June 10, 2013 in Sports

English wins first title

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Former Georgia standout Harris English birdied the final two holes at the St. Jude Classic to win his first PGA Tour title.
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Harris English won the St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn., on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, birdieing two of the final three holes to hold off Phil Mickelson and Scott Stallings by two strokes.

The 23-year-old former Georgia star in his second year on tour survived a final round where he had six birdies and five bogeys. He carded a 1-under 69 for a 12-under 268 total.

English made a 5-foot birdie putt on No. 16 to tie Stallings for the lead, but Stallings bogeyed No. 18 to give English the lead to himself. English made a 17-foot birdie putt on No. 17, and two-putted No. 18 to pick up the winner’s check of $1,026,000.

Mickelson shot a 67, and Stallings had a 68.

English became the fourth player to win the event in his first start since the tournament moved to TPC Southwind in 1989 and the second straight after Dustin Johnson a year ago.

Champions Tour

David Frost parred the final two holes to hold on for a one-stroke victory over Fred Couples in the Regions Tradition in Birmingham, Ala., the South African’s his first Champions Tour major title.

Both birdied No. 16 after play resumed with the sun shining after a delay of 1 hour, 8 minutes for lightning in a round played at times in a driving rain.

Frost didn’t flinch in the showdown with the Presidents Cup captain and World Golf Hall of Famer. Both shot 4-under 68, and Frost finished at 16-under 272.

It was his second victory of the season and fifth career win on the 50-and-over tour.

LPGA

Inbee Park birdied the third hole of a sudden-death playoff with Catriona Matthew to win the rain-delayed LPGA Championship in Pittsford, N.Y.

Park made a 20-foot putt on the par-4 18th to go 2 for 2 in LPGA Tour majors this season. She rebounded in the playoff after relinquishing a three-shot lead with a final-round 3-over 75. The top-ranked South Korean star bogeyed three of her final five holes in regulation.

The 42-year-old Matthew, from Scotland, shot a bogey-free 68 to match Park at 5-under 283 at Locust Hill.

After both parred the first two extra holes, Matthew struggled off the 18th tee on the third – their 39th hole of the day. After having difficulty advancing out of the rough just below the green on her third shot, she missed a 50-foot par chip.

Park, 24, also won the Kraft Nabisco in April.

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