GOLF: Kirk Triplett rallied to win the inaugural American Family Insurance Championship on Sunday for his fifth PGA Tour Champions title, making four straight birdies in front of another large crowd at University Ridge in Madison, Wisconsin.
The 54-year-old former Pullman resident shot a 7-under 65 to finish at 17-under 199, two strokes ahead of Bart Bryant and Mike Goodes on the course softened by 2 inches of overnight rain. Because of the wet conditions, players were allowed to use preferred lies in the fairways.
With son Sam serving as his caddie, Triplett birdied the par-4 13th, 14th and 15th and par-5 16th, saved par with a 6-footer on the par-3 17th and parred the par-4 18th.
“It’s always special when you have your family,” Triplett said. “Sometimes you try too hard. … He’s a competitive golfer as well. He plays on the college team at Northwestern and just for him to be inside the ropes and see what’s going on, not just watch me.”
Triplett hit a sand-wedge shot to a foot on 13, and pitching wedges to 10 feet on 15 and 6 feet on 15. On the 16th, he hit 5-iron just off the edge of the green and chipped to a foot.
“When I got over to 17, I just figured two pars would win the golf tournament and I hit it in the middle of the green,” Triplett said. “Didn’t make it easy, but I got my two pars.”
The three-time PGA Tour winner played the front nine in 3 under, dropped a stroke with a three-putt bogey on the par-4 10th and birdied the par-5 11th.
Bryant, the leader at 17 under after a birdie on 14, had a 69. He made a triple-bogey 7 on the 15th after losing his ball when it sailed to the right off the tee.
Hurley earns first PGA title: Naval Academy graduate Billy Hurley III won the Quicken Loans National for his first PGA Tour title, shooting a 2-under 69 at Congressional in Bethesda, Maryland, for a three-stroke victory.
The 607th-ranked player broke through on the Blue Course to finish 17 under in Tiger Woods’ annual tournament. Hurley held off multiple major champions Vijay Singh and Ernie Els and 21-year-old Jon Rahm.
Hurley grew up in Leesburg, Virginia, and lives in nearby Annapolis. He earned $1,242,000 and qualified for the British Open. He had never finished higher than a tied for fourth in a PGA Tour event.
The 53-year-old Singh was second after a 65.
Ko takes LPGA: Top-ranked Lydia Ko won the NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers for her third LPGA Tour victory of the year, closing with a 3-under 68 for a tournament-record 17-under total and a three-stroke victory.
Morgan Pressel, tied for the lead with Ko at 14 under entering the day, had a 71 to tie for second with Candie Kung.
Stenson wins in Germany: Henrik Stenson overcame four bogeys in the final round to earn his 10th European Tour title with a three-shot victory at the BMW International Open in Pulheim, Germany.
Rathdrum’s Bayley wins Idaho Am: Derek Bayley of Rathdrum shot a 6-under 65 at the BanBurg Golf Course in Eagle to win the Idaho Men’s Amateur Championship. Bayley finished at 8-under 205 to beat Graysen Huff of Eagle, who also shot a 65, by three strokes.
Mystics hand Lynx second-straight loss
WNBA: Emma Meesseman scored 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting, Tayler Hill added 17 points, five assists and four steals and the Mystics never trailed in an 87-63 victory over Minnesota in Washington.
The Mystics have won four of their last five games.
Meesseman scored 16 points on 7-of-7 shooting, while the Mystics shot 62 percent (13 of 21) from the field – including six 3-pointers – to take a 33-13 at the end of the first – Washington’s high-scoring quarter this season.
Minnesota has lost two in a row after opening the season with WNBA-record 13 consecutive wins. It was the lowest scoring output of the season for the defending champion Lynx.
Ogwumike sparks Los Angeles: Nneka Ogwumike had 27 points on 11-of-16 shooting to help Los Angeles beat visiting Connecticut 80-73 and improve to 13-1.
Chiney Ogwumike, Nneka’s younger sister, led Connecticut with 16 points.
Mercury ends Liberty streak: Candice Dupree scored 26 points, Diana Taurasi added 24 – including three free throws late in regulation – and Phoenix won 104-97 in overtime at New York to end the Liberty’s six-game winning streak.
Phoenix trailed by 10 heading into the fourth quarter before rallying. Tina Charles had a chance to win it for New York in regulation but her baseline jumper was short.
In overtime, Dupree scored eight points for the Mercury.
Timbers win 3-2 with two PKs by Valeri
SOCCER: Diego Valeri scored on a pair of late penalty kicks in the Portland Timbers’ 3-2 comeback victory over the visiting Houston Dynamo.
The Timbers are undefeated in six games overall and five MLS matches, and the win pushed them into fifth place in the Western Conference.
Valeri’s penalty kicks came in the 82nd minute and stoppage time, giving him seven goals on the season.
Thorns remain unbeaten: Lindsey Horan broke a tie in the 90th minute and the visiting Portland Thorns remained undefeated in the first 11 matches of the season with a 2-1 victory over the Orlando Pride.
Portland’s undefeated streak (6-0-5) is the second-longest in NWSL history, behind the Seattle Reign’s 16-game streak to open the 2014 season.
Lochte loss is stunner at U.S. swim trials
SWIMMING: The first event of the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Nebraska, produced a stunner: Ryan Lochte failed to qualify for the team Sunday night in an event he won at the 2012 London Games.
Lochte, an 11-time Olympic medalist, raced out to a big lead on the first two legs of the 400-meter individual medley but had nothing left for the breaststroke and freestyle. He finished third behind Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland, who were college teammates at Georgia.
After the race, Lochte revealed that he pulled a groin muscle during the morning preliminaries, saying it left him with no choice other than to try to build a commanding lead in the butterfly and backstroke and hope it would hold up.
Maya DiRado qualified for her first OIympic team in the women’s 400 IM, knocking off 2012 silver medalist Elizabeth Beisel, who finished second.
In the men’s 400 freestyle, Connor Jaeger and Conor Dwyer are heading back to the Olympics for the second time after finishing 1-2.
Phelps drops event: Michael Phelps is dropping the 200-meter freestyle at the U.S. swimming trials, leaving the 18-time Olympic gold medalist with four events.
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