Score on the second playoff hole, a birdie, as American Charles Howell III outlasted countryman Patrick Rodgers on Sunday to win the PGA Tour’s RSM Classic on St. Simons Island, Ga. Rodgers had surged up the leaderboard on the weekend, shooting a final-round 8-under 62 after a third-round 61 at Sea Island Resort’s Seaside Course to tie Howell at 19-under 263. Howell, 39, who earned $1.152 million from the $6.4 million purse, won for only the third time since joining the PGA Tour in 2001. It was his first victory since 2007, a span of 333 starts. The PGA Tour does not play an official event until the Sentry Tournament of Champions on Jan. 3-6 (scores).
Number of strokes by which Mexico’s Abraham Ancer won the Emirates Australian Open on the PGA Tour of Australasia. Ancer, 27, a former Oklahoma collegiate player who lives in the U.S., closed with a 3-under 69 for a 16-under 272 total and easily outdistanced the field at Lakes Golf Club in suburban Sydney. With the victory, Ancer, runner-up Dimitrios Papadatos and third-place finisher Jake McLeod, both of Australia, qualified for the British Open via the Open Qualifying Series. Brendan Steele finished 12th to lead a group of prominent Americans that included Keegan Bradley (T-17) and Matt Kuchar (T-23) (scores).
Number of career victories for American Lexi Thompson, who won the LPGA’s season-ending CME Group Championship. Thompson, 23, ended a 14-month winless streak with a final-round 2-under 70 for an 18-under 270 total at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples, Fla. American Nelly Korda closed with a 71 to finish second, four strokes back, at 14-under 274. This summer, Thompson withdrew from the Women’s British Open, citing the need for a mental break from the game, which lasted for four weeks. In her first six ensuing starts, she posted four top-20 results and missed two cuts before the victory in Naples. She earned $500,000 from the $2.5 million purse. Thompson has won at least once in each of the past six seasons (scores).
Number of days that Danny Willett had gone without a victory on a major professional tour. Willett, 31, of England, whose previous victory was the 2016 Masters, won the European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship. He birdied three of the last five holes to shoot 4-under 68 for an 18-under 270 at Jumeirah Estates’ Earth Course in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. England’s Matt Wallace (68) and American Patrick Reed (70) shared second at 16-under 272 (scores). Willett earned 1,177,645 euros (about $1.345 million) from the $8 million purse. Italy’s Francesco Molinari tied for 26th, but it was good enough for him to win the season-long Race to Dubai and its $1.25 million bonus (standings).