Golf Wra­pup MURRAY HOLDS ON FOR FIRST PGA TOUR TI­TLE

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - — The As­so­ci­ated Press

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 one-stroke vic­tory.

Murray closed with a 3-un­der-par 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 putt of more than 40 feet from be­low the hole. He fin­ished at 21-un­der 263.

“I was in con­trol,” said Murray, who nabbed $630,000 for the win. “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 the pre­vi­ous week at the John Deere Clas­sic and ar­rived in Alabama on a 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 a berth in the Masters.

Kim takes Marathon.

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

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

Af­ter play­ing the front nine in 6-un­der 28, the 29-year-old Kim added birdies on Nos. 15 and 16. She fin­ished at 21-un­der 263 at High­land Mead­ows.

Thomp­son closed with a 66 for her fifth run­ner-up fin­ish of the year.

Kaye closes on No. 18 to win Colorado Open.

Jonathan Kaye shot a 6un­der 66 to tie the scor­ing record and win the $100,000 first-place prize at the 53rd CoBank Colorado Open at Green Val­ley Ranch Golf Club.

The Boulder res­i­dent has won two PGA Tour events and has $11 mil­lion in ca­reer earn­ings be­tween Colorado Open vic­to­ries. His eight birdies helped him be one shot bet­ter than run­ner-up Ja­cob Lestishen of Lone Tree.

Both were tied at 21un­der af­ter Lestishen ea­gled the par-4 14th with a green­side chip-in. Kaye, in the group be­hind Lestishen, also birdied the 14th to take back the lead. Lestishen then tied it at 22-un­der with a birdie at 15, but Kaye’s birdie at the dif­fi­cult par-5 18th so­lid­i­fied his vic­tory, ty­ing the yearold, all-time tour­na­ment record of 23-un­der 265 set by cham­pion Neil John­son, who tied for third at 19un­der this year.

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