Golf and horse racing return as questions continue for NBA and MLB

Fat Guy Corner

 

 

The PGA returned this week at the Charles Schwab Challenge. How nice was it to have live sports back? I say real nice! I know Daniel Berger was happy to see golf back. Daniel Berger made birdie on No. 18 to get himself to fifteen under, which allowed him to win the tournament in a playoff.

The playoff win came against Collin Morikawa, who also finished fifteen under. Collin had a chance to win in regulation, however, he missed a short putt that cost him the win. The playoff provided more heartbreak for Collin as he missed another short putt providing Berger with the victory.

The match had numerous golfers in the chase with Justin Rose, Jason Kokrak, Bryson DeChambeau and Xander Schauffele just missing out. I would say Xander should have won this tournament. A missed putt from three feet on hole 17 by Xander cost him the victory. I still can’t believe he missed it, because he had made two clutch putts on previous holes.

The beefed up Bryson DeChambeau at 245 pounds and his five daily shakes was strange at first. I, however, settled and got used to the bigger and hopefully better Bryson.

I asked myself, who is Daniel Berger? I did not realize he has won three times on the PGA Tour. How about all three wins came in the same week of June. Now, that’s crazy right there. How can that be? Daniel suffered through a wrist injury in 2019 so he did not play much golf.

The PGA Tournament moves to Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. I love watching this tournament, because I have played this course personally and can identify every single hole. The one big difference is the professionals are playing from the back tees. I look forward to the RBC Heritage this weekend. FORE!

The Belmont Stakes runs this Saturday and the favorite will be Tiz the Law. Tiz the Law won the Florida Derby on March 28 and has not raced since. This is normally the last leg of the Triple Crown, however, it is the first leg here in 2020.

Tiz the Law is catching some luck as the two Bob Baffert horses Nadal and Charlatan will not be in the race. A horse named Maxfield is also sidelined and will sit out the race. These are three quality horses not racing this Saturday. I can’t see Tiz the Law losing this race to be honest.

I can give you a longshot I like in Modernist. The Louisiana Derby Modernist ran a solid third and broke from the number 14 post position, which was not ideal. The horse is trained by Bill Mott, who is a conservative trainer, meaning he brings them along slowly. Bill Mott horses tend to improve as he develops them, which I like. I will be rooting for Modernist and hope to get 15-1 odds on him. I have to hope Tiz the Law is not sharp on Saturday and, as we say, anything can happen in a horse race.

One more tid bit — all the horses Tiz the Law beat in the Florida Derby are 0-7 since that race. UMMMM…. If you bet the race I say good luck and cash that winning ticket.

The NBA is getting some backlash from some players on the restart. Kyrie Irving is the leader of a coalition of players with concerns about playing basketball in Orlando. The concerns are a surge in positive corona cases, conditions surrounding the restrictive environment in the bubble, along with insurance and liabilities of getting sick or injured. There is also concern with the social injustice movement and whether they should play basketball or not. I guess anything can happen from here whether or not the NBA season resumes, so stay tuned.

The MLB season is for sure in jeopardy as both sides bicker back and forth. Why is it baseball is always bickering? I will tell you — greed! Of the four major sports baseball and negotiations are always the worst. I can be reached at thefatguy@mihomepaper.com.