Photograph by Erick W. Rasco
GREEN DAY Rory McIlroy left no doubt that the new crown jewel of golf hails from the Emerald Isle; with a rousing, record-low 16-under finish at last weekend's U.S. Open in Bethesda, Md., the 22-year-old prodigy from Holywood, Northern Ireland became the youngest golfer to win the tournament since Bobby Jones in 1923 (page 32, POINT AFTER).
Photograph by Simon Bruty
GAEL FORCE WIN Mon dieu, Monfils! France's Gael Monfils got off to a smashing start to kick off the Wimbledon fortnight, defeating Germany's Matthias Bachinger 6--4, 7--6, 6--3 in Monday's opening round.
Photograph by Peter Read Miller
STROKED, DUDE Michael Phelps created his usual share of ripples at last weekend's Santa Clara International Grand Prix by winning the 200-meter backstroke on Saturday; the previous day the 14-time Olympic gold medalist took first in the 100-meter butterfly and second in the 100-meter freestyle.