Matt Kuchar won the Turning Stone Resort Championship on Monday, beating Vaughn Taylor on the sixth hole of a sudden-death playoff.
Tied for the lead after 72 holes, neither player managed to win after two holes of a sudden-death playoff Sunday, before play was suspended because of darkness.
Playing the 12th, 13th and 18th holes in the playoff, Kuchar missed a chance to end it on the first hole Monday when he missed a 4-foot putt at the par-4 13th hole as each player bogeyed the hole.
They matched each other on the next two holes, then Kuchar got a huge break when Taylor hit his tee shot at No. 13 into the water hazard along the right side of the fairway.
Kuchar hit his second shot into the rough on a slope to the right of the green, pitched to inside 2 feet for the victory as Taylor made double bogey.
It was the second career victory for Kuchar, who won the 2002 Honda Classic.
Tom Watson was trying to become the oldest major winner on the Champions Tour. But after making only one bogey in the first three rounds, he had three in the final round finishing with a 70. This allowed Jay Haas to blow by him and win the last major of the year the Senior Players Championship by a stroke. Haas birdied the 18th holeto match the course record with a 6-under 64.
Haas finished at 13-under 267 for his third senior major title. He has 14 career Champions Tour victories, also winning the Greater Hickory Classic two weeks ago.
Haas took advantage of a well-placed 6-iron from 195 yards on his second shot on the par-4 18th hole. His shot landed on the right side of the green, and rolled to within 3 feet of the cup for a birdie.
Watson missed the fairway on 18, ending any hopes he could catch Haas. Mark Wiebe and Loren Roberts tied for third at 7 under, and Bernhard Langer and John Cook followed at 6 under.
Lorena Ochoa successfully defended her title, overcoming early troubles to shoot a 2-under 70 on Sunday for a four-stroke victory over Michelle Wie and Brittany Lang.
Ochoa finished at 18-under 270 to end an 11-start winless streak dating to the Corona Championship in late April. The top-ranked Mexican star has three victories this year and 27 overall on the LPGA Tour. She has been struggling with her game all season so it was a relief to be back in the winners circle.
“It feels good,” said Ochoa. “I have a lot of emotions because it hasn’t been easy. I’m ready to keep playing good ball and would love the chance to finish with a few more wins.”
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Kenny Perry's mother has died after a long battle with blood cancer, and the 49-year-old American said he would play inthe Presidents Cup next week in San Francisco at his family’s request.
Even as Perry turned in one of his best years with three victories and a playoff loss at the Masters, he has been copingwith an emotional home life as his mother was put in hospice in July.
Mildred Perry died peacefully Thursday morning in Franklin, Ky. She was 79.
Perry’s family urged him to compete next week at Harding Park in the Presidents Cup.
Golf star Greg Norman and tennis great Chris Evert announced they have separated.
The announcement Friday comes three days before Norman is to captain the International team at the Presidents Cup in San Francisco, where wives of the captains take on a visible role.
Norman and Evert, did not say whether they planned to divorce.
In a statement, the couple said only, “We will remain friends and supportive of one another’s family.” The statement said they requested privacy for them and their families.
Forbes Magazine says Tiger Woods has become the first athlete to surpass $1 billion in career earnings.
The magazine estimates that golf’s top-ranked player crested the plateau when he earned $10 million for winning the FedEx Cup.
Forbes reported on its Web site on Tuesday that Woods entered 2009 having earned $895 million since he joined the PGA Tour in 1996. Prize money, appearance fees, endorsement fees, bonuses and his golf course design business were calculated to have pushed him over $1 billion.
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