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Crane rallies with 7 birdies, wins playoff

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — Ben Crane will head home today to be with his wife, Heather, for the birth of their third child, bringing an unlikely McGladrey Classic trophy with him.

Seven shots behind with 11 holes to play, Crane ran off seven birdies to close with 7-under 63, then won a sudden-death playoff when Webb Simpson missed a short par putt on the second extra hole.

"What the heck am I doing here?" said Crane, who nearly withdrew Thursday because of a sore hip. "I'm in a little bit of shock — a lot of shock."

Simpson missed a putt of just more than 3 feet on the 17th hole in the playoff, but took a big step toward winning the PGA Tour money title. He has a $363,029 lead over Luke Donald.

Both players have entered this week's season-ending tournament at Disney.

Bud Cauley, 21, tied for 15th, becoming the sixth player to go from college and earn his tour card without going through Q-school. He joins Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in accomplishing that in eight starts or fewer.

norman criticizes woods: Greg Norman, who said recently that Tiger Woods will not win another major, said Saturday that he would not have picked him for the Presidents Cup. Norman said Keegan Bradley would have been a better U.S. choice. Norman is the International captain for the event, Nov. 17-20 at Royal Melbourne. "He can say whatever he wants, but I'm not really into that. I play golf with my clubs," U.S. captain Fred Couples said.

champions: Couples ran away with the AT&T Championship in San Antonio, Texas, shooting a bogey-free 6-under 66 for a seven-stroke victory, largest on the tour this year. At 23-under 193, he set the event record, winning for the sixth time in two seasons.

lpga: South Korea's Na Yeon Choi won the LPGA Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur for her first LPGA Tour victory of the season and fifth in three years. Choi closed with 3-under 68 to beat top-ranked Yani Tseng by a stroke. Choi (15-under 269) birdied the par-3 17th to pull ahead and parred the par-4 18th. Tseng closed with two pars. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome closed with 71 and tied for 42nd at 3-over 287. Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse (74—291) tied for 50th and Tampa's Kristy McPherson (73—295) tied for 59th.

Crane rallies with 7 birdies, wins playoff 10/16/11 [Last modified: Sunday, October 16, 2011 10:36pm]
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