Sunday's Golf Capsules
Monday, June 27, 2011
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Yani Tseng left no doubt she’s the best female player in the world, running away with the LPGA Championship by 10 strokes Sunday and, at 22, becoming the youngest to win four LPGA majors.
The top-ranked Tseng closed with a 6-under 66 to finish 19-under 269 at Locust Hill Country Club, matching the LPGA record low score at a major. Dottie Pepper (1999 Kraft Nabisco) and Karen Stupples (2004 Women’s British Open) also finished at 19 under.
Tseng bettered Se Ri Pak, who was 24 when she won her fourth major. For the star from Taiwan, it was her eighth career LPGA Tour victory, second in a row and third of the season. She has three other victories this year, sweeping the Australian Open and Masters and winning in Taiwan. Her dominating performance came a year after Cristie Kerr shot the same score to win the tournament by a whopping 12 strokes.
Morgan Pressel (71) finished second. Kerr (69), Suzann Pettersen (67) and Paula Creamer (69) tied for third at 8 under.
LEON, Mexico (AP) — Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton won the Nationwide Tour’s Mexico Open, closing with a 7-under 65 for a two-stroke victory over Richard H. Lee.
The 31-year-old Compton was diagnosed at age 9 with cardiomyopathy, an enlarging of the heart that hinders its ability to pump blood. Three years later in 1992, he received a new heart. That one failed in 2008, and the former University of Georgia star had another transplant.
Compton finished at 17-under 271 on the El Bosque Country Club course. He earned $126,000 to push his season total to $215,709, putting him in position to earn a 2012 PGA Tour card as a top-25 finisher on the developmental tour’s money list.
Lee bogeyed the par-5 18th for a 69.
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Fredrik Jacobson closed out his first PGA Tour title, shooting a 4-under 66 in the Travelers Championship for a one-stroke victory over John Rollins and Ryan Moore.
Jacobson, a 36-year-old Swede who joined the tour eight years ago and has three European Tour victories, had just one bogey in the tournament and finished at 20 under — two shots off the course record.
Jacobson hit all 28 fairways over the weekend.
Rollins and Moore closed with 63s. Moore missed a 4-foot par putt on 18.
Nineteen-year-old Patrick Cantlay, the UCLA star who had a 60 on Friday to break the tour record for an amateur — tied for 24th at 11 under after weekend rounds of 72 and 70.
Dick’s Sporting Goods Open
ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) — John Huston shot a 7-under 65 to win his first Champions Tour title, taking advantage of three straight bogeys by Mark Wiebe to capture the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open.
Huston finished at 16-under 200 in his third Champions Tour start since turning 50 on June 1, earning a three-shot victory over Nick Price (66). Wiebe was another shot back after a 71.
Wiebe won two weeks ago at Rock Barn and began the day with a two-shot lead over Huston, but his string of bogey-free holes stopped at 75 when he bogeyed Nos. 12-14 to drop out of the lead.
Wiebe rallied with two straight birdies and almost had another at 17. Huston also birdied No. 16 and sealed the victory after hitting his tee shot at the par-3 17th within a foot.
BMW International Open
MUNICH (AP) — Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal won the BMW International Open, beating countryman Sergio Garcia with a birdie on the fifth hole of a playoff.
They closed with 4-under 68s to finish at 16-under 272. They also each qualified for the British Open next month at Royal St. George’s. Retief Goosen (70) tied for third at 14 under along with George Coetzee (70), Mark Foster (72), Scott Jamieson (64) and Joost Luiten (67).
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