soccer Player: Arthur Wharton

1889: First Black Professional Soccer Player: Arthur Wharton

Born in Jamestown of the Gold Coast (in modern-day Ghana), Wharton became the first Black professional soccer player in the English Professional League. Wharton was a goalie and occasional winger, who made 54 overall appearances across four professional seasons. In 2003, he was elected to the English Football Hall of Fame as a pioneer.

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1908: First Black Heavyweight Boxing Champion: Jack Johnson

1908: First Black Heavyweight Boxing Champion: Jack Johnson
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At the peak of the Jim Crow era in America, Johnson emerged as one of the nation’s biggest stars. In 1908, the Galveston, Texas, native beat Tommy Burns to claim the lineal world heavyweight title, via a stoppage in the 14 th round, to become the first African-American world heavyweight boxing champion, a title he would carry for the next eight years.

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1908: First Black Olympic Gold Medalist: John Taylor

1908: First Black Olympic Gold Medalist: John Taylor
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Although George Poage was the first African-American Olympian, when he captured two bronze medals in St. Louis four years prior, it was Taylor in 1908 who first reached the top of the podium. Hailing from Washington D.C. and the son of two former slaves, Taylor captured the gold running the third leg of the medley relays, covering 400 meters. In the same year, he would complete his degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Padraig Harrington withdraws from Pebble Beach Pro-Am due to positive COVID-19 test

By Zac Wassink  |  Last updated 2/9/21

Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington missed the cut at last week’s Waste Management Phoenix Open but was looking to get back on track at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. 

However, the 49-year-old won’t be playing in that tournament after he recorded a positive COVID-19 test result. The PGA Tour announced that first alternate Bae Sang-moon will take Harrington’s place. 

Harrington addressed his coronavirus symptoms via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon: 

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Watch: Dustin Johnson gets emotional after winning Masters

Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports By Steve DelVecchio | Last updated 11/15/20

One of the reasons Dustin Johnson is the top-ranked golfer in the world is that he never seems to let his emotions get the best of him. But we have seen the green jacket bring grown men to tears countless times in the past, and D.J. was no exception.

Johnson won the Masters on Sunday by posting a score of 20 under par for the tournament, which was a Masters record. The 36-year-old told Amanda Balionis that capturing the green jacket was a “dream come true,” and he fought back tears while discussing the feat.

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Tony Finau out of Shriners after positive COVID-19 test

By Zac Wassink | Last updated 10/6/20

Tony Finau confirmed on Tuesday that he has withdrawn from this week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open held at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada after he tested positive for COVID-19. 

Finau began the week ranked No. 16 in the world and hasn’t played since he finished tied for eighth at the U.S. Open in September. He will have to return negative test results and be cleared before he can rejoin the Tour. 

The CJ Cup at Shadow Creek Golf Course, also in Vegas, is scheduled for Oct. 15-18. It’s unknown if Finau intends to participate in that tournament if he’s eligible. 

As Bob Harig wrote for ESPN, at least 14 players have tested positive since the PGA Tour returned to action amid the pandemic. Three caddies have also produced positive test results. 

Bronson Burgoon replaced Finau for the Shriners. Burgoon, 33, has a pair of second-place finishes on the Tour during his career. 

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Jon Rahm makes incredible putt to win BMW Championship in playoff

Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports | By Larry Brown | Last updated 8/30/20

Jon Rahm won the BMW Championship on Sunday in Illinois by sinking an incredible putt on the first hole of a sudden death playoff with Dustin Johnson.

Rahm and Johnson, who are Nos. 1 and 2 in the world golf rankings, were tied after 72 holes at 4-under par.

They played the 18th hole for their first sudden death playoff hole, and that’s when Rahm did something incredible with his birdie putt.

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Collin Morikawa wins PGA, has awkward exchange with girlfriend

Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports | By Larry Brown | Last updated 8/9/20

Collin Morikawa on Sunday captured his first career major, winning the PGA Championship in San Francisco by shooting 13-under for the tournament. And he did it all at the age of 23.

After making a par putt on the 18th hole to lock up the major, Morikawa started to celebrate. He headed toward his girlfriend Katherine Zhu and was about to go in for a kiss or close embrace, but then the reaction changed, and they pulled away from each other. Morikawa put up his hand for a high-five instead.

Perhaps due to COVID-19 mask guidelines, the two avoided a kiss. Then they realized they could still hug and did that. They also were shown later getting more cozy.

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Tiger Woods to return to PGA Tour at Memorial Tournament

Tiger Woods announced on Twitter that he will be returning to the PGA Tour at next week’s Memorial Tournament.

“I’m looking forward to playing in the [Memorial Tournament] next week,” Woods said. “I’ve missed going out and competing with the guys and can’t wait to get back out there.”

The Memorial Tournament will not have fans but it is expected to have many of the biggest names in golf, including Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler.

This will mark Woods’ first major event since February when he finished last among those who made the cut at the Genesis Invitational. Back problems caused Woods to miss several events, and then the coronavirus pandemic put golf on hold just around the time he was getting ready to compete again.

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By Blake Harper | Last updated 7/9/20