Saturday, May 19, 2018

Recari outduels Creamer for LPGA victory

SYLVANIA, Ohio — The head-to-head duel between Beatriz Recari and Paula Creamer in the final round of the Marathon Classic on Sunday was great theater. Don't be surprised if there's a sequel.

Recari rolled in a 12-foot birdie on No. 14 to take the lead for good and held off Creamer for her third LPGA Tour title. Recari shot 5-under 66 to finish at 267, a shot ahead of Creamer.

They started the day tied and spent most of the day trading the lead — like match play. The duel might have been foreshadowing for next month's Solheim Cup at the Colorado Golf Club, with Recari on the European side and Creamer playing for the United States.

"Back and forth, back and forth," Recari said of their Sunday showdown. "It totally felt like the Solheim Cup."

PGA: Woody Austin, 49, won the Sanderson Farms Championship in Madison, Miss., for his first Tour victory since 2007, beating Cameron Beckman and Daniel Summerhays with an 8-foot birdie on the first playoff hole. Austin shot 5-under 67 to finish at 268.

Florida Open: Tyler McCumber, who finished his college career at Florida this spring, shot 68 to finish at 12-under 204 and win the 67th annual event in Vero Beach.