5 HOT TOP­ICS

The big things you need to know about this month.

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The price of gold

You can’t put a price on win­ning Olympic gold, they say, but they were proven wrong last month. Chan­dler Egan’s 1904 Olympic gold medal, won in the team event, was auc­tioned by Le­lands and sold for $120,000. Egan’s sil­ver in the sin­gles also sold, but for $42,517. Don’t go get­ting any ideas, Justin.

Who­dun­nit?

A wor­ry­ing de­vel­op­ment at the HNA French Open, where Bernd Wies­berger shot a 2-un­der 69 in the sec­ond round. Re­spectable enough, you might think, only Wies­berger dis­cov­ered mid­way through the round that some­one had changed the set­tings on his driver be­tween the first round and the sec­ond. And of course, by the time he found out, he couldn’t change the set­tings back. “Never hap­pened to me be­fore,” he tweeted. But, most wor­ringly: “This also hap­pened to other play­ers to­day ap­par­ently.”

Go­ing for gold (again)

It’s way be­yond the hori­zon at this mo­ment in time but good news from the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee last month, for they’ve ap­proved golf as an Olympic sport for the 2024 Games. Prior to this cor­rect de­ci­sion, golf had only been con­firmed un­til the 2020 Games in Tokyo. Where the 2024 Games are ac­tu­ally be­ing held is still un­cer­tain – at this point in time Paris (and Le Golf Na­tional) is the fron­trun­ner.

All change at the top

You wait 84 weeks for a change at the top of the women’s world rank­ings – Ly­dia Ko fi­nally re­lin­quished her grip last month – only for top spot to change hands im­me­di­ately. Ariya Ju­tanu­garn So Yeon Ryu is your new women’s world num­ber one, peo­ple. For now at least.

Count to 10

Jor­dan Spi­eth’s vic­tory in last month’s Trav­el­ers Cham­pi­onship took his PGA Tour vic­to­ries to 10 – his mir­a­cle bunker shot de­feat­ing Daniel Berger in the first play-off hole. “I got re­ally lucky, but that was awe­some,” chirped Spi­eth, who be­came the sec­ond youngest player since 1945 to reach the magical 10 wins, be­hind only one T Woods.

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