Hal Sutton won a three-way battle on the back nine of the Texas Open on Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory since 1995 after Justin Leonard lost the lead by bogeying the final two holes.
Sutton, who led by one stroke entering the final round, had six birdies and two bogeys in a 4-under-par 68. He held on to par the final two holes and finish with an 18-under 270 total, one stroke ahead of Leonard, who crumbled, and Jay Haas, who couldn't make a birdie.The victory was Sutton's first since the B.C. Open in 1995 and his ninth on the PGA Tour. He won $306,000, the largest check of his career.
Finishing three strokes back at 273 were Mike Reid, who shot a final-round 62, Steve Lowery, Loren Roberts and Andrew Magee. Scott Gump, who was tied with Leonard one stroke back entering Sunday's round, was another stroke back.
Leonard took a one-stroke lead over Sutton and a two-stroke lead over Haas on the par-4 15th when he made a 10-foot birdie putt. Sutton bogeyed the hole and Haas continued his streak of pars. On No. 16, Leonard and Sutton both made birdies and Leonard remained a stroke ahead at 19 under.
But everything changed on the 17th.
Leonard hit to the right of the green, then chipped the ball to 12 feet. His putt came up short and he bogeyed.
He had problems again on 18 when he hit into a bunker then just missed his 5-foot putt for par.
KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Rachel Hetherington and two-time defending champion Annika Sorenstam both closed their rounds with four consecutive birdies Sunday, then Hetherington made another on the first playoff hole to win the LPGA Betsy King Classic.
It was the first victory in the United States for the 26-year-old native of Australia, who led after the second and third rounds.
"It was really exciting," said Hetherington, who won twice on the European tour in 1995. "I just tried to stay focused, and really didn't think of winning and any other pressures. I have to call home.
"A couple of times, I glanced at (the leaderboard), and I knew there were a few of us in double digits."
Hetherington's closing 3-under-par 69 gave her a 14-under total, the same as Sorenstam, who had a final-round 66.
Hetherington wasn't aware she needed a birdie to tie Sorenstam until the last possible moment.
"I really had no idea," said Hetherington, who made a 20-foot birdie putt on the last hole of regulation. "I just wanted to play par golf or better on every hole, and I wasn't aware until I was walking up to the green."
Hetherington made a 2-foot birdie putt on the playoff hole to earn the winner's purse of $97,500 and a Rolex watch. Her previous best finish this season was an 11th at the Safeco Classic earlier this month.
Sorenstam, who missed a 7-footer for birdie on the playoff hole, had six birdies and a bogey in her 66, the day's lowest round. It was her first loss in five career playoffs.
"I was just happy to be in contention," Sorenstam said. "Obviously I'm disappointed, but she showed a lot of composure and was very impressive today."
Hetherington nearly withdrew from the tournament to return to Australia to care for her ill sister-in-law. But her passport was held up by the Japanese government.
"It's weird how things worked out," she said. "I really thought I was going home. But the timing was really good."
Beth Daniel, who started the final round a stroke behind Hetherington, had a 71 and finished third at 277.
Meg Mallon, Se Ri Pak, Hiromi Kobayashi and Laura Davies all finished another two strokes back. Mallon had the most impressive final round with a 68, while Kobayashi had a 70 and Pak and Davies had 71s.
The field at Berkleigh Country Club dealt with sweltering humidity Sunday and record temperatures over 90 degrees.
Betsy King, the host of the event, finished with a 71 and was at 285.
Boone Valley Seniors
AUGUSTA, Mo. - Larry Nelson won the Boone Valley Senior Golf Classic by two strokes Sunday, withstanding a charge in which Graham Marsh eagled two of the last five holes.
Nelson, beset by back problems this year, closed with a 7-under-par 65 and won for the third time this year, his first full season on the tour.
Marsh's eagle binge pulled him within one shot of Nelson after 53 holes. But Marsh drove into the bunker and bogeyed No. 18 while Nelson drove the middle of the fairway to set up a finishing par and a closing total of 16-under 200.
Marsh started the final round of the $1.3 million tournament with a one-shot lead over Nelson.
Nelson earned $195,000 - the largest prize of his career - to raise his season winnings to $1.36 million, third on the money list.
Marsh and Nelson, playing together, were tied at 12-under through six holes when Nelson bogied the par-4 No. 7 to fall one shot behind Marsh.
Nelson birdied the first two holes on the back nine to move ahead of Marsh and opened a two-shot lead with a birdie at the par-4 No. 13.
Marsh eagled the 476-yard No. 14 while Nelson birdied the hole, to move within one shot of the lead. Nelson regained his two-shot lead when Marsh bogeyed No. 15.
Marsh has not won since the Senior Open last year and had not finished higher than fourth this year.