Brittany Lincicome sank a par putt on the 18th hole in a driving rain yesterday in Mirabel, Quebec, to win the Canadian Women’s Open by one stroke.
Lincicome closed with a 2-under-par 70 to edge defending champion Michelle Wie and Stacy Lewis, claiming her fifth LPGA Tour victory and second this year. Lewis had the low round of the day with a 67 to finish tied with Wie at 12 under.
Wie, who won the tournament last year in Winnipeg, sank long putts on the 15th and 17th holes to make it close. She needed a birdie on the 18th to force a playoff, but missed the green, took a drop to get clear of a fence, and made par.
Americans took the top five placings, with Cristie Kerr (71) and Angela Stanford (72) finishing at 11 under.
Fears that the tournament would not be concluded because of remnants of tropical storm Irene did not pan out. It rained heavily on the back nine for the leaders and there were gusting winds, but nothing that forced a stoppage of play.
Organizers moved up start times by 90 minutes, had the players grouped into threesomes instead of twosomes, and started groups on both the first and 10th tees to get the fourth round in before it could be washed out.
“I was very patient, singing a lot of songs, very chatty,’’ said Lincicome, who said singing to herself is part of her sports psychology program to stay focused. “The weather was not great, but I was still having fun. I’m definitely going to remember this win.’’
She cautioned that “I’m not a good singer, so I’m not singing for you.’’
Lincicome pulled her tee shot on 18 into a tent and had to take a drop, but managed to get the ball up near the green, chip it close, and make the winning putt. She also had fine saves on the eighth and ninth.
Playing in the last group, Wie needed birdie on 18 to force a playoff, but missed the green to the right and left her chip shot wide and short. She made the putt to keep a share of second place and win $177,981.
US Amateur - Kelly Kraft took the lead when Patrick Cantlay bogeyed the 16th hole, then hung on for a 2-up victory in the final at Erin (Wis.) Hills.
Kraft is an accomplished college player who just finished his senior season at SMU, but he definitely was the lesser-known player in the final. Cantlay, a star at UCLA, is the world’s No. 1-ranked amateur.
Kraft was 4-up after 16 holes and 2-up after the first 18 holes, but the match was all square going into the last nine.
Cantlay made a miscalculation on the par-4 15th, attempting to lay up with an iron shot on his drive - but instead putting it into a bunker, then skying his second shot over the green. Cantlay left a long par putt short, and Kraft made par to square the match.
Cantlay then missed a par putt on the par-3 16th after pushing his first putt well past the hole, as Kraft took a 1-up lead.
Both players found bunkers with their drives on the par-5 18th hole. Both chipped out safely, but Cantlay had the longer approach shot. Cantlay left his approach a little short of the green, while Kraft found a bunker.
Cantlay left his chip shot well short of the hole, and Kraft hit his sand shot close to the pin. Cantlay missed his par putt and conceded the hole.
European - Thomas Bjorn captured the Johnnie Walker Championship in Gleneagles, Scotland, winning a five-man playoff on the fifth extra hole. This was the tour’s first five-way playoff in 19 years.
Bjorn birdied the par-5 No. 18 to defeat George Coetzee for his second victory on the tour in 2011.
Bernd Wiesberger, Pablo Larrazabal, and Mark Foster were eliminated earlier in the playoff. All five players finished regulation at 11-under 277.
Foster, who shared the lead entering the final round, had been ahead by three shots with seven holes to play. He bogeyed the 18th when he needed a par to win. Bjorn shot a final-round 69. He sealed the 12th victory of his career after a sensational 7-iron approach to the fifth extra hole from 135 yards.
Champions - Mark Calcavecchia won the
Nationwide - Three-time PGA Tour winner Kirk Triplett won the News Sentinel Open in Knoxville, Tenn., to become the oldest winner in tour history at 49 years 4 months 29 days, closing with his second straight 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Marco Dawson.
Dawson, 48, also finished with a 68. Ted Potter Jr. (69) and John Mallinger (70) tied for third at 18 under. John Daly, playing on a sponsor’s exemption, had a 68 to tie for 32d at 11 under.