Mahan captures Travelers title in playoff

Monday, June 25, 2007
Hunter Mahan celebrated with his caddie after winning the Travelers Championship on Sunday in Cromwell, Conn. Mahan birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Jay Williamson. (FRED BECKHAM ~ Associated Press)

Hunter Mahan earned his first PGA Tour victory Sunday, winning the Travelers Championship in a playoff a year after finishing second.

Mahan, in his fourth year on Tour, hit a 2-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat 40-year-old journeyman Jay Williamson.

Mahan, 25, has had just one other top-10 finish this year, tying for fifth at the Shell Houston Open in April. But he plays the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn., well, posting one of his two career second-place finishes.

His 62 on Thursday was one shot off the course record, and his 71 on Friday was his first round out of the 60s in the tournament since he shot a 72 during the third round in 2005.

He made a 7-foot birdie putt on 18 to force the playoff, then hit his 134-yard approach on the first playoff hole within 12 inches.

Williamson was just 7 feet away after a 169-yard approach, but missed the putt.

The second-place finish will be enough to earn Williamson a trip to Flint, Mich., for the Buick Open before he returns to the Nationwide Tour. He was hoping to earn back his PGA Tour card with a win.

Williamson has had 279 other PGA Tour starts, and his best finish had been a tie for third in the 2003 BellSouth Classic.

LPGA Tour

Lorena Ochoa erased a three-shot deficit over the last two regulation holes and then beat South Korean rookie In-Kyung Kim in a playoff to win the Wegmans LPGA in Pittsford, N.Y.

The 25-year-old Mexican star closed with a 1-over-par 73 for an 8-under 280 total on the Locust Hill course and won with a par on the second playoff hole. She eagled the par-5 17th and got even on the last hole when Kim missed a 4-foot putt for par.

It was Ochoa's first playoff win in five attempts, and the first playoff finish at this tournament in suburban Rochester since Patty Sheehan defeated Ayako Okamoto in 1989.

Ochoa earned $270,000 to extend her lead on the money list to $1.52 million. That's almost a half-million dollars more than her nearest rival, Suzann Pettersen of Norway.

Champions Tour

Jay Haas set his sights on second place and instead came away with his second consecutive victory on the Champions Tour.

Whittling away a three-stroke deficit when Tom Purtzer suffered through an eerily familiar Sunday collapse, Haas shot a 6 under-par 66 in Concord, Mass., to win by three strokes and earn his fourth victory of the year. The only multiple winner on the over-50 tour, Haas finished at 13-under.

Leonard Thompson, who had a double-eagle on the first round and eagle on the 538-yard, par-5 10th on Sunday, finished second, tied with Brad Bryant at three strokes back. Purtzer shot a 73 to finish four strokes back, and first-round leader Tom Watson tied for fifth with Dan Edwards and R.W. Eaks.

Purtzer has twice finished fourth and twice finished second in four trips to Concord, including the previous two tournaments when he also took the lead into the final round.

-- The Associated Press


SCORES

PGA/Travelers Championship

Sunday; At TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn.; Purse: $6 million; Yardage: 6,820; Par: 70

