Sergio Garcia made a par on the first playoff hole at the Byron Nelson on Sunday to beat Brooks Koepka for his ninth career PGA Tour victory, matching the late Seve Ballesteros for the most by a Spanish-born player.
The 36-year-old Garcia shot a two-under 68, making six birdies and four bogeys, to get to 15-under 265. He was two groups ahead of the final pairing of hometown favourite Jordan Spieth and Koepka, who bogeyed the 14th and 15th holes and just missed a birdie chance at 18.
When they went back to 413-yard 18th again for the playoff, Koepka went first and drove into the water before taking his drop and leaving his approach short of the green. Garcia hit a drive of more than 300 yards and followed with a wedge to about 17 feet. Garcia also won the 2004 Nelson and is the first two-time winner in the 34 tournaments since the event moved to TPC Four Seasons in 1983.
Koepka closed with a 71.
Matt Kuchar was a stroke out of the playoff at 14 under after a 65.
Spieth, the world's No. 2-ranked player, had two bogeys in his first five holes Sunday and went on to shoot 74. He finished tied for 18th at 10 under.
Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C., shot a 276 overall to finish in a tie for 58th place.
McIlroy wins first of season
Rory McIlroy struck an eagle on the final hole to clinch his first victory of the season Sunday at the Irish Open, his home tournament at which he's famously struggled over the years. McIlroy's three-stroke victory over Scotland's Russell Knox and Bradley Dredge of Wales wasn't smooth sailing. But the third-ranked McIlroy prevailed with a three-under 69, thanks to superior driving power that allowed him to birdie the K Club's first three par-five holes – then demolish the competition with his final powerful approach shot.
His 276-yard second strike on the 18th landed within three feet of the pin as thousands roared their approval.
Thai wins second in a row
Ariya Jutanugarn shot a nearly mistake-free four-under 67 and won the Kingsmill Championship by one shot on Sunday, her second consecutive victory on the LPGA Tour. The 20-year-old, who became the first Thai winner in tour history two weeks ago in Alabama, gave up her lead briefly after an early bogey, but she played the final 16 holes in five under to keep at bay all the challengers needing her to falter. She finished with a 14-under 270 for four trips over Kingsmill's 6,347-yard River Course.
So Oh finished second after a closing 65, with Gerina Piller and Sei Young Kim sharing third, two shots back.
Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont., had her best round of the tournament Sunday, shooting three-under 68 to finish tied for 26th at four under.
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