Sunday's Golf Capsules
Monday, February 13, 2012
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Phil Mickelson delivered the Sunday charge at Pebble Beach and made Tiger Woods' road back look a lot longer.
Six shots out of the lead going into the final round, Mickelson made putts from all over the place in closing with an 8-under 64 to win the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and become only the ninth player with 40 career PGA Tour wins.
Playing alongside Woods, his old nemesis, Mickelson beat him by 11 shots.
Woods couldn't make a birdie in the easy opening stretch, ran off three straight bogeys at the turn and three-putted for par on the 18th hole for a 75 to tie for 15th.
Charlie Wi, who began with a three-shot lead, four-putted for double bogey on the opening hole and never recovered.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — American teenager Jessica Korda won the Women's Australian Open for her first LPGA Tour title, holing a 25-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a six-player playoff.
The 18-year-old Korda completed a two-sport, father-daughter Australian double with the breakthrough victory. Petr Korda won the 1998 Australian Open tennis tournament, also in Melbourne.
Korda closed with a 1-over 74 to finish at 3-under 289 in the first women's professional event at Royal Melbourne, the historic sand-belt layout that was the site of the 2011 Presidents Cup.
Stacy Lewis, Brittany Lincicome, Julieta Granada, So Yeon Ryu and Hee Kyung Seo also were in the playoff, played in threesomes on the par-4 18th. All six players made pars on the first extra hole. On the second playoff hole, Lewis, Lincicome, Granada and Seo made pars and Ryu had a bogey.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Corey Pavin made a 12-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to defeat Peter Senior and win the Allianz Championship for his first Champions Tour title Sunday at Broken Sound.
Both players shot a final-round 71 to finish tied at 11-under 205. Senior forced the playoff with a birdie on the last hole of regulation, but his birdie try in the playoff stopped an inch short of the cup.
Mark Calcavecchia appeared to be cruising to the victory when he birdied the par-5 11th hole to take a three-shot lead over Pavin. But Calcavecchia, who was 5 under for the day at that point, bogeyed six of his last seven holes to finish tied for seventh after a 73.
Bernhard Langer (71) and Michael Allen (69) tied for third place, a shot ahead of Jay Haas (69) and John Cook (69).
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Rafael Cabrera-Bello won the Dubai Desert Classic, shooting a 4-under 68 to beat Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher by one shot for his second European Tour victory.
It appeared to be Westwood's tournament to win, with the third-ranked Englishman taking a one-stroke lead over Cabrera-Bello into the final round. But after making a 35-foot eagle putt on the second hole to go up by two, Westwood struggled with his putting the rest of the way.
The Spaniard birdied the 17th for the outright lead and then made a short par putt on No. 18 to finish with an 18-under total of 270.
Westwood (70) had a chance to force a playoff, but his chip rolled past the hole. He then just missed a 25-foot birdie. Gallacher (69) also had a chance to tie but missed a 15-footer for birdie.
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