It only took him 355 tournaments to win one
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Harrison Frazar won his first PGA Tour title in his 355th tournament, beating Robert Karlsson with a par on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff Sunday at the St. Jude Classic.
Frazar won a month before turning 40 when Karlsson pushed a par-saving putt 3 feet past the hole.
Now the man who was roommates at Texas with Justin Leonard has the biggest paycheck of his career, taking home $1,008,000 after missing a chance to win on the 72nd hole when he made his first bogey of the day. He shot a 3-under 67 to match Karlsson (68) at 13 under.
Frazar became the seventh first-time winner on tour this year and the first to win his first title in Memphis since Dicky Pride in 1994.
LPGA State Farm Classic
SPRINGFIELD — Top-ranked Yani Tseng won what could be the final LPGA State Farm Classic, closing with a 4-under 68 to hand Cristie Kerr her third straight second-place finish.
Tseng, from Taiwan, had a 21-under 267 total on the Panther Creek course for her seventh tour title in four years. She also won the season-opening LPGA Thailand.
Kerr, the 2010 winner, finished three strokes back, shooting a 67.
Paula Creamer and Brittany Lincicome (70) tied for third at 16 under.
Title sponsor State Farm Insurance Companies had declined to renew its commitment after this year and a replacement sponsor has yet to be found, putting the event in danger of folding.
Greater Hickory Classic
CONOVER, N.C. — Mark Wiebe parred the third playoff hole following a weather delay and won the Greater Hickory Classic when James Mason missed a 4-foot par putt.
Wiebe earned his first Champions Tour title since 2008 in a bizarre finish that included a delay following the first extra hole at Rock Barn. Mason, a 60-year-old Monday qualifier, three-putted from 20 feet to end his chances of earning a one-year playing exemption.
Both players birdied the 18th in regulation for 7-under 65s to finish at a tournament-record 19 under. Fred Funk (62) and Chip Beck (66) tied for third, a stroke out of the playoff.
FIANO, Italy — Robert Rock completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Italian Open for his first European Tour title, shooting a 5-under 67 to fend off Thorbjorn Olesen and Gary Boyd. The 34-year-old Englishman finished at 21-under 267 at Royal Park Roveri for a one-stroke victory over Denmark's Olesen (62) and England's Boyd (66).
Rex Hospital Open
RALEIGH, N.C. — Kyle Thompson won the Rex Hospital Open for the second time in five years, birdieing the final hole for a one-stroke victory over Scott Brown, Troy Kelly and Martin Flores.
Thompson closed with a 3-under 68 to finish at 14-under 270 at TPC Wakefield Plantation.
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