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Pak tops Lincicome in playoff

MOBILE, Ala. — It was like the old days for Se Ri Pak, coming up with a clutch shot when she needed it and carrying the day when it came down to a playoff.

Pak birdied the third playoff hole to end a three-year victory drought and defeat Seminole's Brittany Lincicome on Sunday in the rain-shortened Bell Micro LPGA Classic.

The tournament was cut to 54 holes after rain washed out the fourth round. So the three co-leaders after three rounds — Pak, Lincicome and Suzann Pettersen — waited for conditions to improve enough to get in a playoff. Pettersen was eliminated on the second playoff hole.

Pak, 32, the Hall of Famer from South Korea, hit a nice shot from a fairway bunker, setting up the putt that sealed her 25th win but her first since the 2007 Owens Corning Classic.

Playing the par-4 18th for the third straight time in the playoff, Pak hit the shot from about 170 yards to within 10 feet for the winning birdie chance, then watched Lincicome, 24, save par with a long downhill putt.

"I've been here so many times, but I think I've been having a hard time the last couple of years," said Pak, 6-0 in playoffs. "I'm trying to get back the way I (was). … I knew this day was going to come. All I could do is be patient and work hard."

The sodden course received about 4 inches of rain overnight, and it was still drizzling throughout the playoff on No. 18.

"I asked the rules official, 'How many times has somebody ever played the same hole before?' " Lincicome said. "She was like, 'Please, let's not go there.' "

Pettersen dropped out of the playoff with bogey on the second hole at the Crossings Course.

Pak, Lincicome and Pettersen were tied at 13-under 203 when they teed off together in the morning. An hour later, the threat of lightning sent them to the clubhouse for a 5½-hour wait.

On the last hole, Lincicome hit a 30-foot putt after overshooting a bunker shot to force Pak to make her own shorter putt.

"I knew the sand in the bunker was really, really fluffy, so I thought I would kind of go down a little bit after it," Lincicome said. "I tried to pick it a little bit, and obviously, I caught it a little bit clean."

PGA: Scott snaps skid

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Deep in the heart of Texas, Adam Scott only saw Australia. Harsh scrubland off the fairways reminded Scott of Brisbane; sandbelt greens looked like home in Adelaide.

"I had a feeling Aussies would do well here this week," he said.

None better than him.

Rallying from four strokes back for his first PGA Tour victory in two years, Scott was 11 under in a 36-hole finale at the Texas Open, edging Frederik Jacobson by a stroke on the new Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio.

The course was designed by Scott's hero, fellow countrymen Greg Norman, who sent a congratulatory message after Scott's first win since the Australian Open in December.

"I questioned myself at times last year whether I was a great player or not," Scott said. "I still feel I am."

Scott, 29, finished at 14-under 274 and earned his seventh tour victory and first since the 2008 Byron Nelson Classic. He also survived a closing bogey — his only one in the final round — when Jacobson (70) missed a 16-footer from the fringe on No. 18 that would've forced a playoff.

CHAMPIONS: Dan Forsman made eagle and four consecutive birdies on the front nine on his way to a three-stroke win in the Regions Charity Classic in Hoover, Ala. Forsman followed Saturday's tournament-record 62 with 66 to wind up at 20-under 196, beating Joe Ozaki (66) and Peter Senior (68).

EUROPEAN: Peter Hanson shrugged off a one-shot penalty for a double hit to beat Alejandro Canizares in a playoff to win the Mallorca Open in Son Servera, Spain. Hanson struck his chip shot on No. 12 a second time. The top two tied at 6-under 274.

Pak tops Lincicome in playoff 05/16/10 [Last modified: Sunday, May 16, 2010 11:07pm]
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