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McIlroy wins playoff, golf's richest prize

SHANGHAI — U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy won $2 million in the Shanghai Masters on Sunday, beating Anthony Kim with a par on the first hole of a playoff.

McIlroy holed a 2-foot putt for the victory after Kim missed a 3-footer.

McIlroy missed an 8-foot birdie putt that would have won it in regulation. He closed with par-72 to match Kim (69) at 18 under.

"It's something that I feel like I can still get better at is winning and putting yourself in the position to win when you're not playing your best," McIlroy said.

"An exciting final day and a tough finish for me," Kim said.

The $2 million first prize is the richest in golf. The top players also received appearance money and last place paid $25,000. Because the event isn't sanctioned by a major tour, no ranking points were at stake.

asia pacific classic: Bo Van Pelt ran away for a six-stroke victory in hot and humid conditions in Selangor, Malaysia, birdieing five of the last eight holes for a 7-under 64. "I've watched other guys coming down 18 with a big lead and I thought, 'That would be fun some day if I could do that.' And it was," Van Pelt said. He finished at 23 under and earned $1.3 million in the second-year event sanctioned by the PGA and Asian tours.

compton qualifies: Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton earned his PGA Tour card when he finished in the top 25 on the Nationwide Tour money list. Compton was 13th on the money list as the season closed with the Nationwide Tour Championship. His next official event will be in January at the PGA Tour's Sony Open. "It's a miracle," said Compton, 30. "It really is a miracle what I've been able to achieve." Ken Duke got back on the PGA Tour with a two-stroke victory in Charleston, S.C, closing with 4-under 68 to finish at 10 under. J.J. Killeen won the money title, which made him fully exempt on the PGA Tour.

McIlroy wins playoff, golf's richest prize 10/30/11 [Last modified: Sunday, October 30, 2011 6:19pm]
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