In a performance that will go down in history as one of the best-ever at the US Open, comparable to Tiger Woods’ monster victory at Pebble Beach in 2000, Rory McIlroy won his first major title on this day, five years ago.
The Northern Irish golfer, who had an epic collapse at Augusta National two months earlier, set 11 US Open records throughout the weekend, shooting an aggregate 268 (the lowest total 72-hole score) to finish eight strokes ahead of runner-up Jason Day.
McIlroy and Robert Garrigus became the fifth and sixth golfers in US Open history to score under par in all four rounds.
Other memorable events in history today:
1992: Evander Holyfield beats Larry Holmes in 12 rounds at Caesars Palace in Paradise, Nevada, for the WBA, WBC, IBF and Lineal Heavyweight Championships.
2000: The LA Lakers complete a 4-2 NBA Finals series victory over the Indiana Pacers with a 116-111 win at the Staples Center. Shaquille O’Neal was named Finals MVP.
2006: First-time winners the Carolina Hurricanes defeat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 to take the Stanley Cup.
One of the most recognizable names in baseball history, Lou Gehrig was born on this day in 1903. The American was a first baseman who played 17 seasons in the MLB for the New York Yankees, from 1923 through to 1939.
Gehrig was nicknamed ‘The Iron Horse’ for his durability and hitting prowess. He was an All-Star seven consecutive times, a Triple Crown winner once, an American League MVP twice, and a member of six World Series champion teams.
He set several league records during his career, including the most career grand slams (23) and most consecutive games played (2,130), a record that stood for 56 years.
His streak ended on May 2, 1939, when he voluntarily took himself out of the game, revealing he suffered from ALS – now commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He died in 1941, aged 37.
Other sporting stars born on this day:
1972: Brian McBride, US retired footballer. Fourth highest all-time leading goalscorer for US national team (44).
1978: Dirk Nowitzki, German NBA player at the Dallas Mavericks. One of the greatest ever power forwards (38).
1980: Robbie Neilson, Scottish football manager, currently coaches Hearts in the SPL (36).
1985: Ai Miyazato, Japanese golfer, who has topped the women’s world rankings on three occasions (31).
With a career spanning more than five decades in football, Fabio Capello is one of the most recognisable Italian faces in the game.
Capello, who turns 70 today, played in the Serie A from 1964 to 1980 before retiring and turning to coaching. As a player, he was a midfielder and spent several years at Roma, Juventus and Milan.
He was most successful with Juventus, winning three Serie A titles in 1972, 1973 and 1975 and was capped 32 times with the Italian national team.
In his first five seasons as a manager he won four Serie A titles with Milan, where he also won the 1993–94 UEFA Champions League.
He then spent a year at Real Madrid, where he won La Liga title at his first attempt, and in 2001 led Roma to their first league title in 18 years.
He coached England for four years and most recently Russia from 2012-2015.
1974: Vincenzo Montella, Italian retired footballer. Played for Roma for 10 years and now coaches Sampdoria (42).
1982: Nadir Belhadj, Algerian footballer. Plays as a left winger. Competed in the 2010 FIFA World Cup (34).
1983: Billy Slater, Australian rugby league player. Was the Kangaroos’ 2008 World Cup’s top try-scorer (33).
1986: Richard Gasquet, French tennis player, ranked No10 in the world (30).