Perry breezes to 3M Championship title

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Comfortably in front, Kenny Perry felt uneasy for most of his 18 holes Sunday.

Afterward, he couldn't have been much happier.

Perry breezed to his second straight victory in the Champions Tour's 3M Championship, shooting a 4-under 68 for a four-stroke victory over Bernhard Langer, Scott Dunlap and Kevin Sutherland.

After shooting a 61 on Saturday to take a four-stroke lead, Perry had six birdies and two bogeys in the final round to finish at 18-under 198. He became the first player to successfully defend a title in the tournament's 23-year history, winning for the eighth time on the 50-and-over tour.

Last year, Perry made a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to beat Langer by a stroke at TPC Twin Cities.

"I like being the chaser. You're relaxed, you're free, you're going, you're charging, you're going after everything," Perry said. "When you got a four- or five-shot lead, you're playing safe, you're playing not to mess up, and that's a hard way to play golf."

Langer closed with a 67, and Dunlap and Sutherland each shot 68.

In seven appearances in the event, Langer has won twice (2009 and 2012) and finished second three times.

"The putts didn't drop. I had a bunch of opportunities and I shot 5-under, but if I putt well it could have been 9 or 10 under," he said.

Marco Dawson, the Senior British Open winner last week, had a 68 to finish fifth at 13 under. Dealing with a painful back, Minnesota native Tom Lehman, who led after a first-round 64, shot a 69 to finish sixth at 12 under.

The 54-year-old Perry is 46 under for his last seven rounds in the event. In five tournament appearances, he has two wins, a second, third and seventh.

"Kenny Perry is just better on this course," Langer said. "It's his length that really suits him here."

Perry leads the tour in driving distance, averaging just under 300 yards.

"When you can play mid-irons instead of a hybrid or a wood, you've got a huge advantage and you can actually stop the ball a little bit," Perry said.

Perry opened a five-shot lead with a birdie at No. 10. He had a bogey on the par-4 14th, dropping his lead back to four, but responded with a birdie two holes later.

Knowing the tournament was pretty much over with his birdie at 16, Perry still couldn't relax with water on the par-3 17th -- which he double-bogeyed Friday -- and the par-5 18th.

"This tournament's never really over `til it's over," he said.

The day didn't start out well for Perry when his four-shot lead after the second round quickly dropped to two after a first-hole bogey coupled with a birdie by Sutherland.

Each player birdied two of the next four holes, before Perry birdied the par-5 sixth for three-shot cushion. It expanded to four when Sutherland recoded bogey on the par-3 eighth.

"To Kenny's credit, he played fantastic golf all day, and I slowed down," Sutherland said. "I didn't make any birdies until 18,"

Sutherland was a cumulative 13 under on his first five holes during the tournament, 1 under on the others.

"I gave myself a chance, I got off to a really good start, gave myself an opportunity, but, unfortunately, wasn't able to extend it," he said.

By
Mike Cook

Series: Champions Tour

Published: Sunday, August 02, 2015 | 11:32 p.m.

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Comfortably in front, Kenny Perry felt uneasy for most of his 18 holes Sunday.

Afterward, he couldn't have been much happier.

Perry breezed to his second straight victory in the Champions Tour's 3M Championship, shooting a 4-under 68 for a four-stroke victory over Bernhard Langer, Scott Dunlap and Kevin Sutherland.

After shooting a 61 on Saturday to take a four-stroke lead, Perry had six birdies and two bogeys in the final round to finish at 18-under 198. He became the first player to successfully defend a title in the tournament's 23-year history, winning for the eighth time on the 50-and-over tour.

Last year, Perry made a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to beat Langer by a stroke at TPC Twin Cities.

"I like being the chaser. You're relaxed, you're free, you're going, you're charging, you're going after everything," Perry said. "When you got a four- or five-shot lead, you're playing safe, you're playing not to mess up, and that's a hard way to play golf."

Langer closed with a 67, and Dunlap and Sutherland each shot 68.

In seven appearances in the event, Langer has won twice (2009 and 2012) and finished second three times.

"The putts didn't drop. I had a bunch of opportunities and I shot 5-under, but if I putt well it could have been 9 or 10 under," he said.

Marco Dawson, the Senior British Open winner last week, had a 68 to finish fifth at 13 under. Dealing with a painful back, Minnesota native Tom Lehman, who led after a first-round 64, shot a 69 to finish sixth at 12 under.

The 54-year-old Perry is 46 under for his last seven rounds in the event. In five tournament appearances, he has two wins, a second, third and seventh.

"Kenny Perry is just better on this course," Langer said. "It's his length that really suits him here."

Perry leads the tour in driving distance, averaging just under 300 yards.

"When you can play mid-irons instead of a hybrid or a wood, you've got a huge advantage and you can actually stop the ball a little bit," Perry said.

