Photo by Phelan M. Ebenhack
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Ernie Els had a two-shot lead over Kevin Na when the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational was suspended by thunderstorms that soaked Bay Hill for three hours. The round is to resume Monday morning.
Els had a five-shot lead with six holes to play and was cruising toward his second straight victory until hitting into the water for a double bogey on the 13th and into the sand for a bogey on the next hole.
Els was at 11 under and on the 15th hole. Na was at 9 under and on the front of the 15th green in two, 80 feet from the hole. The group another shot back included Ben Curtis and Chris Couch, playing with Els; and Retief Goosen, who was on the 18th tee.
Els went two years without winning, and was poised to only wait two weeks this time. He ended the longest drought of his career at Doral with a four-shot victory.
Couples wins third straight Champions Tour event
CAP CANA, Dominican Republic -- Fred Couples won his third straight Champions Tour start, closing with a course-record 10-under 62 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory over Corey Pavin in the Cap Cana Championship.
The 50-year-old Couples, the first player in Champions Tour history to win three of his first four tournaments, had a 21-under 195 total on the Jack Nicklaus-designed Punta Espada course. Couples is the eighth Champions Tour player to win three straight starts, leaving him one behind the tour record set by Chi Chi Rodriguez in 1987.
The ACE Group Classic and Toshiba Classic winner after finishing second in the season-opening event in Hawaii, Couples hasn't had a score higher than 68 and is 77 under in 12 senior rounds. He earned $240,000 for a four-event total of $931,000.
Pavin finished with a 66. His second shot at the par-4 14th hit a greenside sprinkler head and bounced 60 yards over the green into a waste area. He made a bogey, losing the lead for the first time since the seventh hole.
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Hee Kyung Seo ran away with the inaugural Kia Classic for her first LPGA Tour title, shooting a 2-under 70 for a six-stroke victory in a final round marked by Michelle Wie's latest rules gaffe.
Seo, who is not a member of the LPGA Tour, received one of the three sponsor's exemptions to get into the tournament. The 23-year-old Seo, an 11-time on the Korean LPGA Tour, can chose to become an LPGA Tour member.
After opening with a 70 at La Costa, Seo took the lead with a second-round 67 and had a 69 on Saturday en route to a 12-under 276 total.
South Koreans swept the top four spots, with Inbee Park (65) finishing second, and Jiyai Shin (70) and Jee Young Lee (70) tying for third at 5 under.
Wie was penalized two strokes for grounding her club in a hazard after hitting out of the water near the 11th green, giving her a double-bogey 7. She was notified of the penalty by LPGA Tour rules official Doug Brecht a few holes later. At the time, she was five strokes behind Seo. Wie ended up with a 72 to tie for fifth at 4 under.