Lewis’ 2nd LPGA major comes at St. Andrews
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland
Stacy Lewis had another big week at St. Andrews and left with an even bigger prize — a major championship at the home of golf. Lewis finished a marathon Sunday with exquisite birdies on the last two holes of the Old Course to close with an even-par 72 and win the Women’s British Open by two shots. It was her second major on the LPGA Tour, ending a record streak of 10 straight majors won by Asian players. The last time the 28-year-old Lewis was at St. Andrews was in 2008 for the Curtis Cup, and she went 5-0 to lead the Americans to victory.
Pernice closes with two birdies to win 3M title
Tom Pernice Jr. birdied the final two holes for a one-stroke victory over Jeff Sluman and Corey Pavin in the 3M Championship. Pernice finished with a 4-under 68 and had a 17-under 199 total at the TPC Twin Cities for his second career Champions Tour victory. He also has two PGA Tour victories. Sluman closed with a 62, and Pavin had a 66. Trailing Sluman by one shot at the par-3 17th, Pernice made a long birdie putt to pull even. At the par-5 18th, hit his second shot to 8 feet and two-putted for the winning birdie.
Woodland captures Reno-Tahoe Open
Gary Woodland holed a 58-foot chip from the rough for one of his four birdies and got up-and-down to save par five times to win the Reno-Tahoe Open on Sunday for second PGA Tour victory. Woodland finished with 44 points in the modified Stableford format that awards eight points for double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie, zero for par, minus-one for bogey and minus-three for double bogey or worse. Jonathan Byrd and Andres Romero tied for second with 35 points at Montreux Golf Club. Woodland earned $540,000 and got a spot next week in the PGA Championship.
Del Potro beats Isner in Citi Open final
Getting his game in shape ahead of the year’s last Grand Slam tournament, top-seeded Juan del Potro solved John Isner’s big serve and pulled away for a 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory in the Citi Open final Sunday, winning his third championship and 14th consecutive match in Washington. In 2009, del Potro followed up a title in the nation’s capital with a trophy at the U.S. Open, which starts in three weeks.
On the women’s side, seventh-seeded Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia beat unseeded Andrea Petkovic of Germany 6-4, 7-6 (2) to win the Citi Open for the second consecutive year. Rybarikova, who is ranked 43rd, improved her record at the hard-court tournament to 10-0.
Stosur wins California Open over Azarenka
Sam Stosur won the Southern California Open on Sunday for her first title in nearly two years, beating top-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-3. The fifth-seeded Stosur had lost all of her previous eight matches against Azarenka, winning only two sets. The title was Stosur’s third in her career and the first since she won her only major, the 2011 U.S. Open.
Franklin wins record sixth gold at worlds
Missy Franklin climbed to the top of the podium one more time in Spain before heading off to college. With that step, the 18-year-old joined a very exclusive club. Missy, we’d like to introduce you to Michael Phelps, Mark Spitz, Ian Thorpe and Kristin Otto.
She claimed her record sixth gold medal of the world championships Sunday night, swimming the leadoff leg for the Americans in the 400-meter medley relay. Franklin became the winningest female swimmer ever at a world meet, eclipsing the record that was shared by Tracy Caulkins, who won five times in 1978, and Libby Trickett, who did it in 2007.
She completed a grueling week in which she competed in eight events. She dropped out of the 50 backstroke after swimming in the preliminaries and took fourth in the 100 freestyle. Otherwise, it was all gold.