Scheffler wins 6th of the year at Travelers in protest-marred finish. Yang wins 1st LPGA major

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Scottie Scheffler beat Tom Kim with a par on the first playoff hole to win the Travelers Championship on Sunday — waiting out a disruption by climate protesters who sprayed powder on the 18th green — for his sixth win of the year.

That’s the most in one PGA Tour season since Tiger Woods won six in 2009 and the most by a player before July since Arnold Palmer in 1962.

It was Scheffler’s fourth victory of the year in the PGA Tour’s $20 million signature events, earning him a payday of $3.6 million. He also won the Masters and The Players Championship.

Scheffler closed with a 5-under 65 to post 22-under 258 at the TPC River Highlands. After the disruption on the 18th, which delayed play for about five minutes after police tackled the protesters, Scheffler left a 26-foot putt from the fringe on the edge of the cup and tapped in for par. Kim then made a 10-foot birdie putt for a 66 to catch Scheffler.

The hole location on the 18th was moved for the playoff to avoid the parts of the green affected by the protesters. Scheffler hit his approach to 11 feet while Kim found a plugged lie in the front bunker and made bogey. Scheffler two-putted for par and the victory.

LPGA Tour and PGA of America

SAMMAMISH, Wash. (AP) — Amy Yang built a huge lead and survived a couple of late mistakes to win her long-awaited first major title on Sunday, a three-shot victory in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

Yang closed with an even-par 72 at Sahalee to finish at 7-under 281. She was nearly flawless for the first 15 holes and reached 10 under for the tournament for a seven-shot lead before running into a little bit of trouble, dropping three shots in two holes. None of her pursuers was able to mount a significant charge.

At age 34, Yang is the oldest major winner on the LPGA Tour since Angela Stanford won the 2018 Evian Championship at age 40.

Yang’s sixth LPGA victory was her first since last year’s CME Group Tour Championship, which was also the most recent victory by a South Korean player. She earned a spot in the Paris Olympics, where she will represent South Korea for the third time.

Lilia Vu and Jin Young Ko each shot 71 to tie for second at 284. Vu shot three rounds under par, but couldn’t overcome a 75 in the first round.

LIV Golf League

COLLEGE GROVE, Tenn. (AP) — Tyrrell Hatton won the inaugural LIV Golf Nashville on Sunday, easily holding off Jon Rahm and two-time U.S. Open champ Bryson DeChambeau for the Englishman’s first victory since January 2021 at Abu Dhabi.

Hatton took a three-stroke lead into the round, and shot a 6-under 65 to polish off a six-stroke win over Sam Horsfield at The Grove.

This was Hatton’s ninth event since joining LIV Golf, and a tie for fourth had been his best finish. His lone PGA Tour victory was the 2020 Arnold Palmer Invitational. With captain Rahm shooting a 68, Hatton helped Legion XIII also win its third team title.

Rahm played his first event since an infection on his left foot kept him out of the U.S. Open after withdrawing from LIV Golf Houston during the second round. He tied for third with DeChambeau (68), Joaquin Niemann (62) and Lee Westwood (66).

European tour

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Guido Migliozzi of Italy holed a 7-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th and then birdied it twice more in sudden death to win the KLM Open in a three-man playoff on Sunday.

Migliozzi birdied two of his last three holes for a 1-under 70, joining Marcus Kinhult of Sweden and Joe Dean of England, who earlier birdied the 18th and each posted a 68.

All three players birdied the 18th on the first playoff hole, but the Italian was the only player who managed birdie on the second extra hole, two-putting from about 60 feet for his first European tour victory in nearly two years.

Migliozzi and Dean earned the two spots available for the British Open next month at Royal Troon through the Open Qualifying Series. Dean earned the exemption over Kinhult based on a better world ranking.

PGA Tour Champions

ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) — Padraig Harrington won the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open for the third consecutive year on Sunday, making a key par save on the par-3 17th to hold on for a 4-under 68 and a one-shot victory over Mike Weir.

Weir was playing two groups ahead of Harrington and closed within one shot by making birdie on the 17th hole. Harrington missed the green to the right and faced a difficult lie, with the ball sitting down on a slight slope.

He chipped it about 8 feet past the hole and made the par putt, and then closed out with a par on the 18th at En-Joie Golf Club to finish at 15-under 201.

The victory comes one week after Harrington was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame during the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

Weir closed with a 67. Ken Duke (68), Mark Hensby (66) and Ken Tanigawa (70) tied for third, two shots behind. Tanigawa was part of a three-way tie for the 36-hole lead with Harrington and Stephen Ames.

Korn Ferry Tour

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — John Pak capped off his first Korn Ferry Tour victory on Sunday when he closed with a 2-under 70 for a three-shot victory in the inaugural Compliance Solutions Championship.

Pak had a seven-shot lead going into the final round thanks to a 65 on Saturday. He responded to an early bogey with a birdie, played the front nine of the Jimmie Austin OU course even, and played bogey-free on the back nine with birdies on both the par 5s.

Jackson Suber, the alternate who replaced an injured Jon Rahm at the U.S. Open and then made the cut, closed with a 63 to finish alone in second and move to No. 22 on the points list.

Steven Fish (67) finished alone in third.

Pak, who swept all the college awards in 2021 as a senior at Florida State, finished at 23-under 265 and moved from No. 51 to No. 9 on the points list.

Other tours

Soo Bin Joo shot 3-under 69 on Sunday and won the Island Resort Championship in an Epson Tour event that was reduced to 36 holes because of rain. Former LSU star Ingrid Lindblad had a 66 and was among five players who tied for second. … Ryo Ishikawa closed with a 4-under 68 for a one-shot victory in the Japan Players Championship, his 19th career victory on the Japan Golf Tour. … Minkyu Kim won the Kolon Korea Open for the second time with a 5-under 66, giving him a three-shot victory over Younghan Song. Kim and Song each earned a spot in the British Open through the Open Qualifying Series. … Frederik Kjettrup of Denmark won in his second start as a pro when the Florida State alum closed with a 2-under 68 for a one-shot victory in The Beachlands Victoria Open in Canada on the PGA Tour Americas. … John Parry won his third Challenge Tour title when he closed with a 2-under 68 and won the first hole of a playoff with a par to defeat Per Langfors in the Blot Open de Bretagne. … Marta Martin of Spain closed with a 9-under 63 for a four-shot victory over Rosie Davies in the Tipsport Czech Ladies Open on the Ladies European Tour. … Sakura Koiwai won for the second time this year on the Japan LPGA with a 7-under 65 for a six-shot victory in the Earth Mondahmin Cup. … Hungkyung Park closed with a 2-under 70 and won a three-way playoff on the fourth extra hole to capture the Hankyung Ladies Cup on the Korea LPGA.


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