Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Patrick Cantlay wins Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in playoff

LAS VEGAS — Patrick Cantlay won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on Sunday in a playoff for the first victory in a PGA Tour career mostly derailed by a severe back injury.

The former UCLA star, 25, hit from behind a tree and got up-and-down for par from off the back of the 18th green to beat Alex Cejka and Whee Kim on the second extra hole.

Cantlay bogeyed the final two holes of regulation for 5-under 67 to get in at 9-under 275 at windy TPC Summerlin.

Cejka birdied the 18th with an 18-footer for 63 more than two hours before Cantlay and Whee — who bogeyed 18 for 66 — finished the round. The three played the 456-yard, par-4 closing hole twice in the playoff, matching bogeys the first time.

Cantlay broke through after a remarkable return last season from the back problems. Out of golf since 2013, he didn’t miss a cut and made it to the Tour Championship while playing only 12 events. Part of that was due to an ankle injury that slowed him for two months.

Cantlay earned $1,224,000, a two-year PGA Tour exemption and a spot in the Masters.

Patton Kizzire (64), J.T. Poston (66) and Chesson Hadley (68) finished a stroke out of the playoff.

Beau Hossler, tied for the third-round lead with J.J. Spaun, had 73 to drop into a tie for seventh at 7 under with Bryson DeChambeau (67) and Tom Hoge (69). Spaun played the final four holes in 5 over for 74.

LPGA: Defending champion Shanshan Feng of China fired 4-under 68 to win the Japan Classic in Ibaraki. Feng, the overnight leader, recovered from two bogeys on the first three holes with six birdies to finish at 19-under 197, two shots ahead of Japan’s Ai Suzuki, who also shot 68. Feng became the first LPGA golfer to defend a title in 2017 and claimed her second victory of the year, after the LPGA Volvik Championship in May. "That was my goal, before I started the week, to defend my title," she said.

PGA EUROPE: Justin Rose made a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya by a shot for his second straight title in Europe, moving him close to Tommy Fleetwood in the Race to Dubai standings. Rose shot 6-under 65 to finish at 18-under 266 overall, securing victory in the first of three events that conclude the Race to Dubai. Nicolas Colsaerts had the chance to take Rose to a playoff but rolled his birdie putt on the 18th just left of the hole and finished with 66. Kiradech Aphibarnrat shot 71 to fade to sixth at 14-under 270. Fellow overnight co-leader Shane Lowry was another shot back after 72.

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