Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Sports

Final-hole gaffe means slim win

FORT WORTH, Texas — Zach Johnson won the Crowne Plaza Invitational for his first victory since winning this tournament two years ago, pulling ahead Sunday when Jason Dufner finally faltered.

Johnson was assessed a two-stroke penalty for failing to replace his ball to its original position after marking it on the 18th hole. That left him at 2-over 72, which gave him a one-stroke win at 12-under 268.

"I'm going to focus on the positives, because I hit a really solid putt, and it's a good thing I made it," Johnson said. "No harm, no foul. It was my fault."

Johnson moved his original ball mark out of the line of Dufner's putt on the 18th green. But he forgot to move it back before his final 5-foot putt.

Dufner, who led going into the round and was trying for his second straight win and third in five weeks, closed with 74.

"I didn't have it (Sunday)," he said. "I didn't play very well. I couldn't get the ball in the fairway." Dufner hit just three of 14 fairways after hitting 30 of 42 in the first three rounds.

Tommy Gainey (67) was a distant third at 7 under.

In what was essentially a match-play final round for the win, Johnson took command at the 414-yard 15th hole. Dufner's approach hit the left side of that green, then rolled into a ditch, leading to a triple bogey that put him four strokes back after Johnson's par.

It was the eighth PGA Tour victory for Johnson. He became just the fourth player with eight tour wins and a major — the 2007 Masters — since 2004. The others are Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh.

"In some respects, I kind of feel like I took down a lion," Johnson said about beating Dufner. "He's been at the top of his game."

champions: Roger Chapman got his first tour victory in one of its majors, winning the Senior PGA Championship by two over John Cook at Benton Harbor, Mich. Chapman, who led after 54 holes, shot 1-over 72 for a 13-under 271 total. Cook shot 69. Hale Irwin (68) finished another stroke back. Kenny Perry had a tournament-record 62 at Harbor Shores to finish five shots behind.

european: Luke Donald won his second straight PGA Championship and overtook Rory McIlroy for the world No. 1 ranking at Virginia Water, England. Donald shot 4-under 68 to finish at 15-under 273 and win by four over Justin Rose (70) and Paul Lawrie (66). This was Donald's second victory of the year; he won the Transitions Championship in March at Innisbrook in Palm Harbor. It's the sixth change at the top of the rankings in 12 weeks between Donald and McIlroy, who missed the cut after a second-round 79.

Also, Ernie Els apologized for his expletive-laced outburst about the condition of the greens Saturday. Tour chief executive George O'Grady said Els asked to see him Sunday morning, apologized and offered to make a donation to a charity for current and former tour members who need financial help. Els, who finished 5 under at a final-round 72, had been facing a fine for his comments.

Comments
Kevin Knox poised to become Tampa Bay’s highest NBA draft pick

Kevin Knox poised to become Tampa Bay’s highest NBA draft pick

Kevin Knox Sr. was watching the NFL draft 24 years ago when the phone rang. Buffalo coach Marv Levy was on the other line."Marv said they were taking me," said Knox Sr., a standout receiver at FSU.Soon after, Knox Sr. saw his name scroll across ESPN'...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Tough questions are mere child’s play for Kevin Knox

Tough questions are mere child’s play for Kevin Knox

Growing up, Kevin Knox II watched videos or listened to motivational tapes during car rides to and from school so he could learn how to expand upon answers in interviews.That was all by design.His father, Kevin Knox Sr., knew about the spotlight as a...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Lightning announce home opener: Oct. 6 vs. Panthers

Lightning announce home opener: Oct. 6 vs. Panthers

The Tampa Bay Lightning will announce their full 2018-19 schedule on Thursday, but the league announced each home opener Wednesday, with Tampa Bay playing host to the Florida Panthers at Amalie Arena on Saturday, Oct. 6.The Lightning will know their ...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Florida State will host Florida Gators to open this basketball season

Florida State will host Florida Gators to open this basketball season

For the first time in almost two decades, Florida and Florida State will open the men's basketball season against each other.The Seminoles will host UF on Nov. 6, both programs announced Wednesday morning. FSU has won four in a row in the series."Any...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Kevin Kiermaier returns to the Rays

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Kevin Kiermaier returns to the Rays

Times sports columnist Tom Jones joins Rick Stroud to discuss Kevin Kiermaier's return to the Rays, whether Victor Hedman should win the Norris Trophy for the NHL's best defenseman, Bucs expectations for this season and Barry Trotz's next c...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Tampa Bay Times’ all-Hillsborough County girls basketball team

Tampa Bay Times’ all-Hillsborough County girls basketball team

Player of the Year: Kaliah Henderson, Jr., RobinsonFirst teamG Brylee Bartram, Jr., Seffner ChristianG Jacquelyn LeVay, Sr., AlonsoF/G Tarriyonna Gary, So., Carrollwood DayF Tiasia McMillan, So., Carrollwood DayC Kendal Cheesman, Fr., PlantSecond tea...
Updated: 5 hours ago
Tampa Bay Times’ all-Pinellas County girls basketball team

Tampa Bay Times’ all-Pinellas County girls basketball team

Player of the Year: November Morton, Sr., CountrysideFirst teamG Paris Williams, Sr., LakewoodG Summer Quigley, Jr., East LakeF Toi Smith, Sr., LakewoodF/G Carrie Lee, Sr., ClearwaterC Macey Zeh-Arndt, So., LakewoodSecond teamG Misha O'Neal, Sr., Cou...
Updated: 5 hours ago
How the Rays really won Tuesday’s game over Astros

How the Rays really won Tuesday’s game over Astros

There was some interesting inside baseball elements that factored into the late innings of Tuesday's 2-1 Rays win.* First, on Matt Duffy's double off reliever Hector Rondon to lead off the eighth.Duffy said he doesn't like "to guess" what a pitcher i...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier returns, with energy to spare

Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier returns, with energy to spare

HOUSTON — Energy.That's what Kevin Kiermaier said he felt he'd provide most in rejoining the Rays Tuesday against the Astros after missing two-plus months recovering from thumb surgery."I like to think I bring energy on both sides of the ball, ...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Rays journal: Blake Snell outlasts Justin Verlander in 2-1 win

Rays journal: Blake Snell outlasts Justin Verlander in 2-1 win

HOUSTON — The starting pitcher walked seven over seven otherwise solid innings Tuesday. That seemed weird enough for the Rays. Then the next pitcher they brought in was the one who started Monday's game. Even more bizarre.And then there was thi...
Updated: 9 hours ago