Sunday's Golf Capsules
Monday, June 25, 2012
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Marc Leishman shot an early 8-under 62 and won the Travelers Championship for his first PGA Tour title Sunday when Charley Hoffman blew a two-stroke lead.
The 28-year-old Australian began the day six strokes behind the leaders, but made eight birdies and no bogeys, then sat in the clubhouse for over two hours and watched. He finished at 14-under 266.
Hoffman was 16 under heading to the 17th hole, but pushed his tee shot right and into the water. He made a double bogey, and bogeyed the 18th after failing to get up and down from a greenside bunker.
Hoffman closed with a 66 to tie for second with Masters champion Bubba Watson, who shot a 65.
Leishman became the fifth player in seven years to break through with their first tour win at River Highlands, joining Fredrik Jacobson last year, Watson in 2010, Hunter Mahan in 2007 and J.J. Henry in 2006.
The 62 was the lowest score in a final round by a champion on tour this season.
MANULIFE FINANCIAL LPGA CLASSIC
WATERLOO, Ontario (AP) — Brittany Lang won the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic for her first LPGA Tour title, birdieing the par-5 18th three straight times in a playoff.
Lang, the first former Duke player to win on the LPGA Tour, missed a birdie try on the hole in regulation, leaving her tied with South Korean players Hee Kyung Seo, Inbee Park and Chella Choi at 16-under 286.
Choi was eliminated on the first extra hole, and Park dropped out on the second. On the third extra hole, Lang hit her approach into a greenside bunker and blasted out to 6 feet to set up her winning birdie putt.
Lang closed with her second straight 67, Choi had a 63, Seo a 67, and Park a 69.
Lang, Seo and Park, playing together in the final threesome at Grey Silo, all had a chance to win in regulation, but settled for pars on the finishing hole to set up the playoff.
Stacy Lewis, a two-time winner this year, and U.S. Women's Open champion So Yeon Ryu shot 64 to tie for fifth at 15 under. Lewis opened with a 72, then shot 64-69-64.
SAINTE-JULIE, Quebec (AP) — Mark Calcavecchia won the Montreal Championship for his second Champions Tour title, matching the course record with an 8-under 64 for a four-stroke victory.
The 52-year-old Calcavecchia had six birdies and chipped in for eagle on the par-5 16th hole on Richelieu Valley's Vercheres Course. He finished at 16-under 200.
The 1989 British Open champion, Calcavecchia won for the third time in Canada, following victories in the PGA Tour's 1997 Greater Vancouver Open and 2005 Canadian Open. He also set a PGA Tour record with nine straight birdies in the 2009 Canadian Open.
Brad Bryant shot a 65 to finish second.
Second-round leader Bob Tway and first-round leader Russ Cochran tied for third at 11 under. Cochran closed with a 68, and Tway had a 70.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Casey Wittenberg won the Wichita Open for his second Nationwide Tour victory of the season, shooting a 5-under 66 in 100-degree heat for a two-stroke victory over Justin Hicks and Jim Herman.
Wittenberg, an eight-stroke winner in March in the Louisiana Open, finished at 18-under 266 at Crestview Country Club. He tied for 10th last week in the U.S. Open.
Wittenberg earned $108,000 to jump from 10th to second on the money list with $240,019. The final top 25 will earn 2013 PGA Tour cards. He also could earn an immediate promotion with a third victory.
Hicks shot a 67, and Herman had a 70.
BMW INTERNATIONAL OPEN
PULHEIM, Germany (AP) — England's Danny Willett won the BMW International Open for his first European Tour title, beating Australia's Marcus Fraser of Australia with a par on the fourth hole of a playoff/.
Willett shot a 1-over 73 to match Fraser (71) at 11-under 277 at Gut Larcenhof.
Ireland's Paul McGinley (66), England's Chris Wood (73) and Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (69) tied for third at 10 under.
KASAOKA, Japan (AP) — Australia's Brad Kennedy won the Mizuno Open to earn a spot in the British Open, closing with a 6-under 66 for a three-stroke victory.
Kennedy finished at 17-under 271 for his victory in Japan.
PRAGUE GOLF MASTERS
PRAGUE (AP) — England's Melissa Reid won the Prague Golf Masters, four weeks after her mother was killed in a car accident in Germany.
Reid made a 6-foot par putt on the 18th hole for an even-par 72 and a one-stroke victory over Italy's Diana Luna. Reid finished at 7-under 207 for her fourth Ladies European Tour victory. Luna shot a 69.