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Michigan survives Akron 28-24
Michigan couldn't really lose in the Big House to a Mid-American Conference team that hadn't won a road game in nearly five years, could it? Well, no. But it sure looked like it might happen for more than three quarters. The Wolverines scored a late touchdown and got a key defensive stop in a 28-24 win, avoiding a catastrophic loss that would have derailed the season. How worried should Michigan fans be following this showing?
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Jim Furyk shoots blistering 59
Nice round, Jim Furyk. On Friday at the BMW Championship in suburban Chicago, you did something only five players previously had achieved on the PGA Tour: Card a 59. You did it on a par-71 course, with a bogey on your card, no less (the first time that's happened, per ESPN Stats & Information). Not only that, but you did it on a day that wasn't exactly kind to the other golfers; no one else shot better than 65 (Tiger Woods finished 13 shots worse over the 18 holes). Sure, you didn't go on to win the tournament -- but there are a lot more than six PGA Tour winners out there.
Davis Love III has made his picks for the U.S. team in the Ryder Cup, drafting Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Brant Snedeker, and Dustin Johnson to represent their country in golf's biggest international team tournament. Did he do a good job?
The United States and Europe square off in Wales this weekend for global golf bragging rights (well, if you forget the sizable portion of the globe that competes for the Presidents Cup), but do we know which side will have the globe's best golfer on its side?
Tiger Woods remains No. 1 in the World Golf Rankings, a title which increasingly seems more difficult to shake than Pope. But it's Jim Furyk who has the $10 million check to deposit after winning the FedEx Cup and the Tour Championship on Sunday with a bunker shot that would rank as one of the great moments in postseason history, if anyone had a clue how golf's postseason works.
Furyk also has a PGA Tour-best three wins this season, but as he, Woods, Phil Mickelson and the rest of the Americans head to Wales, just who is golf's best player at the moment?
In previous years, was there such a fuss made of the Ryder Cup regarding the : captains wife, the players uniforms, Tiger participation via captains pick, outcome of the matches, pairings?
These are always issues at the Ryder Cup. Who cares what they wear? But that seems to become a big deal. So does the participation of the players' wives -- something that is not a part of any other sport. Full transcript
It's not cheating if you don't get caught. That's the moral code that seems to govern everything in sports from basketball and soccer players flopping for calls to NASCAR teams fiddling with physics and football players holding opponents, trapping balls and selling calls.
All except golf, where as ESPN.com's Jason Sobel writes, it would have been remarkable only if Brian Davis didn't call a 2-stroke penalty on himself on the first hole of Sunday's playoff against Jim Furyk, potentially costing himself a large chunk of change in prize money and his first American win.
Rules are rules but some of golf's rules were created when gutta percha balls were used for tournament play. Time to update some of the rules to the 19th, 20th or even heaven forbid, the 21st century. If golf had something like instant replay, concerning a rules question, and the shot in question was filmed/videoed, a USGA official could take a look to see if the player had gained an advantage. Davis gained no advantage so there shouldn't have been a 2 stroke penalty IMO. Lousy way to end a tournament. Really lousy.” -- uncbluegoat
I wonder how many players would have "noticed" that thin reed move, in the backswing ? Meaning, how many of them would have mentioned it ? Davis made me a fan today.” -- olpunchy