Sunday's Golf Capsules
Monday, October 29, 2012
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Nick Watney missed a chance for a 59 on Sunday in his CIMB Classic victory, closing with a course-record 10-under 61 at The Mines despite a bogey at the 18th.
Needing a birdie on the par-4 18th for a 59, Watney drove into the left rough, failed to reach the green with his approach and left his long birdie pitch just short of the putting surface.
The American finished at 22-under 262 and earned $1.3 million in the unofficial PGA Tour event, finishing a stroke ahead of 2011 champion Bo Van Pelt and Robert Garrigus and three ahead of Tiger Woods.
The tournament will become a full-fledged PGA Tour event next year when the tour begins its new season in October after the FedEx Cup.
Van Pelt and Garrigus tied for second, each carding 66 after starting the round tied for the lead.
Needing a birdie on 18 to force a playoff, Van Pelt saved par after hitting into a greenside bunker. On Saturday, needing a closing birdie for a 59, he made a double bogey for a 62.
Woods finished with a 63 to tie for fourth at 19 under with Chris Kirk and Zimbabwe's Brendon de Jonge. Kirk shot 67, and de Jonge had a 66.
The players were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls in the fairways for the last three rounds because the course was soaked by tropical overnight storms.
Watney won the FedEx Cup opener at Bethpage Black in August for his fifth official PGA Tour victory.
SHANGHAI (AP) — Sweden's Peter Hanson won the BMW Masters for his second European Tour victory of the year, shooting a 5-under 67 to hold off Ryder Cup teammate Rory McIlroy by a stroke.
Hanson finished at 21-under 267 on The Masters Course at Lake Malaren and earned $1,166,600 in the European Tour's richest regular event. He won the KLM Open last month in the Netherlands and has six career tour victories.
The top-ranked McIlroy, the winner last year when the event was a non-sanctioned exhibition tournament, finished with a 67.
Third-ranked Luke Donald was third at 17 under after a 66, and fellow Englishman Ian Poulter completed a Ryder Cup sweep of the top four spots, closing with a 65 to finish at 16 under.
LPGA TAIWAN CHAMPIONSHIP
YANG MEI, Taiwan (AP) — Suzann Pettersen won the Taiwan Championship for her second straight LPGA Tour victory, rallying to beat Inbee Park by three strokes.
Pettersen closed with a 3-under 69 in wind and drizzle on the at Sunrise course. The Norwegian finished with a 19-under 269 and earned $300,000 for her 10th LPGA Tour title.
Last week in South Korea, she beat Catriona Matthew in a playoff.
Local favorite Yani Tseng had a 71 to finish third at 15 under. The top-ranked Taiwanese player won the event last year. Matthew was fourth at 14 under after a 70.
Cristie Kerr was the only American in the top 12, shooting a 73 to tie for sixth at 9 under. Michelle Wie had a 76 to tie for 23rd at 1 under.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — David Frost won the AT&T Championship on Sunday, beating Bernhard Langer with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff after overcoming a six-stroke deficit in the final round.
Frost and Langer each shot 6-under 66 to finish at 8-under 208 on TPC San Antonio's Canyons Course.
Second-round leader Mark Calcavecchia had a 74 to finish two strokes back. He bogeyed four of the first 11 holes.
The 53-year-old Frost also teamed with Michael Allen to win the Legends of Golf in April and has three career Champions Tour victories. The South African won 10 times on the PGA Tour.
The tournament was the final full-field end of the year. The top 30 on the money list qualified for the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz.
WEB.COM TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP
MCKINNEY, Texas (AP) — Justin Bolli closed with a 6-under 65 to win the Web.com Tour Championship, making him one of three players who moved into the top 25 on the money list to earn a PGA Tour card for next season.
Bolli was No. 44 on the money list going into the Web.com Tour's final event of the year. He earned $180,000 to move to No. 9 with his two-shot victory over James Hahn, who birdied the last hole for a 69. The top 25 on the money list earned PGA Tour cards.
Hahn was No. 13 and virtually a lock to secure a PGA Tour card going into the last round. But his final hole determined the fate of two players.
Adam Hadwin of Canada closed with a 65, getting up-and-down from behind the green on the par-5 18th at the TPC Craig Ranch for one last birdie. He was projected to go from No. 48 to No. 25 on the money list and earn his tour card if he stayed in a three-way tie for second with Hahn and Morgan Hoffman, who closed with a 64.
Hahn's second shot into the 18th went well right of the green and onto a cart path. He took a free drop, and then lofted a chip that stopped just inside 3 feet away. Hahn knocked in the short birdie putt to finish in second place by himself. Hadwin, who would have made $74,667 for a three-way tie for second, earned $58,000 for his two-way tie for third. The difference was enough to allow Jim Herman to finish 25th on the money list.
Bolli finished at 16-under 268.
Casey Wittenberg won the Web.com Tour money list, meaning he is eligible for The Players Championship and has guaranteed status all year.
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