Bryant wins Memorial

Monday, June 6, 2005

Bart Bryant hit some dramatic shots Sunday at the Memorial, even if no one seemed to notice until an unlikely par on the final hole gave him a one-shot victory over Fred Couples.

Bryant stole the lead from Couples with a 5-foot birdie on the 17th, then somehow escaped with par after his tee shot went into the hazard down the left side of the 18th fairway. He took a penalty drop, hit into 15 feet and watched the putt catch enough of the left side of the hole to drop for a 4-under 68.

Couples narrowly missed a 10-foot birdie on the 17th that would have tied Bryant, then flew his approach over the 18th green into deep rough, ending his hopes of winning.

Bryant, who finished at 16-under 272, earned $990,000.

Tiger Woods' bid was stopped early by a double bogey at No. 8, and he wound up with a 68 to finish in a tie for third. The tie kept Woods from returning to No. 1 in the world.

Bryant, 42, who won for the first time on the PGA Tour last year at the TexasOpen, earned a spot in the field at Pinehurst No. 2 in two weeks for his first U.S. Open in 11 years.

Champions Tour

Tom Jenkins rolled in a 5-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to beat D.A. Weibring and win the Allianz Championship in Polk City, Iowa.

Jenkins and Weibring, the defending champion, finished 54 holes on the wind-swept Tournament Club of Iowa at 9-under 204, Jenkins closing with a 67 and Weibring a 66.

LPGA Tour

With a vintage performance and a rousing finish, Annika Sorenstam eagled the last hole for a final-round 64 to win the ShopRite LPGA Classic by four strokes.

Sorenstam rolled in a 38-foot putt for eagle at the 18th that put the finishing touches on a 17-under 196 total.

The victory was Sorenstam's 61st in her LPGA career and fifth in seven events of this season.

Dalhousie Golf Club touring pro Karen Stupples finished at 3-under 210 to earn $20,392.

Wales Open

Miguel Angel Jimenez eagled the 16th hole from 40 feet and finished with a 7-under 62 to win the Wales Open by four strokes.

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