Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jul 28, 2016
July 28, 2016
The fourth --and final-- major tournament of the year, the PGA Championship, starts today in New Jersey at Baltusrol Golf Club. It will be the ninth major championship competed for at the course following seven US Opens (1903, 1915, 1936, 1954, 1967, 1980 and 1993) and a PGA in 2005. PHIL MICKELSON won in '05 with a four-under; he finished second a few weeks ago in Scotland at the British Open to HENRICK STENSON. Las Vegas book-makers have Mickelson at 20-1 odds and Stenson at 15-1; DUSTIN JOHNSON is the favorite at 8-1 followed by JASON DAY and RORY McILROY at 9-1, with JORDAN SPIETH at 12-1.
The PGA is usually played on the third weekend of August, but is moved up this year due to golf being featured at the Olympics in Rio (first of two cycles at the Olympics... also in Japan in 2020). The PGA, itself, was formed 100-years ago and its first Championship was held in October of 1916 at the Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, NY. The winner received $500... last year's winner, JASON DAY, received $1.8-million and this year's champion will get $1.89- million. Historically, JACK NICKLAUS ties WALTER HAGEN with five-wins, but the Golden Bear also has four-runner-up finishes. (Lane)
What's the Buzz:
Today's Pokémon Go roundup: BabyCenter, which (as we've noted before) tracks what names people give their children, says new parents are now naming their children after the characters in Pokémon Go.
So your kids could be going to school with a kid named Jigglypuff or Gengar.
Eevee, the popular, cute and rare Pokémon which has the ability to evolve into a number of strong different kinds of Pokémon, has climbed 1,377 spots on the list of popular girls' names in the last year alone.
People are also reportedly naming their children after Onyx, the snake-shaped Pokémon entirely composed of rocks. That name is up 2,184 spots on the girls' list as well.
Ash, the main character in the game, is also up over 200 spots in the baby name chart.
Sucking the life out of the wire services:
Congratulations to TOM HIDDLESTON, who just landed the prestigious honor as Britain's "Rear of the Year." ETOnline.com reports he raised lots of eyebrows while showing off his hind quarters in "The Night Manager," but the actor --nor his girlfriend TAYLOR SWIFT-- have commented on his new title. (Lee)
On, off and way-off-Broadway:
While GUNS N' ROSES were in New York City last week, SLASH popped in to catch a Broadway show. NME.com says he showed up at an afternoon rehearsal for "The School of Rock" as a surprise for the cast. Slash strapped on a guitar and joined in as the kids were running through the Guns' classic, "Sweet Child O' Mine," then stuck around for a bit of "Paradise City." Slash stayed a while for selfies and autographs. (Marino)
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