Mag­gert wins at Sacra­mento

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The Amer­i­can earns his sec­ond ma­jor vic­tory of the year by claim­ing the U. S. Se­nior Open ti­tle.

Jeff Mag­gert is mov­ing into an elite class on golf ’ s se­nior cir­cuit.

Mag­gert won the U. S. Se­nior Open on Sun­day for his sec­ond ma­jor vic­tory on the Cham­pi­ons Tour this year. He closed with a f ive­un­der- par 65 at sun- drenched Del Paso Coun­try Club in Sacra­mento, edg­ing de­fend­ing cham­pion Colin Mont­gomerie by two strokes.

Mag­gert, Mont­gomerie ( three) and Bern­hard Langer ( three) have com­bined to win the last eight ma­jors on the 50- and- over tour.

“It’s sat­is­fy­ing just be­cause the guys out here on the Cham­pi­ons Tour are the same guys that I was try­ing to beat 20 years ago,” Mag­gert said.

The 51- year- old Amer­i­can won his first se­nior ma­jor last month in Alabama in the Re­gions Tra­di­tion.

Mag­gert had three wins in more than 20 years on the PGA Tour.

He made six birdies and one bo­gey Sun­day to fin­ish at 10- un­der 270 and take home $ 675,000 and an ex­emp­tion into next year’s U. S. Open at Oak­mont, Pa.

Mont­gomerie closed with a 66. Grant Waite and Langer tied for third at seven un­der.

Af­ter three days that ended with bunched leader­boards, Mag­gert made three birdies to start his round to quickly pull away. He hit 12 of 13 fair­ways and con­sis­tently hit greens in reg­u­la­tion.

Wat­son wins play­off

Bubba Wat­son made an eight­foot birdie putt on the sec­ond play­off hole to out­last Paul Casey and win the Trav­el­ers Cham­pi­onship for the sec­ond time.

Casey had over­come a three­stroke deficit with f ive to play at Cromwell, Conn., ty­ing Wat­son at 16- un­der 264.

But Casey lost his chance at the ti­tle while play­ing the par- four 18th, when his third shot from a green­side bunker f lew over the green and landed on the cart path.

Choi’s ea­gle is timely

Na Yeon Choi ea­gled the par­four 16th hole from the fair­way to take the lead, and then went on to win the NW Arkansas Cham­pi­onship by two strokes for her ninth LPGA Tour ti­tle.

Choi closed with a two- un­der 69 to fin­ish at 15- un­der 198 at Pin­na­cle Coun­try Club at Rogers. Her eight­iron from 142 yards on the 16th one­hopped into the hole to give her a one- shot lead over Stacy Lewis.

Mika Miyazato fin­ished sec­ond at 13 un­der af­ter a 67. Lewis bo­geyed the par- five 18th for a 68 that left her tied for third at 12 un­der.

Sec­ond- ranked Ly­dia Ko had a 63 to tie for sixth at 11 un­der.

Lar­raz­a­bal’s vic­tory

Pablo Lar­raz­a­bal won the BMW In­ter­na­tional Open at Mu­nich by one shot for his fourth Euro­pean Tour ti­tle.

The Spa­niard, who also won the tour­na­ment in 2011, closed with a bo­gey- free six- un­der 66 to f in­ish with a 17- un­der 271 on the Eichen­ried Golf Club course.

Swe­den’s Hen­rik Sten­son shot five birdies and an ea­gle for a 65 but fin­ished a stroke back af­ter Lar­raz­a­bal seized the lead with his sixth birdie on the par- four 16th hole.

Harry How Getty I mages

JEFF MAG­GERT strikes a tee shot dur­ing the fourth round of the U. S. Se­nior Open at Sacra­mento, where he won by two strokes. Mag­gert also tri­umphed last month in a se­nior ma­jor.

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