Sunday's Golf Capsules
Monday, July 25, 2011
WALTON ON THE HILL, England (AP) — Russ Cochran won the Senior British Open by two shots on Sunday, holding off the challenge of fellow Americans Mark Calcavecchia and the fast-finishing Tom Watson to capture his first major title.
The 52-year-old Cochran claimed the winner’s check of $310,000 after making six birdies in a 5-under 67 in his final round at Walton Heath, closing at 12 under.
The left-hander picked up all his shots in the first 10 holes, opening up a five-shot lead. He remained unruffled in the testing closing stretch despite a bogey on No. 14 that cut his advantage to two shots.
Calcavecchia, who shared the overnight lead with Cochran and David Frost, was the runner-up. Watson was tied for third at 9 under.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Sean O’Hair won the RBC Canadian Open after tapping in for bogey on the first playoff hole, and then watching fellow American Kris Blanks lip out his bogey putt from just over 5 feet.
It was the fourth PGA Tour victory for O’Hair, who started three shots off the lead before shooting 68 to get into the playoff with Blanks (70) at 4-under 276.
Argentina’s Andres Romero (70) bogeyed the final hole to miss the playoff and finish alone in third at 277. Canadian Adam Hadwin, a local playing on a sponsor’s exemption, struggled early before bouncing back late to finish with a 72 and tied with Geoff Ogilvy (70) for fourth place at 2-under. John Daly (72) finish in a four-way tie for ninth, his first top-10 in six years.
EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) — Ai Miyazato won the Evian Masters, shooting a 2-under 70 to protect her two-shot lead and clinch her first title of the year.
Miyazato played with consistency throughout the tournament, dropping shots on just five of the 72 holes overall and finishing with a 15-under total of 273. Stacy Lewis of the United States also shot a 70 to finish two shots back in second, with a trio of players another stroke behind.
Miyazato had not won a title since the Safeway Classic last August, and the 26-year-old Japanese player now has seven LPGA titles overall. She won her first LPGA title at Evian in 2009, and added five more last year.
Miyazato raised both arms in the air after she sank her winning putt.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Harris English became the second amateur to win on the Nationwide Tour this year, rolling in a 10-foot birdie on the last hole for a 1-under 70 to capture the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational.
English, who just finished his senior year at Georgia, joined fellow Bulldog Russell Henley as Nationwide Tour winners this year.
In what looked more like a college tournament on the Scarlet course at Ohio State, a two-shot swing on the last hole gave English a one-shot victory over another amateur, John Peterson of LSU, and Kyle Reifers.
Peterson had a one-shot lead until driving into a bad lie in the rough and making bogey for a 72. English won with his birdie putt, and Reifers also birdied the last hole for a 68 to tie for second.