Tour De France
PARIS – One of the craziest Tour de France in memory ended Sunday the same way the last seven had: with an American wearing the yellow jersey, this time with a Landis instead of a Lance.
After stunning feats of willpower and woeful cracks of concentration, Floyd Landis’ arthritic hip held up and he held on for the ceremonial ride over the cobblestones of the Champs-Elysees.
“I kept fighting, never stopped believing,” Landis said after leaving the winner’s podium with his daughter, Ryan.
So astounding was the turnaround that race director Jean-Marie Leblanc, who has overseen this event 18 years, called it “the best performance in the modern history of the Tour.”
The British Open
Tiger’s Open Emotions Shared by Many
Runner-Up DiMarco Felt Pain of Loss, Too
Tiger Woods won his 11th major championship on Sunday; his third British Open and his second in a row. For Woods, the victory was clearly an emotional one, his first since the death of his father 11 weeks ago. After his final putt had gone into the hole to give him a two-shot victory over Chris DiMarco, he wept, the tears clearly genuine, his father clearly on his mind.
Which was as it should be.
As DiMarco said a few moments later, “we only have one mom and one dad.”
On July 4, DiMarco’s mother died. Unlike the death of Earl Woods, who had been fighting cancer for several years, this was sudden – a heart attack. Norma DiMarco was 58.
DiMarco played in The British Open because it was his mother who drove him to golf tournaments as a kid, who inspired him to play golf and to keep playing golf. With all due respect to Earl Woods, the argument can certainly be made that Norma DiMarco had as much to do with her son’s golf career as Earl had to do with Tiger’s.
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