5 HOT TOPICS
The big things you need to know about this month.
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.
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.