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August 2015 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • Aug 2 British Open Women's Golf, Turnberry: Inbee Park of South Korea shoots final found 65 (−7) to win her 7th major title, 3 strokes ahead of compatriot Ko Jin-young
  • Aug 8 Argentine winger Juan Imhoff scores 3 tries as Pumas beat South Africa, 37-25 in Rugby Championship match at Durban; Argentina's first ever win against Springboks
  • Aug 8 Australia clinches first Rugby Championship with 27-19 win over New Zealand in Sydney; All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw equals Irishman Brian O'Driscoll's record for most capped international player (141)

Sport awardPGA Championship

Aug 16 PGA Championship Men's Golf, Whistling Straits GC: Australian Jason Day wins setting major championship record of 20-under-par; beats Jordan Spieth by 3 shots

Professional Golfer Jordan Spieth
Professional Golfer
Jordan Spieth
  • Aug 17 2012 Olympic 1500m champion from Turkey Asli Cakir Alptekin is stripped of her gold medal for doping by the IAAF
  • Aug 22 15th Athletics World Championships open at Beijing, China
  • Aug 23 English Indycar driver Justin Wilson suffers a head injury during a race crash at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania

Sport awardGolf Tournament

Aug 23 Canadian Open Women's Golf, Vancouver GC: Lydia Ko of New Zealand wins in a playoff with Stacy Lewis for her third success in the event

Golfer Lydia Ko
Golfer
Lydia Ko

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 27 15th Athletics World Championships: Usain Bolt of Jamaica adds the men's 200m gold to his 100m win

Olympic Sprinter Usain Bolt
Olympic Sprinter
Usain Bolt

Deaths in Sport

  • Aug 3 Mel Farr, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1967, 70; Detroit Lions), dies of a massive heart attack at 70

Person of interestLouise Suggs

Aug 6 Louise Suggs, American golfer, co-founder of LPGA (11 major titles, US Open 1949, 52), dies of natural causes at 91

Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA Louise Suggs
Golfer and Co-Founder of the LPGA
Louise Suggs
  • Aug 9 Frank Gifford, American NFL player and broadcaster, dies at 84
  • Aug 10 Elzie "Buddy" Baker, American NASCAR driver, dies at 74
  • Aug 13 Bob Fillion, French Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 95
  • Aug 14 Karen Stives, American equestrian rider (Olympic gold team, silver individual 1984), dies at 64
  • Aug 21 Jimmy Evert, American tennis coach (father of Chris Evert), dies at 91
  • Aug 22 Arthur Morris, Australian cricketer (great lefty opening batsman), dies at 93
  • Aug 22 Andy Mapple, English water skier (World Slalom C'ship 1981, 89, 95, 97, 99, 2001), dies at 52
  • Aug 24 Justin Wilson, English auto racer (International Formula 3000 C'ship; Champ Car Series 4 wins), dies as a result of on track accident at 37
  • Aug 25 Ian Smith, South African cricket leg-spin bowler (9 Tests), dies at 90
  • Aug 27 Darryl Dawkins, American basketball center (Philadelphia 76ers, NJ Nets; NBA breaking a backboard rule), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Aug 28 Al Arbour, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman, coach and executive (coach NY Islanders Stanley Cup 1980-83), dies of Parkinson's disease and dementia at 82