Stanford wins at Evian for 1st career major title


Angela Stanford of the U.S. poses with her trophy after winning the Evian Championship women's golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Angela Stanford of the U.S. poses with her trophy after winning the Evian Championship women's golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)


Amy Olson of the U.S. plays a shot from the rough on the way to the 18th green during the fourth round of the Evian Championship women's golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)


Angela Stanford of the U.S. reacts as she receives the trophy from Jean-Claude Killy, a former French alpine ski racer, after winning the Evian Championship women's golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)


WEB.COM TOUR

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Sangmoon Bae won the Albertsons Boise Open to regain his PGA Tour card, birdieing the final hole for a one-stroke victory in the Web.com Tour Finals event.

Bae finished at 19-under 265, closing with a 5-under 66 at Hillcrest Country Club to edge Anders Albertson (62), Roger Sloan (63) and Adam Schenk (64).

Bae returned to the PGA Tour this season after two years of mandatory military service in South Korea, but lost his card with a 202nd-place finish in the FedEx Cup standings. The two-time PGA Tour winner entered the week needing a few thousand dollars to wrap up a card and ended up making $180,000.

Albertson had already earned a PGA Tour card with a top-25 finish on the Web.com Tour regular-season money list, and Sloan, Schenk and fifth-place finisher Roberto Diaz all earned enough money to get three of the 25 cards available in the four-event series.

The series features the top 75 players from the Web.com regular-season money list and Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings. Albertson and the other top-25 finishers on the Web.com money list are competing against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals. The other players are fighting for 25 cards based on series earnings.

The season-ending Web.com Tour Championship is next week at Atlantic Beach Country Club in Florida.

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

GRAND BLANC, Mich. (AP) — Paul Broadhurst won The Ally Challenge for his PGA Tour Champions-leading third victory of the season, closing with a birdie to beat Brandt Jobe by two strokes in tour golf’s return to Warwick Hills.

Broadhurst rebounded from a bogey on the par-3 11th with birdies on the par-4 12th and par-5 13th and made a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th. The 53-year-old Englishman finished at 15-under 201 on the tree-lined layout that was the longtime home of the PGA Tour’s Buick Open.

Jobe birdied five of the first six holes on the back nine in a 67. Tom Lehman bogeyed the 18th for a 70 to drop into a tie for third with Mark O’Meara (69) at 13 under.

Broadhurst won for the second time this year in Michigan, following his Senior PGA victory at Benton Harbor in May with his fifth senior title. He also teamed with Kirk Triplett for a playoff victory over Lehman and Bernhard Langer in April in the Legends of Golf.

Scott McCarron, tied for the second-round lead with Tom Lehman and Jeff Maggert, had a 77 to tie for 33rd at 5 under. The winner two weeks ago in Canada, McCarron dropped four strokes on the final two holes on the front nine, making a bogey on the par-3 eighth and a triple bogey on the par-4 ninth. Maggert shot a 72 to tie for eighth at 10 under.

EUROPEAN TOUR

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Ashun Wu birdied the 18th hole on Sunday to secure a one-stroke victory over Englishman Chris Wood at the KLM Open, becoming the first Chinese player to win three times on the European Tour.

Wu had an eagle putt on the final hole at The Dutch in Spijk that narrowly missed, leaving him a tap-in bidie for a 4-under 67. Wood, who had the 54-hole lead, needed a birdie on the par-5 18th and had to settle for par and a 69.

Wu pevious won the 2015 Volvo China Open and the 2016 Lyoness Open.

“It is very special for a Chinese player to play on the European Tour,” Wu said. “I love to play here and to win three times feels amazing.”

Thomas Detry, who thought he had missed the cut on Friday and drove home to Belgium, made it back in time for a 63 on Saturday and then a 66 on Sunday to finish alone in third.

OTHER TOURS

MEN

Sanghyun Park completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Shinhan Donghae Open with a 8-under 63 on Sunday for a five-shot victory over Scott Vincent on the Asian Tour. … Liam Johnston closed with a 5-under 67 for a two-shot victory over Tom Murray in the Kazakhstan Open on the European Challenge Tour. … Neil Schietekat shot a 4-under 68 for a one-shot victory over Louid de Jager in the Vodacom Origins in Arabella on the Sunshine Tour. … Colombia’s Nicolas Echavarria won the Sao Paulo Golf Club Championship, leading wire-to-wire in the PGA Tour Latinoamerica event. The former Arkansas player shot 64-66-68-67 for a one-stroke victory over Augusto Nunez of Argentina. … Danny Walker won the Freedom 55 Financial Championship in London, Ontario, for his first Mackenzie Tour title. The 22-year-old former Virginia player closed with a 6-under 64 for a two-stroke victory. … Gary Orr made birdie on the final hole at Craigielaw Golf Club and closed with a 5-over 76 for a one-shot victory over Paul Streeter in the Scottish Senior Open on the Staysure Tour.

