Australian golfer Herbert wins Dubai Desert playoff


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Golfer Lucas Herbert marked Australia Day in his native country by capturing his first profession­al title, beating Christiaan Bezuidenho­ut of South Africa at the second hole of a playoff to win the Dubai Desert Classic after a wild final round Sunday.

Herbert rolled in a birdie from 2 feet at the 18th on his third trip up the last hole at Emirates Golf Club, after Bezuidenho­ut

failed to get up and down from the back of the green for his own birdie.

They had both shot 4-under 68s to come from way back in the field to finish on 9-under 279, two strokes clear of three players – Tom Lewis (74), Dean Burmester (72) and Adri Arnaus (70).

LPGA: Madelene Sagstrom won the Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio on Sunday for her first LPGA title, birdieing the par-3 17th to tie for the lead and winning with a par when Nasa Hataoka missed a 3-footer on the last hole. Sagstrom finished with a 2-under 70 for a 17-under 271 total at rain-softened Boca Rio Golf Club in Boca Raton, Florida. Hataoka shot 69. The Japanese player birdied Nos. 15 and 16 to take the lead, then fell into a tie when Sagstrom birdied the 17th and lost with the bogey on the par-4 18th.

Rolex 24 at Daytona: Wayne Taylor raised two sons to become world-class sports car drivers. In the biggest event in North America, the recent empty nester proved he’s still the man in charge. Wayne Taylor Racing won the Rolex 24 at Daytona on Sunday in Florida for the second consecutiv­e year, the third time in four seasons and fourth time overall. It was the first victory for the team owner without a Taylor behind the wheel. He assembled a lineup full of Rolex winners: five-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon and Kamui Kobayashi, one of the top sports car racers in the world. They joined Ryan Briscoe and Renger van der Zande, the full-time drivers of the No. 10 Cadillac DPi.

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