- The Washington Times - Monday, August 4, 2008

COLORADO SPRINGS | The 29th U.S. Senior Open will be remembered for the black bears that menaced the Broadmoor’s East Course - and the one cat who conquered it.

Eduardo “El Gato” Romero on Sunday became the second Argentine golfer to hoist the silver cup, 28 years after Roberto De Vicenzo won the trophy at Winged Foot.

The 54-year-old Romero shot a final round 3-over 73 but was never seriously challenged by Fred Funk (75), who finished four strokes back.

Romero was 6-under 274 for the tournament.

Funk, who began the day two shots back, predicted Saturday he would have to make his move on the front nine and then just hold on.

He did neither, failing to cut into the deficit and then watching his quest to become the fifth straight come-from-behind winner die with a triple-bogey on the par-4 13th.

Mark McNulty (68) finished in third, five shots back. Greg Norman shot a 70 and finished in fourth, his third straight top-five finish.

Shin a major winner

SUNNINGDALE, England | Ji-Yai Shin won the Women’s British Open by three strokes after a final round 6-under 66, maintaining Asia’s recent domination of the majors on the LPGA Tour.

The 20-year-old South Korean, whose 21 previous victories were all in her homeland or Japan, captured her first major with an 18-under 270. Taiwan’s Yani Tseng, winner of the LPGA Championship, was second with a 66 and a 15-under 273.

Korea’s Eun Hee Ji (67) and Japan’s third-round leader, Yuri Fudoh (71), tied for third on 14 under. Ai Miyazato (70) of Japan placed fifth at 13-under 275 in a tournament that was Annika Sorenstam’s major farewell.

The Swede, who is quitting tournament golf at the end of the year to get married, start a family and focus on her business and other golf interests, finished with a 10-foot birdie putt for a 68 and a 6-under 282, which left her tied for 24th.

Singh ends PGA drought

AKRON, Ohio | Vijay Singh overcame a shaky putter on the back nine by making a 3 1/2-foot par putt on the 18th hole to close with a 2-under 68 for a one-shot margin of victory in the Bridgestone Invitational.

Singh won his first World Golf Championship and ended an 0-for-34 drought on the PGA Tour that dated to the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March 2007, his longest stretch without winning in six years.

Phil Mickelson played bogey-free through the first 14 holes to build a one-shot lead, then threw it away by making three bogeys from the bunker on the final four holes to finish with a 70, two shots behind.

McLachlin takes first title

RENO, Nev. | Parker McLachlin shot a 2-over 74 but hung on to claim his first PGA Tour victory by seven strokes at the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open.

McLachlin recovered from trouble time after time to card 14 pars, three bogeys and a birdie on the 18th to finish the tourney at 18-under 270.



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