Number of Thai players to win on the LPGA as Thidapa Suwannapura defeated American Brittany Lincicome in a sudden-death playoff Sunday in the Marathon Classic. Suwannapura and Lincicome had tied at 14-under 270 at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio, before Suwannapura made birdie on the par-5 18th hole in the playoff. She had played the final two holes, both par 5s, in 3 under in the final round to grab a share of the lead with Lincicome, who managed only pars on Nos. 17 and 18. Suwannapura, 25, joins sisters Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn as Thai champions on the women’s tour and becomes the sixth first-time winner this season (scores).
Number of different players who have won the past seven major championships on the Champions Tour as Vijay Singh claimed the Constellation Senior Players. Singh, of Fiji, made a birdie-3 on the second playoff hole, the par-4 18th at Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park, Ill., to edge American Jeff Maggert. They had tied through 72 holes at 20-under 268. The victory, the third for Singh in his Champions Tour career, is his second this season and first major title on the 50-and-older tour (scores).
Margin of victory, in strokes, for Michael Kim in the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill. Kim, a second-year Tour player who turned 25 on Saturday, blitzed TPC Deere Run in a tournament-record 27-under 257 for his first Tour victory. He had missed three consecutive cuts and cashed checks in only eight of 22 starts this season before breaking through in the Quad Cities area. Kim also earned the final spot in this week’s British Open at Carnoustie (Scotland) Golf Links. Italy’s Francesco Molinari closed with a 6-under 64 to share second with Americans Joel Dahmen (65), Sam Ryder (66) and Bronson Burgoon (69) at 19-under 265. Molinari owns two victories and two runners-up in his past five starts worldwide (scores).
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Laura Davies, a World Golf Hall of Fame member, adds another entry to her list of achievements: winner of the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open.
Margin of victory, in strokes, for Laura Davies in the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open. Davies, 54, of England, closed with a 5-under 68 for a 16-under 276 total at Chicago Golf Club in Wheaton, Ill. American Juli Inkster (73) placed second at 6-under 286. England’s Trish Johnson (73), who placed third at 4-under 288, and American Danielle Ammaccapane (74), who was fourth at 1-under 291, were the only other players under par in the national championship for women 50 and older (scores).
Number of strokes under par that American Cameron Champ scored for 72 holes in winning the Web.com Tour’s Utah Championship at Oakridge Country Club in Farmington, Utah. In building toward his first victory on the developmental tour, Champ, 23, has been on a tear lately. In his past five tournaments – all with finishes of eighth or better – Champ has totaled 85 under par in 20 rounds (scores).
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With a final-round 60, Brandon Stone cruises to a four-stroke victory in the Scottish Open and carries strong momentum into this week’s British Open at Carnoustie (Scotland) Golf Links.
World ranking of Brandon Stone entering the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open, which he won by four strokes. Stone, 25, a South African, had finished no better than 60th in his past seven starts, including four missed cuts. He found his game on the east coast of Scotland, closing with a 10-under 60 for a 20-under 260 total at Gullane Golf Club. Stone, runner-up Eddie Pepperell of England and Sweden’s Jens Dantorp, who tied for third with American Luke List and South African Trevor Immelman, won berths in this week’s British Open via the Open Qualifying Series (scores).