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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Stewart Cink doesn't care that he turned 50 last month. He'll do anything to play in the U.S. Open, even if that means going 36 holes against some kids who weren't even born when he played his first one 27 years ago.
Cink got a pep talk from his wife Monday to keep patient, and he ran off five birdies over six holes at Brookside Golf & Country Club to become one of 11 players to earn spots out of the Columbus, Ohio, qualifier.
“I just love playing in majors,” said Cink, a former British Open champion. “I'm a one-trick pony, and you can't be a one-trick pony if you can't do your trick. I'll keep trying to qualify forever.”
Cink was among 45 players trying to qualify for the U.S. Open, to be played June 15-18 at Los Angeles Country Club. Roughly 45% of the 156-man field have to qualify.
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TORONTO - Ryan Gerard, Vincent Norrman and Ryan Armour earned the three spots up for grabs at a U-S Open qualifying tournament at Lambton Golf & Country Club in Toronto on Monday.
Gerard, of Stuart, Fla., topped the 27-player field with a two-round total of 129, 11-under par. Norrman, from Sweden, was three strokes back, while Armour, from Silver Lake, Ohio, finished at 7-under.
Etienne Papineau of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, was the top Canadian at 4-under through 36 holes, three shots behind Armour.
Michael Block, a club pro who made headlines when he tied for 15th at the P-G-A Championship, missed a spot when he finished at 5-under.
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Stephen Ames of Calgary birdied the 17th hole and closed with a 5-under 67 on Sunday for a one-shot victory over Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly in the Principal Charity Classic, giving Ames his third PGA Tour Champions title this year.
Ames, Stricker and Tim Herron shared the 36-hole lead. Herron fell back with a 72. Stricker, coming off his second straight major title this year at the Senior PGA Championship, played bogey-free for a 68. He just couldn’t keep up with Ames.
“It was a battle today, there’s no doubt about that,” Ames said. “Steve, obviously the way he’s played this year already tells you it was going to be a good battle, and the fact that I ended up on top is more fulfilling than anything else right now.”
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The product of Digby, N.S., finished at 19 under to win the Inter Rapidisimo Golf Championship by a stroke on Sunday.
American Austin Hitt finished second at 18 under.
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HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Tom McKibbin held off a German challenge to win the European Open in his debut season on the European tour on Sunday.
The 20-year-old from Northern Ireland started the final round as one of six players tied for the lead at 6 under par and went on to win his first title on the tour by two shots on 9 under overall.
He finished his round of 3-under 70 with birdie on the par-five 18th after missing an eagle putt.
“Pretty amazing, it was a great day,” McKibbin said. “It probably won't sink in until tomorrow.”
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HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Jordan Smith and Alexander Björk were among golfers in a six-way tie for the lead heading toward the final round of the European Open.
Smith, the champion in 2017, recorded a 1-under 72 to move to 6 under for the tournament on Saturday along with Björk (69), Tom McKibbin (72), David Law (72), John Axelsen (69), and Julien Guerrier (67).
Smith started the day a shot off the lead but bogeyed the first hole at Green Eagle and was 2 over for the day at one stage before birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th holes.
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Kieffer, tied for the lead after the first round, carded a 2-under 71 to stay a shot in front of Tom McKibbin (69), David Law (66) and 2017 European Open winner Jordan Smith (71), all at 5 under.
“The first nine holes I played really well," Kieffer said. "I had birdie chance on every hole.”
After starting on the 10th hole, Kieffer was 8 under at the turn and held it until the eighth, when he double-bogeyed after hitting his tee shot into the water.
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HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Maximilian Kieffer delighted home fans at the European Open with a 4-under 69 for a share of the lead after the first round.
The 32-year-old Kieffer, bidding to be the first German winner on home soil for 15 years, carded five birdies and an eagle – offset by three bogeys – to share a one-stroke lead with Simon Forsström on Thursday.
“It’s been a great day. On the front nine I holed two very long putts and one chip in from off the green which really got the round going,” Kieffer said.
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