In the summer of 2014, there was arguably no one hotter in the world of sport, and certainty not in golf, than Rory McIlroy.
After triumphing in his third major by topping the Open Championship, McIlroy continued his fine form by also nabbing the PGA Championship less than a month later on this day two years ago.
It wasn’t without competition, however, as Phil Mickelson made him earn it and finished only one stroke behind the Northern Irishman at Valhalla.
McIlroy carded a 68 in the final round while Mickelson tallied 66, but it was still good enough to earn him the Wanamaker Trophy as he shot -16 overall with a total of 268.
More memorable events to have happened on this day:
1949: Ezzard Charles TKOs Gus Lesnevich for the heavyweight title.
1981: Pete Rose records his 3,631st career hit to break Stan Musial’s National League record.
1983: Carl Lewis wins the gold in men’s long jump at inaugural World Championships in Athletics.
1988: Matt Biondi swims world record 100 metre freestyle in 48.42 seconds.
The Summer Olympics of 1936 in Berlin was cloaked as an opportunity for Adolf Hitler to spread the ideals of Nazi Germany and showcase Aryan supremacy, but the Reich Chancellor couldn’t have anticipated an African-American stealing the show.
That’s exactly what track-and-field athlete Jesse Owens did, famously claiming four gold medals in Berlin with wins in the 100 metres, 200 metres, long jump and 4 x 100 metres relay.
His fourth and final gold came on this day when he, along with Ralph Metcalfe, Frank Wykoff and Foy Draper set a world record of 39.8 seconds in the relay. Owens’ performance wasn’t just a victory for the United States, but a rallying cry against oppression.
Here’s some other memorable events to have happened on this day:
1984: British decathlete Daley Thompson sets world record of 8,847 points to retain Olympic title in Los Angeles.
2007: England spinner Ashley Giles, who was part of the 2005 Ashes-winning side, retired from cricket.
2010: Martin O’Neill resigned as Aston Villa manager.
2012: Britain’s Nicola Adams becomes first woman boxing champion in Olympic history after taking gold in the the women’s flyweight division.
In celebration of Stephen Curry’s historic achievements during the 2015-16 NBA season, sportswear brand Under Armour is launching a special edition ‘MVP Home & Away’ pack, consisting of two back-to-back pairs of Curry 2.5 trainers in different colourways.
Fans in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will need to act fast when the footwear is released on Wednesday 10 August 2016, as there will only be 12 packs available in the Middle East from select Dubai stores.
Named 2015-16 NBA Most Valuable Player for a second consecutive year, Curry made history this season, helping lead the Warriors to the single-season record for wins (73) and NBA Finals, shattering his own three-point record, leading the league in scoring and joining the prestigious 50-40-90 shooting club.
The 12 ‘MVP Home & Away’ packs will be released in Under Armour’s Deira City Centre store and the newly opened Basketbolista store in Satwa.