Graeme McDowell victorious in Spain
SOTOGRANDE, Spain — Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell won the Andalucia Masters on Sunday at Valderrama, closing with a 3-over-par 74 for a two-stroke victory.
McDowell, also the U.S. Open winner and Wales Open champion this year, finished at 3-under. Northern Ireland’s Gareth Maybin (76), Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen (69) and Ireland’s Damien McGrane (72) tied for second.
» In Selangor, Malaysia, American Ben Crane won the inaugural Asia Pacific Classic, eagling the par-4 15th and making an 8-foot birdie putt on the final hole to beat England’s Brian Davis by a stroke.
Crane closed with a 2-under 69 at The Mines to finish at 18 under and earn $1 million in the first PGA Tour-sanctioned event in Southeast Asia. Davis shot a 66, finishing birdie-eagle-birdie.
» In Incheon, South Korea, South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi successfully defended her title in the LPGA Hana Bank Championship, shooting a 3-under 69 for a two-stroke victory over Vicky Hurst.
Choi finished at 10-under on Sky 72 Golf Club’s Ocean Course and earned $270,000 for her second LPGA Tour victory of the year and fourth in two years.
» In San Antonio, Monday qualifier Rod Spittle won the AT&T Championship for his first Champions Tour victory, beating Jeff Sluman with a par on the first hole of a playoff.
Spittle, a 55-year-old Canadian, and Sluman closed with 4-under 67s to finish at 12-under on the Oak Hills Country Club course. Spittle earned $262,500.
» In Charleston, S.C., Brendan Steele won the Nationwide Tour Championship, beating Colt Knost on the fourth hole of a playoff. But both players left feeling like champions as they finished among the top 25 money winners to earn PGA Tour cards.