GolfHadwin, Thomas and Fathauer earn PGA cards for next season
Carlos Ortiz won the Portland Open on Sunday for his third Web.com Tour victory of the season, making him fully exempt on the 2014-15 PGA Tour. The 23-year-old Mexican player closed with an even-par 71 for a one-stroke victory in the regular-season finale. He earned $144,000 to push his tour-leading total to $515,403, with the top 25 on the money list getting PGA Tour cards.
Adam Hadwin, a Canadian who competed in college at Louisville, tied for second and finished fourth in the standings to earn his PGA Tour card. Also earning PGA status for next season were St. Xavier graduate Justin Thomas (fifth on the money list) and former U of L standout Derek Fathauer (13th).
They'll join J.B. Holmes (Taylor County, UK) and Josh Teater (Henry Clay, Morehead State) on the PGA Tour next season.
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The four-event Web.com Tour Finals, also offering 25 PGA Tour cards, starts next week in Fort Wayne, Ind. The top 75 on the Web.com money list, and Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings qualified for the series.
The 25 players who earned cards Sunday will continue to compete for a higher status on the PGA Tour, with regular-season earnings counting toward their totals. The rest of the players will start from scratch in the race for 25 more cards.
■ Hunter Mahan pulled away with three straight birdies late in the final round Sunday to win The Barclays, ending more than two years without a title on the PGA Tour.
The victory was the sixth of his career, and one of the most important. Mahan had gone 48 tournaments worldwide without winning and began the FedEx Cup playoffs at No. 62, guaranteed to play only two events. By closing with a 6-under 65 for a two-shot victory in Paramus, N.J., he is assured of making the Tour Championship every year since the FedEx Cup began in 2007.
And by beating one of the strongest fields of the year, Mahan was sure to make a lasting impression on Tom Watson for when he makes his three captain's picks for the Ryder Cup on Sept. 2.
"To get a win in an event like this and the timing, it feels unbelievable," Mahan said. "So I'm extremely proud of myself. I felt great the last few weeks. My game was starting to come around. I knew this was around the corner, but to do it — and to do it today with a 65 — feels great."
About the only thing that went wrong for Mahan at The Barclays was when the trophy broke. All he had to show for perhaps the biggest win of his career was a large wreath of roses.
"Am I supposed to put this on, Kentucky Derby style?" he said.
■ Jamie Donaldson shot 4-under 68 to win the Czech Masters and secure a spot on the European Ryder Cup team.
"This is big," he said. "It's been an amazing week. I've had a lot of birdies here all week. ... Today everything came together."
■ Scott Dunlap won the Champions Tour's Boeing Classic when he made a short birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff against Mark Brooks in Snoqualmie, Wash.
Dunlap, who has played multiple tours through his career with seven worldwide victories, did not win in his three stints — covering seven seasons — on the PGA Tour. His best finishes were three thirds. He won a couple times on the Web.com Tour, his last victory in 2008.
"It means the wait was worth it," Dunlap said.
■ So Yeon Ryu won the Canadian Women's Open at London, Ontario, breaking the tournament record at 23-under 265.
Gardner named starting QB for Cardinals
Louisville Coach Bobby Petrino selected sophomore Will Gardner as the Cardinals' starting quarterback for their Sept. 1 season opener against Miami.
A backup last season to star Teddy Bridgewater — now with the NFL's Minnesota Vikings — Gardner played in six games and completed eight of 12 passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns.
Gardner was considered the favorite following a good spring, but still had to prove himself in fall camp. Petrino said he did that, announcing in a release Sunday night that Gardner "demonstrated good decision-making and executed our offense."
Louisville now awaits word on the status of senior wide receiver DeVante Parker, who injured his left foot in practice Friday night. He will be examined by an orthopedic surgeon in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday.
BaseballReed back in groove; Legends win 5th in row
Former University of Kentucky star AJ Reed went 2-for-4 for the second straight game, bringing an end to slump that had dropped his batting average for Class A Quad Cities from .270 on Aug. 6 to .212 on Friday. Reed contributed a game-tying RBI double in the top of the eighth inning in the Houston Astros affiliate's 8-6 win at Cedar Rapids.
Reed is batting .237 with five home runs and 17 RBI in 26 games for Quad Cities. That has followed a 34-game stint with short-season Class A Tri-City, where he batted .306 with five home runs and 30 RBI.
■ Elier Hernandez had three hits and starter Cody Reed pitched five shutout innings as the Lexington Legends completed a three-game sweep over the Augusta GreenJackets with a 4-2 win Sunday. Hernandez had 10 hits in 13 at bats in the series for the Legends, which have won five straight games.
■ Jae Yeong Hwang drove in two runs and Hae Chan Choi weathered a late Chicago rally to lead South Korea to an 8-4 win in Sunday's Little League World Series championship game in South Williamsport, Pa. International teams have won the last three and four of the last five titles.
UK women get golden goal to defeat Seattle
Cara Ledman whipped in a corner kick in the 97th minute to give the Kentucky's women's soccer team (1-1) a 2-1 victory at Seattle University on Sunday. The Cats' Arin Gilliland scored her second goal of the season in the 47th minute.
"We played very well today, and deserved the win," UK Coach Jon Lipsitz said. "It's always tough on Sundays to win, especially on the road. ... We responded well in overtime."
Mikulak rallies for title at U.S. nationals
Sam Mikulak successfully defended his U.S. men's gymnastics title Sunday in Pittsburgh, rallying past Jake Dalton in the final rotation to cap a dramatic comeback. The three-time NCAA champion began the day in fourth place but surged past Dalton and former national champions John Orozco and Danell Leyva with six nearly flawless routines. Mikulak had a two-day total of 180.650, just ahead of the 180.200 by Orozco.
Dalton led for much of Sunday before fading to third behind Orozco. Donnell Whittenburg was fourth, followed by Leyva, the 2012 Olympic all-around bronze medalist who is in the process of revitalizing his flagging career. Alex Naddour rounded out the top six, which will serve as the U.S. team at the 2014 world championships in Nanning, China, from Oct. 3-13.
McCoughtry keeps Dream alive in playoffs
Former University of Louisville star Angel McCoughtry scored a career-high 39 points, and the Atlanta Dream beat the Chicago Sky 92-83 to even their WNBA playoff series at one game apiece. Game 3 is Tuesday in Atlanta, with the winner moving into the Eastern Conference finals against Indiana.
The last word
Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari on his team's performance in its recent exhibition games in the Bahamas:
"I think what everybody saw is, 'Wow, when he's got some veteran guys back, it looks different.'"