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Clark goes on birdie spree to squeak past Furyk

07/28/2014, 12:00am EDT
By ASSOCIATED PRESS

MONTREAL — Tim Clark rallied to win the Canadian Open on Sunday, birdieing five of the last eight holes for a one-stroke victory over Jim Furyk.

Clark closed with a 5-under 65 at rainy Royal Montreal for his second PGA Tour victory. The 38-year-old South African player also won the 2010 Players Championship.

Furyk, the two-time Canadian Open champion who took a three-stroke lead into the final round, finished with a 69. The 44-year-old American matched Clark with a birdie on the par-3 17th and a par on the par-4 18th.

"It looked like Jim wasn't going to make any mistakes," said Clark, who moved into contention Saturday with a 64. "He was pretty solid, so I knew I had to make birdies.”

Furyk is 0 for 7 with the 54-hole lead since winning the 2010 Tour Championship for the last of his 16 PGA Tour titles

"I kind of controlled my own destiny," Furyk said. "I've got to shoot 3 or 4 under, and it would have been impossible to catch me, or darn near it.”

On No. 18, Clark left a 45-foot birdie putt short, and Furyk missed left on a 12-footer. Clark sealed the win by holing the 6-footer for par.

Clark, four strokes behind Furyk after bogeying the par-4 first, took the outright lead with a birdie on the par-4 16th after a short rain delay. Clark finished at 17-under 263 to tie tournament record for total score set by Johnny Palmer in 1952 and matched by Scott Piercy in 2012.

Clark's wife, Candice, is from Toronto and has family in Montreal. 

He won his first pro title at the New Brunswick Open on the Canadian Tour in 1998 and followed a week later with a win at the CPGA Championship.

 

Spanish women win

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Carlota Ciganda breezed to an early victory to set the tone, and Spain won all four of its singles matches to capture the inaugural International Crown.

Sweden finished second in the eight-team tournament. The top-seeded United States was among three teams eliminated Saturday, leaving five countries and 20 players to compete for the trophy.

Fifth-seeded Spain began the final round tied for second behind Japan, but Ciganda immediately gave the Spaniards a boost by beating Na Yeon Choi of South Korea 8 and 6. Beatriz Recari followed with a 3-and-2 victory over Mikaela Parmlid of Sweden, and Belen Mozo clinched the tournament title with a 3-and-2 win over Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand.

Azahara Munoz completed the sweep by beating Ai Miyazato of Japan 2 and 1.

 

Langer cruises by 13

BRIDGEND, Wales — Bernhard Langer ran away with the Senior British Open for his fourth senior major title, finishing a Champions Tour-record 13 strokes ahead of Scotland's Colin Montgomerie.

The 56-year-old German closed with a 4-under 67 at sunny Royal Porthcawl to finish at 18-under 266. He opened with rounds of 65, 66, and 68.

Langer broke the Champions Tour record for margin of victory of 12 set by Hale Irwin in the 1997 Senior PGA, and matched the tournament record for relation to par set by Tom Watson at Turnberry in 2003.

The victory was Langer's fourth of the season and 22nd overall on the 50-and-over tour. He also won the 2010 tournament at Carnoustie.

Montgomerie, the winner of the previous two senior majors, finished with a 69.

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