Bradley’s closing 64 passes Furyk at Bridgestone
AKRON, Ohio – Right when it looked as if Keegan Bradley would need birdie to force a playoff, he won the Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday with a par.
Bradley closed with a 6-under 64, and the final stroke was the most important – a 15-foot putt to save par from a plugged lie in the bunker.
Jim Furyk, who led for 71 holes, chopped up the 18th hole and made a double bogey to throw away a chance at his first win since the 2010 Tour Championship. Furyk missed the green from the fairway, barely got over a bunker into thick grass, chipped weakly to 5 feet, and the bogey putt to force a playoff never had a chance.
Along with winning, Bradley all but wrapped up a spot on the Ryder Cup team.
Langer rallies to win 15th Champions Tour event
BLAINE, Minn. – Bernhard Langer rallied to win the 3M Championship for the second time in four years, shooting a 10-under 62 on Sunday to overcome a six-stroke deficit.
The 54-year-old German finished at 18-under 198 at the TPC Twin Cities for his 15th Champions Tour title. He ended a 24-event victory drought, his longest on the 50-and-over tour.
David Peoples, three strokes ahead entering the final round, shot a 70 to finish second – two shots behind. The runner-up finish is his best in 51 starts on the tour.
Kenny Perry and Olin Browne tied for third at 15 under. Perry had a 64, and Browne shot 66.
Reid’s 29-year-old son found dead at training camp
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Garrett Reid, the troubled 29-year-old son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid, was found dead Sunday in a dorm room at the club’s Lehigh University training camp, where he spends most of his summers with his father.
Police said the death was not suspicious, and the cause was under investigation. The coach’s oldest son had a long history of drug problems, once admitting “I liked being a drug dealer” and went to prison for a heroin-fueled car crash.
Reid’s death stunned the Eagles, who gathered for a team prayer before a morning walkthrough.
“This is a very difficult situation for us all,” quarterback Michael Vick said following practice – their first without their head coach in five years.
College football officials work Hall of Fame game
CANTON, Ohio – A crew of college officials worked the Hall of Fame game, filling in for regulars who are locked out in a labor dispute with the NFL.
Craig Ochoa, who has worked Big Ten games, was the referee for the game between the New Orleans Saints and the Arizona Cardinals, won 17-10 by the Saints.
Ochoa has eight years of experience in BCS conferences and 16 years officiating Division III games.The other five officials also worked college games. Some of them also have experience in other professional leagues, such as the Arena League.
Commissioner Roger Goodell said Saturday that the league and the officials’ union had talks last week. The NFL has been training replacement officials in case the sides don’t reach an agreement before the start of the season.
Pit-stop maneuver helps Dixon pass Power for win
LEXINGTON, Ohio – Scott Dixon won this one in the pits.
Dixon took the lead for good by passing Will Power in pit row on the 57th lap and then held on Sunday to capture his fourth IndyCar title in the last six years at Mid-Ohio.
Dixon, who previously won titles on the winding road course in 2007, 2009 and 2011, qualified a disappointing fourth. But he patiently picked off cars until he sped past Power when both pitted just past the midpoint of the 85-lap race.
Power did get a consolation prize despite finishing second: He took over the points lead from Ryan Hunter-Reay, who finished 24th.