The Newsroom reviews the weekend of sport
Jimmy Walker has outlasted a fightback by defending champion Jason Day to win the 98th PGA in New Jersey.
He finished with 14 under while the Australian fell short with 13 under, finishing in second place after a titanic effort to catch up with the leader. Day managed to shoot an eagle on the 18th, slashing Walker’s lead to one stroke and setting up a nailbiter of a finish, then had to watch as Walker played out the final hole. In the end, Walker had to sink a one-metre putt for a three under par 67 to ensure victory.
Day was gracious in defeat, commenting after the match: “It was actually quite nice to be able to see him celebrate with his family and his friends there. Hats off because it’s not easy to win tournaments.”
Ricciardo finishes second in German Grand Prix
Australian racing car driver Daniel Ricciardo has finished second place in his 100th race at the German Formula One Grand Prix. Mercedes Benz Driver Lewis Hamilton finished in first position where he beat Ricciardo by 6.9 seconds. Ricciardo celebrated at the podium by drinking from his shoe and the commentator said, “It must be an Australian thing.”
Hamilton now extends his lead by 19 points in the standings over fellow Mercedes Benz driver Nico Rosberg with nine rounds of a record 21-race season remaining.
Firebirds down the Swifts
In a tight and gritty affair the Queensland Firebirds beat the NSW Swifts 69-67 in double extra-time to win two consecutive Netball grand finals. It was the largest netball crowd Queensland has seen with 10,312 fans showing up at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre. Firebird Romelda Aiken sealed the win with her 63rd goal of the day holding off the fightback by the Swifts. Queensland captain Laura Geitz was all praise for her team after the match.
“These 11 girls standing here are the best of the best. They are a family away from our family,” Geitz told Channel 10.
“They are humble, they are genuine and they go about their business creating no fuss, and it’s an absolute inspiration to come to work. It’s not work, it’s fun every single day [to] play alongside these wonderful women. So thank you very much for making this such a wonderful year.”
Sri Lanka win first test
For the second time in history Sri Lanka have beaten Australia in a test match. The Sri Lankans won on their home soil in Kandy by 106 runs. In the second innings Australia were bowled out for 161 after an impressive display from Yusan Mendis who helped Sri Lanka post a massive 353-runs second innings. Mendis was instrumental, scoring 176. The second test starts on Thursday in Galle. – Jesse Mullens
Photo of Jimmy Walker from the PGA Championship Twitter feed.