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New Zealand’s Lydia Ko
wrote another chapter of
golfing history overnight
when she became the youngest
winner of a women’s major
with a stunning final round 63
at the Evian Championship.
Ko’s flawless eight-birdie
round was the lowest score
of the week and she finished
on 268, 16 under par and
six ahead of American Lexi
Thompson (70). China’s Feng
Shanshan also shot 70 and was
third on eight under.
Ko is 18 years 142 days —
171 days younger than Morgan
Pressel when she won the 2007
Kraft Nabisco Championship.
Back in February, aged 17, Ko
became the youngest player to
claim the world No 1 ranking,
although the Evian victory
still leaves her at No 2 behind
South Korea’s Inbee Park.
She also holds the record as
the youngest winner on the
LPGA Tour, the first of her
nine wins coming as a 15-year-
old amateur at the 2012
Ko, who finished second
at Evian two years ago, was
thrilled to achieve her dream
of a first major title.
Overcome with emotion, she
came c lose to tears after holing
the last of her eight birdie
putts on the 18th.
“ It ’s pretty amazing,” she said.
“This has been an awesome
day and an unbelievable
experience. Everyone has been
asking me when I was going to
win my fist major, and now it ’s
done. It ’s so hard to get your
hands on the first one.”
With a five-shot lead coming
down the last, she was able
to savour the experience and
appreciate the crowd support.
“ Jason (her caddie) told me
to enjoy the moment and
that ’s when I could feel the
tears coming. It was quite
over whelming and also a bit of
a relief,” she continued.
“ Winning a major at any age
is special, but to become the
youngest is pretty cool. It’s also
nice that it is over — no one
will ask me about it again.”
Ko started the final round
two shots behind South
Korea’s Lee Mi-Hyang, who
finished joint fourth with
a 74, and was three behind
Thompson after seven
But she birdied four holes
between the seventh and 12th
to take the lead and edged
three ahead when Thompson,
over the back and in deep
rough from the tee, took a
double-bogey five at the short
The final few holes were a
victory stroll. An up-and-
down birdie at the long 15th
stretched the lead to four, then
it was five thanks to a 20ft
birdie putt at the 17th and
six when she holed another
20-footer at the last.
Park, winner of two majors
this season, had a fine final
round of 68 to finish just inside
the top 10 on five under par.
The South Korean won the
Evian title in 2012, the year
before it became a major.
This was Ko’s fourth win
of the year and now she will
spend a few weeks at her home
with her family in Orlando,
Florida, before heading for
the LPGA’s Asia swing next
And new targets?
“ My next goal is the
Olympics,” she said.
“ Rio is less than a year away
and I really want to do it.
“As soon as I knew golf was
in the Olympics I wanted to
be part of it and play for New
Zealand. I love representing
my country.” — AFP
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Lydia Ko of New Zealand, holds the trophy after winning the Evian Championship.
Canterbury seared into Hawke’s Bay
with a brand of rugby other teams will
struggle to match for accuracy and
abrasiveness across the ITM Cup.
The win consolidated Canterbury in
second spot on the premiership table
with 24 points and an unbeaten record
after five games. They remain a point
untroubled until this match. The result
left them on 20 points, still atop the
The hosts demonstrated comprehensive
dominance establishing a 22-0 lead
before the visitors weaved three late
forays into Canterbury territory from the
34th minute of the first half.
Hawke’s Bay will struggle to retain
the Ranfurly Shield if this match was a
gauge. They have further defences against
Bay of Plenty, Auckland and Waikato.
The foreshadowing for the defeat
came within the first two minutes when
Canterbury second five-eighths Rob
Thompson hit a flat ball from Richie
Mo’unga and glided through the defence
like scissors through polythene.
Hawke’s Bay looked restricted in two
further tries when Mo’unga stabbed
through a grubber for an unmarked
Tulolo Tulolo and a stealthy Matt Todd
slipped around the blindside of a maul
and was met by an invisible audience.
