Park wins an­other PGA

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In­bee Park shot a fi­nal­round 68 and fin­ished at 19 un­der par to win the KPMG Women’s PGA cham­pi­onship at Har­ri­son, N.Y., for the third con­sec­u­tive year and re­take the No. 1 rank­ing in women’s golf.

The 26-year-old from South Korea made five birdies and shot a bo­gey-free round at the Westch­ester Coun­try Club, fin­ish­ing the tour­na­ment five strokes ahead of 22-year-old Sei Young Kim, also from South Korea.

Park, who shot 273 for the tour­na­ment, tied the LPGA tour record for the low­est score in a ma­jor and fin­ished the four rounds with 22 birdies and three bo­geys.

Lexi Thomp­son ended up in third place. She had eight birdies on her first 13 holes Sun­day and shot a 66 to fin­ish at 12 un­der par.

This is Park’s sixth ma­jor ti­tle. She ties An­nika Soren­stam as the only golfer to claim the PGA cham­pi­onship three years in a row. St. Jude Clas­sic

Fabian Gomez of Ar­gentina won his first PGA Tour ti­tle at the St. Jude Clas­sic in Mem­phis, Tenn., beat­ing Eng­land’s Greg Owen by four strokes.

Gomez, 36, started the round tied with Owen atop the leader­board at nine un­der, with 23 play­ers within four strokes. Gomez shot four-un­der 66 for a 267 to­tal for the win. He carded a five birdie-one bo­gey round for his first PGA ti­tle in his 70th start.

Tak­ing home the win­ner’s check of $1.08 mil­lion is a nice turn­around for Gomez, who had to earn back his tour card through the Web.com Tour last year. When he rolled in a 30-footer for birdie on No. 18 for the fi­nal mar­gin, Gomez cel­e­brated by hold­ing up his put­ter and pump­ing his right fist.

Owen fin­ished with a 70 for the round.

Phil Mick­el­son re­mains win­less since 2013 as he tied for third (65-272). He fin­ished with a f lour­ish, rolling in a 25-footer for birdie that nearly lipped out on No. 18. Mick­el­son fin­ished tied with Se­ung-Yul Noh (65), Michael Thomp­son (66), Matt Jones (68) and Brooks Koepka (70).

Boo Week­ley (65), Billy Horschel (65), Rus­sell Knox (66) and Chad Camp­bell (68) all tied for sev­enth at 273.

Mick­el­son used this event at TPC South­wind, spon­sored by FedEx, to tune up his game for the U.S. Open at Cham­bers Bay in Wash­ing­ton. He carded eight birdies Sun­day with three bo­geys and says he got the con­fi­dence boost he wanted.

“I’m feel­ing a lot bet­ter about head­ing into the U.S. Open af­ter this week than I did af­ter last,” he said.

This event be­longed to Gomez, who honed his game with tips from his men­tor Jose Co­ceres along with many rounds with An­gel Cabr­era. He al­ready had won twice on the PGA Tour Lati­noamer­ica in Buenos Aires in 2013 and 2014. The last time he had a piece of the 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour, he tied Jor­dan Spi­eth for sec­ond at the 2013 Puerto Rico Open. Se­nior Play­ers

Bern­hard Langer won the Se­nior Play­ers Cham­pi­onship at Bel­mont, Mass., for the sec­ond year in a row. It’s his fifth ma­jor on the Cham­pi­ons Tour.

The two-time Masters win­ner shot a three-un­der­par 68 in the fi­nal round to fin­ish at 19 un­der. That’s six strokes ahead of Kirk Triplett, who shot 64 to vault into sec­ond place.

Langer is the first golfer to win the tour­na­ment in con­sec­u­tive years since Arnold Palmer 30 years ago. The 57-year-old Ger­man earned his 24th victory on the Cham­pi­ons Tour, ty­ing him with Miller Bar­ber for fourth all-time. Langer opened with two 65s, then shot 67 in the third round Satur­day to im­prove to 16 un­der. Russ Cochran opened the day eight strokes back in sec­ond place and shot 69 to tie for third with Joe Du­rant and Colin Mont­gomerie.

Julio Cortez As­so­ci­ated Press

IN­BEE PARK, of South Korea, shot a 19-un­der par 273 and re­claimed the No. 1 rank­ing in women’s golf.

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