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August 11-17, 2020

Who is the number 1 in Golf?

Few times Golf has been as hotly contested as it is now. The Official World Golf Rankings read that by August 9th, Jon Rahm (ESP) has been the World’s number one for three weeks. Nonetheless he ranks 10th in the FedEx Cup, which is being led by Justin Thomas (USA), who only finished T37 at the PGA Championship. Before him, it was led by Webb Simpson (USA) after winning in South Carolina. He is currently 3rd, and also only managed a T37 at the Championship.

The first Major of the season was won by who is between Thomas and Simpson in the FedEx Cup: Collin Morikawa (USA). The 23 year-old played top golf and won his first major (PGA), in a tournament where 5 golfers were tied with two holes to go, including Dustin Johnson (USA), Jason Day (AUS) and Bryson DeCHambeau (USA), who was turned heads with his scientific approach to golf.

The World Rankings have Thomas, Johnson and Morikawa within the top 5. The other one, still second, is Rory McIlroy (IRL), who has had a difficult “back to golf”. “I don’t know. Maybe I’m just not as good as I used to be…” He said. “I can’t really put my finger on it. I go out there and try my best every single day”, he continued. (Irish Times).

Is it that Rory is not as good as he used to be or is it that the field has just got more competitive? Beyond the aforementioned payers, there are others that could be a number one contender within the next couple of years, such as Finau, Koepka, Reed, Casey, Scott, Todd, Im, Rose, Finau, Ancer…Tiger Woods? The next few weeks mark the conclusion of the 2019-2020 PGA Tour and we will see golf at its best.

 

Five things to know from last week
  1. Kollapse. Danielle Kang (USA) won her second consecutive LPGA tournament by taking the Marathon Classic in Ohio. This was unexpected, as she was five shots behind with six holes to play, but Lydia Ko (NZL) made bogeys in holes 14 and 17, and then closed the round with a double bogey, which made her win slip. Kang now leads the Tour. Read Ko’s remarks (NZ Herald)
  2. Moto firsts. Brad Binder (RSA) became the first South African to win a MotoGP race, by winning the Czech Grand Prix in only his third MotoGP start. In Motocross, Glen Coldenhoff (NET) gave GASGAS their first FIM Motocross World Championship win by taking the Latvian MXGP race 2. Tim Gajser (SLO) win the first race but fell in the second race and was only 5th.  Motor Sport has a good story on Binder.
  3. Championship Comeback. The Whipsnakes defeated Chaos 16-6 to win the Premier Lacrosse League Championship Series final. This after they were losing 2-6 and went scoreless for 29 minutes until they had a spectacular 10-goal comeback led by the MVP Zed Williams (USA), who scored six goals, a PLL record-tying performance. USA Lax Magazine talks about how he dedicated it to his late father.
  4. Win for Fabio. The return of the UCI World Tour has been all-Belgian won. Wout van Aert (BEL) won the Strade Bianche last week and the Milan-San Remo this week, barely beating Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) on the line. Remco Evenepoel (BEL) won the Tour de Pologne overall and Stage 4. He dedicated the win to his injured teammate, Fabio Jakobsen (NET), who was crashed into the barriers at the end of Stage 1 and was left in critical condition, although he was awarded the Stage win. His team Doctor expects Fabio to make a comeback to cycling (CNN)
  5. Big race winsMax Verstappen (NET, Red Bull) exposed Mercedes-Benz’ weakness on tyre management by taking a strategic win at the 70th Anniversary F1 Grand Prix, over both Mercedes drivers. In the US, Kevin Harvick (USA) won both NASCAR races at Michigan, extending his series lead. Ron Capps (USA) won the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series race at Lucas Oil Raceway (Indianapolis), the only dragstrip he was missing to conquer on his career. In the Pro-Stock category, Jeg Coughlin Jr. (USA) beat his nephew, Rookie Troy Coughlin Jr. (USA) in a family final. Angelle Sampey (USA) took her first win in years, in Pro Stock Moto, and Steve Torrence (USA) took the honors in Top Fuel.  Also watch the highlights of United Autosports’ win at the 4 Hours of Spa (ELMS)
GLOBAL PODIUM OF THE WEEK
Antonio Félix da Costa celebrating his Formula E Championship. Photo: Facebook Antonio Félix da Costa.

Gold: Antonio Félix da Costa

(Portugal, Auto Racing)

Antonio looked unstoppable by winning -from pole position- the first two races of the Berlin ePrix Final series for FIA Formula E. He then finished fourth and second in the two other races this week, enough to clinch the World Championship. He almost made it three wins this week but his teammate Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) passed him in the closing stages of the fourth race. Maximilian Günther (GER) crashed out of that race after winning a day earlier, which allowed the Portuguese to clinch the Championship.

