The 2017 PGA Tour U.S. Open winner is Brooks Koepka. The tall fescue and rough never fazed him, as he pulled in a cool $2.16 million for the victory at Erin Hills in Wisc. on Sunday. I must say that is a large hunk of dough to deposit in the bank. On the back nine, things were pretty tight until Brooks went on a three-straight birdie run to make sure there was no drama on the last couple of holes. He shot 16-under, which tied Rory McIlroy’s record score a few years ago.
This U.S. Open was strange in that many of the high profile players didn’t even make the cut. Jason Day went home after two days. The same for one Dustin Johnson, too. My pick to win it, one Justin Rose, went home at a stellar +24. What a lousy selection that was by me. I know the final score of -16 was quite shocking to most of us golf fans. The course did not bring all the golfers to their knees like I thought it would. It was still a great watch on television over the weekend and congrats to Brooks Koepka on his first golf major victory.
Great picks available
The NHL expansion draft was yesterday with the Las Vegas Knights drafting 30 players, one from every team in the NHL. The other teams had an unprotected list of players from which they choose from. The Detroit Red Wings players, who I think have a good chance of being chosen after I filed this column on Tuesday, are goalie Petr Mrazak or Riley Sheahan. The Red Wings choosing Jimmy Howard over Mrazek is a mild surprise but not mind blowing. I watched this draft very closely, as there are some very good players other teams left unprotected. What will the Knights do come Wednesday night? Stay tuned.
Round ballers on the clock
The NBA Draft will take place tonight. The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics have swapped No. 1 picks. What this means is the Philadelphia 76ers will draft Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick. The Boston Celtics must not have been sold on Fultz to make this switch with Philadelphia. The rest of the draft is a crap shoot. I have no idea how teams will select in the top ten. As far as the Detroit Pistons, I have no clue what they will do either, so I guess I will watch with anticipation like the rest of the fans.
Overhyped and not worth the watch
The overhyped fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. is set for August 26. I got fleeced with the Manny Pacio and Mayweather fight and it will not happen to me again. The fight between Pacio and Mayweather was brutally boring and not worth watching one bit. I’ll be as honest as I and save you the money from buying the fight. Conor McGregor will get his butt whipped and it won’t even be close. This fight is all about a big payday for both guys and that is it. I say no thanks to all the hype and refuse to watch it.
Out of the loop
I will admit I have not peeked at the MLB standings in over a month other than the Detroit Tigers division. The American League East has the Yankees and Red Sox tied for first place, which is not big news. The fact the Tampa Bay Rays are two games over .500 is news to me. I can’t name two Tampa players. How bad is that?
The American League West is a total Houston Astros runaway. The “Stros” are a full 11 games in front of the Texas Rangers. The Cleveland Indians have passed the Minnesota Twins to lead the Central Division. The lovely Kitty Kats are currently 4.5 games out. The National League East is a total runaway for the Washington Nationals, who lead the division by 11 games over the New York Mets. Oh, and the Mets are an awful 31-37, too. How about the fact that no team is even close to being over .500? That is pitiful. I only see Washington ending the season over .500, too.
The National League Central top team has to be the Chicago Cubs. What? It’s the Milwaukee Brewers by three games over the Cubbies? Say it isn’t so! The Brewers are a great story so far but it will be Chicago come September or sooner.
The best division in baseball is the National League West. The Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks and L.A. Dodgers are in a three-way dog fight for first. The three teams are playing .629 baseball. How crazy is that? Fun fact: If the playoffs started right now, the Chicago Cubs would be out of October baseball! The two wildcards would come from the National League West. email@example.com