Billy Monger was "over the moon" after securing a first victory since having both legs amputated following a horrific crash two years ago.

Monger said he felt lucky to be alive following a high-speed accident during a Formula 4 race at Donington Park in 2017.

The inspirational 20-year-old Carlin driver overtook almost the entire grid to win the Grand Prix de Pau on Sunday, having gambled on using wet tyres.

Monger, who took the top step of the podium despite having to contend with bent steering, admits he never envisaged he would get that winning feeling again.

"I can't believe it. I mean, after qualifying 11th, we had so much more potential than that. I thought that was going to be our race, I thought we were going to be stuck in the midfield," said the Briton, who races in the Euroformula Open Championship.

"We had the green flag, and I just knew it was too wet, and where I was starting I just made the gamble for wets on the warm-up lap before the start of the race, I had nothing to lose.

"From that point on just tried to pick them off one-by-one. I've got to thank the team, I've got to thank Carlin.

"I didn’t ever believe two years ago that this would be the case that I'd be winning races. I'm just over the moon.

"I don’t see disability as a limit, it is a challenge, something you can overcome, in racing as in daily life."

Giannis Antetokounmpo expects the Milwaukee Bucks to show a positive response to their Game 3 setback against the Toronto Raptors but knows it will not be easy.

The Raptors reduced the Bucks' Eastern Conference finals lead to 2-1 with a 118-112 double overtime victory at Scotiabank Arena on Sunday.

Antetokounmpo could only muster 12 points and fouled out in the second overtime.

But the NBA MVP contender says the Bucks will not dwell on their defeat and believes they will come back stronger in Game 4 in Toronto on Tuesday.

He said: "We could be up 3-0. Double overtime, we didn't play well. But at the end of the day and it's not going to be easy.

"I've never been here before and I never expected it to be easy. As a team usually when we face adversity and lose a game, usually we come out and play way better. Hopefully we can do that for Game 4."

He added: "I don't think as a team we felt any frustration, obviously we wanted to get back to the game but they were just playing better than us.

"Whenever we got close they were hitting some shots, taking the lead back to seven or eight It wasn't our last game, we can get a lot better and that makes me really excited. 

"We've got to come back, focus on Game 4 and try to set the tone from the beginning."

Record-breaking female driver Jamie Chadwick has landed a development role with Williams.

Chadwick became the first female and the youngest driver to win a British GT race in 2015 and is currently showcasing her talents in the new W Series.

The 21-year-old won a British Formula 3 race in 2018, as well as the MRF Winter Series in 2018-19.

Chadwick was also the inaugural winner of the first W Series race earlier this month and has now joined Williams' Driver Academy.

"It is a great honour to be joining the Williams Racing Driver Academy. The time in the simulator is a fantastic opportunity to aid with my development," said Chadwick. 

"I look forward to spending time in the factory at Grove, immersing myself within the team and assisting wherever I can. Being a part of the Driver Academy is an amazing platform and I'm excited to get started."

Chadwick will attend three European F1 races, starting at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in July.

Andre Iguodala was cleared of serious damage after undergoing an MRI scan on his calf, but the Golden State Warriors veteran is a doubt for Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.

Iguodala departed after feeling tightness in his left calf in the opening quarter of a 110-99 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.

The 35-year-old guard's scan came back as negative, but he may not feature when the defending champions - who lead 3-0 - attempt to wrap up the series on Monday.

Head coach Steve Kerr says Alfonzo McKinnie is capable of stepping up if Iguodala is unavailable.

"We'll have to have more minutes from him, but we're confident he can do the job." said Kerr.

Stephen Curry echoed Kerr's sentiments.

He said: "Injuries are a part of the game, but we have guys that are capable and can step up. It will require Alfonzo having a few more minutes, Jonas [Jerebko], J.B. [Jordan Bell] playing the solid basketball he did on Saturday night."

Israel Folau has declined the option to appeal against his Rugby Australia (RA) ban, but is still considering his options after his contract was terminated last week.

The 30-year-old was sacked by RA on Friday following a hearing over his anti-homosexual social media post last month, in which Folau, a devout Christian, uploaded an image on Instagram that said "hell awaits drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators".

