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Published: Monday, 7/15/2013 - Updated: 12 months ago

Park takes title in 3-hole playoff

South Korean claims win before Toledo tournament

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Hee Young Park of South Korea won the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic. Hee Young Park of South Korea won the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.
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WATERLOO, Ont. — Hee Young Park and Angela Stanford both put up birdies on their first three tries at the 18th hole Sunday at Grey Silo Golf Course.

Stanford finally blinked on the deciding playoff hole and Park kept her birdie streak alive for the victory at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.

Both players tied the LPGA Tour record for lowest total score at 26-under 258. It would take three playoff holes — all on the 471-yard, par-5 finishing hole — before Park ended the drama by hitting a short putt for her second career LPGA victory.

"When we started [the] final round, I just kept reminding [myself] this is just another round," Park said. "It doesn't matter — final round or a first round, keep it simple and just think about always [hitting] my target."

The effort capped a remarkable week for the 26-year-old South Korean, who recorded a career-best 61 on the par-71 course a day earlier. Stanford closed with a 64, while Park, who had a one-shot lead on the American after three rounds, had a 65.

"If somebody would have told me you're going to shoot 64 today and not win, I would have thought they were crazy," Stanford said.

Scotland's Catriona Matthew had a 66 and settled for third place at 23 under. South Korea's Inbee Park (68) finished well back at 16 under, ending her three-tournament winning streak.

South Korea's Meena Lee (66) was fourth at 20 under and Karine Icher of France (63) was another shot back in fifth place. American Michelle Wie closed with a 66 to finish tied for 16th place but was still 11 strokes off the pace.

 

Perry shoots 63 to win U.S. Senior Open

OMAHA, Neb. — Kenny Perry is getting the hang of these majors. He only wishes it had happened sooner.

Perry completed a masterful performance with a 7-under 63 that gave him a five-shot win over Fred Funk in the U.S. Senior Open.

The Kentuckian won his second straight senior major with a flurry. His 64-63 finish and the 10-shot deficit he overcame after 36 holes set tournament records. His 13-under total of 267 matched the lowest four-round score.

On the regular tour, Perry won 14 times but was best known for collapses in the 2009 Masters and 1996 PGA Championship. Those memories haunted him again in May when he squandered a three-shot lead with six holes to play in the Senior PGA Championship and lost by two to Kohki Idoki.

Perry, 52, who started Sunday two shots behind leader Michael Allen, was in front to stay after he birdied the second and third holes and Allen bogeyed the third.

Perry's 63 matched Allen's Friday score for best round of the tournament and was the best ever in a U.S. Senior Open final round.

Funk, the 2009 champion, was runner-up for the second straight year and third time since 2008.

Rocco Mediate (66) and Corey Pavin (67) tied for third at 7-under 273.

 

Spieth, 19, is youngest PGA winner in 82 years

SILVIS, Ill. — Nineteen-year-old Jordan Spieth outlasted David Hearn and Zach Johnson on the fifth hole of a playoff to win the John Deere Classic, becoming the youngest winner on the PGA Tour in 82 years.

Spieth hit a two-foot par putt to earn a spot in next week's British Open. He is also the first teenager to win since Ralph Guldahl took the Santa Monica Open in 1931.

Spieth forced his way into the playoff by holing out of the bunker from 44 feet on the final hole of regulation.



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