WOMEN

So Young Lee closed with a 5-under 67 for a four-shot victory over Ju Young Pak in the All For You Championship on the Korean LPGA Tour. … Kotono Kozuma closed with an 8-under 64 and won the Mungingwear Ladies Tokai Classic by one shot on the Japan LPGA Tour. … South Korea’s Hyemin Kim won the Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout in Arkansas for her second career Symetra Tour title. She finished with a 1-over 73 for a three-stroke victory over Brittany Benvenuto.

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) — In her 18th year on tour, after a wild and tearful final few holes, Angela Stanford became a major tournament champion Sunday.

It was a long journey to an unlikely one-shot victory at the Evian Championship for a player who believed as a rookie in 2001 that major titles would come sooner than her 40th birthday — and probably not in France.

“I would have laughed, ‘No way, it’s going to happen before’,” said Stanford, whose runner-up finish at the 2003 U.S. Women’s Open was the first of 13 top-10s in majors without a win.

“I didn’t know at the time how close I was,” she reflected of that playoff loss 15 years ago. “It was only my third year and I had no idea what I was doing, to be perfectly honest.”

Those feelings returned on the 17th tee at Evian Resort Golf Club, she said, after double bogey at the par-3 16th dropped Stanford out of a tie with long-time leader Amy Olson.

Stanford closed her round of 3-under 68 with eagle-double bogey-birdie then a barely missed birdie that left her in tears minutes before Olson played the 18th and made double-bogey.

Her winning 12-under total of 272 was good by one shot to earn a $577,500 check.

Olson (74) fell into a four-way tie for second place with fellow Americans Austin Ernst (68) and Mo Martin (70), and South Korea’s Sei Young Kim (72). Martin barely missed with a birdie chance on the 18th to face Stanford in a playoff.

Olson missed a six-foot putt for bogey on the 18th to force a playoff. Stanford waited green-side out of sight of the putting surface after signing autographs for young spectators.

Tears flowed again as Stanford watched on a giant screen for Olson — who spent all day as outright or joint leader — to putt.

More than six years after getting the last of her five LPGA Tour titles, the 76th-ranked Stanford, put her hands to her mouth in surprise before beginning an emotional round of television interviews.

The result ensured American women extended a streak of winning at least one major title each year since Evian was added as the fifth in 2013.

Olson, who led by three shots with five holes to play, was stoic about a career-best result that ended by three-putting.

“It’s disappointing to finish like that,” said the 26-year-old Olson, whose previous best finish in an LPGA event was tied for seventh in 2014. “I committed to every shot and did everything I could.”

Playing in the second-last group, Stanford started the day five shots back of Olson who had a two-shot lead over Kim.

The leaderboard changed little on the front nine until Olson made bogey at the par-3 8th. She stayed as joint leader with Kim on 13 under — three shots clear — only when Kim’s putt from off the same green hit the pin and stayed out.

Olson’s two-shot lead was soon restored after Kim’s double bogey 6 at the 10th. She padded her lead to three with a tap-in for birdie at the par-5 13th.

Two more Americans, Stanford and Ernst, joined Kim three behind Olson, who let a good chance slip at the par-5 15th after her short approach chip to the green was weak.

In a wild ride for Stanford, she joined Olson on 13-under after making eagle at the 15th, then gave back both shots when she found thick rough below the par-3 16th green. Soon, Stanford was punching the air with her right fist on sinking a 25-footer for birdie on the 17th.

Olson went to the 17th with a one-shot lead on 13 under as Ernst set a clubhouse target of 11 under. Her bogey-free 68 saw several putts lip out.

Refusing to check the leaderboard all day, Olson said she only knew on the 18th tee where she stood. A par 4 would win, but she hooked her tee shot into the rough, and her third-shot approach was well below the pin. A 40-foot par putt for victory raced past.

On a stellar day for the Americans, 16-year-old amateur Rachel Heck (71) tied for 44th in her second major. Her 2 over total of 286 tied with defending champion Anna Nordqvist.

“I really hope that this is what I’ll be able to do with my life in a few years after college,” said Heck, a Memphis, Tennessee native was is to attend Stanford University. “I can’t wait to be out here full time.”

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Angela Stanford of the U.S. poses with her trophy after winning the Evian Championship women’s golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_121373998-d11e14cb936f44e2bee5b8b7884bbdb3.jpgAngela Stanford of the U.S. poses with her trophy after winning the Evian Championship women’s golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Amy Olson of the U.S. plays a shot from the rough on the way to the 18th green during the fourth round of the Evian Championship women’s golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_121373998-1b8e942667ab46b5a8c063ab58e7beb9.jpgAmy Olson of the U.S. plays a shot from the rough on the way to the 18th green during the fourth round of the Evian Championship women’s golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Angela Stanford of the U.S. reacts as she receives the trophy from Jean-Claude Killy, a former French alpine ski racer, after winning the Evian Championship women’s golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/09/web1_121373998-1247007dac6b44cf9023ef136a7d81a5.jpgAngela Stanford of the U.S. reacts as she receives the trophy from Jean-Claude Killy, a former French alpine ski racer, after winning the Evian Championship women’s golf tournament in Evian, eastern France, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

WEB.COM TOUR

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Sangmoon Bae won the Albertsons Boise Open to regain his PGA Tour card, birdieing the final hole for a one-stroke victory in the Web.com Tour Finals event.

