Keeping Score

Keeping score


Number of strokes by which American Ryan Palmer and Spain’s Jon Rahm won the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Palmer, 42, and Rahm, 24, teamed to shoot 3-under 69 in alternate-shot play Sunday at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., to post a 26-under 262 total. Spain’s Sergio Garcia and England’s Tommy Fleetwood finished second at 23-under 265. Rahm has won in each of the past three seasons. For Palmer, it was his first victory since 2010 and fourth overall. The first and third rounds were played with the four-ball (better ball) format, and the second and fourth rounds used foursomes (alternate shot) (scores).


Score, a birdie, for American Cydney Clanton on the third playoff hole as she outlasted Paraguay’s Julieta Granada to win the Symetra Tour’s Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout. Clanton and Granada had tied at 2-under 214 after 54 holes at Mystic Creek Golf Club in El Dorado, Ark., before they returned to the par-5 18th hole, which each had birdied in regulation to force a playoff. They birdied it again on the first extra hole and then matched pars on a replay of the 18th before Clanton made her third birdie on the hole. It was the second career victory in 33 starts on the developmental tour for Clanton, 29, who has yet to win in 114 LPGA starts (scores).


Number of strokes by which Americans Tom Pernice Jr. and Scott Hoch cruised to victory at the Champions Tour’s Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Mo. Pernice opened the final round with a one-in-one on the first hole at the par-3 Top of the Rock course, using a 7-iron from 175 yards. From there, they rolled to an 8-under 46 for two trips around the par-3 course, playing nine holes of alternate shot and nine of better ball. They shot a 23-under 156 total and capped the first wire-to-wire victory in the event since Andy North and Tom Watson in 2008. It was the sixth victory on the 50-and-older circuit for Pernice. Hoch, at 63 years, 5 months and 4 days, posted his third victory and became the oldest winner in Champions Tour history (scores).


Number of strokes under par that Australia’s Minjee Lee finished to win the LPGA’s Hugel-Air Premia LA Open. Lee, 22, of Perth, shot 3-under 68 for a 270 total and four-stroke victory at Wilshire Country Club in Los Angeles. It was her first victory of the season and fifth of her LPGA career. South Korea’s Sei Young Kim finished solo second, one stroke ahead of Americans Annie Park and Morgan Pressel (scores).


Number of birdies for the week for China’s Xinjun Zhang, which led the field as he won the Tour’s Dormie Network Classic. Zhang closed with a 2-under 70 for a 26-under 262 total and five-stroke victory at Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio. It was the fourth top-10 result in his past six starts for Zhang, 31, who moved into the top spot in the season points standings as he virtually assured a return to the PGA Tour (scores).


Score for Ron Philo, who led after 18 holes of the PGA Professional Championship at Belfair Golf Club in Bluffton, S.C. Philo, playing the West Course (the East Course also is being used), got to 7 under before he made bogey on the 450-yard, par-4 18th hole to slip to 6 under and trim his lead to one stroke. Philo, 53, the head professional at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., won the 2006 national championship for the PGA’s club professionals. The top 20 finishers will earn exemptions into the PGA Championship on May 16-19 (scores).


Number of starts on the European Tour that Spain’s Jorge Campillo made before he won his first tournament, the Trophee Hassan II. Campillo recovered from bogeys on two of his first three holes at Royal Golf Dar Es Salam in Rabat, Morocco, to shoot 2-under 71 for a 9-under 283 total and two-stroke victory. Campillo, 32, a former collegian at Indiana, had posted two runners-up and a third among his four previous starts. Americans Julian Suri (71) and Sean Crocker (72) shared second with South Africa’s Erik Van Rooyen (74), the 54-hole leader, at 7-under 285. The European Tour played the Trophee Hassan II at the club’s Red Course (scores) while the Ladies European Tour held its Lalla Meryem Cup concurrently on the adjacent Blue Course. Nuria Iturrios, 23, completed the sweep for Spain, winning the LET event by seven strokes (scores).

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