Sunday’s roundup: Love wins Wyndham; Tiger struggles
Greensboro, N.C. — Davis Love III’s long victory drought is over. Tiger Woods will have to wait a while to get another chance.
Love won the Wyndham Championship on Sunday to become the third-oldest winner in PGA Tour history, while Woods’ season came to an abrupt end.
The 51-year-old Love closed with a 6-under 64 for a one-stroke victory over Jason Gore.
“Any victory now is going to be really sweet when you’re over 50,” Love said.
The dominant storyline all week at Sedgefield Country Club was the mere presence of Woods, who needed a victory to earn a spot in the FedEx Cup playoffs opener next week.
He was poised to challenge Sunday, starting just two strokes off the lead. But he only had one birdie during his first 10 holes, dropping way off the pace with a triple bogey on the par-4 11th. Woods shot a 70, finished four strokes back and ended at No. 178 in the standings, well outside the cut-off of 125.
“I gave myself a chance, and I had all the opportunity in the world today to do it,” Woods said. “I didn’t get it done.”
Now comes a break before his next tournament, the Frys.com Open in October in northern California. It’s the first event of the tour’s 2015-16 season.
“This is my offseason right now,” he said.
Love — who started at No. 186 — played himself into The Barclays by earning 500 FedEx Cup points and $972,000 in prize money.
At 51 years, 4 months, 10 days, Love trails only Sam Snead and Art Wall on the tour’s age list. Snead won the last of his eight Greensboro titles at Sedgefield in 1965 at 52 years, 10 months, 8 days, and Wall took the 1975 Greater Milwaukee Open at 51 years, 7 months, 10 days.
Love has 21 career victories, three in Greensboro. His previous two wins came across town at Forest Oaks in 1992 and 2006, and he had just one win since then — at the 2008 Children’s Miracle Network Classic in Florida.
“To have your name thrown out there with Sam Snead at any point is incredible,” Love said. “For some reason, this tournament has been good to guys in my age group.”
Love finished at 17-under 263. Gore, the third-round leader, shot a 69. Scott Brown (68), Charl Schwartzel (66) and Paul Casey (67) were two strokes behind Love.
Love, who was four strokes back after three rounds, started strong with four birdies and an eagle on Nos. 2-6. He moved to 17 under with an eagle on the par-5 15th — the first of his career during a competitive round on that hole.
He closed with three straight pars, walked off the 18th green with a two-stroke lead over Brown and Gore, and headed to the range to hit a few shots and rest up for a possible playoff.
“You don’t really know what to do,” Love said. “You don’t go to the cabin and think that you’ve won.”
Brown pulled within one stroke of Love with a birdie on 15, and Gore made things even more interesting with an eagle on that hole.
Neither got any closer.
Brown hit his approach on the 18th to about 60 feet, left his putt about 10 feet short and three-putted for bogey. Gore needed to make a 50-foot birdie putt on 18 to force a playoff, but he left it about a foot short to wrap up the victory for Love.
“I told my coach starting today, ‘17 is a playoff and 18 is a winner,’ ” Brown said.
There was quite a crowd near the top of the leaderboard for a while. Midway through the afternoon, five players shared the lead at 15 under.
None of them was Woods.
Chasing his first victory since 2013, he opened with six straight pars, including one on the easiest hole on the course — the par-5 fifth, which he birdied in each of the first three rounds.
Woods sent his tee shot on the par-3 seventh into the huge gallery that had been waiting for him to reel off some birdies and make his move, then two-putted for his first bogey.
And when he made the turn, he was three strokes behind co-leaders Gore and Brown — his playing partner.
“I just wasn’t able to get any kind of roll early,” Woods said. “I had my chances to get it going. I just never did.”
Brown, who had a hole-in-one on the par-3 third, joined Love at 17 under with a birdie on 11 — the same hole that pretty much sank Woods.
Woods’ chip-and-run on the 11th ran all the way off the green. He couldn’t keep his ensuing chip on the green and wound up three-putting for triple bogey. Not even three straight birdies on Nos. 13-15 could help him recover.
Woods was far from the only player who needed to play well at Sedgefield to advance to next week. Defending champion Camilo Villegas finished at 10 under — good enough to move him from No. 129 to No. 123 and put him in The Barclays.
But Scott Langley, who arrived at No. 126 on the points list, dropped a spot after bogeys on four of his final six holes.
Lydia Ko won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open at Coquitlam, British Columbia, for the third time and first as a professional, beating Stacy Lewis with a par on the first hole of a playoff.
The 18-year-old Ko finished with an even-par 72 to match Lewis at 12-under 276 at Vancouver Golf Club. Lewis, also a playoff loser this year in the ANA Inspiration, had a 67.
Ko won in 2012 at Vancouver Golf Club at 15 years, 4 months to become the LPGA Tour’s youngest winner and fifth amateur champion. The New Zealander successfully defended her title in 2013, also as an amateur, in Edmonton, Alberta. She has three victories this year to push her career total to eight.
So Yeon Ryu, the winner last year at London Hunt in Ontario, tied for third with fellow South Korean player Sei Young Kim at 11 under. Ryu had a 64, and Kim shot 68.
Billy Andrade won the Boeing Classic at Snoqualmie, Washington, for his second Tour victory and first in an individual event, overcoming trouble early in the final round for a one-stroke victory.
Andrade closed with a 1-over 73 to finish at 9-under 207 at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge. He opened with rounds of 69 and 65 to take a three-stroke lead into the final round.
The 51-year-old Andrade teamed with Joe Duran to win the Legends of Golf in April for his first Champions Tour title. Andrade won four times on the PGA Tour.
Andrade’s 73 was the highest final-round score by a tour winner since Roger Chapman had a 1-over 71 in the 2012 Senior PGA Championship.
Bernard Langer was second after a 71. Fred Couples (69), Mark O’Meara (68), Guy Boros (68) and Fran Quinn (69) tied for third at 7 under.
SMU senior Bryson DeChambeau won the U.S. Amateur at Olympia Fields, Illinios, to become the fifth player to win the tournament and NCAA individual title in the same year.
DeChambeau, from Clovis, California, beat Virginia junior Derek Bard of New Hartford, New York, 7 and 6 in the 36-hole final at Olympia Fields — the widest margin in a title match since Byeong-Hun An’s 7-and-5 victory over Ben Martin in 2009.
Jack Nicklaus (1961), Phil Mickelson (1990), Tiger Woods (1996) and Ryan Moore (2004) are the only other players to sweep the NCAA and Amateur titles in a season.
Bard didn’t make a birdie after the sixth hole of the morning round, while DeChambeau had nine birdies in the 30 holes and was 20 under in six matches.
England’s David Horsey won the Made in Denmark tournament at Aalborg, Denmark, by two strokes for his fourth European Tour title.
Horsey closed with a 2-over 73 to finish at 13-under 271 in the wire-to-wire victory at Himmerland.
Sweden’s Kristoffer Broberg had a course-record 62 to tie for second with Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen (68) and Australians Daniel Gaunt (66) and Terry Pilkadaris (74).