By Sam Bulcock
Weekend Sporting Round-up
The Big Story
Wonderful Week For Willett
Danny Willett became only the second English golfer in history to win the Masters on Sunday after an unbelievable final day at Augusta. The 28-year-old was an outside bet at the start of play with many expecting 2015 champion Jordan Spieth to comfortably seal back to back Green Jackets but a remarkable 30 minutes of play changed the outcome of the entire tournament.
Spieth had been in complete control over the first 3 days and had a five shot lead on the 10th hole before a run of bogey, bogey, quadruple bogey saw the 21-year-old drop out of contention. Further up the course, while Spieth struggled, Willett charged into the lead with some outstanding shots.
He eventually finished on -5 and had an agonising wait of around 45 minutes before he could be assured of his triumph. It capped a roller coaster week and a half for Sheffield’s newest sporting hero who only decided to play at Augusta after the birth of his first child at the end of March.
Sir Nick Faldo was the last English golfer to win the Green Jacket, his third arriving in 1996. Willett can now look forward to late night feeds with a little less trepidation knowing he’s over a £1.5 million richer.
AJ Lands Significant KO
Willett wasn’t the only home success story of the weekend as Anthony Joshua became Britain’s sixth ever world heavyweight champion. The Olympic gold medallist made easy work of Charles Martin to win the IBF heavyweight title in only his 16th professional fight.
The 26-year-old had won all his previous fights inside 12 rounds and Saturday proved no exception with Joshua dispatching his American opponent only a minute and a half into the second round.
The win also takes Joshua one step closer to a possible all British heavyweight fight with Tyson fury who announced on Friday his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko will take place in Manchester on Saturday 9th July.
Three The Magic Number For Foxes
Leicester city are now just 3 wins away from lifting the Premier League title after beating relegation threatened Sunderland 2-0 at the Stadium of Light. Jamie Vardy scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season to briefly take the Foxes 10 points clear.
That lead was back down to 7 later on Sunday as Tottenham thrashed Manchester united 3-0 to maintain their now faint title hopes.
Claudio Ranieri was visibly moved at the final whistle, dedicating the win to his sides supporters who can now at the very least celebrate Champions League qualification.
Rule The World won the 2016 Grand National after a storming finish at Aintree. The 33-1 shot beat joint favourite The Last Samuri in horse racing biggest race of the year. Hotly tipped Many Clouds, who won in 2015, faded late on to the disappointment of many banking on back to back wins.