Chez Reavie won the Web.com Tour Finals’ Small Business Connection Championship by a stroke to regain his PGA Tour card.
Reavie, the 2008 Canadian Open winner, made a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th for a 6-under 66 and 15-under 273 total at River Run. The 33-year-old former Arizona State player earned $180,000 to push his series total to $203,000 and lock up a PGA Tour card. He tied for 10th last week in Indiana in the finals opener after finishing 166th in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings.
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Jamie Lovemark (67), Steve Marino (68) and Emiliano Grillo (72) tied for second.
The tournament was the second in the four-event series that features the top 75 players from the Web.com Tour money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings and non-members such as Grillo who earned enough money to have placed in the top 200 had they been eligible to receive points.
The top 25 players on Web.com regular-season money list — Lovemark was 12th, and Marino 19th — earned PGA Tour cards. They are competing against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting. The other players are fighting for another 25 cards based on series earnings. Lovemark jumped to No. 5 on the combined money list, and Marino moved to No. 8.
MONZA, Italy — Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg won the Italian Open for his first European Tour title, beating Germany’s Martin Kaymer with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff.
Karlberg closed with a 5-under 67 to match Kaymer (70) and 19-under 269 at Golf Club Milano.
American David Lipsky (68) was a stroke back along with Swedes Joakim Lagergren (63 and Jens Fahrbring (71), Englishmen Matthew Fitzpatrick (65) and Danny Willett (66), Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard (69) and Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti (69).
GARDEN CITY CHARITY CLASSIC
GARDEN CITY, Kan. — Vicky Hurst locked up an LPGA Tour card for next season, winning the Garden City Charity Classic for her second Symetra Tour title of the year.
The 25-year-old Hurst closed with an even-par 72 for a two-stroke victory. She finished at 8-under 208 at Buffalo Dunes and earned $15,000 to jump from 14th to fourth on the money list with $57,058, more than enough to wrap a spot in the final top 10 for an LPGA Tour card.
Hurst also won the W.B. Mason Championship last month in Massachusetts, and has six career victories on the tour — the first four in 2008. Last year, she finished 162nd on the LPGA Tour money list.
Jersey’s Olivia Jordan-Higgins was second after a 68. Israel’s Laetitia Beck followed at 5 under after a 66.
SAN MARTIN, Calif. — Ireland’s Niall Kearney beat Alan Morin 1 up to give Great Britain and Ireland its first PGA Cup victory on U.S. soil, a 13 1/2-12 1/2 decision at CordeValle
Great Britain and Ireland cut the Americans’ series lead to 17-6-4 in the event for club professionals.
Kearney got up-and-down for par from behind the 18th green to halve the hole, win the match and give GB&I the Llandudno Trophy. Facing a false front and water beyond the hole, Kearney hit a chip that cleared a deep bunker and rolled within 7 feet.
Morin, a PGA assistant professional at The Falls Country Club in Lake Worth, Florida, missed a 45-foot birdie try before Kearney holed his par putt.
David Dixon, Graham Fox, Jason Levermore and Jamie Broce also won matches for GB&I, and Lee Clarke halved with Sean Dougherty. Michael Block, Omar Uresti, Matt Dobyns and Bob Sowards won for the Americans.