Sunday's Golf Capsules
Monday, October 31, 2011
SHANGHAI (AP) — U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy won $2 million in the Shanghai Masters on Sunday, beating Anthony Kim with a par on the first hole of a playoff.
McIlroy holed a 2-foot putt for the victory after Kim missed a 3-footer.
McIlroy had a chance to win in regulation, but the 22-year-old star from Northern Ireland missed an 8-foot birdie putt. He closed with an even-par 72 to match Kim (69) at 18 under on Lake Malaren's Jack Nicklaus-designed Masters course.
The $2 million first prize is the richest in golf. The top players, staying in Shanghai another week for the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions at Sheshan International, also received appearance money and last place paid $25,000. Because the event isn't sanctioned by a major tour, there were no ranking points at stake.
Kim earned $750,000.
Hunter Mahan (70) and South Korea's Noh Seung-yul (73) tied for third at 13 under in the 30-man event.
Asia Pacific Classic
SELANGOR, Malaysia (AP) — Bo Van Pelt ran away with the Asia Pacific Classic on Sunday in hot and humid conditions, birdieing five of the last eight holes for a 7-under 64 and a six-stroke victory.
The winner of the PGA Tour's 2009 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee, Van Pelt finished at 23 under at The Mines and earned $1.3 million in the second-year event sanctioned by the PGA and Asian tours.
Fellow Indiana player Jeff Overton was second after a 69.
Fredrik Jacobson had a 68 to finish third at 16 under, and Cameron Tringale (64), Camilo Villegas (66) and Mark Wilson (69) were 15 under.
SOTOGRANDE, Spain (AP) — Sergio Garcia held off fellow Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez by a stroke in the Andalucia Masters for his second straight European Tour victory.
Garcia shook off two early bogeys with two birdies on a flawless back nine for an even-par 71 and a 6-under 278 total at Valderrama. He won the Castello Masters the previous week for his first title in almost three years, dominating on his home course at Club de Campo del Meditarraneo for an 11-stroke victory.
Jimenez finished with a 71.
Nationwide Tour Championship
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Ken Duke won the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship, and two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton earned a PGA Tour card when he finished in the top 25 on the money list.
Duke closed with a 4-under 68 to finish at 10 under on Daniel Island Club's Ralston Creek Course. He earned $180,000 to jump from 36th to seventh on the money list.
Scott Brown (70) was second, two strokes back. He was eighth on the money list.
Compton, who tied for 18th Sunday, finished 13th on the money list.
J.J. Killeen won the money title, which made him fully exempt on the PGA Tour. Former active-duty Naval lieutenant Billy Hurley III hung for the 25th spot.
Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open
SUZHOU, China (AP) — Top-ranked Yani Tseng won the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open for her 11th worldwide victory of year, closing with a 6-under 6 to beat Sweden's Pernilla Lindberg by seven strokes.
The 22-year-old Taiwanese star, coming off a victory last week in the LPGA Tour's Taiwan Championship, finished at 16 under at Suzhou International in the Ladies European Tour event.
The victory was Tseng's 30th in her professional career. She has won seven this season on the LPGA Tour, including major victories in the LPGA Championship and Women's British Open.
Lindberg shot a 70.