National Sports Briefs
LOUISVILLE, Ky. ó Tom Watson had stood over putts like this pressure-packed 3-footer at the Senior PGA Championship for most of his adult life.
“I didn’t take much time with the putt,” he said with that famous toothy grin. “I took one practice stroke and figured, ‘Let’s get this over with.'”
Watson summoned up some of his old major magic, holing the short birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat David Eger on Sunday.
The 61-year-old Watson, down a shot with four holes left in regulation, became the oldest player to win a major since the senior tour was created in 1980. He also became the second-oldest winner of the Senior PGA, behind only Jock Hutchison who was 62 in 1947.
“If this is the last tournament I ever win, it’s not a bad one,” Watson said. “I’m kind of on borrowed time out here at 61.”
VIRGINIA WATER, England ó Luke Donald won a duel for No. 1 with a playoff victory over fellow Englishman Lee Westwood in the BMW PGA Championship.
Donald, second behind Westwood entering the tournament, birdied the par-5 18th in the playoff, hitting his approach within 5 feet before Westwood’s wedge shot spun off the green and into the water hazard.
Donald closed with a 1-under 70 to match Westwood (68) at 6-under 278 on Wentworth’s West Course.
IRVING, Texas ó Keegan Bradley won the Byron Nelson Championship for his first PGA Tour victory, parring the first hole of a playoff with Ryan Palmer.
Bradley, the nephew of LPGA Tour great Pat Bradley, sank a 2-foot par putt at the 419-yard 18th hole in the playoff. Palmer’s approach went into the water and he made a bogey.
SALT LAKE CITY ó The Utah Jazz are starting to bring in top prospects for pre-draft workouts.
Guards Shelvin Mack and Norris Cole, forwards JaJuan Johnson, Dallas Lauderdale and Markieff Morris, and center Jeremy Tyler will work out for the Jazz staff Sunday morning.
Utah owns the third and 12th picks in the June 23 NBA draft.
Mack was a teammate of Jazz rookie Gordon Hayward on a Butler team that advanced to the NCAA championship game in 2010. As a junior last season, Mack appeared in 38 games for the Bulldogs and averaged 16 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists.
ST. LOUIS ó The St. Louis Rams are contributing $25,000 to relief efforts from the tornado that devastated Joplin this week and damaged parts of St. Louis County last month.
The Rams announced Friday the contribution will be divided equally between the American Red Cross and Salvation Army. In addition, the franchise said it would match contributions from its employees.
MURRAY, Ky. ó Murray State guard Isaiah Canaan says the promotion of Steve Prohm from assistant to head coach makes him “more than happy.”
Canaan, who was the 2010 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament MVP as a freshman, told The Courier-Journal that Prohm is a relentless recruiter.
The Racers tapped Prohm to replace Billy Kennedy, who left Murray earlier this month for Texas A&M. Prohm had been Kennedy’s top assistant the past five years.