Perry opened a five-shot lead with a birdie at No. 10. He had a bogey on the par-4 14th, dropping his lead back to four, but responded with a birdie two holes later.

Knowing the tournament was pretty much over with his birdie at 16, Perry still couldn't relax with water on the par-3 17th -- which he double-bogeyed Friday -- and the par-5 18th.

"This tournament's never really over `til it's over," he said.

The day didn't start out well for Perry when his four-shot lead after the second round quickly dropped to two after a first-hole bogey coupled with a birdie by Sutherland.

Each player birdied two of the next four holes, before Perry birdied the par-5 sixth for three-shot cushion. It expanded to four when Sutherland recoded bogey on the par-3 eighth.

"To Kenny's credit, he played fantastic golf all day, and I slowed down," Sutherland said. "I didn't make any birdies until 18,"

Sutherland was a cumulative 13 under on his first five holes during the tournament, 1 under on the others.

"I gave myself a chance, I got off to a really good start, gave myself an opportunity, but, unfortunately, wasn't able to extend it," he said.


Aphibarnrat wins Paul Lawrie Match Play for 3rd title

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Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand won the inaugural Paul Lawrie Match Play.

ABERDEEN, Scotland -- Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand won the inaugural Paul Lawrie Match Play by holing a 4-foot putt for birdie on No. 18 to beat Sweden's Robert Karlsson by one hole in the final.

Aphibarnrat beat Marc Warren of Scotland 3 and 2 in the semifinals then went 3 up with four holes to play against Karlsson, only to lose three holes in a row.

Karlsson sent his approach to No. 18 to 10 feet but Aphibarnrat went even closer. After Karlsson dragged his birdie attempt wide, Aphibarnrat made his putt to clinch a third European Tour title and a first prize of 122,000 pounds ($190,000).

The 26-year-old Aphibarnrat's previous wins came in Malaysia and China, and he said: "The next step was to win in Europe. I'm happy and proud of myself."

Karlsson beat David Howell on the 20th hole in their semifinal.

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Series: Other Tour

Published: Sunday, August 02, 2015 | 8:28 p.m.

ABERDEEN, Scotland -- Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand won the inaugural Paul Lawrie Match Play by holing a 4-foot putt for birdie on No. 18 to beat Sweden's Robert Karlsson by one hole in the final.

Aphibarnrat beat Marc Warren of Scotland 3 and 2 in the semifinals then went 3 up with four holes to play against Karlsson, only to lose three holes in a row.

Karlsson sent his approach to No. 18 to 10 feet but Aphibarnrat went even closer. After Karlsson dragged his birdie attempt wide, Aphibarnrat made his putt to clinch a third European Tour title and a first prize of 122,000 pounds ($190,000).

The 26-year-old Aphibarnrat's previous wins came in Malaysia and China, and he said: "The next step was to win in Europe. I'm happy and proud of myself."

Karlsson beat David Howell on the 20th hole in their semifinal.

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Merritt wins Quicken Loans National by 3

Troy Merritt
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Troy Merritt followed up Saturday's 61 with a 67 Sunday -- and a three-shot victory.

GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Troy Merritt walked to the final tee with a three-shot lead and slapped hands with fans on both sides of the ropes, knowing he had all but wrapped up his first PGA Tour title.

Not bad for a player who had missed five cuts in a row coming into the Quicken Loans National.

QUICKEN LOANS NATIONAL: Results | Photos

Merritt shot a 4-under 67 on Sunday and finished his first career victory in 96 starts with a flourish, rolling in a 34-foot putt for birdie on the 72nd hole. After the putt fell, he raised his hands, looked toward the crowd and shrugged his shoulders, as if to say that it was the perfect way to finish.

The victory came a day after Merritt soared to the lead with a tournament-record 61 at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, and his closing 67 matched the best of the day on another sweltering afternoon.

He finished at 18-under 266.

Rickie Fowler, who started the day one shot off the lead, also made a birdie on the final hole to claim second place at 15 under, and David Lingmerth was third, but both had up-and-down rounds. Fowler shot a 69 that featured seven birdies and five bogeys, and Lingmerth's 69 included five birdies and three bogeys.

RAPID RECOVERY: Tiger Woods pulls off an amazing shot at No. 12

Merritt, who appeared to be walking in place as he set up for each shot, being sure to get his feet in exactly the right position, lost the lead only briefly on the final day and stumbled just once, with a three-putt bogey at the par-4 12th, the most difficult hole on the course. He made five birdies.

For much of the day, the tournament seemed destined to become a duel between Merritt and Bill Haas, who had six birdies in his first 10 holes and got to 17 under, tied with Merritt and three clear of the rest of the field. But Haas struggled to find the fairway on the back nine, making four bogeys and a double bogey in the final seven holes and leaving Merritt in position to win it by just making pars.

