SHOAL CREEK, Ala. — Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn carded a 5-under-par 67 to seize a four-stroke lead at the U.S. Women's Open on Saturday as second-round leader Sarah Jane Smith faltered at Shoal Creek. Ariya turned a three-shot deficit into a big advantage in her quest for a second major title as she looks to break the recent dominance at the championship by South Korean and American players, who have claimed the past 11 titles.
PARIS—Defending champion Jelena Ostapenko crashed out in the first round of the French Open on Sunday, May 27, after a 7-5 6-3 thrashing by Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova. Defeat meant Ostapenko became only the sixth female major winner to fall at the first hurdle of her title defense, joining Anastasia Myskina, Steffi Graf, Jennifer Capriati, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Angelique Kerber. "It was terrible day," world No. 5 Ostapenko said.
INDIANAPOLIS — Danica Patrick's racing career came to a crashing end on Sunday, May 27, when her car slammed nose first into a wall before the midway point of Indianapolis 500. Patrick, the only woman to win an IndyCar race and start from pole at the Daytona 500, lost control on lap 68 of the 200-lap race, hitting the wall coming out of corner two then spinning across the track before coming to rest. The 36-year-old American climbed out of the car and appeared uninjured. She was examined at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway medical center and released.
President Donald Trump welcomed a decision by the National Football League to fine teams if players on the field refuse to stand for the national anthem, saying in an interview broadcast on Thursday, May 24, that if they do not want to stand, perhaps they should not be in the United States. Last season some NFL players took a knee during the anthem to protest police shootings of unarmed black men, sparking a controversy. Trump denounced the players as unpatriotic and repeatedly demanded an end to such protests.
A new global golf circuit is being planned, multiple sources have confirmed to Reuters, in what would be the biggest upheaval in the professional game in decades. To be named the World Golf Series, the circuit proposed by the British-based World Golf Group has been in the planning stages for more than a year. The group hopes to stage 15-to-20 yearly tournaments around the world, each offering a purse of close to $20 million, according to sources familiar with the plans.
DALLAS—South African-born American Aaron Wise clinched his first PGA Tour title in only his 26th start on Sunday, an empathic three-shot win at the AT&T Byron Nelson in Texas. Two weeks after finishing equal second in Charlotte, Wise went one better when he carded a closing six-under 65 at Trinity Forest in Dallas. Watched by a gallery including former U.S. President George W. Bush, 21-year-old Wise pulled away from the field after starting the final round tied with Marc Leishman.
PONTE VEDRA, Fla.—American Webb Simpson ended a long victory drought with a commanding four-stroke win at the Players Championship on Sunday, May 13. The 2012 U.S. Open champion was never seriously challenged after starting the day with a seven-shot lead, though Tiger Woods briefly got within four strokes on another ideal day for low scoring at TPC Sawgrass.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Webb Simpson matched the course record of 9-under-par 63 at TPC Sawgrass on Friday, despite suffering a late double-bogey, to open up a 5-shot lead on 15-under at the halfway point of the Players Championship. Patrick Cantlay (68), South African Charl Schwartzel and New Zealander Danny Lee (both 66) were a distant second on 10-under, while Tiger Woods (71), at one-under 143, made the cut with nothing to spare, as did Jordan Spieth (68) and Justin Thomas (70).
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — With his No. 1 world ranking at stake this week, Dustin Johnson sent a message to his pursuers with a resounding 6-under-par 66 on Thursday, May 10, to grab a share of the lead after the morning wave of the first round of The Players Championship in Ponte Vedra Beach.
The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees will meet in two regular-season games at London's Olympic Stadium next year, Major League Baseball said on Tuesday. Boston will play as the home team in the first MLB games to be held in Europe, on June 29 and June 30, 2019. MLB also confirmed it is committed to playing in London in 2020 as it tries to "establish a long-term footprint in the city.” Baseball is following in the footsteps of American football, which has regularly held NFL games in England since 2007.