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Woods triumphs at Buick Open

Tiger wins by 3 strokes for 69th victory on PGA Tour

August 3, 2009

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Grand Blanc, Mich. — Tiger Woods won the Buick Open for a third time and claimed his 69th PGA Tour victory.

Ho hum.

Not quite.

Woods shot a 3-under 69 and coasted to a three-shot victory with a 20-under 268 total at Warwick Hills, which hosted its first Buick Open in 1958 and seemed to stage its final one Sunday.

“I’ve played all around the world, and I’ve never seen a day like this,” said Woods, also the 2002 and 2006 winner at Warwick Hills. “This event has always been special, but today was something else.”

He acknowledged thinking about his walk up 18 at Warwick Hills being his last, leading to him throwing his ball with a lot of velocity back down the fairway to fans. He also tossed a ball into the gallery at 17.

“I never do that, but today was different,” Woods said. “We aren’t coming back here, and I wanted to thank all these people.”

GolfWeek Magazine reported on its Web site that General Motors Co. would end the PGA Tour’s longest partnership, and The Associated Press confirmed it with a person briefed on the decision. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the announcement wouldn’t be made until after the tournament.

Woods improved to 36-1 when he has the outright lead after 54 holes. Woods has four wins this season — twice as many as anyone else on the PGA Tour — in just 11 starts since returning from knee surgery.

Roland Thatcher (64), Greg Chalmers (68) and John Senden (70) tied for second.

Golf

Funk rolls to title

Carmel, Ind. — Fred Funk set a tournament record by finishing 20-under par and won the U.S. Senior Open by six strokes on Sunday.

Funk shot a 7-under 65 on the final day at Crooked Stick and beat Hale Irwin’s previous record set in 2000 by three strokes.

Joey Sindelar finished second at 14 under, his sixth top-10 finish of the season.

Tom Watson, the runner-up at the British Open, shot even on Sunday to finish at 2 over, tied for 43rd.

Matthew wins in Britain

Lytham St. Annes, England — Catriona Matthew won the Women’s British Open by three strokes Sunday, capturing her first major title just 10 weeks after giving birth to her second child.

The 39-year-old Scot birdied three straight holes on the back nine to hold her third-round lead. She finished at 1-over 71 for a 3-under 285 total.

Karrie Webb of Australia closed with a 68 and was second at 288. Sharing third at 289 were Paula Creamer (71), Hee-Won Han (70), Ai Miyazato (73) and Christina Kim (74).

Wie on Solheim Cup team

Lytham St. Annes, England — Michelle Wie was selected as a wild card to make her Solheim Cup debut for the United States on Sunday, and Catriona Matthew made Europe’s team after capturing the Women’s British Open.

American captain Beth Daniel also picked Juli Inkster, who will make her eighth Solheim Cup appearance. Wie and Inkster did not earn enough points to get a top-10 place for the Aug. 21-23 series at Sugar Grove, Ill.

Henningsson wins

Celadna, Czech Republic — Sweden’s Oskar Henningsson made six birdies Sunday to win the Moravia Silesia Open by two strokes, shooting 13-under 275 at the Prosper Golf Resort.

Auto racing

Rain washes out race

Long Pond, Pa. — Jimmie Johnson’s White House visit will have to wait. So will the start of the Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway.

Steady rain postponed Sunday’s race and it has been rescheduled for 11:15 a.m. today.

Heavy rain hit the track Sunday morning. It let up about an hour before the scheduled 2 p.m. start and the sky brightened for driver introductions. The rain returned about 3:30 p.m. and soaked the surface again. There was light rain the rest of the afternoon, forcing the postponement.

Massa on the mend

Sao Paulo — Ferrari driver Felipe Massa is on the mend with only some swelling near his left eye and will fly home to Brazil today nine days after fracturing his skull in a high-speed crash in Hungary.

Baseball

Royals send Ponson down

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Kansas City Royals right-hander Sidney Ponson was designated for assignment, and the team plans to bring up right-hander Kyle Davis from Triple-A Omaha.

Royals manager Trey Hillman made the announcement before Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay. Ponson went 1-7 with a 7.36 ERA in 14 games, including nine starts, this season.

Rangers put Kinsler on DL

Arlington, Texas — The Texas Rangers placed second baseman Ian Kinsler on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

The Rangers also activated reliever Frank Francisco from the 15-day DL prior to Sunday night’s game against the Seattle Mariners.

Webb set for surgery

Phoenix — Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon Webb has elected to have arthroscopic surgery for his right shoulder.

Webb has missed 99 games after being placed on the disabled list after making one start, receiving a no-decision in the season opener.

Brewers’ Hart on DL

San Diego — Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Corey Hart was scheduled to undergo an appendectomy Sunday night.

The Brewers said Hart will go on the 15-day disabled list and be replaced by Bill Hall, who will be recalled from Triple-A Nashville.

Basketball

HOF opens Jordan exhibit

Springfield, Mass. — The Basketball Hall of Fame has opened a Michael Jordan exhibit before his enshrinement next month.

The exhibit is made possible in part by a $250,000 donation from Nike and features several pair of the superstar’s Air Jordan shoes.

NFL

Harvin, Vikings agree

Mankato, Minn. — First-round draft pick Percy Harvin has agreed to terms on a five-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings.

The former Florida standout missed the first two days of training camp while his agent Joel Segal negotiated a contract.

Kraft: Vick not in plans

Foxborough, Mass. — Patriots owner Robert Kraft suggests that New England has little interest in signing Michael Vick.

Kraft says the team doesn’t need the former Atlanta Falcons star because the Patriots already have the best quarterback in Tom Brady.

Kraft spoke about Vick during a Sirius NFL Radio show broadcast from Gillette Stadium on Saturday. His comments were reported in Sunday’s Boston Globe. The Patriots on Sunday confirmed the essence of Kraft’s remarks.

Browns won’t rotate QBs

Berea, Ohio — Once Eric Mangini picks a starting quarterback, the new Cleveland Browns coach intends to stick with him.

Mangini said Sunday that he will not rotate his QBs, that he has no timetable on picking between Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn and that he envisions both players staying on the Browns’ roster once the regular season begins.

Cards rookie sprains ankle

Flagstaff, Ariz. — Rookie running back Beanie Wells sprained his right ankle in his first training camp practice with the Arizona Cardinals.

Swimming

Phelps earns 5th gold

Rome — Michael Phelps and the U.S. 400-meter medley relay team closed the fastest meet in swimming history with an appropriate finish Sunday night — the 43rd world record.

Phelps earned his fifth gold medal of a world championships.

Swimming the butterfly leg, Phelps helped the U.S. pull away from Germany and Australia to win in 3 minutes, 27.28 seconds.

Cavic wants duel

Rome — Two years seems too long to wait for Phelps-Cavic III. Especially for the challenger in the 100-meter butterfly.

With no major international meet scheduled next year, Milorad Cavic has proposed a duel in the pool with Michael Phelps in 2010.

Tennis

Venus upset in finals

Stanford, Calif. — Venus Williams was upset by France’s Marion Bartoli, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4, in the championship match of the Bank of the West Classic.

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