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Robert Garrigus gets his first PGA Tour victory

Garrigus shoots an eight-under-par 64 to keep his PGA Tour card.

November 14, 2010|Wire reports

Robert Garrigus shot an eight-under-par 64 to win the Children's Miracle Network Classic, allowing him to keep his PGA Tour card and atoning for his collapse this year in Memphis.

Garrigus finished three shots clear of Roland Thatcher at Lake Buena Vista, Fla., for his first tour victory.

Thatcher shot a final-round 72 and kept his playing privileges, blowing a four-stroke lead but staying on the tour.

The victory was sweet redemption for Garrigus. He made a triple bogey with a three-shot lead on the final hole at Memphis, then lost to Lee Westwood in a playoff.

Garrigus finished at 21 under.

Troy Merritt won the season-long Kodak Challenge and $1-million prize, beating Rickie Fowler and Aaron Baddeley on the first hole of a playoff.

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South Korea's In-Kyung Kim won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational at Guadalajara for her third LPGA Tour title, closing with an eight-under 64 for a three-stroke victory over Suzann Pettersen.

Kim played the front nine in six-under 30 and added three birdies and a bogey on the final nine.

She had a tournament-record 19-under total on the Guadalajara Country Club course and earned $220,000, which she said she's donating to charity — half to the Lorena Ochoa Foundation and half to an American organization to be determined.

Pettersen shot a 68.

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Australia's Adam Scott had a three-stroke lead with 10 holes left when play in the Singapore Open was suspended because of darkness, forcing a Monday finish.

The final round was delayed 51/2 hours by thunderstorms.

Scott, the 2005 and 2006 champion, was 17 under at Sentosa Golf Club. Defending champion Ian Poulter was second, also with 10 holes left.

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Stuart Appleby ended a nine-year drought at home by winning the Australian Masters at Melbourne, rallying from a seven-shot deficit with birdies on his last two holes for a six-under 65.

Defending champion Tiger Woods finished alone in fourth, matching his highest finish of a forgettable season. He also tied for fourth in the Masters and U.S. Open.

ETC.

Pirates to hire Hurdle

The Pittsburgh Pirates will introduce former Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle as their new manager at a news conference Monday.

Hurdle, the batting coach for the AL champion Texas Rangers, replaces John Russell, who was fired the day after completing a 105-loss season — the Pirates' worst in 58 years and their record-extending 18th consecutive losing season.

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A father-son sports collector team from Santa Barbara bought the bat Kirk Gibson used for his historic home run in the 1988 World Series for $575,912.40 in SCP Auctions' October/November auction at Laguna Niguel, and also took home the four other Gibson artifacts on sale.

Chad and Doug Dreier of the Dreier Group paid $1.19 million for the five items.

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Robin Soderling of Sweden won his first Masters 1000 title by beating Gael Monfils of France, 6-1, 7-6 (1), in the Paris Masters final.

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The USC women's soccer team lost to Notre Dame, 4-0, in an NCAA tournament second-round game at South Bend, Ind. The Trojans finished the season with a record of 13-6-3.

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Japan's Kanako Murakami won the gold medal at Skate America in Portland, Ore.

While she struggled with one jump and later fell, Murakami's final score of 164.93 put her in front of Rachael Flatt (162.86) of Del Mar.

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