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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Will Zalatoris had the most money and the highest world ranking of anyone who didn’t win on the PGA Tour. He changed that Sunday by winning the FedEx St. Jude Championship without birdie in a three-hole playoff.
Heartache in two previous playoff losses this year — one in a major — turned into relief for Zalatoris after a wild finish in TPC Southwind. It ended when he took a penalty on the rocks that frame the par-3 11th green and hit a 7-foot bogey putt to beat Sepp Straka.
Zalatoris enters the world’s top 10 for the first time and takes first place in the FedEx Cup, securing him a reasonable chance of winning the $18 million prize in two weeks.
He was clutch even though he was scrambling. He declared with a par save from 10 feet on 18 in regulation for a 4-under 66 to post at 15-under 265.
Straka, already a winner this year in the Honda Classic, narrowly missed a 20-foot birdie putt for the win on 18 for a 67.
On the third extra hole, Zalatoris saw his tee shot hit the bank, then the rocks, then the ball bounced seven times before coming to rest next to the edge of the grass. He was in trouble, even though the ball was dry. But then Staka went right, took one rebound up the incline, one over the rocks and into the water.
Straka entered a rear bunker and exploded 4 feet. Zalatoris considered his options on how to get down rocks before deciding wisely to go to the drop zone. He hit his corner at 7 feet and raised both arms above his head as the putt fell. He won $2.7 million.
LPGA TOUR AND LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR
BALLYMENA, Northern Ireland (AP) — Maja Stark of Sweden closed with a 10-under 63 on Sunday and won the ISPS Handa World Invitational, her third victory this year on the Ladies European Tour and this one with a big advantage.
The tournament is co-sanctioned with the LPGA Tour, giving the former Oklahoma State star access to join the LPGA Tour.
Stark declared the final round two shots behind Amanda Doherty and quickly took control with a 31 over the front nine at Galgorm Castle. She birdied nine in 14 holes and turned a tight race into a rout.
Stark finished 20-under 271, five shots ahead of Allisen Corpuz, who closed with a 68.
The tournament was held at Galgorm Castle and Massereene, played alongside an official European Tour event. Both men and women competed for the same prize, with Stark raking in a career-high $225,000 on the purse of $1.5 million.
BALLYMENA, Northern Ireland (AP) — Ewen Ferguson of Scotland claimed the second title of his rookie season on the European tour by winning the ISPS Handa World Invitational by three strokes on Sunday.
Ferguson finished with a 1-under 69 to claim a wire-to-wire victory at Galgorm Castle, adding to his win at the Qatar Masters in March. He finished 12 under for the tournament.
Connor Syme and Borja Virto tied for second after the closing rounds of 68.
Ferguson, 26, took a three-stroke lead in the final round but was caught by England’s Richard Mansell, who covered his first 10 holes in less than 5 to level the lead.
Ferguson responded with his third birdie of the day at No. 10 and managed to head home, while Mansell dropped shots on three of the final four holes.
Virto closed in one shot thanks to five birdies in seven holes around the bend, but a bogey at No. 14 all but ended his title challenge.
PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS
SNQUALMIE, Wash. (AP) — Miguel Angel Jimenez won the Boeing Classic for his third PGA Tour champions victory of the season, closing with a 5-under 67 to hold off David McKenzie by two strokes.
Jimenez, tied for the lead with Billy Andrade entering the round, hit five of the first 12 holes and parried the last six. The 58-year-old Spanish star finished 15-under 201 at the Snoqualmie Ridge Club.
Jimenez has 12 senior victories, winning two of the first three events this season. He won 21 times on the European tour.
McKenzie shot a 66. Andrade had a 71 to tie for third with Stephen Ames (69) at 11 under.
KORN FERRY TOUR
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Robby Shelton won the Pinnacle Bank Championship to close out the Korn Ferry Tour regular season.
Shelton shot a 6-under 65 for a one-stroke win over Ben Taylor (68). Shelton finished 17-under 267 at the Indian Creek Club for his second win of the season and fourth on the tour.
The top 25 in the regular season standings earned PGA Tour cards, with China’s Carl Yuan Carl Yuan taking the top spot. Shelton finished second, followed by Paul Haley II, Zecheng Dou and Taylor Montgomery.
AMERICAN GOLF ASSOCIATION
UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. (AP) — Saki Baba routed Canada’s Monet Chun 11 and 9 to become the second Japanese winner in U.S. women’s amateur history.
Baba, 17, won the final six holes, ending the match with a birdie on the par-3 27th hole at Chambers Bay. Baba joined 1985 champion Michiko Hattori as the only Japanese winners.
Baba was one of four amateurs to qualify for the US Women’s Open at Pine Needles, tied for 49th. She shared medalist honors and reached the U.S. Girls’ Junior Round of 16 at The Club at Olde Stone.
Nitithorn Thippong of Thailand made a par putt 15 feet on the last hole or a 3 under 69 and then had to wait nearly an hour to win the International Series-Singapore on the Asian Tour in one shot. Lightning caused a 40-minute delay as the last group behind Thippong was 18. Chan Shih-chang was tied down but drove into the water. Gavin Green missed a 15-foot birdie putt to force the playoffs. Patrick Reed rallied with a 67 to tie the game for 31st. He received 0.312 world ranking points. … Freddy Schott of Germany finished with a 1 of 73 and still won the Frederikshavn Challenge in Denmark by three strokes. Schott started the year without status and is now at the top of the Challenge Tour points list. … Martin Rohwer and Merrick Bremner teamed up for an 8-under 62 in four-ball format to win by six strokes at Bain’s Whiskey Ubunye Championship, a team event on the Sunshine Tour in South Africa. … Chisato Iwai closed with a 3-under 69 for a one-stroke victory in the NEC Karuizawa 72 Golf Tournament on the Japan LPGA. … Juli Inkster won the Land O’Lakes Legends Classic in Prior Lake, Minnesota, closing with a 2-under 70 for a one-stroke victory. Inkster finished 7-under 137. Leta Lindley was second after a 69. … Yan Liu of China won the Epson Tour’s Four Winds Invitational in South Bend, Indiana, beating Kiira Riihijarvi and Gabby Lemieux in the playoffs .
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during a final round playoff of the St. Jude Championship golf tournament, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Memphis, Tennessee. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Will Zalatoris, left, watches his tee shot go down on the 11th green during a final round playoff at the St. Jude Championship golf tournament, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Memphis, Tennessee. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Will Zalatoris celebrates after defeating Sepp Straka of Austria in the playoff during the final round of the St. Jude Championship golf tournament Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Memphis, Tennessee. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)