Claret Jug goes to Iowa native Zach Johnson

Fat Guy Corner



It was a wild five days of golf that took place over the weekend at the 144th British Open at St. Andrews. Five? Don’t I mean four days? No, it took one more day than normal to complete this golf tournament. The rain and wind would not cooperate for these golfers to get it done in the normal four days.

The winner in a three-man playoff was 39-year old Zach Johnson. Zach won his second major golf championship in his career. He also won the 2007 Masters and this was Zach’s 12th PGA Tour win.

The two players who fell short in the playoff were Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman. How about the fact it was Louis Oosthuizen’s second runner up finish in a major in 2015?

If you remember correctly he lost the U.S. Open to Jordan Spieth at Chambers Bay by one stroke. Poor Louis has to wonder what needs to be done on the golf course to win a major this season. I was personally pulling for Jordan Spieth to win the British Open. Jordan needed birdie on the 18th to get himself into the playoff mix. The Claret Jug will go home with Zach Johnson after he earned the victory by rolling in a 30-footer on 18 and then won the playoff on a four-hole aggregate score.

No Rocktober baseball

The American League won the All- Star game and Detroit Tigers pitcher David Price was the winning pitcher. The American League will now have home-field advantage for the World Series come October.

The bad news is the Detroit Tigers will not have to worry about it come October.

Detroit came out of the break and lost two of three to the Baltimore Orioles. Justin Verlander, the $28 million man, was rocked for seven runs in 3-2/3 of an inning. The Verlander contract will be ghost haunting for the upcoming years.

Justin’s better years are long gone, that’s for sure. I will say you cannot fault the Tigers for the contract. Justin Verlander took Detroit to two World Series, basically on his arm.

It would be very easy to arm-chair quarterback the Tigers’ decision to pay him the mega contract. I refuse to do that because at the time it was the right choice by the Tigers. The question becomes, as the trade deadline looms, how much selling of payroll will the Detroit Tigers do? Detroit has been buyers for the last four years and I now think selling is the right thing to do. I warn all you Tigers fans, don’t be surprised come deadline time that some of your favorite Tigers don’t switch uniforms. I would not be shocked if David Price is dealt. He will bring some value to Detroit. I hate to say it, but the Tigers’ American League Central Division domination is over and new beginnings are on the horizon in Motown.

Fall is in the air

The way this summer has not been summer, at least weather-wise, a look at the calendar says football season and training camps are just about ready to go.

It’s the NFL first and then the college camps. I find it amazing how fast football sneaks up on me sometimes.

The Detroit Lions have been quiet on the news front.

It will be sad not seeing Mr. Suh in a Lions uniform. The question becomes, will the Lions regress after last season’s playoff appearance?

The answer is usually a resounding yes with the Lions.

Can Matthew Stafford lead this team to a playoff win?

Calvin Johnson is getting on the other side of his career, as he is no spring chicken anymore. Will Calvin be an elite receiver here in 2015? Can he stay healthy?

Those are both good solid questions to ponder?

Maybe the Lions will use deflated footballs and win a Super Bowl?

Okay, that was my laugh of the day ! Football talk is finally almost here!

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