Move over, Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant. The Major League Baseball stars from Southern Nevada have been bumped from the national sports headlines by another pair of valley products: Kyle Busch and Inbee Park.
Mr. Busch has been tearing up NASCAR. He broke his leg in the run-up to the season-opening Daytona 500 and missed the first 11 Sprint Cup races of the season. He’s won four of 10 races since. Only one other driver, Jimmy Johnson, has four wins this season, and no one else has more than two. Mr. Busch had won three in a row before Sunday’s event at Pocono Raceway, where he was on the pole. He was looking to become one of only a handful of drivers to win four straight races on NASCAR’s top circuit, and he would have done it if he hadn’t run out of gas on the last lap.
Mr. Busch could have conserved gas and possibly still won the race, but that’s the striking thing about him: The Durango High School graduate races to win every time, and in every series. Over the past few weeks, he won four of five Sprint Cup events and won a pair of races in NASCAR’s second-tier Xfinity series. Then he won Saturday’s Camping World truck series race. Mr. Busch just wants to drive the wheels off every vehicle he operates.
Ms. Park, as evidenced by her peerless swing, prefers a slow-and-steady-wins-the-race approach. That paid dividends Sunday for the Bishop Gorman High School graduate and two-time Nevada state champion, who shot 7-under 65 to turn a three-shot, final-round deficit into a three-shot victory at the Women’s British Open, completing the career Grand Slam. Only six other LPGA Tour pros have achieved that feat, a who’s who of women’s golf: Louise Suggs, Mickey Wright, Pat Bradley, Juli Inkster, Karrie Webb and Annika Sorenstam.
Ms. Park has won six of the tour’s past 14 majors and has seven major titles overall — at just 27 years old.
It’s easy for people to forget these are a couple of people who went to high school here. (Mr. Busch is a native; Ms. Park moved to the United States from South Korea when she was 12.) What they’ve done is every bit as impressive as the accomplishments of Mr. Harper and Mr. Bryant, who are front-runners for the National League’s MVP and Rookie of the Year awards, respectively. Congratulations to two excellent drivers — one of a car, the other of a golf ball — who make Southern Nevadans proud.