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That, ladies and gentlemen, is a bunker.
It was a wild weekend for golf as Martin Kaymer won the PGA Championship by defeating Bubba Watson in a three-hole playoff. But the real story of the day may not be the German-born Kaymer's first major title, but the heartbreak of Dustin Johnson. On the 18th hole, Johnson grounded his club in what turned out to be a bunker for a two-stroke penalty. The gaffe occurred in the middle of the crowd, well outside the fairway. Debate is sure to rage on whether or not the patch of dirt was actually a bunker, or if it were fair for a player to take a shot from the bunker while surrounded by onlookers. But Whistling Straits is anything but a normal course, and the rules are the rules.
Baseball was full of excitement Sunday as Minnesota's Kevin Slowey was removed deep into a no-hitter. The Twins right-hander was only six outs away from adding his name to an incredible number of no-nos this season, but it took him 106 pitches to get there. Slowey was suffering from elbow tendinitis as recently as last week, and Twins manager Ron Gardenhire wasn't willing to take any chances. Jon Rauch came on in the 8th, and allowed a double to the second batter, ending the combined no-hitter bid. The Twins held on for the win though, defeating the A's, 4-2. The Twins last no-hitter came with Eric Milton on the mound way back in 1999.
Elsewhere in baseball, the Phillies continue to hang tough with the Atlanta Braves. Philadelphia took two out of three from the Mets, snagging the rubber match Sunday night, 3-1. The Mets can't stop sliding down the standings, and their clubhouse dysfunction certainly isn't be helping. With Sunday night's loss, New York slipped below .500. It's looking more and more like a two horse race in the NL East.
We're still a ways away from the NBA 2010-11 season (remember, Miami hasn't won a game yet) but basketball returned to Madison Square Garden as Team USA rolled over the French, 86-55. Chauncey Billups scored 17 points in 15 minutes and Kevin Durant scored 14 with 8 rebounds. Next up? Croatia. The World Championships begin August 28.
Of course, that was just the beginning of the weekend in sports. Tragedy struck during an off-road truck race in southern California. US soccer coach Bob Bradley still doesn't know if he'll be at the helm after last week's friendly loss to Brazil and Pepe Reina's own goal gave Liverpool a valuable point in the first week of Premier League action. And Jose Conseco returned to baseball. Kind of.