Perez wins by two shots in Mex­ico

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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

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