|Sunday, November 17, 2013 9:01 PM|
GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Lexi Thompson won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational on Sunday for her second victory in her last four starts, birdieing the final hole to beat Stacy Lewis by a stroke.
The 18-year-old Thompson made a 5-foot putt on the par-5 18th, then won when Lewis missed her 5-foot try.
Ochoa won 27 LPGA Tour titles before retiring in 2010.
Thompson closed with a 3-under 69 to finish at 16-under 272 at Guadalajara Country Club. She won the 2011 LPGA Navistar Classic at 16 and took the LPGA Malaysia last month for her second tour title.
Thompson 2-putted for the victory.
The third-ranked Lewis, a 3-time winner this year, had a 68.
So Yeon Ryu was third at 13 under after a 69.
Top-ranked Inbee Park finished fourth at 11 under to wrap up the points-based player of the year award with one event left. She is the first South Korean player to win the award.
Park shot 69.
Lewis birdied Nos. 12-14 to take a 1-stroke lead but dropped into a tie with Thompson with a bogey on the par-3 17th.
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Harris English won the rain-delayed OHL Classic for his second PGA Tour title, pulling away for a 4-stroke victory in a 29-hole Sunday finish at Mayakoba.
English closed with a 6-under 65 after completing the third round in the morning with a 68. He moved into contention Saturday morning in the second round, matching the lowest round of his tour career with a 62.
The 24-year-old former University of Georgia star finished at a tournament-record 21-under 263.
He won the FedEx St. Jude Classic in June in Tennessee for his first PGA Tour victory.
English and Rory McIlroy are the only current players under 25 with multiple PGA Tour victories.
Brian Stuard shot a 67 to finish second.
Third-round leader Robert Karlsson had a 72 to drop into a tie for sixth at 15 under.
Jason Bohn (68), Chris Stroud (68) and Rory Sabbatini (70) tied for third at 16 under. Justin Hicks (67), Justin Leonard (67) and Charles Howell III (69) joined Karlsson at 15 under.
More than 4½ inches of rain hit the course from Wednesday to Friday. Because of the wet conditions, players were allowed to use preferred lies.
World Tour Championship
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Henrik Stenson won the season-ending World Tour Championship on Sunday after shooting an 8-under 64 in the final round.
The Swede became the first golfer to win the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup and European Tour’s Race to Dubai in the same season.
Stenson had six birdies in the final round before finishing with an eagle at the 18th hole left him at 25 under for the tournament. It was his first victory of the season on the European Tour.
Poulter birdied his closing two holes to shoot a 66 and finish second at 19 under. He also finished in second in the Race to Dubai.
Victor Dubuisson of France shot a 71 to claim third place at 17 under. Rory McIlroy continues to show signs of returning to form, closing with a 67 to share fifth place at 15-under par.
Rose shot a 70 in the final round and shared 10th place with Sweden’s Peter Hanson.
MELBOURNE, Australia — Adam Scott successfully defended his Australian Masters title for his second victory in two weeks, scrambling Sunday for an even-par 71 and a 2-shot victory over Matt Kuchar at wind-swept Royal Melbourne.
Scott won the Australian PGA last week in his first event in Australia since winning the U.S. Masters in April.
American Matt Kuchar, ahead by two strokes with four to play and even with Scott with one to go, double-bogeyed the 18th after taking two shots to get out of a bunker. Kuchar had a 68 to finish second.
Vijay Singh, one of four players tied for second at the start of play, finished third after a 71, four behind playing partner Scott. The 50-year-old Fijian was attempting to win for the first time since 2008.
Scott, who finished at 14-under 270, began the day with a comfortable lead, lost it on the back nine, then wrestled it back.
He will now try to win the so-called Australian Triple Crown at the Australian Open at Royal Sydney in two weeks. Before that, he will partner Jason Day for Australia at the World Cup next week, again at Royal Melbourne.
Kuchar took the lead when Scott made a double bogey on the 14th as he dealt with a plugged lie in a bunker, while Kuchar in the preceding group made a birdie at the 15th.
The situation was reversed a hole later when Scott also birdied the 15th and the American bogeyed the 16th.
Scott had led by four strokes at the start of the round and by five shots late on the front nine. His faltering on the back nine revived memories of the 2012 British Open when he bogeyed the final four holes to lose by a shot, but this time he was able to recover and finish on top.
His day got off to an ominous start. His birdie putt from three feet lipped out while Singh had a tap-in birdie to reduce the lead to three, but a Singh bogey on the second restored the four-shot gap.
While Scott and Singh dueled in the final group, Kuchar, who will team with Kevin Streelman for the United States at the World Cup, moved up the leaderboard.
The American bogeyed the first hole but birdies on five of the next eight left him as Scott’s closest pursuer. He birdied the 11th and then the 15th to take the lead for the first time in the tournament before his late collapse.
Jarrod Lyle, playing in his first tournament in 20 months since his recovery from his second bout of leukemia, finished with an 8-over 79, including bogeys on his final three holes. He didn’t expect to make the cut.
At the 18th, the large gallery applauded, even playing partner Michael Long, as Lyle walked gingerly around the green.
“I played five days in a row, including the pro-am, and the last nine holes I started to feel it,” Lyle said. “I got around and it’s not the end I wanted. But it’s better than I thought it would be: three good rounds and one shocker, that’s golf.”
MANILA, Philippines — Liang Wen-chong won the inaugural Manila Masters in a playoff Sunday, then donated half of his earnings to help victims from Typhoon Haiyan.
The Asian Tour staged the tournament despite the ongoing humanitarian crisis in neighboring areas of the Philippines.
Liang birdied the final hole for a 3-under 69 to force a playoff with Prom Meesawat of Thailand. In the playoff, Meesawat found a bunker on the par-5 closing hole. Liang rolled his long eagle attempt to within inches of the cup for a tap-in birdie and the win.
Liang earned $135,000 and said he was giving half of it away to relief efforts.
“Before coming over to the Philippines, I was really affected by what I saw of the damage and victims suffering from the aftermath of the typhoon on television,” Liang said on the Asian Tour’s website. “I’ve decided to donate 50 percent of my winnings to do my part and support the relief efforts.”
The Asian Tour decided to go through with the tournament at the Southwoods Golf and Country Club after consulting with local golf associations, authorities and relief agencies. Chief executive Mike Kerr said the tour felt the best way it could help was by staging the competition and supporting aid and relief programs.
8 relatives of golfer Day die in typhoon
GOLD COAST, Australia — Jason Day’s mother says eight of the Australian golfer’s relatives died in Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, including his grandmother.
Day’s mother, Dening, told the Gold Coast Bulletin on Monday that the player’s uncle and six cousins also died in the typhoon, which has killed nearly 4,000 people and left more than a thousand missing.
“I am deeply saddened to confirm that multiple members of my family lost their lives as the victims of Typhoon Haiyan,” Day said in a statement released by the PGA Tour. “My family and I are thankful for all who have reached out with their prayers and concern.
“We feel devastated for all who have been affected by this horrific tragedy. While I understand the media’s interest in this matter and hope that any coverage can spread awareness to assist with the relief efforts that continue in the Philippines, I hope that all will respect my family’s privacy during this difficult time. I will have no further public comments at this time. Please pray for all who have suffered loss. Thank you.”
Day’s mother, who migrated from the Philippines to Australia 30 years ago, told the newspaper “my daughter has been updating him but I don’t want to bother him because he has commitments,” adding many of her family members lived in the area around Tacloban, the capital of hardest-hit Leyte province.