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Na Yeon Choi wins U.S. Women's Open

Choi hangs on after a rough back nine to post her first victory at a major.

July 10, 2012|Wire reports
  • Na Yeon Choi poses with the championship trophy after her four-stroke victory at the 2012 U.S. Women's Open.
Na Yeon Choi poses with the championship trophy after her four-stroke victory… (Elsa / Getty Images )

Na Yeon Choi survived a triple bogey and a few more shaky moments on the back nine Sunday to win the U.S. Women's Open at Kohler, Wis.

It's the first major and sixth LPGA Tour victory for the 24-year-old South Korean star, who came into the tournament ranked fifth in the world.

Choi shot a one-over 73 and finished at seven under for a four-stroke victory. Fellow South Korean Amy Yang had a 71 to finish second. They were the only players to finish the tournament under par.

Choi went into Sunday with a six-stroke lead after shooting a seven-under 65 on Saturday. She got into trouble when she triple-bogeyed No.10 but recovered to win at the same course where Se Ri Pak won South Korea's first major title in 1998.

Rookie Ted Potter Jr. made a four-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a playoff with Troy Kelly to win the Greenbrier Classic for his first PGA Tour victory.

Ranked 218th in the world, Potter overcame a four-stroke deficit with four holes to play, finishing with his second straight six-under 64 to match Kelly at 16 under. Kelly closed with a 66 at White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

The 28-year-old left-hander became the sixth first-time winner on the tour this season.

Charlie Wi and rookie Charlie Beljan tied for third at 14 under. Wi shot a 65, and Beljan had a 67.

Kirk Triplett won the First Tee Open at Pebble Beach for his first Champions Tour title, making an early eagle and closing with a six-under 66 for a two-stroke victory.

Triplett, the three-time PGA Tour winner making his eighth start on the senior tour after turning 50 in March, finished at 10-under 206.

Mark McNulty was second after a 69.

Germany's Marcel Siem won the French Open for his second European Tour title, closing with a four-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Italy's Francesco Molinari at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.


Hunter-Reay wins his third race in a row

Coming off two wins on oval courses, Ryan Hunter-Reay showed he can dominate a street course when he cruised to the Honda Indy Toronto title.

Hunter-Reay led the final 28 laps of the 85-lap race and also moved in front in the series points race. He is the first American-born driver to win three consecutive IndyCar races since AJ Allmendinger in 2006, whose third victory also came at Toronto.

He leads Will Power by 34 points in the series standings, becoming the first American to top the season-long race since Sam Hornish Jr. won the title in 2006.

Charlie Kimball finished second.

Red Bull driver Mark Webber won the British Grand Prix, overtaking Fernando Alonso to move closer to his rival in the race for the Formula One championship.

In dry conditions after two days of rain caused chaos on and off the Silverstone track, Webber pursued pole-sitter Alonso from the start and finally passed the Ferrari driver on Lap 48 of 52.

Webber also upstaged world champion teammate Sebastian Vettel, who finished third and is third in the title race.

Spencer Massey raced to his fourth top-fuel victory of the season to regain the points lead, beating Steve Torrence in the final of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals at Norwalk, Ohio.

Massey had a run of 3.916 seconds at 312.50 mph. Torrence finished in 3.894 seconds at 315.71.

Mike Neff topped the funny car field, Vincent Nobile won the pro stock competition, and Andrew Hines took the pro stock motorcycle event.

Landon Donovan and David Beckham of the Galaxy highlight the MLS First XI team that will face Chelsea of the English Premier League on July 25 in the league's All-Star game.

Fans voted for the team, which might not necessarily be the same one that starts the game against the European champions. D.C. UnitedCoach Ben Olsen will choose the actual starting lineup based on game considerations, from among a game-day roster of 18 players. The rest of the roster will be chosen by Olsen and MLS Commissioner Don Garber.

Those choices will be announced Sunday during the broadcast of the New York Red Bulls' game against the Seattle Sounders.

Just over two years after being traded from the Chicago Bulls to the Washington Wizards, free-agent guard Kirk Hinrich has agreed to return to the franchise that drafted him, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Hinrich, who spent his first seven seasons with the Bulls, is expected to sign a two-year deal worth just over $6million, though details were still being finalized. The free-agent moratorium ends Wednesday.

The Orlando Magic is in advanced talks with the New Orleans Hornets about a sign-and-trade deal that would send restricted free agent Ryan Anderson to New Orleans for 27-year-old center Gustavo Ayon, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Anderson, a 24-year-old power forward, was on the verge of signing a lucrative offer sheet for four years and, according to Yahoo Sports, about $36million with the Hornets. Magic General Manager Rob Hennigan decided it was not prudent to match an offer sheet because of the long-term salary-cap implications.

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