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Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer team to win Zurich Classic

April 29, 2019
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Ryan Palmer, left, and Joh Rahm hold their tournament trophy after winning the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Sunday, April 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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Ryan Palmer, left, and Joh Rahm hold their tournament trophy after winning the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Sunday, April 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Ryan Palmer and Jon Rahm shot a 3-under 69 in the alternate-shot final round Sunday to win the Zurich Classic, beating Sergio Garcia and Tommy Fleetwood by three strokes in the PGA Tour’s only team event.

The 42-year-old Palmer won his fourth tour title and first since the 2010 Sony Open in Hawaii. He waved and gave a thumbs-up to TV cameras as he walked up the 18th fairway.

The 24-year-old Rahm won his third PGA Tour title — one each in three straight seasons. The Spaniard finished in the top 10 for the seventh time this year, including a tie for ninth at the Masters.

Palmer and Rahm ended up playing together at Palmer’s suggestion after his past partner, Jordan Spieth, decided to skip the event. Rahm was available because Wesley Bryan is out with a shoulder injury.

Palmer and Rahm finished at 26-under 262 at TPC Louisiana, which had dried out considerably since heavy rain delayed the first round by more than seven hours and forced many players to play more than 18 holes on Friday and Saturday to get the event back on schedule.

Garcia and Fleetwood closed with a 68. Kyoung-Hoon Lee-Matt Every and Brian Gay-Rory Sabbatini tied for third, five shots behind.

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LPGA TOUR

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Minjee Lee won the Hugel-Air Premia LA Open at Wilshire Country Club for her fifth LPGA Tour title, closing with a 3-under 68 for a four-stroke victory.

The 22-year-old Australian made a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-3 18th to finish at 14-under 270. She led the last three days, shooting 66-69-67 to take a one-stroke advantage over Nanna Koerstz Madsen into the final round.

Lee was projected to jump from fourth to second in the world ranking Monday after her fourth top-three finish in her last seven starts.

Sei Young Kim was second. The South Korean birdied Nos. 13-15 to pull within two strokes, but parred 16 and 17 and bogeyed the 18th for a 66. Annie Park (67) and Morgan Pressel (68) tied for third at 9 under.

Koerstz Madsen shot a 76 to finish 13th at 5 under. She was trying to become the first Danish winner in LPGA Tour history.

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PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

RIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) — Tom Pernice Jr. and Scott Hoch completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Bass Pro Shops Legends, opening with Pernice’s hole-in-one on the Top of the Rock par-3 course.

Pernice used a 7-iron on the 175-yard first hole. They finished with an 8-under 46 for two trips around the par-3 course, playing nine holes of modified alternate shot and nine of best ball.

The winners had a 23-under 156 total to break the record at Big Cedar Lodge and finish five strokes ahead of Vijay Singh-Carlos Franco and Paul Broadhurst-Kirk Triplett. Singh Franco shot 46, and Broadhurst-Triplett had a 44.

The 63-year-old Hoch won for the third time on the 50-and-over circuit, becoming the oldest winner in tour history — a record that he quickly dismissed because it came in a team event. Mike Fetchick was the oldest previous winner, at 63 years to the day in the 1985 Hilton Head Seniors Invitational.

The 59-year-old Pernice won for the sixth time on the tour.

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EUROPEAN TOUR/LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Jorge Campillo won the Trophee Hassan II for his first European Tour title, closing with a 2-under 71 for a two-stroke victory.

Making his 229th tour start, the 32-year-old Spaniard finished at 9 under on Royal Golf Dar Es Salam’s Red Course. He birdied the 16th and 17th holes and closed with a par.

American Sean Crocker was second after a 72.

Nuria Iturrios made it a Spanish sweep, winning the Ladies European Tour’s Lalla Meryem Cup on the adjacent Blue Course. The 23-year-old Iturrios shot a 3-under 70 for a seven-stroke victory.

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WEB.COM TOUR

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Xinjun Zhang won the Dormie Network Classic at Briggs Ranch, closing with a 2-under 70 to complete a wire-to-wire victory and wrap up a return to the PGA Tour.

Zhang finished at 26-under 262 for a five-stroke victory. The 31-year-old Chinese player opened with rounds of 63, 64 and 65 to take a five-stroke lead into the final round. He earned $99,000 and jumped to No. 1 in the tour standings, with the final top 25 earning PGA Tour cards.

Chase Seiffert and Lanto Griffin tied for second. Seiffert shot 66, and Griffin 70.

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OTHER TOURNAMENTS

Yuka Yasuda won the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific Championship by eight strokes at The Royal Golf Club in Hokota, Japan. The 18-year-old Yasuda closed with a 7-under 65. She earned spots in the Women’s British Open, Evian Championship and the 2020 Augusta National Women’s Amateur. ... Hye-jin Choi won the KLPGA Championship, beating So-yeon Park with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff. Choi closed with a 2-unde 70 to match Park at 13-under 275 in the KLPGA major at Lakewood Country Club. ... Jiyai Shin closed with an 8-under 64 for a two-stroke victory in the Japan LPGA’s Fujisankei Ladies Classic. The South Korean player played the back nine in 7-under 29. ... Cydney Clanton won the Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout in Arkansas for her second career Symetra Tour title, beating Julieta Granada with a birdie on the third hole of a playoff. Clanton finished with an even-par 72 to match Granada at 2 under. ... Scotland’s Connor Syme won Turkish Airlines Challenge for his first European Challenge Tour title, beating Italy’s Francesco Laporta with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff. Syme and Laporta each shot 5-under 67 to finish at 23 under. ... Tom Whitney rallied to win the 88th Abierto OSDE del Centro for his first PGA Tour Latinoamerica victory. He closed with a 7-under 64 for a one-stroke victory over fellow American Nicolo Galletti at Cordoba Golf Club in Argentina.

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