Folau, who had been warned by RA for similar comments last year, was found guilty of a "high-level breach" of the governing body's code of conduct and RA confirmed on Monday that the former Wallabies and Waratahs star had not appealed.

"The 72-hour window for Israel Folau to appeal his high-level code of conduct breach and sanction has expired," RA said in a statement.

"As Folau has not notified the panel of his intention to appeal, the code of conduct process has now formally concluded.

"With the code of conduct matter complete, Folau's employment contract will be terminated."

However, Folau issued a statement of his own that was widely circulated in the Australian media on Monday in which it was noted that he was "considering all potential avenues" with regards to further action against RA's decision.

"The last few weeks and, in particular, the last 72 hours have given me considerable opportunity to reflect and think about my future," he said.

"I will not be exercising my right to appeal Rugby Australia's decision to terminate my employment contract."

He added: "My decision not to commence Rugby Australia's appeal process is in no way an acceptance of the judicial panel's findings.

"I simply do not have confidence in Rugby Australia's ability to treat me fairly or lawfully throughout this process."

Folau, who has made 73 appearances for Australia, had previously said he would be willing to walk away from the sport but added in his statement: "I believe I still have a lot of rugby left in me."

Novak Djokovic believes Rafael Nadal is the clear favourite to win yet another French Open.

Nadal finally claimed his first title of the year on Sunday, crushing Djokovic 6-0 4-6 6-1 in the Internazionali d'Italia final.

The Spaniard is a record 11-time champion at Roland Garros and Djokovic feels Nadal will be hard to stop as he bids for three in a row in Paris.

"Nadal [is the] number one favourite, without a doubt," the Serbian told a news conference.

"And then everyone else."

Nadal secured his ninth Rome crown with an impressive performance against Djokovic, who was blown away early.

Djokovic was happy to push Nadal to a third set as he lamented some fatigue after his run to the final.

"I'm really glad I managed to get into the third set considering in the first set I was blown away from the court and obviously third set wasn't much different from the first," he said.

"But actually the first three or four games in the third set were quite close and maybe that's where I had a slight chance to build on the momentum that I had from winning the second set.

"I was running out of fuel a little bit, just kind of missed that half a step, especially on the backhand side, and he used it.

"He used it very well, he's been playing some terrific tennis throughout the entire week and he was just too strong."

The French Open begins on Sunday.

The New York Yankees are atop the American League (AL) East standings after pulling away from the Tampa Bay Rays in a 13-5 win in MLB on Sunday.

New York's offense got going in the fourth after trailing 5-3. Aaron Hicks hit his first home run of the season to tie the game and the Yankees never looked back.

Brett Gardner also came up big offensively with a three-hit game after entering the day hitting just .140 (six for 43) in May. He finished with three RBIs and two runs scored.

"It just proves the fight that our team has," Hicks said, via MLB.com. "We really are doing 'next man up' and guys are performing and doing what they need to do to help this team win."

Adam Ottavino (2-1) was awarded the win and Chance Adams got his first save of the season. Diego Castillo was tagged with his third loss.

Tampa Bay now sit just half a game behind New York.

 

Brilliant Bieber shuts out Orioles

Shane Bieber pitched a shutout for the Cleveland Indians in his first complete game. The right-hander allowed just five hits while striking out 15 against the Baltimore Orioles.

There is just no stopping Freddie Freeman. The Atlanta Braves star has now hit home runs in four consecutive games for the first time in his career after delivering again against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Red Sox reliever Brandon Workman worked around a one-out walk in the ninth against the Astros to record his first career save. Boston ended Houston's 10-game winning streak in the 4-3 victory.

 

More misery for Mets

It was the second straight game the Mets were shutout by the Miami Marlins. New York had just two hits by J.D. Davis while the rest of the lineup came up empty.

 

Guerrero in red-hot form

The Toronto Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his fourth home run this week.

The Seattle Mariners used a two-run home run from Mitch Haniger to spark a late rally and top the Minnesota Twins 7-4.

