The PGA Tourís FedEx Cup chase kicked into high gear at Liberty National Golf Club, just across the Hudson from Lower Manhattan, over the past several days, and it was 2013 Masterís victor Adam Scott who walked away with the first prize.
Or, should I say, he backed his way in, arriving at the clubhouse at eleven under, a near hour and a half ahead of the course leaders (a pack that included Tiger Woods).
In fact, Woods had an off-the-green putt for birdie to have Scott join him in a playoff, but it wasnít to be, and the Aussie took his second win for the year.
And, the top 100 finishers will be heading north to Boston for the Deutsche Bank Championship this coming long holiday weekend.
But enough about golf, letís talk about another major Big Apple sporting event, the US Open tennis tournament.
The US Open holds a big place in my heart, and I concede my bias in advance. When I was a wee lad who had just moved to New York City to attend college in 1984, I navigated my way to Flushing Meadows and saw my first professional tennis matches there.
Weíre talking some of the original power tennis, when the likes of Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl were at the height of their careers.
Twenty-nine years later, the tradition continues, and though I wonít be there in person this time around, I do have the US Open website and, now, mobile apps to help me keep track of the action on the ground.
And Iím not alone. Millions of people around the globe will be keeping track via the USOpen.org website, watching live-streamed matches, getting scores, stats, and more, much of it powered by IBM technologies.
This year, the technology theme will center less on availability and more on performance data and versatility. The infrastructure for the US Openís digital presence will be hosted in the IBM SmartCloud, and the mobile apps will be serving up a wide range of services, from video to scores to live radio to Twitter data.
And thatís probably the best part of the US Open these days. You donít have to be there to feel like youíre still a part of the action.
Learn more here in this feature from my friends at ibm.com.