LPGA MARATHON CLASSIC
Spain’s Beatriz Recari outdueled Paula Creamer in a head-to-head battle to win the Marathon Classic for her second LPGA Tour victory of the year and third overall.
Recari and Creamer, who won the tournament then known as the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic five years ago, started the day tied for first, three shots ahead of their nearest pursuers. They traded the lead but were still even until Recari birdied the par-3 14th.
The 26-year-old Recari closed with a 5-under 66 to finish at 17-under 267. She missed a 6-foot birdie putt on the 17th, but made a clutch 5-footer for par at the 18th. Creamer finished with a 67. The American is winless since the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open.
PGA SANDERSON FARMS CHAMPIONSHIP
Woody Austin won the Sanderson Farms Classic for his first PGA Tour victory since 2007, beating Cameron Beckman and Daniel Summerhays with an 8-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff.
The 49-year-old Austin is the eighth-oldest winner in PGA Tour history and the oldest since Fred Funk at 50 in 2007. Austin was making his fourth PGA Tour start of the year. He has four career victories.
Austin came into the final round two shots behind Summerhays and Nicholas Thompson, but made up ground with a 5-under 67 to finish at 20-under 268. Beckman and Summerhays both birdied No. 18 to match Austin, and Beckman missed a 5-foot putt that would have forced a second playoff hole.
Beckman shot 67, and Summerhays had a 69.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.
Jamie Lovemark won the Midwest Classic for his second Web.com Tour title, holing a 15-foot par putt on the final hole for a 5-under 66 and a one-stroke victory.
The 25-year-old Lovemark finished at 18-under 266 at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate and earned $108,000 to jump from 76th to 14th on the money list with $149,983. He also won the tour’s 2010 Mexico Open and was the 2007 NCAA champion as a freshman at Southern California.
Mark Anderson was second after a 65. Matt Davidson and third-round leader Chesson Hadley tied for third at 16 under. Davidson shot 66, and Hadley had a 70.