Score on the 18th hole, an eagle, as American Ken Tanigawa posted a one-stroke victory Sunday in the Champions Tour’s PURE Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links. Tanigawa also eagled the final hole a day earlier at Poppy Hills, which shared hosting duties with Pebble Beach for the first two rounds, and held a two-stroke lead after 36 holes. Tanigawa struggled in the final round, squandering two early birdies and standing 2 over after 17 holes before his theatrics at the iconic seaside par 5. It was the first victory for Tanigawa, 50, a rookie on the senior tour. Americans Kirk Triplett (70) and Marco Dawson (71) placed second at 9-under 206 (scores).
Record during the 42nd Ryder Cup for Italian Francesco Molinari, who led the Europeans to a 17½-10½ victory in the biennial matches at Le Golf National near Paris (scores). Molinari, 35, who came into this year’s matches with an 0-4-2 record in two previous Ryder Cups, delivered the clinching point with a 4-and-2 victory against Phil Mickelson. Molinari is only the fourth player in the history of the Ryder Cup to go 5-0-0, joining Americans Larry Nelson (1979), Arnold Palmer (1967) and Gardner Dickinson (1967).
Number of strokes under par that China’s Ruixin Liu shot to win the Symetra Tour’s IOA Golf Classic (scores). Liu closed with a 4-under 67 for a 199 total for 54 holes and a one-stroke victory over the Philippines’ Dottie Ardina (66) at Alaqua Country Club in Longwood, Fla. After this week’s season-ending Tour Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla., the top 10 earners for the year will win playing privileges on the LPGA for next season (money list).