Wiebe wins Champions event on Oahu in playoff


Wiebe wins Champions event on Oahu

KAPOLEI, Oahu — Mark Wiebe birdied the 18th hole to force a playoff and beat Corey Pavin on the second extra hole to win the Pacific Links Hawaii Championship.

Wiebe made a clutch par putt on the second playoff hole before Pavin missed a putt from inside 10 feet that would have forced play to continue.

Both Wiebe and Pavin finished regulation at 11-under 205.

Bernhard Langer, who shot in the 60s in all three rounds, finished third at 10 under. Esteban Toledo (66) and John Cook (70) were tied for fourth. Three-time major champion Vijay Singh, playing his first event on the Champions Tour, struggled to a 73 in the final round after starting the day one shot off the lead. Singh, who finished in a tie for sixth at 8 under, had a bogey-free 66 in the second round.

Stenson wins $10M FedEx Cup

ATLANTA — Henrik Stenson capped off the best stretch of his career Sunday with the biggest payoff in golf.

Stenson held off a brief challenge by 20-year-old Jordan Spieth and closed with a 2-under 68 to win the Tour Championship by three shots over Spieth and Steve Stricker.

The 37-year-old Swede also captured the FedEx Cup and its $10 million bonus. Stenson earned $1.44 million for winning the tournament.

Stenson, who two years ago was outside the top 200, moved to No. 4 in the world.

Spieth left one lasting impression on his remarkable rookie season. The youngest player in Tour Championship history ran off four straight birdies on the back nine at East Lake and pulled within one shot of Stenson with his 10-footer on the 16th.

Spieth caught a buried lie in the bunker short of the 17th green and made bogey, while Stenson steadied himself with an 8-foot birdie on the par-5 15th to return his lead to three shots. Stenson only made it easy at the end with three pars — nearly holing out from the bunker right of the 16th green, hitting a scary shot from the right fairway bunker on the 17th to the middle of the green, and saving par from another bunker on the 18th.

Spieth closed with a 64, while Stricker had a 65.

Oracle stays alive in America’s Cup

SAN FRANCISCO — This has become the America’s Cup that just won’t end, thanks to fickle wind and Oracle Team USA’s remarkable resurgence.

Twice down by seven races, the defending champions from the United States no doubt have all of New Zealand on edge, including the thousands of Kiwis who pack the waterfront to cheer on the boys aboard Emirates Team New Zealand.

Skipper Jimmy Spithill and his mates with Oracle Team USA were masterful in tricky conditions Sunday on San Francisco Bay, winning Races 14 and 15 to cut the Kiwis’ lead to 8-5.

Oracle won Race 14 by 23 seconds and Race 15 by 37 seconds in light, patchy wind.

Kenseth wins 2nd Chase race

LOUDON, N.H. — Matt Kenseth just might win a championship with a touch of dominance, not dullness.

Kenseth has firmly defended the style of his 2003 championship, stating his one-win season in the final year before NASCAR made the move to the playoff-style Chase format was as meaningful as all the titles collected by Jimmie Johnson or Tony Stewart.

He probably won’t have to justify anything about his Cup run this season. There are plenty of checkered flags.

By wire sources