- The Washington Times - Monday, August 31, 2009

From combined dispatches

JERSEY CITY, N.J. | In a final hour of surprises, Heath Slocum delivered the biggest one Sunday at the Barclays.

One week after Slocum wondered whether he would even make it to the PGA Tour playoffs, he finished off a compelling afternoon at Liberty National by making a 20-foot par putt on the 18th hole for a one-shot victory over Tiger Woods and a cast of stars.

“That putt was magical,” Slocum said. “I’ll remember that the rest of my life.”

Woods was one shot behind when he fired a 6-iron from 189 yards into seven feet on the final hole, adding to his collection of clutch shots. Typical of his week, however, Woods missed the putt and shot 67, then had to wait to see whether there would be a playoff.

Slocum and Steve Stricker, tied for the lead, both hit into fairway bunkers and couldn’t reach the green. Slocum raised both arms in the air when his par putt broke gently back to the left and disappeared into the cup.

Stricker had a 10-foot par putt to force a playoff and cringed when it caught the left lip. He closed with a 69.

Ernie Els (66) and Padraig Harrington (67) also finished one shot behind Slocum. Els had his clubs loaded into the trunk of his car when he heard the cheers for Woods’ approach to the 18th green.

Then came a groan when Woods missed, followed by news that Slocum and Stricker were in trouble off the tee. Before long, Els was on the driving range warming up for a possible five-way playoff that never happened when Slocum made the biggest putt of his career.

Hur tops Pettersen

NORTH PLAINS, Ore. | Rookie M.J. Hur made a 6-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole of the Safeway Classic on Sunday to beat Suzann Pettersen for her first LPGA Tour victory.

Hur pumped her fist and started laughing after sinking the putt on the par-4 No. 17 hole at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club north of Portland. Then a friend chased the South Korean around the green, trying to douse her with champagne.

Hedblom narrowly wins

GLENEAGLES, Scotland | Peter Hedblom of Sweden shot a 5-under 67 to win the Johnnie Walker Championship title by one stroke over Martin Erlandsson.

Erlandsson had 10 birdies for a 62 and second place. Hedblom won his third European Tour title at 13-under 275.

Hun-An sets record

TULSA, Okla. | Byeong Hun-An, 17, defeated Clemson senior Ben Martin 7 and 5 to become the youngest champion ever at the U.S. Amateur.

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