He did more than that, also knocking an 8-iron to 3 feet on the par-3 16th.

It helped that all of the expected challengers faltered.

Fowler, one shot back at the start, had three bogeys on the front nine.

Lingmerth, who once shared the lead with Haas and Merritt at 15 under, followed with a bad bogey at the par-5 eighth, the first of three bogeys over the closing 10 holes that kept him from making a move.

Haas wound up with a 70 and shared fourth at 12 under with defending champion Justin Rose and four others.

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Merritt, meantime, never looked as though the stage was too much.

He opened with a birdie to take sole possession of the lead, and made two more to turn at 3 under. His bogey at the difficult 12th dropped him into a tie with Haas at 16 under, but Haas then crumbled.

Tiger Woods made a run at contention with birdies on five of his first 10 holes to get to 10 under, but with a huge crowd following and shouting encouragement with every swing, he missed 3-foot putt at No. 11, the first of three bogeys in four holes that killed his chances of making a serious charge.

His bogey on the 12th came despite one of the best shots of the tournament. After hitting his drive well right and into a hazard, he took a drop and then hit a blind 5-wood to the back fringe of the green, about 15 feet from the cup. His bid for par buzzed the right edge of the hole, but did not fall.

Woods finished with a 68 to tie for 18th at 8 under.

Woods rose from No. 195 to No. 185 in the FedEx Cup rankings and has just three weeks left to climb into the top 125 and qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs, but said that that is not his focus.

"I've got years ahead of me. That's how I look at it," he said.

Kevin Chappell, who shared the overnight lead, shot a 77 to finish in the tie for 18th at 8 under.

This article was written by Hank Kurz Jr. from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

By
Hank Kurz Jr.

Series: PGA Tour

Published: Sunday, August 02, 2015 | 6:50 p.m.

GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Troy Merritt walked to the final tee with a three-shot lead and slapped hands with fans on both sides of the ropes, knowing he had all but wrapped up his first PGA Tour title.

Not bad for a player who had missed five cuts in a row coming into the Quicken Loans National.

QUICKEN LOANS NATIONAL: Results | Photos

Merritt shot a 4-under 67 on Sunday and finished his first career victory in 96 starts with a flourish, rolling in a 34-foot putt for birdie on the 72nd hole. After the putt fell, he raised his hands, looked toward the crowd and shrugged his shoulders, as if to say that it was the perfect way to finish.

The victory came a day after Merritt soared to the lead with a tournament-record 61 at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, and his closing 67 matched the best of the day on another sweltering afternoon.

He finished at 18-under 266.

Rickie Fowler, who started the day one shot off the lead, also made a birdie on the final hole to claim second place at 15 under, and David Lingmerth was third, but both had up-and-down rounds. Fowler shot a 69 that featured seven birdies and five bogeys, and Lingmerth's 69 included five birdies and three bogeys.

RAPID RECOVERY: Tiger Woods pulls off an amazing shot at No. 12

Merritt, who appeared to be walking in place as he set up for each shot, being sure to get his feet in exactly the right position, lost the lead only briefly on the final day and stumbled just once, with a three-putt bogey at the par-4 12th, the most difficult hole on the course. He made five birdies.

For much of the day, the tournament seemed destined to become a duel between Merritt and Bill Haas, who had six birdies in his first 10 holes and got to 17 under, tied with Merritt and three clear of the rest of the field. But Haas struggled to find the fairway on the back nine, making four bogeys and a double bogey in the final seven holes and leaving Merritt in position to win it by just making pars.

He did more than that, also knocking an 8-iron to 3 feet on the par-3 16th.

It helped that all of the expected challengers faltered.

Fowler, one shot back at the start, had three bogeys on the front nine.

Lingmerth, who once shared the lead with Haas and Merritt at 15 under, followed with a bad bogey at the par-5 eighth, the first of three bogeys over the closing 10 holes that kept him from making a move.

Haas wound up with a 70 and shared fourth at 12 under with defending champion Justin Rose and four others.

HE'S ALL EARS: Zach Johnson finds unusual use for Claret Jug

Merritt, meantime, never looked as though the stage was too much.

He opened with a birdie to take sole possession of the lead, and made two more to turn at 3 under. His bogey at the difficult 12th dropped him into a tie with Haas at 16 under, but Haas then crumbled.

Tiger Woods made a run at contention with birdies on five of his first 10 holes to get to 10 under, but with a huge crowd following and shouting encouragement with every swing, he missed 3-foot putt at No. 11, the first of three bogeys in four holes that killed his chances of making a serious charge.

