A young British Open Champ, what Detroit will do at the NBA draft and more

Fat Guy Corner



The British Open champion is 24-year-old Collin Morikawa, who has now won two majors.

Collin won the PGA Championship last year in front of zero fans, which was not the case at Royal St. George’s last Sunday. Collin won this event in front of 32,000 fans, claiming a two-shot victory over Jordan Spieth.

I want you to think of this: at age 24, he is halfway to a career Grand Slam! The list he joins winning two majors before the age of 25 are golf legends Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen, Tiger Woods and Seve Ballesteros. Let’s not forget, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth did it, too.

Collin started Sunday one shot behind Louis Oosthuizen, however, that was quickly erased after three straight birdies on holes seven through nine. Collin Morikawa is a name to remember, as I see numerous PGA victories and major victories in his career.

The NBA Finals will be over this week, since Tuesday night could be the night the Milwaukee Bucks are crowned champions.

The Bucks, who were down 2-0 to the Phoenix Suns, have pulled off three straight wins. The Phoenix team is saying “Don’t let the Suns Go Down on Us” in Milwaukee. (There’s a little Elton John tossed into a sports column.)

I think the Bucks take care of business on Tuesday night and become NBA World Champions! I wouldn’t mind a game seven to decide the NBA Champion if Phoenix can muster up a road victory! How nice would a game seven in Phoenix be? I do not see that scenario, however.

The NBA Draft is June 29, and Detroit, with the No. 1 pick, would be absolutely nuts not to entertain offers from other NBA teams.

I believe Cade Cunningham is a fabulous basketball talent, but not a franchise changing type player. The Pistons have numerous spots that need improvement on the basketball floor, player–wise. The rumor is the Houston Rockets really covet Cade Cunningham, too. What will the Pistons do? We shall see soon.

The Olympics start on July 23 in Tokyo, Japan. I used to love to watch the Olympics as a kid and young adult, but I don’t have much interest anymore. One reason is because I just don’t know the athletes competing like I did before. Plus, I just don’t watch as much television.

I will watch when an interesting storyline develops. I do know in the two weeks of the Olympics, something will pique my interest. If you enjoy the Olympics, the next two weeks will be sheer joy for you! I say, enjoy!

The Detroit Tigers came out of the All-Star break and swept the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. I love watching this team finally become competitive on the ball diamond.

All of us Tiger fans have suffered the last few seasons watching just plain, ol’ awful baseball. Let’s give credit to manager A.J. Hinch for turning the Tigers into something respectable between the chalk. I can see good things happening to our Tigers here in the future. I can positively say the Tigers are headed in the right direction.

The Tigers off–season will need to focus on some hitters being inserted into the lineup to produce some offense and runs. I do not have much faith, however, in Al Avila. I think he is awful in the front office.

The NHL expansion draft is Wednesday night as the new franchise, the Seattle Kraken, will build a team with players from other teams. I will be watching to see if they go with veterans or youth. Who will Seattle select from our Detroit Red Wings hockey team? I will let you know next week.

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