Sunday's Golf Capsules
Monday, April 25, 2011
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Brandt Snedeker rallied from six shots behind and beat Luke Donald in a playoff in The Heritage to deny the Englishman the No. 1 ranking Sunday.
Donald would’ve risen to the top spot in the world from No. 3 had he won. His countryman, Lee Westwood, moved from No. 2 to No. 1, replacing Martin Kaymer, after winning the Indonesian Masters earlier Sunday.
Donald saved par from difficult spots on the 71st and 72nd holes to force the playoff, then did it again on the second extra hole. But his luck ran out on Harbour Town Golf Links’ closing lighthouse hole, No. 18, when he got a partially buried lie in a front bunker.
Donald blasted out about 15 feet from the flag and his chip for par from just off the green hit the back edge of the cup and bounced away, giving Snedeker his second career PGA Tour title and first since the 2007 Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C.
Snedeker finished with a 7-under 64, tying for lowest round of the tournament, to match Donald at 12 under. Donald shot his second straight 70. Tommy Gainey finished a stroke back after a 68.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Lee Westwood won the Indonesian Masters and ended up regaining the No. 1 spot in the world when Luke Donald lost a playoff in the PGA Tour event in South Carolina.
After waiting out a lightning delay on the final hole, Westwood finished off a 3-under 69 for a three-stroke victory over Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee.
The English star, ranked second behind Martin Kaymer entering the week, won on his 38th birthday.
Westwood finished at 19-under 269 in the Asian Tour event at Royale Jakarta. Jaidee shot a 65.
Legends of Golf
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — David Eger and Mark McNulty won the Champions Tour’s better-ball Legends of Golf when Kenny Perry and Scott Hoch missed short par putts on the second hole of a playoff.
Eger and McNulty closed with an 11-under 61 to match Perry and Hoch (64) at 27 under at The Club at Savannah Harbor. The teams of Wayne Levi-Keith Fergus (66), Russ Cochran-Mark Weibe (60), David Frost-Michael Allen (62), Corey Pavin-Tom Lehman (64) and Ian Baker-Finch-Joe Ozaki (64) tied for third at 26 under.
CHENGDU, China (AP) — Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts won the China Open, closing with his second straight 6-under 66 for a tournament-record 24-under 264 total.
Spain’s Pablo Martin (63), Ireland’s Peter Lawrie (68), Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen (66) and New Zealand’s Danny Lee (65) tied for second at 20 under on the Luxehills International course.
The event was sanctioned by the European Tour, China Golf Association and OneAsia Tour.