His bogey on the 12th came despite one of the best shots of the tournament. After hitting his drive well right and into a hazard, he took a drop and then hit a blind 5-wood to the back fringe of the green, about 15 feet from the cup. His bid for par buzzed the right edge of the hole, but did not fall.

Woods finished with a 68 to tie for 18th at 8 under.

Woods rose from No. 195 to No. 185 in the FedEx Cup rankings and has just three weeks left to climb into the top 125 and qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs, but said that that is not his focus.

"I've got years ahead of me. That's how I look at it," he said.

Kevin Chappell, who shared the overnight lead, shot a 77 to finish in the tie for 18th at 8 under.

This article was written by Hank Kurz Jr. from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.


Sunday notebook: Back to Bryan

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The 2015 Junior PGA Championship field assembles for a group photo Saturday.

BRYAN, Texas -- After debuting in the state of Texas last year, the Junior PGA Championship returns to Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas for a second consecutive year. Miramont, which opened in 2005, and was designed by world-class golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., will test the 156 juniors (78 boys, 78 girls) scheduled for play.

Located 90 miles from Houston, Miramont enjoys a sterling reputation. It is currently ranked 7th on Golf Digest’s “Best-In-State-Rankings” for the Lone Star State. Miramont, which was also listed as a “Top 100 Residential Course” by Golfweek back in 2010, is a par-71 layout that plays 6,210 yards for the girls and 7,010 yards for the boys.

JUNIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: Complete coverage

The format for the 40th Junior PGA Championship is 72-hole stroke play and includes a 54-hole cut to the low 30 and ties in both divisions. As always, the coveted hardware at stake in the Junior PGA Championship is the Patty Berg Trophy in the Girls’ Division and the Jack Nicklaus Trophy for the Boys’ Division.

DNA OF THE 2015 FIELD: The field at the 40th Junior PGA Championship includes participants from all 41 PGA Sections, players from 40 states, 27 Texans enjoying a week at “home,” and four international players representing three countries: China, India (two players) and Mexico.

TO THE WINNERS GO THE SPOILS: The Girls’ and Boys’ division champions of the 2015 Junior PGA Championship will earn an exemption to compete in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic and the 2016 Valero Texas Open, respectively. This agreement between the PGA of America, which conducts the Junior PGA Championship, the Valero Texas Open and the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic is in its second year.

Earlier in 2015, Junior PGA Champions Kristen Gillman and Sam Burns, both of whom won here at Miramont last year, enjoyed this perk and made their appropriate debuts on the LPGA and PGA tours.

LATE WITHDRAWALS: Three girls withdrew late from the 40th Junior PGA Championship due to injury: Angel Yin (Arcadia, California), Lilia Khato Vu (Fountain Valley, California) and Mika Liu (Beverly Hills, California). The three juniors from The Golden State were replaced in the field by Katherine Smith (Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.), Hanna Alberto (Kingwood, Texas) and Maddie Luitwieler (Katy, Texas).

Yin was fresh off a runner-up finish at the 2015 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship in Tulsa, Okla.

TOMS TO TALK TONIGHT: Major Champion David Toms will serve as the keynote speaker for tonight’s 40th Junior PGA Championship Welcome Dinner. An 18-time winner since becoming a professional, Toms will share words of wisdom with girls, boys and parents alike. Toms’ son, Carter (Shreveport, Louisiana), is making his Junior PGA Championship debut this week.

Toms, who also played on three U.S. Ryder Cup Teams, is the only player to win both the PGA Championship and the Junior PGA Championship. He turned the trick by hoisting the Wanamaker Trophy in 2001 at the Atlanta Athletic Club and the Jack Nicklaus Trophy in 1984 at PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

WEATHER FORECAST: The month of July in the Bryan/College Station area was one of the driest on record and that is not likely to change much for the Junior PGA Championship. The summer heat will stick around through the remainder of the week with some fair weather clouds at times, according to Brad Nelson, the On-Site Meteorologist for the Junior PGA Championship. There is only a slight chance for a stray shower or thunderstorm Monday through Thursday, but for the most part, dry weather is expected. High temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s and, perhaps, even push triple digits. Overnight lows will be in the 70s. Southerly winds are expected to increase with each round of the Championship. By Wednesday and Thursday, conditions could be breezy.

For information, updates and scoring, visit us at 40th Junior PGA Championship

By
John Dever

Series: PGA Feature

Published: Sunday, August 02, 2015 | 4:37 p.m.

BRYAN, Texas -- After debuting in the state of Texas last year, the Junior PGA Championship returns to Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas for a second consecutive year. Miramont, which opened in 2005, and was designed by world-class golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., will test the 156 juniors (78 boys, 78 girls) scheduled for play.

