LPGA golf: Sixth title for Shanshan Feng
IBARAKI, Japan — Shanshan Feng broke away with three straight midround birdies and held on to win the TOTO Japan Classic on Sunday for her second straight victory.
The 27-year-old Chinese star closed with a 2-under 70 at the Taiheiyo Club’s tree-lined Minori Course for a one-stroke victory over South Korea’s Ha Na Jang.
After two-putting for birdie on the par-5 17th to take a three-stroke lead, Feng made a double bogey on the par-4 18th — holing the winner from 1 1/2 feet. She finished at 13-under 203 in cool conditions after winning a week ago in steamy Malaysia. She has six LPGA Tour victories.
Jang shot her third straight 68. She won last month in Taiwan — beating Feng by a stroke — for her third victory of the year. Feng has finished no worse than a tie for fourth in her last six events.
RICHMOND, Va. — Scott McCarron made a birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff and beat Tom Byrum to win the second of three PGA Tour Champions playoff events Sunday.
McCarron and Byrum shot 3-under 69s in regulation to finish at 13-under on the James River Course at The Country Club of Virginia. Byrum created the tie with a birdie at No. 16. Both made pars on the next two holes before McCarron’s winning putt gave him his second victory this season.
Kevin Sutherland, who shot a course-record 63 with seven birdies and an eagle, and Brandt Jobe (67) shared third place, with Fred Funk alone in fifth after finishing his round with four consecutive birdies for a 67.
First in a decade
LAS VEGAS — Rod Pampling won for the first time in 10 years on the PGA Tour when he closed with a 6-under 65 for a two-shot victory Sunday in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Pampling holed a 30-foot birdie putt on the final hole at TPC Summerlin that clinched victory. He raised his right arm in the air as the ball still had another foot before it reached the cup.
“Sometimes you amaze yourself at what you can do under the gun, which hadn’t been for a long time. And it was great.”
The 47-year-old Australian last won on the PGA Tour at Bay Hill in 2006. He came into the event No. 451 in the world ranking.
Brooks Koepka closed with a 67 to finish second. Lucas Glover was tied for the lead with two holes to play until a bogey from the bunker on the 17th and a closing bogey for a 69.
Olesen cashes in
ANTALYA, Turkey — Thorbjorn Olesen won the Turkish Airlines Open, securing the biggest payday of his career after nearly throwing away the seven-shot lead he took into the final round.
The 92nd-ranked Dane’s lead was reduced to a single shot at one stage thanks to a brilliant scoring burst from David Horsey of England. But Olesen responded with vital birdies on the 12th, 14th and 15th on his way to a closing 69 to finish 20-under and claim the first prize of nearly $1.2 million. Horsey and China’s Li Haotong shared second place at 17-under.