There have been many players that have risen to the occasion for each major in golf evidenced by the 15 winners for the past 15 majors. The 16th major, The British Open at the Lytham and St. Annes Course in Lancashire, England was no different when it brought out the 16th winner in 16 events, 52-year-old, Ernie Els. The only real surprise was how badly the weather forecast was off for the tournament.
Instead of rain and wind, there was sun and calm for the first three days. Adam Scott was the early leader tying the course record at 64 on Thurs. Brian Snedeker charged forward after Friday's play. Going into Sunday, Scott had a 4-shot lead after more brilliant play taking him to -11. On Sunday Scott was paired with Graeme McDowell and Tiger Woods was paired with Snedeker for the last two groups.
MLB: Jimmie Lee Solomon's Departure from Major League Baseball Another Blow To African-Americans In Baseball
With the 2012 Baseball All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 10th, and the 65th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson entering Major League Baseball (MLB), this seems as good a time as any to take note of who won't be at the game. One absence in particular will be that of Jimmie Lee Solomon.
What happened in the case of Jimmie Lee Solomon? There was no fanfare and hardly anyone took notice. It was rumored in early June of 2012 that Jimmie Lee Solomon, whose last position with Major League Baseball (MLB) as Executive Vice President of Business Development, had been fired after a 21-year career. It was just an ordinary day, and there was hardly anything about it except in trade papers several days later when MLB announced that Solomon resigned.
Jimmie Lee Solomon, who once oversaw all of Major League Baseball's on-field operations, is now out at MLB. He was one of the first minorities that did not play baseball that was in Executive Operations. Solomon graduated from Harvard Law School, rose to the No. 3 position in Baseball, and became one of the most influential African-American executives in professional sports.
It wasn't one of Serena Williams' most consistent matches but after rain delays she outclassed a young opponent to win her 5th Wimbledon singles crown 6-1, 5-7, 6-2. Williams' win also made her the second player at age 30 to win a Wimbledon women's singles title other than Martina Navratilova in 1990 at 33. It was Navratilova's final Grand Slam Wimbledon singles title for a record-breaking ninth title over Zina Garrison. This won't be Serena's last, as she now becomes the No. 2 player in the world.
After winning so easily in the first set at 5-0, Serena started to lose concentration and Agnieszka Radwanska began playing better ending the first set at 6-1 on a good note by finally holding serve. Then came the rain and ground crews. Twenty minutes later the women's singles final was back on court again.
Starting the second set at 4-2, Radwanska came back mixing up pace, spin, and direction. Then the wind became a factor as well as nerves. Serena's high percentage serving waned and Agnieszka's picked up. With an opportunity to go to a second set tiebreaker on her serve, Serena was not able to deliver. Radwanska took the second set 7-5.
On Saturday, July 7, Serena Williams will likely win her fifth Wimbledon singles title, tying her with sister Venus Williams' Wimbledon total. The two sisters have met in eight Grand Slam finals, with Serena winning six times. The odds are definitely in Serena's favor to win her 14th Grand Slam title, which would rank her fourth all-time in the Open Era in women's singles behind Steffi Graf with 22 and Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova who have 18 titles each.
The oddsmakers at The Championship had Serena at the beginning of the tournament based on stages of elimination: to win at (11/10), to the Finals (4), and to get to the Semi Finals (11/8).
With a score of eight under par, Tiger Woods wons his 74th professional tournament, the 2012 AT&T National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD on Sunday. The win passed allowed him to pass Jack Nicklaus for second place behind Sam Snead's 83 career wins. Woods' win also makes him #1 in the FedEx Standings after 100 weeks after he last did so in 2009, and made him the first three time winner of the 2012 season.
Bo van Pelt, the tournament runner-up, hung in there until the final holes when he wavered. However, experience helped Woods as he shot a final round of two under par, or 69. Bo's 71 on Sunday giving him second, and the third player of the final group, Brendon de Jonghe shot six-over for 77 after going into Sunday as the leader with six under for 54 holes.