Molder finally finishes off Baird on sixth playoff hole
Bryce Molder had to wait 132 tournaments before winning for the first time on the PGA Tour. He didn't mind going an extra six holes Sunday in the Frys.com Open in the longest playoff of the year. Molder made a 6-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole — the fourth time he had to play the closing hole at Cordevalle in 90 minutes — to outlast Briny Baird in a playoff in San Martin, Calif., that both players had chances to win.
"It's a little surreal right now," Molder said. "That's a lot of golf today."
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Tiger Woods managed to make news when a fan ran toward the seventh green as he was putting and tossed a hot dog in his direction. The 31-year-old man was arrested and never came close to Woods.
"I guess he wanted to be in the news," Woods said. "And I'm sure he will be."
It was the 17th playoff this year on the PGA Tour, setting a record dating to the modern era that began in 1970.
Baird looked like a winner when he chipped in from short of the 17th green for eagle in regulation to take a one-shot lead. In the group ahead of him, Molder rolled in a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th to close with a 7-under 64, which got him into the playoff.
Baird, who now is 0-for-348 in his 12 years trying to win on tour, shot a 4-under 67. He twice had birdie putts on the 18th in the playoff to win, missing from 8 feet and 12 feet.
Bud Cauley, the 21-year-old who turned pro this summer, shot 66 and finished third to earn $340,000, which looks as if it will be enough for him to earn a card next year without having to go through the qualifying tournament.
Woods had three rounds in the 60s for the first time in more than a year on the PGA Tour, although he finished 10 shots behind in a tie for 30th. In a year lost mainly to left leg injuries, it was his ninth and final tour start.
■ Top-ranked Yani Tseng won the LPGA Hana Bank Championship for her sixth LPGA Tour victory of the season and ninth overall title of the year, shooting a 5-under 67 to edge Na Yeon Choi by a stroke in Incheon, South Korea. The 22-year-old Taiwanese star, the LPGA Championship and Women's British Open winner, finished at 14-under 202. Tseng earned $270,000 to push her tour-leading total to $2,396,838.
■ Rickie Fowler won the OneAsia Tour's Korea Open for his first professional title, closing with a 3-under 68 for a six-stroke victory over U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy in Cheonan, South Korea.
■ Brad Faxon won the Insperity Championship for his first Champions Tour title when heavy rain washed out the final round in The Woodlands, Texas.
■ Lee Slattery won the Madrid Masters for his first European Tour title, defeating Lorenzo Gagli by one shot.
Mosop sets Chicago Marathon record
Kenya's Moses Mosop set a course record in winning the Chicago Marathon on Sunday and Russia's Liliya Shobukhova claimed the women's title to become the race's first three-peat champion.
Both runners had no trouble pulling away from the pack on a warm morning to claim their $100,000 prizes. Mosop earned another $50,000 for finishing in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 37 seconds and breaking Sammy Wanjiru's course mark by 4 seconds.
"My shape was bad. I was worried about my leg," Mosop said.
That didn't prevent a record performance.
He easily beat countryman Wesley Korir (2:06:15).
Nicknamed "Big Engine" for his powerful technique, Mosop didn't flinch when Korir made a move to break from a five-man pack and led through 18 miles. Instead, he came on like an express train and left everyone else behind.
"I knew that if I had to make a move, now was the time to make a move," said Korir, who competed in college at Louisville. "I saw an opportunity, and I was like, 'You know what? I'm going to go.'"
Mosop, however, went with him, and then, in a flash, he was the one taking control. "I wasn't surprised when he came back," Korir said. "At that moment, I was like, 'OK, I'm going to try to stay behind him,' but he kept going."
Hermosillo gets 7th win at Monmouth
Hermosillo held off Afleet Again by a half-length in the closing strides Sunday in the $48,000 allowance feature at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. Trained by Stephen DiMauro and ridden by Chuck C. Lopez, the 7-year-old Hermosillo ran 11⁄16 miles over a fast track in 1:433⁄5 for his 10th career victory and seventh at Monmouth.
■ Rule by Night beat Sunrise Smarty by three-quarters of a length in the $61,800 Duck Dance Stakes at Belmont Park. Javier Castellano was aboard for trainer Steve Asmussen as the 4-year-old got his fifth win in 12 starts.
Canadiens spoil Winnipeg's NHL return
Carey Price stopped 30 shots and the Montreal Canadiens put a damper on a massive civic celebration with a 5-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday. The return of big-league hockey to the city had fans celebrating in the streets hours before the puck was dropped and horns honking outside the MTS Centre throughout the afternoon. Virtually everyone was decked out in Jets gear — both new and old.
With so much of the focus on the anticipation surrounding the NHL's return after 15 years, the performance of the team itself almost seemed secondary. But that changed in a hurry with a sloppy game by the Jets that suggested they have plenty of work to do to become the playoff team Coach Claude Noel believes they can be.
Mike Cammalleri, Tomas Plekanec, Yannick Weber, Travis Moen and Max Pacioretty scored for the Canadiens, who bounced back from a 2-0 loss in Toronto to open the season.
Down a set, Murray rallies past Nadal
Andy Murray defeated Rafael Nadal 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 in the Japan Open finals Sunday in Tokyo. Murray overcame losing the first set for his second straight ATP tour victory. Murray, coming off a victory last week in Bangkok, broke Nadal in the fourth game of the second set, then won 11 of the next 12 games at Ariake Colosseum.
"There was a lot of close games in the first set and early in the second set, then I started to get the momentum and didn't give him any chances," Murray said. "I played some great tennis, especially in the third set."
Nadal, the 2010 winner, had beaten Murray five straight times, and hadn't lost a service game in the tournament.
"He played unbelievable in the third set with no mistakes," Nadal said. "His returns were impressive. After I had my chances in the second set, he started playing at a very high level."
Vettel clinches another F1 championship
Sebastian Vettel wrapped up his second straight Formula One championship Sunday, finishing third behind Jenson Button in the Japanese Grand Prix. Needing just one point to take the title if Button won the race, Vettel earned 15 points to clinch the title with four races left. Vettel has nine victories this season for Red Bull.
The last word
Former NFL coach Marty Schottenheimer, 68, is still coaching no-frills football — in the United Football League, with the unbeaten Virginia Destroyers. Schottenheimer told the Virginian-Pilot after a 28-6 win over the Sacramento Mountain Lions:
"In the second half, it's not like we went in and made a bunch of changes in what we were doing. ... I mean, how many different ways can you run the ball straight ahead?"