Sunday's results

Boston Red Sox 4-3 Houston Astros
New York Yankees 13-5 Tampa Bay Rays
Philadelphia Phillies 7-5 Colorado Rockies
Los Angeles Dodgers 8-3 Cincinnati Reds
Cleveland Indians 10-0 Baltimore Orioles
Miami Marlins 3-0 New York Mets
Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 Atlanta Braves
Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Chicago White Sox
Texas Rangers 5-4 St Louis Cardinals
Kansas City Royals 5-1 Los Angeles Angels
San Francisco Giants 3-2 Arizona Diamondbacks
Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 San Diego Padres
Seattle Mariners 7-4 Minnesota Twins
Chicago Cubs 6-5 Washington Nationals

 

Phillies at Cubs

These two evenly matched teams will kick off a four-game series on Monday. The Phillies are in control of the National League (NL) East and have a 2.5-game advantage over the rest of the division while the Cubs are trying to distance themselves from the Brewers. Philadelphia will start Jake Arrieta (4-4, 4.02 ERA) and Chicago will send Yu Darvish (2-3, 5.14 ERA) to the mound.

Kawhi Leonard played down an apparent leg injury, insisting "this is playoff basketball" after helping the Toronto Raptors overcome the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.

Leonard led the way in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals as the Raptors topped the Bucks 118-112 in double overtime.

The Raptors star, however, appeared to injure his leg in Toronto after finishing a layup and was walking with a noticeable limp during the first half.

But Leonard – who scored 36 points in a game-high 52 minutes of action – remained in the game and dismissed the problem after the Raptors reduced the Bucks' series lead to 2-1.

"I'm feeling alright," Leonard told TNT. "This is playoff basketball. Everybody is hurting. Just have to keep fighting."

"I'm just confident in myself," Leonard said. "My team-mates are confident in me. I just go out there and play. I can live with the results because I'm giving 110 per cent out there."

Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 24 and 30 points respectively in the first two games of the series.

But, the Raptors limited the MVP candidate to just 12 points on Sunday. Antetokounmpo fouled out in the second overtime.

"It takes a team," Leonard said about defending Antetokounmpo. "He's a great basketball player. That's why he's an MVP finalist. We all have to just show hands and play hard.

"He's a great player. He plays hard and he's leading his team great."

The Raptors will have a chance to even the series at 2-2 at Scotiabank Arena on Tuesday before the matchup shifts back to Milwaukee for Game 5.

"I've got to look at some film," Leonard said. "Right now, I'm going to enjoy this win. We'll see what we have to do [Monday]."

About eight hours after Evan Harmeling made a disappointing par on the 18th hole at Cinnamon Hill Golf Club to finish his suspended third round, he redeemed himself on that same hole, rolling in a testing, four-foot birdie putt to break the tie he was in with Augusto Núñez and win the 2019 BMW Jamaica Classic by a stroke.

It was Harmeling’s first career PGA TOUR Latinoamérica win and prevented Núñez from finally breaking through after the Argentine has been the most consistent player through the Tour’s first six events. This was Nunez’s fourth top-10 of the year and his best finish.  A hard-charging Leandro Marelli shot a final-round 65 to move from ninth to third, two shots shy of Harmeling.

The day, however, belonged to the 30-year-old New Englander. Despite shooting his worst score of the week, a 1-under 71, it was enough for Harmeling to eke out the win. He played the final two holes of his third round early Sunday morning, making back-to-back pars on the 17th and 18th. He returned to the course for his final round and was 2-under through seven holes and holding onto a three-shot lead.

At No. 8, he watched his streak of 48 consecutive bogey-free holes ended with a bogey-5. He continued to cruise along, maintaining his three-stroke cushion as Nunez double-bogeyed the 13th hole. Harmeling “gave it right back” after five consecutive pars when he dropped two shots with a double bogey of his own on the par-4 14th. Núñez’s two late birdies, on Nos. 16 and 17, pulled him even with Harmeling, when Harmeling could only par the 17th, setting up the late-tournament heroics on the 18th hole.

On the final hole, Harmeling was on the par-5 green in two. “I hit just a perfect shot coming in there, doing exactly what I wanted to do. I was expecting more adrenalin to get me maybe an extra three or four yards, which didn’t really happen,” Harmeling said.

