Golf Capsules

Created: 08/04/2015 9:22 AM WNYT.com
By: By The Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Troy Merritt won the Quicken Loans National on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, closing with a 4-under 67 for a three-stroke victory over Rickie Fowler.

The victory came a day after Merritt soared to the lead with a tournament-record 61 at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. The 29-year-old former Boise State player won in his 96th career start on the tour, finishing at 18-under 266.

Rickie Fowler, who started the day a shot off the lead, made a birdie on the final hole to claim second, and David Lingmerth was third, but both had up-and-down rounds. Fowler shot a 69 that featured seven birdies and five bogeys, and Lingmerth's 69 included five birdies and three bogeys.

On a day when no one shot better than 67, tournament host Tiger Woods also provided some excitement, making birdies on five of his first 10 holes to get to 10 under long before the leaders got underway.

But Woods faltered with three back-nine bogeys and shot a 68 to tie for 18th at 8 under.


TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) — Inbee Park rallied to win the Women's British Open to become the seventh women to win four different major championships.

The top-ranked South Korean player closed with a 7-under 65 at Turnberry for a three-stroke victory over compatriot Jin Young Ko. Park finished at 12-under 276.

Park, who has won six of the last 14 majors. The LPGA Tour has five majors and Park hasn't won the Evian Championship since it was given major status in 2013. She did win the French event in 2012.

Louise Suggs, Mickey Wright, Pat Bradley, Juli Inkster, Karrie Webb and Annika Sorenstam also have won four different majors.

Ko finished with a 71.

So Yeon Ryu and Lydia Ko tied for third at 8 under. Ryu had a 68, and Lydia Ko shot 69.


BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Kenny Perry successfully defended his 3M Championship title, shooting a 4-under 68 for a four-stroke victory over Bernhard Langer, Scott Dunlap and Kevin Sutherland.

After shooting a 61 on Saturday to take a four-stroke lead, the 54-year-ol Perry had six birdies and two bogeys in the final round to finish at 18-under 198. He became the first player to successfully defend a title in the tournament's 23-year history, winning for the eighth time on the Champions Tour.

Last year, Perry made a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to beat Langer by a stroke.

Langer closed with a 67, and Dunlap and Sutherland each shot 68.


ABERDEEN, Scotland (AP) — Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat took the inaugural Paul Lawrie Match Play, holing a 4-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for a 1-up victory over Sweden's Robert Karlsson.

Aphibarnrat had three European Tour titles, also winning events in Malaysia and China.

In the third-place match at Murcar Links, England's David Howell beat Scotland's Marc Warren 1 up. In the morning semifinals, Aphibarnrat topped Warren 3 and 2, and Karlsson beat Howell in 20 holes.


LEHI, Utah (AP) — Patton Kizzire won the Utah Championship for first Web.com Tour title, beating South Korea's Sung Kang with a 3-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff.

Kizzire closed with a 3-under 69 to match Kang at 19-under 269 at Thanksgiving Point. The 29-year-old former Auburn player earned $117,000 to push his tour-leading total to $391,699.

Kang had five back-nine birdies in a 67.

Kizzire set up his winning putt on the par-4 18th with a wedge shot from 63 yards, after Kang left his 75-yard shot 40 feet short.


SANTO DA SERRA, Madeira Islands (AP) — Finland's Roope Kakko pulled away in the Madeira Islands Open for his first European Tour title, closing with a 9-under 63 for a three-stroke victory.

The 33-year-old Kakko had eagled the par-4 10th and had seven birdies to finish at a tournament-record 24-under 264. Scotland's Scott Henry was second after a 66.

The tournament was postponed in March after a round because of rain and high wind.


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Annie Park won the PHC Classic for her second Symetra Tour victory in three weeks, beating Lee Lopez with a 15-foot birdie on the third hole of a playoff.

Park closed with a 72, birdieing the final two holes in regulation to match Lopez at 5-under 211 at Brown Deer Park. Lopez had three back-nine bogeys in a 75.

Park, the 20-year-old former Southern California player from Levittown, New York, earned $15,000 to jump from 15th to seventh on the money list with $42,596 in six starts since turning pro. The final top 10 will earn 2016 LPGA Tour cards. Park won two weeks ago in Rochester, New York.

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