Pam­pling wins by two strokes in Ve­gas, end­ing long drought

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Rod Pam­pling won for the first time in 10 years on the PGA Tour when he closed with a 6-un­der 65 for a two-shot vic­tory Sun­day in the Shriners Hos­pi­tals for Chil­dren Open. Pam­pling holed a 30-foot birdie putt on the fi­nal hole at the TPC Sum­mer­lin that clinched the

vic­tory. He raised his right arm and thrust it when the ball was still an­other foot away from the cup. The 47-year-old Aus­tralian last won on the PGA Tour at Bay Hill in 2006. Brooks Koepka closed with a 67 to fin­ish sec­ond. Lu­cas Glover­was tied with Pam­pling with two holes to play un­til he made a bo­gey from the bunker on the par-3 17th, and he closed with an­other bo­gey when win­ning was out of reach. He shot a 69 to fin­ish third.

Pam­pling’s last vic­tory was in the 2008 Aus­tralian Masters. He lost his PGA Tour card af­ter the 2013 sea­son and spent two years on the Web.com Tour, and had to re­turn to the Web.com Tour Fi­nals last month just to get his card back. His biggest shot might have been for par. Tied for the lead on the par-5 16th, he pushed his drive well right into rough so deep that Pam­pling asked to iden­tify his ball, and it was a good thing - it wasn’t his ball. His ball was a foot to the right, buried so badly that he could only mus­cle it some 30 yards be­hind an­other tree, and he had to lay up short of the wa­ter. From 121 yards, Pam­pling hit wedge into 6 feet and saved par to stay tied.

Glover’s tee shot on the 17th was about a foot away from be­ing good, but it caught the lip of the bunker and left a dif­fi­cult shot. He missed a 12-foot par putt and never caught up.

Pam­pling fin­ished at 20-un­der 264 and will be ex­emp­tion up un­til his 50th birth­day when he is el­i­gi­ble for the PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons. The vic­tory was the third of his PGA Tour ca­reer for Pam­pling, who also won the now-de­funct In­ter­na­tional in 2004. It puts him in the Masters for the first time since 2007, along with the PGA Cham­pi­onship for the first time since 2009.

DO­MIN­ION CHAR­ITY CLAS­SIC

Scott McCar­ron won the Do­min­ion Char­ity Clas­sic to get a top-five spot next week in PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons fi­nale, beat­ing Tom Byrum with a 6-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a play­off.

McCar­ron will start next week in Ari­zona sec­ond in the points to two-time de­fend­ing cham­pion Bern­hard Langer, with all of the top five in the re­set stand­ings - Colin Mont­gomerie is sec­ond, fol­lowed by Joe Du­rant and Miguel An­gel Jimenez - in po­si­tion to win the sea­son ti­tle with a vic­tory at Desert Moun­tain.

McCar­ron and Byrum each shot 3-un­der 69 to fin­ish at 13 un­der on the James River Course at The Coun­try Club of Vir­ginia. Byrum missed a 15footer be­fore McCar­ron holed the win­ning putt. The 51-year-old McCar­ron won the Prin­ci­pal Char­ity Clas­sic in Iowa in June for his first se­nior vic­tory. He won three times on the PGA Tour.

Kevin Suther­land shot a course-record 63 to tie for third with Brandt Jobe (67) at 11 un­der.

Suther­land just missed a top-five spot, end­ing up sixth. Langer would have locked up the sea­son cham­pi­onship weeks ago un­der the old for­mat, but the new three-event FedEx Cup-style sys­tem means he has to play to claim the ti­tle. Play­ing with a sore knee that kept him out of last week’s tour­na­ment, shot a 71 to tie for sixth at 9 un­der.

TOTO JA­PAN CLAS­SIC

Shan­shan Feng needed ev­ery bit of the three-stroke lead she took to fi­nal hole at chilly Tai­heiyo Club to fin­ish off her sec­ond straight LPGA Tour vic­tory. The 27-year-old Chi­nese star closed with a dou­ble-bo­gey 6 to beat Ha Na Jang by a stroke in the TOTO Ja­pan Clas­sic, the last of six straight events in Asia. Feng closed with a 2-un­der 70 for a 13-un­der 203 to­tal, the dou­ble bo­gey her only dropped shots since the fourth hole Fri­day.

The win­ner last week in steamy Malaysia, Feng has fin­ished no worse than a tie for fourth in her last seven events. She started the run with the Olympic bronze medal in Rio, tied for fourth at Evian in France, opened the Asia trip at home in China with a fourth-place tie, was sec­ond be­hind Jang in Tai­wan and tied for third in South Korea. Play­ing two groups ahead of Feng, Jang birdied 16 and 17 in her third 68. The South Korean player has three vic­to­ries this year, beat­ing Feng by a stroke in Tai­wan. Feng shot a tour­na­ment-best 64 on Satur­day to take one-stroke lead over sec­ond-ranked Ariya Ju­tanu­garn into the fi­nal round. Ju­tanu­garn missed a chance to wrap up the LPGA Tour player of the year award with a vic­tory, shoot­ing a 74 to drop into a tie for 10th at 8 un­der. The Thai star leads the tour with five vic­to­ries and also tops the money list.

TURK­ISH AIR­LINES OPEN

Den­mark’s Thor­b­jorn Ole­sen held on to win the Turk­ish Air­lines Open for his fourth Eu­ro­pean Tour ti­tle. Seven strokes ahead en­ter­ing the round, Ole­sen closed with a 2-un­der 69 for a three-stroke vic­tory over Eng­land’s David Horsey (65) and China’s Li Hao­tong (65). Af­ter Horsey cut the lead to a shot, Ole­sen birdied the 12th, 14th and 15th. He fin­ished at 20-uner 264 at Reg­num Carya and earned nearly $1.2 mil­lion.

LAS VE­GAS: Rod Pam­pling, of Aus­tralia, holds the tro­phy af­ter win­ning the Shriners Hos­pi­tals for Chil­dren Open golf tour­na­ment Sun­day, in Las Ve­gas.

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