Sunday's Golf Capsules
Monday, July 11, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Hee Kyung Seo of South Korea moved to the verge of winning the U.S. Women’s Open on Sunday, finishing with a one-shot lead over So Yeon Ryu, who had three holes left when play was suspended by darkness.
On a grueling 36-hole day at the Broadmoor, Seo shot a pair of 3-under 68s to finish at 3-under 281 and close in on her first major championship.
Returning along with Ryu on Monday are Cristie Kerr, who is two shots back with two holes to play and Angela Stanford, who is three behind with four holes left.
Barring a playoff, Seo won’t have to hit a shot Monday. If nobody catches her, she’ll collect the trophy for her first major victory and only her second on the LPGA Tour.
John Deere Classic
SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Steve Stricker sank a 25-foot putt from off the 18th green to win the John Deere Classic for the third straight year.
The putt capped a roller coaster afternoon for Stricker, who led by five strokes when he made the turn, fell behind rookie Kyle Stanley by two shots on the back nine, then birdied the final two holes to close with a 2-under 69.
Stricker became just the 10th different golfer since World War II to win a tournament three straight times. He finished at 22-under 262 to beat Stanley by one stroke.
Stanley kept the lead by salvaging par on 17 after sending his tee shot into a grove of trees, but he missed a 10 1/2-foot par putt on 18 to open the door for Stricker.
INVERNESS, Scotland (AP) — Luke Donald shot a 9-under 63 to win his first Scottish Open by four strokes, cementing his position as the world’s top-ranked player in dominant fashion.
The 33-year-old Englishman was a shot behind a trio of players sharing the lead going into the third and final round at the Castle Stuart links course but rolled in nine birdies to cruise home ahead of Sweden’s Fredrik Andersson Hed, who fired a 62 — the week’s lowest score — and finished at 15 under.
Donald’s third victory of the year will provide him with a perfect tonic ahead of the British Open at Royal St. George’s starting Thursday, where he’ll attempt to land his first major.
Scotland’s Scott Jamieson finished in a six-way tie for third at 14 under, clinching a qualifying berth for the Open.
First Tee Open
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Jeff Sluman shot a 2-under 70 and overcame a pair of bogeys on the back nine, holding on to win the First Tee Open for the third time.
On a day when most of the leaders struggled just to break even, Sluman had five bogeys and closed with three straight pars to finish at 10-under 206 and seal his first victory since winning here in 2009. He also took the title at Pebble Beach in 2008, making Sluman the only three-time winner of this event.
Jay Haas entered the final round with a two-stroke lead, but struggled all afternoon and had a 75 to finish in a three-way tie for second. David Eger (72) and Brad Bryant (73) joined Haas at 208, while local favorite Bobby Clampett (74) ended in a five-way tie for fifth.
Defending champion Ted Schulz shot 75 and was tied for 27th at 215.
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