Rookie earns close-shave first vic­tory at Bar­ba­sol

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - GOLF -

OPE­LIKA, Ala. — Rookie Grayson Mur­ray won the Bar­ba­sol Cham­pi­onship on Sun­day for his first PGA Tour ti­tle, hol­ing a 5-foot par putt on the fi­nal hole for a on­e­stroke vic­tory.

Mur­ray closed with a 3-un­der 68 to edge Chad Collins on Grand Na­tional’s Lake Course. The 23-year-old for­mer Wake For­est and Ari­zona State player set up the win­ning par with a 40-plus foot putt from be­low the hole. He fin­ished at 21-un­der 263.

“I was in con­trol,” said Mur­ray, who nabbed $630,000 for the vic­tory. “I didn’t get out of my game plan once. I was go­ing to let them make the mis­takes in­stead of my­self. I was go­ing to make them have to birdie the last hole, or the last few holes. I was play­ing for par on 17 and 18. I knew if I parred those, they’d have to do some­thing spe­cial to beat me.”

Mur­ray missed the cut last week at the John Deere Clas­sic and ar­rived in Alabama on Sun­day to pre­pare. It paid off, the win se­cur­ing him a spot in the PGA Cham­pi­onship in his home state of North Carolina though not the Mas­ters.

Brian Gay had a 65 to tie for third at 19 un­der with third-round leader Scott Stallings (71) and for­mer Arkansas Ra­zor­back Tag Rid­ings (69). Each won $182,000.

Ry­der Cup cap­tain Jim Furyk, who didn’t qual­ify for the Bri­tish Open, fin­ished at 11 un­der af­ter a third con­sec­u­tive 68.

The fi­nal round started early on two tees be­cause of a bad weather fore­cast, but the con­di­tions held steady in swel­ter­ing heat.

Ken Duke (Arkadel­phia, Hen­der­son State) fin­ished the tour­na­ment in a tie for 55th at 8 un­der and won $7,945.


Kim wins sec­ond of 2017

SYL­VA­NIA, Ohio — InKyung Kim ral­lied to win the Marathon Clas­sic on Sun­day to be­come the sec­ond twotime win­ner this sea­son on the LPGA Tour.

Two strokes be­hind 18-year-old Nelly Korda en­ter­ing the round, Kim birdied six of the first nine holes and fin­ished with an 8-un­der 63 for a four-stroke vic­tory over Lexi Thomp­son.

Kim also won the ShopRite LPGA Clas­sic in June in New Jersey. The six-time LPGA Tour win­ner joined fel­low South Korean player So Yeon Ryu as the only mul­ti­ple win­ners this sea­son.

Stacy Lewis (Arkansas Ra­zor­backs) shot a 2-un­der 69 and fin­ished tied for 45th at 4 un­der, good enough for $6,206. Emily Ru­bert (Ra­zor­backs) slipped back Sun­day, shoot­ing a 75 to fin­ish tied for 53rd at 2 un­der. She won $4,972.

WEB.COM TOUR Ry­der in a ru­n­away

Sam Ry­der had no prob- lems Sun­day fin­ish­ing off the Pin­na­cle Bank Cham­pi­onship at the Club at In­dian Creek in Omaha, Neb.

Ry­der shot a 4-un­der 67 to fin­ish at 21 un­der and win the tour­na­ment over four oth­ers eight strokes be­hind, in­clud­ing for­mer Arkansas Ra­zor­back An­drew Landry who won $39,600 for his tie for sec­ond place. Landry now leads the Tour money list with $276,118 in 14 events.

Austin Cook (Jones­boro, Ra­zor­backs) was two strokes be­hind that at 11 un­der and won $18,075. Se­bas­tian Cap­pe­len (Ra­zor­backs) fin­ished at 8 un­der for $7,824, a stroke ahead of Zack Fis­cher (Lit­tle Rock) who pock­eted $4,997. Matt Atkins (Hen­der­son State) was 7 un­der and won $2,952. Tay­lor Moore (Ra­zor­backs) was 3-un­der.

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