Live golf returned Sunday.
Real life professional golfers played real life professional golf on Sunday (at a safe social distance, in shorts, without caddies) and it aired on our televisions. It’s the first time we’ve been able to say that since before The Players was canceled back in early March.
In the new edition of live golf, the current No. 1 golfer in the world, Rory McIlroy, teamed up with the current No. 5 golfer in the world, Dustin Johnson, to take on Rickie Fowler and Matt Wolff in a charity skins match. Now many of you may be asking yourselves, “who the hell is Matt Wolff?” and that’s a fair question because Wolff hasn’t even been on the PGA Tour for an entire calendar year. I like Matt Wolff and you should learn his name because he isn’t going anywhere (he earned a PGA win a month after turning pro), but for my interests, a little more star power next to Fowler would’ve helped the hype.
That being said, Wolff and his unconventional swing can hit it a mile off the tee. On the two long-drive contest holes yesterday, he hit bombs of 356 and 368 yards to earn $450,000 for the CDC Foundation.
Here he is trying to drive a 410-yard Par 4:
Matt Wolff taking on a 410 yard par four…. pic.twitter.com/TJvk7C0i2K
— GOLFTV (@GOLFTV) May 18, 2020
Wolff and Fowler had a lead on McIlroy and Johnson going into the final hole, but the skins format made the 18th worth more than Fowler and Wolff had earned the entire round, so it was a winner-take-all situation on the final hole.
McIlroy and Johnson both missed makable putts to win it after Wolff made par (Fowler played like butt in the clutch), so the entire match came down to a closest-to-the-pin contest from 120 yards for the remaining skins. The ending, should you choose to know it now: McIlroy stuck one pin high on the fourth and final shot of the group to edge out Wolff, who had one a little short of the pin, for shortest distance to the cup and the overall win.
Reminder: Next Sunday it is Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning versus Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady. There will be no complaining about star power.
Live NASCAR also returned Sunday.
Golf wasn’t the only sport to return on Sunday; we also saw NASCAR make its return to racing with 400 miles at Darlington. Kevin Harvick was your winner (according to my Monday morning Google search) and I have nothing else to offer to this conversation because I watched golf instead.
For what it’s worth, Kentucky Speedway still plans to have its race in July.
“The Last Dance” ended.
Sunday also marked the fifth and final night of “The Last Dance,” the 10-part documentary on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls’ dynasty throughout the 1990s. KSR will of course have its weekly recap on the site a little later; until then, I’ll leave you with the great MJ line: “I ate the pizza, all by myself. Nobody else ate the pizza.”
RIP to an icon, Phyllis George.
The former First Lady of Kentucky, Miss America, and pioneer for female sportscasting, among many other great things, passed away at the age of 70.
Read some of the messages and stories shared around the internet once the news of her passing reached the many, many people who either knew her or admired her from afar.
Logan Stenberg officially signed with the Detroit Lions.
And in news that didn’t command as much attention nationally, Mr. Nasty Logan Stenberg came to an agreement with his new employer, the Detroit Lions, on his first NFL contract.
We now know the details of that deal (we didn’t last night) as Stenberg will make the minimum base salary of $610,000 with a signing bonus of about $780,000.
Stenberg was the first of the Lions’ nine draft picks to finalize his rookie contract.
Congratulations to Davion Mintz, the rare college graduate that will play for John Calipari next season.
Mintz virtually received a degree in business from Creighton over the weekend, but his time at Creighton is long gone as he will continue his collegiate basketball career in the backcourt at Kentucky.
The veteran Mintz will be in a battle with incoming high school point guard Devin Askew for the Cats’ starting point guard spot to open the season. Early speculation is Mintz may have the job over the much younger Askew, who skipped his senior year to get a head start on college, but Askew has a ton of potential versus Mintz’ experience as a floor general.
One thing that is really helping Askew is…
UK’s freshman backcourt is working out together in what appears to be a warehouse.
Terrence Clarke looks incredible dunking for all of those Amazon boxes.
— BallerTV (@BallerTV) May 16, 2020
It’s Carlisle County’s day in the KSR sun.
Tune in this morning for talk of Carlisle County, but more importantly, if you’re from Carlisle County, please call us because we have very little expertise on the subject and we want to learn. It’ll be a full house on the show as we do that and recap the weekend from 10 a.m. to noon.
Go Cats, everybody.