Sports Digest: Korda beats Kang in playoff to win LPGA opener – Portland Press Herald
Si Woo Kim holds up against an obstacle 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 very first success in nearly three years. She shot a career-best 60 on Saturday.
PGA: Si Woo Kim birdied 2 of the final 3 holes to finish an 8-under 64, coolly rallying past late-charging Patrick Cantlay to win The American Express in La Quinta, California, for his third PGA Tour triumph.
The 25-year-old South Korean didn’t flinch when Cantlay shot a 61 and rose out of 13th location to the front while breaking the Stadium Course record by 2 strokes.
Playing 6 groups behind Cantlay, Kim comfortably birdied the par-5 16th to pull even, then buried a 19-foot birdie putt on the island green on the 17th.
EUROPEAN TOUR: Tyrrell Hatton shot a 6-under 66 to win the season-opening Abu Dhabi Championship by four strokes after overnight leader Rory McIlroy faded with a 72 to drop into third.
CROSS NATIONS: Sophia Laukli of Yarmouth ended up 33rd Saturday in her first World Cup race – a 15-kilometer skiathlon in Lahti, Finland.
The skiathlon is 7.5 K using the classic strategy and 7.5 K freestyle. Laukli’s time of 41 minutes, 39.9 seconds was almost four minutes behind winner Therese Johaug of Norway, however less than six seconds away from making World Cup points with a top-30 finish. She was the 3rd U.S. finisher behind only Jessie Diggins and Rosie Brennan, who are ranked first and second on the planet Cup standings.
Laukli also raced Sunday, skiing the 3rd leg for the U.S. 4x5K relay group that put fifth.
LADIES’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.
MEN’S WORLD CUP: For the 2nd time in three 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 second offseason addition to their starting rotation, acquiring right-hander Jameson Taillon from the Pittsburgh Pirates for four potential customers.
ITALY: American Weston McKennie scored to assist Juventus beat Bologna, 2-0
Juventus, the nine-time defending 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 complimentary kick in the 78th minute to send Manchester United into the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 3-2 success in your home against Liverpool, which was removed despite 2 objectives by Mohamed Saleh.
WORLD RECORD: Olympic champ Ryan Crouser broke the world indoor shot put record at an American Track League fulfill in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Crouser’s mark of 74 feet, 10 inches on his very first effort eclipsed the record of 74-4 set by Randy Barnes on Jan. 20, 1989.
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