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Walker wins, gets trip to Masters
SAN MARTIN, Calif. – On his 188th try, Jimmy Walker won his first PGA Tour title yesterday in the Frys.com Open and earned his first trip to the Masters.
Walker took the lead for good with a birdie on the 15th hole at CordeValle, and three pars for a 5-under 66 was all it took. Brooks Koepka led by four shots on the front nine. He collapsed on the last four holes, losing all hope when his tee shot on the par-4 17th came up a yard short into the water.
Cochran wins SAS Championship
CARY, N.C. – Russ Cochran holed an 8-foot putt on the final hole yesterday for his fourth straight birdie and a one-stroke victory over David Frost in the SAS Championship.
The 54-year-old Cochran, also the 2010 winner at Prestonwood Country Club, closed with a 5-under 67 to finish at 17-under 199. The left-hander won the Principal Charity Classic in June in Iowa. He has five Champions Tour victories after winning once on the PGA Tour.
Frost finished with a 66. He missed a short birdie putt on No. 17 and also settled for par on 18.
Kirk Triplett was third at 14 under after a 68.
Thompson wins LPGA Malaysia by 4 strokes
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – American teenager Lexi Thompson shot a 2-under 69 yesterday to comfortably win the LPGA Malaysia by four strokes.
The 18-year-old, who won her second career LPGA title and first of the season, finished at 19-under 265 to end the South Korean dominance at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
Jimin Kang won the inaugural event in 2010 before compatriots Na Yeon and world No.1 Inbee Park followed the next two years.
China’s Feng Shanshan was second at 269 after carding a 67 while Ilhee Lee, leader of the first two rounds, had a 73 and finished tied for third with world No.2 Suzann Pettersen (70) at 272.
Djokovic beats del Potro to win Shanghai Masters
SHANGHAI – Novak Djokovic successfully defended his title at the Shanghai Masters yesterday, holding off Juan Martin del Potro, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (3), in a 2½-hour final.
The Serb was coming off a win in the China Open in Beijing last week over Rafael Nadal. He also won back-to-back titles in Beijing and Shanghai last year and has now won 20 consecutive matches in China.
Del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, failed in his third attempt to win a first Masters title.
Stosur beats Bouchard to win Japan Women’s Open
OSAKA, Japan – Samantha Stosur of Australia rallied from a set down to beat Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, yesterday and win her second Japan Open title.
Third-seeded Stosur, who won this tournament in 2009, could only convert seven of her 15 break-point opportunities but eventually won in two hours and 13 minutes at Utsubo Tennis Center.
Top-seed Kerber beats Ivanovic in Linz final
LINZ, Austria – Top-seeded Angelique Kerber won her first WTA title of the season and third overall by defeating two-time champion Ana Ivanovic, 6-4, 7-6 (6), at the Generali Ladies yesterday.
The 10th-ranked German used three breaks to win the opening set and saved four set points for Ivanovic in the second.
Vettel wins Japanese GP, not F1 title yet
SUZUKA, Japan – Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won the Japanese Grand Prix yesterday, but will have to wait to seal a fourth straight Formula One title as nearest rival Fernando Alonso finished fourth.
Vettel managed the rare feat of a fifth-straight race win and leads the championship by 90 points ahead of Alonso with four races remaining.
Kenya’s Kimetto, Jeptoo win Chicago Marathon
CHICAGO – Dennis Kimetto of Kenya broke the course record yesterday in capturing the Chicago Marathon, and compatriot Rita Jeptoo was the women’s winner in the first major marathon in the United States since the Boston bombings.
Kimetto finished in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 45 seconds, leading a 1-2-3 finish for Kenyan men. He beat the mark of 2:04:38 set by Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede last year. He pulled away from Emannuel Mutai over the last few miles and was all alone with both arms raised as he crossed the finish line.
It was his second major victory this year to go with a win at Tokyo in February.