Beckman earns third career PGA title

Cameron Beckman won the Mayakoba Golf Classic for his third PGA Tour title, closing with a 3-under 67 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory over third-round leader Joe Durant and Brian Stuard.

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — Cameron Beckman won the Mayakoba Golf Classic for his third PGA Tour title, closing with a 3-under 67 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory over third-round leader Joe Durant and Brian Stuard.

The 40-year-old Beckman, three strokes behind Durant at the start of play Sunday, finished at 15-under 269 on the Mayakoba Resort’s El Camaleon course. Beckman also won the 2001 Southern Farm Bureau Classic and 2008 Frys.com Open.

“I started off well. I parred the first and birdied the next two and kind of got going a little bit,” Beckman said. “I was really uncomfortable off the tee today, and I chipped and putted really well. That’s pretty much what got the tournament won for me.”

Durant shot a 72, and Stuard had a 66. Skip Kendall (64), Richard S. Johnson (65), Briny Baird (68), Chad Collins (70) and J.P. Hayes (71) followed at 12 under.

Beckman bogeyed the sixth, got the stroke back with a birdie on the par-5 eighth and added birdies on 13 and 17 before closing with a par.

“There’s something about, you know, I’m cruising along playing, and all of a sudden I know I’m tied for the lead,” Beckman said. “That makes you nervous. Now you know you got a chance to win and you really got to tighten up and concentrate. You know, a lot of things go through your mind. Winning out here is tough. There’s really no easy way do it. I’ve done it a couple different ways now, but it’s a great feeling.”

Miyazato wins Thailand

PATTAYA, Thailand — Japanese star Ai Miyazato rallied to win the season-opening Honda PTT LPGA Thailand on Sunday, nailing a 30-foot birdie chip on the final hole for a 9-under 63 and a one-stroke victory over Norway’s Suzann Pettersen.

Miyazato, six strokes behind Pettersen after the third round, was 6 under in a six-hole stretch midway through the round, then birdied three of the last six holes to match the tournament record of 21 under set by Pettersen in October 2007.

“I didn’t think of winning. I was just focused on my game and tried to do my best in the final round,” Miyazato said. “It was my lucky day as no matter what I did was right. This victory is a good start of the season for me.”

Pettersen finished with a 70 Siam Country Club’s Old Course. She had a chance to force a playoff on the par-5 18th, but missed a 23-foot eagle try.

“There’s nothing I can do when Ai shoots 9 under,” Pettersen said.

The 24-year-old Miyazato earned US$195,000 for her second LPGA Tour title.

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