Sunday's Golf Capsules
Monday, September 12, 2011
ROGERS, Ark. (AP) — Top-ranked Yani Tseng successfully defended her title in the LPGA Tour’s NW Arkansas Championship on Sunday, beating Amy Yang with a 4-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff.
Yang missed a 6-foot birdie try before Tseng holed the winning putt on the par-5 18th.
Both players closed with 3-under 68s to finish at 12-under 201 on the Pinnacle Country Club course.
Yang parred the final 11 holes of regulation, holing a 4 1/2-foot putt on the 18th to force the playoff. Tseng bogeyed the par-4 13th to drop to 10 under, then rallied with birdies on the par-5 14th and par-4 16th.
Tseng leads the tour with five victories this season, including major wins in the LPGA Championship and Women’s British Open, and also has won three other events this year.
Ai Miyazato (66) was third at 11 under. Cristie Kerr (68) was another stroke back.
ABERDEEN, Scotland (AP) — Britain and Ireland won the Walker Cup for the first time since 2003, holding off the United States in the afternoon singles for a 14-12 victory.
Britain and Ireland took an insurmountable lead when 17-year-old Welshman Rhys Pugh beat U.S. Amateur champion Kelly Kraft 2 and 1, and Steven Brown halved with Blayne Barber. Paul Cutler than halved with American Patrick Cantlay in the final match of the biennial event between leading amateur players.
The United States lead the series 34-8-1.
HILVERSUM, Netherlands (AP) — England’s Simon Dyson won the KLM Open for the third time in six years, shooting a 4-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over countryman David Lynn.
Dyson, two shots behind leaders Gary Orr and James Kingston entering the round, birdied four of the last seven holes to finish at 12-under 268. Lynn closed with a 68.
U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy (67) was third at 10 under.
Dyson also won the Irish Open in July. He has six career European Tour victories.