Jason Day Wins The Players Championship And Shows Why He's World No. 1

What a day.

16/05/2016 8:58 AM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:52 PM AEST
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Beautiful Days.

Cue the U2 soundtrack. This really was another beautiful day, as Jason Day, the immensely likeable, incredibly talented Aussie world golf No.1 sealed victory in The Players Championship overnight after leading the tournament pretty much the whole way.

The Players Championship is known as "golf's fifth Major", because it typically has the best field of any tournament outside of the traditional four Majors -- the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship.

It's held every year on same course in Florida and has been won by Aussies Greg Norman, Adam Scott and Steve Elkington (twice). But never has an Australian dominated this tournament the way Day did. The 28-year-old, who grew up in poverty in Beaudesert, Queensland, shot a record-equalling nine under par 63 in his first round and was not headed thereafter. He won by four shots.

The highlight was this par-saving chip in the third round, on a hot dry day when the greens were devilishly quick.

Let's whip around some other sports as part of our regular Monday weekend wrap. Formula One first. An 18-year-old just won the Spanish Grand Prix. Dutchman Max Verstappen is barely old enough to have a driver license, but made history as the youngest ever F1 winner with his narrow victory.

He raced in a Red Bull team car, having been promoted from junior team Toro Rosso just a week earlier. Finn Kimi Raikkonen, twice his age at 36, was 0.616 seconds behind in second place.

The English Premier League wound up overnight, except for the Manchester United vs Bournemouth match which was postponed for two days because of a security scare caused by a "suspicious" item which turned out to be an item accidentally left behind by a private company after a training exercise.

Champions Leicester City drew their final match of the season 1-1 with the previous year's champs Chelsea. Their final tally is 81 points, 10 points clear of Arsenal who leapfrogged Tottenham Hotspur into second place. And don't the Arsenal fans love it.

Poor old Spurs. Everyone is mocking them. There's a thing in English football called "St Totteringham's Day", which is the day on which Spurs can no longer finish above their north London rivals Arsenal. St Totteringham's Day came late this year. But it came. The final ladder is here.

In the AFL, Carlton beat Port Adelaide to make it four in a row. Yes, that really happened. But the most remarkable game of the weekend was surely Saturday night's Swans vs Richmond match, in which the lead changed numerous times. Here's how it ended.

In the NRL, Newcastle's 62-0 loss to the Cronulla Sharks was so hard to take, seasoned player Dane Gagai broke down in tears.

But if that was enough to make you cry, what happened at the start of the round on Thursday night was enough to make you laugh. Click this link if you haven't yet seen the bizarre finish to the Raiders Dragons match.

It was a dark night in every sense of the word for the Canberra Raiders after that finish -- and after lights failed at St George Illawarra's Jubilee Stadium. But this Monday is a bright beautiful day. Onya, Jason.

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