The Associated Press
Aug. 31, 2015
EDISON, N.J. (AP) — The toughest challenge Jason Day faced Sunday at The Barclays was convincing his peers that golf really isn't this easy.
He's just making it look that way.
Fresh off his first major at the PGA Championship, the 27-year-old Australian powered and putted his way to another blowout against a world-class field, capping off an explosive weekend at Plainfield with an 8-under 62 for a six-shot victory over Henrik Stenson.
It was his third victory in his last four starts dating to the British Open, where he left a 30-foot birdie putt short on the final hole at St. Andrews and missed out on a playoff by one shot.
Day shot 63-62 on the weekend and finished at 19-under 261. He won two weeks ago at Whistling Straits by three shots over Jordan Spieth with a record score to par at 20-under 268. And the week after St. Andrews, he won the Canadian Open by one shot over Bubba Watson at 17-under 271.
Stenson closed with a 66. Watson was third at 11 under after a 69.
The victory, Day's fourth on the PGA Tour this year, moved him to No. 1 in the FedEx Cup and assures that he weill be among the top five who have a clear shot at the $10 million bonus at the Tour Championship. Day remains at No. 3 in the world, but now enters the picture with Spieth and Rory McIlroy for golf supremacy. All three will have a mathematical chance to get to No. 1 at the Deutsche Bank Championship next week at the TPC Boston.
YOKOHAMA TIRE LPGA CLASSIC
PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Kris Tamulis won the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic for her first LPGA Tour title.
Tamulis played 29 holes Sunday in the twice-delayed tournament, the 186th of her LPGA Tour career. She finished a third-round 67 and closed with a 65 to beat Yani Tseng and Austin Ernst by a stroke.
The 34-year-old former Florida State player had a 17-under 271 total on The Senator Course.
Tseng had rounds of 71 and 67, and Ernst shot 68-69 with the weather clearing up after delays totaling nearly 7 hours the previous two days. Both parred the final hole with a chance to force a playoff.
Tamulis birdied four of the first six holes in the final round before finally making her only bogey of the last three rounds. She hadn't finished better than fourth on the tour.
DICK'S SPORTING GOODS OPEN
ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) — Jeff Maggert won the Dick's Sporting Goods Open on Sunday for his fourth Champions Tour victory of the year, closing with a 6-under 66 to beat Paul Goydos by two strokes.
Maggert took the lead in the Charles Schwab Cup standings, 119 points ahead of Colin Montgomerie.
Maggert finished at 14-under 202 at En-Joie. He won the Regions Tradition in May and the U.S. Senior Open in July, both major championships, and took the Shaw Charity Classic three weeks ago in Canada.
Goydos shot a 68.
Montgomerie skipped the tournament because of commitments in Europe.
NORTH PLAINS, Ore. (AP) — Dicky Pride won the Web.com Tour's Portland Open and earned a PGA Tour card with a fifth-place finish on the regular-season money list.
The 46-year-old Pride, 40th on the money list entering the week, earned $144,000 to push his season total to $253,057. He closed with a 4-under 67 for a three-stroke victory over Tim Herron.
The top 25 on the money list earned 2015-16 PGA Tour cards. The four-event Web.com Tour Finals — also offering 25 PGA Tour cards — starts Sept. 10-13 in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Pride won his first title since the 1994 St. Jude Classic in his rookie season on the PGA Tour. He finished at 20-under 264 on Pumpkin Ridge's Witch Hollow course.
The 45-year-old Herron had a 66. He won the last of his four PGA Tour titles in 2006.
THE LEGENDS CHAMPIONSHIP
FRENCH LICK, Ind. (AP) — U.S. Solheim Cup captain Juli Inkster shot a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over Trish Johnson in The Legends Championship.
The 55-year-old Hall of Famer had a 5-under 139 total after opening with a 71 on French Lick Resort's Pete Dye Course. She earned $37,500 for her first Legends Tour victory.
Johnson bogeyed the final hole for a 70.
Jan Stephenson won the Super Legends competition for players 63 and older. The 63-year-old Australian shot a 71 for an eight-shot victory over Judy Dickinson. Stephenson finished at even-par 144.
VYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic (AP) — Belgium's Thomas Pieters won the Czech Masters for his first European Tour title, closing with a 3-under 69 for a three-stroke victory over Sweden's Pelle Edberg.
The 23-year-old Pieters finished at 20-under 268 on the Albatross course.
Edberg had a 71. England's was third at 16 under after a 68.