PALM DESERT, Calif. Lorena Ochoa clinched her second straight LPGA Tour player of the year award with a runaway victory Sunday in the Samsung World Championship.
Successfully defending her title in the elite event, Ochoa shot a 6-under 66 for a four-stroke victory. The title was her seventh of the year and 16th overall. She finished at 18-under 270 and earned $250,000 to push her record total to $3,318,421.
Mi Hyun Kim closed with a 69 to finish second. Angela Park, this year's rookie of the year, and Jeong Jang shot 70s to tie for third at 13 under.
Ochoa, the Mexican star who turns 26 next month, began the day tied at the top with Norway's Suzann Pettersen, who beaten her in a playoff a week earlier. Pettersen finished with a 72 this time that left her in fifth at 12 under.
Michelle Wie, who received a special exemption to join the field, finished with by far her best round of the tournament, a 71 for an 18-over total. She was 19 over after the first three rounds, but her finish jumped her over Bettina Hauert into 19th place in the 20-player event. Hauert shot a 76 to finish at 19 over.
PGA TOUR: At Las Vegas, George McNeill won his first career PGA Tour title in commanding fashion, shooting a 5-under 67 for a 23-under 264 total and a four-stroke victory over D.J. Trahan in the Frys.com Open. McNeill earned the winning share of $720,000 on a beautiful, clear day in the desert after strong wind played a big factor in Saturday in a tournament that featured not one top-20 player in the field. McNeill, who last December won Q-school by five strokes, was coming off rounds of 66, 64 and 67. He began his final round at 18 under and five strokes ahead, matching the largest lead on the tour this year heading into a final round. Trahan finished with a 66.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: At Spring, Texas, Bernhard Langer matched the Champions Tour scoring records for a 54-hole event, closing with an 8-under 64 for an eight-stroke victory in the Administaff Small Business Classic. The German star, playing in his fourth Champions Tour event since turning 50 on Aug. 27, birdied the final three holes to finish at 25-under 191 and match the scoring records for relation to par and low score. He opened with rounds of 62 and 65. Mark O'Meara (68) finished second, and Tom Kite (69) was third at 16 under.
WORLD MATCH PLAY: At Virginia Water, England, Ernie Els won his record seventh World Match Play Championship title, beating Angel Cabrera 6 and 4 at Wentworth. Els earned $2.03 million for his first victory of the year.