Unknown Merritt takes first PGA win at National
Sun, 02 Aug 2015 20:12:39 -0400
American Troy Merritt, who missed the cut in his prior five starts, shot a four-under par 67 to win the Quicken Loans National and capture his first PGA title. The unheralded 29-year-old held off US star Rickie Fowler and Swede David Lingmerth over the back nine, closing with a 35-foot birdie putt to become the 10th first-time winner on the US PGA Tour this season but the first in the history of the National. World number 180 Merritt, who fired a tournament-record 61 on Saturday, finished 72 holes at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club on 18-under 266 for a three-stroke victory over Fowler with Lingmerth third on 270.
Pirates notch testy triumph over Reds
Sun, 02 Aug 2015 19:57:54 -0400
A late-game shoving match that saw both benches and bullpens clear served only to slow down the Pittsburgh Pirates' 3-0 triumph over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. In Cincinnati, Pirates right-hander Charlie Morton pitched seven shut-out innings and second baseman Neil Walker smacked a solo home run to pace the Pittsburgh. The visitors were already up 3-0 when Pirates relief pitcher Tony Watson hit Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips with a pitch in the eighth inning.
Nine-year-old Kansas batboy critically injured by blow to head
Sun, 02 Aug 2015 19:48:24 -0400
A 9-year-old batboy for a Kansas baseball team was in critical condition on Sunday after being accidentally struck in the head by a player taking practice swings while waiting for his turn at the plate, a hospital official said. Kaiser Carlisle was knocked unconscious by a blow to the back of his head from a batter warming up during a game on Saturday in Wichita, bringing play to a halt as emergency medical personnel rushed onto the field, according to local television station KAKE-TV. Kaiser was serving as a batboy for the Bee Jays, a team from Liberal, Kansas, competing in the National Baseball Congress World Series, which consists of teams from 15 amateur and semi-professional leagues in the United States and Canada.
Merritt wins first PGA Tour title at Quicken Loans National
Sun, 02 Aug 2015 19:44:36 -0400
(Reuters) - Troy Merritt held firm and finished with a flourish to claim his first PGA Tour title with a three-stroke win on Sunday at the Quicken Loans National at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia. Merritt, who had missed his last five cuts, put himself in position with a course and tournament record 61 in the third round of his 96th career PGA start. Rickie Fowler's long birdie at the 18th for a 69 earned him second place at 15-under, one stroke ahead of Sweden's David Lingmerth, who posted a 69 for 270.
Woods optimistic after bounce back in final round
Sun, 02 Aug 2015 16:58:58 -0400
(Reuters) - Tiger Woods bounced back from an erratic third round to close with a three-under 68 at the Quicken Loans National and predicted he would eventually get back to winning golf tournaments. Striping it," Woods told CBS TV after his round at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Virginia. "Good day." Woods, who has been struggling mightily to regain his form after back surgery and another swing change, hit another bump in the road with three bogeys in four holes from the 11th, but added a birdie at 17 for 68 and an eight-under total of 276.
Scrambling Tiger makes strides with solid week
Sun, 02 Aug 2015 16:16:18 -0400
Tiger Woods, trying to recapture the form that won 14 major titles, says he made "big strides" in reviving his game at the PGA Quicken Loans National despite a failed Sunday charge. Tournament host Woods birdied five of the first 10 holes, including a 42-foot birdie putt at the par-3 ninth, but then made bogeys on three of the next four holes. The 39-year-old American answered with an eight-foot birdie putt at 17 but settled for a three-under par 68 final round to finish on eight-under 276 -- his lowest 72-hole score in relation to par at a PGA event since the 2013 BMW Championship.
Kiradech wins Paul Lawrie Matchplay on final hole
Sun, 02 Aug 2015 16:11:28 -0400
Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat won his second European Tour title of the year on Sunday when he defeated Robert Karlsson on the final hole to clinch the Paul Lawrie Matchplay. The 26-year-old Thai, already a two-time tour winner after capturing the 2013 Malaysia Open and this year's Shenzhen International, was three up with four holes to play. Kiradech held his nerve on the 18th where he putted from four feet just after Karlsson had dragged his birdie attempt wide.
Thai Aphibarnrat secures dramatic victory
Sun, 02 Aug 2015 14:42:38 -0400
Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat beat Sweden's Robert Karlsson by one hole in a dramatic final to win the Paul Lawrie Match Play title in Aberdeen, Scotland on Sunday. Aphibarnrat birdied the final hole to fend off an inspired fightback from Karlsson who won three holes in a row to send the pair down the 18th fairway locked together. It was a third European tour title for Aphibarnrat, known as the Asian John Daly after the long-hitting American twice major champion, and his first outside his home continent.
Park Inbee wins British Open for seventh major
Sun, 02 Aug 2015 14:17:51 -0400
South Korea's Park Inbee claimed her seventh major Sunday when she carded seven birdies and an eagle in a record-equalling final round of 65 to win the Women's British Open. Park has also won two US Opens and the 2013 Kraft Nabisco Championship. Ko Jin-Young, the 20-year-old Korean LPGA player, was three shots behind in second place after a 71, with world number two Lydia Ko (69) and Ryu So Yeon (68) tied for third on eight under par.
Kakko becomes second Finnish winner on European Tour
Sun, 02 Aug 2015 13:46:31 -0400
São João da Madeira (Portugal) (AFP) - Roope Kakko became only the second Finnish man to win a European Tour event on Sunday when he carded a nine-under-par final round 63 to clinch the Madeira Islands Open. Britain's Andrew McArthur finished in third, six shots off the lead, with Swedish duo Pontus Widegren and Sebastian Soderberg a further two shots back. Mikko Ilonen is the only other Finnish player to have won on the European Tour with five titles to his name.
Seahawks make Wagner top-paid middle linebacker
Sun, 02 Aug 2015 13:29:34 -0400
Bobby Wagner, who helped the Seattle Seahawks reach the past two Super Bowls, has signed a four-year deal with the club that makes him the NFL's highest-paid middle linebacker. Wagner will be paid $43 million under the contract extension agreed upon late Saturday night, a day after the 2014 Super Bowl champions agreed on a four-year deal worth $87.6 million with quarterback Russell Wilson. "My bro!!!! #BigTime," Wilson tweeted of Wagner's deal.
Golf-European Tour Paul Lawrie Match Play semifinal scores
Sun, 02 Aug 2015 08:48:09 -0400
Aug 2 (Infostrada Sports) - Scores from the European Tour Paul Lawrie Match Play Semifinal on Sunday in Aberdeen Robert Karlsson (Sweden) beat David Howell (Britain) at hole 20 Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand) beat Marc Warren (Britain) 3 and 2
Rookie Iglesias beats Pirates as Cole's bid for 15th win fails
Sat, 01 Aug 2015 23:09:39 -0400
(The Sports Xchange) - Rookie right-hander Raisel Iglesias pitched six solid innings while shortstop Eugenio Suarez drove in three runs to lift the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole (14-5), one of the National League's best pitchers during the past two seasons, remained winless in six career starts against Cincinnati after allowing three runs (two earned) and seven hits in five innings.
Woods plays like he practiced: poorly
Sat, 01 Aug 2015 20:45:18 -0400
(Reuters) - Tiger Woods was in a rare position on Saturday at the Quicken Loans National tournament. Basically it was a fight all day." Woods, who has struggled to find his form after back surgery and another swing change, came to the course three shots off the pace. Woods missed his first six fairways, but scrambled to seven successive pars, and kept hoping he could turn it around.