Lorena Ochoa successfully defended her Navistar LPGA Classic title in Prattville, Ala., overcoming early troubles to shoot a 2-under-par 70 on Sunday for a four-stroke victory over Michelle Wie and Brittany Lang.
Ochoa finished at 18-under 270 on The Senator course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Capitol Hill complex to snap an 11-start winless streak dating to the Corona Championship in late April. The top-ranked Mexican star has three victories this year and 27 overall on the LPGA Tour.
Ochoa wiped out her three-stroke lead coming into the day with a bogey and double bogey in the first five holes. But she erased any drama with a irdie on No. 17.
Fourteen-year-old Alexis Thompson, who shared the second-round lead, shot her second straight 74 to tie for 27th at 6 under.
Haas chases down Watson
Jay Haas charged past Tom Watson to win the Senior Players Championship in Timonium, Md., by a stroke, birdieing the 18th hole to match the course record with a 6-under 64 in the final Champions Tour major of the season.
After making only one bogey in the first three rounds at Baltimore Country Club, Watson had three in the final round en route to a 70.
Matt Kuchar and Vaughn Taylor were still tied after two holes in a sudden-death playoff at the Turning Stone Resort Championship in Verona, N.Y., when play was suspended because of darkness, forcing a finish today. … England’s Luke Donald shot an 8-under 64 at Kingsbarns to take a one-stroke lead over Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and England’s Simon Dyson after the third round of the weather-delayed Dunhill Links Championship in St. Andrews, Scotland.
Big day for Allenmore
A back-nine charge by Tacoma’s Brandon Moore netted him the “Champion of Champions” title Sunday in the Tacoma Golf Association competition for area club champions.
Moore, the Allenmore Golf Course champion, shot a 1-over-73 at Twin Lakes Golf Club in Federal Way to edge Fred Kline of Tumwater (74) by one stroke.
Gig Harbor’s Kelly Gardner captured the women’s individual title with a 7-over 79.
Allenmoore won the team title with a 165.