Perez wins by two shots in Mexico
Pat Perez won the OHL Classic at Mayakoba on Sunday in his third start since returning from shoulder surgery. Perez closed with a 4-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over third-round leader Gary Woodland on the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleon course. Perez finished at 21-under 263. Perez had surgery on his shoulder in February. He returned with a tie for 33rd in Malaysia, and tied for seventh last week in Las Vegas.
Perez shot a 62 on Saturday to pull within a stroke of Woodland. The 40-year-old former Arizona State player birdied five of the first eight holes and had a bogey on the par-4 12th.
He also won the 2009 Bob Hope Classic. Woodland birdied the final two holes for a 70. Russell Knox was third at 18 under after a 66.
CHARLES SCHWAB CUP CHAMPIONSHIP
Paul Goydos and Bernhard Langer got the big trophies and checks in the PGA Tour Champions’ season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship. Goydos completed a wire-towire victory in the tournament, and Langer finished second to win his third straight season points title and fourth overall.
Goydos shot a 4-under 66 to finish at 15under 195 on Desert Mountain’s Cochise Course. He opened with a 62 in windy conditions and shot a 67 on Saturday to take a two-stroke lead in the final round. Langer had a 64. Recovering from a left knee injury that forced him to withdraw from the playoff opener at Sherwood, the 59-year-old German star won the $1 million annuity as the Charles Schwab Cup season champion and also topped the tour with four victories and $3,016,959.
Colin Montgomerie had a 68 to finish third at 11 under. The 52-year-old Goydos earned $440,000. He also won the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in July in New York and has four victories on the 50-and-over tour. He won twice on the PGA Tour.
CITIBANAMEX LORENA OCHOA INVITATIONAL
Carlota Ciganda rallied to win the Citibanamex Lorena Ochoa Invitational for her second LPGA Tour victory in four starts. The 26year-old Spaniard shot a 4-under 68 at Club de Golf Mexico for a two-stroke victory over six players. She played the four par-5 holes in 5 under, making an eagle on No. 2 and birdies on 6, 11 and 17. Ciganda won the LPGA KEB-Hana Bank Championship a month ago in South Korea for her first tour title. The former Arizona State player has five straight top-10 finishes.
Ciganda won a year after finishing second Inbee Park on the tree-lined course. Third-round leader Austin Ernst had a 71 to drop into a tie for second with Angela Stanford (69), Jodi Ewart Shadoff (67), Karine Icher (69) and Sarah Jane Smith (70). Tournament host Ochoa won 27 LPGA Tour titles. The Mexican star retired in 2010. She will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame next year.
NEDBANK GOLF CHALLENGE
Alex Noren rallied to win the Nedbank Golf Challenge, rebounding for a third-round 75 with a 63 for a six-stroke victory.
The 34-year-old Swede has four European Tour victories this season. Noren was 9 under through the first 11 holes at Gary Player Country Club. He finished at 14-under 274 and earned $1.16 million to move into third place in the Race to Dubai standings entering the seasonending World Tour Championship next week in Dubai. Third-round leader Jeunghun Wang of South Korea had a 75 to finish second.— AP
PLAYA DEL CARMEN: Pat Perez of the United States holds up his trophy after he won the OHL Classic at Mayakoba golf tournament in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Sunday. — AP