Brooks Koepka led from start to finish at the PGA Championship this week, dominating the tournament and making it a formality for the entirety of the weekend, if not longer than that, in the process. But it wasn’t the formality it seemed to be for a few moments on Sunday as he came back to the field by shooting a +4 74 to give his competition a chance.
Still yet, he had built such a strong lead that Dustin Johnson, just -1 for the day, was unable to surpass him and still ended up two strokes back. It’s an historic achievement for Koepka, who has now won four of the last eight majors. At this rate, has their ever been a more dominant player when the bright lights are on in a short period?
The 103th running of the Indianapolis 500 is next Sunday, but this past weekend marked the second year in a row in which there were crunch qualifications to be done. After missing out last year, James Hinchliffe was once again in the situation of having to race his way in on the last day of qualifying.
He was joined by five others, all vying for three spots, with the biggest name of the bunch being two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso. Unfortunately for Alonso, who did so well two years ago at Indy in his first outing, he did not make the top three of the six and thus was sent home. Will the Spaniard give it a go again or will this be the last we see of him?
The St. Louis Blues got the perfect win in Game 5 of their series with the San Jose Sharks on Sunday, racking up five goals in shutout victory to put themselves one game away from the Stanley Cup Finals.
Jaden Schwartz was the hat trick hero with three goals, including one in the second period in which they absolutely decimated the helpless Sharks. Vladimir Tarasenko was just as good, scoring once and assisting twice, while goaltender Jordan Binnington saved, of course, 100% of the 21 shots he faced.
After shooting a 63 and then a 65 to open up the PGA Championship, Brooks Koepka’s even par 70 on Saturday might seem like a bit of a letdown.
But in a tournament in which his next closest competitor is seven strokes behind at -5 and in which there are only 15 guys under par period, you can understand that his own lofty standards are much too high to judge him by. After his solid, steady day, you have to believe that he will ‘just’ need another one in order to seal up a second straight PGA and a fourth major from the last eight on Sunday. If someone else wins, it will definitely be because he backed up and helped them, that much is for sure.
Brooks Koepka refused to let his foot off the gas on Friday at Bethpage Black, increasing his lead even further in the PGA Championship and making history in the process.
Koepka, who followed up his opening round 63 with a 65, is now a full seven shots of second place Jordan Spieth, who had a -4 66 round on Friday just to stay remotely close. The seven shot lead is the largest lead in any major since 1934. On top of that, he now holds the record for the lowest two round score in a major ever. Masters winner Tiger Woods will not be playing on the weekend after he narrowly missed the cut.
The St. Louis Blues didn’t let an overtime loss in Game 3 against the San Jose Sharks cloud their minds too much on Friday night, winning 2-1 to even up their series a two games apiece. It came largely due to a quick start in which they scored twice in the opening period.
Ivan Barbashev scored just 35 seconds into the game, while Tyler Bozak scored a power play goal with less than two and half minutes in the period. A late goal from Tomas Hertrl on a SJ power play gave them hope, but Jordan Binnington was too good in goal and denied them any more goals to keep the series truly in the balance.
The PGA Championship is off to a (early) flying start at Bethpage Black. The man atop the leaderboard’s name should come as no surprise, either, as it is indeed Brooks Koepka, the defending winner of the event. For a second consecutive year, he has begun the week with an impressive 63, tying the all-time majors record for lowest score and also setting the course record in the process of it all.
Only one other man could keep it close on the round, and that was Danny Lee, who only trails him by one single shot after carding a 64. Koepka didn’t bogey any of the holes, making seven birdies along the way. He is three full shots ahead of Tommy Fleetwood. Masters winner Tiger Woods shot a 72, putting him nine strokes off the pace in a disappointing opening round for him.
The Boston Bruins became the first team to clinch their spot in the Stanley Cup Finals on Thursday night by defeating the Carolina Hurricanes 4-0 to complete their Eastern Conference Finals sweep over them.
Patrice Bergeron scored twice and had an assist, while David Pastmak inverted that to the tune of two assists and a goal. Tuukka Rask, their brilliant goaltender, recorded his seventh shutout of the postseason as well as they walloped the Hurricanes into submission.
Game 3 of the Western Conference Playoffs in the NHL failed to disappoint on Wednesday night, living up to the lofty expectations this season’s run to the Stanley Cup have given us, as the San Jose Sharks took back home ice with a 5-4 overtime win over the St.
Louis Blues far from home. But it was not without controversy, as a hand pass by Timo Meier, one of the unmistakable stars of this postseason, was not called in the lead up to Erik Karlsson’s winner. That was the second of his goals on the night and proved to be enough to give his team what could be a vital 2-1 edge in the series. David Perron scored twice for the Blues in the loss, while Joe Thornton also had two goals and an assist for the Sharks.
Speaking of playoffs, the Stanley Cup Playoffs are in full swing and Monday marked Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals match up between the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks.
On home ice, the Sharks had been nearly impervious there all season long as they search for their first Stanley Cup, but they will now be forced to battle to get that home ice advantage back after a 4-2 defeat in Game 2. Logan Couture once again had a monster game for them with two goals, but those didn’t prove to be enough as Robert Bortuzzo scored the winner and Oskar Sundqvist added the clincher in the third period to help give them some insurance. The Blues also got two assists from Joel Edmundson to help them even up the series as it heads to St. Louis.