Sunday's Golf Capsules
Monday, October 10, 2011
SAN MARTIN, Calif. (AP) — Bryce Molder had to wait 132 tournaments before winning on the PGA Tour. He didn't mind going an extra six holes Sunday in the Frys.com Open in the longest playoff of the year.
Molder made a 6-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole — the fourth time he had to play the closing hole at Cordevalle in 90 minutes — to outlast Briny Baird in a playoff that both players had chances to win.
Tiger Woods managed to make news when a fan ran toward the seventh green as he was putting and tossed a hot dog in his direction. The 31-year-old man was arrested and never came close to Woods. Woods had three rounds in the 60s for the first time in more than a year on the PGA Tour, although he finished 10 shots behind in a tie for 30th. It a year lost mainly to left leg injuries, it was his ninth and final tour start.
It was the 17th playoff this year on the PGA Tour, a record dating to the modern era that began in 1970.
Baird looked like a winner when he chipped in from short of the 17th green for eagle in regulation to take a one-shot lead. In the group ahead of him, Molder rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th to close with a 7-under 64, which got him into the playoff.
Baird, 0 for 348 in his 12 years trying to win on tour, shot a 4-under 67. He twice had birdie putts on the 18th in the playoff to win, missing from 8 feet and 12 feet. Molder had three chances to win with eagle putts on the 284-yard 17th, missing from 20 feet, 15 feet and 12 feet, all from about the same line.
They finished at 17-under 267, and then looked as though they would never finish.
Bud Cauley, the 21-year-old who turned pro this summer, shot 66 and finished third to earn $340,000, which looks as if it will be enough for him to earn a card next year without having to go through the qualifying tournament. Cauley left Alabama this year to turn pro, and it appeared to be a smart decision. He is projected to be the equivalent of 114th on the money list with two tournaments remaining. He at least gets into the McGladrey Classic next week. Cauley would be only the sixth player since 1980 — and the first since Ryan Moore in 2005 — to earn a full PGA Tour card without ever going to Q-school.
LPGA Hana Bank Championship
INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Top-ranked Yani Tseng won the LPGA Hana Bank Championship for her sixth LPGA Tour victory of the season and ninth overall title of the year, shooting a 5-under 67 to edge two-time defending champion Na Yeon Choi by a stroke.
The 22-year-old Taiwanese star, the LPGA Championship and Women's British Open winner, finished at 14-under 202 on Sky 72 Golf Club's Ocean Course.
Tseng earned $270,000 to push her tour-leading total to $2,396,838. She has 11 victories in four full seasons on the LPGA Tour.
Choi shot a 68. Brittany Lincicome (66), Jamin Jang (68) and second-round leader Soo-Jin Yang (71) tied for third at 11 under. Michelle Wie had a 69 to tie for 35th at 1 under.
CHEONAN, South Korea (AP) — Rickie Fowler won the OneAsia Tour's Korea Open for his first professional title, closing with a 3-under 68 for a six-stroke victory over U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy.
The 22-year-old Fowler, the 2010 PGA Tour rookie of the year, finished at 16 under at Woo Jeong Hills and earned $249,864. He opened with rounds of 67 and 70 and shot a 63 on Saturday.
McIlroy finished with a 64. South Korea's Kim Meen-whee (71) was third at 10 under, and countryman Y.E. Yang (75) followed at 5 under.
THE WOODLANDS, Texas (AP) — Brad Faxon won the Insperity Championship for his first Champions Tour title when heavy rain washed out the final round.
Faxon, an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour who turned 50 on Aug. 1, shot a 7-under 65 in windy conditions Saturday to take a one-stroke lead at 10-under at The Woodlands Country Club.
Tommy Armour III was second, and Eduardo Romero finished two strokes back. Jay Haas, Olin Browne and Schwab Cup points leader Tom Lehman (70) followed at 7 under, and winner Fred Couples was 4 under.
MADRID (AP) — England's Lee Slattery won the Madrid Masters for his first European Tour title, finishing with a 1-under 71 for a one-stroke victory over Italy's Lorenzo Gagli.
Stattery had a 15-under 273 total at El Encin Golf Hotel. Gigli closed with a 70. Top-ranked Luke Donald, the winner last year at Real Sociedad Hipica Espanola Club de Campo, had a 72 to tie for 11th at 8 under.
Children's Hospital Classic
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Argentina's Miguel Carballo won the Children's Hospital Classic for his second career Nationwide Tour title, making three eagles in an 8-under 64 en route to a two-stroke victory.
Carballo finished at 24-under 264 at Black Creek Mountain. He earned $90,000 to jump from 21st to fifth on the money list with $248,971. The top 25 after the final three events will earn 2012 PGA Tour cards.
Monday qualifier Brice Garnett shot a 67 to finish second.
Senior PGA Professional National Championship
ALDIE, Va. (AP) — Kirk Hanefeld won the Senior PGA Professional National Championship for the second time in four years, birdieing the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Ken Martin.
The 55-year-old Hanefeld, a PGA Life member from Acton, Mass., shot a 3-over 75 — the highest closing round by a winner in the showcase event for senior PGA pros — at Creighton Farms to finish at 6-under 282. Martin, from Wellington, Fla., had a two-stroke lead after 16 holes, but bogeyed the final two holes for a 74.
The top 35 earned spots in the 2012 Senior PGA Championship and the top five received exemptions into the final stage of the 2011 Champions Tour Q-school.
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