Choi finishes off what he started

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 It was Choi’s first PGA Tour victory since 2002, when he won two tournaments during a breakthrough season. He finished with a 6-under 66 for a 22-under 266 total, one stroke short of Jesper Parnevik’s tournament record from 1999. Maruyama shot a 67. First-round leader Charles Warren, who tied the Forest Oaks Country Club record of 62 before faltering a bit over the past two days, rebounded with a 65 to tie Brandt Jobe (67) and Jason Bohn (70) for third. Sergio Garcia had a 71 to tie for 13th at 13 under. U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman and Adam Scott shot 74s to finish in a group at 3 under. “K.J. got off to the kind of start that everybody wanted,” said Bohn, who locked up a spot in next week’s $7.5 million American Express Championship. “After that, I was just firing at a lot of pins coming in, and that led to some bogeys. But I was trying to win.” Champions Tour K.J. Choi had the look of a champion from the start. “You can tell when someone is in the zone by his eyes,” said Choi’s caddie, Andy Prodger. “And you could see it in his eyes.” That determination and four consecutive birdies to open the final round helped the South Korean star win the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro (N.C.) on Sunday. He cruised to a two-shot victory over Shigeki Maruyama to snap a three-year losing streak. “I really focused on my game,” Choi said through an interpreter. “In Korea, in all the times, every since the last one, anytime I’m in the last group, I won it except once.” center_img Hale Irwin won for the fourth time this year to push his Champions Tour-record victory total to 44, capping a back-nine run with an eagle in a two-stroke victory over Tom Jenkins and Bob Gilder in the SAS Championship in Cary, N.C. The 60-year-old Irwin played the back nine in 6-under 31 for a 6-under 66 and a 13-under 203 total on the Prestonwood Country Club course. He birdied Nos. 10, 12, 13 and 15 and reached 13 under with a 25-foot eagle putt from the collar on the par-5 17th. Gilder closed with a 71, and Jenkins shot a 70. “You expect Hale to play well. When he’s putting well, he’s tough to beat,” Gilder said. “I should be happy with second place but I’m not. I wasn’t accurate enough to make a move early in the round. I’m disappointed because I wanted to win.” European Tour Colin Montgomerie birdied the final hole to win the Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland by a stroke Sunday, rallying from a five-shot deficit for his first victory in his home country since 1999. Montgomerie closed with a 1-under 71 on the Old Course for a 9-under 279 total on a cold, blustery day. His previous victory in Scotland came at the Loch Lomond Invitational, now the Scottish Open. He has 29th European tour titles. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more