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Ochoa defends her Navistar LPGA Classic title

The top-ranked Mexican star shoots a two-under 70 for a four-stroke victory over Michelle Wie and Brittany Lang. Fourteen-year-old Alexis Thompson cards her second straight 74 to tie for 27th.

October 05, 2009|Associated Press

Lorena Ochoa successfully defended her Navistar LPGA Classic title, overcoming early troubles to shoot a two-under-par 70 on Sunday for a four-stroke victory over Michelle Wie and Brittany Lang in Prattville, Ala.

Ochoa finished at 18-under 270 on the Senator course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Capitol Hill complex to end an 11-start winless streak dating to the Corona Championship in late April. The top-ranked Mexican star has three victories this year and 27 overall on the LPGA Tour.

Ochoa wiped out her three-stroke lead coming into the day with a bogey and double bogey in the first five holes. She erased any drama with a birdie on No. 17.

Wie overcame a gimpy left ankle to close with a 66, while Lang had a 70.

Fourteen-year-old Alexis Thompson shot her second straight 74 to tie for 27th at six under.

Haas beats Watson

Jay Haas charged past Tom Watson to win the Senior Players Championship by a stroke, birdieing the 18th hole in Timonium, Md., to match the course record with a six-under 64 in the final Champions Tour major of the season.

The 60-year-old Watson was trying to become the oldest major winner on the 50-and-over tour. But after making only one bogey in the first three rounds at Baltimore Country Club, he had three in the final round en route to a 70.

Kuchar, Vaughn tied

Matt Kuchar and Vaughn Taylor were still tied after two holes in a sudden-death playoff at the PGA Tour's Turning Stone Resort Championship in Verona, N.Y., when play was suspended because of darkness, pushing the finish to today.

They birdied the first extra hole and parred the second.

Taylor, the second-round leader, began the day three shots off the lead and shot a six-under 66 to match Kuchar (69) at 17-under 271.

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