Located 90 miles from Houston, Miramont enjoys a sterling reputation. It is currently ranked 7th on Golf Digest’s “Best-In-State-Rankings” for the Lone Star State. Miramont, which was also listed as a “Top 100 Residential Course” by Golfweek back in 2010, is a par-71 layout that plays 6,210 yards for the girls and 7,010 yards for the boys.

JUNIOR PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: Complete coverage

The format for the 40th Junior PGA Championship is 72-hole stroke play and includes a 54-hole cut to the low 30 and ties in both divisions. As always, the coveted hardware at stake in the Junior PGA Championship is the Patty Berg Trophy in the Girls’ Division and the Jack Nicklaus Trophy for the Boys’ Division.

DNA OF THE 2015 FIELD: The field at the 40th Junior PGA Championship includes participants from all 41 PGA Sections, players from 40 states, 27 Texans enjoying a week at “home,” and four international players representing three countries: China, India (two players) and Mexico.

TO THE WINNERS GO THE SPOILS: The Girls’ and Boys’ division champions of the 2015 Junior PGA Championship will earn an exemption to compete in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic and the 2016 Valero Texas Open, respectively. This agreement between the PGA of America, which conducts the Junior PGA Championship, the Valero Texas Open and the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic is in its second year.

Earlier in 2015, Junior PGA Champions Kristen Gillman and Sam Burns, both of whom won here at Miramont last year, enjoyed this perk and made their appropriate debuts on the LPGA and PGA tours.

LATE WITHDRAWALS: Three girls withdrew late from the 40th Junior PGA Championship due to injury: Angel Yin (Arcadia, California), Lilia Khato Vu (Fountain Valley, California) and Mika Liu (Beverly Hills, California). The three juniors from The Golden State were replaced in the field by Katherine Smith (Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.), Hanna Alberto (Kingwood, Texas) and Maddie Luitwieler (Katy, Texas).

Yin was fresh off a runner-up finish at the 2015 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship in Tulsa, Okla.

TOMS TO TALK TONIGHT: Major Champion David Toms will serve as the keynote speaker for tonight’s 40th Junior PGA Championship Welcome Dinner. An 18-time winner since becoming a professional, Toms will share words of wisdom with girls, boys and parents alike. Toms’ son, Carter (Shreveport, Louisiana), is making his Junior PGA Championship debut this week.

Toms, who also played on three U.S. Ryder Cup Teams, is the only player to win both the PGA Championship and the Junior PGA Championship. He turned the trick by hoisting the Wanamaker Trophy in 2001 at the Atlanta Athletic Club and the Jack Nicklaus Trophy in 1984 at PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

WEATHER FORECAST: The month of July in the Bryan/College Station area was one of the driest on record and that is not likely to change much for the Junior PGA Championship. The summer heat will stick around through the remainder of the week with some fair weather clouds at times, according to Brad Nelson, the On-Site Meteorologist for the Junior PGA Championship. There is only a slight chance for a stray shower or thunderstorm Monday through Thursday, but for the most part, dry weather is expected. High temperatures are expected to reach the upper 90s and, perhaps, even push triple digits. Overnight lows will be in the 70s. Southerly winds are expected to increase with each round of the Championship. By Wednesday and Thursday, conditions could be breezy.

For information, updates and scoring, visit us at 40th Junior PGA Championship


Zach Johnson's corny use for the Claret Jug

Zach Johnson
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Zach Johnson shows off a very unusual way to use the Claret Jug.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Sunday, August 02, 2015 | 3:34 p.m.

Park wins Women's British Open

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Inbee Park won the 2015 Women's British Open.

TURNBERRY, Scotland -- Top-ranked Inbee Park won the Women's British Open after coming from three shots behind fellow South Korean Jin-Young Ko in the final round Sunday, becoming the seventh female player to win four different majors.

Park picked up seven shots in her last 12 holes for a 7-under 65 to reel in Ko, who lost the lead at Turnberry when her second shot at No. 16 rolled into the burn. Park finished on 12-under 276.

The LPGA Tour is calling Park's achievement a career Grand Slam, although Park hasn't won the Evian Championship since it was given the status of a fifth major in 2013. She did win Evian in 2012.

"This is something I have been dreaming of all my life and all my career," Park said. "To finally reach my goal is just a relief. ... I don't know what else to go for."

The Evian is staged next month in France, when Park can complete the modern-day Grand Slam and end the debate.

Park won her seventh major overall, and has captured six of the last 14.

Louise Suggs, Mickey Wright, Pat Bradley, Juli Inkster, Karrie Webb and Annika Sorenstam are the other women to have won four different majors.

Ko, a precocious 20-year-old playing outside Asia for the first time and in her first links tournament, finished runner-up on 9 under after a 71.

Ko began the final round tied for the lead with Teresa Lu, and made an eagle and two birdies around the turn to go three shots clear after 10 holes.

