- The Washington Times - Monday, May 25, 2009

From combined dispatches

IRVING, Texas | Rory Sabbatini won the Byron Nelson Championship on Sunday, holding on for a two-stroke victory over late-charging Brian Davis.

Sabbatini shot a 6-under 64 to finish with a tournament record 19-under 261 for his fifth PGA Tour victory.

Davis, whose closing 64 gave him his third career runner-up finish, made a 26-foot eagle putt at the 546-yard No. 16 to get to 17 under. Sabbatini, coming off a birdie, was standing on the 16th tee box at the time and could only shake his head when his lead suddenly shrunk from three to one.

But Sabbatini responded with a tap-in birdie on the same hole after his 21-foot eagle try slid just past and sent him crouching in disbelief when it didn’t go in the hole.

It was the first win for Sabbatini since 2007 at Colonial, and he will return to Hogan’s Alley next week as that tournament’s most recent champion. Phil Mickelson withdrew from the Nelson and Colonial, suspending his playing schedule indefinitely after wife Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Sabbatini wore a pink shirt and, like most players and caddies, had a pink ribbon attached to his cap as a show of support for the Mickelson family.

Walking down the fairway on No. 16 after hitting his approach shot to the back edge of the green, Sabbatini waved when he turned to a television camera and sent out greetings to “Phil and Amy.”

D.A. Points (65) was 16 under for his career-best finish of third. Scott McCarron (62) and Dustin Johnson (66) tied for fourth at 15 under.

Davis began his bogey-free round with six consecutive pars before four birdies in a five-hole stretch.

Tseng takes Corning

CORNING, N.Y. | Yani Tseng of South Korea won the LPGA Corning Classic by one shot over Soo-Yun Kang and Paula Creamer.

Tseng shot a 5-under 67 and won when Kang missed a 3-foot par putt on the final hole.

Tseng birdied No. 17 to tie Kang at 21 under after Creamer had made a dramatic run to 20 under with a closing 65.

“I’ve been waiting for a year to win a tournament,” said Tseng, a runner-up five times as a rookie and once more this year. “I wrote my [winning] speech in January. Every time I get so close and I don’t win. This week I just let it go.”

Allen ends drought

BEACHWOOD, Ohio | Journeyman pro Michael Allen ended his long victory drought with two late birdies, shooting a 3-under 67 to hold off Larry Mize by two shots and win the Senior PGA Championship.

Allen, who had never won in two decades on the PGA Tour, finished first in his seniors debut. It’s the first major of the year for players over 50 years old.

Birdies lift Casey

VIRGINIA WATER, England | Paul Casey of England won the BMW PGA Championship with birdies on his last two holes for a one-shot victory that moves him to No. 3 in the world.

He closed with a 4-under 68 to hold off a charge from Ross Fisher, who had a tournament-best 64.

Casey holed an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-5 17th to tie for the lead, then won on the par-5 18th after blasting out of a bunker to four feet and making the birdie putt.

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