Friday, July 20, 2007

Three Stars (and one guy who probably has a hell of a hangover this morning, although that`s not really anything new for him)

Last night`s studs:

1. RORY McILROY -- The 18-year-old amateur drew comparisons to 1913 U.S. Open winner Francis Ouimet. McIlroy shot a bogey-free 68 and showed a little moxie when his round was finished:

“I’ll take a 68,” McIlroy said, “and I’ll take three more to finish.”

2. CHRIS YOUNG AND COLE HAMELS -- The All-Star teammates had a heck of a pitcher`s duel yesterday, giving up two hits each over seven innings. Young came away with a 1-0 win. Hamels is 11-5 with a 3.69 ERA this season. Young is 9-3 with a 1.85 ERA and one very underwhelming, kind of emasculating slap fight.

3. BARRY BONDS -- It`s not the two homers themselves we enjoyed so much as every sports analyst in the world backtracking after they spent the last week complaining about Bonds, arguing the chase is going to drag on for a month, maybe six weeks. Now he`s on the doorstep and soon we should be able to go back to our regular lives.

AND ONE GUY WHO PROBABLY HAS A HELL OF A HANGOVER THIS MORNING (ALTHOUGH THAT`S NOT REALLY ANYTHING NEW FOR HIM): JOHN DALY. After a red hot start, Daly melted like the four-cheese pizza he had for breakfast. Daly holed out No. 11 for an eagle, but it was all down hill from there. He followed with double-bogey, par, triple-bogey, bogey, bogey, par, and bogey. He finished the day with a 74 and a really big bottle of Jack Daniels.

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