Sunday's Golf Capsules
Monday, August 13, 2012
KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Right down to his red shirt, Rory McIlroy looked every bit the part of golf's next star in another command performance at the PGA Championship.
McIlroy validated his record-setting U.S. Open win last year by blowing away the field Sunday at Kiawah Island. One last birdie from 25 feet on the 18th hole gave him a 6-under 66 for an eight-shot victory, breaking the PGA Championship record for margin of victory that Jack Nicklaus set in 1980.
The 23-year-old from Northern Ireland returned to No. 1 in the world, and became the youngest player since Seve Ballesteros to win two majors. Tiger Woods was about four months older than McIlroy when he won his second major.
McIlroy seized control with back-to-back birdies Sunday morning to complete the storm-delayed third round with a 67 and build a three-shot lead. No one got closer than two shots the rest of the way, and McIlroy closed out a remarkable week by playing bogey-free over the final 23 holes of a demanding Ocean Course.
David Lynn, a 38-year-old from England who was playing in America for the first time, won the B-flight. He closed with a 68 and was the runner-up.
Woods, who shared the 36-hole lead for the second time this year in a major, was never a serious factor. He tossed away his chances Saturday before the storm blew in and never could get closer than four shots. He closed with a 72, failing to break par on the weekend in any of the four majors for the first time in his career.
McIlroy also won the U.S. Open by eight shots.
JAMIE FARR TOLEDO CLASSIC
SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — So Yeon Ryu rode a string of six straight birdies in the middle of her round to a 9-under 62 and a seven-stroke victory in the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic.
The 22-year-old began the day in the midst of a four-player logjam — all South Koreans — for first place. She took the lead by herself for the first time with an 8-foot birdie putt at the third hole and gradually stretched her advantage until pulling away with birdies on Nos. 9-14.
Angela Stanford made a long birdie putt on the final hole for 66 to finish second.
Ryu, whose only previous LPGA Tour win was the 2011 U.S. Women's Open, ended up at 20-under 264 — thanks to the lowest final round by a Farr winner.
PRICE CUTTER CHARITY CHAMPIONSHIP
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Chris Wilson won the Price Cutter Charity Championship for his first Web.com Tour title, beating Scott Harrington with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff.
Wilson, the former Northwestern player who missed the cuts in 11 of his previous 13 tour starts this year, birdied the final hole of regulation for a 5-under 67 to match Harrington, also a former Northwestern player, at 21-under 267. Harrington shot a 68, also birdieing the final hole of regulation at Highland Springs, but hit his second shot into the water on the par-5 closing hole in the playoff.
Wilson made $112,500 after entering the week with only $6,486 in earnings. He jumped from 165th to 23rd on the money list, with the final top 25 earning 2013 PGA Tour cards.
U.S. WOMEN'S AMATEUR
CLEVELAND (AP) — Lydia Ko won the U.S. Women's Amateur, beating Jaye Marie Green 3 and 1 in the 36-hole final at The Country Club.
Ko, the South Korean-born New Zealander who tops the world amateur rankings, won at 15 years, 3 months, 18 days to become the second-youngest winner in tournament history. Kimberly Kim was 14 years, 11 months, 21 days when she won the 2006 tournament. Ko won the New South Wales Open in January in Australia at 14 to become the youngest player to win a professional tour event.
The 18-year-old Green is from Boca Raton, Fla.
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