- The Washington Times - Monday, July 21, 2008

From combined dispatches

MILWAUKEE | Richard S. Johnson birdied three of his last four holes to shoot a 6-under-par 64 on Sunday and win the U. S. Bank Championship for his first PGA Tour victory.

Johnson finished at 16-under 264 on the 6,759-yard Brown Deer Park Golf Course. He is the sixth golfer from Sweden to win on tour and seventh first-time winner this year.

Johnson, the first-round leader after shooting a 63, sank a birdie putt of about 12 feet on the par-4 17th hole to break a tie with Ken Duke at 14 under. He then birdied the par-5 18th from less than two feet.

Kenny Perry closed with a 64 to get to 12 under and finish tied for sixth with three other golfers.

Perry had been criticized for skipping the British Open to play here after winning three of his last five tournaments, including last week’s John Deere Classic. He chose to play in Milwaukee because he felt he had the best chance of picking up points so he can make this year’s Ryder Cup team. The event is being held in his native Kentucky.

Oh takes playoff

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. | Second-year LPGA golfer Ji Young Oh won her first tournament, sinking a 6-inch putt for par to win the State Farm Classic in a playoff over rookie Yani Tseng.

A day after the tournament lost its marquee player, Michelle Wie, to disqualification, the sudden-death playoff injected life into what had been an ordinary final round.

Eaks eases to record

BLAINE, Minn. | R.W. Eaks was the runaway winner in the Champions Tour 3M Championship, posting the lowest score in the tournament’s 16-year history.

Amateur captures Open

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. | Amateur Roger Newsom won the State Open of Virginia in a playoff.

Newsom won the title with a birdie on the fourth hole of a playoff with pro Chip Sullivan at Independence Golf Club.

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