Schwartzel tops Haas in playoff


PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Charl Schwartzel closed with a 4-under 67 for the best score of the final round Sunday, and then beat Bill Haas on the first hole of a playoff in the Valspar Championship.

Schwartzel holed a 65-foot birdie putt on the 13th and a 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole to reach 7-under 277 on Innisbrook’s Copperhead Course.

Haas had a two-shot lead with three holes to play until he made bogey from the bunker on the 16th hole and narrowly missed a 25-foot birdie putt from the fringe on the 18th. He closed with a 72.

In the playoff, Haas went from the trees to the bunker and failed to save par on the 18th hole from 20 feet. Schwartzel two-putted for his third victory worldwide in his last six events.

Ryan Moorewas third at 5 under after a 71.

Lee McCoy, the Georgia senior who grew up near Innisbrook, was fourth at 4 under after a 69.

THAILAND CLASSIC

HUA HIN, Thailand (AP) — Australia’s Scott Hend won the Thailand Classic, closing with a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Thailand’s Piya Swangarunporn.

Hend finished at 18-under 270 at Black Mountain in the event sanctioned by the European and Asian tours. Piya had a tournament-record 63.

WORLD LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP

HAINAN, China (AP) — Lee Jung-Min won the World Ladies Championship on Sunday, beating fellow South Korean players Lee Seung-Hyun, Kim Bo-Kyung and Ji Han Sol in rainy conditions at Mission Hills.

Lee Jung-Min closed with a 6-under 66 for a 9-under 279 total on the Olazabal Course in the event sanctioned by the European, Korean and Chinese tours. She also won the team competition with Ko Jin-Young at 12 under. Kim finished with a 69, and Ji and Lee Seung-Hyun shot 71.

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