Sunday's Golf Capsules
Monday, April 18, 2011
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Italian teenager Matteo Manassero shot a 4-under 68 Sunday to earn a one-stroke victory at the Malaysian Open, upstaging Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and Rory McIlroy.
Manassero had an eagle on the par-5 10th and added two birdies on the back nine to finish at 16-under 272 two days before his 18th birthday.
Gregory Bourdy was second after a 67 that included eight birdies. The Frenchman charged up the leaderboard with four consecutive birdies beginning at the third hole, but he bogeyed the eighth and had a double bogey on No. 11.
McIlroy had a 69 and was third, two shots back, after a holding the second-round lead while trying to bounce back from his Masters collapse last Sunday. Schwartzel shot a 70 and finished tied for 11th at 7-under 281.
Martin Kaymer, No. 1 in the world rankings, was eight shots back in a tie for ninth after closing with a 72.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Brendan Steele shot a 1-under 71 to win the Texas Open, overcoming relentless wind to edge fellow PGA Tour rookie Kevin Chappell by one stroke.
The leader by one heading into the final round, the 28-year-old Steele stayed steady throughout the day, and finished at 8 under. He gave a small fist pump, then thrust his arm downward and smiled broadly to celebrate his first Tour victory after holing out on 18.
The tournament featured the Tour’s highest scoring average, 73.665, so far this year and Steele’s 280 overall was the highest winning score at the Texas Open since a 283 won the 1934 edition.
It was the first time since the 2006 Phoenix Open that two Tour rookies finished 1-2 at a tournament. Another rookie, Charl Schwartzel, won last week at the Masters, making this the first time rookies have won back-to-back on Tour since 2002.
Wind was a factor all week, pushing drives into the woods and knocking down approach shots. It continued to blow strong at 20 mph Sunday — with gusts exceeding 30 mph.
Outback Steahouse Pro-Am
LUTZ, Fla. (AP) — John Cook won the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am for his second Champions Tour victory of the year, rebounding from a double bogey on the final hole of regulation with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff against Jay Don Blake.
Cook, also the winner of the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric in Hawaii, closed with a 2-over 73 to match Blake at 9-under 204. Blake birdied the final hole for a 70.
The 53-year-old Cook earned $255,000 for his seventh career Champions Tour victory. He opened with rounds of 66 and 65 at TPC Tampa Bay to take a one-stroke lead into the final round.
Joe Ozaki (68) and Russ Cochran (74) tied for third at 7 under.