SPORTS NEWS 31 AUGUST 2K2
Jon Rahm wins BMW Championship with insane putt 🏌
The second leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs wrapped up yesterday with the final round of the BMW Championship. And, holy smokes, what a finish it was at Olympia Fields.
Jon Rahm came away as the event’s winner on Sunday and he did so with an incredible/surreal playoff and one of the best clutch putts you’re going to see for quite some time.
Dustin Johnson trailed Rahm heading into the home stretch but forced a playoff by making birdie on 15 and then sinking an impossible 43-foot birdie putt on 18 to claim a share of the lead
About 20 minutes later, on the same hole, Rahm sunk a 66-foot putt (!) to beat DJ in the playoff
Rahm finished the event 75-71-66-64 and earned $1.71 million for the win
It was an absolutely thrilling finish to the weekend and and a reminder that Rahm, along with DJ, has to be included in the discussion surrounding the best player in the sport.
Here’s what our Kyle Porter had to say about Rahm’s display at Olympia this weekend:
Porter: ” There are few who can contend with Rahm’s all-around game. He finished top 15 in this field off the tee, with his approach shots, around the greens, and with his putter. Plenty of golfers can hit bombs like he does but so rarely can anyone combine that with the deft touch Rahm has from 100 yards and in. When it comes to that skill combined with everything else he does at the level he does it, maybe only Johnson — the man he defeated on Sunday — or Justin Thomas or Rory McIlroy can claim the same level of class…Rahm did not prove anything we were not already aware of at Olympia Fields this weekend. He only confirmed with his performance at Muirfield Village (and several other venues globally) revealed. That though the “best player in golf” label keeps trading hands, Rahm will not be exiting the conversation at any point in the near future.”
Oh, and as for Tiger Woods? His season came to an end over the weekend thanks to a pretty rough showing. Woods needed a top-five finish to qualify for the Tour Championship at East Lake next weekend but he shot over par in all four rounds at Olympia (the first time he’s done that in an event in over 10 years) and finished T51 at 11-over for the tournament.
Of course, the whole “season coming to an end” thing doesn’t mean all that much this year considering the compressed schedule created by COVID-19. Tiger and many others cut from the FedEx Cup standings will be back in action for the U.S. Open at Winged Foot in just 18 days.
3. Follow the latest MLB trade deadline updates ⚾️
Well this feels thoroughly weird to say but here it goes: Today is the MLB trade deadline! Yes, a weird, shortened season comes with a weird, sudden deadline for deals.
Teams have only had about five weeks to evaluate their rosters and decide where they can improve but they’ll have to make those decisions by 4 p.m. ET this afternoon. Even with the abbreviated season, the stove is still plenty hot and there’s potential for some big deals today. Here’s a rundown of the spiciest rumors going around:
White Sox, Padres, Braves pursuing Mike Clevinger: The Indians need outfield help and Clevinger could be the odd-man out on a roster loaded with pitching. (Breaking team COVID-19 protocols earlier this year probably didn’t help his cause to stay in Cleveland)
Dodgers interested in Josh Hader: The Brewers have been slipping and there’s a “growing sentiment” that they’d be willing to deal Hader. The Dodgers are reportedly interested in adding him to their already excellent bullpen
Rangers looking to trade Lynn, Gallo: The Rangers will likely trade their workhorse starter Lance Lynn, who has been fantastic since arriving in Texas last year. It’s a thin market for pitching help and Lynn could be a legitimate difference-maker. The Dodgers and White Sox have been linked to him but expect a whole lot of interest. Texas may also trade Joey Gallo, who is hitting just .188 but has seven home runs and is under control through 2022
There are a number of other rumors to monitor — will the Indians trade Francisco Lindor? Is Xander Bogaerts the next star to be shipped out of Boston? — so you can keep up with all of those via our deadline tracker. You’ll also be able to find done deals over there, so it’s a pretty useful tool.
I will very much be rooting for Mike Clevinger to the White Sox — not only because the ChiSox are a very fun team that could use some pitching, but also because Clevinger seems to really enjoy Chicago!
4. Jamal Murray drops 50 to keep Nuggets alive 🏀
The Nuggets needed another big performance from Jamal Murray on Sunday night in order to keep their playoff hopes alive and force a Game 7 against the Jazz. Murray was more than willing to rise to the occasion, dropping 50 points in Denver’s 119-107 Game 6 win.
The 23-year-old Murray is on an absolute heater and has put himself in elite territory thanks to a three-game stretch that has seen him score 50, 42 and 50 points, respectively.
He’s the first player to score at least 40 points in three straight playoff games since Allen Iverson did it in 2001
Only Jerry West (1965) and Michael Jordan (1988) have ever scored more points than Murray’s 142 over three consecutive playoff games
He’s the fourth player ever to score at least 50 points twice in a series — joining Jordan, Iverson and Donovan Mitchell
He scored 21 of the Nuggets’ 31 points in the fourth, including 12 straight late in the quarter
Murray continues to deliver on his star promise and he keeps coming through with massive performances to help Denver hang on. Our Brad Botkin says it really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Murray is capable of this:
Botkin: “There’s a big difference between ‘taking the leap’ and just, you know, improving. Technically, every young emerging star takes a leap at some point; one might argue Devin Booker did it this season, and particularly in the bubble. But just as with Booker, the signs that Murray was this kind of player from the jump were always there. That’s not a leap. Us having no idea Bam Adebayo was an All-Star-level point-forward is taking a leap. If you’re the least bit surprised that Jamal Murray is dominating NBA playoff games as a shooter and a scorer, while mixing in a few relative duds, you haven’t been paying attention.”
And the best part of all? Now we get to see Murray try to keep this up in a Game 7.
📝 Odds & Ends
William Byron won his first career NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona, clinching a playoff spot alongside Clint Bowyer and Matt DiBenedetto
Yannick Ngakoue reportedly took a pay cut of around $4 million in order to leave the Jaguars
The Cleveland Indians’ pitching has been historically great so far in 2020
📺 What to watch tonight
🏒 Bruins vs. Lightning, 7 p.m. | TBL -120 | TV: NBCSN
⚾️ Rays vs. Yankees, 7:05 p.m. | NYY -153 | TV: MLB.TV
🏀 Rockets vs. Thunder, 9 p.m. | OKC +5.5 | TV: TNT
📝 Top scores from last night
🏀 Clippers 111, Mavericks 97
Kawhi Leonard had 33 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists as Los Angeles finished off Dallas in Game 6, winning the series 4-2.
Winning wagers 💵: LAC (-9.5), Under (236)
🏒 Stars 5, Avalanche 4
Dallas got a goal and two assists from Radek Faksa as they pushed the Avs to the brink of elimination with a win in Game 4. The Stars now lead the series 3-1.
Winning wagers 💵: DAL (+117), Over (5.5)
⚾️ Yankees 8, Mets 7
The Yankees scored five runs in the bottom of the 7th to force “extras” in the first leg of a doubleheader, then won via a walk-off single from Gio Urshela in the 8th.
Winning wagers 💵: NYY (-108)
⚾️ Mariners 2, Angels 1 (10 innings)
Tim Lopes drove in the winning run with a pinch-hit single in the 10th inning after a pitchers’ duel in Anaheim.
Winning wagers 💵: SEA (+166)