Retief Goosen birdied the final two holes to win the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship on Sunday in Akron, Ohio, for his first PGA Tour Champions title.
Goosen, 50, broke a tie for the lead with a 15-foot putt on the par-4 17th and made a 10-footer on the par-4 18th for a 2-under-par 68 and a two-stroke victory over Jay Haas and Tim Petrovic.
Haas closed with a 67, and Petrovic shot 68.
“It’s been 10 years since I last won a tournament,” Goosen said, that being the PGA Tour’s 2009 Transitions Championship in Palm Harbor, Fla. “The nerves were there, and to have those nerves a little bit again in the last few weeks, you know, you’ve just got to put yourself in a position all the time to get used to it again, and that’s what I’ve done and it finally paid off this week.”
Three strokes ahead after opening rounds of 69 and 62, Goosen dropped a stroke behind Scott Parel on Saturday with a 75.
“Played great the first two rounds and then didn’t play all that bad yesterday, just let the course get the better of me,” Goosen said. “And today it was playing tough again. It was tough to get close, tough to make birdies, but managed to finish with four birdies in the last six holes or seven holes, so it was nice to pull it off.”
PGA Tour: In Silvis, Ill., Dylan Frittelli closed with a 7-under 64 to win the John Deere Classic by two shots over Russell Henley.
Frittelli finished at 21-under 263 after a bogey-free final round at TPC Deere Run.
“I don’t want to say it was easy out there,” said Frittelli, who had tied for 46th in his previous two starts. “It just felt a whole lot easier than it has been the last few weeks. I calmed my nerves down.”
With the victory Frittelli qualified for the British Open, which begins Thursday.
“I’m sure it’s going to be a fun flight,” Frittelli said.
Cal alum Collin Morikawa, who hit all 18 greens in regulation, tied for fourth at 17-under after a 66.
LPGA Tour: Sei Young Kim made five consecutive birdies in a mid-round burst and shot a 6-under 66 for a two-stroke victory over Lexi Thompson in the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.
Kim began the birdie run on No. 7 and finished at 22-under 262 at Highland Meadows Golf Club.
Thompson, a stroke behind Kim entering the day, closed birdie-eagle for a 66.
“She played some amazing golf,” Thompson said of Kim. “I didn’t have my best ball-striking day, but 5-under, finished well. She played amazing. It’s very well deserved.”
European Tour: Bernd Wiesberger parred the third playoff hole to beat Benjamin Hebert at the Scottish Open in North Berwick.
Hebert shot 10-under 62 to set the clubhouse target on 22-under at the Renaissance Club but Wiesberger (69), the overnight leader, recovered from a slow start to reclaim the top spot with his fourth birdie of the day on No. 16. After a bogey on No. 17, Wiesberger parred No. 18 to force the playoff.
• Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo closed with a 2-over 74 to score 20 points and finish at 71 in the modified Stableford scoring system as he repeated as champion in the American Century Championship — a celebrity tournament at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course in Stateline, Nev.
Former A’s pitcher Mark Mulder (61) was second and Warriors guard Stephen Curry (50) tied for seventh.
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