Robert Garrigus had a three stroke lead going into the 72nd hole of the St. Jude Classic when his drive found the lake and the wheels came off.
Lee Westwood won the St. Jude Classic for his second career PGA Tour victory and first since 1998, beating Swede Robert Karlsson on the fourth hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday.
The Englishman became the first European to win the tour’s third-longest event after Garrigus blew the on the final hole of regulation with a triple bogey. He bogeyed the first playoff hole.Westwood and Karlsson went par-par-bogey until they returned to No. 18 once again. Westwood stuck his approach 6 feet from the pin on No. 18. Karlsson left his birdie putt from 43 feet away to extend the playoff about a foot short.
Then Westwood, rolled in the 6-footer for his first PGA win since New Orleans. He dropped his putter and celebrated with a fist bump.
Westwood started the final round trailing by three strokes, birdied three straight holes to grab the lead. But he bogeyed No. 17 and was ready to head off the course when told to stick around behind the 18th green. It was a good thing he did.
Shaun Micheel, winner of the 2003 PGA championship, shot a 67 and finished tied with Garrett Willis (67) for fourth at 271.
Next up is the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Lucas Glover defends.
KERR WINS STATE FARM CLASSIC
Cristie Kerr held off late challenges by Anna Nordqvist and Na Yeon Choi at the rain-delayed State Farm Classic , shooting a 3-under 69 in the final round to secure the first LPGA Tour victory by an American since Michelle Wie won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in November.
Kerr, who also won the title in 2004, finished at 22-under 266, a shot ahead of Nordqvist and Choi.
Juli Inkster, second after a first-round 65 had her tied for second, shot 68-71 on the weekend to end in 35th.
Karrie Webb made her way into a tie for 11th with a final-round 65. Natalie Gulbis went 4 under in her closing round to finish tied for 36th and Michelle Wie finished at 6 under, tied for 52nd.
Kerr led after third-round play was completed Sunday morning and would have been the champ if the fourth round had been washed out. But with more than half the round completed when heavy rains and lightning rolled in Sunday, tour officials decided to try to finish the tournament Monday.
Kerr never wavered. After Saturday’s delay, she made six more birdies to finish with a 63. Monday, she birdied three holes before an inconsequential bogey on 18.
Next up is the Shop Rite LPGA Classic. Seon Hwa Lee is the defending champion.
BJORN ENDS DROUGHT IN PORTUGAL
Thomas Bjorn emerged from a four-year title drought to win the Estoril Open by five shots on Sunday.
The 39-year-old Dane, who led by three strokes entering the final round, shot a 4-under 68 at Penha Longa to reach a 23-under total of 265 and hold off Australian left-hander Richard Green, who closed with a 70.
It was Bjorn’s 10th victory on the European Tour but his first since winning the Irish Open at Carton House in 2006.
IN OTHER NEWS
(AFP) Rocco Mediate has accepted a place in the US Open golf championship which became available when England's Lee Westwood won the St. Jude Classic on Sunday.
The one spot was held open for any player who won multiple PGA Tour sanctioned events between June 21, 2009 and June 13, 2010.
When no new player qualified via that route on Sunday Mediate, who shot 67-70 for 137 in the sectional qualifier in Columbus, Ohio, on June 7, got the call as first alternate.
Mediate has played in 14 previous US Opens, including a runner-up finish in an epic playoff against Tiger Woods at Torrey Pines in 2008.
The U.S. handily defeated Great Britain and Ireland 12.5-7.5 on Sunday in the 36th biennial competition between teams of female amateur golfers.
Alexis Thompson, a 15-year-old from Coral Springs, Fla., and 18-year-old Jennifer Johnson of La Quinta, Calif., both got off to huge early leads in their singles matches. The Americans needed only two of eight points in the singles to retain the cup after sweeping all six fourball and foursome matches Saturday to take a commanding lead.
World Golf Rankings as of 6/13/2010 - Luke Donald moves up two spots to #6 and Ian Poulter drops two only real changes this week.
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