Golf roundup | 8-25-14
PARAMUS, N.J. — Hunter Mahan pulled away with three straight birdies late in the final round Sunday to win The Barclays, ending more than two years without a title on the PGA Tour.
The victory was the sixth of his career, and one of the most important.
Mahan had gone 48 tournaments worldwide without winning and began the FedEx Cup playoffs at No. 62, guaranteed to play only two events. By closing with a 6-under 65 for a two-shot victory, he is assured of making the Tour Championship every year since the FedEx Cup began in 2007.
And by beating one of the strongest fields of the year, Mahan was sure to make a lasting impression on Tom Watson for when he makes his three captain’s picks for the Ryder Cup on Sept. 2.
On a day when six players had at least a share of the lead, Mahan found a way to make it look like a comfortable win.
Jason Day, who shared the 54-hole lead with Jim Furyk, would have needed to hole out from the rough on the 18th to force a playoff and he missed the green. Day closed with a 68 and shared second place with Stuart Appleby (65) and Cameron Tringale, who celebrated his 27th birthday with a 66. Furyk now has failed to win the past eight times he has held at least a share of the lead going into the final round. He was in the mix until missing the fairway on the 14th and taking bogey, and he wound up with a 70 to finish in eighth place, four shots behind.
LONDON, Ontario — So Yeon Ryu won the Canadian Women’s Open at London Hunt, breaking the tournament record at 23-under 265.
The 24-year-old Ryu closed with a 3-under 69 for a two-stroke victory over fellow South Korean player Na Yeon Choi.
Ryu opened with a course-record 63 and added rounds of 66 and 67 to take a four-stroke lead into the final day. She took a six-shot advantage to the back nine, but that dropped to a single stroke when she bogeyed the par-4 15th and Choi made a birdie.
Ryu rebounded with a birdie on the par-5 16th and matched Choi with pars on the final two holes. Choi finished with a 67.
Ryu earned $337,500 for her third career LPGA Tour title.
Inbee Park completed a South Korean sweep of the first three spots, shooting a 68 to finish at 18 under.
SNOQUALMIE, Wash. — Scott Dunlap won the Boeing Classic when he made a short birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff against Mark Brooks.
Dunlap set up his winning putt on the par-5 18th hole with an outstanding approach to the right of the pin that bounced past the hole, and then drew back downhill to within four feet. He missed his eagle try but made his next putt for his first Champions Tour victory.
Brooks, who put himself in jeopardy by landing in a bunker on his drive, just missed a 30-foot putt on his fourth shot.
It was the fifth playoff in the 10-year history of the tournament at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge.
VYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic — Jamie Donaldson shot 4-under 68 to win the Czech Masters and secure a spot on the European Ryder Cup team.
Tied for second with Soren Kjeldsen overnight, Donaldson took the lead when his Danish opponent made two straight bogeys on the last two holes of the front nine. The Welshman surged further ahead with two birdies on the first three of the back nine.
Donaldson birdied six holes and dropped two shots for a total 14-under 274 in windy conditions at the Albatross Golf Resort near Prague for his third European Tour victory after the Irish Open in 2012 and Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in 2013.
Donaldson needed a top-seven finish to guarantee a debut in next month’s match against the United States at Gleneagles.
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. — Carlos Ortiz won the Portland Open for his third Web.com Tour victory of the season, making him fully exempt on the 2014-15 PGA Tour.
The 23-year-old Ortiz, a former North Texas player from Mexico, closed with an even-par 71 for a one-stroke victory in the regular-season finale. He earned $144,000 to push his tour-leading total to $515,403, with the top 25 on the money list getting PGA Tour cards.
Ortiz finished at 14-under 270 on Pumpkin Ridge’s Witch Hollow course. He also won in Panama in March and Mexico in April.
Jason Gore and Canada’s Adam Hadwin tied for second. Gore finished with a 66, and Hadwin had a 70. Hadwin jumped from 10th to fourth on the money list with $293,667, and Gore moved from 17th to ninth with $253,046.
By wire sources