Sports Digest: Korda beats Kang in playoff to win LPGA opener – CentralMaine.com
Si Woo Kim endures a challenge from Patrick Cantlay, making two late birdies to win The American Express.
Jessica Korda closed with a 5-under 66 and holed a 30-foot birdie putt on the very first playoff hole Sunday to beat Danielle Kang in the Diamond Resorts Competition of Champions in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Korda won for the 6th time on the LPGA Trip, however it was her first success in nearly three years. She shot a career-best 60 on Saturday.
PGA: Si Woo Kim birdied 2 of the last 3 holes to end up an 8-under 64, coolly rallying previous late-charging Patrick Cantlay to win The American Express in La Quinta, California, for his 3rd PGA Trip victory.
The 25-year-old South Korean didn’t flinch when Cantlay shot a 61 and surged out of 13th location to the front while breaking the Stadium Course record by two strokes.
Playing six groups behind Cantlay, Kim easily birdied the par-5 16th to pull even, then buried a 19-foot birdie putt on the island green on the 17th.
EUROPEAN TRIP: Tyrrell Hatton shot a 6-under 66 to win the season-opening Abu Dhabi Championship by 4 strokes after overnight leader Rory McIlroy faded with a 72 to drop into third.
CROSS COUNTRY: Sophia Laukli of Yarmouth completed 33rd Saturday in her very first World Cup race – a 15-kilometer skiathlon in Lahti, Finland.
The skiathlon is 7.5 K utilizing the traditional technique and 7.5 K freestyle. Laukli’s time of 41 minutes, 39.9 seconds was nearly 4 minutes behind winner Therese Johaug of Norway, however less than six seconds away from earning World Cup points with a top-30 surface. She was the third U.S. finisher behind only Jessie Diggins and Rosie Brennan, who are ranked initially and second worldwide Cup standings.
Laukli also raced Sunday, skiing the 3rd leg for the U.S. 4x5K relay group that positioned 5th.
WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: House favorite Lara Gut-Behrami mastered a tricky super-G in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.
Gut-Behrami now has 14 of her 28 career World Cup wins in super-G.
GUY’S WORLD CUP: For the second time in 3 days, Beat Feuz of Switzerland won a downhill on the Streif course in Kitzbuhel, Austria, beating France’s Johan Clarey by 0.17 seconds.
MLB: The Yankees made a 2nd offseason addition to their starting rotation, getting right-hander Jameson Taillon from the Pittsburgh Pirates for four potential customers.
ITALY: American Weston McKennie scored to help Juventus beat Bologna, 2-0
Juventus, the nine-time protecting Serie A champ, moved within seven points of league leader A/C Milan and has a match in hand.
ENGLAND: Bruno Fernandes bent in a totally free kick in the 78th minute to send Manchester United into the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 3-2 victory in your home versus Liverpool, which was eliminated in spite of two objectives by Mohamed Saleh.
WORLD RECORD: Olympic champ Ryan Crouser broke the world indoor shot put record at an American Track League satisfy in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Crouser’s mark of 74 feet, 10 inches on his first effort eclipsed the record of 74-4 set by Randy Barnes on Jan. 20, 1989.
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