Woods tops list of golfers to make it to ESPN’s World Fame 100 list
With his comeback after recovering from a grave back injury, Tiger Woods has surged up the official world rankings of golfers and consequently, regained his star status. It the third edition of annual World Fame 100 released by ESPN, Tiger has moved up the 6th position from being at No. 10 last year. He has also regained the top spot in the list among golfers, surpassing Phil Mickelson, who dropped to 10th position from No. 5 on the list. The World Fame 100, released last week, is formulated by considering as criteria, social media following, Google trend score and endorsement money. Taking into perspective the reports of gradual decline of golf, it is a happy reassurance to see that 8 of the personalities on the list are golfers. Other golfers who made it to the World fame 100 are Rory McIlroy at 15th, Jordan Spieth at 16th, Justin Rose with No. 69, Sergio Garcia at No. 73, Fowler Fowler at No. 87 and Michelle Wie who came 97th. The top 3 on the list, Cristiano Ronaldo, LeBron James and Lionel Messi have retained their rankings for the second straight year. Get all the latest World Cup betting Tips here.
McIlroy’s sublime performance at BMW PGA Championship
Rory McIlroy’s second round on Friday at the BMW PGA Championship left the crowd as well as fellow golfers stunned, so much so that defending champion Alex Noren said he felt like retiring after being left in awe from watching Rory play what Noren termed as “the best round of golf” he has seen. On Friday at Wentworth, McIlroy put up a flawless second round, earning him a three-shot lead English golfer, Sam Horsfield. The 29-year-old carded a seven-under par 65 without and single bogey, to move to 12 under. Noren, who also had a bogey-free round, is five shots of the lead. However, Noren fans are still hoping, thinking of the stunning round of 62 he put up in last year’s finals, which helped him come out victorious despite initially having lesser chances at the title.
YSD no longer title sponsor of LPGA Malaysia
One of Malaysia’s premier golf tournaments, the LPGA Malaysia received a massive shock after Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) declared that it would be pulling out from being the title sponsor for the tournament. YSD’s decision to pull out certainly came as a shock, considering the fact that the LPGA Malaysia tournament is scheduled to take place in less than four months. The ninth edition of the tournament is supposed to be staged from 27th to 30th September, but it may not be possible unless the event organisers are able to arrange for another conglomerate to sponsor the $1.8 million tournament.