5-at-10: Weekend winners and losers from Seattle, Spoelstra at an all-time level

Rose Zhang holds up the trophy after winning the Mizuho Americas Open golf tournament, Sunday, June 4, 2023, in Jersey City, N.J. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

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So we are in the great northwest this week and will check in on you cats when we can.

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Weekend winners

Rose Zhang. A win in your professional golf debut? Yeah, 14 days after winning her second NCAA golf title, Zhang won her first LPGA event as a pro in a playoff Sunday. Of all the crazy stats that could apply here — like no golfer winning the NCAA and any PGA Tour event in the same year — did you know it's the first LPGA debut win since 1951?

Viktor Hovland. The Norwegian golfer was the most consistent player in the field at Jack's Tournament and claimed his biggest PGA title to date. And most lucrative. The winning check was for $3.6 million.

Tennessee baseball. Not only did they advance through the Clemson regional, there's a very real chance UT will get to host either Penn or Southern Miss in the Super Regional.

Oklahoma softball. Is there a more dominant team in sports right now? OU has won 50 straight and is one win away today from reaching the College Softball World Series finals.

Braves outfielder Eddie Rosario's two-out, ninth-inning grand slam was awesome sauce Sunday. Braves took two of three from Arizona to even the road trip.

Weekend losers

The decision to eject a doubles team from the French Open for accidentally hitting the ball girl with the ball. It's hard to believe this story actually happened at Mankar Patton never-mind Roland Garros.

LIV-PGA pettines. Man, Rory was in contention Sunday at Jack's Place, and yet all we can discuss on Monday is another round of Mickelson and McIlroy beef. Here you go.

Marcel Ozuna. Dude is hitting everything in sight right now, including his 415-foot single that he stood an admired before it clanged off the wall and turned it into arguably the longest single in Braves history. He was pulled from the game for the move.

Urban Meyer, who was back in the news this weekend when he said NIL was cheating. Hey, Urban, zip it boss. Although if someone would know about underhanded tactics, Meyer is an expert on the topic.


OK, I'm not going to say Erik Spoelstra is the best NBA coach ever, but this may be the single best run for an NBA coach I can recall.

The NBA is a star league, and the best players make the best coaches.

Pat Riley's roster was pretty good with the 1980s Lakers. Red had some talent. So did Popovich and Daly, and for goodness sake, Phil Jackson got to coach MJ and Kobe and Shaq together.

Spoelstra has Jimmy Butler and Bam against the best player on the planet and ripped home-court from the Nuggets with last night's thrilling comeback to even the NBA Finals at 1-1.

It's Denver's first home loss since March 30.

Take a victory lap for this one Coach Spo. You deserve it.

Side question: Spoelstra or Butler as the most valuable person in this unlikely Heat run? Did you know before last night no 8 seed had ever won an NBA Finals game?

This and that

— The Baylor School alums made some nice coin at The Memorial, which is a designated event with a super-sized bankroll. Luke List used a strong weekend for a much-needed top-20, and his tie for 16th was worth $275,000. Stephan Jaeger was a shot back of List and made $163,000. Keith Mitchell was T-48 and made $53,500. Harris English was T-52 and made $48,600.

— Chattanooga has an overwhelming problem with homeless people. It's fairly clear to see. Seattle is five times worse, folks.

— As someone who loved the TV show "Cheers" I enjoyed reading about the behind-the-scenes details the cast shared at a reunion over the weekend in Texas.

— In some ways we all won the weekend a bit since Chuck Todd is leaving his post as host of "Meet the Press," which used to be a DVR-worthy Sunday morning staple until Todd turned it into a MSNBC crock pot of crud.

Today's questions

Weekend winners and losers. Go.

And yes we're moving a little slowly today. It's a lengthy trip from Chattanooga to Seattle, and it's early.

Mark Whalberg is 52 today.

Does "Ted" make his Rushmore? I think so.

Go, and enjoy the day.