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Johnson pulls away for 1st World Golf Championship
SHANGHAI – Against an all-world cast of contenders, Dustin Johnson won his first World Golf Championship yesterday.
Johnson played a pivotal five-hole stretch in 5-under par, pulling away for good by pitching in for eagle on the 16th hole. That carried him to a 6-under 66 and a three-shot win over Ian Poulter in the HSBC Champions.
Couples wins Charles Schwab Cup Championship
SAN FRANCISCO – Fred Couples won the Champions Tour’s season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship yesterday, and Kenny Perry topped the yearlong points race to earn a $1 million annuity.
Couples ended a 16-event winless streak dating to the Senior British Open in July 2012, closing with a 2-under 69 for a six-stroke victory over Bernhard Langer, Peter Senior and Mark O’Meara. The Hall of Famer has nine victories in four seasons on the 50-and-older tour after winning 15 times on the PGA Tour.
Couples finished at 17-under 267 at TPC Harding Park.
Mutai, Jeptoo of Kenya win titles at NYC Marathon
NEW YORK – In a double victory for Kenya, Geoffrey Mutai successfully defended his New York City Marathon title and Priscah Jeptoo rallied to win the women’s race.
On a windy morning, Mutai had an unofficial time of 2 hours, 8 minutes, 24 seconds, well off his mark of 2:05:06 set in nearly perfect conditions in 2011.
Jeptoo trailed Buzunesh Deba by nearly 3½ minutes at the halfway point. But she started making her move as the race entered Manhattan and passed Deba with just more than 2 miles to go.
Djokovic edges Ferrer in Paris Masters final
PARIS – Novak Djokovic won the last four games in each set to beat defending champion David Ferrer, 7-5, 7-5, yesterday in the final of the Paris Masters.
The second-seeded Serb won his 17th straight match to capture his sixth title this season.
Halep wins Tournament of Champions final
SOFIA, Bulgaria – Simona Halep of Romania won the season-ending Tournament of Champions yesterday, defeating Samantha Stosur of Australia, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2, for her sixth career title.
After trading sets, Halep trailed 2-1 in the decider but broke serve twice to win the last five games.
Italy beats Russia to win fourth Fed Cup title
CAGLIARI, Italy – Italy won a fourth Fed Cup title yesterday as seventh-ranked Sara Errani cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Alisa Kleybanova of Russia.
Roberta Vinci and Errani struggled past Alexandra Panova and Irina Khromacheva, respectively, on a difficult opening day Saturday to give Italy a commanding lead.
Vettel wins Abu Dhabi GP for seventh straight victory
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – World champion Sebastian Vettel won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in dominant fashion yesterday to clinch a seventh straight victory and 11th of a dominating season.
Although the German had already clinched his fourth consecutive world title at the Indian GP last weekend, he pledged there would be no let up.
Starting from second on the grid, Vettel overtook his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber on the first turn and was untroubled after that.
He beat second-placed Webber by 30.8 seconds and Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg by 33.6 seconds