Sunday's roundup: Durant beats Jimenez in playoff
Blaine, Minn. — Joe Durant made a 10-foot eagle putt on the first hole of a playoff with Miguel Angel Jimenez on Sunday to win the PGA Tour Champions’ 3M Championship.
“I almost don’t even remember it going in,” Durant said, “because I knew I hit a good putt. I took a little more time with it and put a really good stroke on it.”
The 52-year-old Durant won on the par-5 18th after closing with a birdie on the hole in regulation for a 9-under 63. After a double bogey on the par-4 14th, Jimenez birdied the last four holes for a 67 to match Durant at 19-under 197 at TPC Twins Cities.
Jimenez birdied the 18th in the playoff, too, before Durant rolled in the right-to-left winner.
Durant won for the second time on the 50-and-over tour and the first by himself after teaming with Billy Andrade to win the Legends of Golf last year. Durant won the last of his four PGA Tour titles at Walt Disney World in 2006.
“I was beginning to wonder if I was ever going to win one,” Durant said. “And after Friday’s round, when I shot 2-under, I didn’t think it was going to be this weekend either, honestly … I’ve been knocking on the door, but those doubts start creeping in your mind though if you could ever shoot low enough for three days to do it. So, I’m very thankful. I’m fortunate to win this week.”
Durant opened with a 70 and shot a 64 on Saturday to begin the final round four strokes behind leader Jimenez. Durant birdied Nos. 1-2, 4-5 and 7-8 in a front-nine 30, and added birdies on Nos. 10 and 12. He dropped a stroke on the par-3 13th and got it back with a birdie on the par-4 14th.
Jimenez shot 67-63 to take a one-stroke lead over Kevin Sutherland into the final round.
Two weeks ago at Carnoustie in the Senior British Open, Jimenez took a four-stroke lead into the last day, only to shoot 75 and tie for third — three strokes behind winner Paul Broadhurst.
Jimenez won in Mississippi in March for his third career PGA Tour Champions victory. The 52-year-old Spanish player has 15 regular European Tour victories, the last in the 2014 Spanish Open at a tour-record 50 years, 133 days.
Two-time winner Bernhard Langer birdied six of the first seven holes in a 64 to tie for third with Sutherland (68) at 17 under. Langer has broken par in all 24 of his rounds in the event.
“I was very aggressive today,” Langer said. “I wanted to shoot 10 under. That was my mindset.”
David Frost (66) and Monday qualifier Glen Day (68) followed at 16 under.
Two-time defending champion Kenny Perry had a 68 to tie for 37th at 7 under.
John Daly tied for 71st at 3 over after a 75.
South Korea’s Eun Jeong Seong won the U.S. Women’s Amateur at Rolling Green to become the first player to win the event and U.S. Girls’ Junior in the same year.
The 16-year-old Seong outlasted Italy’s Virginia Elena Carta 1 up in hot conditions in the 36-hole final, the first all-international championship match in 106 years.
The 19-year-old Carta, coming off her freshman season at Duke, overcame a dizzy spell that forced a 15-minute delay after the 31st hole. She was trying to become the second player to win the tournament and NCAA individual title in the same year.
Seong won her second straight U.S. Girls’ Junior title last month at Ridgewood in New Jersey.
The finalists earned spots in the U.S. Women’s Open next year at Trump National in New Jersey, and the winner also traditionally receives exemptions into the ANA Inspiration, Women’s British Open and Evian Championship — all only if still an amateur.
Seong took the lead with a birdie on the par-5 25th hole and won the par-4 29th with a birdie for a 2-up advantage. Carta took the par-4 31st with a par to Seong’s double bogey, and Seong rebounded with a par win on the par-3 34th. Carta won the par-5 35th with a 30-foot birdie putt, and Seong missed a chance to end it when her 10-footer burned the right edge. Seong ran in a 40-footer for birdie on the par-4 36th and conceded Carta’s 25-footer to close out the match.
England’s Anthony Wall won his first European Tour title in more than 16 years, beating Sweden’s Alex Noren 1 up in the final of the Paul Lawrie Match Play.
Noren was looking to win a second title in Scotland in the space of a month, after capturing the Scottish Open on July 10, and was 2 up after two holes over the Archerfield links in the windiest conditions of the week. He didn’t win another hole.
The 41-year-old Wall’s only previous title was at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in 2000 — 16 years, 204 days ago. He has struggled over the past three years with hip and back injuries.
Wesley Bryan won the Digital Ally Open in a playoff to earn an immediate PGA Tour promotion as a three-time winner this season on the Web.com Tour.
The 26-year-old former South Carolina player became the 21st three-time winner in a season in tour history and the 11th to earn a three-victory promotion. Also the Louisiana Open and El Bosque Mexico winner, he will be fully exempt on the 2016-17 PGA Tour.
Bryan closed with a 4-under 67 to match Grayson Murray and J.T, Poston at 20-under 264 at Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate. Murray and Poston each shot 66.
Bryan won with a birdie on the par-3 18th, hitting a 6-iron from 194 yards to 3 feet. The three matched birdies on the par-4 18th on the first extra hole.
Bryan earned $117,000 to push his tour-leading total to $449,392.