Bae finished at 19-under 265, closing with a 5-under 66 at Hillcrest Country Club to edge Anders Albertson (62), Roger Sloan (63) and Adam Schenk (64).

Bae returned to the PGA Tour this season after two years of mandatory military service in South Korea, but lost his card with a 202nd-place finish in the FedEx Cup standings. The two-time PGA Tour winner entered the week needing a few thousand dollars to wrap up a card and ended up making $180,000.

Albertson had already earned a PGA Tour card with a top-25 finish on the Web.com Tour regular-season money list, and Sloan, Schenk and fifth-place finisher Roberto Diaz all earned enough money to get three of the 25 cards available in the four-event series.

The series features the top 75 players from the Web.com regular-season money list and Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings. Albertson and the other top-25 finishers on the Web.com money list are competing against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals. The other players are fighting for 25 cards based on series earnings.

The season-ending Web.com Tour Championship is next week at Atlantic Beach Country Club in Florida.

PGA TOUR CHAMPIONS

GRAND BLANC, Mich. (AP) — Paul Broadhurst won The Ally Challenge for his PGA Tour Champions-leading third victory of the season, closing with a birdie to beat Brandt Jobe by two strokes in tour golf’s return to Warwick Hills.

Broadhurst rebounded from a bogey on the par-3 11th with birdies on the par-4 12th and par-5 13th and made a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th. The 53-year-old Englishman finished at 15-under 201 on the tree-lined layout that was the longtime home of the PGA Tour’s Buick Open.

Jobe birdied five of the first six holes on the back nine in a 67. Tom Lehman bogeyed the 18th for a 70 to drop into a tie for third with Mark O’Meara (69) at 13 under.

Broadhurst won for the second time this year in Michigan, following his Senior PGA victory at Benton Harbor in May with his fifth senior title. He also teamed with Kirk Triplett for a playoff victory over Lehman and Bernhard Langer in April in the Legends of Golf.

Scott McCarron, tied for the second-round lead with Tom Lehman and Jeff Maggert, had a 77 to tie for 33rd at 5 under. The winner two weeks ago in Canada, McCarron dropped four strokes on the final two holes on the front nine, making a bogey on the par-3 eighth and a triple bogey on the par-4 ninth. Maggert shot a 72 to tie for eighth at 10 under.

EUROPEAN TOUR

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Ashun Wu birdied the 18th hole on Sunday to secure a one-stroke victory over Englishman Chris Wood at the KLM Open, becoming the first Chinese player to win three times on the European Tour.

Wu had an eagle putt on the final hole at The Dutch in Spijk that narrowly missed, leaving him a tap-in bidie for a 4-under 67. Wood, who had the 54-hole lead, needed a birdie on the par-5 18th and had to settle for par and a 69.

Wu pevious won the 2015 Volvo China Open and the 2016 Lyoness Open.

“It is very special for a Chinese player to play on the European Tour,” Wu said. “I love to play here and to win three times feels amazing.”

Thomas Detry, who thought he had missed the cut on Friday and drove home to Belgium, made it back in time for a 63 on Saturday and then a 66 on Sunday to finish alone in third.

OTHER TOURS

MEN

Sanghyun Park completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Shinhan Donghae Open with a 8-under 63 on Sunday for a five-shot victory over Scott Vincent on the Asian Tour. … Liam Johnston closed with a 5-under 67 for a two-shot victory over Tom Murray in the Kazakhstan Open on the European Challenge Tour. … Neil Schietekat shot a 4-under 68 for a one-shot victory over Louid de Jager in the Vodacom Origins in Arabella on the Sunshine Tour. … Colombia’s Nicolas Echavarria won the Sao Paulo Golf Club Championship, leading wire-to-wire in the PGA Tour Latinoamerica event. The former Arkansas player shot 64-66-68-67 for a one-stroke victory over Augusto Nunez of Argentina. … Danny Walker won the Freedom 55 Financial Championship in London, Ontario, for his first Mackenzie Tour title. The 22-year-old former Virginia player closed with a 6-under 64 for a two-stroke victory. … Gary Orr made birdie on the final hole at Craigielaw Golf Club and closed with a 5-over 76 for a one-shot victory over Paul Streeter in the Scottish Senior Open on the Staysure Tour.

WOMEN

So Young Lee closed with a 5-under 67 for a four-shot victory over Ju Young Pak in the All For You Championship on the Korean LPGA Tour. … Kotono Kozuma closed with an 8-under 64 and won the Mungingwear Ladies Tokai Classic by one shot on the Japan LPGA Tour. … South Korea’s Hyemin Kim won the Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout in Arkansas for her second career Symetra Tour title. She finished with a 1-over 73 for a three-stroke victory over Brittany Benvenuto.