Needing only a birdie to win, he rolled his 31-foot eagle putt four feet past the hole, making for some tense moments for his final stroke of the tournament.
“I had no touch control on that first putt. I blasted it four feet by,” he said. “I was just thankful I’ve been putting in the work and feel confident with my putting stroke. I felt good about that last putt.”

 With the win, Harmeling moves from 72nd on the Order of Merit to No. 8.

NRL great Cooper Cronk will retire at the end of the season after a glittering 16-year career.

A three-time premiership winner and twice a Dally M Medallist, the Sydney Roosters star announced on Monday that this campaign would be his last.

Having also starred for Melbourne Storm, Australia and Queensland, Cronk ranks among the sport's greats.

We take a look at the Opta stats after his announcement.

357 - Cronk has played the second most NRL games in history, behind only Cameron Smith (394).

99 - He has scored 99 NRL tries, including 12 in both 2011 and 2016.

419 - Cronk has scored 419 NRL points, with his season-high the 51 he managed for Melbourne in 2016.

13 - He has played 20-plus games in 13 of his past 14 NRL campaigns.

60 - Cronk is set to finish his career with 60 representative appearances (38 for Australia and 22 for Queensland in State of Origin).

11 - His next try would see him become just the 11th player in NRL history to play 300 games and score 100 tries.

Jordan Spieth believes he is close to recapturing his best form after finishing tied for third at the US PGA Championship.

The three-time major champion posted his first top-10 finish since last year's Open Championship, ending up six shots behind winner Brooks Koepka.

Spieth has fallen to 30th in the world rankings after a tough run, but feels he is nearing the form that saw him win three majors from 2015 to 2017.

"It says that I have full belief in our team. I have full belief in my process, my mentality, my selfishness and my work ethic," he said.

"I put in more hours over the last five months than I've ever put in my game in a five-month stretch, just trying to get to where I can be out here on a major championship Sunday making par saves, making birdie putts, and contending even without having my best stuff.

"That's like 2015, 2016, 2017, that's how I felt then."

Spieth fired a one-over 71 in the final round at a tough Bethpage Black, where he felt it was always going to be difficult.

The 25-year-old said: "I knew coming into the week that it was unlikely on this golf course that I was going to have a chance to win.

"That's a humbling feeling for me, but I knew that if I played the course the right way, had the right mentality, kept putting the way I've been putting, that I would be in it; that I would be, you know, in and having a chance to make some noise."

The Toronto Raptors avoided going down 3-0 to the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday, but only just.

Toronto topped Milwaukee 118-112 in double overtime, cutting the Bucks' series lead to 2-1 in the important first leg of their home stand.

Here are three takeaways from the Raptors' statement win.

 

Toronto's role players figured it out

Kawhi Leonard has been carrying the Raptors for some time, but he got some extra help in Game 3. It came from Marc Gasol, Norman Powell and Pascal Siakam, who were instrumental in Toronto's victory.

The trio accounted for just 51 combined points in the first two games of the series. But, they rebounded on Sunday, posting 60 points between them.

Gasol realised he needed to be more aggressive and stop passing up open looks. After tallying just eight points through the first two games, he managed to finish with 16 points and four made three-pointers.

It is clear Toronto will need similar levels of productivity moving forward to keep their season alive.

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo was swarmed relentlessly

Antetokounmpo has averaged more than 37 points per game in his past three road playoff games, but Toronto had a surprise for him in Scotiabank Arena.

Milwaukee's star was blitzed in the paint repeatedly and was held to 12 points on five-of-16 shooting. It was clear the Raptors' plan was to force him and others to shoot from the perimeter, and it worked out. 

Antetokounmpo went on to foul out in the second overtime of his underwhelming performance.

The Raptors are getting virtually nothing from Danny Green

Green is not having a good series against the Bucks

The sharpshooter has made just four field goals in the Eastern Conference finals so far. While he was one of the NBA's most prolific scorers from behind the arc in 2018-19, Green is shooting 28.6 per cent from three-point range against Milwaukee.

But he did hit a big-time three-pointer in overtime when his team needed it.

