April 18, 2011 in Sports

Golf roundup: Teenager wins Malaysian Open

 

Italian teenager Matteo Manassero shot a 4-under 68 Sunday to earn a one-stroke victory at the Malaysian Open at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, upstaging Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and Rory McIlroy.

Manassero had an eagle on the par-5 10th and added two birdies on the back nine to finish at 16-under 272 two days before his 18th birthday.

Gregory Bourdy was second after a 67 that included eight birdies. The Frenchman charged up the leaderboard with four consecutive birdies beginning at the third hole, but he bogeyed the eighth and had a double bogey on No. 11.

McIlroy had a 69 and was third, two shots back, after holding the second-round lead while trying to bounce back from his Masters collapse last week. Schwartzel shot a 70 and finished tied for 11th at 7-under 281.

Martin Kaymer, No. 1 in the world rankings, was eight shots back in a tie for ninth after closing with a 72.

PGA Tour

Brendan Steele shot a 1-under 71 to win the Texas Open in San Antonio, overcoming relentless wind to edge fellow PGA Tour rookie Kevin Chappell by one stroke.

The leader by one heading into the final round, the 28-year-old Steele stayed steady throughout the day, and finished at 8 under. He gave a small fist pump to celebrate his first tour victory after holing out on 18.

The tournament featured the tour’s highest scoring average, 73.665, so far this year and Steele’s 280 overall was the highest winning score at the Texas Open since a 283 won the 1934 edition.

It was the first time since the 2006 Phoenix Open that two tour rookies finished 1-2 at a tournament. Another rookie, Schwartzel, won last week at the Masters, making this the first time rookies have won back-to-back on tour since 2002.

Champions Tour

John Cook won the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am at Lutz, Fla., for his second Champions Tour victory of the year, rebounding from a double bogey on the final hole of regulation with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff against Jay Don Blake.

Cook, also the winner of the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric in Hawaii, closed with a 2-over 73 to match Blake at 9-under 204. Blake birdied the final hole for a 70.

Joe Ozaki (68) and Russ Cochran (74) tied for third at 7 under.


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