Until now, Erik Compton was best
known as the golfer who learned the
game as part of his rehabilitation from
heart transplant surgery. Now he can
add Nationwide Tour winner to his
Compton won the Mexico Open on
Sunday, one stroke
ahead of third-
Richard H. Lee.
from Miami, who
went through his
surgery in 1992 and
also has endured a
second transplant, reached the clubhouse Sunday in the lead at 17-under-
par 271. His 7-under 65 on a weather-plagued final day helped him jump up
from a tie for sixth after 54 holes.
But he had to wait out a roller-coaster ending, as Lee birdied No. 17
in the last group to tie for the lead, but
then bogeyed the par- 5 closing hole
to hand Compton the victory at the El
Bosque Golf Club in the central Mexican city of Leon.
Australian Peter Lonard was tied
with Lee and Matthew Giles for the lead
at the beginning of the final round, but
was 1 over for his final 18 holes while
many others kept going low. His 73 left
him at 11-under 277 for the tournament, tied for 11th place with three
SMYTH CLAIMS EURO SENIORS TITLE
Inspired by a tip from compatriot
Christy O’Connor Jr., Irishman Des
Smyth captured his fourth European
Senior Tour title in thrilling fashion
with a sublime round of 65 on Sunday
at the Van Lanschot Senior Open in the
After finishing two strokes ahead of
Australian Peter Fowler and American
Tim Thelen thanks chiefly to a brace
of eagles at Royal Haagsche Golf and
Country Club, Smyth paid a warm tribute to O’Connor, who noticed that his
friend’s alignment was out of kilter.
That brief lesson on the range in
Cologne last week helped transformed
Smyth’s game, and the 58-year-old –
who still holds the record as the oldest
winner on the European Tour – vowed
to reward O’Connor with several pints
Smyth started the day four strokes
behind joint overnight leaders Fowler and
Thelen, and fell even further adrift after a
three-putt bogey on the second green.
DUBOIS CAPTURES HYDRO CHALLENGE
Frenchman Edouard Dubois completed a near flawless performance at
the Scottish Hydro Challenge over the
Macdonald Spey Valley Golf Course
Sunday to take the title and the € 35,200
first prize that rocketed him to the top
of the Challenge Tour Rankings.
Dubois’ victory, his second Challenge Tour win in the space of just three
weeks, was remarkable given the fact
that he literally made just one mistake
over the course of 72 holes, with his only
bogey of the week coming at the difficult
12th hole during his final-round 69.
That 2-under-par effort was good
enough to take the title by a stroke from
third-round leader Matthew Southgate
of England, with Welshman Sion Bebb
and England’s Sam Hutsby wangling
their way into a share of third after a
pair of brilliant 65s saw them finish the
week on 11 under.
GIELOW EARNS FIRST PRO WIN
Brendan Gielow collected his first
professional victory Saturday, winning
the eGolf Tour’s Cowans Ford Open. The
Muskegon, Mich., native clinched the
victory by converting a six-foot par putt
on the 72nd green to grab the $30,000
The Cowans Ford Open was contested at both Cowans Ford Country Club in
Stanley, N.C. and NorthStone Country
Club in Huntersville, N.C.
Gielow, 23, held a three-shot lead
after three rounds over Fernando
Mechereffe following rounds of 64-66-
65. His closing 70 gave the Charlotte,
N.C., resident a 19-under 265 total, one
shot better than Mechereffe and Hudson Swafford.
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KUCHAR-JOHNSON DUO WIN CVS EVENT
Matt Kuchar and Zach Johnson won
the CVS Caremark Charity Classic with
a record-setting two-round total of
24-under-par 118 Tuesday at the Rhode
Island Country Club. The previous
record in the best-ball format was 119
set in 2001.
Morgan Pressel and Davis Love III
finished second at 120. The tournament
featured 20 players from the PGA, LPGA
and Champions Tours with players
paired in two-person teams.
Since 1999, the event has donated
more than $14 million to local charities
to become Rhode Island’s top charity
CLARK WINS EUROPRO IN PLAYOFF
Graeme Clark won his first PGA
EuroPro Tour tournament since August
2009 after a dramatic final day at The
Rusty’s Travel Classic at Longhirst Hall,
Northumberland, on Friday.
Clark sealed the £ 10,000 first prize
after edging out James Busby in the
first hole of a play-off after the pair
had finished on 3 under after 54 holes.
The victory takes Clark to the top of the
Order of Merit after he also finished
second at Burhill in Surrey earlier in
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