Park pulled away from a chasing pack that included No. 2-ranked Lydia Ko and Suzann Pettersen at the start of the back nine, making Ko -- her protege -- work for the win.

As Ko began to tighten, Park made her move. She rolled in an eagle putt from 20 feet at No. 14 to close to within one shot, Ko missed a par putt on No. 13 soon after and Park holed a 4-footer for birdie at No. 16 to take the lead for the first time this championship.

Ko's chances of reclaiming the lead virtually ended when she hit her approach shot on the par-4 No. 16 right and into a stream.

The 18-year-old Lydia Ko, bidding to become the youngest major winner, shot 69 and tied for third on 8 under with So Yeon Ryu (68).

This article was written by Steve Douglas from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

By
Steve Douglas

Series: LPGA Tour

Published: Sunday, August 02, 2015 | 1:41 p.m.

TURNBERRY, Scotland -- Top-ranked Inbee Park won the Women's British Open after coming from three shots behind fellow South Korean Jin-Young Ko in the final round Sunday, becoming the seventh female player to win four different majors.

Park picked up seven shots in her last 12 holes for a 7-under 65 to reel in Ko, who lost the lead at Turnberry when her second shot at No. 16 rolled into the burn. Park finished on 12-under 276.

The LPGA Tour is calling Park's achievement a career Grand Slam, although Park hasn't won the Evian Championship since it was given the status of a fifth major in 2013. She did win Evian in 2012.

"This is something I have been dreaming of all my life and all my career," Park said. "To finally reach my goal is just a relief. ... I don't know what else to go for."

The Evian is staged next month in France, when Park can complete the modern-day Grand Slam and end the debate.

Park won her seventh major overall, and has captured six of the last 14.

Louise Suggs, Mickey Wright, Pat Bradley, Juli Inkster, Karrie Webb and Annika Sorenstam are the other women to have won four different majors.

Ko, a precocious 20-year-old playing outside Asia for the first time and in her first links tournament, finished runner-up on 9 under after a 71.

Ko began the final round tied for the lead with Teresa Lu, and made an eagle and two birdies around the turn to go three shots clear after 10 holes.

Park pulled away from a chasing pack that included No. 2-ranked Lydia Ko and Suzann Pettersen at the start of the back nine, making Ko -- her protege -- work for the win.

As Ko began to tighten, Park made her move. She rolled in an eagle putt from 20 feet at No. 14 to close to within one shot, Ko missed a par putt on No. 13 soon after and Park holed a 4-footer for birdie at No. 16 to take the lead for the first time this championship.

Ko's chances of reclaiming the lead virtually ended when she hit her approach shot on the par-4 No. 16 right and into a stream.

The 18-year-old Lydia Ko, bidding to become the youngest major winner, shot 69 and tied for third on 8 under with So Yeon Ryu (68).

This article was written by Steve Douglas from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.


Perry shoots 61, leads 3M Championship

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Defending champion Kenny Perry had a hole-in-one and matched the 3M Championship record with an 11-under 61 on Saturday to take a four-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's event.

Perry played the first eight holes in 7 under, making the ace on the 188-yard fourth hole, and had two birdies on the back nine and closed with an 18-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th.

Perry had a 14-under 130 total at TPC Twin Cities. His last 61 came at the Travelers Championship in June 2009 in the last of his 14 PGA Tour victories.

Kevin Sutherland and Scott Dunlap were tied for second. Sutherland had a 65, and Dunlap shot 67.

Minnesota native Tom Lehman, the first-round leader after a 64, had a 71 to drop into a tie for fourth at 9 under with Bernhard Langer and Marco Dawson. Langer and Dawson each shot 67. Langer won the event in 2009 and 2012 and has two second-place finishes in his previous six appearances. Dawson won the Senior British Open last week in England.

Perry made a 15-foot birdie putt on final hole to beat Langer by a stroke last year, finishing at 23 under. Since the 3M Championship began in 1993, no player has repeated as champion.

Seeking his first win in 24 career Champions Tour starts, Sutherland birdied the first five holes and shot a front-nine 30, but had just one birdie on the back nine.

Lehman birdied three straight holes early in his round to maintain a three-stroke lead at 11-under, but he tweaked his back while bogeying the short par-4 seventh and had a double bogey on the par-3 eighth. He recorded par on nine straight holes, until a birdie on the final hole.

The wind that wreaked havoc Friday was absent Saturday, allowing players to be bold and aim for the pins. Saturday's average score was 69.11; Friday it was 71.99. The wind is expected to increase just a bit for Sunday's final round.

Larry Nelson shot a 66, bettering his age by one stroke.

By
Mike Cook

Series: Champions Tour

Published: Saturday, August 01, 2015 | 10:56 p.m.

