VIRGINIA WATER, England — Matteo Manassero became the youngest champion in the 58-year history of the BMW PGA Championship on Sunday, beating Simon Khan with a birdie on the fourth hole of a playoff.
Manassero, at 20 years, 37 days, made amends for letting victory slip away two years ago at Wentworth. The previous youngest winner was Bernhard Gallacher in 1969 at 20 years, 97 days. With the victory, his fourth European Tour title, Manassero qualified for the U.S. Open next month and avoided a 36-hole qualifier Monday at Walton Heath.
“I’m feeling amazing about this win. I also feel really proud and honored to have won the flagship event,” the Italian said. “I feel extremely happy. Extremely happy because this place has always had a real special feeling to me and I was in contention in 2011, (but) couldn’t do it. That was Luke’s (Donald) time, but I’m so proud to win this year.”
Manassero closed with 3-under 69 to match Khan and Marc Warren at 10-under 278. Khan finished with 66. Warren, eliminated on the first extra hole, shot 69. Manassero and Khan each birdied the first three extra holes.
Manassero became the youngest winner on tour at 17 years, 188 days in the 2010 Castellon Masters in Spain.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: In St. Louis, Kohki Idoki erased a five-stroke deficit against a fading Kenny Perry with room to spare, charging to a two-stroke victory in the Senior PGA Championship.
It was the third bitter final-round major tournament failure for the 52-year-old Perry, who led by three strokes with six holes to play but settled for a second-place tie with Jay Haas.
The 51-year-old Idoki closed with 6-under 65 to finish at 11 under at Bellerive Country Club. Idoki got a beer shower from fellow Japanese players Joe Osaki and Kiyoshi Murota after finishing ahead of Perry’s final group.
Perry shot 72, and Haas had a 70. Perry squandered a two-stroke lead with two holes to go in the 2009 Masters Tournament and also let victory slip away in the 1996 PGA.
LPGA TOUR: In Paradise Island, Bahamas, Ilhee Lee made a clutch par putt to keep a one-shot lead, and then drilled a fairway metal onto the par-5 18th green to set up a two-putt birdie. She closed with 5-under 42 on Sunday for a two-shot win over Irene Cho in the Bahamas LPGA Classic at the Ocean Course.
WEB.COM TOUR: In Leon, Mexico., Michael Putnam won the Mexico Championship on Sunday for his second career Web.com Tour title, closing with 6-under 66 for a two-stroke victory.
Putnam finished with 13-under 275 total at El Bosque Country Club.