Law & Boutier first Vic Open champs
Geelong: Scotland’s David Law nailed an eagle on the last to win his first European Tour title Sunday, while France’s Celine Boutier clinched her maiden LPGA Tour crown at the Vic Open. The tournament, south of Melbourne, is the only one in the world with male and female fields, playing in alternate groups on the same course and for equal prize money.
It was co-sanctioned this year by the European Tour and US LPGA Tour for the first time. Australia’s Wade Ormsby was on track to claim the men’s title coming down the back nine before Law eagled the 18th to draw himself level. At the same time Ormsby, who had been solid off the tee all day, sent down a poor approach shot on the17th and carded a double-bogey. It left him also needing an eagle at the last to force a play off.
He gave himself the opportunity, but his eight-metre putt sneaked wide and he settled for a birdie and a tie for second with fellow Australian Brad Kennedy.
Casey ahead of Mickelson
San Francisco: Paul Casey opened a three-stroke lead over Phil Mickelson after the third round of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Saturday, a cushion the Englishman hopes will be enough to prevent his American rival from winning the storied tournament a fifth time.
Teeing off as part of a four-way tie for the lead, Casey jumped clear with a five-under 67 that give him a 15-under total of 200. Casey ended a nine-year drought on the PGA Tour when he won the Valspar Championship in Florida last March, holding off Tiger Woods and Patrick Reed by a stroke.