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Golf roundup — Sept. 8

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Thomas Bjorn made a 12-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat Craig Lee for the European Masters title in Crans-Sur-Sierre, Switzerland.

Bjorn added to his title from 2011 after watching Lee’s attempt from 15 feet slide left of the hole on the par-4 18th. Both had finished with 20-under totals of 264.

“It was to be my week,” said Bjorn, who shot a bogey-free 6-under 65 in the final round. “I have got a long love relationship with this golf course.”

Earlier, both players missed 20-foot putts for the win in regulation on the misty, rain-swept final green following a 30-minute suspension for fog to clear.

Bjorn, who waited out the delay standing on the 18th tee, missed left and then watched on TV in the scorer’s hut as the 36-year-old Lee of Scotland sought to clinch his first career title.

Lee, who led by 2 shots after his 61 on Saturday, had his putt catch the right lip of the hole and finished with a 67.

“He was unfortunate not to hole that,” said Bjorn, recalling how he finished 1 shot behind Phil Mickelson at the 2005 PGA Championship. “I have had one lip out to get a playoff in a major championship.”

Bjorn’s 14th career European Tour title was his first since winning here in 2011, when he closed with 62 to also finish 20 under.

The 42-year-old Dane earned prize money of $483,000. Lee’s career-high check for $322,000 looks certain to secure his European Tour status for next year.

Champions Tour

Esteban Toledo won the Montreal Championship in Sainte-Julie, Quebec, for his second Champions Tour victory of the season, chipping in for birdie to beat Kenny Perry on the third extra hole.

The 50-year-old Toledo won the Insperity Championship in May in Texas to become the first Mexican winner in Champions Tour history. He also won that event on the third hole of a playoff, topping Mike Goodes with a par.

Toledo shot a 3-under 69 to match Perry at 5-under 211 on La Vallee du Richelieu’s Rouville Course. Perry, the Senior Players Championship and U.S. Senior Open winner in consecutive tour starts this summer, had a 70.

They each parred the par-4 18th twice in the playoff, and Toledo won on the par-3 10th.

Duffy Waldorf was a stroke back after a 70.

Bernhard Langer, 3 strokes ahead entering the round, had a 75 to tie for fourth at 3 under with David Frost, Michael Allen and Anders Forsbrand. Frost had a 70, Allen shot 71, and Forsbrand had a 72.

Web.com Tour

Andrew Svoboda won the Chiquita Classic in Davidson, N.C., beating Will MacKenzie with a par on the first hole of a playoff in the second tournament in the four-event Web.com Tour Finals series.

Svoboda tapped in for par on the par-5 18th, then won when MacKenzie — who eagled the hole in regulation — missed a 5-footer. Svoboda shot a 2-under 70 to match MacKenzie at 12 under. MacKenzie finished with a 67.

Walker Cup

Nathan Smith won the deciding point in the United States’ 17-9 victory over Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup, beating England’s Nathan Kimsey 4 and 3 in the fifth singles match at historic National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y.

The United States, ahead 8-4 entering the final day in the biennial amateur event, split the four morning foursomes matches and won seven of the 10 afternoon singles matches.

The U.S. leads the series 35-8-1. In 2011, Britain and Ireland won 14-12 at Royal Aberdeen in Scotland.

The 35-year-old Smith, a four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion from Pittsburgh, won the par-3 13th and par-4 14th with pars and ended the match with a halve for bogey on the par-4 15th.

Alabama teammates Bobby Wyatt and Justin Thomas, 45-year-old Todd White, California’s Michael Kim, Oklahoma State’s Jordan Niebrugge and Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers also won singles matches.


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