Talking Points: Historic hole-in-one
Sunday, July 22, 2012
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Anirban Lahiri had already made history at this year's British Open before he stepped up to the ninth tee in the third round.
With one swing of his 9-iron, he put himself in the record books again.
The 25-year-old Indian, making his Open debut, made the first hole in one of the 2012 tournament Saturday when he aced the par-3 No. 9 from 150 yards, the ball landing to the right of the cup and bouncing in.
A grinning Lahiri raised both hands in the air and gave a bow. The shot was played in front of his father, making the moment all the more sweet.
"It was looking a little right of the hole, but it got a really, really friendly bounce. When it goes in, everybody goes wild. I go wild. It was fantastic," said Lahiri, who shot a 70 to remain at par for the tournament.
It's a special time for Indian golf.
With Bangalore-based Lahiri and mentor Jeev Milkha Singh both making the cut at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, it is the first time two Indians are playing a weekend at the same major.
When was the last time you've heard of a player belting a home run to give himself a pitching victory?
Well it happened Wednesday as the Tacoma Rainiers beat the Sacramento River Cats 2-1 in 18 innings in a Pacific Coast League in Tacoma.
Tacoma's Scott Savastano, a utility infielder, came and pitched a scoreless top of the 18th, setting down the River Cats in order.
In the bottom of the 18th, Savastano came up to bat against Shane Petersen, normally an outfielder for Sacramento. Savastano ripped a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall for the game winner.
Oddly enough, Savastano's win evened his win-loss record as a professional pitcher.
Savastano pitched 21/3 innings for Jackson, the Mariners' Double-A affiliate, in 2011. He went 0-1 even though he only allowed one unearned run on three hits in three appearances.
Almost just as impressive from that game in Tacoma was the performance of Ryan Divish, sports writer for the Tacoma News-Tribune.
Divish was live tweeting his "usual brand of snark and game updates" until Twitter shut him down during the 15th inning. @RyanDivish had exceeded his 1,000 tweet limit over 24 hours.
"Didn't know they had that," Divish blogged. "But now I know."
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