Gary Player finally has Arnold Palmer beaten. When Player tees off on Thursday, it will be his 51st Masters. That tops by one the record he shared with The King for most Masters played. Player already holds the record for most consecutive British Opens played -- 46. ''The word that comes to mind is 'thankful','' the 72-year-old said.
If not for number 18, Retief Goosen would be in great shape. The two-time United States Open champion is six over, four strokes off the lead, going into the final round of the Masters. But he's played the par-four 18th at four over through the first three rounds, including a bogey on Saturday.
Michelle Wie was taken to a hospital after withdrawing from the John Deere Classic with nine holes left on Friday, overcome by the conditions on a hot, humid afternoon, and left the course in an ambulance, getting fluids intravenously. Wie walked off the ninth hole on her own, but after talking with her parents said she couldn't play anymore.
The World Cup is soccer's greatest spectacle. It's also a month-long grind, and the fatigue is starting to show. Games every few days, many played under a summer sun. Travel back and forth across Germany. Pressure that grows with every game. And that's on top of the nine months that many players just spent with soccer's best clubs.
England finally got a result against Sweden it can live with. No, not a win -- that has been too much to ask for. A 2-2 draw on Tuesday, however, was enough for the English to win Group B at the World Cup. Henrik Larsson tied it off a throw-in, getting the slightest touch to deflect the ball into the net in the 90th minute.
Roger Federer dropped his first set in the United States Open before putting away Nicolas Kiefer of Germany 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4 on Tuesday to earn a spot in the quarterfinals. Lleyton Hewitt won 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 over number 15 Dominik Hrbaty, who drew more attention for his pink peekaboo shirt than his play.
JL Lewis shot a two-under 69 on Saturday, extending his lead to three strokes at 15-under 198 after three rounds of the John Deere Classic, earning all the attention following the elimination of 15-year-old Michelle Wie from the event. Hank Kuehne was at 12-under along with Richard S Johnson and Craig Bowden.