In Brief | Golf & Tennis | 3-24-14
Every nabs his first PGA Tour event
ORLANDO, Fla. — Matt Every held on to the very end for a 2-under 70 to overcome a four-shot deficit and win his first PGA Tour event Sunday in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Every beat Masters champion Adam Scott to earn his first spot in the Masters next month.
But he needed help from Scott, who had a seven-shot lead going into the weekend and wound up two shots behind. Scott didn’t make a birdie over the last 14 holes and closed with a 76.
Keegan Bradley had a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to force a playoff. It missed left of the hole, giving Bradley a 72.
Every grew up in Daytona Beach and used to come to Bay Hill as a kid to watch.
Maggert wins Champions Tour debut
SAUCIER, Miss. — Jeff Maggert became the 17th player in Champions Tour history to win in his debut, shooting a 4-under 68 on Sunday at the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Fallen Oak.
Maggert fell into a tie for the lead with Billy Andrade after making bogey on No. 16, but responded with an astonishing, 50-foot putt for birdie on No. 17 that pushed him back ahead.
Maggert’s decisive putt had a large break from left to right and was over a ridge, and the 50-year-old struck it perfectly, shaking his head in disbelief after it fell in the hole.
Andrade, who started the day tied with Fred Funk for the lead, shot a 71 to finish in second two strokes back.
Maggert finished the tournament with an 11-under 205.
Webb rallies at Founders Cup
PHOENIX — Karrie Webb flew up the leaderboard with a course-record 9-under 63, then waited about 90 minutes to see if anyone could catch her in the JTBC Founders Cup.
No one could, giving the 39-year-old Australian her second victory of the season and second in four years at Desert Ridge. She won the Women’s Australian Open last month and has 41 LPGA Tour victories.
For the second time in the event, Webb overcame a six-stroke deficit in the final round to win. In 2011, she closed with a 66 for a one-stroke victory.
The Hall of Famer birdied five of the last six holes, making a 20-footer on the 18th.
Third-round leader Lydia Ko parred the final three holes to finish a stroke back along with 2013 winner Stacy Lewis, Azahara Munoz, Amy Yang and Mirim Lee.
Murray reaches 4th round at Sony Open
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — Andy Murray won Sunday while Ivan Lendl watched as a fan rather than as a coach.
With Lendl among the stadium spectators, Murray advanced to the fourth round at the Sony Open by beating Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-1. The tournament is the first for the two-time Key Biscayne champion since he parted with Lendl, who coached Murray for two years and helped him become a Grand Slam champion.
“We’re back together again. It was only a four- or five-day split,” Murray joked. “No, it’s a shame he won’t be watching many more of my matches from the stands.”
Roger Federer also advanced easily in the upset-free tournament, beating qualifier Thiemo de Bakker 6-3, 6-3. Venus Williams committed 44 unforced errors but had 11 aces and edged wild-card Casey Dellacqua 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.
Lendl helped Murray win Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, an Olympic gold medal and last year’s Key Biscayne title. Lendl said he decided to step down because he wanted to concentrate on other projects, among them playing more senior events.
By wire sources