Sports briefs: Dec. 17

December 17, 2012 

Golf

Davis Love III, son Dru win Father-Son Challenge

Davis Love III had a nice pitch shot on No. 18 and son Dru finished off the birdie to capture the Father-Son Challenge title Sunday.

With Larry and Josh Nelson already in at 22-under for the two-day scramble format, both Loves misfired in trying to reach the green in two at the par-5 finishing hole. Dru, an Alabama freshman who won five Georgia state titles in high school, went long and right near the grandstand at the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla. Davis watched his ball roll onto the bank of a greenside pond.

But the elder Love found the right touch on his pitch from Dru's position and his son made the winning putt.

"We made it a little tougher on ourselves than we wanted," said Davis Love III, acknowledging he was more nervous standing over the pitch shot than watching his son putt. "But it was great to leave that putt for Dru so he could make it to win."

The Loves teamed for an 11-under 61 in the final round. Davis collects the entire $200,000 first prize, since Dru plays for the Crimson Tide's No.1-ranked golf team.

"I definitely learned a lot this week," Dru Love said. "I know this isn't quite as big a tournament as the PGA, but you see the way that it's supposed to be done."

The Nelsons had seven consecutive birdies on the back nine, capped by Larry's 30-footer at the par-3 17th. But the run ended strangely at No. 18, when Larry's 10-foot attempt hit the back of the hole and somehow popped back onto the putting surface.

"I can't wait to get home and see it on replay," the elder Nelson said. "It went in the left-center of the hole; it wasn't like it was just on the edge. I closed my eyes, then I looked up and the ball's over there."

Said Josh Nelson: "We thought an angel blew it in on 17; we think a little devil kept it out on 18."

The Nelsons, who shot a 60 in the final round, were seeking to bring the family a third consecutive Father-Son title. Larry and Josh teamed for the 2007 title, with elder son Drew stepping in to win in 2008 before the event went on a three-year hiatus.

Schwartzel wins by 12 in South Africa

Charl Schwartzel was a runaway winner for the second straight week, coasting to a 12-shot victory at the Alfred Dunhill Championship on the European Tour.

The 2011 Masters champion finished with a total score of 24-under 264 — the lowest at Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane, South Africa. He won by 11 strokes in Thailand last weekend.

Schwartzel was three shots off Tiger Woods' record for the biggest victory margin on the European Tour. Woods won the U.S. Open in 2000 by 15 shots. Schwartzel was surprised that he won by such lopsided margins in consecutive weeks.

"That doesn't happen often," he said. "Normally after a win by such a big margin, it's hard to put up the same show the next week. It's satisfying to continue that form and play the same sort of golf. I keep talking about consistency, and mine is back where I like it to be."

Garcia wins rain-shortened Johor Open

Sergio Garcia won the rain-shortened Johor Open on Sunday in Malaysia, closing with an 11-under 61 for a three-stroke victory in the Asian Tour's season-ending event.

The 32-year-old Spanish star finished at 18-under 198 at Horizon Hills for his second victory of the year and 24th international title. He also won the PGA Tour's Wyndham Championship in August.

Garcia had the lowest final round by a winner in Asian Tour history. He birdied seven of the first nine holes to make the turn in 7-under 29, added birdies on 13 and 14 before a long rain delay, then returned to make it four in a row with birdies on 15 and 16.

American Jonathan Moore also shot a 61 to finish second.

Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee was third at 14 under after a 65.


High school basketball

Henry Clay rallies past Trinity

Henry Clay rallied from a 16-point deficit to knock off defending state champion Trinity 53-51 in the Farm Bureau Classic at Pikeville's Eastern Kentucky Expo Center on Saturday night.

Trinity, rated No. 3 in the state in the pre-season, rolled to an 24-8 lead late in the first half, and still was on top 32-22 at halftime.

But the No. 5 Blue Devils kept chipping away. They trailed 51-46 with just over two minutes left, but Trey Grundy made two free throws and a field goal to make it 51-50.

Christen Cunningham cashed two free throws to give Henry Clay the lead a 52-51 with 1:02 remaining. Cunningham made one of two free throws with :08 left to make it 53-51.

Trinity's Daryl Hicks missed a three-pointer in the final seconds as the Rocks lost for the first time this season.

Cunningham, a junior point guard, led Henry Clay with 15 points, five rebounds and three steals.

Darien Tichenor, a 6-5 senior, had 13 points and six rebounds. Grundy, a 6-6 junior, had 10 points and four rebounds.

Hicks had 21 points for Trinity, but missed eight of 10 three-point attempts. Trinity shot only 28 percent.


Swimming

Lochte leaves worlds with six golds

Ryan Lochte won two more races at the short-course world championships in Istanbul on Sunday, finishing the event with six golds and one silver. The result matched his medal total from the last championships, in Dubai in 2010.

Lochte won the 100-meter individual medley, a day after he broke the world record in the event. The five-time Olympic champion finished in 51.21 seconds, ahead of Kenneth To of Australia and George Bovell III of Trinidad and Tobago.

Lochte then joined the U.S. team of Matthew Grevers, Kevin Cordes and Thomas Shields to win the 4x100-meter medley relay in 3:21.03, with Russia second and Australia third. Lochte's time of 45.22 seconds was the fastest on the team.

He also won silver in the 200 backstroke.

"All the races I have done last week are starting to catch up," he said.

Radoslaw Kawecki of Poland beat Lochte in the 200 backstroke and said he deployed the same tactics as his rival.

"We both wanted to wait until the final 50-75 meters and start pushing really hard. I am happy I came out on top and proved that I was better prepared than Lochte," Kawecki said, adding it felt "great to be better than a world-record holder."

Lochte broke the world record in the 100 IM with a time of 50.71 in the semifinals at Sinan Erdem Arena on Saturday, eclipsing the mark set by Peter Mankoc of Slovenia in December 2009. On Friday, the American broke the world record in the 200 IM.


Soccer

Corinthians beats Chelsea for club title

Brazil's Corinthians ended Europe's five-year winning streak at the Club World Cup, beating Chelsea 1-0 Sunday night behind Paolo Guerrero's goal off a scramble in the 69th minute in Yokohama, Japan. Paulinho broke into the box and laid the ball off to Danilo, whose shot deflected off the legs of defender Gary Cahill. The ball bounded to Guerrero, and the Peruvian headed the ball past goalkeeper Petr Cech and defenders David Luiz and Ashley Cole, who all were on the goal line.

"You could see today from the first minute it was going to be tough, they were very physical and organized," Chelsea Manager Rafa Benitez said. "We had many chances but their 'keeper was man of the match."

Corinthians goalkeeper Cassio made several important saves, diving to stop Cahill's shot in the 11th minute and Victor Moses' angled effort in the 39th.


The last word

New York Giants Coach Tom Coughlin after Sunday's 34-0 loss to the Atlanta Falcons:

"Atlanta was very, very good. We were very, very bad. There's no excuse for what happened here."

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