Svoboda wins event in playoff



DAVIDSON, N.C. — Andrew Svoboda won the Chiquita Classic on Sunday, beating Will MacKenzie with a par on the first hole of a playoff in the second tournament in the four-event Tour Finals series.

Svoboda tapped in for par on the par-5 18th, and won when MacKenzie – who eagled the hole in regulation – missed a 5-footer. Svoboda shot 2-under 70 to match MacKenzie at 12 under. MacKenzie finished with 67.

Svoboda earned $180,000. The former St. John’s player, the Price Cutter Charity Championship winner last month, had already wrapped up a PGA Tour card by finishing 25th on the Tour money list.

MacKenzie, 40th on the money list, made $108,000.

Vaughn Taylor closed with 71 and tied for eighth at 280. He earned $26,000 and moved up into a tie for 22nd on the money list.


CHAMPIONS TOUR: In Sainte-Julie, Quebec, Esteban Toledo won the Montreal Championship ofor his second Champions Tour victory of the season, beating Kenny Perry with a birdie on the third extra hole.

The 50-year-old Toledo shot 3-under 69 to match Perry at 5-under 211 on La Vallee du Richelieu’s Rouville Course. Perry had 70.


EUROPEAN TOUR: In Crans-Sur-Sierre, Switzerland, Thomas Bjorn beat Craig Lee with a birdie on the first playoff hole to win the European Masters title Sunday.

Bjorn sank his 12-foot putt on the par-4 18th after Lee’s birdie attempt from 15 feet slid left of the hole.


WALKER CUP: In Southampton, N.Y., Nathan Smith won the deciding point in the United States’ 17-9 victory over Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup on Sunday, beating England’s Nathan Kimsey 4 and 3 in the fifth singles match at National Golf Links of America.

The United States, ahead 8-4 entering the final day in the biennial amateur event, split the four morning foursomes matches and won seven of the 10 afternoon singles matches.