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Pace wins in Hainan; Wie ties for third

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HAINAN ISLAND, China » South Africa’s Lee-Anne Pace won the rain-shortened Blue Bay LPGA on Monday for her first LPGA Tour title and second worldwide victory in nine days.

Four strokes ahead with five holes left when play was suspended Sunday because of darkness, Pace finished off a 5-under 67 for a three-stroke victory over Germany’s Caroline Masson.

Michelle Wie and Jessica Korda tied for third at 11 under.

Wie finished with a 70. She tied for fifth last week in South Korea in her first start since withdrawing from the Evian Championship in September after reinjuring her right hand.

The 33-year-old Pace won the South African Women’s Open last week for her ninth Ladies European Tour victory. She’s the second South African-born champion in LPGA Tour history, joining 15-time winner Sally Little. The victory was her third in China, following the LET’s Sanya Ladies Open in 2010 and 2013.

"I can’t actually believe it," Pace said. "I’m still so in the moment of one shot at a time that I think it’s going to hit me. It’s like, literally, now I can relax. It’s amazing. Obviously, one of my life goals, not only on the golf course, but to do something like that very special."

Streb breaks through with playoff win

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. » Robert Streb made the last of his 10 birdies on the second extra hole, winning a three-way playoff in the McGladrey Classic on Sunday for his first PGA Tour victory.

Streb rallied from a five-shot deficit in the final round with a 7-under 63. He waited 90 minutes to see if anyone could catch him, and then outlasted Will MacKenzie and Brendon de Jonge in the playoff at Sea Island.

Allen gets second victory of the year

SAN ANTONIO » Michael Allen shot a 6-under 66 for a two-stroke victory in the Champions Tour’s AT&T Championship, and Bernhard Langer wrapped up the Charles Schwab Cup title.

Allen birdied three of the final four holes on TPC San Antonio’s AT&T Canyons Course. He finished at 15-under 201 for his second victory of the season and seventh overall on the 50-and-over tour. He won the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Fla., in February.

Marco Dawson was second after a 71. He bogeyed Nos. 16 and 18.

Langer closed with a 69 to tie for sixth at 10 under. He has a tour-high five victories — two of them majors — and leads the money list.

The top 30 on the money list qualified for the Charles Schwab Cup Championship next week in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Esteban Toledo, 31st on the money list entering the week, birdied the final three holes for a 68 to tie for 12th at 8 under and move to 27th. He bumped Mark Calcavecchia, 30th entering the week, from the Schwab field. Calcavecchia tied for 72nd in the 81-player field at 4 over.

Olesen wins Perth by three strokes

PERTH, Australia » Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen won the Perth International, closing with a 1-under 71 for a three-stroke victory over France’s Victor Dubuisson.

Olesen finished at 17-under 271 at Lake Karrinyup for his second European Tour title. Dubuisson had a 66.

 

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