Canterbury controlled all facets for the
majority of the game but suffered a blip
in the third quarter by conceding five
A scrum featuring three All Blacks —
Joe Moody, Nepo Laulala and Dominic
Bird — in the tight five and two more
in the eight — Matt Todd and Luke
Whitelock — scrunched into their
opposites and dominated the lineout
while the backs constantly forced
Hawke’s Bay behind the advantage line.
The consequence was a handling error
epidemic and little room for players of
the ilk of Israel Dagg and Ihaia West to
prosper on the counter-attack.
In accounting parlance, their metres
advantage ran at a net loss. When
opportunities emerged, they were often
butchered. Magpies loosehead prop
Brendon Edmonds put together a solid
display, despite his side struggling for
The second half started better for the
visitors with Shannan Chase finishing
off a break from Ryan Tongia which
enabled Hawke’s Bay to open the scoring
but Canterbury held their ner ve to keep
the Bay at bay. Robbie Fruean, familiar to
the territory as an incumbent Crusader,
scored a late try as he took the next step
in his return from injury.
The Magpies’ next game is a Shield
challenge on Saturday afternoon, while
Canterbury play at North Harbour next
Canterbury 29 (R. Thompson, T.Tulolo,
M. Todd, J. Moody tries, T. Taylor 2
cons, pen) Hawke’s Bay 14 (S. Chase, R .
Fruean tries, I.West 2 cons). Halftime:
22-0. — N ZM E -NZ Herald
Canterbury downs Hawke’s Bay
All Blacks assistant coach Wayne
Smith is one of the names in the
mix to take on a mentoring role at
the Warriors, principally to assist
head coach Andrew McFadden.
Newstalk ZB yesterday that
Smith, long considered one of the
best tactical brains in rugby, had
been the subject of discussions at
Warriors headquarters after their
dreadful finish to this year’s NRL
season that saw eight consecutive
“It definitely doesn’t have to be
a rugby league person and I know
that Wayne Smith’s name has been
brought up,” said McFadden, on
the subject of possible mentors.
“It is not confined to league. It just
has to be someone who has been
at the top level for a long time and
really understands coaching and
understands team sport.”
‘ The Professor’,
Smith certainly fits that bill. He
coached the All Blacks in 2000
and 2001, then spent eight years as
Graham Henry’s assistant, a period
that culminated with the 2011
Rugby World Cup triumph.
Smith then moved to the Chiefs,
one of the key architects in their
back-to-back Super Rugby titles
in 2012 and 2013. Steve Hansen
brought him back into the All
Blacks environment this season,
as defence and counter-attack
coach, and he was also touted
as a potential ally for Sir John
Kirwan at the Blues in 2016 before
Despite his lifelong association
with rugby, Smith is also a keen
league fan and a regular watcher
of the NRL.
“I haven’t met Wayne before but
I have heard nothing but good
things about him,” said McFadden.
“I think it’s good for me to have
someone to bounce ideas off, and I
know that has been a structure that
has been used in other clubs in the
past. It has to be the right person
and someone I feel comfortable
If Smith did link with the
Warriors, it would not preclude any
rugby roles. The advisory position
at the Mount Smart club would be
“It will be just a consultancy role,”
said McFadden. “It ’s not going to
be a full-time role or an overseeing
role in the organisation.”
The idea of a mentor for
McFadden was first mentioned last
It is unsure what Smith’s plans
are for 2016, but earlier this year
he hinted he would take a “coach’s
“I doubt if I’d enter anything that
over-commits me in 2016,” he told
Fairfax Media in May. “I’m hugely
excited about this year with the All
Blacks and next year I’ll be looking
to pull back a bit.” — NZME
Smith eyed as Warriors mentor
Corey Webster’s NBA dream
has taken a positive step forward
after receiving an invitation to
attend the New Orleans Pelicans’
training camp at the end of the
The Tall Blacks shooting guard
has spent three days this week
training in front of the NBA
franchise’s coaching team as he
seeks to crack the best basketball
league in the world.
