Paige Spiranac backhands John Daly after Beauty vs. The Beast charity match takes a turn

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Golf influencer Paige Spiranac and Jerry Kelly played a fantastic round together after John Daly was a no-show at the Geneva National.

Paige Spiranac was scheduled to play a charity match against John Daly Monday in what was being billed as the ‘Beauty vs. The Beast celebrity charity match.’ Unfortunately, the latter was a no-show for the event, leaving Spiranac hanging.

As she is known to do, the golf influencer made lemonade out of lemons anyway. She and Jerry Kelly played the round together instead.

Afterward, Spiranac took to social media to drop the bomb for all to hear.

“Today was supposed to be my match against John Daly. When he didn’t show, Jerry Kelly filled in. Jerry made 10 birdies and 2 eagles today. It was the greatest round of golf I’ve ever witnessed. We raised a ton of money for charity and I’m not too made with the 66 I shot,” she tweeted.

The charity event had a number of different elements. The tickets to see the round ranged anywhere from $15 to $105, per But there was also a VIP reception that cost fans $155.

Later in the afternoon, Paige Spiranac hosted a pool party titled ‘Paige’s Par-Tee.’ There was even an online auction to cart caddie for both Spiranac and Daly.

However, with the former PGA and Open champion apparently unavailable, it’s unknown how much promised was held to account.

With regard to the golf, it sounds as though Jerry Kelly reminded everyone why he has won three times on the PGA Tour and cashed over $29 million throughout his career.

Meanwhile, Spiranac continues to be unapologetically herself tossing Daly under the bus, and rightfully so.

Viktor Hovland’s day after The Memorial victory will shock you

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DUBLIN, Ohio — Viktor Hovland of Norway speaks during the trophy ceremony after winning the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday at Muirfield Village Golf Club on June 04, 2023. | Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The 25-year-old Norwegian pulled out a playoff victory at The Memorial Sunday, and less than 24 hours, took up a side job.

The day after winning his biggest tournament to date, Viktor Hovland was back out on the links.

He did not practice. Nor did he enjoy a celebratory round.

Instead, Hovland showed up to the U.S. Open qualifier at The Lakes Golf & Country Club in Columbus, Ohio early Monday to caddy for his longtime friend and roommate from Oklahoma State, Zach Bauchou.

Known as “Golf’s Longest Day,” the final U.S. Open qualifiers take place every year on the Monday following the Memorial Tournament.

This year, 878 players are competing for 64 spots in the 2023 U.S. Open, which will occur at the Los Angeles Country Club’s North Course for the first time.

Bauchou has played in only five PGA Tour events in his career and has never qualified for a major championship.

Despite his lack of professional experience, Bauchou has competed in plenty of big events before.

In 2018, Bauchou and Hovland helped lead Oklahoma State to its 11th national championship. In the finals against Alabama, when the Cowboys defeated the Crimson Tide 5-0, Bauchou put the first point on the board, winning 8 & 7. He shot a 29 on the front nine in the opening match of the national championship as his Cowboys cruised to the title.

These two Cowboys hope to replicate their magic again in the Buckeye State.

According to Todd Lewis of the Golf Channel, Bauchou and Hovland had dinner Tuesday night in Columbus.

While there, Bauchou asked Hovland if he would caddy for him in Monday’s qualifier, and Hovland, now the 5th-ranked player in the world, happily agreed.

Hovland stayed true to his word, even after winning over $3 million at the Memorial Tournament in a playoff the day before.

But if Bauchou comes up short in Columbus, he at least has an ace of a friend in Hovland, who clearly will support his fellow Cowboy in any endeavor.

The refs missed a goaltend that swung NBA Finals Game 2 for Nuggets-Heat

Twitter was in disbelief over the refs missing an obvious goaltending call on the Heat in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

The Denver Nuggets were starting to make a comeback against the Miami Heat late in the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the 2023 NBA Finals when a non-call shifted the momentum. With the Heat leading 104-93 with under five minutes remaining in regulation, Miami center Bam Abebayo appeared to goaltend on a layup from Jamal Murray. The refs never blew their whistle, and called it a clean block.

