WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Stuart Appleby felt opportunity, not nerves, as he started running out of real estate in the chase for golf's magic number: 59.
The Australian, who trailed by seven strokes going into the final round, birdied the final three holes with putts of 15 feet or less Sunday to win the Greenbrier Classic by one.
Appleby became the fifth PGA Tour player to tie the tour record for lowest round and broke a four-year winless drought. Third-round leader Jeff Overton just missed a long birdie on the par-3 18th that would have forced a playoff.
"I did the math. I was chasing Jeff, who was heading toward the finish line," Appleby said. "At the same time, I was playing well, and I thought if I could keep making birdies … there was plenty of (birdie chances) coming in."
Appleby's 11-under round on the Old White course put him at 22-under 258. Overton (67) finished 21 under. He appeared to be flabbergasted when his birdie putt on the par-5 17th hole lipped out after apparently hitting a spike mark.
"I though I put a great stroke on it; I thought I put it right in the center," Overton said. "Yeah, like a foot and a half from the hole, it just went hard left. Might not have been a mark … late in the day it gets bumpy."
Paul Goydos shot 59 at the John Deere Classic last month. The others: Al Geiberger (1977 Memphis Classic), Chip Beck (1991 Las Vegas Invitational) and David Duval (1999 Bob Hope Classic).
Appleby shot the first 59 on a par-70 course. He understands there might be debate as to whether his round is up there with the others.
"I agree," he said. "I can see both sides of the fence. … But who says par is supposed to be 72? There's a lot of great courses that aren't 72."
Win gets Tseng close to career slam at 21
Yani Tseng made a 6-foot putt on No. 18 to win the Women's British Open at Southport, England, by one stroke over Katherine Hull of Australia.
It was Tseng's third major and second of 2010 along with the Kraft Nabisco. She also won the 2008 LPGA Championship and, at 21, needs only the U.S. Women's Open to cap a career Grand Slam.
Hull came into the round down by four but trailed by one heading to the 18th. She missed a 20-foot birdie and settled for 70. Tseng shot 73 for a total of 11-under 277 at Royal Birkdale.
"I was nervous and tired with all the pressure and attention out there," Tseng said. "… It was the toughest win I've had to date. I usually come from behind to win. I've never won from the front before."
Seminole's Brittany Lincicome, who was three back after two rounds, shot 75 to wind up at 286, tied for ninth.
u.s. senior open: Bernhard Langer was more than willing to be the villain if it meant winning the U.S. Golf Association event.
Playing in an atmosphere more suited for a Ryder Cup than the final round of a major, Langer was undeterred by a partisan crowd in Sammamish, Wash., that was rooting hard for hometown hero Fred Couples.
The German shot bogey-free 3-under 67 to win his second straight over-50 major and cap a daunting trans-Atlantic double.
A week after winning the Senior British Open, Langer, 52, finished at 8-under 272 to finish three shots ahead of Couples (70), a native of nearby Seattle.
"I knew what was coming, which doesn't make it any easier," Langer said of the crowd pulling for Couples, 50.
FUTURES: With her father as caddy, Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse shot 3-under 68 at the Alliance Bank Golf Classic in Syracuse, N.Y., to beat Amelia Lewis by three strokes for her second victory this season. "To have my dad, and also my mom, here gave me some extra confidence, whether he caddied for me or not," said LaCrosse (201 for three rounds). She took the top spot on the feeder tour's money list; the top 10 earners at the end of the season earn LPGA Tour cards for 2011.