Saturday, December 16, 2017
Golf

Pat Perez wins OHL Classic at Mayakoba

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Pat Perez won the OHL Classic at Mayakoba on Sunday in his third start since returning from shoulder surgery.

Perez closed with 4-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over third-round leader Gary Woodland. Perez finished at 21-under 263.

"I had an attitude that I can't really repeat, but I had a lot of thoughts going on," Perez said. "The main one was I wanted to stay aggressive. I knew if I just stayed aggressive I was seeing the line great on the putting green. … This type of grass and these greens, if you can get it on line you can make them.

"I just saw the line, I thought I could make them all and I just had a confidence. I had an entirely different attitude than I would have had a few years ago. It was definitely a different win than last time. Last time, I was a little more scared coming down the stretch. I didn't really believe and this and that. This time, I really had like this calmness, kind of like a madness to get it done."

Perez had surgery on his shoulder in February. He returned with a tie for 33rd in Malaysia, and tied for seventh last week in Las Vegas.

"When you hit 40 and then you have surgery, it's like 'Oh, God, you know, what are we going to do?' " Perez said. "I had sleepless nights, I had a lot of sleepless nights wondering, 'What are we going to do? How are we going to do this? What's going to happen here? What would happen here?' Because all you do is sit around and think. … I had a lot of time to think about a lot of things."

Perez shot 62 Saturday to pull within a stroke of Woodland, who shot 70 Sunday.

CHAMPIONS: Paul Goydos and Bernhard Langer got the big trophies and checks in the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Scottsdale, Ariz. Goydos completed a wire-to-wire victory, and Langer finished second to win his third straight season points title and fourth overall. Goydos shot 4-under 66 to finish at 15-under 195. Langer had 64 to finish two strokes back.

LPGA: Carlota Ciganda rallied to win the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico City for her second tour victory in four starts. Ciganda shot 4-under 68 to finish at 13-under 275 and a two-stroke victory over six players. Third-round leader Austin Ernst had 71 to drop into a tie for second with Angela Stanford (69), Jodi Ewart Shadoff (67), Karine Icher (69) and Sarah Jane Smith (70).

PGA EUROPE: Alex Noren won the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa, with a 63 that took him from six shots off the lead overnight to a six-shot victory and his fourth title of the season. Noren matched the best final round by a winner on this year's tour to finish at 14-under 274 overall. Jeunghun Wang, who was three shots ahead overnight, ended second at 8 under after 3-over 75.

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