Sunday's roundup: Wadkins clan wins Father-Son Challenge
Orlando, Fla. — Lanny and Tucker Wadkins won the PNC Father-Son Challenge on Sunday with an eagle on the first hole of a four-team playoff.
Tucker made the 40-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th at Ritz-Carlton Golf Club. The 23-year-old former University of Arizona player works in investor relations.
“Tucker hit a spectacular tee shot, one of the best he’s hit all week,” the 66-year-old Lanny said. “He hit 4-iron, I hit 5-wood I got it a little closer. He made a 40-footer. I’ll remember what he did in making that putt.”
The Wadkins closed with a 9-under 63 to match Davis and Dru Love, Larry and Drew Nelson, and Fred and Taylor Funk at 20 under in the scramble tournament. The Nelsons and Funks shot 62, and the Loves had a 63, with all four teams birdieing the 18th in regulation.
“We never really made a lot of putts all week,” Davis Love III said. “Tucker and Lanny made a lot of putts. We watched them all week. That’s what you have to do to win.”
Lanny made a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole in regulation.
“Dad’s still got a little bit left,” Lanny said.
Lanny earned $200,000.
“He poured that putt in on 18,” Tucker said. “That was cool. Awesome to see.”
Vijay and Qass Singh, the first-round leaders after a 59, shot a 66 to finish a stroke out of the playoff along with Lee and Connor Janzen. The Janzens had a 63.
Bernhard and Jason Langer, the winners last year, tied for seventh at 18 under after a 63.
Jack and Gary Nicklaus closed with a 65 to tie for 14th at 15 under.
Donaldson wins Thailand title
Jamie Donaldson won his first title of the year after beating Clement Sordet of France and defending champion Lee Westwood by three strokes in the final round of the Thailand Championship at the Amata Country Club.
The No. 68-ranked Donaldson rallied from two shots behind at the start of the day to shoot a final-round 65 that featured nine birdies and two bogeys for an overall 21-under-par 267 to win the title. The victory gives the Welshman one of four berths into next year’s British Open.
“It was the case of just going out to play like what I’ve done in the first two rounds. And it all came together today,” said Donaldson, who led after the first two rounds. “Yesterday was important. I wasn’t quite on it. I made some crucial par putts, birdied when I could to stay in it.
“Clement had a really good day yesterday to go into the lead,” he added Donaldson.
Third round leader Sordet, who turned professional just six months ago, showed signs of nerves and struggled with his putts before signing off with a 70 for a 270.
“I played really great golf this week. I was very fortunate to get an invite and it’s great to finish tied-second with Lee. It was just amazing to get to play in the last group with Jamie and Lee. It was a great experience and I really enjoyed it. I wasn’t really thinking about the score out there.”
Westwood, the 2011 and 2014 champion, shot a bogey-free 67.
“It’s great to be have made it into the Open,” he said. “I’ve played every one since 1995 so it’s great to keep that run going. It’s been 21 years now and I’ve not missed one, so I’m happy,” said Westwood.
Spain’s Sergio Garcia, the 2013 winner, and Byeong-hun An of South Korea shot 69 and 70, respectively, to share fourth place with 14-under 274.