Golf Capsules: Grace wins RBC Heritage


HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Branden Grace shot a 5-under 66 to overtake Luke Donald and win the RBC Heritage on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title and 11th worldwide victory.

Three shots behind Donald entering the day, Grace moved to the top with four birdies on his first six holes. The South African pulled three shots in front of Donald after birdies on the 12th and 13 holes.

Grace finished at 9-under 275, two shots ahead of Donald and Russell Knox. Donald shot a 71, and Knox had a 67.

Grace earned $1,062,000 and a PGA Tour exemption through the 2017-18 season. He also became the latest to rally past hard-luck leader Donald at Harbour Town Golf Links. The Englishman has finished second four times and third twice in the past eight events here.

Brandt Snedeker shot a final-round 64 to catch Donald and win in a playoff in 2011. Matt Kuchar shot a 64 in 2014, overtaking Donald for the win with a chip-in from the bunker on the 72nd hole.

Bryson DeChambeau, the former SMU star who won the NCAA and U.S. Amateur last year, tied for fourth in his first event since turning pro, four shots behind Grace after a 68. Top-ranked Jason Day rebounded from a season-worst 79 on Saturday with a 68 to tie for 23rd at 1 under.

MITSUBISHI ELECTRIC CLASSIC

DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Woody Austin tied the tournament record with an 8-under 64 and beat Wes Short Jr. with a par on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff in the PGA Tour Champions’ Mitsubishi Electric Classic.

The 52-year-old Austin has two victories in the last three events on the 50-and-over tour, also winning in Tucson, Arizona, last month. He won the 2013 Sanderson Farms Championship at age 49 for the last of his four PGA Tour titles.

Short bogeyed the second playoff after pulling his tee shot left into tall grass for the second time.

Short finished with a 68. He could have avoided the playoff at TPC Sugarloaf, but missed a 6-foot birdie putt on No. 18, leaving him tied with Austin at 11 under.

Paul Goydos had a 67 to finish third at 10 under. Joey Sindelar (67), Tom Lehman (67), Miguel Angel Jimenez (68) and Colin Montgomerie (69) were another stroke back.

SPANISH OPEN

SOTOGRANDE, Spain (AP) — England’s Andrew Johnston won the Spanish Open at Valderrama for his first European Tour title, closing with a 1-under 70 for a one-stroke victory.

Johnston finished at 1-over 285. The strong wind that had made conditions tough during the first three rounds subsided Sunday.

Joost Luiten of the Netherlands was second after a 71. Tournament host Sergio Garcia was third at 3 over after a 67, the 67 — the best rounds of the day.

CHICO’S PATTY BERG MEMORIAL

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Madelene Sagstrom won the Chico’s Patty Berg Memorial at Cypress Lake for her first Symetra Tour title, and Lorie Kane took the Legends Tour event.

The 23-year-old Sagstrom, the Southeastern Conference player of the year last season at LSU, closed with a 3-over 75 in strong wind for a one-stroke victory. She earned $30,000 to take the season money lead with $52,914, breaking the $50,000 mark in a tour-record three events.

Sagstrom finished at 9-under 279 after opening with rounds of 69, 66 and 69.

Germany’s Sophia Popov was second after a 73.

Kane finished with a 71 for a three-stroke victory in the 36-hole Legends Tour event. The 51-year-old Canadian had a 1-under 143 total. Jane Crafter and Barb Mucha tied for second, each shooting 74.

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