August 20, 2012 in Sports

Miyazato wins Safeway for first LPGA title

Associated Press
 

Japan’s Mika Miyazato won the Safeway Classic on Sunday for her first victory on the LPGA Tour, finishing with a 2-under 70 to beat Brittany Lincicome and Inbee Park by two strokes.

The 22-year-old Miyazato finished at 13-under 203 in her wire-to-wire victory on Pumpkin Ridge’s Ghost Creek Course in North Plains, Ore. She shared the first-round lead and had a two-shot advantage after the second.

Lincicome shot 67, and Park had a 70.

South Korea’s Haeji Kang had a 66, the best round of the day, to tie for fourth at 10 under with Cristie Kerr (70) and So Yeon Ryu (71). Sydnee Michaels, the first-round co-leader, was four strokes back after a 70.

Michelle Wie had her first top-10 finish of the season, shooting a 69 to finish eighth at 8 under.

Champions Tour

Willie Wood won the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open for his first Champions Tour title at Endicott, N.Y., beating Michael Allen with a par on the first hole of a playoff.

Wood made a long birdie putt on the final hole of regulation to match Allen, a two-time winner this year, at 13-under 203 on the En-Joie Golf Course. Wood closed with a 66, and Allen shot 66.

In the playoff on the par-4 18th hole, Allen drove left in the water, essentially ending his chances.

PGA Tour

Sergio Garcia had the lead at 15 under through four holes when final-round play in the Wyndham Championship at Greensboro, N.C., was suspended for the day because of heavy rain.

Tim Clark, Jason Dufner and Bud Cauley were 14 under through varying stages of their rounds, and 38 players – half the field – were still on the course when play was stopped.

After waiting roughly 2 hours, 20 minutes, officials decided to bring them back to Sedgefield Country Club at 9 a.m. today to crown a champion and figure out who qualifies for the playoffs and who doesn’t. It will be the first Monday finish in Greensboro since 1983.

It’s been four years since Garcia’s last PGA Tour victory, and he’ll have to wait another day to see if he can finish it off.

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