Adam Long wins Desert Classic, beating Mickelson, Hadwin
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Adam Long made a 14-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday to win the Desert Classic for his first PGA Tour title.
Making his sixth career start on the tour, Long closed with a 7-under 65 on the Stadium Course at PGA West to beat playing partners Phil Mickelson and Adam Hadwin by a stroke.
Mickelson, the leader after each of the first three rounds, fought putting problems in a 69. His 40-foot birdie try on 18 curled left at the end.
Long set up with the winning putt with a 6-iron shot from 175 yards with the ball below his feet in dormant grass on a mound to the right of the fairway. The 31-year-old former Duke player earned his PGA Tour card with a 13th-place finish last year on the Web.com Tour’s regular-season money list.
Hadwin shot 67, losing a three-stroke lead on the back nine.
The Canadian had his fourth straight top-six finish in the event. He was second in 2017 after a third-round 59 at La Quinta Country Club and tied for third last year.
Long finished at 26-under 262, chipping in twice on the back nine to remain in contention.
He opened with a 63 on PGA West’s Nicklaus Tournament Course, shot 71 on Friday at the Stadium layout and had another 63 on Saturday at La Quinta to get into the final group with Mickelson and Hadwin.
The 48-year-old Mickelson was making his first tour start since early October and first competitive appearance since beating Tiger Woods in Las Vegas in November in a made-for-TV event.
DIAMOND RESORTS TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Eun-Hee Ji of South Korea outlasted the cold and wind to close with a 1-under 70 and win the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions by two shots in the LPGA Tour season opener.
Ji shared the 54-hole lead with Lydia Ko, who fell apart on the back nine at Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons. Ko was one shot behind when she made double bogey on the par-5 13th and wound up shooting 42 on the back nine for a closing 77.
Ji finished at 14-under 270 to win by two over Mirim Lee, who made only one bogey in her round of 68. Nelly Korda (71) finished third.
Stacy Lewis, in her first competition as a mother, shot 70 and tied for sixth.
The LPGA opener was limited to winners over the last two seasons. It also included a celebrity field of athletes and entertainers who competed for a $500,000 purse using the modified Stableford scoring system. Former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz had 33 points in the final round for a three-point victory over former pitcher Mark Mulder.
LATIN AMERICAN AMATEUR
LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic (AP) — Alvaro Ortiz of Mexico finally earned his trip to the Masters by delivering clutch moments on the back nine to close with a 6-under 66 and win the Latin American Amateur Championship.
Ortiz, runner-up the last two years, was tied with Luis Gagne of Costa Rica with two holes to play on the Teeth of the Dog course at Casa de Campo. Gagne made bogey on the 295-yard 17th hole by hitting out of a fairway bunker and over the green. Ortiz, playing in the final group behind him, hit wedge into tap-in range for birdie and a two-shot lead.
Gagne birdied the par-5 18th for a 66.
The victory gets Ortiz into the Masters, along with the final stage of qualifying for the U.S. Open and British Open.
SINGAPORE (AP) — Jazz Janewattananond closed with a 6-under 65 to win the Singapore Open and qualify for the British Open.
The Thai player carded seven birdies over the Serapong Course at Sentosa Golf Club to finish at 18-under 266, two strokes ahead of Yoshinori Fujimoto (68) and Paul Casey (65), who had already secured his place at Royal Portrush. Fujimoto also qualified for the Britisj Open.