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Friday, September 1, 2017

WEB.COM TOUR FINALS

COLUMBUS

Keith Mitchell took the lead in the Web.com Tour Finals-opening Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship on Thursday, four days after missing a PGA Tour card by a stroke in the Web.com Tour’s regular-season finale. Mitchell had a 6-under 65 on Ohio State’s Scarlet Course for a one-stroke lead over Abraham Ancer of Mexico. Sam Saunders, Arnold Palmer’s grandson, was another stroke back with Alex Cejka. The four-event series features the top 75 players from the Web.com regular-season money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings and non-members with enough PGA Tour money to have placed in the top 200 in the FedEx Cup had they been eligible.Ancer and the other top-25 finishers — Mitchell was 26th — on the Web.com regular-season money list have earned PGA Tour cards. They are competing against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals. The other players are fighting for 25 cards based on series earnings.Hunter Mahan birdied the final two holes for a 68. The six-time PGA Tour winner was 182nd in the FedEx Cup standings. Five-time PGA Tour winner Ben Crane had a 69, and nine-time PGA Tour winner Stuart Appleby shot 75.

U.S. SENIOR AMATEUR

MINNEAPOLIS

Sean Knapp won the U.S. Senior Amateur without making a birdie in a 2-and-1 victory over Paul Simson. Knapp pulled ahead for good on the 14th hole at The Minikahda Club when Simson missed the fairway and failed to convert a 15-footer for par. He went 2 up when Simson left a shot in the rough and took four shots to reach the 16th green, conceding Knapp’s par putt. Knapp, a 55-year-old from Oakmont, Pa,, closed out the match with a 20-foot par putt on the 17th hole. He became the first U.S. Senior Amateur champion since Mike Bell in 2006 to win the title match without making a birdie. Simson, a 66-year-old from Raleigh, North Carolina, was trying to win the U.S. Senior Amateur for the third time.

TIGER WOODS

JUPITER, FLA.

The latest image of Tiger Woods looked more familiar. The 14-time major champion had a golf club in his hand. Woods tweeted a short video on Thursday showing him hitting a chip shot with a message that said, “Dr. gave me the ok to start pitching.” He had a fourth surgery on his back to fuse disks in April. Woods last played a tournament in early February when he shot 77 and withdrew from the Dubai Desert Classic. He most recently made news from a DUI arrest on Memorial Day that included a mug shot from the Florida jail where he was briefly held. Woods said it was a mix of painkillers, and a toxicology report issued earlier this month showed he had the active ingredient for marijuana, two painkillers and two sleep drugs in his system. Woods went to a drug treatment center in June.

Associated Press