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Hurst closes deal

Associated Press

Pat Hurst put a final-hole collapse behind her in a hurry – and put herself in a perfect frame of mind for the Solheim Cup.

A week after making a double bogey on the final hole to finish two strokes behind Cristie Kerr in the Wendy’s Championship for Children, Hurst closed with a routine par Sunday to beat Kerr by three strokes in the LPGA State Farm Classic in Springfield, Ill.

“You try to look at the present, not the past,” Hurst said. “I think last week was just a stepping stone and I think it helped a little bit.”

The 36-year-old Hurst finished with a 2-under 70 for her fourth LPGA Tour victory and first since 2000. She had a 17-under 271 total and earned $195,000.

A little more than an hour after finishing play, Hurst and Kerr boarded a bus with five other U.S. Solheim Cup, including Wendy Ward of Edwall, Wash., players for the trip to Carmel, Ind., for the matches next weekend against Europe at Crooked Stick.

“What more can you ask for? … Representing your country, it makes you feel good,” said Hurst, the 1995 LPGA rookie of the year.

On Sunday, Hurst birdied four of the first five holes and had a five-stroke lead after 11 holes, but dropped three strokes on her next two holes with a double bogey and bogey. She rebounded with a birdie on No. 14 and finished with four straight pars.

Kerr, the State Farm winner last year, shot a 69.

Ward closed with a 73 and finished with a 4-under 284, pocketing $4,344.

PGA Tour

John Rollins was going nowhere when he jokingly told his caddie to brace himself for a record back nine at the Deutsche Bank Championship. He had no idea it would leave him atop the leaderboard, part of the largest logjam on the PGA Tour in 22 years.

As the leaders were still warming up on the range, Rollins holed a bunker shot for an eagle on the 18th hole to set a back-nine record with a 28 and matching his career-best round of 63.

“I joked with my caddie at the turn, told him he was going to see the best 29 on the back nine,” Rollins said. “I ended up shooting 28. I played great on the back, hit the ball great, made some putts, and here we go.”

Even more surprising is that it held up on a sunny, breezy afternoon on the TPC of Boston in Norton, Mass.

Rollins was at 10-under 203, and no one could pass him.

Hometown favorite Billy Andrade started and finished with birdies and made 16 pars in between for a 69. Jason Bohn birdied his final four holes for a 67. Carl Petterson plodded along to a 68. Olin Browne recovered from a tough start for a 70.

The five-way tie for the lead going into the final round involved the most players on the PGA Tour since a five-way tie in 1983 at the Colonial.

But they aren’t the only ones in the hunt, not by a mile.

Kent Jones, who also shot 63 before the leaders teed off, and Joey Sindelar (69) were one shot behind. Fourteen other players were within four shots of the lead.

The only one missing was Tiger Woods.

His round fell apart when he made a double bogey on No. 5 and bogeyed the next hole. He shot 72 and was separated by seven shots and 35 players from the lead.

Champions Tour

Hale Irwin won for the first time since turning 60 in June, shooting a 4-under 68 at Pebble Beach (Calif.) for a one-stroke victory over three players in the Champions Tour’s First Tee Open.

Irwin, a three-time winner this year and the tour’s career leader with 43 victories, had a 13-under 203 total. The three-time U.S. Open champion is the first player 60 or older to win since J.C. Snead in 2002.

“I relish the challenge of playing and going out at the age 60 to play like I did when I was 50,” said Irwin.

Irwin made a 10-foot birdie putt on No. 17 and closed with a par to hold off 2004 winner Craig Stadler (67), Morris Hatalsky (67) and Gil Morgan (69).

European Tour

Sergio Garcia won the European Masters by a stroke, chipping in for a birdie on the 16th hole in a 3-under-par 68 to hold off Sweden’s Peter Gustafsson in Crans-Sur-Sierre, Switzerland.

Garcia entered the day ahead by a stroke and finished at 14-under 270.

Asian tour

Retief Goosen shot an 8-under-par 64 to win the China Masters in Beijing, with U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell six strokes back as the runner-up.

Goosen, who led the tournament from the from first round, had a 29 on the first nine holes and ended the Asian Tour event at 22 under.

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