ON THE LINKS | Results from Sunday’s professional golf events
BYRON NELSON CLASSIC
Sergio Garcia made a par on the first playoff hole at the Byron Nelson on Sunday to beat Brooks Koepka for his ninth career PGA Tour victory, matching the late Seve Ballesteros for the most by a Spanish-born player. The 36-year-old Garcia shot a 2-under 68, making six birdies and four bogeys, to get to 15-under 265. He was two groups ahead of the final pairing of hometown favorite Jordan Spieth and Koepka, who bogeyed the 14th and 15th holes and just missed a birdie chance at 18. When they went back to 413-yard 18th again for the playoff, Koepka went first and drove into the water before taking his drop and leaving his approach short of the green. Garcia hit a drive of more than 300 yards and followed with a wedge to 17 feet. Garcia also won the 2004 Nelson and is the first two-time winner in the 34 tournaments since the event moved to TPC Four Seasons in 1983.
Rory McIlroy eagled the final hole for a 3-under 69 and a three-stroke victory in the Irish Open, his home tournament where he has famously struggled. The third-ranked McIlroy, from Northern Ireland, finished at 12-under 276 at The K Club. He hit a 276-yard approach to 3 feet on the 18th to set up the eagle. McIlroy won for the first time this year. He was 13 career European Tour victories.
Bernhard Langer ran away with the Regions Tradition for his sixth senior major and 27th PGA Tour Champions title. Langer birdied four of six holes starting on No. 12 to pull away for a six-stroke victory over Olin Browne. The 58-year-old German finished with a 5-under 67 at Greystone for a 17-under 271 total. Langer matched Gary Player and Tom Watson with the third-most major championships on the 50-and-over-tour, behind Hale Irwin’s seven and Jack Nicklaus’s eight.
Ariya Jutanugarn won the Kingsmill Championship by one shot for her second consecutive victory on the LPGA Tour. The 20-year-old Jutanugarn became the first Thai winner in tour history two weeks ago in Alabama. On Sunday, she closed with a 4-under 67 to finish at 14-under 270 on the River Course. Jutanugarn has broken through after two final-round meltdowns. Last month in the ANA Inspiration, she had a two-stroke lead with three holes left and closed with three bogeys to finish fourth — two strokes behind winner Lydia Ko.
BMW CHARITY PRO-AM
Richy Werenski won the BMW Charity Pro-Am for his first Web.com Tour title, shooting his second straight 6-under 65 at the Thornblade Club for a two-stroke victory. Werenski, the 24-year-old former Georgia Tech player who won the Golf Channel’s “Big Break” series last year, finished the three-course event at 21-under 265. Based in Bluffton, South Carolina, Werenski made $121,500 to jump from seventh to second on the money list with $258,958 — more than enough to earn a PGA Tour as a top-25 finisher in the regular season.