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Best of the Weekend: June 17-18

US golfer Brooks Koepka was the big winner of the weekend (US$2.16 million to be precise) as he eased to a four-shot victory in the US Open golf tournament. But he wasn’t the only winner. Join us as we review the Best of the sporting weekend!

Koepka captures first major

America’s Brooks Koepka became the seventh consecutive first-time winner of a major with a comfortable four-stroke win at the 117th US Open at Erin Hills, Wisconsin, on Sunday.

The result was never in doubt once a streak of three consecutive birdies saw the 27-year old Koepka stretch his lead to four strokes with just two holes to play.

Considering that players had been complaining about how tough the course was ahead of the tournament, Koepka’s winning score of 16-under par may have come as a surprise.

The score saw the Florida native tie Rory McIlroy for the lowest ever score at a US Open and begged the question – what was all the fescue fuss about?

Henderson holds on at Meijer

Over on the ladies tour Canada’s Brooke Henderson took the honours at the Meijer LPGA Classic with a final round of 66 to beat Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompson into joint second spot.

Henderson, coached by her father, kept her cool and delivered the best father’s day present possible with her fourth LPGA title at a flood-affected Blythefield Country Club.

The US$300,000 winners cheque came in handy too!

Holm creams Correira with Singapore swing!

UFC made a welcome return to Asia with the latest edition of Fight Night being held in the city state of Singapore.

Top-of-the-bill Holly Holm didn’t disappoint as she triumphed over Bethe Correia to get her career back on track following three straight losses.

The Preacher’s Daughter displayed maximum efficiency in defeating her Brazilian opponent, biding her time for two rounds before unleashing a devastating kick to Correia’s head that dropped her straight to the canvas.

As for Correia, she may want to be careful who she taunts next time!

Sykes and Melandri take the WSBK honours in Italy

In Italy, Tom Sykes and home rider Marco Melandri claimed wins in WSBK races 1 and 2 at the weekend.

Sykes pulled off an unlikely win after leader Chaz Davies slid out on the last lap and took second-placed Jonathan Rea with him.

Rea, who was right behind Davies and ran right over the Welshman as he fell leaving him with a minor fracture of the spine, but was still able to remount and finish in third place.

Rea finished second in Race Two behind Melandri and so extended his lead in the championship to 50 points.

Davies meanwhile, is recovering well and hopes to be back in the saddle soon.

Pakistan stump India in Champions Trophy

In cricket action, Pakistan upset India to claim victory at the Oval, thrashing their fierce rivals to win by 180 runs.

Fakhar Zaman was the hero, as he hit a spectacular 100 that saw Pakistan reach 338-4 in weather reminiscent of home.

Mohammad Amir then ripped out the Indian top order with three quick wickets as India were reduced to 54-5.

India could only manage 158 in reply as the eighth-ranked side pulled off a shock win and celebrated in front of a raucous crowd.




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