Sunday's Golf Capsules
Monday, March 21, 2011
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Gary Woodland made only one par on the back nine Sunday at the Transitions Championship, and it gave him his first PGA Tour victory and a trip to the Masters.
Woodland surged into the lead with three straight birdies, and fell out of it with back-to-back bogeys. Tied for the lead on the final hole at Innisbrook, the big hitter from Kansas holed a 10-foot par putt to finish off a 4-under 67.
That proved to be the difference moments later when Webb Simpson also went long on the 18th and his chip down the slope went 20 feet by the hole. Simpson missed the putt to shoot 69 and finished one shot behind.
Woodland, who played college basketball at Washburn until decided to transfer to Kansas to play golf, became the first player to earn his inaugural PGA Tour title at Innisbrook.
Woodland finished at 15-under 269 and earned $990,000, moving up to No. 3 in the FedEx Cup standings. Scott Stallings, a PGA Tour rookie who missed every cut on the West Coast Swing to fall to the bottom of the status ladder, shot a 70 and finished alone in third, which gets him in the Houston Open in two weeks.
PHOENIX (AP) — Karrie Webb rallied to win the LPGA Founders Cup for her second straight victory, shooting a 6-under 66 to beat Brittany Lincicome and Paula Creamer by a stroke.
Webb won when Lincicome bogeyed the final hole, missing a 10-foot par putt.
The 36-year-old Hall of Famer, the winner three weeks ago in Singapore, earned $200,000 for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and Japan relief efforts in the charity event at Wildfire Golf Club.
Instead of paying the players, the tournament honoring the 13 tour founders donated $1 million to charity — half to The LPGA Foundation and its LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program and half to the top-10 finishers’ designated charities.
Webb has 38 LPGA Tour victories, also winning the previous Phoenix event in 2009 at Papago and in 1999 at Moon Valley. She finished at 12-under 204.
RAGUSA, Sicily (AP) — France’s Raphael Jacquelin held a one-shot lead over England’s Anthony Wall when final-round play at the inaugural Sicilian Open was suspended because of darkness.
A lightning storm before the leaders teed off at the Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa slowed down play. The year’s first European Tour event on European soil will be completed Monday.
Seeking his first tour title since 2007, Jacquelin bogeyed his final hole, the par-5 12th, and was at 11 under.
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