Watch the Highlights of Formula E Round 8

Silver: Shane Hendrixson “Rapha”

(United States of America, eSports)

Shane overcame a personal tragedy two months ago to win his sixth Quake World Championship from QuakeCon, making it clear he is the best Quake player in history. He also won the MVP of the Quake Pro League, which he dominated. He only dropped one game at the World Championship, proving he truly rules the game.

Watch the Grand Finals

Andrea Locatelli wins his fifth straight World Supersport race. Photo: WorldSBK.com

Bronze: Andrea Locatelli

(Italy, Motorcycling)

The Italian rider is putting the most dominating season in motorsport. He won the two FIM Supersport World Championship races at Algarve (Portugal) in order to increase his race winning streak to five races, becoming the first rider in history to do so. It is even more impressive considering the season has had five races and these are his first five races in the Supersport World Championship, one of the most contested Championships in sport. It is unusual to see a rider to dominate Supersport, at all.

Watch his second win of the week (RTVE)

GLOBAL SPORTS AGENDA
 

Week Preview

 

Fight fans are up for a good week, as Cecilia Braekhus (NOR) and Jessica McCaskill (USA) meet for the unified Female Welterweight Titles, in possession of the Colombian-born Norwegian. This will be followed by a third UFC World Heavyweight Title Fight between Miocic and Cormier, which might be for the greatest heavyweight in UFC history, and is set to be Cormier’s last fight in his career.

UEFA Champions League will allocate one game per day on the first matches of its Quarterfinals. Juventus were eliminated (and as a consequence Andrea Pirlo will replace Maurizio Sarri as Coach) by Lyon, who will now face Manchester City. Leipzig will face Atlético de Madrid, Barcelona will face Bayern Munich, and Atalanta will try to surprise Paris Saint-Germain, as they did with Borussia Dortmund.

In Europe, Formula 1 now goes to Spain, where Sergio Pérez (MEX) might make his comeback. Another comeback will be the FIA World Endurance Championship, with the 6 Hours of Spa. In the US, NBA and NHL will have playoff matches.



Association football:
UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals

Aussie Rules Football:
AFL Season

Auto racing:
Formula 1 (Spain)
NASCAR Cup, Trucks (Daytona)
Formula E and Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy (Berlin x2)
FIA World Endurance Championship (Spa 6 Hours)
Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (Lausitz x2)
Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup (Spain)

Baseball
Major League Baseball Regular Season
Nippon League
KBO

Basketball:
NBA Playoffs start
WNBA regular season

Billiards:
2020 World Snooker Championship (Quarters, Semis, Final)
UMB Virtual OneCarom Challenge

Boxing:
World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Organisation, International Boxing Organization World Female Welter Titles: Cecilia Braekhus (NOR) vs Jessica McCaskill (USA)

Chess:
Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour Final (Semis)
FIDE Online Olympiad (Division 2)

Cricket:
2019–21 ICC World Test Championship England v Pakistan (Series 2)

Cycling:
Critérium du Dauphiné
Il Lombardia

eSports:
Global StarCraft II League Finals
Honor of Kings World Champion Cup 2020 Finals
Intel Extreme Masters (Group Stage)
League of Legends (LCK, LPL Summer 2020)
Overwatch League

Golf: 
PGA Tour (Wyndham Championship, North Carolina)

Horse Racing: 
Prix Du Haras De Fresnay-Le-Buffard Jacques Le Marois (France)
Alabama Stakes (USA)
Kranji Mile (Singapore)
Grande Premio Jockey Club Brasileiro (Brazil)

Ice Hockey:
NHL Playoffs

Mixed Martial Arts
UFC Heavyweight Championship: Stipe Miocic (USA) vs. Daniel Cormier (USA) 3

Motorcycling:
FIM Motocross World Championship (GP of Riga, GP of Kegums)
FIM MotoGP World Championship, Moto2, Moto3, (Austria)

   
 
SPORT’S BEST VALUES

Health: Inside the bubble

While some sport leagues are struggling with positive Covid-19 cases, the NHL has so far had zero positive cases, as the ‘bubble” has seemed to fulfil its purpose. NHL Senior EVP and Chief Content Officer, Steve Mayer, was responsible for it and he gives us a tour inside the Edmonton Bubble, from the hotels to the arena. Impressive logistics that involve city support! (NHL)

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

“I put forward a barrier design to both the UCI and the ASO at the same time, for exactly the circumstances like this. While things have improved at some races, a good barrier set-up has to be solid, it can’t come apart, and it’s got to be heavy. The board on the front of the barrier also has to come down at an angle and meet the road. Everything has to deflect the rider back onto the road…The barriers in Poland flew every which way, and it looked to me like they were made of plastic. One of them broke into pieces and that doesn’t happen with the metal ones. There’s a lot to be done in regard to safety in the last few hundred meters.”

Robbie McEwen (AUS)
3-time Tour de France Points classification winner
 On Fabio Jakobsen’s crash

Cyclingnews.com

 
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