Final

FedExCup points in parentheses

x-won on first playoff hole

x-Hunter Mahan (4500), $1,080,00062-71-67-65--265-15
Jay Williamson (0), $648,00066-66-67-66--265-15
Nick O'Hern (1700), $408,00067-70-66-66--269-11
Vijay Singh (1200), $288,00068-71-66-65--270-10
Fred Funk (1000), $240,00070-65-67-69--271-9
Bo Van Pelt (838), $201,00073-68-67-64--272-8
Tom Lehman (838), $201,00067-68-70-67--272-8
David Toms (838), $201,00067-65-69-71--272-8
B.J. Staten (650), $156,00067-71-69-66--273-7
Kevin Na (650), $156,00070-67-69-67--273-7
Justin Rose (650), $156,00069-68-68-68--273-7
Billy Mayfair (650), $156,00067-72-66-68--273-7
J.J. Henry (500), $120,00068-73-69-64--274-6
Steve Marino (500), $120,00068-67-71-68--274-6
Carl Pettersson (375), $90,00065-72-72-66--275-5
Shigeki Maruyama (375), $90,00067-69-73-66--275-5
Chad Campbell (375), $90,00069-70-70-66--275-5
Steve Allan (375), $90,00066-75-67-67--275-5
Mathew Goggin (375), $90,00069-71-67-68--275-5
Kenny Perry (375), $90,00065-71-70-69--275-5
Jerry Kelly (375), $90,00069-68-68-70--275-5
Joe Ogilvie (225), $54,08671-68-69-68--276-4
Billy Andrade (225), $54,08666-71-71-68--276-4
Charles Warren (225), $54,08667-67-73-69--276-4
Olin Browne (225), $54,08667-67-72-70--276-4
Eric Axley (225), $54,08667-70-69-70--276-4
Heath Slocum (225), $54,08668-68-70-70--276-4
Tom Pernice, Jr. (225), $54,08668-70-68-70--276-4
Arjun Atwal (166), $39,90068-71-74-64--277-3
Kevin Sutherland (166), $39,90068-71-73-65--277-3
Peter Lonard (166), $39,90068-69-73-67--277-3
Bill Haas (166), $39,90072-68-68-69--277-3
Brad Faxon (141), $33,90065-74-70-69--278-2
Tim Petrovic (141), $33,90071-68-68-71--278-2
Ryan Moore (141), $33,90066-71-69-72--278-2
Michael Sim (113), $27,04365-70-78-66--279-1
Corey Pavin (113), $27,04370-66-77-66--279-1
Craig Bowden (113), $27,04371-69-71-68--279-1
Bob Tway (113), $27,04371-70-69-69--279-1
Rod Pampling (113), $27,04366-71-72-70--279-1
Joey Sindelar (113), $27,04366-70-72-71--279-1
Pat Perez (113), $27,04369-68-66-76--279-1
Brian Davis (88), $21,00071-69-74-66--280E
Doug LaBelle II (88), $21,00068-73-71-68--280E
Woody Austin (88), $21,00066-73-71-70--280E

Champions/Bank of America

Sunday; At Nashawtuc Country Club, Concord, Mass.; Purse: $1.65 million; Yardage: 6,741; Par: 72

Final

Jay Haas, $247,50071-66-66--203-13
Leonard Thompson, $132,00069-69-68--206-10
Brad Bryant, $132,00071-68-67--206-10
Tom Purtzer, $99,00066-68-73--207-9
Danny Edwards, $68,20072-66-70--208-8
Tom Watson, $68,20065-72-71--208-8
R.W. Eaks, $68,20073-64-71--208-8
Wayne Levi, $40,30772-71-67--210-6
D.A. Weibring, $40,30771-73-66--210-6
Jay Sigel, $40,30770-70-70--210-6
Rick Karbowski, $40,30770-69-71--210-6
Massy Kuramoto, $40,30768-71-71--210-6
Morris Hatalsky, $40,30771-68-71--210-6
Tom Jenkins, $40,30768-69-73--210-6
David Edwards, $25,65871-71-69--211-5
Andy Bean, $25,65871-73-67--211-5
Tom McKnight, $25,65870-71-70--211-5
Dana Quigley, $25,65872-69-70--211-5
Bob Gilder, $25,65871-68-72--211-5
Keith Fergus, $25,65868-69-74--211-5
Des Smyth, $17,46674-68-70--212-4
James Mason, $17,46671-71-70--212-4
Joe Inman, $17,46669-72-71--212-4
Ed Dougherty, $17,46671-73-68--212-4
Jim Thorpe, $17,46671-67-74--212-4
Kirk Hanefeld, $17,46671-66-75--212-4
Jack Ferenz, $17,46671-66-75--212-4

LPGA/Wegmans LPGA

Sunday; At Locust Hill Country Club, Pittsford, N.Y.; Purse: $1.8 million; Yardage: 6,328; Par: 72

