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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Lee Triumphs

I suppose I could write about a number of things today.

Tennis player Maria Sharapova won her first French Open Saturday, completing the career Grand Slam. That's pretty cool.

LeBron James and the Miami Heat won the Eastern Conference finals and will play the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Finals next week. That was pretty impressive.

Boxer Timothy Bradley beat Manny Pacquiao in a split decision to win the WBO Welterweight Title. The ESPN updates showed Pacquiao winning pretty much all but the first round on points, so this may end up being a pretty controversial topic for the next few days. The rhetoric has already started.

A horse named Union Rags won the Belmont Stakes, nipping Paynter by a head. I don't know how important that was to Union Rags, but I understand his owner and a bunch of gamblers were very excited.

I should also mention that GC said Neil Sagebiel, who writes the Armchair Golf Blog, will be on Morning Drive Wednesday to talk about his new book, The Longest Shot. That's also a very neat bit of news.

But the European Tour finished early this week. That gives me a chance I normally wouldn't have to write about that tournament. So let me give a little love to the tour on the other side of the pond.

Lee gets another win

The Nordea Masters (it used to be the Scandinavian Masters) turned out to be a good U.S. Open warmup for Lee Westwood. A really good one, in fact, since he won going away. I think winning is always a good warmup for a tournament, and when you win by 5 strokes -- and it could have been better -- it certainly bodes well for his trip to Olympic. He only had 3 bogeys all week!

I think it bodes well for Sergio, Mikko Ilonen, and Peter Hanson as well. All three tied for third. Sergio shot the low round of the the day, a 67, and Ilonen shot 68. Hanson had already been playing well this year; you may remember that he already finished 3rd at the Masters, 4th at the WGC-Cadillac, and 5th at the WGC-Accenture. All three men should feel pretty good going into the Open, don't you think?

And now they'll arrive in California a day early, with a chance to get over their jet lag and maybe get in an extra practice round.

At any rate, given how erratic Rory's been at Memphis this week, it certainly should make for a more interesting major. Congratulations, Lee!

The photo came from the Nordea Masters page at europeantour.com.

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