Henderson wins another LPGA major, Finau joins 3M Open

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) — Brooke Henderson has ended her six-year wait for a second major championship.

The Canadian capped a wild Evian Championship finish by netting an 8-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to win by a stroke on Sunday.

Henderson closed with an even par of 71. She finished at 17 under 267, a clear round over LPGA Tour rookie Sophia Schubert, one of several to have raced Henderson at the Evian Resort Golf Club.

Five players were tied for third place another shot back: Mao Saigo (64), Lydia Ko (66), Charley Hull (67), Hyo Joo Kim (67) and Carlota Ciganda (68).

Henderson, who won the PGA Women’s Championship in 2016 aged 18, started the final round with a two-shot lead over So Yeon Ryu. He was wiped out after the first hole thanks to a birdie from Ryu and a bogey from Henderson.

Thus began a wild final round that included four putts from Henderson and Ryu, a spectator picking up a ball and a tie at seven for the lead at one point on the back nine.

Henderson and Schubert were tied for the lead after reaching 18th, with Schubert playing in the group ahead of Henderson. Schubert’s birdie putt came to rest barely an inch from the cut just after Henderson had a wild hook off the tee, only for the ball to ricochet off the trees and back into the rough.

Henderson lay down and from 107 yards sent her third shot to 8 feet for the winning putt.


BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Tony Finau erased a five-stroke deficit with 11 holes to play with a 67-under-4 to win the 3M Open by three strokes for his second PGA Tour title last year.

Finau received plenty of help from Scott Piercy, who lost the lead with a triple bogey on the 14th hole and shot 41 on the back nine for a closing 76.

Finau finished 17-under 267 with a bogey on the final hole at TPC Twin Cities.

Sungjae Im (68) and Emiliano Grillo (71) are tied for second at 270. James Hahn surged up the board with a 65 to finish in a three-way tie for fourth at 271 with Tom Hoge (70) and Piercy, who had set the tournament record of 54 holes.

Piercy bogeyed four of six holes before leaving his shot from a fairway bunker in the sand at the par-5 14th, and hitting the next one in the water en route to a triple bogey. Piercy missed a par 5-foot putt on the next hole and hit his tee shot into the water on the par-3 17th.

Finau led up to four shots in the end.

The surest sign that it was Finau’s day came on the No.17. His tee shot banged off the side of the stand, ricocheted off the green and rolled into the rough just yards from the ‘water. He landed the perfect chip within a foot of the hole to make the par.

His tee shot went into the water on the 18th, and he played it safe for the bogey and the win.


GLENEAGLES, Scotland (AP) — Darren Clarke birdied the final hole to beat a resurgent Padraig Harrington and win the Senior British Open by a stroke.

Clarke and Paul Broadhurst were tied heading into the final round, but it was Harrington, a three-time major winner, who came into contention at Gleneagles with a 3-under 67 to pressure Clarke on the final hole.

The 53-year-old Clarke held on with a birdie to post a 69 to finish 10-under 270 and add a senior major to his burgundy pitcher at the British Open in 2011.

Argentinian Mauricio Molina and American Doug Barron both posted 65 points to end in a six-under-8 tie for third place, alongside four-time major champion Ernie Els (68), Thongchai Jaidee ( 68), Steven Alker (70) and Broadhurst.

Broadhurst fell back with a 1 of 71 and finished one stroke ahead of Scotsman Colin Montgomerie (69).


SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Scotsman Richie Ramsay claimed his fourth European tour title by winning the Cazoo Classic in one fell swoop.

Ramsay drilled a par put from 10 feet on the final hole at Hillside Golf Club. He shot 3 under 69 and finished on 14 under 274, winning his first title since the Hassan II Trophy in March 2015.

England’s Paul Waring, who led after the first two rounds, shot 70 and was alone in second place. Five players tied for third place: Swedes Marcus Kinhult (67) and Robin Petersson (68), Dutchman Daan Huizing (69), Scotsman Grant Forrest (70) and Frenchman Julien Guerrier (72).

Guerrier was leading by a margin heading into the final round as he sought his first professional victory.


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — David Kocher clinched his second Korn Ferry Tour title when he ran off the field early and closed with a 6-under 66 for a six-stroke victory in the Charity Championship PriceCutter.

Kocher had made 57 starts on the Korn Ferry Tour without a top 10 dating back to March 2020 when he won a Korn Ferry Tour event in Mexico.

He started the final round with a two-stroke lead and birdied five on the first six holes to create some separation, and no one came close the rest of the way.

Kocher moved up to No. 30 on the Korn Ferry Tour points list. The top 25 at the end of the regular season earn PGA Tour cards.

Kevin Yu (66), Augusto Nunez (67), Robby Shelton (70) and Taylor Montgomery (69) are tied for second.


SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Karrie Webb captured her first senior title when she closed with a 5-under 67 for a four-stroke win over Annika Sorenstam at the LPGA Senior Championship.

It was set up for a duel between the two Hall of Fame players who were rivals in their prime. Sorenstam opened with an eagle and came out for 31 to level Webb in the lead. But she didn’t birdie the rest of the way at Salina Country Club and Webb walked away.

The Aussie regained the lead with birdies on the 10th and 12th holes, then eagled on the par-5 14th that sent Webb on her way.

She finished 14-under 202 and won $60,000.


Alejandro Del Rey finished with a 3-under 69 and beat Mateusz Gradecki with a birdie on the second playoff hole to win the Big Green Egg German Challenge. It was his first title on the European Challenge Tour. … Danny Walker finished with a 3-under 68 and birdied the first playoff hole to beat Cooper Musselman (65) to win the Osprey Valley Open on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. … Erika Kikuchi finished with a 3-under 69 and won the Daito Kentaku Eheyanet Ladies on the LPGA of Japan by a stroke over Kana Mikashima. … A Yean Cho finished with a 4 under 68 and won the Hoban Seoul Shinmun Women’s Classic by two strokes over Min Song Ha on the Korean LPGA.


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