May 30, 2011 in Sports

Watson, 61, wins Senior PGA in playoff

 

Tom Watson blasted out of a bunker to 3 feet to set up his winning birdie on the first hole off a playoff with David Eger in the Senior PGA Championship on Sunday in Louisville, Ky.

The 61-year-old Watson, down a shot with four holes left in regulation, became the oldest player to win a major since the senior tour was created in 1980.

Watson closed with a 2-under 70 to finish at 10-under 278 en route to his sixth Champions Tour major and 14th overall. He also won five British Opens, two Masters and a U.S. Open.

Eger closed with a 67.

Both Eger and Watson missed short birdie putts on the 72nd green that would have won it in regulation.

Kiyoshi Murota, who had at least a share of the lead after each of the first three rounds, shot a 72 to finish third, a shot out of the playoff. Five days before he turns 66, four-time Senior PGA winner Hale Irwin had a double bogey and two bogeys in a 73 that left him fourth at 8-under.

PGA

Keegan Bradley won the Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas, for his first PGA Tour win, parring the first hole of a playoff with Ryan Palmer.

Bradley, the nephew of LPGA Tour great Pat Bradley, sank a 2-foot par putt at the 419-yard 18th hole in the playoff. Palmer’s approach went into the water and he made a bogey.

About an hour earlier, Bradley finished his closing round of 2-under 68 with a par at No. 18, dropping into a squat and hopping a few times in frustration when his 10-foot birdie chance slid by the hole.

Palmer (72) and Bradley finished at 3-under 277, the highest winning score this year.

Ryuji Imada (71) and Joe Ogilvie (70) finished a stroke back at 2-under. Imada bogeyed three of his last four holes after getting to 5-under.

Spokane’s Alex Prugh finished with a 77 on Sunday, leaving him 15 strokes off the lead.

European PGA Tour

Luke Donald won a duel for No. 1 with a playoff victory over fellow Englishman Lee Westwood in the BMW PGA Championship in Virginia Water, England.

Donald, second behind Westwood entering the tournament, birdied the par-5 18th in the playoff, hitting his approach within 5 feet before Westwood’s wedge shot spun off the green and into the water hazard.

Donald closed with a 1-under 70 to match Westwood (68) at 6-under 278 on Wentworth’s West Course.

LPGA

Colombia’s Mariajo Uribe won the LPGA Tour’s Brazil Cup, closing with a 6-under 66 in rainy conditions for a one-stroke victory over Lindsey Wright in the 36-hole exhibition tournament in Rio De Janeiro.

Uribe birdied five of the first seven holes on the Itanhanga Golf Club course and had two more birdies and a bogey on the back nine before closing with four straight pars.


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