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By Associated PressMay 29, 2011, 11:40 pm

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP)—Luke Donald won a duel for No. 1 with aplayoff victory over fellow Englishman Lee Westwood in the BMW PGA Championship.

Donald, second behind Westwood entering the tournament, birdied the par-518th in the playoff, hitting his approach within 5 feet before Westwood’s wedgeshot spun off the green and into the water hazard.

Donald closed with a 1-under 70 to match Westwood (68) at 6-under 278 onWentworth’s West Course.

Donald joined Westwood and Nick Faldo as the only Englishmen to hold the No.1 spot since the ranking was introduced in 1986. The victory was Donald’s secondin stroke play in five years. He won the European Tour’s Madrid Masters lastyear. In February, he won the World Golf Championships-Match Play Championshipin Arizona.

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Donald missed two previous chances to become No. 1, losing to Ian Poulter inthe World Match Play final last week in Spain and falling to Brandt Snedeker ina playoff at The Heritage on the PGA Tour in April.

England’s Simon Dyson had a 68 to finish third at 4 under.

Byron Nelson Championship

IRVING, Texas (AP)—Keegan Bradley won the Byron Nelson Championship forhis first PGA Tour victory, parring the first hole of a playoff with RyanPalmer .

Bradley, the nephew of LPGA Tour great Pat Bradley, sank a 2-foot par puttat the 419-yard 18th hole in the playoff. Palmer’s approach went into the waterand he made a bogey.

About an hour earlier, Bradley finished his closing round of 2-under 68 witha par at No. 18, dropping into a squat and hopping a few times in frustrationwhen his 10-foot birdie chance slid by the hole.

Palmer (72) and Bradley finished at 3-under 277, the highest winning scoreon the PGA Tour this year. It was the fifth playoff in six weeks. The PGA Tourrookie’s aunt won 31 tournaments, including six majors. The first victory forthe Vermont native who played at St. John’s came nine days before his 25thbirthday.

Ryuji Imada (71) and Joe Ogilvie (70) finished a stroke back at 2 under.Imada bogeyed three of his last four holes after getting to 5 under. There werebrutal scoring conditions the last three days at TPC Four Seasons particularlyfor both weekend rounds when the wind was sustained at 25 mph with gusts howlingnear 40.

Teenage amateur Jordan Spieth had a rough finish. The 17-year-old playerclosed with two double bogeys and two bogeys for a 77 to finish at 6 over—10strokes higher than he shot last year at TPC Four Seasons.

Senior PGA Championship

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP)—Tom Watson blasted out of a bunker to 3 feet to setup his winning birdie on the first hole off a playoff with David Eger in theSenior PGA Championship.

The 61-year-old Watson, down a shot with four holes left in regulation,became the oldest player to win a major since the senior tour was created in1980.

Watson closed with a 2-under 70 to finish at 10-under 278 en route to hissixth Champions Tour major and 14th overall. He also won five British Opens, twoMasters and a U.S. Open.

Perhaps better known as a rules official than as a player, Eger closed witha 67.

Both Eger and Watson missed short birdie putts on the 72nd green that wouldhave won it in regulation, Eger pulling a 6-footer and Watson pushing one from 4feet.

Kiyoshi Murota , who had at least a share of the lead after each of the firstthree rounds, shot a 72 to finish third, a shot out of the playoff. Five daysbefore he turns 66, four-time Senior PGA winner Hale Irwin had a double bogeyand two bogeys in a 73 that left him fourth at 8 under.

Brazil Cup

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP)—Colombia’s Mariajo Uribe won the LPGA Tour’s BrazilCup, closing with a 6-under 66 in rainy conditions for a one-stroke victory overLindsey Wright in the 36-hole exhibition tournament.

Uribe birdied five of the first seven holes on the Itanhanga Golf Clubcourse and had two more birdies and a bogey on the back nine before closing withfour straight pars.

Wright, from Australia, had her second straight 68. Sweden’s Maria Hjorth(67) was third at 7 under. First-round leader Heather Bowie Young (72) and SarahJane Smith (68) tied for fourth at 6 under.

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.