Created: 03/31/2015 12:22 PM WNYT.com
By: By The Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Jimmy Walker won his hometown Texas Open on Sunday to become the first two-time winner this season on the PGA Tour, beating fellow Texan Jordan Spieth by four strokes.
Walker closed with a 2-under 70 to finish at 11-under 277 at TPC San Antonio, a 35-minute drive from his home. The 36-year-old former Baylor player won the Sony Open in Hawaii by nine shots in January and has a tour-best five victories in the past two seasons.
Spieth also finished with a 70, making four late birdies in a row. The 21-year-old Dallas player was coming off a playoff victory two weeks ago at Innisbrook.
Walker and Spieth will move to career highs in the world ranking, with Spieth going from sixth to fourth and Walker from 13th to 10th.
FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel was third at 4 under after a 71.
Phil Mickelson closed with a 76 to drop into a tie for 30th at 4 over.
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Cristie Kerr ran off four straight birdies on the back nine and closed with a 7-under 65 to win the Kia Classic for her first LPGA Tour title in nearly two years.
Starting the final round three shots behind, Kerr was in a three-way tie for the lead at Aviara Golf Club when she pulled away from Mirim Lee and 17-year-old Lydia Ko. Her fourth straight birdie was on the 16th hole when she drove the green and two-putted from 20 feet.
It was her 17th career win and first since May 2013 at the Kingsmill Championship. The 37-year-old American had a tournament-record 20-under 268 total.
Kerr's two-shot victory over Lee (70) ended a stretch of seven straight LPGA events won by South Korean-born players dating to the CME Group Tour Championship last year.
Ko was tied for the lead with a birdie on the par-3 14th hole, but the No. 1 player in women's golf didn't make another birdie the rest of the way. She lipped out on a 5-foot putt on the 16th and finished with a three-putt bogey on the 18th for a 67 to finish third at 17 under. It was her 28th consecutive round under par on the LPGA Tour, one short of the record Annika Sorenstam set in 2004.
MISSISSIPPI GULF RESORT CLASSIC
SAUCIER, Miss. (AP) — David Frost survived a one-stroke penalty on the par-3 17th and won the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic when Tom Lehman missed a 4-foot birdie putt on the last hole.
The 55-year-old South African finished with a 4-under 68 at Fallen Oak for a one-stroke victory over 2011 winner Lehman and second-round leader Kevin Sutherland.
Frost was penalized after the coin marking his ball on the green moved when he accidentally dropped the ball on it. That left him with a bogey and cut his lead to a stroke.
Frost, disqualified last year for moving a stone in a bunker, made a testy-5-footer for par on the final hole to get to 10-under 206, then waited as Lehman missed virtually the same putt for birdie.
Lehman closed with a 70, and Sutherland had a 72.
TROPHEE HASSAN II
AGADIR, Morocco (AP) — Scotland's Richie Ramsay won the Trophee Hassan II for his third European Tour title, beating France's Romain Wattel by a stroke.
Ramsay finished with a 3-under 69 to finish at 10-under 278 at Golf du Palais Royal. He lost a three-shot lead before recovering with three straight birdies on Nos. 12-14 and parring the last four.
Wattel closed with a 70.
BROUSSARD, La. (AP) — Kelly Kraft won the Louisiana Open for his first Web.com Tour title, closing with a 6-under 65 in windy conditions for a one-stroke victory at Le Triomphe.
Kraft, the 26-year-old former SMU player who won the 2012 U.S. Amateur, had a 14-under 270 total. He earned $99,000 to jump to sixth on the money list with $113,414.
Six strokes behind Rick Cochran III at the start of the round, Kraft birdied Nos. 15-17 and finished with a par on the par-4 18th after missing a 6-foot birdie putt.
South Korea's D.H. Lee and Australia's Rhein Gibson tied for second. Lee birdied for the final two holes for a 63. Gibson bogeyed Nos. 13 and 14 and closed with four straight pars for a 71. He missed a 15-foot birdie putt on 18. Cochran closed with a 73 to tie for fourth at 12 under.
FLORIDA'S NATURAL CHARITY CLASSIC
LAKE WALES, Fla. (AP) — Sue Kim won the Symetra Tour's Florida's Natural Charity Classic, leading a Canadian sweep of the first three places.
Kim, the 24-year-old former University of Denver player from Langley, British Columbia, closed with a 2-under 70 to finish at 5-under 211 at Lake Wales Country Club. Kim earned $18,750 to take the lead on the money list with $20,201. The final top 10 will earn 2016 LPGA Tour cards.
Sisters Brooke and Brittany Henderson tied for second, three strokes back. The 17-year-old Brooke Henderson finished with a 70, and Brittany Henderson shot a 74.
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