Green is an excellent defensive player and has recorded five steals in the series, but Toronto cannot afford empty minutes offensively. That was made evident when they left him off the court down the stretch in regulation.

Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard is not worried about his injury.

Lillard, who has been playing through a separated rib on his left side against the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference finals, told reporters on Sunday he feels "fine".

"I don't think it's something that's affecting my game," Lillard told reporters.

"Not really [limiting], just the pain from having a separated rib. There's nothing you can really do about it. Just when I get winded, it's a little harder to breathe. Contact, when you're in there banging with guys, just normal stuff."

Lillard appeared to suffer the injury when he collided with Kevon Looney in the third quarter of Game 2.

He then played 40 minutes in Game 3, scoring 19 points on five-of-18 shooting. 

The 28-year-old star has knocked down just 32.9 per cent of his field-goal attempts and turned the ball over 14 times in the series against the Warriors.

"There's not much you can do to increase my level of respect for him," backcourt partner CJ McCollum said.

"I understand who he is as a person to the core, so it's an unfortunate situation and injury to have to fight through, but he's a strong person, and understanding what's at stake.

"We're in the playoffs right now, so there's no excuses and there's no way I feel like he can sit out of a game or anything of that nature. So, we've just got to keep pushing forward, and as I said, we can rest in the summer."

The Trail Blazers held double-digit half-time leads in each of the past two games. But, the Warriors rallied and came away with wins in both of those matchups to take a 3-0 advantage.

"You look at the numbers and there's a slim chance of you winning the series like that, but we've got a lot to play for," Lillard said.

"Obviously you never know when the first time it's going to happen, we could be the first team to do it. Also, you don't want to go out being swept in the Western Conference finals. Pride, being competitors, being professionals, we've got a lot to play for. We're not ready to just go out there and say, 'Oh, we did our best, we had a great season.' We've got a lot to play for."

Game 4 between the Warriors and Trail Blazers is on Monday.

The Toronto Raptors won a double-overtime thriller against Milwaukee Bucks 118-112 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors reduced the Bucks' lead to 2-1 in the NBA playoff series thanks to Sunday's victory in Toronto.

Raptors star Leonard filled it up as usual, posting a game-high 36 points, but role players made all the difference in the contest.

Marc Gasol (16 points, 12 rebounds), Pascal Siakam (25 points) and Norman Powell (19 points) all had their best performances of the third round, combining for a much needed 60 points.

The game was very physical, as Powell, Kyle Lowry and Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo fouled out. 

In the end, Leonard was too much for a Bucks team without Antetokounmpo, scoring eight points in the second overtime to help his team pull ahead.

Antetokounmpo was suffocated by Toronto's defense all night until he fouled out in the second overtime. The MVP finalist was held to 12 points on five-of-16 shooting and could not quite overcome the Raptors' double teams.

Toronto have a chance to defend home court again on Tuesday in their attempt to tie the series at 2-2.

Cooper Cronk said it has been "one hell of a ride" after the Sydney Roosters star announced his retirement from the NRL.

On Monday, Australia great and 35-year-old half-back Cronk revealed his plans to call it quits at season's end after 16 illustrious campaigns.

Cronk – who amassed 22 State of Origin appearances for Queensland – won it all with three NRL premierships, two Dally M Medals, a Rugby League World Golden Boot Award and the Clive Churchill Medal.

Reflecting on his career, veteran Cronk singled out Craig Bellamy, having won two premierships with the Melbourne Storm head coach before joining the Roosters in 2018.

"It's been one hell of a ride," Cronk said during a news conference. "I just really appreciate everything Melbourne Storm has done for me. I moved down there as a kid with just an opportunity.

"There are not too many people I respect more than Craig Bellamy. I think fondly about our mateship. He is a mate first and a coach second. In terms of football the work ethic, the humility, the dedication and just what it takes to make it - he taught me that.

"To the Roosters organisation, I thank you very much. This club has a reputation of maybe living the high life and sipping lattes but there's a lot of heart and a lot of soul."

Cronk spent 14 years in Melbourne, where he helped the Storm to premierships in 2012 and 2017.

He formed a deadly trio with Storm captain Cameron Smith and former star Billy Slater prior to swapping Melbourne for Sydney, which resulted in a Grand Final victory last year.

