On This Day - May 2 2010: Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy wins his first PGA Tour title

Rory McIlroy 


Tony Johnstone (golf) - Zimbabwean who won six titles on the European Tour before joining the Seniors tour, born 1956.

David O'Leary (soccer) - Former Leeds and Aston Villa manager who played for the Republic of Ireland and Arsenal, born 1958.

Miguel Angel Martin (golf) - Spaniard who missed out on a place in Europe's victorious 1997 Ryder Cup team due to injury, born 1962.

Jimmy White (snooker) - 'The Whirlwind' was the youngest amateur champion in 1980 and has been a losing finalist at six World Championships, born 1962.

Brian Lara (cricket) - Former West Indies batsman who holds the highest first-class score of 501, born 1969.

David Beckham (soccer) - Former Manchester United, Real Madrid and LA Galaxy midfielder who captained England, born 1975.

Zat Knight (soccer) - Former Fulham, Aston Villa and England defender, born 1980.

Chris Kirkland (soccer) - Former Liverpool, Wigan and Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper, born 1981.

Maynor Figueroa (soccer) - FC Dallas and Honduras defender, formerly with Wigan, born 1983.

David Nugent (soccer) - Derby striker, born 1985.


1953: Blackpool came from 3-1 down to beat Bolton 4-3 in the FA Cup final as Stanley Matthews finally collected a winner's medal. The game is commonly referred to as 'the Matthews final'.

1992: Andy Gregory made history as the first man to win seven rugby league Challenge Cup winner's medals when Wigan carried off the trophy for the fifth successive year.

2000: Formula One driver David Coulthard's private jet crashed, killing both pilots. Coulthard survived.

2005: Nottingham Forest, European champions 25 years earlier, were relegated to League One.

2007: Manchester United lost their Champions League semi-final against AC Milan 5-3 on aggregate. The Rossoneri went on to win the competition by beating Liverpool in the final.

2010: The News of the World published allegations that three-time world champion John Higgins had agreed to fix snooker matches, allegations which the Scot strenuously denied. He was subsequently cleared of all match-fixing allegations in September 2010, although he admitted a charge of bringing snooker into disrepute by not reporting the approach to throw frames to the sport's authorities.

2010: Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy won his first PGA Tour title at the Quail Hollow Championship in Charlotte.

2011: Norwich boss Paul Lambert became the first manager to clinch back-to-back promotions to the Premier League since Joe Royle took Manchester City up 11 years previously.

2011: A year to the day after the allegations surrounding John Higgins first surfaced, the Scot defeated Judd Trump 18-15 to win the World Championship final at Sheffield.

2013: The Football Writers' Association voted Tottenham winger Gareth Bale as its Footballer of the Year for 2013.

2016: Leicester were crowned Premier League champions for the first time in the club's history after Tottenham drew 2-2 at Chelsea.


1. The 1998 football World Cup was held in which country?

2. Who currently tops the WTA world rankings?

3. Who is the most capped Colombian footballer of all time?

4. Los Angeles' ice hockey franchise go by what nickname?

5. In what year did Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser became the first woman to swim 100 metres in under one minute when she clocked a time of 59.9 seconds?

(See quiz answers at bottom)


Today (Wednesday, May 2)

SOCCER: Champions League, Roma v Liverpool - BT Sport 2 1900; National League, play-offs Aldershot v Ebbsfleet - BT Sport 1 1830.

CRICKET: Indian Premier League, Delhi Daredevils v Rajasthan Royals - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Cricket 1500.

SNOOKER: World Championship - BBC Two 1000, 1300 & 1900/Eurosport 1 1000, 1430 & 1830.

TENNIS: WTA, Prague Open - BT Sport 1 1000.

BASKETBALL: NBA, play-offs Houston Rockets v Utah Jazz - BT Sport 1 0100 (Thurs).

BASEBALL: MLB, Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros v New York Yankees - BT Sport/ESPN 1915 & 0100 (Thurs).

Tomorrow (Thursday, May 3)

SOCCER: Europa League, Atletico Madrid v Arsenal - BT Sport 2 1930, eir Sport 1 2000; National League, play-offs Boreham Wood v AFC Fylde - BT Sport 1 1830.

CRICKET: Indian Premier League, Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Cricket 1500.

GOLF: PGA, Wells Fargo Championship - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Golf 1200/Sky Sports Golf 1900.

SNOOKER: World Championship - BBC Two 1300 & 1900/Eurosport 1 1300 & 1845.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Betfred Super League, St Helens v Catalans Dragons - Sky Sports Mix 1930.

TENNIS: WTA, Prague Open - BT Sport 2 1000.

CYCLING: Tour de Yorkshire - ITV4 0830 & 1345/Eurosport 2 1600.

DARTS: Premier League - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Action 1900.

BASKETBALL: NBA, play-offs TBC - BT Sport 1 0100 (Fri).

BASEBALL: MLB, Houston Astros v New York Yankees, Texas Rangers v Boston Red Sox - BT Sport/ESPN 1900 & 0100 (Fri).

QUICK QUIZ answers: 1. France; 2. Simona Halep; 3. Carlos Valderrama (111); 4. Los Angeles Kings; 5. 1962

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