D.J. Trahan charged from four shots behind with a sparkling 7-under 65 Sunday to overtake the faltering Justin Leonard and win the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in Palm Desert, Calif.
Leonard stumbled after the turn and finished with a 72 that left him three shots back in second. One shot behind heading into the final hole, Leonard hit into the water on 18 at the Classic Club and took a bogey 6.
Trahan birdied the last hole to finish the 90-hole tournament at 26-under 334 for his biggest payday, $918,000, and the right to play in this year’s Masters.
Kenny Perry, the 1995 Hope champion, and
22-year-old Anthony Kim, who played high school golf in nearby La Quinta, shot 69s to tie for third at 338.
The 27-year-old Trahan, who had won just once before on the tour, was steady down the stretch while the 35-year-old Leonard, a former British Open champion who has won 10 times, had his problems.
Funky good time
Fred Funk won the Champions Tour’s season-opening MasterCard Championship in Kaupulehu-Kona, Hawaii, birdieing the final two holes for a 7-under 65 and a two-stroke victory over Allen Doyle.
The 51-year-old Funk, coming off a 10th-place tie last week in the PGA Tour’s Sony Open, finished with a 21-under 195 total for his third Champions Tour victory in 14 starts and his second title in Hawaii in two years. Doyle had a 68.
Funk screamed “Yes!” and raised his club in the air after he chipped in from 20 feet on No. 17. He then holed a 7-foot birdie putt on the 54th hole, after hitting a spectacular shot out of the white-sand bunker from 149 yards.
Jay Haas, seeking a record third straight money title and player of the year award, closed with a 67 to tie for third with Bernhard Langer (65) at 17 under.
Pair wins the Cup
The Philippines’ Jennifer Rosales and Dorothy Delasin won the Women’s World Cup of Golf in Sun City, South Africa, shooting a 7-under 65 in better-ball play for a two-stroke victory over South Korea’s Ji-Yai Shin and Eun-Hee Ji.
Rosales and Delasin had an 18-under 198 total on the Gary Player Country Club course. Shin and Ji closed with a 67. Americans Juli Inkster and Pat Hurst shot a 67 to tied for 10th, 10 strokes back at 8 under.
Kaymer cashes in
Germany’s Martin Kaymer won the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for his first European tour victory, closing with a 2-over 74 for a four-stroke victory over Lee Westwood and Henrik Stenson.
The 23-year-old Kaymer had a 15-under 273 total. Westwood finished with a 70, and Stenson shot a 71.