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Mickelson's final putt wins title at Colonial

May 26, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Another memorable shot, and another victory, for Phil Mickelson's impressive ledger.

Not the nine-foot birdie putt on the final hole that gave him a one-stroke victory over Rod Pampling at the Crowne Plaza Invitational on Sunday in Fort Worth. Instead, it was the 140-yard wedge from heavy rough that set it up: when Mickelson had to hit under one tree and over another, the ball clipping branches on the way.

One of Mickelson's best shots?

"Probably top five," Mickelson said.

The birdie ended a round of two-under-par 68 that got Mickelson to 14-under 266, a stroke better than Pampling (68) and Tim Clark (66) for his second victory at Colonial. Pampling blew a two-stroke lead on the back nine after Mickelson had begun the day with a one-stroke advantage.

Stephen Ames (70) finished fourth at 269, a stroke ahead of Ben Crane.

Despite a five-bogey, one-birdie round of 74, Jay Haas hung on to beat third-round leader Bernhard Langer by a stroke with a seven-over 287 for his second Senior PGA Championship in three years at Rochester, N.Y.

Scott Hoch, Joey Sindelar and 1987 U.S. Open winner Scott Simpson finished tied for third, two shots back.

Haas' seven-over was the highest winning score in relation to par in the 69-year history of the Senior PGA, shattering the previous high of two-over set by Sam Snead in 1970 at PGA National at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Leta Lindley, who finished tied at 11 under in regulation with Jeong Jang, birdied the first hole of a playoff in the LPGA Corning Classic at Corning, N.Y., for her first victory in her 296 starts.

SOFTBALL

UCLA reaches World Series

Anjelica Selden had a two-hit, 10-strikeout effort and second-seeded UCLA got home runs from Amanda Kamekona and Jennifer Schroeder in sweeping 15th-seeded Georgia (46-24), 6-0, in a best-of-three NCAA Division I super-regional at Easton Stadium to earn the Bruins' 23rd berth in the College World Series.

The Bruins (50-7) will play seventh-seeded Arizona on Thursday.

TENNIS

USC, UCLA teams advance

The USC men's and women's doubles teams reached the NCAA tournament finals at Tulsa, Okla., but Pepperdine senior Andre Begemann was thwarted in his singles bid.

USC's Robert Farah and Kaes Van't Hof won their 25th consecutive match, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (10), over Bram ten Berge and Matthias Willerman of Mississippi. The second-seeded Farah and Van't Hof will face another Ole Miss pair -- fourth-seeded Jonas Berg and Erling Tveit -- in today's final.

UCLA's Tracy Lin and Riza Zalameda won their semifinal, 6-2, 6-1, over Fresno State's Renata Kucerkova and Anastasia Petukhova. The top-seeded UCLA duo will face second-seeded Melanie Gloria and Tinesta Rowe of Fresno State in today's final.

Begemann lost, 6-2, 6-4 to Tennessee's J.P. Smith.

MOTOR RACING

Hamilton prevails in Monaco

Lewis Hamilton overcame an early accident and wet conditions to win the Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo and take the lead in the Formula One standings.

Hamilton, who finished three seconds ahead of BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica, improved to 38 points in the standings, three better than defending world champion Kimi Raikkonen, who finished out of the points in ninth. The Ferrari driver's day began with a drive-through penalty and ended in an accident with Adrian Sutil.

Kawasaki's James Stewart won the AMA Toyota Motocross Championship at Glen Helen Raceway in Devore.

Stewart went on to post a solid 1-1 moto finish to earn his fifth overall victory. Suzuki's Mike Alessi was second, and Honda's Davi Millsaps was third.

MISCELLANY

Noah booked on drug charge

Chicago Bulls forward Joakim Noah was charged with possession of marijuana and having an open container of alcohol in Gainesville, Fla.

Noah, a former Florida standout, was released after signing a notice to appear before a judge -- standard procedure for such offenses. He could face up to six months in jail and a $500 fine for the marijuana charge.

The Los Angeles Riptide defeated the Chicago Machine, 10-9, in its Major League Lacrosse home opener at the Home Depot Center.

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