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Defending champion Kenny Perry had a hole-in-one and matched the 3M Championship record with an 11-under 61 on Saturday to take a four-stroke lead in the Champions Tour's event.

Perry played the first eight holes in 7 under, making the ace on the 188-yard fourth hole, and had two birdies on the back nine and closed with an 18-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th.

Perry had a 14-under 130 total at TPC Twin Cities. His last 61 came at the Travelers Championship in June 2009 in the last of his 14 PGA Tour victories.

Kevin Sutherland and Scott Dunlap were tied for second. Sutherland had a 65, and Dunlap shot 67.

Minnesota native Tom Lehman, the first-round leader after a 64, had a 71 to drop into a tie for fourth at 9 under with Bernhard Langer and Marco Dawson. Langer and Dawson each shot 67. Langer won the event in 2009 and 2012 and has two second-place finishes in his previous six appearances. Dawson won the Senior British Open last week in England.

Perry made a 15-foot birdie putt on final hole to beat Langer by a stroke last year, finishing at 23 under. Since the 3M Championship began in 1993, no player has repeated as champion.

Seeking his first win in 24 career Champions Tour starts, Sutherland birdied the first five holes and shot a front-nine 30, but had just one birdie on the back nine.

Lehman birdied three straight holes early in his round to maintain a three-stroke lead at 11-under, but he tweaked his back while bogeying the short par-4 seventh and had a double bogey on the par-3 eighth. He recorded par on nine straight holes, until a birdie on the final hole.

The wind that wreaked havoc Friday was absent Saturday, allowing players to be bold and aim for the pins. Saturday's average score was 69.11; Friday it was 71.99. The wind is expected to increase just a bit for Sunday's final round.

Larry Nelson shot a 66, bettering his age by one stroke.


Merritt, Chappell share third-round lead

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Troy Merritt's 61 Saturday broke the tournament record.

GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Troy Merritt couldn't miss Saturday in the Quicken Loans National. Tiger Woods couldn't make anything.

Merritt shot a tournament-record 10-under 61 to top the leaderboard even before the leading contenders teed off. It held up, too, as several players made runs at joining him at 14 under, but only Kevin Chappell, another veteran seeking a breakthrough victory, didn't fade in the searing heat at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club.

QUICKEN LOANS NATIONAL: Scores | Photos

Chappell had a 67. Rickie Fowler (68) was a stroke back, and Jason Bohn (67), Whee Kim (67), Charles Howell III (67) and David Lingmerth (68) followed at 12 under.

Woods, who seemed to signal a return to contending golf Friday with a 66 that moved him within three strokes of the lead, was errant off the tee early and had several birdie putts slide by the hole.

While Merritt recorded 11 birdies and a bogey on the par-5 eighth, Woods didn't make his first birdie until a 17-foot putt dropped on the par-4 15th. He hit his tee shot on the 187-yard 16th to inches, flashing a huge smile on the tee box, and then made a bogey at the par-4 18th to finish with a 74. He'll start Sunday nine shots back.

TIGER'S NEAR ACE: Tee shot at No. 16 is Woods' lone highlight

"I was waiting for the one moment, the one shot. I couldn't find it," Woods said, adding that after starting with seven consecutive pars, he thought it might come at the par-5 eighth when his tee shot finally found the fairway.

Instead, his 3-wood approach sailed over the green and he made a bogey.

"I was dead back there, compounding the problem," he said.

Merritt, meantime, had long since finished and will go into the final round as the leader for the second time this season. He had the lead to himself after the second and third rounds of the RBC Heritage, but finished third.

Merritt had missed five consecutive cuts coming into the week.

"The big thing is we put ourselves into contention for tomorrow and that was the goal," he said. "I wanted to have a good week this week and I've been taking weekends off for two months now."

JUST A ROUTINE BIRDIE: Rickie Fowler pours in a putt from 70 feet

Chappell wasn't as spectacular, but started the day tied for third and more than kept pace with the field.

"You know, I've done a really good job of functioning this week," he said. "'That's the grass. That's the sky. That's the hole. That's my ball.' Shoot the lowest score tomorrow and I win the golf tournament."

Charles Howell III, playing with Woods, followed his near-ace at 16 by knocking his tee just to just inches, giving them both tap-in birdies, but with larger implications for Howell; the 15-year pro is seeking his first victory since the 2007 Nissan Open.

"I made some birdies and they're out there," Howell said. "Got to keep the pedal down tomorrow."

There was no shortage of players making big moves attacking soft greens and with no wind.

Carl Pettersson and Bill Haas shot 64s to move to 11 under, and Vaughn Taylor had a wild day with 10 birdies and three bogeys in another 64 that moved him into a tie for 15th at 9 under.

No one took greater advantage that Merritt, seeking his first victory in 96 career starts.

