US Open – Matt Fitzpatrick has taken out the 2022 US Open at The Country Club, Brookline. In one of the best ball striking rounds seen this season, Fitzpatrick was able to hold off an incredibly resilient Will Zalatoris and Masters champion Scottie Scheffler to win by one stroke. Zalatoris had a 15 foot putt on the 18th to force a playoff which missed by centimetres as it slid past the left side of the hole. There were several clutch moments throughout the final round for Fitzpatrick, none bigger than his second shot on 18 after finding the bunker from the tee. He hit a 9-iron which faded around the lip of the bunker to land 18 feet from the hole and set him up for his first major win on American soil. He described it as ‘one of the best shots I ever hit’. A visibly shattered Zalatoris had to settle for his third runner-up placing in his last seven majors.
Royal Ascot – The best sprinter in Australia can now lay claims to being the best sprinter in the world. The demolition job that was Nature Strip in the King’s Stand Stakes was admired by Australian and English racing fans alike as the second favourite breezed to victory by over 4 lengths. There was a late plunge on the American race favourite Golden Pal and most were expecting a showdown between the two however Nature Strip was truly in a league of his own. Winning jockey James McDonald had to crane his neck after he crossed the finishing line to see where the rest of the field was, such was the dynamic fashion that Nature Strip was able to win in. Trainer Chris Waller will now bring the horse home to prepare for his defence of the richest turf race in the world, The Everest.
Port Adelaide v Sydney – An undermanned Port Adelaide side kept its finals hopes alive on Saturday afternoon in an impressive wire to wire victory against the Sydney Swans. Missing two of it’s veteran stars in Travis Boak and Robbie Gray as well as suffering game day injuries to Zak Butters and debutant Brynn Teakle, a spirited Power outfit opened up a commanding 42 point lead during the third quarter before holding on for a comfortable 23 point win. The power outtackled the Swans 72-51 which was the biggest differential for the season. The win leaves them eight points outside the top eight with 10 games remaining.
Golden State v Boston – The Golden State Warriors have won the 2022 NBA finals in devasting fashion, finishing off a tired-looking Boston outfit on their home court in Game 6. Steph Curry scored 34 points on his way to claiming his first Finals MVP and a historic 4th title. Boston jumped out of the blocks early, earning a 14-2 lead however it was all Warriors after that, taking a 15 point lead into halftime and eventually running out 13 point victors.