ON THE LINKS Sunday’s professional golf results
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
Colin Montgomerie earned his second PGA Tour Champions victory in five weeks on Sunday, a three-stroke win at the SAS Championship. Montgomerie shot a bogey-free, 8-under 64 in his final round at Prestonwood Country Club. He earned $315,000 for his sixth career victory on the 50-and-over tour, and improved two spots to No. 7 in the Charles Schwab Cup standings in the tour’s regular-season finale. The 54-year-old Scot finished at 16-under 200. He won the tour’s first-ever event in Japan — the Japan Airlines Championship — last month. The Hall of Famer won 31 times on the European Tour and topped the tour’s money list a record eight times — seven in a row from 1993-99 and the last in 2005. Vijah Singh and Doug Garwood each shot 66 and tied for second at 13-under 203. Corey Pavin was one stroke behind them after his 67. Montgomerie began the final round sharing the lead with Phillip Price and Jerry Kelly. He had three birdies on the front nine before pulling away with five birdies on the back nine — including on the 14th, 15th and 17th holes — before closing with a par on the par-4 18th. Montgomerie has said he hopes to be on form entering the Schwab Cup playoffs — which begin next week in Richmond, Virginia, for the top 72 players — after he started the season slowly because of injuries. He was sidelined for 21/2 months in the spring by torn ligaments in his left ankle.
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
Pat Perez won the PGA Tour’s CIMB Classic claiming a four-shot victory over compatriot Keegan Bradley on Sunday at TPC Kuala Lumpur. The American sealed his first title in almost a year despite carding a modest three-under 69 in the final round, courtesy of a strong start with three birdies in the first four holes. The 41-year-old only managed to make par on the back nine, but did enough to finish the tournament at 24-under 264 to take home $1.26 million prize purse and 500,00 FedEX Cup points. Bradley carded an unblemished five-under 67 to finish at 20-under 268. Xander Schauffele, who started the round in second place, faltered with four bogeys to finish tied-third alongside South Korea’s Kang Sunghoon at 17-under. Defending champion American Justin Thomas finished tied for 17th place.
LPGA HANA BANK CHAMPIONSHIP
INCHEON, SOUTH KOREA
South Korean Jin Young Ko overcame a sluggish start to clinch her first LPGA Tour victory at the KEB Hana Bank Championship on Sunday. Ko, who had been two strokes in front overnight, bogeyed two of the first three holes at the Ocean Course before carding six birdies for a 68 and a 19-under total of 269. Sung Hyun Park, seeking her third LPGA Tour victory of the year and the chance to take over at the top of the Rolex Rankings for the first time, was denied both goals after closing with a 68 and finishing two shots behind Ko. Park played flawless golf over the first 13 holes with four birdies, but a three-putt bogey at the 14th effectively halted her title bid.
Tyrrell Hatton sunk a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to win the Italian Open on Sunday for his second European Tour victory in two weeks. Last week, Hatton retained his title at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on the storied Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland. Now the Englishman is up to fifth in the Race to Dubai rankings. It looked like Hatton was heading for a three-man playoff before he rolled his final putt into the bottom of the cup and unleashed a series of fist pumps to celebrate the Rolex Series victory. “I had a good feeling standing over it, even though my hands were shaking and my knees were shaking,” Hatton said. A day after celebrating his 26th birthday, Hatton birdied five of the last seven holes for a bogey-free 65 to finish at 21 under. “It was a battle with myself today,” said Hatton, who had a slow front nine. “But my caddie kept saying it would come in the end and it did. ... I got a hot streak with the putter, which helps a lot.” Fellow Englishman Ross Fisher and Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand tied for second, one stroke behind, while third-round leader Matt Wallace finished fourth at 19 under. Defending champion and home favorite Francesco Molinari finished in a tie for sixth. Hatton took home a first-place check of around $1.1 million, the biggest prize in an increased purse of $7 million this year as part of the buildup to the 2022 Ryder Cup outside Rome. Crowds were large throughout the week at the Golf Club Milano, next to Monza’s Formula One circuit.