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GOLF ROUNDUP

Heath Slocum wins The Barclays by one shot

He pars the final hole and beats a group that includes Tiger Woods, who misses a birdie putt on the same hole.

August 31, 2009|Associated Press

One week after barely qualifying for golf's version of the playoffs, Heath Slocum won the opening event at the Barclays in Jersey City, N.J., on Sunday with a 20-foot par putt on the final hole for a one-shot victory.

Slocum, who earlier in the round holed out for eagle from 159 yards, closed with a four-under-par 67 and won at Liberty National when Steve Stricker caught the lip with his 10-foot par putt. Slocum finished at nine-under 275.

Tiger Woods, who shot a 67 on Sunday, was among those who finished one shot behind. Playing in the group ahead of Slocum and Stricker, he hit a six-iron to seven feet for a birdie putt on No. 18 to tie for the lead.

Typical of his week, Woods missed the putt.

Ernie Els (66) and Padraig Harrington (67) also finished one shot behind in a fascinating start to the FedEx Cup.

Slocum was No. 124 out of 125 qualifiers, and the victory puts him at No. 3 in the standings.

Hur gets first win

Rookie M.J. Hur made a six-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole of the Safeway Classic in North Plains, Ore., to beat Suzann Pettersen for her first LPGA Tour victory.

Hur pumped her fist and started laughing after sinking the putt on the par-four No. 17 hole at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club north of Portland. Hur shot a final-round 65, and Pettersen and veteran Michele Redman each shot a 67 to finish at 13-under 203 and set up the playoff. Redman was knocked out on the first playoff hole.

Roberts rallies

Loren Roberts birdied the final two holes to win the Boeing Classic in Snoqualmie, Wash., and keep Mark O'Meara winless on the Champions Tour.

Roberts shot a final-round 65 to finish at 18 under, one shot ahead of O'Meara, who shot a 64 on Sunday.

History at Amateur

For the second straight year, the U.S. Amateur crowned the youngest champion in its history, which started in 1895. This time it was a 17-year-old Florida high schooler emerging from a field that featured many of the top college players in the country.

Byeong Hun-An defeated Clemson senior Ben Martin 7 and 5 in the 36-hole final at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.

An, who turns 18 on Sept. 17, is about a month and a half younger than Danny Lee was when he broke Tiger Woods' record last year to become the U.S. Amateur's youngest champion.

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