The Heat beat the Nuggets, 111-108, to tie the NBA Finals at 1-1. Denver made a furious rally in the final minutes, but Jamal Murray missed a potential game-tying three as the buzzer expired.

Adebayo’s block stood out as the most questionable call of the game. It sure looked like the ball was on the way down when Adebayo blocked the shot. Here’s a look at the replay:

It’s a big two-point swing in that moment. Unfortunately for Denver, goaltending calls and non-calls are not reviewable.

Twitter was not happy about the missed call both when it happened and after the game:

There were a number of close calls that went Miami’s way on the night, but the free throw totals were pretty even. Denver shot 22 free throws to 20 for the Heat. Miami only attempted two free throws in their Game 1 loss.

The Heat did what they had to do — winning on the road to steal homecourt advantage back in the NBA Finals. The Heat were on fire from three-point range — finishing the night 17-of-35 (48.6 percent) from deep — and that was enough to carry the offense.

The 2023 NBA Finals just got a lot more interesting.

Tiger Woods gets real on Rose Zhang making LPGA history in epic playoff

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Rose Zhang made LPGA history not seen in 72 years Sunday, and even Tiger Woods couldn’t help but be blown away.

Rose Zhang made unbelievable history on Sunday. She became the first woman to win their LPGA Tour debut in 72 years. Beverly Hanson was the last to do so back in 1951, according to ESPN Stats & Info.

She defeated Jennifer Kupcho on the second hole of a playoff at the Mizuho Americas Open.

Afterwards, legendary golfer Tiger Woods shared his thoughts on the epic accomplishment on Twitter.

Incredible few weeks for Rose Zhang, defends her NCAA title and then wins in her Pro debut. Go card!” Woods tweeted.

Woods is referencing what Zhang accomplished less than two weeks ago. She won her second consecutive individual NCAA Championship, becoming the first woman to do so. Her Stanford team then won the team title as well.

During her senior season at Stanford, Rose Zhang surpassed Woods in Cardinal history with 12 college victories. Woods previously held the record with 11.

That’s far from the only comp between the establish legend of the game and the 20-year-old.

Fans couldn’t help but draw comparisons as well.

What’s even more remarkable was that Zhang accomplished the feat without playing her best. She did not log a single birdie in her final round. But she made beautiful par save after par save.

She just barely missed a clinching par putt on 18, sending the tournament into a playoff. But on the second playoff hole, Zhang hit an incredible approach shot to seven feet. Kupcho would go on to bogey, allowing Zhang to easily two-putt her way to victory.

It’s one thing to do the things she has done already in her career. But when Woods acknowledges what you’ve done this quickly, that speaks volumes.

Shohei Ohtani put the most polite tag on a base runner for an out

Shohei Ohtani is one of a kind.

Shohei Ohtani is all of the things. He’s a flame-throwing starting pitcher who is currently second in the American League in strikeouts. He’s a power-hitting slugger at the plate who is second in the AL in home runs. He also plays the game with a certain exuberance that makes him so much fun to watch and root for. Ohtani is one of the great talents the game has ever seen, and he’s the face of baseball right now even if he’s stuck on a middling team.

Ohtani got rocked on the mound in his start against the defending champion Houston Astros on Friday night, but he was still at the center of a cool moment. Ohtani got Houston’s Kyle Tucker to hit a soft grounder to him in the bottom of the sixth inning, and then received a low-five from Tucker as he tagged him out. Watch the play here:

Unfortunately for Ohtani, this little clip was the highlight of his night. He allowed nine hits and five earned runs in six innings on the mound as Houston ran away with the game. He also went 0-for-3 at the plate with two strikeouts and a walk.

Ohtani can’t always be superhuman on the baseball diamond, but he is consistently cool. The polite out from Friday night was reminiscent of this moment from last year.

There’s only one Shohei Ohtani. We are lucky to watch him play even on his bad nights.