NORTON Massachusetts (Reuters) - American Chris Kirk broke clear of a tightly bunched leaderboard with two late birdies to clinch his third PGA Tour victory by two shots at the Deutsche Bank Championship on Monday. In a gripping final-round shootout at the TPC Boston, Kirk fired a five-under-par 66 to win the second of the four lucrative FedExCup playoff events on the U.S. circuit. The 29-year-old birdied the 13th and 16th to pull two strokes clear and narrowly missed another birdie attempt, from nine feet at the last, to post a 15-under total of 269. ...
NORTON, Mass. (AP) -- Chris Kirk closed with a 5-under 66 on Monday to win the Deutsche Bank Championship and bolster his case for a Ryder Cup pick.
First of all, Hunter Mahan made a serious case for a Captain's Pick consideration on Sept. 2. Winless since the 2012 Shell Houston Open, Mahan broke through for a timely victory at the Barclays. With five birdies in a seven-hole stretch (Nos. 11-17), Mahan could afford the bogey he made on the closing hole, as he marched to a two-stroke victory over the threesome of Stuart Appleby, Cameron Tringale and Jason Day.
We are officially in college football season, which means it is the end of the golf season -- for college football coaches. To celebrate the start of the football season, we thought we would bring you the five best coaches, combining how their team performs on the gridiron with their handicap. Part of the requirement for being on our list is they have a registered handicap so, sorry, Steve Spurrier fans, but the Head Ball Coach is out. These coaches must also be active so, sorry, Mack Brown, but your national championship for Texas and 9.7 handicap at the University of Texas Golf Club do not crack the list.
When three of Europe's biggest names failed to automatically qualify for the Ryder Cup team, the equation appeared simple for captain Paul McGinley as he prepared to select his three wild cards. Stephen Gallacher didn't read the script. A slew of top-10 finishes this year may have helped the 39-year-old Scotsman lock down a wild-card selection for a Ryder Cup debut in his home country, leaving Lee Westwood, Luke Donald and Ian Poulter competing for two spots when McGinley announces his picks at the European Tour headquarters at Wentworth on Tuesday.
Russell Henley either was playing down his chances or looking at Rory McIlroy's name high on the leaderboard in the Deutsche Bank Championship. He was sitting atop a crowded leaderboard at the TPC Boston, which is becoming standard fare for these FedEx Cup playoffs. Henley ran off five birdies in a seven-hole stretch around the turn and added a late birdie for a 6-under 65. Henley has won in each of his two seasons on the PGA Tour.
Austin Ernst won the LPGA Tour's Portland Classic on Sunday with a par on the first hole of a playoff against South Korea's I.K. Kim. It was the first professional victory for the 22-year-old Ernst, who shot a 5-under 67 in the final round to get to 14 under at Columbia Edgewater. A year ago as a rookie in Portland, Ernst shot a third-round 62 on the way to a ninth-place finish. In Ernst's mind, Columbia Edgewater was a likely place for her first career win.
Fred Couples won the Champions Tour's Shaw Charity Classic on Sunday, chipping in for eagle for a course-record 9-under 61 and beating Billy Andrade with a tap-in birdie on the first hole of a playoff. Lowery finished with a 64, and Daley shot 67.