- Associated Press - Sunday, May 24, 2015

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Chris Kirk made a par-saving 7-foot putt after an errant tee shot at the 18th hole, avoiding a playoff at Colonial and winning by a stroke Sunday for his fourth PGA Tour victory.

With a closing 4-under 66, Kirk got to 12-under 268, one ahead of Masters champion Jordan Spieth, playing partner Brandt Snedeker and Jason Bohn.

After Kirk hooked his tee shot at No. 18 into the left rough, he hit his approach from 155 yards over the green. A nice chip set up the winning putt.

Snedeker, who closed with a 67, hit a similar tee shot as Kirk on the final hole and hit to 12 feet. But his birdie try that would have tied Kirk slid left of the hole.

Bohn had a 63 that included six consecutive birdies on the front nine. Spieth shot 65, with a near-birdie that became a bogey at the par-3 16th hole.


FRENCH LICK, Ind. (AP) - Colin Montgomerie answered two front-nine challenges with birdies and shot a 3-under 69 to win the Senior PGA Championship by four strokes.

Montgomerie finished at 8-under 280 on The Pete Dye Course at French Lick Resort to successfully defend his title and win for the third time in the last six senior major championships. The 51-year-old Scot won last year at Harbor Shores in Michigan, and also won the U.S. Senior Open in July in Oklahoma.

Montgomerie earned $495,000 and he made it look easy.

Esteban Toledo twice pulled within a shot on the front nine, but couldn’t keep up. Toledo shot a 69 to finish second. Woody Austin was another shot back after a 69, and Brian Henninger and Scott Verplank tied for fourth at 2 under. They each shot 71.


VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) - Byeong Hun An won the BMW PGA Championship for his first European Tour title, closing with a 7-under 65 for a tournament-record 21-under 267 total.

The 23-year-old South Korean player had an eagle and five birdies in his bogey-free round for a six-stroke victory at Wentworth. He earned a spot in the U.S. Open.

Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee tied for second. The 51-year-old Jimenez finished with a 67, and Jaidee had a 69.

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