Recari hangs on down stretch to win LPGA Marathon Classic
The head-to-head duel Sunday between Beatriz Recari and Paula Creamer in the final round of the Marathon Classic at Sylvania, Ohio, was great theater.
Don't be surprised if there's a sequel.
Recari rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole to take the lead for good and hung on to hold off Creamer for her third LPGA Tour title.
They started the day tied and spent most of the day trading the lead - as if it were match play. The duel in the heat in suburban Toledo might have been foreshadowing for when both players participate in next month's Solheim Cup at the Colorado Golf Club, Recari for the European side and Paula Creamer for the United States.
"Back and forth, back and forth," Recari said of their Sunday showdown. "It totally felt like the Solheim Cup."
Recari and Creamer, who won the tournament then known as the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic five years ago, started the day tied for first, three shots ahead of their nearest pursuers. They traded the lead - never separated by more than one stroke - and were still even until Recari birdied the par-3 14th.
The 26-year-old Recari closed with a 5-under 66 to finish at 17-under 267. She missed a 6-foot birdie putt on the 17th, but made a clutch 5-footer for par at the 18th.
Creamer, who was seeking her 10th career win and first since the 2010 U.S. Women's Open, finished with a 67. She said she gave it everything she had.
Jodi Ewart Shadoff (66) shared third place at 13 under with Lexi Thompson, who shot a 67 and had a hole-in-one that won the 18-year-old a car.
Austin wins Sanderson in playoff
Woody Austin won the Sanderson Farms Classic at Madison, Miss., for his first PGA Tour victory since 2007, beating Cameron Beckman and Daniel Summerhays with an 8-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff.
The 49-year-old Austin is the eighth oldest winner in PGA Tour history and the oldest since Fred Funk won at 50 in 2007.
Austin came into the final round two shots behind Summerhays and Nicholas Thompson, but made up ground with a 5-under 67 to finish at 20-under 268. Beckman and Summerhays both birdied No. 18 to match Austin, and Beckman missed a 5-foot putt that would have forced a second playoff hole.
Beckman shot 67, and Summerhays had a 69.
Austin was making his fourth PGA Tour start of the year. He has four career victories.
Summerhays and Thompson started the day tied for the lead, two shots ahead the pack.
Tolliver wins American Century
Billy Joe Tolliver won the American Century Championship for the fourth time, beating fellow former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien with a par on the third hole of a playoff. They finished regulation at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course tied at 67 in the modified Stableford format that awards graduated points for pars or better.
On the par-5 18th hole in the playoff, they had matching pars and birdies on the first two extra holes. Tolliver then took advantage of Rypien's pitch shot into the water, winning with a two-putt par from 25 feet.
Rypien had a chance to win in regulation, but his 15-foot birdie putt missed to the left. He won the inaugural event in 1990 and has been second each of the past two years. Former pitcher Mark Mulder was third with 66 points, and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry tied for fourth with former NFL quarterback Chris Chandler at 64.
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