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Smylie Kaufman wins Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in fifth PGA start

LAS VEGAS — Smylie Kaufman won the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open on Sunday in his fifth PGA Tour start, shooting 10-under 61 and waiting more than two hours while rival after rival fell short.

Kaufman played the final 11 holes in 9 under with eagle and seven birdies. He set up the eagle with a 3-wood drive to 15 feet on the par-4 15th and closed with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th to post 16-under 268 at TPC Summerlin.

Kevin Na, third-round leader Brett Stegmaier, Patton Kizzire, Cameron Tringale, Jason Bohn and Alex Cejka tied for second, a stroke back.

Na, coming off playoff loss last week to Emiliano Grillo in the season-opening event in Napa, Calif., made a 25-foot birdie putt on the par-5 16th to tie for the lead but bogeyed the par-3 17th after flubbing a chip and missed a 15-foot birdie try on 18.

Stegmaier had the last chance to force a playoff but hit his approach on 18 into the left fringe and came up short on a 20-foot birdie try.

Kaufman, 23, became the second straight rookie winner on the tour, earning $1,152,000 and a spot in the Masters. The former LSU player from Birmingham, Ala., began the year with no tour status, won a Web.com Tour event in May and earned a PGA Tour card with a high finish on the money list.

LPGA: Lydia Ko ran away with the LPGA Taiwan Championship in Taipei to regain the No. 1 spot in the world ranking. The New Zealander, 18, holed a 30-yard pitch for eagle on the par-5 12th and shot 7-under 65 for the round in sunny, breezy conditions at Miramar for a nine-stroke victory. Ko finished at 20-under 268 overall. Ko took the top spot in the world from South Korea's Inbee Park with her fifth victory of the season and the 10th of her career.

Smylie Kaufman wins Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in fifth PGA start 10/25/15 [Last modified: Sunday, October 25, 2015 9:17pm]
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