REUNION, Fla.(AP) Brittany Lincicome entered the final round of the Ginn Open believing that par would be a sensational score.
How right she was.
Lincicome, who started four shots behind Lorena Ochoa and Laura Davies, survived a blustery day and a six-hour round to shoot an even-par 72 – enough to give the 21-year-old her second career LPGA Tour victory.
She finished at 10 under Sunday, one shot better than Ochoa (77) – who was 6 over on her final six holes, a stunning collapse that cost her an opportunity to pass Annika Sorenstam for the top spot in world rankings. Only a win would have pushed Ochoa to No. 1, but she missed a 10-foot bogey try on 18 that would have forced a playoff.
The 21-year-old Lincicome, the Women’s World Match Play winner last year, earned $390,000 for the win.
Davies (79) had the outright lead with two holes to play, but three-putted her way to double bogey at the 17th and then bounced around bunkers for a disastrous triple bogey at the last. She finished alone in third at 7 under, one shot better than Juli Inkster (72) and Nicole Castrale (74).
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) – The final round of the Verizon Heritage was suspended until Monday after Harbour Town was hit by wind so strong that a tournament marshal was hit by a falling tree limb.
Tournament officials announced the decision shortly before 4 p.m. Final-round play was expected to resume at 7:45 a.m. Monday. It will be the tournament’s first Monday finish since Jose Coceres beat Billy Mayfair in a playoff in 2001.
William Millon was hit by the branch between the first and ninth holes. He was talkative, conscious and alert when he left for Hilton Head Regional Medical Center in an ambulance, tournament spokesman Arnie Burdick said. Millon was later released with minor injuries, Verizon Heritage tournament director Steve Wilmot said.
Soon after, the final round was halted because balls wouldn’t remain in place on the 16th, 17th and 18th holes, which are exposed to Calibogue Sound. PGA Tour tournament director Slugger White said the course was hit by gusts as high as 44 mph.
Leader Jerry Kelly and playing partners Ernie Els and Kevin Na, both a stroke off back, had just hit their approach shots into the first green when PGA Tour officials sent them back to the clubhouse.
SHANGHAI, China (AP) – Austria’s Markus Brier won the China Open, closing with a 4-under 67 for a five-stroke victory.
Brier birdied the 18th, his fifth birdie of the day at the Shanghai Silport Golf Club course, to finish at 10-under 274. Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell (69), South Africa’s Andrew McLardy (70) and Australia’s Scott Hend (71) tied for second.