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June 30, 2014

Golf Capsules

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Justin Rose got his mistake out of the way one hole early and won the Quicken Loans National in a playoff Sunday over Shawn Stefani.

Tied for the lead as he played the 18th hole at Congressional, Rose tried to hit through two trees left of the fairway and overturned the shot. It ran down a bank and into the water, and he had to hole a 15-foot bogey putt just to stay in the game.

Behind him, Stefani made bogey on the 17th and narrowly missed a birdie putt on the 18th to set up the first playoff in the eight-year history of this event.

And then it was Stefani who essentially repeated Rose’s mistake on the first extra hole at No. 18.

After taking a drop because the grandstands blocked his view of the green, he wanted to play his low punch to the right side of the green. His shot also had too much turn and bounded into the water. Rose hit the middle of the green from the fairway and two-putted for par. Stefani made double bogey.

It was Rose’s first win since the U.S. Open last summer at Merion, and it felt like he won another U.S. Open as tough as Congressional played. With putting surfaces that had a brown tinge to them, and thick rough all week, it was a far stronger test than when the Open was held in soggy conditions in 2011.

Rose and Stefani each closed with a 1-under 70 — only six players broke par in the final round — and finished at 4-under 280. It was only the second time this year that the winning score was higher than the 36-hole lead (6 under). That also happened at Torrey Pines, which also hosted a U.S. Open.

NW ARKANSAS CHAMPIONSHIP

ROGERS, Ark. (AP) — Stacy Lewis made a 7-foot birdie putt on the final hole in the NW Arkansas Championship to finally win an official event in her adopted state.

The top-ranked Lewis, the Texan who played at the nearby University of Arkansas, had an unofficial win in the rain-shortened 2007 event as an amateur. On Sunday, she closed with a 6-under 65 for a one-stroke victory.

Lewis birdied three of her final holes for her third LPGA Tour victory of the year and 11th overall. She finished at 12-under 201 at Pinnacle Country Club.

Lydia Ko, Cristie Kerr and Angela Stanford tied for second. Ko finished with a 65, and Kerr and Stanford shot 67. Second-round leader Michelle Wie had a 73 to tie for eighth at 8 under.

SENIOR PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bernhard Langer made a short birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff with Jeff Sluman to win the Senior Players Championship.

Langer appeared to be in trouble when his second shot on the par-5 18th ended up in the rough short of the green. He hit a brilliant pitch to 5 feet and made the putt after Sluman’s birdie attempt rolled just wide.

The victory was the 56-year-old Langer’s third of the year and his third major title on the Champions Tour. The two-time Masters champion shot an even-par 70 to finish at 15-under 265 at Fox Chapel.

Sluman had a bogey-free 65 to match Langer, but narrowly missed a birdie putt on the first playoff hole that would have won it.

Russ Cochran, who trailed by seven shots early in the final round, had a 67 to finish third at 14 under.

BMW INTERNATIONAL OPEN

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Fabrizio Zanotti won the BMW International Open to become the first player from Paraguay to win a European Tour event, beating second-ranked Henrik Stenson on the fifth hole of a playoff.

Zanotti won when Stenson conceded after failing to hole a bunker shot. Rafa Cabrera-Bello was eliminated on the fourth extra hole, and Gregory Havret dropped out on the second.

Zanotti closed with a 7-under 65 to match Havret (66), Stenson (67) and Cabrera-Bello (67) at 19-under 269 on the Gut Laerchenhof course.

UNITED LEASING CHAMPIONSHIP

NEWBURGH, Ind. (AP) — England’s Greg Owen won the United Leasing Championship for his first Web.com Tour title, overcoming a seven-stroke deficit with a 5-under 67 for a one-shot victory.

The 43-year-old Owen, the winner of the European Tour’s 2003 British Masters, had a 9-under 279 total at Victoria National and earned $108,000.

Playing more than an hour ahead of the final groups, Owen opened with a triple bogey, birdied Nos. 6 and 7, and played the first eight holes on the back nine in 7 under — making five birdies and an eagle — before closing with a bogey.

Ryan Armour and third-round leader Mark Hubbard tied for second. Armour finished with a 68, and Hubbard had a 75.

ISLAND RESORT CHAMPIONSHIP

HARRIS, Mich. (AP) — Molly Aronsson won the Island Resort Championship for her first Symetra Tour title, beating former University of Washington teammate Sadena Parks by a stroke.

The 26-year-old Aronsson, from Shelburne, Vermont, closed with an even-par 72 to finish at 1-under 215 at Sweetgrass Golf Club. She earned $18,750 to jump from 117th to 13th on the money list with $21,287. The final top 10 will earn 2015 LPGA Tour cards.

Parks finished with a 75.

Katie Kempter and Canada’s Sara-Maude Juneau tied for third at 1 over. Kempter finished with a 75, and Juneau shot 74.

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