"I finally made putts," he said. "It's really frustrating the first few days hitting the ball really, really well and having good proximity to the hole and not getting much out of it. Today I hit the ball really well and got a lot out of it."

He started with five consecutive birdies and six in the first seven holes, and had four birdies in a row and five in six holes in another stretch on the back nine. He closed with a par on the par-4 18th.

Starting fast isn't unusual, Merritt said, but sustaining it has been challenging.

"Making birdie at No. 12 was a huge momentum gain," he said, speaking of the 490-yard par 4, that hardest hole on the course through three rounds. "Then went on to birdie 13, 14 and 15 making good putts."

Defending champion Justin Rose shot a 65 and was among four tied at 11 under. With conditions expected to be similar in the final round, "It's going to take something I would imagine in the realm of 63" to win, Rose said.

This article was written by Hank Kurz Jr. from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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Hank Kurz Jr.

Series: PGA Tour

Published: Saturday, August 01, 2015 | 6:23 p.m.

GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Troy Merritt couldn't miss Saturday in the Quicken Loans National. Tiger Woods couldn't make anything.

Merritt shot a tournament-record 10-under 61 to top the leaderboard even before the leading contenders teed off. It held up, too, as several players made runs at joining him at 14 under, but only Kevin Chappell, another veteran seeking a breakthrough victory, didn't fade in the searing heat at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club.

QUICKEN LOANS NATIONAL: Scores | Photos

Chappell had a 67. Rickie Fowler (68) was a stroke back, and Jason Bohn (67), Whee Kim (67), Charles Howell III (67) and David Lingmerth (68) followed at 12 under.

Woods, who seemed to signal a return to contending golf Friday with a 66 that moved him within three strokes of the lead, was errant off the tee early and had several birdie putts slide by the hole.

While Merritt recorded 11 birdies and a bogey on the par-5 eighth, Woods didn't make his first birdie until a 17-foot putt dropped on the par-4 15th. He hit his tee shot on the 187-yard 16th to inches, flashing a huge smile on the tee box, and then made a bogey at the par-4 18th to finish with a 74. He'll start Sunday nine shots back.

TIGER'S NEAR ACE: Tee shot at No. 16 is Woods' lone highlight

"I was waiting for the one moment, the one shot. I couldn't find it," Woods said, adding that after starting with seven consecutive pars, he thought it might come at the par-5 eighth when his tee shot finally found the fairway.

Instead, his 3-wood approach sailed over the green and he made a bogey.

"I was dead back there, compounding the problem," he said.

Merritt, meantime, had long since finished and will go into the final round as the leader for the second time this season. He had the lead to himself after the second and third rounds of the RBC Heritage, but finished third.

Merritt had missed five consecutive cuts coming into the week.

"The big thing is we put ourselves into contention for tomorrow and that was the goal," he said. "I wanted to have a good week this week and I've been taking weekends off for two months now."

JUST A ROUTINE BIRDIE: Rickie Fowler pours in a putt from 70 feet

Chappell wasn't as spectacular, but started the day tied for third and more than kept pace with the field.

"You know, I've done a really good job of functioning this week," he said. "'That's the grass. That's the sky. That's the hole. That's my ball.' Shoot the lowest score tomorrow and I win the golf tournament."

Charles Howell III, playing with Woods, followed his near-ace at 16 by knocking his tee just to just inches, giving them both tap-in birdies, but with larger implications for Howell; the 15-year pro is seeking his first victory since the 2007 Nissan Open.

"I made some birdies and they're out there," Howell said. "Got to keep the pedal down tomorrow."

There was no shortage of players making big moves attacking soft greens and with no wind.

Carl Pettersson and Bill Haas shot 64s to move to 11 under, and Vaughn Taylor had a wild day with 10 birdies and three bogeys in another 64 that moved him into a tie for 15th at 9 under.

No one took greater advantage that Merritt, seeking his first victory in 96 career starts.

"I finally made putts," he said. "It's really frustrating the first few days hitting the ball really, really well and having good proximity to the hole and not getting much out of it. Today I hit the ball really well and got a lot out of it."

He started with five consecutive birdies and six in the first seven holes, and had four birdies in a row and five in six holes in another stretch on the back nine. He closed with a par on the par-4 18th.

Starting fast isn't unusual, Merritt said, but sustaining it has been challenging.

"Making birdie at No. 12 was a huge momentum gain," he said, speaking of the 490-yard par 4, that hardest hole on the course through three rounds. "Then went on to birdie 13, 14 and 15 making good putts."

Defending champion Justin Rose shot a 65 and was among four tied at 11 under. With conditions expected to be similar in the final round, "It's going to take something I would imagine in the realm of 63" to win, Rose said.

This article was written by Hank Kurz Jr. from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.


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