golf notebook Around the links
NATIONWIDE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL INVITATIONAL
Ben Kohles won the Web.com Tour’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational in his first professional start, beating Luke Guthrie with a birdie on the first hole of a playoff. Kohles closed with a 1-under 70 to match Guthrie at 12-under 272 on Ohio State’s Scarlet Course. Guthrie birdied three of the final five holes in regulation for a 66. One of 12 college All-Americans invited to the event, Kohles turned pro after finishing his amateur career last week in the Porter Cup. The 22-year-old former University of Virginia player earned $144,000.
South Korea’s Inbee Park won the Evian Masters, closing with a 6-under 66 for a two-stroke victory over third-round leader Stacy Lewis and Karrie Webb. Park, also the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open winner, had a 17-under 271 total. Webb shot a 68, and Lewis finished with a 68. China’s Shanshan Feng eagled the 18th for a 66 to tie for fourth at 14 under with 17-year-old South Korean amateur Hyo Joo Kim (68) and Natalie Gulbis (68).
SENIOR BRITISH OPEN
Fred Couples won the Senior British Open, birdieing the final two holes for a two-stroke victory over Gary Hallberg on Turnberry’s Ailsa Course. Couples, making his first start in the event, closed with a 3-under 67 for a 9-under 271 total. Hallberg finished with a 66. The 52-year-old Couples won the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in March and has eight Champions Tour titles. He won 15 times on the PGA Tour, including the 1992 Masters.