Richie Ramsay of Scotland shot a 3-under 69 Sunday to win the Trophee Hassan II by one shot ahead of Frenchman Romain Wattel and claim his third European Tour title. Ramsay wasted a three-shot lead before recovering with three straight birdies from the 12th hole at the Golf du Palais Royal to finish with a 10-under 278 total.
Mirim Lee took the Kia Classic lead Saturday, while top-ranked Lydia Ko easily increased her LPGA Tour under-par streak to 27 rounds but dropped two late strokes and ended up four shots behind. Lee shot a 6-under 66 to reach 16-under 200 at Aviara, leaving her a stroke ahead of former UCLA player Alison Lee in the final event before the first major of the season next week at Rancho Mirage. ''I think comfortable,'' Mirim Lee said about the final round. ''I just think patience, patience, patience.'' The 17-year-old Ko shot a 67 to move within two rounds of matching Annika Sorenstam's LPGA Tour record for consecutive rounds under par of 29 set in 2004.
(Reuters) - Nine-times PGA Tour winner Stuart Appleby has undergone back surgery for a herniated disc and will be out of action indefinitely. Appleby, 43, who has not played since mid-February, has endured back problems for much of his career. "No idea when I'm back as I don't know or anybody knows how long it takes to get 100 percent," he told Reuters. The Australian is one of only six players to have shot 59 on the PGA Tour. He was not exempt for next month's Masters, after finishing 31st on the tour's points list last year. The top 30 clinched invitations to Augusta. ...
(Reuters) - American Jimmy Walker shot a three-under-par 69 to open up a four-shot lead as winds returned to vex players at the Texas Open in San Antonio on Saturday. Walker, who led by one after 36 holes, shared the lead with fellow Texan Jordan Spieth at the turn before a late surge took him to nine-under-par 207. "It's a tough golf course," said Walker, who won the Sony Open in Hawaii in January and is aiming for his fifth PGA Tour title. "You definitely want to find a way to extend the lead, but you have to be smart about it." Walker took a bogey at the par-four 12th when his tee shot buried into soft sand in a bunker left of the fairway and had to use his hands to dig around the left lip to find the ball.
Kevin Sutherland birdied three of the final six holes Saturday for a 5-under 67 and the second-round lead in the Champions Tour's Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. ''I didn't have a stance and the ball's plugged,'' Sutherland said. Just ended up in a bad spot but was able to make the best of it.'' Sutherland, the one-time PGA Tour winner who shot the first 59 in Champions Tour history last year in Endicott, New York, chipped in for birdie from behind the 12th green and birdied Nos. He had a two-stroke lead over 2011 MGRC champ Tom Lehman, but he doesn't have the ''hangover'' from a record round like he did the last time he took a lead into the final round.