Rose Cruises to Colonial Victory

May 28, 2018

Justin Rose closed with a 6-under 64 and finished at 20 under Sunday at Colonial for a three-stroke victory over U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka in the Fort Worth Invitational.

Rose won for the ninth time on the PGA Tour and became the fifth player with multiple victories this season. Rose also won the HSBC Champions in Shanghai in the fall. The 37-year-old from England earned $1,278,000 and a plaid jacket for winning at Hogan’s Alley. He moves to No. 3 in the world and will have a mathematical chance to reach No. 1 next week at the Memorial.

Koepka shot 63, but had started the day four strokes behind Rose in the final group. Emiliano Grillo shot 64 and finished third at 16 under.

While Rose missed matching Zach Johnson’s 2010 tournament scoring record of 259 because of bogey on the 72nd hole, first-round leader Kevin Na matched the course record with a closing 61 and finished fourth at 14 under.

Paul Broadhurst shot an 8-under 63 to win the Senior PGA Championship by four strokes and match the 72-hole scoring record in Benton Harbor, Mich. Broadhurst finished at 19-under 265 at Harbor Shores, matching the record by Rocco Mediate two years ago. Broadhurst, a 52-year-old from England, won his second senior major following his Senior British Open title in 2016.

Broadhurst led the field with 26 birdies and passed 54-hole co-leaders Tim Petrovic and Scott McCarron with a 31 on the back nine. Petrovic was runner-up after a 69. ... In Ann Arbor, Mich., Minjee Lee of Australia birdied the 18th hole to close with a 4-under 68 and win the LPGA Volvik Championship by one shot over I.K. Kim. Lee, who turned 22 on Sunday, three-putted for a bogey on No. 17, dropping into a tie with Kim, who finished her round of 67 around the same time.


Ostapenko, Williams ousted

A year after stunning the tennis world by winning the French Open for the first tour title of her career, Jelena Ostapenko is again in rare company: a first-round loser as the defending champion at a Grand Slam tournament.

Ostapenko’s high-risk game produced far fewer rewards than problems at Roland Garros, and she bowed out to 67th-ranked Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine 7-5, 6-3 at Court Philippe Chatrier.

Hers was not the only significant surprise of Day 1. Seven-time major champion Venus Williams was beaten 6-4, 7-5 by 85th-ranked Wang Qiang of China.


Busch races to victory

Kyle Busch won the Coca-Cola 600, becoming the only active driver to win a Cup Series points race at every racetrack on the NASCAR circuit.

Busch won the first three stages and led 377 of 400 laps overall at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Busch, the pole sitter and Cup Series points leader, ended years of frustration at the track in points-paying events. Busch had won a combined 15 Xfinity and Trucks Series races and the 2017 All-Star race at the track before his breakthrough win in a Cup points race Sunday.

It was Busch’s fourth victory of the season for Joe Gibbs Racing. Martin Truex Jr. was second, followed by Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson.


Hughes dealt to Padres

The San Diego Padres acquired pitcher Phil Hughes and $14.5 million from the Minnesota Twins for minor catcher Janigson Villalobos, hoping the former All-Star can find his form in a new spot.

The last-place Padres also got the 74th pick in next month’s draft from Minnesota in the deal. Hughes was designated for assignment last Monday. He was 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA in 12 innings over seven games, two of them starts. Minnesota reached the AL wild-card game last season, but has been below .500 for more than a month.

Neymar admitted he is not 100 percent in shape after a week’s training with Brazil in its World Cup preparations. The striker said he still feels discomfort in his recovering right foot but believes he will be better for the tournament in Russia, which begins June 14.