Final

Lorena Ochoa, $270,00069-71-67-73--280-8
In-Kyung Kim, $165,58770-67-71-72--280-8
Mi Hyun Kim, $120,12269-68-75-69--281-7
Cristie Kerr, $92,92566-75-70-71--282-6
Jeong Jang, $67,99471-73-71-68--283-5
Lindsey Wright, $67,99470-70-72-71--283-5
Angela Stanford, $51,22270-69-73-72--284-4
Jee Young Lee, $36,23371-77-69-68--285-3
Brittany Lincicome, $36,23369-75-73-68--285-3
Morgan Pressel, $36,23370-72-73-70--285-3
Maria Hjorth, $36,23370-71-73-71--285-3
Rachel Hetherington, $36,23370-71-73-71--285-3
Wendy Ward, $36,23374-70-69-72--285-3
Sophie Gustafson, $25,65670-74-75-67--286-2
Jin Joo Hong, $25,65671-73-69-73--286-2
Pat Hurst, $25,65674-69-70-73--286-2
A.J. Eathorne, $25,65672-71-69-74--286-2
Giulia Sergas, $21,63776-68-75-68--287-1
Mhairi McKay, $21,63772-72-74-69--287-1
Suzann Pettersen, $21,63768-75-72-72--287-1
Hye Jung Choi, $16,75574-74-71-69--288E
Angela Park, $16,75576-71-72-69--288E
Jimin Kang, $16,75570-75-73-70--288E
Young-A Yang, $16,75576-72-69-71--288E
Lorie Kane, $16,75571-74-72-71--288E
Ai Miyazato, $16,75573-71-73-71--288E
Paula Creamer, $16,75570-76-70-72--288E
Beth Bader, $16,75573-72-70-73--288E
Leta Lindley, $16,75572-71-72-73--288E
Meena Lee, $16,75571-71-73-73--288E
Seon Hwa Lee, $16,75571-71-71-75--288E
Sun Young Yoo, $12,60272-73-75-69--289+1
Diana D'Alessio, $12,60271-74-74-70--289+1
Nina Reis, $12,60276-70-70-73--289+1
Brandie Burton, $9,89274-73-76-67--290+2
Michele Redman, $9,89273-72-74-71--290+2
Katherine Hull, $9,89271-73-75-71--290+2
Se Ri Pak, $9,89273-74-71-72--290+2
Amy Hung, $9,89270-75-73-72--290+2
Joo Mi Kim, $9,89274-73-70-73--290+2
Reilley Rankin, $9,89273-71-73-73--290+2
Moira Dunn, $9,89273-71-71-75--290+2
Karine Icher, $9,89274-70-70-76--290+2
Beth Daniel, $7,43475-71-76-69--291+3
Catriona Matthew, $7,43471-75-75-70--291+3
Becky Morgan, $7,43470-72-76-73--291+3
Soo Young Moon, $7,43472-73-72-74--291+3
Janice Moodie, $7,43474-70-72-75--291+3
Eva Dahllof, $5,99670-77-77-68--292+4
Jamie Hullett, $5,99674-74-74-70--292+4
Sherri Steinhauer, $5,99674-74-73-71--292+4
Karrie Webb, $5,99672-73-76-71--292+4
Kate Golden, $5,99671-77-71-73--292+4
Vicki Goetze-Ackerman, $5,99671-74-73-74--292+4
Erica Blasberg, $5,99675-68-74-75--292+4
Silvia Cavalleri, $4,98676-70-76-71--293+5
Young Kim, $4,98670-76-76-71--293+5
Nancy Scranton, $4,98676-71-74-72--293+5
Gloria Park, $4,98672-76-69-76--293+5
Sherri Turner, $4,39771-76-76-71--294+6
Katie Futcher, $4,39771-76-74-73--294+6
Ji-Young Oh, $4,39771-76-74-73--294+6
Charlotta Sorenstam, $4,39770-77-70-77--294+6
Candie Kung, $4,08072-74-78-71--295+7
Song-Hee Kim, $4,08073-75-71-76--295+7
Alena Sharp, $4,08067-74-77-77--295+7
Yu Ping Lin, $3,80873-74-78-71--296+8
Na Ri Kim, $3,80874-72-76-74--296+8
Christina Kim, $3,80870-75-76-75--296+8
Patricia Meunier-Lebouc, $3,60472-75-75-76--298+10
Il Mi Chung, $3,60472-73-77-76--298+10
Karin Sjodin, $3,53672-75-81-77--305+17
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