The golf roundup …
MADISON, Miss. ó Chris Kirk won his first PGA Tour event with a one-stroke victory in the Viking Classic, shooting a 4-under 68 to beat Tom Pernice Jr. and George McNeill by one stroke.
The 26-year-old rookie tied the tournament record with a 22-under performance over four rounds, taking advantage of Annandale Golf Club’s soft greens and fairway. He broke a tie with McNeill on No. 17, hitting a 140-yard approach over water to within five feet of the hole for an easy birdie putt.
The 51-year-old Pernice fell just short in his attempt to become the second-oldest winner in tour history, missing a birdie putt on No. 18.
Kirk is the fifth rookie to win this season ó only the second time that’s happened since 1970.
STATELINE, Nev. ó Former NHL All-Star Joe Sakic picked a good spot for his first career hole-in-one ó a $1 million two-hopper into the cup on the waterfront par-3 17th at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe on Sunday.
“That’s a shot you never imagine hitting,” said Sakic, who won two Stanley Cups with the Colorado Avalanche. “I’ve never even been close before.”
Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. ó Desmond Howard shook his head and smiled. Itís been 20 years since he won... read more