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Austin's birdie bags him second Buick title

AFP , CROMWELL, CONNECTICUT

Woody Austin rebounded with a birdie in the first playoff hole to win the US$4.2 million PGA Buick on Sunday after he faltered with a bogey to tie with Tim Herron after regulation.

The 40-year-old shot a 4-under-par 66 to earn his first PGA Tour victory since the 1995 Buick Open, which he also won in a playoff.

"I don't like the nine-and-a-half, 10 years in between the two, but it's a quality win," Austin said.

"I couldn't ask for a better win," he said.

The playoff hole was the par-4 18th, where Herron pulled his drive left into deep rough, but managed a two-putt par, forcing Austin to make his putt. He drained a six-foot birdie to win for the first time in 274 events.

Herron and Austin came from behind to force a playoff after they entered the final round tied for sixth.

Herron shot a birdie on the 18th and made amends from a double-bogey six on 17 that seemed to end his chances.

Austin and Herron made their moves on the back nine as others drifted away. Austin birdied five of the first six holes coming in while Herron's final nine holes were more adventurous.

He went birdie-birdie-bogey before recording an eagle on the par-5 13th. Herron also sandwiched his double on 17 with birdies on 16 and 18.

Fred Funk had a one-stroke lead before the final round, but bogeyed four of five holes on the back nine and finishing with an even par 70.

Tom Pernice (67) and Zach Johnson (66) finished in a tie for third with Funk at 9-under 271.

First-round leader Corey Pavin was unable to get anything going on the final day and had an even-par 70.

He finished tied for sixth with Matt Gogel and Jason Bohn.

LPGA Classic

Lorena Ochoa carded a bogey free 7-under-par 65 on Sunday to erase a five-shot deficit and win the US$1 million LPGA Classic event.

Entering the final round five strokes behind Grace Park, Ochoa rebounded with her low round of the year on a hot day at the Berkleigh Country Club.

The 22-year-old Mexican finished at 19-under 269 as she won her second career title.

Ochoa had been on course to breakthrough and win. In the past five weeks, she had three third-place finishes, a fourth and sixth-place showing.

She finished strongly with birdies on three of her final four holes, including one at the par-5 18th.

After setting a tournament record 17-under through 54 holes, Park struggled to an even-par 72 to finish two strokes back. Korean Han Hee-won and Jill McGill both were four shots behind.

Ochoa had three birdies on the front nine. She pulled even with Park at 17-under following a birdie at the par-3 15th.

Playing in the group behind Ochoa, Park fell out of the lead when she bogeyed the 15th. She hit her tee shot into the rough before eventually missing a par putt from about 40 feet.

Seeking her second title of the year, Park had all three of her bogeys on the back nine after a pair of birdies on the front side. She birdied No. 18 but was unable catch Ochoa, who sealed the victory by also birdying her final hole.

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