AKRON, Ohio (AP) — With no mistakes and two great escapes from the trees, Shane Lowry of Ireland introduced himself on a world stage Sunday by winning the Bridgestone Invitational.
Lowry locked up victory in the World Golf Championship event with a shot through the trees from left of the 18th fairway that descended over a bunker and settled just over 10 feet away for one final birdie and a 4-under 66. He won by two shots over Bubba Watson, who also shot 66.
Lowry finished at 11-under 269 and earned $1.57 million, along with a PGA Tour card for the next three years. He had been a special temporary member. He won the Irish Open as an amateur in 2009, and he picked up another European Tour victory in 2012 in Portugal.
In a final round at Firestone against a trio of major champions, Lowry produced a flawless card of no bogeys and plenty of emotional fist pumps to celebrate the biggest win of his career. He is the first non-PGA Tour member to win a WGC since Martin Kaymer at the 2011 HSBC Champions.
Jim Furyk and Justin Rose, who shared the 54-hole lead, couldn't keep up. Both closed with a 72 to tie for third, four shots behind.
Lowry had a one-shot lead when Furyk made his second bogey on the front nine, but the 28-year-old Irishman appeared to be in trouble with a wild hook off the 10th tee. Instead, he powered a wedge as high as he could, over a tree and listened for the gallery's roar to hear the results. It plopped down and rolled to within tap-in range for a birdie that gave him control, and he never let up.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — J.J. Henry won the Barracuda Championship for the second time in four years, beating Kyle Reifers with a 15-foot eagle putt from the fringe on the second hole of a playoff.
After Henry holed the left-to-right breaking putt on the par-5 18th, Reifers missed a 10-footer.
Reifers had three back-nine eagles in a 22-point round to match Henry at 47 points at Montreux Golf and Country Club in the PGA Tour's only modified Stableford event. The 40-year-old Henry, also the 2012 winner, closed with a birdie for a six-point round.
Players received eight points for double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie, zero for par, minus-one for bogey and minus-three for double bogey or worse.
Reifers eagled three of the last six holes in regulation, making a 12-foot putt on the par-5 13th, holing out from 90 yards on the par-4 14th, and closing with a 15-footer on 18. On 18 on the first extra hole, Reifers made a 12-foot birdie putt after Henry chipped to 1 1/2 feet to set up his birdie.
Henry has three career PGA Tour titles, also winning the 2006 Buick Championship in his home state of Connecticut.
SHAW CHARITY CLASSIC
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Jeff Maggert won the Shaw Charity Classic for his third Champions Tour title of year, birdieing five of the last six holes on the front nine in a four-stroke victory.
The 51-year-old Texan, two strokes behind playing partners Miguel Angel Jimenez and Colin Montgomerie entering the round, closed with a 6-under 64 at Canyon Meadows to finish at 16-under 194.
Maggert added birdies on the par-5 11th and par-3 14th, dropped a stroke on the par-4 15th and parred the final three holes.
The three-time PGA Tour winner also won major titles this year in the Regions Tradition and U.S. Senior Open. He won the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic last year in his debut on the 50-and-over tour.
Montgomerie was second after a 70.
Fred Couples, the winner last year, finished with a 68 to tie for fifth at 10 under. Jimenez had a 74 to drop into a tie for 12th at 8 under. He matched the course record Saturday with a 61.
DIGITAL ALLY OPEN
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Martin Piller won the Digital Ally Open for his second Web.Com Tour victory of the year, matching the tournament scoring record at 26-under 258.
The 29-year-old Piller, married to LPGA Tour player Gerina Piller, closed with a 6-under 65 at the Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate to tie the mark set by James Nitties in 2011.
Piller earned $108,000 to jump from fifth to scecond on the money list with $309,549, more than enough for a PGA Tour card next season. He won the Boise Open last month and has five career tour titles.
Piller opened with rounds of 65, 62 and 65.
Darron Stiles was second, four strokes back after a 67.