Rory McIlroy’s win yesterday at the United States Open, at Congressional CC outside Washington, D.C., capped a perfect week of feel-good stories in sports – something we surely do not see enough of.

Rory McIlroy wins 2011 United States Open Championship

Rory McIlroy hoists the trophy after winning the 2011 United States Open Championship. McIlroy finished eight shots clear of Australia's Jason Day (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

I know I don’t. A fresh-faced, twenty-two year old kid, McIlroy smiled and giggled his way to a record-setting win in the USGA’s toughest test. And it was great to watch. Let’s just hope it doesn’t happen too often. (more…)

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4 things to watch for at the Ryder Cup Matches in Wales

In less than 24 hours, the 2010 Ryder Cup tees off in Wales.

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Without a doubt, the Ryder Cup Matches are the world's ultimate in team golf

As usual, the excitement, tension and watered-down trash talk have been ramping up in earnest for the past week or so. If only because of that, there is absolutely no other event in golf that carries the interest that the Ryder Cup does. There are a million intangibles that factor into each Ryder Cup, ultimately determining which team takes home Samuel Ryder’s trophy. But, this year, here are four specific things to keep your eye on as the teams tee off at Celtic Manor on Friday morning. (more…)

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So, American captain Corey Pavin has decreed that his players will not be tweeting from Wales during this week’s 2010 Ryder Cup.

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U.S. Ryder Cup rookie Rickie Fowler won't be tweeting from Celtic Manor, under his captain's orders Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Almost immediately, fans who follow the sport’s stars on twitter were up in arms. How can Corey do this? We’re going to be left in the dark! We won’t be able to follow our favourite players! Those were the typical rants. Corey Pavin doesn’t care. And he shouldn’t, because Pavin just made the first of what he hopes are dozens of smart decisions, between now and next Sunday, that will return the Ryder Cup to the United States. (more…)

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So, Tiger Woods’ aura – because it certainly wasn’t his game – overcame American Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin as he made his 2010 Ryder Cup captain’s picks this morning.

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As captain of the 2010 United States Ryder Cup team, Corey Pavin has one of the toughest jobs in all of sports

Woods, along with Zach Johnson (11th in Ryder Cup standings), Stewart Cink (14th) and Rickie Fowler (20th), managed to make enough of an impression on Pavin to have their names called. This will be Johnson’s second Ryder Cup. Cink’s fourth. Fowler will be a rookie. Woods will not. But, for a couple of big reasons, Corey Pavin will regret naming Tiger to the team. (more…)

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So, 20-year old Michelle Wie has finally won a full-field event on the LPGA Tour – the CN Women’s Canadian Open.

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Michelle Wie's victory at the 2010 CN Canadian Women's Open was her first full-field win in 93 LPGA starts

That came this past weekend at St. Charles Country Club in mosquito-ravaged Winnipeg. Golf fans have been listening to Wie’s name for a decade, usually in conjunction with the words “phenom” or “future superstar.” Turns out, she is neither. Although, at just 20 years old, should we even be judging? Fact is, we’d all be a lot better off if the “experts” in the media would simply stop trying to predict the future. (more…)

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