Sunday's Golf Capsules
Monday, August 8, 2011
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Adam Scott hit all the right shots Sunday in a round that was close to flawless and earned him his first World Golf Championship title.
He celebrated with a caddie who has won quite a few more.
Steve Williams, fired last month by Tiger Woods after a 12-year partnership, felt like a bigger winner when Scott rolled in one last birdie for a 5-under 65 and a four-shot victory in the Bridgestone Invitational.
Williams, who had been on Woods' bag for 72 wins — including 13 majors and 16 world titles — called it "the best win of my life."
But it was Scott who hit the shots, such as a chip-in for birdie on the 12th and a birdie putt just inside 30 feet on the 14th that enabled him to pull away from 19-year-old Ryo Ishikawa over the final hour at Firestone.
Scott played the final 26 holes without a bogey, and he couldn't afford to drop any shots.
He finished at 17-under 263 for the lowest winning score at Firestone since Woods shot 259 in 2000. Rickie Fowler and world No. 1 Luke Donald each had a 66 and tied for second.
Ishikawa, who stayed with Scott for most of the round until the Australian pulled away, made a bogey on the last hole for a 69 that dropped him into a tie for fourth with Jason Day (69). It was the highest finish in America for the Japanese star.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Scott Piercy squandered a three-stroke lead, then dodged more trouble down the stretch before making a 7-foot par putt on the final hole to win by one stroke.
Piercy shot a 2-under 70 to finish at 15-under 273, beating Pat Perez for his first victory on the PGA Tour.
A day after setting the course record with a 61, Piercy had to scramble his way around Montreux Golf & Country Club to claim the $540,000 winner's check.
Needing only a 2-putt to win, he sent his first attempt 7 feet past the hole before wobbling in the winner.
BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Jay Haas birdied the final hole to win the 3M Championship by one shot over Tom Lehman, Kenny Perry and Peter Senior.
From 207 yards out, Haas put his second shot on the par-5 No. 18 about 25 feet from the hole and two-putted for his first Champions Tour victory in two years. Playing in the group of front of Haas, Lehman just missed his eagle putt from 50 feet.
Haas started the day one shot behind Senior and John Huston and had a 68 to finish at 15-under 201, the highest winning score at the tournament since 2006.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — J.J. Killeen shot a 3-under 69 to win for the second straight week, two-putting from 90 feet on the final hole to avoid a five-way playoff at the Cox Classic.
The former TCU star sank a 5-footer at the last to finish at 22-under 262, edging Jonas Blixt (64), Ken Duke (66), Gary Christian (65) and former U.S. Amateur champion Danny Lee (66) at Champions Run.
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