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Couples rallies to win

TURNBERRY, Scotland — Fred Couples won the Senior British Open by two Sunday over Gary Hallberg after holing a 25-foot putt to finish with consecutive birdies.

The 1992 Masters champion shot 3-under 67 in the final round to finish at 9-under 271 on the Ailsa course and win his first tournament in Britain. Hallberg shot 66, equaling the best round of the day with American Mark Calcavecchia and Carl Mason.

English pair Barry Lane (69) and Mason and American Dick Mast (67) shared third at 4 under. Overnight leader Bernhard Langer dropped five shots in five holes on the way to shoot 75 and slip into a tie for sixth.

"I've never won an Open Championship, so this is the next best thing. And I believe I now get into the (British) Open at Muirfield next year, which is great," Couples said after winning the Champions Tour's fifth and final major of the season. "It was a fun day out there. Bernhard and I were neck and neck for a long time. Then I saw (Hallberg) had birdied the 17th to draw level, so I knew I needed to birdie 17. I hit a couple of great shots down 17 and two-putted for birdie, then the hole got in the way for my birdie putt at 18.

"It's my biggest senior tour win by far on a truly great golf course. I can now say I won the Senior British Open at Turnberry in really challenging weather."

Couples was locked in a struggle with Langer until the German double bogeyed No. 12 and the American birdied for a three-shot swing. Langer then bogeyed three holes in a row from No. 14.

LPGA: Inbee Park of South Korea ended a four-year wait when she shot 6-under 66 to win the Evian Masters in Evian-les-Bains, France, beating Karrie Webb and overnight co-leader Stacy Lewis by two. It was Park's first title since the 2008 U.S. Open. She finished at 17-under 271. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (72) finished at 285, and Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse (75) at 293.

PGA: Scott Piercy made four straight birdies early and one big par late to win the Canadian Open in Ontario. He closed with 3-under 67 and tied the oldest 72-hole scoring record on tour at 17-under 263. Johnny Palmer had 263 when he won the Canadian Open in 1952.

Couples rallies to win 07/29/12 [Last modified: Sunday, July 29, 2012 9:04pm]
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