October 15, 2012 in Sports

Blixt picks up first win

Associated Press
 

Sweden’s Jonas Blixt won the Frys.com Open in San Martin, Calif., on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, holing a 4-foot par putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory at CordeValle.

Blixt became the third PGA Tour rookie to win this season, closing with a 3-under 68 for a 16-under 268 total. He earned $900,000 in the Fall Series event.

Tim Petrovic and Jason Kokrak tied for second. Petrovic had a 64, and Kokrak shot a 68.

Third-round leader John Mallinger had a 72 to tie for fourth at 14 under with Jimmy Walker, Vijay Singh and Alexandre Rocha. Walker closed with a 62, and Singh and Rocha shot 68.

Blixt birdied the par-5 15th and par-4 17th to pull ahead. He was making his 19th PGA start.

LPGA

Inbee Park rallied to win the LPGA Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur for her second victory of the year, closing with a 4-under 67 to beat fellow South Korean player Na Yeon Choi by two strokes.

Park took the lead with a tap-in birdie on the par-4 13th and moved two shots ahead with another short birdie putt on the par-4 14th. She got away with bogeys on the final two holes when Choi made a double bogey on the par-3 17th in her closing 71.

Park won the Evian Masters in July in France and has six straight top-three finishes and 10 top-10s in a row. In her previous three events, she tied for second in the Safeway Classic and finished second in the Canadian Women’s Open and Women’s British Open.

Park finished at 15-under 269 to match the tournament record in the event that started in 2010. She earned $285,000 to push her tour-leading total to $1,954,608.

Australia’s Karrie Webb shot a 68 to finish third at 12 under.

Champions Tour

Fred Funk won the Greater Hickory Classic in Conover, N.C., for his second Champions Tour title of the year and eighth overall, holing a 2-foot birdie putt on the final hole to beat Duffy Waldorf by a stroke.

The 56-year-old Funk closed with a 3-under 69 on Rock Barn’s Jones Course to finish at 15-under 201. He also won eight times on the PGA Tour.

Funk had a bogey-free tournament and has gone 60 holes without a bogey since the 13th hole last week in the final round of the SAS Championship. He also extended his run of bogey-free holes at Rock Barn to 84, beginning with the seventh hole in the second round last year.

Funk opened with consecutive 66s to take a one-stroke lead into the final round.

Waldorf finished with a 66.

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