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.Luke Donald of England plays a…
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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.
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.