"Billy and Cameron, I don't think thanks cuts it to be honest. Those two guys will go down in history. That probably makes me the best third wheel ever seen," said Cronk, whose Roosters are in contention to retain their title this season.

"My job was pretty easy. A future Immortal would pass the ball to me and I'd pass it on to another future Immortal. I'll be forever grateful of those two guys."

Dustin Johnson was happy with his US PGA Championship performance despite falling short of catching Brooks Koepka.

Johnson pushed Koepka, whose seven-stroke overnight lead was briefly cut to one by the 2016 U.S. Open champion on Sunday.

However, bogeys at 16 and 17 saw Johnson fall short, finishing at six under and two shots behind as Koepka retained his title.

But Johnson was still upbeat about his performance after shooting four under-par rounds.

"I'm very pleased with the way I played. I feel like my game's been pretty good all year. This week, especially, I felt like I really, really played well tee-to-green," he told a news conference.

"The first three days I didn't make enough putts, I hit the ball plenty good enough to have been tied with Brooks going into Sunday. I just didn't make enough putts.

"Today I felt like I rolled the putter a lot better. In these tough conditions, tough wind, even the putts that I missed looked like they were going in. Hit the ball really well again today, too.

"So I'm pleased with where the game's at, especially we've still got a lot of big tournaments left this year. I'm very happy with that."

Still, it was something of a missed opportunity for Johnson, who bogeyed the par-four 16th and the par-three 17th.

The 34-year-old said he was trying to ignore the fanfare as Koepka's back-nine collapse – he bogeyed five of seven holes – created a thrilling finish at Bethpage Black.

"I was really trying not to pay attention too much because it was so difficult out there. I know anything can happen," Johnson said.

"But I looked at the leaderboard on maybe nine, or I was on 12 tee, maybe I saw it. There's a leaderboard right there, and I think he was at 12 under making the turn.

"And so you know, I knew I needed to play well finishing, but yeah, I gave it a run. That's all you can ask for."

Brooks Koepka managed to retain his US PGA Championship title, but only after a dramatic collapse on the back nine at Bethpage Black.

Leading by seven heading into the final round, Koepka closed out a two-stroke victory for his fourth major title on Sunday.

The American bogeyed five of seven holes on the back nine and his lead was briefly cut to one by Dustin Johnson in a thrilling finish.

Here's how a dramatic back nine unfolded in New York:

- Leading by four with nine to play, Koepka enhanced his position with a magnificent birdie on the fearsome 10th, enough to move him six clear as Johnson bogeyed 11.

- Loose drives prevented Koepka from reaching the 11th and 12th greens in regulation and back-to-back bogeys cut his advantage to four.

- Koepka then pulled his tee shot way left on the par-five 13th, before missing a short par putt to drop another shot.

- Up ahead, Johnson birdied the 15th for the fourth day in succession. Suddenly, the 2016 U.S. Open champion was only two behind.

- The drama intensified as Koepka's run of bogeys stretched to four at the short 14th. After over-shooting the green, he played a heavy-handed chip and could not salvage par.

- Johnson failed to keep the pressure on, going long with his approach to 16 and then failing to get up and down. Koepka's lead was back to two.

- A poor tee shot on the par-three 17th led to another Johnson bogey, seemingly ending his challenge. A super up-and-down at the last meant he avoided another dropped shot and finished on six under.

- Koepka took a two-stroke lead to the final tee after dropping his fifth shot in seven holes at the 17th.

- Another poor drive led to Koepka laying up with a pitch back into the fairway, but he got the job done thereafter, pitching to six feet and holing out for par.

Brooks Koepka described his major streak as "phenomenal" and "mind-blowing" after the new world number one retained his US PGA Championship trophy.

Koepka became the first man to win both the U.S. Open and US PGA titles back-to-back following Sunday's victory in New York, despite a back-nine collapse and final-round 74.

The American star bogeyed five of his final eight holes as his seven-shot lead was reduced to just one, however, he managed to keep his composure and prevail by two strokes ahead of Dustin Johnson.

