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AP file photo by Gregory Bull / Harris English, pictured, a former Baylor Red Raiders and Georgia Bulldogs standout, teamed with former Georgia Tech star Matt Kuchar for their third QBE Shootout title Sunday in Naples, Fla.

NAPLES, Fla. — Harris English and Matt Kuchar broke a bunch of their own QBE Shootout records in a runaway victory Sunday at Tiburon Golf Club.

English, the former Baylor School and University of Georgia standout, and Kuchar, a former Georgia Tech star, became the first team to win the PGA Tour unofficial money event event three times, finished at 37-under-par 179 to break the mark of 34 under they set in 2013, and won by nine strokes to top their 2013 record of seven.

"That is laughable," said Kuchar, who also teamed with English for the 2016 title. "It's hard to fathom just how good of golf that was. It's funny: As a player, you stay in the moment pretty well and don't think too much about it."

Five strokes ahead after an 11-under 61 on Saturday in modified alternate-shot play, Kuchar and English finished off the rout with a 60 in better-ball play. English closed birdie-eagle-birdie.

"I didn't want to put too much thought into us having a five-shot lead coming in today," said English, who added to what has been a good year for him on the course. "I kind of wanted to put more into seeing what we could do, trying to break the record."

They totaled 10 birdies in the final round.

"The show Harris put on on the back nine was just awesome," Kuchar said. "I think he pulled me aside after 14 and said, 'I think we need two shots to set the new mark.' I said, 'We've got four chances.' And he went ahead and went birdie-eagle-birdie to close it out. It was fun to watch."

Rory Sabbatini and Kevin Tway, the 2019 champions, shared secod with the all-rookie team of Lanto Griffin and Mackenzie Hughes as well as first-round leaders Kevin Na and Sean O'Hair.

 

Westwood wins Race

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — England's Lee Westwood finished first in the Race to Dubai standings to end a season as the European Tour's No. 1 player for the third time, and doing so at age 47 made him the circuit's oldest points champion ever.

Westwood won what was then known as the Order of Merit title in 2000 and again in 2009 in Dubai. His latest points triumph came after he finished runner-up to Matt Fitzpatrick on Sunday at the DP World Tour Championship, with the 26-year-old Englishman winning the tournament after a dramatic conclusion.

Fitzpatrick, who also won the event in 2016, made par at No. 18 for a 4-under 68 and a one-shot victory at 15-under 273. Westwood was alone in second after his own 68 — enough to jump to the top of the Race to Dubai standings, but only after meltdowns by his rivals in the final holes at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Patrick Reed, seeking to become the first American to be Europe's top player, bogeyed Nos. 16 and 17 to drop out. England's Laurie Canter then had a double bogey on No. 17 and could only par the final hole. On the final leaderboard, Reed (70) shared third with Norway's Viktor Hovland (69) at 13 under, while Canter (71) shared fifth with Finland's Sami Valimaki (69) at 12 under.

 

Rain won't go away

HOUSTON — The latest U.S. Women's Open on the calendar will last at least one more day because of relentless rain that drenched Champions Golf Club and forced the United States Golf Association to suspend the final round until Monday morning.

Hinako Shibuno, who had a one-shot lead as she tries to add a second major championship to her 2019 British Women's Open title, never teed off Sunday. The 22-year-old from Japan was at 4-under 209, one shot ahead of Amy Olson, the 28-year-old former amateur and NCAA star from North Dakota who has not won in her seven years on the LPGA Tour.

The USGA moved up tee times as early as possible Sunday because of the forecast, but the final round was just more than an hour old when thunderstorms in the area caused play to be stopped.

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