Thompson Tops Field At Rex Hospital Open
Andrew Oldcorn won the De Vere Club PGA
Seniors Championship by nine strokes.
Kyle Thompson inched ahead of a crowded field
at the end of a familiar event, making birdie on the
18th hole Sunday to win the Nationwide Tour’s Rex
Hospital Open in Raleigh, N.C.
With the final two threesomes left on the course,
Thompson was part of a five-way tie at 13-under
par with Scott Brown, Troy Kelly, Martin Flores and
Ryan Armour. Thompson sank a seven-foot putt as
part of the next-to-last group to take the lead into
the clubhouse, then saw the win sealed when Kelly
and Flores made par on the final hole.
The 32-year-old pro from Panama City, Fla.,
began the final day in a three-way tie for fourth
place, one stroke behind a three-way tie at the top
of the leaderboard. But his final-round, 3-under 68
was the best effort among those contenders.
His total of 14-under 270 at TPC Wakefield
Plantation earned him the $99,000 winner’s check.
It was his first Nationwide Tour win since claiming
the same tournament in 2007, a four-year span
during which he finished second twice in 2008 and
once again last year.
Kelly, Brown and Flores tied for second place at
13 under, and Armour dropped into a three-way tie
for fifth another stroke back.
The victory moved Thompson from 61st to sixth
on the Nationwide Tour’s money list with $123,378
for the year.
Kelly’s portion of the second-place tie on the
weekend moved him from eighth to second on the
money list, making him the only player of the top
seven without a win on Tour this season.
OLDCORN ROLLS IN PGA SENIORS
Scotland’s Andrew Oldcorn cruised to his first
European Senior Tour title with a closing round of
70 on Sunday to win the De Vere Club PGA Seniors
Championship by nine strokes.
Oldcorn became only the sixth man in history
– after Ken Bousfield, Neil Coles, Brian Huggett,
Dai Rees and Charlie Ward – to complete the PGA
double, having won the BMW PGA Championship
at Wentworth Club 10 years ago.
Oldcorn signed for a final round of 70 and an
11-under par total which earned the 51-year-old
€45,646 and moved him to second place behind American Tom Watson on the Senior Tour Order of Merit.
The victory continued a superb season for Oldcorn, who has now finished in the top five in four of
his six appearances so far this campaign.
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and driving rain making for treacherous playing
conditions at Golf Blue Green de Pléneuf Val Andre
in Brittany, France, a repeat of that course-record
round was never likely on the final day.
Instead, Archer carded a round of 76 for a
7-under par aggregate and a one-stroke win over
Steiner, who also bogeyed the final hole to sign for
a round of 75.
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BREWERTON WINS TENERIFE MATCH PLAY
Becky Brewerton fired a 4-under-par 68 in the
stroke play format at the Tenerife Ladies Match
Play on Sunday, earning a one-shot victory at Golf
Las Américas in the Canary Islands.
The 28-year-old from Abergele in North Wales
played superb golf to hold off the challenge of
Australian Nikki Garrett and Spain’s rising star
Carlota Ciganda, who shared second on her professional debut.
It was Brewerton’s third victory as a professional, following wins at the 2007 English Open
and the 2009 Spanish Open. She had previously
finished second three times in Tenerife, including
once on the same golf course as an amateur in
England’s Phil Archer overcame playing partner Roland Steiner in a final-day battle of attrition
to lift his second Challenge Tour title at the Allianz
Open Côtes d’Armor Bretagne on Sunday.
Archer grabbed the lead of the €150,000 event
with a 61 on the third day, but with howling winds
SERGIO EARNS U.S. OPEN SPOT
Sergio Garcia changed his mind about U.S.
Open qualifying and it paid off Monday when he
earned a spot at Congressional by surviving a sev-
en-man playoff. Vijay Singh also changed his mind
and didn’t show up in Columbus for the 36-hole
qualifier, meaning he will miss a major champion-
ship for the first time in 17 years.