Every week, more sports return. Although the U.S. saw rises in coronavirus cases, sports continued to shine. Check out what happened this past week as well as some interesting developments in college football and the U.S. Presidential Election.
Weekly Sports Recap & Update – July 6th Edition
Bryson DeChambeau takes the PGA Tour Rocket Mortgage Classic
For the third week in a row a “name” golfer won a PGA Tournament. A couple of weeks ago, Webb Simpson won the RBC Heritage. Last week, Dustin Johnson took the Travelers Championship.
This week, Bryson DeChambeau, the slowest player on the PGA Tour, won the Rocket Mortgage Classic. DeChambeau is faster than he was a couple of years ago.
He was so bad that his peers complained about him. The PGA must have a had a discussion with Bryson.
On Sunday, DeChambeau knocked in a 65. He bookended a 66 first round and the 65 fourth round with a 67 on Thursday and a 67 on Friday to score a -23.
Matthew Wolff finished second with a -20 followed by Kevin Kisner at -18.
The PGA travels to Muirfield Village GC in Dublin, Ohio this week for the Workday Charity Open.
Valtteri Bottas wins Austrian GP, Hamilton 4th
The most exciting news in sports over the weekend is that Formula 1 is back. A close second on the excitement meter is that dominant driver Lewis Hamilton didn’t win the Austrian Grand Prix.
Mercedes took the checkered flag, but Lewis isn’t the driver that grabbed it. Teammate Valtteri Botas did.
Not only did Hamilton not win on Sunday, that’s a big deal in itself, he didn’t finish in the Top 3. Following Bottas were Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris.
Leclerc is now Ferrari’s top driver. The company announced they weren’t renewing Sebastian Vettel’s contract next year.
Norris is McLaren’s top driver. It will be interesting to see if Norris can keep this up. It will also be interesting to see if Hamilton gets on track on Sunday at the Austrian Grand Prix 2.
Kevin Harvick makes it 2-of-3 with NASCAR Brickyard win
Over in NASCAR, Kevin Harvick is making it look easy. Harvick does own Indianapolis Motor Speedway. So, it’s not a surprise that he won at the Brickyard on Sunday.
What is surprising? Kevin has taken 2 of the last 3 NASCAR Cup events. He won the Pocono 325 on June 27.
Want to hear something even more surprising? Not a single Joe Gibbs driver got into the Top 5. Kyle Busch finished 6th, Denny Hamlin finished 28th and Erik Jones finished 33rd. Martin Truex Jr. finished 38th.
Before we talk about the end of Gibbs Racing, though, let’s put Denny’s finish in perspective. Hamlin was in charge until his tires gave out.
With the win, Harvick leapfrogged Hamlin to first place. The rivalry between the two drivers picks up on July 12 at Kentucky Motor Speedway when NASCAR hits the pavement for the Quaker State 400.
Jorge Masvidal replaces Gilbert Burns at UFC 251
Over the weekend Gilbert Burns, one of the contenders at the main event at UFC 251, said he had tested positive for the coronavirus. Burns is out.
By Monday morning, Jorge Masvidal said he was replacing Gilbert Burns in the main event. Masvidal takes on Kamaru Usman.
MyBookie will post updated odds soon. Keep a look out!
Southampton upsets Man City, Real and Barcelona win
For English Premier League stalwart Manchester City, the hits keep on coming. Man City fell to Chelsea a week and a half ago in a match that handed the EPL title to Liverpool.
On Sunday, Southampton beat Manchester City 1-0. That made it nine Premier defeats for the second best squad in the EPL. Man City manger Pep Guardiola was beside himself. He flat out said he didn’t understand how his team could lose so many matches.
The two top teams in La Liga had no such problems over the weekend. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona won their respective games.
Real beat Atletico Bilbao 1-0. Barca dominated Villareal 4-1. Real Madrid has a 4-point lead over Barcelona. That battle figures to come down to the wire.
Colleges football could switch to a spring season
College football has a lot more moving parts than the NFL. Because of that, prominent NCAAF individuals like Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley have said they’re willing to play football in the spring.
It’s not ideal, but it does make sense. If the NCAA College Basketball Tournaments happen in March, which is possible if a vaccine is available by January, college football could pick up right after the tournament.
That would make the football season from April to the end of June. If teams forgo out of conference schedules and just play conference games, like Riley suggested, a spring season could happen.
Although nobody wants it to happen, we must remain logical about the chances of playing so many college football games in so many stadiums without a real Covid-19 mitigation plan.
Kanye declares he’s running for President of the United States
Kanye West declared that he’s running for President. Yes…Kanye is running this year.
Don’t worry, we’re going to publish an article about how Kanye’s announcement has already affected U.S. Presidential betting odds. Keep an eye out for that. Have a great week!