- Associated Press - Sunday, June 5, 2016

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) - William McGirt won for the first time in 165 starts on the PGA Tour, and the timing couldn’t have been better.

McGirt played the final 22 holes of the Memorial without a bogey, and his 6-foot par on the second extra hole to beat Jon Curran, earn a handshake from host Jack Nicklaus and move high enough in the world ranking (No. 43) to get into the U.S. Open in two weeks at Oakmont.

McGirt, who made one birdie in his closing round of 1-under 71, kept it steady as everyone around him was falling apart on the back nine. His final par in regulation was the most important, a two-putt from 65 feet to join Curran in a playoff. Curran showed his mettle, too, hitting out of a fairway bunker on the 17th hole to 7 feet for a birdie that carried him to a 70.

They finished at 15-under 273, one shot ahead of Dustin Johnson (71), with Rory McIlroy (68) among those two shots behind.

McGirt was in trouble on the first playoff hole until he played expertly from the deep bunker short and left of the green, using the slope behind the hole for the ball to roll back to a few feet for par. Curran missed his 25-foot birdie putt for the win.

Returning to the 18th for the third time, both players were in trouble. McGirt went over the green from the fairway. Curran went from a fairway bunker into the gallery, pitched long and two-putted for bogey. McGirt played a superb flop shot than ran out just over 6 feet from the cup, and he clenched his fist before it even dropped in.

Jason Day, a Muirfield Village member who had never cracked the top 25, kept that streak going even though he started Sunday in contention. Day closed with a 74 and tied for 27th, matching his best finish at the Memorial.


GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Anna Nordqvist successfully defended her ShopRite LPGA Classic title, closing with a 7-under 64 in breezy conditions for a one-stroke victory over Haru Nomura.

The 28-year-old Swede became the oldest tour winner this year by more than five years and the first to successfully defend a title since Inbee Park won the KPMG Women’s PGA for the third straight time last year.

Nordqvist finished at 17-under 196 on Stockton Seaview’s Donald Ross-designed Bay Course to tie the tournament record that Annika Sorenstam set in 1998 and matched in 2005. The 6-foot former Arizona State player earned $225,000 for her sixth tour title. She opened with rounds of 64 and 68.

Projected to jump from 19th to 16th in the world ranking, Nordqvist is the first European winner on the tour since Suzann Pettersen won the Manulife LPGA last June. In seven starts on the Bay Course, Nordqvist has five top-five finishes. She tied for fifth in 2011 and 2012 and tied for third in 2014.

Nomura, a two-time winner this year, was second after a 66. The Japanese player was the previous oldest winner this season at 23. France’s Karine Icher, the second-round leader after matching the course record with a 62, had a 69 to finish third at 14 under.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Scott McCarron won the Principal Charity Classic for his first PGA Tour Champions title, birdieing the final three holes for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke victory.

The 50-year-old McCarron finished at 15-under 201 at Wakonda Club to edge Miguel Angel Jimenez and Billy Andrade. Making his 17th start on the 50-and-over tour, McCarron won for the first time since taking the 2001 Bellsouth Classic for the last of his three PGA Tour titles.

Andrade had a 68 after shooting a course-record 63 on Saturday. Jimenez shot a 67.

Duffy Waldorf (67) and Joe Durant (71) tied for fourth at 11 under, and Tom Lehman (71) and Senior PGA winner Rocco Mediate (70) were 10 under.


STOCKHOLM (AP) - England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick won the Nordea Masters for his second European Tour title, shooting a 1-under 71 for a three-stroke victory.

The 21-year-old Fitzpatrick finished at 16-under 272 at Bro Hof Slott. He won the British Masters in November.

Denmark’s Lasse Jensen was second after a 68. Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts was third at 12 under after a 70.


PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic (AP) - Dominic Bozzelli won the inaugural Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship for his first Web.com Tour title.

The 25-year-old former Auburn player closed with a 4-under 68 for a four-stroke victory over Roberto Diaz, Sam Ryder and Blake Adams.

Bozzelli, from Rochester, New York, finished at 24-under 264 after opening with rounds of 69, 63 and 64. He earned $112,500 to jump from 37th to sixth on the money list with $163,288. The top 25 at the end of the regular season will earn PGA Tour cards.

Diaz had a 68, Ryder shot 69, and Adams 72.


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Jackie Stoelting made a 28-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff with Emma Talley to win the Symetra Tour’s Fuccillo Kia Championship.

The 29-year-old Stoelting shot a 1-under 70 at Capital Hills to match Talley at 9-under 204.

Making her professional debut, the 22-year-old Talley birdied the final hole for a 67. The former Alabama star won the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur and 2015 NCAA individual title.

Stoelting and Talley each parred the par-3 18th on the first extra hole, and Stoelting birdied the hole on the next pass for her third career tour victory.

Stoelting earned $18,750 to jump from 28th to sixth on the money list with $30,446, with the final top 10 earning 2017 LPGA Tour cards. The former Florida Southern player also won a 2016 Kia Forte.

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