Friday, December 15, 2017
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Russell Knox, Graeme McDowell tied at rain-delayed OHL Classic

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Russell Knox and Graeme McDowell each had six birdies and were tied for the lead before the final round was stopped Sunday in the rain-delayed OHL Classic at Mayakoba, setting up a sprint to the finish today in Mexico.

The fourth round was delayed 31/2 hours by thunderstorms that left pools of water across El Camaleon Golf Club.

McDowell elected to finish the par-5 13th when the horn sounded to suspend play because of darkness. He made birdie to join Knox at 19-under par.

Knox was still on the 13th hole.

Jason Bohn, who chipped in for eagle on the fifth hole for an early lead, dropped two shots and was at 17 under through 12 holes. Bohn won his first PGA Tour event in 2005 and his next one in 2010. This is his final event of 2015.

The final round was to resume at 8 a.m.

This will be the first time in 10 years that back-to-back PGA Tour events finished on Monday because of rain. The Sanderson Farms Championship in Mississippi had a marathon finish last week because of the weather.

With soft conditions, there figures to be little room for error when Mayakoba ends.

Scott Brown (through 14 holes) and Derek Fathauer (12) were four shots behind. Fathauer, trying to make it six straight PGA Tour events with a first-time winner, had a one-shot lead starting the final round but had only one birdie against two bogeys to fall back.

Knox is coming off his first win last week in Shanghai at the HSBC Champions, and he was so exhausted he considered pulling out. Instead, he continued his around-the world journey to Mexico. He can become the first player since Camilo Villegas in 2008 to win his first two PGA Tour titles in successive weeks.

The 30-year-old from Scotland ran off four straight birdies starting at No. 3 then stuffed his approach just short of the pin on the par-3 eighth and went out in 31. He picked up his sixth birdie on the 11th hole.

McDowell has not had a top 10 since the Dubai Desert Classic in February. He chose to end his European Tour season earlier than usual because of a mediocre season.

LPGA: Park won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Mexico City, holding off Carlota Ciganda for her fifth victory of the season and 17th tour title. The second-ranked South Korean birdied the final two holes for a bogey-free 8-under 64 and 18-under 270 overall, giving her a three-stroke victory in cloudy conditions at tree-lined Club de Golf Mexico. Ciganda shot 63. The Spaniard eagled the par-5 second hole and had eight birdies and bogey. Park was making her first start since withdrawing in China two weeks ago because of a cyst on her left middle finger.

PGA EUROPE: Sweden's Kristoffer Broberg sank a 10-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole against Patrick Reed to capture his first tour title at the BMW Masters in Shanghai. Broberg (68) and Reed (67) finished regulation at 17-under 271 after a an afternoon that saw five players briefly share the lead on the back nine. Third-round leader Thongchai Jaidee (71) barely missed a birdie putt on the 18th green in regulation to get into the playoff.

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