The golf roundup …
ORLANDO, Fla. ó Martin Laird went from a shocking collapse to an unlikely winner Sunday at Bay Hill. In the toughest final round on the PGA Tour this year, Laird rallied from a three-shot deficit with four holes to play with two birdies and two remarkable pars to close with a 3-over 75 and win the Arnold Palmer Invitational by one shot over hard-luck Steve Marino.
The 28-year-old Scot became the first European to win at Bay Hill in its 33-year history. Lairdís two-shot lead was gone at the turn, and when he pulled a bunker shot into the water on No. 11 to make double bogey, he already was 5-over par for his round and fading quickly.
But a day of survival for everyone else turned into a revival for Laird.
After a bogey on the par-3 14th to fall three shots behind Marino, Laird holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the 15th, an 18-foot birdie putt on the 16th, saved par from behind the 17th green and two-putted from just inside 90 feet on the final hole. It was the highest score in the final round by a Bay Hill champion.
INDUSTRY, Calif. ó Sandra Gal won the Kia Classic to become the second German winner in LPGA Tour history, beating second-ranked Jiyai Shin with a 2-foot birdie putt on the final hole.
BROUSSARD, La. ó PGA Tour winner Brett Wetterich won the Nationwide Tourís Louisiana Open for the second time, shooting 2-under 69 for a one-stroke victory over Andres Echavarria.
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