Xander Schauffele wins Scottish Open in British Open warm-up

NORTH BERWICK, Scotland — Xander Schauffele continues to make up for lost time.

Without a win for more than two years, Schauffele notched up his fourth victory in the last 12 months on Sunday when he overcame a bad pass midway through his inning with two key birdies and a par save for an even 70 to claim the Scottish Open. .

Then comes another test on Scottish soil, this one the purest of all, the British Open at St. Andrews. Schauele is heading to the homeland of golf among the hottest players in the world.

It was the first time the PGA Tour co-endorsed a European tour event.

Schauele has career titles on the PGA Tour. His par-8 save on the par-3 17th at the Renaissance Club gave him a two-stroke lead, and the 28-year-old San Diego played it smart from there. He pulled the iron off the 18th tee to avoid trouble and missed an 8-foot try.

Schauffele finished 7-under 273, one stroke ahead of Kurt Kitayama (66).

Kitayama’s consolation was earning three places on the court at the British Open, his third consecutive appearance at golf’s oldest championship. The other two spots went to Brandon Wu and Jamie Donaldson, tied for sixth.

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. — Trey Mullinax won the rain-delayed Barbasol Championship for his first PGA Tour title, hitting a 15-foot putt from the edge of the 18th green to beat Kevin Streelman with one stroke.

Mullinax, 30, followed up the breakthrough putt with a fist pump and a celebratory shout. He played 33 holes Sunday at Keene Trace, facing a 5-under 67 in the delayed third round and calling with a 66 to finish at 25-under 263.

Streelman’s hope of forcing the playoffs ended when his 9-foot birdie putt rolled right. He settled for a par and a 67.

Mullinax secured the final British Open berth at St. Andrews, with that tournament starting on Thursday. The former Alabama player also earns berths in the 2023 PGA Championship and Sentry Tournament of Champions.

AKRON, Ohio — Jerry Kelly won the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship for the second time in three years, escaping with two late birdies to beat defending champion Steve Stricker by two strokes.

Kelly closed with a 2-under 68, taking the lead with a 15-foot birdie putt from the bangs on the par-5 16 and running in a 10-footer on the par-4 17. He finished at 11-under 269 on the Firestone South Course.

Kelly also won at Firestone in August 2020 and finished second last year. The 55-year-old Madison, Wis. player has 10 PGA Tour Champions wins, also winning the Principal Charity Classic last month in Iowa. He has won the PGA Tour three times.

Stricker, 55, also of Madison, tied Kelly with a 68. Sticker missed a chance for his second major victory of the season after winning the Regions Tradition in May in Alabama.

Lucy Li won the Twin Bridges Championship at Pinehaven in Albany, New York for her second win of the season at the Eoson Tour. Li, 19, led wire to wire, closing with a 2-under 69 for a total of 10-under 203. Li, the youngest player to qualify for a US Women’s Open at age 11, tops the list of Tour money with $107,241 – more than enough to secure a spot on the LPGA Tour for next season. Linnea Storm finished second, four strokes behind. … Carlota Ciganda took a wire-to-wire victory at the Estrella Damm Ladies Open at Terramar in Sitges, Spain for her sixth Ladies European Tour title. Also a 2019 winner, the Spanish player closed with a 2 under 70 to finish at 18 under. Scotland’s Laura Beveridge (66) was two shots behind. … Song Ga-eun won the Korean LPGA Daebo Ladies Open in Seowon Valley. She shot 62-68-68, finishing at 18 under for a three-stroke win over Oh Ji-hyun. … Yuna Nishimura finished with a 2-under 70 for a one-stroke win over Mao Nozawa at the LPGA’s Nipponham Ladies Classic in Japan. Nishimura finished 18-under 270 at Katsura. … England’s Nathan Kimsey won the Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge in France for his first European Challenge Tour title, beating France’s Robin Sciot-Siegrist with a birdie on the fourth hole of a playoff. Kimset closed with a 1 under 71 to tie Sciot-Siegrist (70) at 14 under 274. … James Kingston won the Swiss Seniors Open at Golf Club Bad Ragaz for his second Legends Tour title. The South African shot a 2-under 68 for a three-stroke win over Phillip Price and David Shacklady. Kinston finished 11-under 199.

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