Pam­pling wins first ti­tle on PGA Tour in 10 years

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LAS VE­GAS >> 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 30foot 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-yearold 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 Tour, and had to re­turn to the 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.


RICH­MOND, VA. >> Scott McCarron won the Do­min­ion Char­ity Clas­sic to get a top­five 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 15-footer 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.

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