Jiya Shin, ranked No. 10 in the world, captured her second career major shooting 71 and 73 in a 36-hole final Sunday at the 2012 Women's British Open at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club with a record-breaking 9-shot victory. Shin's victory at the Open meant that for the first time in the Ladies Professional Golf Association's (LPGA) history, all four major titles in one season are held by Asian-born players, 3 by South Koreans.
Shin joined Sun Young Yoo who captured the Kraft Nabisco Championship, Na Yeon Choi who won the U.S. Women's Open, and Shanshan Feng from mainland China who won the LPGA Championship. The rest of the leaderboard included Inbee Park as the runner-up and American Paula Creamer at 3rd, joined by two other Americans in the top ten, Stacy Lewis and Katie Fucher. The weather as usual in British Opens was the major issue putting a dampener on the players, especially Karrie Webb, the 72-hole leader.
Rory McIlroy did it again, once more with a stellar performance at the BMW Championship with 5-under par 67 to win by two shots.
This win comes a week after winning Deutsche Bank Championship garnering his fourth win of the season, one more than Tiger Woods, and including a sensational 8-stroke win at the PGA Championship last month.
This win is similarly stunning as he fought against a very tough leaderboard that included such remarkable names as Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, and Vijay Singh. Probably, this must be the toughest leaderboard this season for any golfer to get mixed-up with and overtake.
Winning this one finally settles the score about who is the best player in the world today. This win earns him among that rarest achievement for any golfer, winning consecutive wins as the last golfer to have ever made the feat was Tiger Woods back in August of 2009.
When professional golf championships occur at courses like Pebble Beach, Olympic or Kiawah, players become unexpectedly vulnerable. An Ocean Course delivers juggernaut unpredictability because wind and weather can abruptly shut down play just like what happened on Saturday at Kiawah. One player demonstrated when opportunity arises you must take supreme advantage. As a squall loomed, Rory McLlroy climbed into contention. He made a par on Keawah's third hole after his ball became lodged in a tree and making par set the tone. If viewers remained in awe when Kiawah brought down a surging Ian Poulter starting as impressively early Sunday as Rory McLlroy did early on Saturday, it showed the difference between a great player and good one. Poulter also played with sudden fury and aimed for the leaderboard producing knockdown shots when Kiawah provided opportunity, but he ultimately succumbed. Kiawah's challenges humbled former PGA champions Vijay Singh and a wild Tiger. In fact, Singh looked less of a champion than anyone. There was no show from "The Big Fijian" like old Earnie Els delivered last month at the British Open. Kiawah derailed a patient and steady
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.