- The Washington Times - Monday, July 28, 2008

From combined dispatches

TROON, Scotland | Bruce Vaughan won the Senior British Open on Sunday for his first career victory, sinking a 20-foot putt to beat John Cook on the first playoff hole.

Cook squandered a three-stroke lead after 10 holes at Royal Troon but still went to the 72nd leading Vaughan by one. Cook sent his tee shot right into the rough and then played his third shot well short of the green. He decided to putt but left it 15 feet short for a bogey to finish with an even-par 71 and a 6-under 278 total.

Vaughan made a par for a 70 that forced the Americans back to No. 18 to begin the playoff, the championship’s third in four years.

Vaughan pitched to the center of the green and sank his 20-footer. When Cook missed his putt from 12 feet, the former firefighter from Hutchinson, Kansas, won his first tournament on the senior or regular PGA Tour. Vaughan also earned his biggest paycheck, $312,258.

“Money is great, but until you win, you’re just another player. It’s all about winning. You only get a few of these,” said Vaughan, whose mother, Maxine, died in a car crash seven weeks ago after returning from watching him play in a tournament in Iowa.

The victory gets Vaughan, who has had six operations on his left knee, into the field for next year’s British Open at Turnberry.

Reavie earns first title

OAKVILLE, Ontario | Chez Reavie won the Canadian Open for his first PGA Tour title, closing with a 1-under 70 in near-perfect conditions for a three-stroke victory over Billy Mayfair.

The short-hitter was on the mark all week at rain-softened Glen Abbey, hitting 44 of 56 fairways in regulation and 54 of 72 greens. The accurate play was a big factor, with the players allowed to use preferred lies in the fairways all four days.

Alfredsson captures Evian

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France | Helen Alfredsson won her first LPGA Tour title in five years, defeating rookie Na Yeon Choi in a playoff at the Evian Masters.

The 43-year-old Swede made a 3-foot birdie in the third round of the playoff at the par-5 18th, while the 20-year-old Choi of South Korea parred the hole.

Alfredsson had a 67 in the final round, Choi shot a 66 and overnight leader Angela Park closed with a 71 as all finished at 15-under 273.

Lundberg wins

NAKHABINO, Russia | Mikael Lundberg won his second Russian Open title with birdies on two of the last three holes for a 68 and a two-stroke victory over Jose Manuel Lara.

Lundberg finished at 21-under 267.

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