Schauf­fele birdies fi­nal hole to win Green­brier

Rookie nabs his first Tour vic­tory, end­ing with a 14-un­der 266

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By The As­so­ci­ated Press

A strong fin­ish in the U.S. Open late month helped pre­pare Xan­der Schauf­fele for the nerver­ack­ing grind of chas­ing a ti­tle on the PGA Tour.

The rookie made a 3-foot birdie putt on the fi­nal hole Sun­day to win The Green­brier Clas­sic by a stroke over Robert Streb for his first Tour vic­tory.

Schauf­fele closed with a 3un­der-par 67 and fin­ished at 14un­der 266 to cap a day-long duel with Streb and third-round leader Se­bas­tian Muñoz.

Streb shot 69. Muñoz had a 72 to tie for third with Jamie Love­mark at 12-un­der. Love­mark shot a 69.

The 23-year-old Schauf­fele, who took up golf af­ter giv­ing up soc­cer be­cause his coaches wanted him to switch from of­fense to de­fense, tied for fifth in his first U.S. Open at Erin Hills.

Schauf­fele, Streb, Muñoz and Love­mark earned spots in the Bri­tish Open in two weeks. The lead­ing four play­ers not al­ready ex­empt from the top-12 fin­ish­ers qual­i­fied. Rus­sell Hen­ley was the only player among the top-10 fin­ish­ers who al­ready was in.

Kirk wins LPGA Clas­sic by one.

ONEIDA, WIS.» Kather­ine Kirk won the Thorn­berry Creek LPGA Clas­sic, match­ing Ash­leigh Buhai with a birdie on the fi­nal hole for a one-stroke vic­tory.

Four strokes ahead of Buhai en­ter­ing the round, Kirk made a 10foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th for a 2-un­der 70. She fin­ished at 22-un­der 266 in the first-year event at Thorn­berry Creek — the Oneida Nation-owned re­sort near Green Bay.

The 35-year-old Aus­tralian won her third LPGA Tour ti­tle and first in 152 starts since the 2010 Nav­is­tar LPGA Clas­sic. She also won the 2008 Cana­dian Women’s Open.

Kirk earned $300,000 and se­cured a spot next week in the U.S. Women’s Open.

Buhai, from South Africa, shot a 67.

South Korea’s Sei Young Kim was third at 20-un­der af­ter a 63. Thai­land’s Por­nanong Phatlum shot a ca­reer-best 62 — also the best round of the week — to fin­ish fourth at 19-un­der.

Rahm wins Ir­ish Open eas­ily.

PORTSTEWART, NORTH­ERN IRE­LAND» Jon Rahm won the Ir­ish Open by six strokes with a record tour­na­ment score, shoot­ing a 7un­der 65 in a fi­nal round that in­cluded two ea­gles.

The 22-year-old for­mer Ari­zona State star from Spain holed out from 150 yards for an ea­gle on No. 4 and strung to­gether four con­sec­u­tive birdies from No. 7 to turn what promised to be a tight fi­nal day into a pro­ces­sion at Portstewart Golf Club. He added a sec­ond ea­gle with a long putt on the 14th, a par-5 hole.

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