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Golf briefs: Hull rallies at Navistar

Australia’s Katherine Hull rallied to win the Navistar LPGA Classic at Prattville, Ala., on Sunday for her second career LPGA Tour victory, pulling ahead with a birdie on the par-5 17th and finishing with a par for a 5-under 67 and a one-stroke victory over Brittany Lincicome.

Hull, the former Pepperdine player who also won the 2008 Canadian Women’s Open, finished at 19-under 269 on the links-style Senator layout at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Capitol Hill complex. After opening with a 68, she had three straight bogey-free 67s.

Wendy Ward of Edwall, Wash., shot a final-round 71 and finished six strokes behind Hull.

PGA Tour

Heath Slocum’s 60-foot birdie putt from behind the 16th green banged against the pin and disappeared into the cup for an unlikely birdie, sending him to a 2-under 68 and a one-shot victory over Bill Haas in the inaugural McGladrey Classic at St. Simons Island, Ga.

Slocum finished at 14 under on the Sea Island Resort’s Seaside Course.

Haas, who won last week at the Viking Classic for his second victory this year, all but locked up his return to Augusta National. The runner-up finish was worth $432,000, which moved him to No. 18 on the money list. He closed with a 66.

European PGA

PGA champion Martin Kaymer won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St. Andrews, Scotland, to become the first PGA European Tour player in 21 years to win in three straight starts.

Kaymer closed with a 6-under 66 at St. Andrews for a three-stroke victory over Danny Willett, finishing at 17 under. Kaymer’s streak began with his playoff win at Whistling Straits in the PGA Championship.

Mark O’Meara won the Senior Players Championship at Potomac, Md., for his first individual victory on the Champions Tour, beating Michael Allen with a 4-foot par putt on the first hole of a playoff.

O’Meara closed with a 2-under 68 and Allen shot a 66 to finish regulation at 7 under in the last of the 50-and-over tour’s five major championships. In April. O’Meara teamed with Nick Price to win the Legends of Golf.

Loren Roberts (68) was third at 5 under.

Senior PGA pros

Robert Thompson won the Senior PGA Professional National Championship at Indian Wells, Calif., shooting a 1-under 71 for a two-stroke victory over James Blair and Mark Faulkner on the Toscana Country Club’s Jack Nicklaus Signature South Course.

Thompson, 53, became the second player in PGA of America history to win the PGA Assistant Championship (1986) and Senior PGA Professional National Championship.

Westwood eyes No. 1

Lee Westwood is set to replace Tiger Woods at the top of the rankings Oct. 31 after saying Sunday he does not expect to play again until November because of an ankle injury.

The Englishman will climb to No. 1 if he does not return before the end of the month and Woods follows through with his intention not to play again until the HSBC Champions on Nov. 4-7.

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