Lee pars sec­ond play­off hole to win at Green­brier Clas­sic

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY JOHN RABY

Danny Lee parred the sec­ond hole of a four-man play­off to win The Green­brier Clas­sic on Sun­day for his first PGA Tour vic­tory.

The South Korean-born New Zealan­der earned $1.2 mil­lion and be­came the ninth first-time win­ner on the tour this sea­son.

Lee, Cana­dian David Hearn, Kevin Kis­ner and Robert Streb were tied at 13 un­der af­ter four rounds on the Old White TPC course in West Vir­ginia.

Streb shot a 5-un­der 65 in the fi­nal round by mak­ing five birdie putts on the back nine with a 56de­gree wedge af­ter break­ing his put­ter on the ninth hole. The put­ter broke when Streb tossed it at his bag next to the green.

He was al­lowed a re­place­ment put­ter for the play­off, but he never got to use it af­ter miss­ing the green at the par-3 No. 18. Lee and Hearn made birdie putts on the first play­off hole, also elim­i­nat­ing Kis­ner.

Hearn, from Brant­ford, Ont., then drove be­hind a tree on the par-5 17th and made bo­gey. Lee reached the green in three shots and two-putted from across the green for par.

It marked the third play­off in the tour­na­ment’s six-year history. A week ago, Bubba Wat­son won the Trav­el­ers Cham­pi­onship in a play­off.

Tiger Woods started the day seven shots be­hind the lead­ers, shot a bo­gey-free 67 and said he made some “nice strides” head­ing into next week’s Bri­tish Open.

Woods broke a streak of 55 con­sec­u­tive rounds with at least one bo­gey. It was his first time un­der par in a fi­nal round since the 2013 Tour Cham­pi­onship.

Lee, Hearn, James Hahn and Greg Owen earned spots at St. An­drews. There also were four spots handed out a week ago at the Trav­el­ers and one more is avail­able this week at the John Deere Clas­sic.

Kis­ner shot a 6-un­der 64 to get to the club­house at 13 un­der. But he had to sweat it out with eight golfers within two shots of the lead still on the course.

Kis­ner lost in a play­off for the third time this sea­son. The oth­ers were at the RBC Her­itage and the Play­ers Cham­pi­onship.

Kis­ner birdied the 18th three times in the first four rounds, but he went over the green in the play­off and left his ap­proach shot in the rough.

Hearn (67) and Lee (67) birdied No. 17 to join the play­off. Both had chances to take the lead on the fi­nal hole in reg­u­la­tion, but Lee missed an 18-footer for birdie and Hearn left a 12footer just short of the cup.

Rus­sell Hen­ley shot 63 and fin­ished fifth at 12 un­der. Seven oth­ers were at 11 un­der, in­clud­ing Chad Collins (69), who was tied for the lead be­fore bo­gey­ing the fi­nal two holes.

Jason Bohn, Sean O’Hair, Sun Joon Park and Bryce Molder shared the third-round lead at 11 un­der, but couldn’t keep the mo­men­tum go­ing Sun­day. Molder shot 70 and the oth­ers had over-par rounds.

AP PHOTO

Danny Lee, New Zealand, watches his tee shot on the 18th hole dur­ingthe fi­nal round of the Green­brier Clas­sic golf tour­na­ment at Green­brier Re­sort in White Sul­phur Springs, W.Va., Sun­day.

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