Schauffele birdies final hole to win Greenbrier
Rookie nabs his first Tour victory, ending with a 14-under 266
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.