GOLF: Cameron Smith has tamed* his early nerves and defeated good mate Marc Leishman on his way to winning back-to-back Australian PGA Championships.
Smith overcame a wonky start to shoot a fourth-round 70 to finish at 16-under-par and beat Leishman (69) by two strokes in a Sunday shootout* at Royal Pines.
The win should lift Smith into the top 30 for the first time and give the 25-year-old confidence when he returns to the PGA Tour.
“I’d love to get into the top 20 … that’s definitely the next big step to get myself in there and get myself in situations to win golf tournaments,” he said in reference to his winless season in the United States.
NRL: The Brisbane Broncos yesterday sacked Wayne Bennett for breaching* his contract after it was revealed Bennett had been in contact with South Sydney players and was even organising a pre-season camp.
Bennett was axed over voicemail with Broncos CEO Paul White unable to make contact with the 68-year-old coach, who still had a year left on his contract, to inform him of the club’s decision.
It ended a month-long stand-off, with Bennett now set to head to South Sydney to replace Rabbitohs coach Anthony Seibold.
Seibold will take over at Brisbane immediately and is expected to hold his first training session today at Red Hill.
SOCCER: No Bruno, no worries.
Melbourne City didn’t miss forward Bruno Fornaroli in a 3-0 defeat of Newcastle yesterday, earned with world-class finishes from Riley McGree and Luke Brattan.
Fornaroli stand-in Lachlan Wales capped City’s fine A-League showing with his first professional goal and his team’s third at AAMI Park.
City’s performance and result vindicate* coach Warren Joyce, who had been criticised by many after cutting the fan favourite for failing to meet training standards.
BOXING: Jeff Horn is now the main man of Australian boxing after ending the run of Anthony Mundine.
The former WBO welterweight champion bounced back from his defeat to American Terence Crawford in June with a devastating first round knockout of Mundine at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
The 96-second victory puts Horn’s career back on track towards future world title bouts.
Confident in his performance at the 71kg catchweight, Horn said he now had to work out if his future lies at welterweight or explore options in heavier divisions.
“I’m not really sure what the next move will be.”
- tamed: calmed
- shootout: competition that is used to decide the winner at the end of a tied sport
- breaching: breaking
- vindicate: clear someone of blame or suspicion
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