Sunday's Golf Capsules
Monday, August 22, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Webb Simpson won the Wyndham Championship for his first PGA Tour title, finishing with a bogey-free 3-under 67 on Sunday for a three-stroke victory.
The Raleigh native and former Wake Forest standout had an 18-under 262 total at Sedgefield Country Club.
George McNeill (64) was second, and Tommy Gainey (69) was third at 14 under in the final event before the PGA Tour playoffs. Carl Pettersson (69), Vijay Singh (65), Jerry Kelly (65), Kyung-tae Kim (66) and Charles Howell III (67) followed at 13 under.
Simpson turned in a steady, bogey-free round and gave himself plenty of breathing room with birdies on Nos. 15 and 16. After taking the lead during Round 3 with a late five-hole stretch of four birdies and an eagle, Simpson opened his final round with eight straight pars before moving to 16 under with a birdie on No. 9.
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. (AP) — Suzann Pettersen rallied to win the LPGA Safeway Classic, overcoming a nine-stroke deficit with a 7-under 64 and beating Na Yeon Choi with a par on the first hole of a playoff.
In the playoff, Choi’s second shot on the par-4 18th went into the water to the right of the green, and she missed a putt for bogey before Pettersen sank her winning putt.
Pettersen, coming off a victory Aug. 7 in the European tour’s Ladies Irish Open, won her second LPGA Tour title of the year and eighth overall. The Norwegian star jumped to No. 2 in the world behind Yani Tseng.
Choi finished with a 73 to match Pettersen at 6 under on Pumpkin Ridge’s Ghost Creek Course.
Christina Kim shot a 78 to finish a dismal 11 over, but it was just enough to keep her in the 10th spot in the points standings for the U.S. Solheim Cup team that will take on their European counterparts in late in September at Killeen Castle. Rosie Jones then completed the 12-player team by adding Vicky Hurst and Ryann O’Toole as captain’s picks.
Senior Players Championship
HARRISON, N.Y (AP) — Fred Couples made a 3-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a playoff with John Cook to win the Seniors Players Championship for his first major victory on the Champions Tour.
Couples finished with an even-par 71 to match Cook (70) at 11 under on Westchester Country Club’s West Course. Peter Senior (71) was third at 10 under.
Couples, the 1992 Masters champion, won for the first time this season after winning four times last year in his first season on the 50-and-over tour.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Australia’s James Nitties won the Midwest Classic for his first Nationwide Tour title, shooting with a 6-under 65 for a five-stroke victory.
Nitties had a 26-under 258 total at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate. He earned $99,000 to jump from 53rd to 12th on the money list with $150,537, putting him in position to earn a 2012 PGA Tour card as top-25 finisher on the final list. Jonas Blixt (66) and Nick Flanagan (68) tied for second.
CELADNA, Czech Republic (AP) — England’s Oliver Fisher won the Czech Open for his first European Tour victory, closing with a 3-under 69 for a two-stroke victory over Sweden’s Mikael Lundberg.
The 22-year-old Fisher finished at 13-under 275 at Prosper Golf Resort. Lundberg also had a 69.