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Aussie edges Lincicome

“I’m pretty happy with my day,” says Seminole’s Brittany Lincicome after shooting 65 to take second in the LPGA Classic.

Associated Press

“I’m pretty happy with my day,” says Seminole’s Brittany Lincicome after shooting 65 to take second in the LPGA Classic.

PRATTVILLE, Ala. — Australia's Katherine Hull rallied Sunday to win the LPGA Classic for her second career tour title, pulling ahead with a birdie on the par-5 17th and finishing with a two-putt par for 5-under 67 and a one-stroke victory over Seminole's Brittany Lincicome.

Hull finished at 19-under 269 on the links-style Senator layout at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Capitol Hill complex. After opening with 68, she had three straight bogey-free 67s to take home the $195,000 first-place check.

"It's actually really validating," said Hull, 28, who began the round three strokes behind third-round leader Cristie Kerr. "I feel like my game's the best its ever been, and I know it's going to get better, too. I think I've always struggled to try to put four good rounds together, and I was able to do that this week."

Hull's other win was the 2008 Canadian Open.

Lincicome, 25, closed with 65.

"You know, 65 on the final day, that's pretty cool," said Lincicome, who was the first to congratulate Hull, running onto the green and spraying her with a victory beer.

"I was rolling the putter really well until the last couple (of holes). Just got a little bit nervous out there."

Kerr shot 72 to tie for third at 17 under with Na Yeon Choi (69). She played the first 50 holes in 20 under, then was 3 over on the final 22. "If I had played half as well (Sunday) as I had played the first three days, it would have been no contest," Kerr said.

Had she won, she would have earned enough points to take over first place in the player of the year standings. She remains third behind Yani Tsng and Ai Miyazato.

Lindsey Wright shot a course-record 63 to tie for fifth at 16 under.

Westwood set take No. 1 from Woods

Lee Westwood is set to replace Tiger Woods at the top of the world ranking Oct. 31 after saying he does not expect to play again until November because of an ankle injury he aggravated at this weekend's Dunhill Links Championship.

The Englishman will climb to No. 1 if he does not return before the end of the month and Woods follows through with his intention not to play again until the HSBC Champions on Nov. 4-7.

Westwood has been struggling with a right ankle injury for months. He finished tied for 11th at the European Tour's Dunhill Links Championship. Asked when he might play again, Westwood said: "At the earliest probably HSBC, maybe Dubai (Nov. 25-28)."

Woods has topped the ranking for more than five years, since the week before the 2005 U.S. Open. Woods will have been No. 1 for 279 weeks in today's ranking.

If Westwood does end up at the top, his stay could be short-lived. With Woods, Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Phil Mickelson likely playing in the $7 million HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai, any one of them could wind up at No. 1 in the next week's ranking.

European: PGA champion Martin Kaymer closed with 6-under 66 at St. Andrews to win the Dunhill Links Championship, making him the first tour player in 21 years with three straight victories. Kaymer's streak began with a playoff win at the PGA Championship. He won the Dutch Open last month while preparing for the Ryder Cup. Nick Faldo in 1989 was the last tour player to win three straight tournaments. Kaymer, 25, finished at 17-under 271 for a three-shot victory over Danny Willett. He won for the fourth time this year overall.

PGA: Heath Slocum won the new McGladrey Classic by knocking in a 60-foot birdie putt from behind the 16th green just as his challengers were fading. Slocum closed with 2-under 68 at Sea Island Golf Club, making bogey on the final hole for a one-shot victory at 14-under 266 over Bill Haas at St. Simons Island, Ga.

Champions: Mark O'Meara knocked in a 4-foot par putt on the first playoff hole to defeat Michael Allen and win the Senior Players Championship, his first individual victory on the tour. Both finished at 7-under 273 in the tour's last major of the year at Potomac, Md. In the final round, O'Meara shot 2-under 68, Allen 66. Loren Roberts (68) finished third at 5 under.

Aussie edges Lincicome 10/10/10 [Last modified: Sunday, October 10, 2010 9:42pm]
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