Graeme McDowell tops Thongchai Jaidee to win match-play title

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McDowell

KAVARNA, Bulgaria — Graeme McDowell won the Volvo World Match Play Championship on Sunday, beating Thongchai Jaidee 2 and 1 in the final at Thracian Cliffs.

McDowell won a year after losing the final to Nicolas Colsaerts at Finca Cortesin in Spain. The 2010 U.S. Open champion fought back from 2 down after four holes, pulled ahead of his 43-year-old opponent on the 14th hole and secured the victory at the 17th.

“It’s been a nice day and nice to receive a great trophy,” McDowell said. “We have talked all week about the prestige of this event and how many great champions have won this tournament, and it’s just nice to add my name to that list of legends.”

McDowell, also the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage winner last month in Hilton Head, S.C., will move to top of the European Tour money list and up one place to No. 7 on the world ranking.

In the morning semifinals, McDowell beat Branden Grace 3 and 2, and Thongchai defeated Thomas Aiken 3 and 2.

LPGA TOUR: In Mobile, Ala., Jennifer Johnson rallied to win the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic for her first tour title, birdieing four of the final six holes for a one-stroke victory over Jessica Korda and Pornanong Phatlum.

The 21-year-old American closed with her second consecutive 7-under 65 for a tournament-record 21-under 267 total on The Crossings course at the Magnolia Grove complex. She two-putted for par on the final hole, tipped her cap and headed toward the practice range in case of a playoff.

Phatlum closed with 63. Korda finished with 68 that included three bogeys and seven birdies.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In Santo Antonio da Serra, Portugal, Peter Uihlein won the Madeira Islands Open in his 16th European Tour sart for his professional title, closing with 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory.

Uihlein, the former Oklahoma State star who won the 2010 U.S. Amateur, birdied four of his last eight holes to finish at 15-under 273 at Santo da Serra.

The 23-year-old Uihlein earned a European Tour exemption through next season.

WEB.COM TOUR: In Greer, S.C., former South Carolina golfer Mark Anderson ran away with the BMW Charity Pro-Am for his first Web.com Tour title, closing with 6-under 65 at the Thornblade Club for a five-stroke victory.

The 27-year-old Anderson had a tournament-record 27-under 259 total, the third-lowest score in relation to par in tour history. He opened with 63 at The Reserve at Lake Keowee, added 67 at Greenville Country Club and took a one-stroke lead Saturday with 64 at Thornblade.

Tom Hoge shot 67 to finish second.

Aiken’s Kevin Kisner shot 69 and tied for 14th at 269. The only other player with local ties to make the cut was Stephen Poole, who shot 69 and tied for 56th at 275.


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