Golf roundup: Tom Kim steps up in Vegas as Patrick Cantlay stumbles

AP photo by David Becker / As his caddie looks on, Tom Kim lines up his putt on the 17th green at TPC Summerlin during Sunday's final round of the Shriners Children's Open in Las Vegas. Kim, 20, became the first player since Tiger Woods in 1996 to win twice on the PGA Tour before turning 21.

LAS VEGAS — Tom Kim closed with a 5-under-par 67 and completed four rounds without a bogey to win the Shriners Children's Open when Patrick Cantlay fell apart on the final hole Sunday.

Kim became the first player since Tiger Woods in 1996 to win twice on the PGA Tour before turning 21. The 20-year-old South Korean won the Wyndham Championship in August to earn a tour card, and he's been soaring ever since.

"I'm having fun playing on the PGA Tour. It's awesome," Kim said.

But he needed some help from Cantlay, who could have gone to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking with a win at TPC Summerlin.

They traded birdies along the back nine and came to the par-4 18th hole tied for the lead when it all fell apart for Cantlay. He was first to play and hooked a 3-wood left of the fairway into a desert bush in a ravine.

Kim belted driver into the fairway, and by the time he finally played his second shot to the green, Cantlay was lying four in the bottom of the pond.

Cantlay tried blasting out of the bush to no avail. He took a penalty drop. He then hit out of the desert sand and into the pond. Cantlay finished with a 35-foot putt for triple bogey for a 69 that gave him a share of second place with England's Matthew NeSmith (66).

"I figured the only chance I had was to get it in the fairway," Cantlay said about his decision to try to play from out of the bush. "I played well — one bad swing at the end. Obviously, I would have liked to have closed the deal out today, but sometimes that's golf."

Baylor School graduate Harris English shot his fourth straight round in the 60s and tied for 28th at 13 under, closing with a 65 highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 16th and back-to-back birdies to close. He also had birdies on the second and third holes.

Two other former Red Raiders golf standouts were further back, with Stephan Jaeger (68) tied for 44th at 11 under and Keith Mitchell (71) sharing 60th at 9 under.


Rahm ties Seve in Spain

MADRID — It took a year longer than he'd hoped for, but Jon Rahm is finally a three-time winner of the Spanish Open, matching the achievement of his hero Seve Ballesteros.

There was frustration and disappointment for Rahm when he tied for 17th in his home event last year, failing in his first attempt to equal the three titles won by the Spanish golfing great and five-time major champion who died at age 54 in 2011.

It was a lot different this year as Rahm raised his putter and gave a hard fist pump after making his second straight birdie to close out a remarkable 9-under 62 and finish at 25-under 259 for a six-shot win at the Club de Campo Villa de Madrid.

The 27-year-old Spaniard's 72-hole total broke the tournament record he set in 2019 by three shots. France's Matthieu Pavon (65) was second, while Australia's Min Woo Lee (68) finished another stroke back in the DP World Tour event.

A loud "Viva Seve" shout was heard from the crowd that packed the 18th green just as Rahm's six-foot birdie putt was on its way.

"It was the goal coming in," said Rahm, who also won this event in 2018 and 2019. "Seve is a great hero of mine, and to do something he took his whole career to do in just a few years is quite humbling, I'm not going to lie."


Stricker stays hot on Champions

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Steve Stricker followed his plan to perfection Sunday until the final hole, and by then it didn't matter. He closed with a 3-under 69 for a two-shot victory in the Constellation Furyk & Friends, his fourth PGA Tour Champions win this year.

Staked to a three-shot lead entering the final round of the 54-hole event, Stricker played it conservatively at Timuquana Country Club, a Donald Ross design with crowned greens and trouble on all sides.

He said the objective was to score on the par 5s, and he birdied them all. He also wanted to keep bogeys off his card, and he nearly made it. Leading by three shots, he chunked an 8-iron shot short of the 18th green, pitched just over the back and made his only bogey of the weekend.

He finished at 14-under 202 to win for the third time in a run of four starts. Harrison Frazar (65) finished second.

Jim Furyk, the tournament host, ran off four straight birdies on the back nine and rallied for a 69 to finish 11 under for third, his best showing of the year.


Former amateur star wins as a pro

BANGKOK, Thailand — Former top amateur Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra closed with a 3-under 69, shaking off back-to-back bogeys on the fourth and fifth holes for his only lost strokes of the tournament to win the LIV Golf Invitational-Bangkok by three shots over 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed (67).

Lopez-Chacarra, a 22-year-old from Spain, elected not to return to Oklahoma State for a fifth season and instead turned pro in June to join the first-year circuit funded by Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund. He shared the first-round lead in Thailand with two other players, had sole possession after the second and completed the 54-hole event at 19-under 197 after a storm-delayed finish on the newly opened Stonehill Golf Club.

Lopez-Chacarra was a two-time first-team All-American and No. 2 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking before he signed a three-year contract with LIV.

English veterans Paul Casey (65) and Richard Bland (68) shared third place along with South Korea's Sihwan Kim (68) at 15 under.

The tour heads to Saudi Arabia for the LIV Golf Invitational-Jeddah next weekend before closing its inaugural schedule Oct. 28-30 in the United States with the team championship at Trump National Doral Miami.


LPGA victory at last

CAMARILLO, Calif. — Jodi Ewart Shadoff is an LPGA Tour winner in her 246th attempt, closing with a 1-under 71 for a one-shot victory in the LPGA Mediheal Championship. Shadoff is the tour's 10th first-time winner this year.

The 34-year-old from England started the final round at the Saticoy Club with a four-shot lead, but that was gone in eight holes as South Africa's Paula Reto started strong. They were tied with four holes to play when Reto made back-to-back bogeys to fall back, and Shadoff played mistake-free down the stretch to finish the 72-hole event at 15-under 273.

She ended up winning by one over Japan's Yuka Saso (66), a former U.S. Women's Open champion.

Reto (69) shared third with England's Georgia Hall (65) and American player Danielle Kang (67).