Phil Mickelson doffed his cap to an adoring and applauding crowd in the grandstands overlooking the 18th green at the Scottish Open, and walked to the side of the putting surface to hug his wife and three children.
It was a similar scene 20 minutes later — this time with Mickelson having seized his second chance to secure a first victory in Europe in 20 years.
Mickelson beat Branden Grace in a playoff Sunday after putting himself, his family and his growing legion of Scottish fans through a tense finale on a wild final day on the Castle Stuart links in Inverness, Scotland. Both shot 69 in the final round to finish at 17-under 271.
Teenager wins PGA event
Nineteen-year-old Jordan Spieth outlasted David Hearn and Zach Johnson on the fifth hole of a playoff to win the John Deere Classic on Sunday in Silvis, Ill., becoming the youngest winner on the PGA Tour in 82 years.
Spieth hit a 2-foot par putt to earn a spot in next week’s British Open. He is also the first teenager to win since Ralph Guldahl took the Santa Monica Open in 1931. Spieth, who doesn’t turn 20 for another two weeks, hit a 2-foot par putt to earn a spot in the field at Muirfield. Spieth also earned a spot in the $8.75 million World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club Aug. 1-4 in Akron.
Perry takes Senior Open
Kenny Perry completed his comeback from 10 shots down after the second round to win the U.S. Senior Open on Sunday in Omaha, Neb.
Perry shot a final-round 63 at the Omaha Country Club and won his second straight senior major by 5 strokes over Fred Funk. His 64-63 finish set a tournament record.
The 52-year-old Kentuckian started Sunday 2 shots behind leader Michael Allen, but was in front to stay after he birdied the second and third holes and Allen bogeyed the third.
Playoffs needed in LPGA
South Korea’s Hee Young Park beat American Angela Stanford on the third playoff hole to win the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic on Sunday in Waterloo, Ontario.
Park reached the green on the par-5, 471-yard deciding hole in 2 shots and two-putted for her second career LPGA victory.
Stanford needed 3 shots to get on the back fringe and her long birdie putt ended up a few feet short.