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