OTHER WEEKEND PROFESSIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENTS
WOMEN’S BRITISH OPEN
As Inbee Park hunted down Jin-Young Ko in the final stretch of the Women’s British Open, it quickly became clear which South Korean was the rookie and which was the player about to add another chapter in golf’s record book. The top-ranked Park picked up seven shots in her last 12 holes, pressured her 20-year-old protege so much she finally lost her nerve, and completed a 7-under 65 at Turnberry to capture the trophy she thought she may never win. Park won by three shots on 12-under 276 for a seventh major title, becoming just the seventh female player to win four different majors — after Louise Suggs, Mickey Wright, Pat Bradley, Juli Inkster, Karrie Webb and Annika Sorenstam. “I don’t know what else to go for now,” said Park, who has won six of the last 14 majors to cement her status as the best player of her generation. How about ending the debate about clinching the so-called career Grand Slam? The LPGA Tour is calling Park’s achievement just that. However, Park hasn’t won the France-based Evian Championship since it was given the status of a fifth major in 2013. She did win the Evian in 2012. The Evian is staged next month, when Park can complete definitively what some are calling the “Super Slam.” “I feel like I’ve won all the majors in women’s golf,” Park said, attempting to put a stop to the discussion. “Every major was very, very special to me. But to wrap it up with the British Open is just much more special ... This is definitely the golfer’s most-wanted trophy.” Ko is just at the start of her golfing journey. Playing her first major, her first tournament outside Asia and with a temporary, locally born caddie giving her advice on every shot, Ko began the last round tied for the lead and pulled three shots clear of a bunched-up chasing pack containing Park after a 20-foot putt for birdie on No. 10. She had already eagled the par-3 No. 7 with a 25-foot putt and rolled in a birdie of similar length at No. 8. Her composure was stunning, considering the uncharted territory she was in. Ko had never played links golf. .
Kenny Perry successfully defended his 3M Championship title, shooting a 4-under 68 for a four-stroke victory over Bernhard Langer, Scott Dunlap and Kevin Sutherland. After shooting a 61 on Saturday to take a four-stroke lead, the 54-year-ol Perry had six birdies and two bogeys in the final round to finish at 18-under 198. He became the first player to successfully defend a title in the tournament’s 23-year history, winning for the eighth time on the Champions Tour.
Last year, Perry made a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to beat Langer by a stroke. Langer closed with a 67, and Dunlap and Sutherland each shot 68.
PAUL LAWRIE MATCH PLAY
Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat won the inaugural Paul Lawrie Match Play, holing a 4-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for a 1-up victory over Sweden’s Robert Karlsson. Aphibarnrat had three European Tour titles, also winning events in Malaysia and China. In the third-place match at Murcar Links, England’s David Howell beat Scotland’s Marc Warren 1 up.