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Sunday’s other golf events
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Li Haotong made a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to secure a one-shot victory over Rory McIlroy in the Dubai Desert Classic, making him the first Chinese player to crack the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Li started the final round at Emirates Golf Club with a one-shot lead and closed with a 3-under 69. But it took a bold rally from the 22-year-old from China. He made bogey on the par-5 10th, where McIlroy made birdie for a two-shot lead. McIlroy failed to birdie the par-5 13th, and Li birdied four of his last six holes to beat the four-time major champion. McIlroy, who sat out the last three months of 2017, was trying to win for the first time in 17 months. He finished third last week in Abu Dhabi and was runner-up in Dubai, which should move him back into the top 10.
PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS
Brittany Lincicome beat darkness — with help from floodlights on the Ocean Club’s 18th green — to win the season-opening Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic for the second straight year. Lincicome birdied the final two holes and four of the last five for a 7-under 65 and a two-stroke victory over Wei-Ling Hsu in the event cut to 54 holes after wind wiped out play most of Friday. Lincicome completed a second-round 67 in the morning, playing nine holes in 3 under, to begin the final round two strokes behind the top-ranked Shanshan Feng. The 32-year-old Lincicome won her eighth career title. She finished at 12-under 207. Last year, she beat Lexi Thompson in a playoff. Hsu closed with a 68. Feng had a 71 to tie for third with Amy Yang (70) at 9 under. Thompson (71) was 7 under with Danielle Kang (68), Nelly Korda (69) and Bronte Law (69). Brooke Henderson, the leader Saturday night when play was suspended because of darkness, shot a 72 to finish ninth at 6 under.
Paul Peterson closed with a 5-under 66 for a two-shot victory in the Myanmar Open on the Asian Tour. Peterson, a 29-year-old American who played at Oregon State, is a European Tour member. He won for the second time in his career.