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Just when it seemed as if the U.S. Women’s Open in San Martin, California, would come down to the final hole of the three-hole playoff, a rules violation changed everything and helped deliver Brittany Lang her first major title. Lang was the beneficiary of a delayed, two-stroke penalty called on Anna Nordqvist on Sunday, as she won the title she was so close to seizing when she was runner-up 11 years ago as an amateur.
World No. 1 Lydia Ko birdied the 18th hole to cap a 2-under 70 in the third round Saturday that put her in the lead of the U.S. Women’s Open at San Martin, California, bolstering her chance for her third major title in less than a year.
Jim Herman delivered a masterful performance at just the right time Sunday in the Shell Houston Open.
The toughest challenge Jason Day faced Sunday at The Barclays was convincing his peers that golf really isn’t this easy. He’s just making it look that way.
Billy Andrade won the Boeing Classic for his second Champions Tour victory and first in an individual event, overcoming trouble early in the final round for a one-stroke victory. Andrade closed with a 1-over 73 to finish at 9-under 207 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge in Snoqualmie, Washington. He opened with rounds of 69 and 65 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round.
With no mistakes and two great escapes from the trees, Shane Lowry of Ireland introduced himself on a world stage Sunday by winning the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio. Lowry locked up victory in the World Golf Championship event with a shot through the trees from left of the 18th fairway that descended over a bunker and settled just over 10 feet away for one final birdie and a 4-under 66. He won by two shots over Bubba Watson, who also shot 66.
As Inbee Park hunted down Jin-Young Ko in the final stretch of the Women’s British Open in Turnberry, Scotland, it quickly became clear which South Korean was the rookie and which was the player about to add another chapter in golf’s record book. The top-ranked Park picked up seven shots in her last 12 holes, pressured her 20-year-old protege so much she finally lost her nerve, and completed a 7-under 65 to capture the trophy she thought she might never win.
Chad Campbell shot a 9-under 63 on Friday in the Canadian Open to take a two-stroke lead over Brian Harman. Campbell birdied all four par 5s at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ontario, in his bogey-free round to reach 14-under 130. The 41-year-old Texan won the last of his four PGA Tour titles in 2007.
Golf: Tom Watson took advantage of cooler morning conditions Thursday to shoot a 4-under 66, grabbing a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the U.S. Senior Open in Sacramento, California. With the temperature soaring over 100 degrees in the afternoon, Watson worked through Del Paso Country Club before the scorching heat intensified in California’s capital city. The eight-time major champion overcame a double bogey early in his round and had four birdies in a six-hole stretch after the turn.
BELMONT, Mass. – Bernhard Langer won the Senior Players Championship for the second year in a row. It’s his fifth major on the Champions Tour. He shot a 3-under-par 68 in the final round to finish at minus-19. That’s six strokes ahead of former Pullman resident Kirk Triplett, who shot 64 to vault into second at minus-13.
David Lingmerth didn’t crack over the final two hours Sunday at the Memorial, outlasting Justin Rose with a par on the third playoff hole at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, to win for the first time on the PGA Tour. Showing great resolve and little emotion, Lingmerth gave a soft fist pump when his putt just inside 5 feet on the 10th green dropped. He earned every bit of that handshake with tournament host Jack Nicklaus.
Golf: Kevin Na went without a bogey in the second round until his final hole Friday, finishing with a 4-under 66 for the lead halfway through soggy Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas. Na had a 10-under 130 total for a two-stroke lead over Ian Poulter.
Rory McIlroy became the first two-time winner in the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina, with a seven-shot victory Sunday over Webb Simpson and Patrick Rodgers. The top-ranked McIlory closed with a 3-under 69 to finish at 21-under 267 and break the tournament record by five strokes. He entered the day with a four-stroke lead after a course-record 61 on Saturday.
Rory McIlroy didn’t need another comeback to win the Match Play Championship. Three times in the last three days, McIlroy had to rally to reach the championship match Sunday at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. He removed any suspense by winning four straight holes against Gary Woodland.
NBA: Chris Paul banked in a shot over Tim Duncan with a second left to lift the Los Angeles Clippers to a 111-109 victory over the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs in Game 7 on Saturday night in Los Angeles for a wild finish to an entertaining first-round series. After Duncan made two free throws to tie it with 8.8 seconds left, Paul drove the right side and put up a one-handed shot over the 39-year-old Spurs star that went in as he was falling away.
Two feet away from chipping into the water, Jason Day turned a good break into a big win Sunday in the Farmers Insurance Open when he won a four-man playoff with a par on the second extra hole at tough Torrey Pines in San Diego. Day’s gamble in regulation looked as if it might backfire when he went long of the green on the par-5 18th, and his chip out of deep rough raced down the hill, over the front of the green and was headed for the water when it stopped at the hazard line. He got up-and-down for par and a 2-under 70.
Bill Haas pulled ahead with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 16th and parred the final two holes for a one-stroke victory Sunday in the Humana Challenge in La Quinta, California. Haas closed with a 5-under 67 for his sixth PGA Tour title and first since the 2013 AT&T National. He won the 2010 event at PGA West for his first tour victory.
Tom Pernice Jr. won the Champions Tour’s season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship on Sunday, beating Jay Haas with a birdie on the fourth hole of a playoff in Scottsdale, Arizona. Pernice, 55, got up-and-down from the left bunker on the par-5 18th, holing a 6-foot putt after Haas made a 12-footer for par.
NHL: These New York Islanders didn’t look much like the team that finished last year in last place. Which makes sense: So many of the contributors Friday night weren’t with them when last season ended.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. – John Cook won the First Tee Open on Sunday at Pebble Beach for his 10th Champions Tour title with a 3-under 69 for a one-stroke win over Tom Byrum. Cook, 56, birdied the par-4 13th and parred the final five holes to finish at 11-under 204. He won the 1981 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach for the first of his 11 PGA Tour titles and won the 1975 California State Amateur there.