It was Koepka's fourth major triumph in eight appearances and the 29-year-old revelled in the achievement – with his haul of victories only bettered by Phil Mickelson (five) and Tiger Woods (15) among active players.

"Phenomenal. I think that's a good word," Koepka told reporters as he described his winning run. "It's been a hell of a run. It's been fun. I'm trying not to let it stop. It's super enjoyable, and just try to ride that momentum going into Pebble [Beach]. I think that's four of eight, I like the way that sounds."

It has been an incredible rise for Koepka, who was a shot adrift heading into the final round of the 2017 U.S. Open. He went on to claim his breakthrough major that tournament – triggering a wave of success in majors.

"It's been incredibly quick, I know that," Koepka said during his news conference. "It's been so much fun these last two years, it's pretty close to two years. It's incredible. I don't think I even thought I was going to do it that fast. I don't think anybody did, and to be standing here today with four majors, it's mind-blowing.

"Today was definitely the most satisfying out of all of them for how stressful that round was; how stressful DJ made that. I know for a fact, that was the most excited I've ever been in my life ever there on 18."

Johnson was hot on Koepka's tail in Sunday's final round – bogeys at the 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th amid rising winds opening the door for the 2016 U.S. Open champion but Koepka always felt in control.

"I felt like I was playing good," said Koepka, who leapfrogged Johnson atop the rankings. "I just made mistakes at the wrong time. This golf course, that whole stretch, from seven to 13, you've got to hit good drives. I put it in the rough. You're going to have a lot of short par looks.

"I challenge anybody to go play this golf course in 15- to 20-mile-an-hour winds and see what they shoot. DJ played a hell of a round. That was pretty good. This golf course, it will test you for sure."

Asked if he worried that he would fail, Koepka replied: "It was definitely a test. I never thought about failing. I was trying my butt off. If I would have bogeyed all the way in, I still would have looked at it as I tried my hardest. That's all I can do. Sometimes that's all you've got. Even if I would have lost, I guess you could say choked it away. I tried my tail off just to even make par and kind of right the ship.

"But I never once thought about it. I always felt like once I had the lead, he's going to make one more birdie and I've got to make a bogey for this thing to kind of switch. I think hitting 15 tee shot down the middle of the fairway definitely kind of helped ease a little bit of the tension, knowing that that pin was kind of in a gettable spot but then hit a terrible wedge shot. I don't know how you miss that slope, but I did."

Australia great and Sydney Roosters half-back Cooper Cronk is retiring at the end of the NRL season.

Cronk, who has played the second most games in NRL history, is set to call it quits after 16 seasons, it was announced on Monday.

The 35-year-old former Melbourne Storm star is a two-time Dally M Medallist, former Rugby League World Golden Boot Award winner and Clive Churchill Medallist, while winning three premierships.

Roosters chairman Nick Politis lauded Cronk, who also played 38 games for the Kangaroos and 22 for Queensland.

"I have never seen anybody like Cooper Cronk in our game," he said in a statement.

"Cooper is a tremendous individual and I would like to thank him for his incredible leadership, professionalism and insurmountable contribution to not only our proud club, but the game of rugby league. We will always be very proud to call Cooper a Rooster."

Cronk spent 14 seasons with Melbourne before joining the Roosters in 2018, helping them win last year's Grand Final.

Roosters head coach Trent Robinson also praised Cronk, who won numerous State of Origin titles and two Rugby League World Cups.

"Knowing Cooper, he won't be too comfortable with these accolades and will be of the view that he still has a job to do, but it's important we pause to acknowledge his achievements over the years," he said.

"The records will show that Cooper was only with our club for two years, but it speaks volumes of his character that his place in the history of our club is assured.

"Cooper is a man of high integrity, and his professional approach to his training, playing and recovery is testament to the character he is.

"He has driven success here at the Roosters, and throughout his career. He has been a remarkable achiever at both club and representative level. Significantly, he has also made those around him better, both on and off the field.

"Looking ahead, on behalf of the playing group and everyone at the club, we wish Cooper and his family all the very best for the next chapter of their lives, but in the short-term, we look forward to seeing out the season together."

The Roosters are among the NRL premiership contenders again this year and sit third in the ladder.

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