DUBLIN, Ohio – Bart Bryant hit some dramatic shots Sunday at the Memorial, even if no one seemed to notice until an unlikely par on the final hole that gave him a one-shot victory over Fred Couples.

Bryant stole the lead from Couples with a 5-foot birdie on the 17th, then somehow escaped with par after his tee shot went into the hazard down the left side of the 18th fairway. He took a penalty drop, hit into 15 feet and watched the putt catch enough of the left side of the hole to drop for a 4-under 68.

Couples, playing in the final group behind him, narrowly missed a 10-foot birdie on the 17th, then flew his approach over the 18th green into deep rough, ending his hopes of winning for the first time in two years.

Bryant, who finished at 16-under 272, earned $990,000 and now gets a day off. He was headed for Tampa, Fla., on Monday for a U.S. Open qualifier, but his second PGA Tour victory in the last nine months gave him a spot in the field at Pinehurst No. 2 in two weeks, his first U.S. Open in 11 years.

Jenkins wins Allianz

POLK CITY, Iowa – Tom Jenkins has flirted with victory on the Champions Tour for more than a month. On Sunday, he finally got one.

Jenkins rolled in a 5-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to beat D.A. Weibring and win the Allianz Championship. He had finished in the top 10 in five of his previous six tournaments, including two seconds and a third, but just wasn’t able to get that win – until now.

“It’s nice to be able to perform when people are watching,” Jenkins said. “It’s great to end it like this.”

Jenkins and Weibring, the defending champion, finished 54 holes on the wind-swept Tournament Club of Iowa at 9-under 204, Jenkins closing with a 67 and Weibring a 66. Jenkins had finished second to Weibring in his tournament last year.

Sorenstam wins ShopRite LPGA Classic

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. – With a vintage performance and a rousing finish, Annika Sorenstam eagled the last hole for a final-round 64 Sunday to win the ShopRite LPGA Classic by four strokes.

After fending off game challenges by Juli Inkster and Laura Davies, Sorenstam rolled in a 50-foot putt for eagle at the 18th put the finishing touches on a 17-under 196 total.

It was Sorenstam’s 61st LPGA victory and fifth in seven events of this season.

Sorenstam trailed Inkster after one round, and the two shared the lead after 36 holes. The Swede overtook Inkster when it counted most, rallying from an unremarkable start with near-flawless iron play and precise putting.

She won the ShopRite for the third time and claimed the $210,000 winner’s share. Inkster closed with a 68 and was 13 under.

Eagle gives Jimenez victory in Wales Open

NEWPORT,Wales – Miguel Angel Jimenez eagled the 16th hole from 40 feet Sunday, carding a 7-under 62 to win the Wales Open by four strokes.

The Spanish Ryder Cup player trailed by one shot entering the final round and bogeyed his second hole. But he dropped no more shots and six birdies, plus the eagle, took him to a final total of 14-under 262.

It was Jimenez’s first win of the year and second of the season – he claimed the Hong Kong Open last December.

Sweden’s Martin Erlandsson shot a 63 to share second place with Spain’s Jose Manuel Lara (66).

France’s Jean-Francois Lucquin was fourth after a 67. Wales’ Ian Woosnam, Europe’s next Ryder Cup captain, shared fifth place with Joakim Haeggman and overnight leader Alessandro Tadini.


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