And receiving a golden ticket
to training camp can only be a
sign that Webster has enough
impressed in limited opportunity
to be considered a chance of
securing a roster spot for the
“I am not there yet but this is
another positive step towards my
dream of playing in the NBA,”
Webster said. “ The past week
has gone well and the coaches
have been impressed enough by
the workouts to want me to stay
for the training camp on a non-
“It is again up to me now to prove
my value to the organisation, to put
my head down and give it my best
shot at training camp. I came here
this week with a three day window
to impress, this has bought me
more time and a chance to take
the jump into the actual NBA
Breakers chief executive Richard
Clarke was delighted for Webster
and the club would continue to
monitor his progress with great
interest and excitement.
“ We are thrilled for Corey
but understand that this is just
another small step along the way,”
Clarke said. “ We are proud of how
far Corey has come and, while
welcome, this news is no surprise
to us knowing the freakish talent
that he is on the basketball court.”
With the camp taking place
from September 29 to October 2,
Webster will not return to New
Zealand in the interim, instead
staying to continue to work
out with Pelicans’ coaching and
support staff to ensure he ready to
chase a contract. — N Z ME
Webster invited to
Pelicans training camp
New Zealand Olympic
medallist Nick Willis has
won the Fifth Avenue
Mile race in New York
for the third time.
Willis won in 3min
54.8sec to add to his
2008 and 2013 titles.
Chris O’Hare of Britain
was second, followed
by Nor way ’s Henrik
In the women’s event
American Jenny Simpson
won her fourth title.
It was the third straight
victory for Simpson, the
2011 world champion in
She won in 4min 29sec
to edge two-time winner
Shannon Rowbury by 0.3
seconds. Susan Kuijken
of the Netherlands was
— New Zealand Herald
Benji Marshall’s prospects for the end
of year Kiwis tour are in serious doubt,
after a nasty looking injury in their
11-10 golden-point loss to the Bulldogs.
Marshall left the field in the 50th
minute after twisting his ankle
awkwardly in a Greg Eastwood tackle.
At best, it was clumsy from Eastwood.
At worst, it highlighted a rule the NRL
needs to urgently review.
After he had tackled Marshall,
Eastwood used his leg to twist the
former Kiwis captain to the ground,
forcing Marshall’s leg to double over. It
is a rule that makes no sense — and has
no upside — as the potential for injury
Whether Marshall would make
Stephen Kearney ’s final squad for
the November tour of England was a
moot point but last night ’s incident has
probably cut the Kiwis coach’s options.
Dragons coach Paul McGregor said
Marshall could go under the knife,
ruling him out of the tour.
“ It’s just a syndesmosis which
potentially will need an operation,” said
McGregor. “ But at the moment that ’s
the furthest from his mind. He’ ll relax
for a couple of days and work it out the
middle of next week.”
Marshall had been one of the best
players on the field before his injury.
The match was a mostly dogged affair,
before a dramatic finish. A 74th-minute
Gareth Widdop penalty after some
cynical foul play from the Bulldogs
looked enough to secure an unexpected
victory before Shaun Lane’s try with just
three minutes left on the clock had Des
Hasler punching the air.
But there was another twist, with
Widdop kicking a 35m penalty in the
final minute to take the game to golden
point. However, after doing so much to
keep his side in the contest, a miscued
40/20 attempt from the English pivot
which went out on the full opened
the door for Josh Reynolds to slot the
winning field goal for the Bulldogs.
Earlier, the Bulldogs had started
like a bullet train. They were all pace,
purpose and power, with the Morris
twins wreaking havoc out wide, while
the pack dominated their opposites. The
Dragons, who had won only one of the
last seven encounters between the two
teams, struggled to secure a foothold.
It was hard to see the Dragons coming
back but they have defied the doubters
all year. Their mid-season seven -game
losing streak was meant to ruin their
2015 but they bounced back to make
Off the back of some Bulldogs errors,
they found some Marshall-inspired
momentum. After sustained pressure in
the second half, they levelled through an
Eto Nabuli 70th-minute try, the winger
carrying four defenders across the line.
Bulldogs 11 (B. Morris, S. Lane
tries; M. Mbye goal, J. Reynolds field
goal) Dragons 10 (E. Nabuli try;
G. Widdop 3 goals). Halftime: 6-0.
— NZ ME -Herald On Sunday
Leg injury dogs Marshall in golden point loss
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