6-iron from greenside bunker, 18th-hole birdie boost Aussie
6: Club, as in 6-iron, that Australia's Jason Day used to get up and down from a greenside bunker to win a skin in a one-club challenge on the 14th hole Monday at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club near Tokyo. The wizardry – yes, he used the 6-iron to hole the 4-foot putt, too – plus a tap-in birdie the conventional way, via a lob wedge on the 18th hole, allowed Day to win eight skins, $210,000 and the overall title at the MGM Resorts The Challenge: Japan Skins. Day clipped rivals Tiger Woods (five skins, for $60,000), Rory McIlroy (four skins, for $60,000) and local favorite Hideki Matsuyama (one skin, for $20,000). The made-for-TV event served as a prelude to this week’s inaugural PGA Tour competition in Japan, the Zozo Championship, which begins Thursday at the same course.
63: Final-round score for Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez, who rallied to post a two-stroke victory at the Champions Tour’s Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Richmond, Va. The tournament, the first of three-season-ending playoff events on the 50-and-older tour, was forced into a Monday finish because of inclement weather Sunday. Jimenez tied the course record at Country Club of Virginia en route to a tournament-record 18-under 198 total. It was his second victory of the season and eighth of his career. American Tommy Tolles (68) finished second at 16-under 200, followed by Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie (68) at 15-under 201 (scores). With the victory, Jimenez jumped 12 spots, to 10th, in the season standings.