Birdie Lifts Kang to First PGA Title
Sung Kang rolled in a 23-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole to finally take the lead for good at the Byron Nelson, getting his first PGA Tour victory on a Sunday when he had to play 27 holes in Dallas.
That was the middle of three consecutive clinching birdies for Kang, the 31-year-old South Korean who lives in North Texas. In his 159th career PGA Tour start since his debut in 2011, Kang closed with a 4-under 67 to finish at 23 under and beat Matt Every and Scott Piercy by two strokes.
Every finished with a 66. Piercy, also in the final threesome, finished a bogey-free tournament with a 64.
Brooks Koepka, the world’s No. 3-ranked player who now goes to Bethpage to defend his PGA Championship title, finished fourth at 20 under after a 65.
Ryu falls shy of no-hitter
Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Los Angeles Dodgers has lost his no-hit bid with one out in the eighth inning when Gerardo Parra doubled for the Washington Nationals.
Parra drove Ryu’s 105th pitch to deep left-center and it bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double Sunday at Dodger Stadium.
Ryu had struck out nine, and Washington’s only previous baserunner came with one out in the fourth when Brian Dozier walked. The Dodgers won, 6-0.
The Seattle Mariners have placed right-hander Felix Hernandez on the 10-day injured list with a strained right shoulder, a day after he became the 36th pitcher in major league history to reach 2,500 strikeouts.
The 33-year-old Hernandez is 1-4 with a 6.52 ERA and did not make it out of the third inning in a 9-5 loss to the Red Sox on Saturday, getting tagged for seven runs and six hits in 21/3 innings. ... Edwin Jackson was acquired by Toronto from Oakland for $30,000 and would set a record by pitching for 14 major league teams when he makes his Blue Jays debut.
Djokovic nets title
Novak Djokovic celebrated a lot more than a record-tying 33rd Masters 1000 title at the Madrid Open.
Djokovic left the Spanish capital feeling pretty good about his game, too, carrying a lot of confidence into the rest of the clay-court season. The top-ranked Djokovic earned a comfortable 6-3, 6-4 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas to join Nadal as the most successful players in Masters 1000 tournaments, moving five ahead of Roger Federer, who is third in the all-time list. It was Djokovic’s second title of the season, adding to his triumph in the Australian Open.
Canada, U.S. romp
Anthony Mantha and Kyle Turris both scored twice as Canada bounced back from a defeat to Finland by trashing Britain, 8-0, at the ice hockey world championship in Slovakia on a day of big wins for big teams.
The United States rebounded from an upset loss to Slovakia in the opening game by routing France 7-1.
After losing 4-1 to the hosts, the U.S. was not ready for another upset. Alex DeBrincat scored twice and Frank Vatrano added one in less than two minutes to set the pace early in the opening period for the U.S. to take command of the Group A game in Kosice.
Alex Bowman quite literally had his first NASCAR Cup Series victory in his sights, ticking off the laps in his No. 88 Chevrolet at the front of the pack at Kansas Speedway.
Too bad Brad Keselowski was in his rearview mirror. The 26-year-old Bowman was passed by the former series champion with seven laps to go, then had nothing left for Keselowski during a green-white-checkered finish Saturday night.
That left Bowman to rue his third consecutive second-place finish, the best yet most disappointing stretch of his young career.