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On this Day - July 23 2000: Tiger Woods won the Open Championship at St Andrews by eight shots - The Irish News
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On this Day - July 23 2000: Tiger Woods won the Open Championship at St Andrews by eight shots

A few months before this triumph, Woods had won the US Open by the biggest margin in major championship history. In lifting the Claret Jug at the home of golf in 2000, he became the youngest, and only the fifth player, to complete a career grand slam of major titles 
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ON THIS DAY

1949: Brian Close became England's youngest Test cricketer when he made his debut against New Zealand at Old Trafford aged 18 years and 149 days. He played the last of his 22 Tests at the age of 46, some 27 years later.

1988: Greg LeMond won the Tour de France for the second time, beating Laurent Fignon by a mere eight seconds.

2000: Tiger Woods won the Open Championship at St Andrews by eight shots. The American, who a few months earlier had won the US Open by the biggest margin in major championship history, became only the fifth player to complete a career grand slam of major titles after his triumph at the home of golf.

2006: Woods won the Open Championship at Hoylake, just 11 weeks after the death of his father.

2006: American Floyd Landis won the Tour de France but later tested positive for a banned substance. After a long legal battle, he was eventually stripped of his title and banned for two years.

2007: Freddie Ljungberg's nine-year Arsenal career came to an end as the Sweden midfielder joined West Ham in a £3million move.

2010: France's entire 23-man World Cup squad were suspended for the friendly game against Norway on August 11 after the controversy in South Africa which saw them stage a sit-in on the team bus.

2011: FIFA executive committee member Mohamed bin Hammam was banned from all international and national football activity for life after being found guilty of bribery.

2012: Cyclist Sir Chris Hoy was named as Great Britain's flagbearer for the opening ceremony of London 2012. Hoy went on to win two gold medals at the Games, giving him six in total to make him Britain's most successful Olympian of all time.

2014: The Commonwealth Games opened in Glasgow after a ceremony at Celtic Park that included performances by acts such as John Barrowman and Rod Stewart.

2016: David Moyes was appointed Sunderland manager on a four-year deal, replacing new England boss Sam Allardyce.

2017: Jordan Spieth claimed victory in the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

2017: Chris Froome won the Tour de France for the fourth time.

BIRTHDAYS

Graham Canty (GAA) - former Cork footballer and captain of the Rebels when they won the All-Ireland title in 2010, born 1980.

Graham Gooch (cricket) - former England and Essex captain, born 1953.

Andy Townsend (soccer) - former Chelsea, Aston Villa and Republic of Ireland midfielder, now a television and radio pundit, born 1963.

Maurice Greene (athletics) - American sprinter who won 100 metres and 4x100m relay gold in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, born 1974.

Stuart Elliott (soccer) - former Hull and Northern Ireland winger, born 1978.

Jarkko Nieminen (tennis) - Finnish former Wimbledon quarter-finalist, born 1981.

David Strettle (rugby union) - Saracens and England winger, born 1983.

Aaron Peirsol (swimming) - American five-times Olympic gold medal-winner, born 1983.

Danny Ings (soccer) - Liverpool and England striker, born 1992

QUICK QUIZ

1. Which player's career path in English football took him to Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Bolton, Chelsea and West Brom?

2. Who captained Kerry in their 2002 All-Ireland SFC final loss to Armagh?

3. How many times has Tiger Woods won the US Masters?

4. Who is the reigning PDC world darts champion?

5. Which club on the northside of Dublin city does Dublin midfielder Brian Fenton play for?

(See answers at bottom)

SPORT ON TV

Today (Monday, July 23)

GAA: GAA 2018, weekly GAA highlights series - TG4 2000.

GAA: Classic GAA, action from Tipperary v Kilkenny in 2016, eir Sport 1 2000. 

CRICKET: First one-day international, England Under-19s v South Africa Under-19s - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Cricket 1200.

TENNIS: WTA, Moscow River Cup - BT Sport 2 0800.

DARTS: World Matchplay from Blackpool - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Action 1900.

BASEBALL: MLB, Chicago Cubs v Arizona Diamondbacks - BT Sport/ESPN 0100 (Tue).'

Tomorrow (Tuesday, July 24)

GAA: Classic GAA, action from Dublin v Kerry in 2013 - eir Sport 1 2000.

CYCLING: Tour de France - ITV4 & Eurosport 1 1015.

TENNIS: WTA, Moscow River Cup - BT Sport 2 0800 & 1530; ATP, German Open - Sky Sports Main Event 1000.

DARTS: World Matchplay from Blackpool - Sky Sports Main Event & Sky Sports Action 1900.

BASEBALL: MLB, Miami Marlins v Atlanta Braves - BT Sport/ESPN 1700, Philadelphia Phillies v Los Angeles Dodgers - BT Sport/ESPN 0000 (Weds).

Quick Quiz answers: 1. Nicolas Anelka; 2. Mike McCarthy; 3. Four; 4. Rob Cross 5. Raheny

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