Harman edges Johnson to win John Deere Classic

ASSOCIATED PRESSJuly 13, 2014 

John Deere Classic Golf

CHARLES REX ARBOGAST/ASSOCIATED PRESSBrian Harman edged Zach Johnson to win the John Deere Classic.

CHARLES REX ARBOGAST — AP

Brian Harman used three straight birdies down the stretch to hold off Zach Johnson by one stroke and win the John Deere Classic on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title.

Harman had a 5-under 66 in the final round for a 22-under-262 total. The 27-year-old Georgian in his third full season on the PGA Tour earned $846,000 and the last exemption for next week's British Open.

Harman withstood Johnson's challenge by making three birdies beginning at No. 14 to get to 23 under with two holes to play. Johnson, playing four pairs ahead of Harman, birdied the 17th to get within a stroke, but ran out of holes.

Jhonattan Vegas had a 65 to finished tied for third with Jerry Kelly (66) at 265. Scott Brown (68) and Tim Clark (67) tied for fifth another shot back.

Three-time winner Steve Stricker fell off the pace set by Harman on the front nine, then fell off the leader board with a double-bogey on the par-3 12th. His approach ended up in high brush behind and below the green, and he couldn't recover, finishing with a 72 and a tie for 11th at 269.

Brown was tied with Johnson and Clark briefly midway through the round, but played the back nine in par 36 and fell back.

Clark, the lone contender with a long putter, bogeyed No. 9 to fall out of the joint lead.

Harman, whose best previous finishes were ties for third place, also earned his first invitations to the Masters and the Tournament of Champions.

Montgomerie wins U.S. Senior Open: Colin Montgomerie won a three-hole playoff against Gene Sauers to win the U.S. Senior Open title Sunday at Oak Tree National.

Both entered the playoff at 5 under. Montgomerie entered the third extra hole with a one-shot lead, then made a putt on No. 18 to par the hole and claim the win.

Montgomerie became the fifth golfer to win both the PGA Championship and U.S. Senior Open in the same year. He led at the end of the first and second days of the Senior Open, but entered the final round four shots behind Sauers and shot a 2-under 69 to force the playoff.

It was the first playoff at a U.S. Senior Open since 2002, when Don Pooley beat Tom Watson in a five-hole playoff.

Rose wins Scottish Open: Justin Rose won the Scottish Open by two shots after a final round of 6-under 65 on Sunday, sealing back-to-back victories either side of the Atlantic and bolstering his confidence ahead of next week's British Open.

Unheralded Swede Kristoffer Broberg finished second on 14 under after a 66. That secured him a place at the British Open at Hoylake, along with other top-10 finishers Tyrrell Hatton and Scott Jamieson.

Rose, who started the day tied for the lead with Marc Warren, eased to a first win in Europe since 2007 and backed up his victory at the Quicken Loans National at Congressional last month.

Martin wins Women's British Open: Mo Martin hit the best shot of her life, and it made her a major champion Sunday in the Women's British Open.

Martin hit a 3-wood that hit the pin on the par-5 closing hole at Royal Birkdale, settling 6 feet for an eagle. An hour later, that turned out to be the winner when Inbee Park and Shanshan Feng both couldn't stay under par.

Martin closed with an even-par 72 on such a windy afternoon that no one managed to break par in the final round. The 31-year-old American was the only player to finish under par.

Park and Feng each had a chance to force a playoff, but neither could birdie the 17th and 18th holes, both par 5s.

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