IMPROBABLE VICTORY AT THE BRITISH FOR LEFTY WITH A BLISTERING 66 ON SUNDAY
PHIL MICKELSON CELEBRATES HIS 5TH MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP WITH HIS TEAM
(AP) — Phil Mickelson put on a masterful back-nine charge to shoot a tournament-low 5-under 66 and win the British Open. Lefty birdied four of the final six holes on the difficult back nine at the hard, fast Muirfield layout to finish at 3-under par. Mickelson called it the best round of his career....
Mickelson sees his name engraved on the claret jug, adding the British Open championship to his three wins at the Masters and a PGA Championship title......
MICKELSON HUGS HIS CADDIE "BONES" AFTER DRAINING A BIRDIE PUTT ON 18
Lee Westwood was poised to finally win his first major title, with a two-shot lead to start the final round. But the 40-year-old Englishman struggled from the outset and continues to go winless in the big events. He shot 4-over 75 to finish four shots back of Mickelson. That left Westwood tied for third with Masters champ Adam Scott and Ian Poulter at 1-over par.
Sweden's Henrik Stenson's 1-under 70 was good for second place, three shots back of the winner.
GIANTS WIN SERIES BUT DIAMONDBACKS SALVAGE SERIES FINALE
A PERFECT RELAY CUTS DOWN BUSTER POSEY AT THE PLATE IN GIANTS LOSS ON SUNDAY
(AP) — Paul Goldschmidt hit a sacrifice fly and a double against All-Star Madison Bumgarner, Cody Ross added a late two-run single.......... and the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks held off a late rally by the San Francisco Giants for a 3-1 win Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.
The D-backs snapped a three-game losing streak with their first victory of the second half.
Randall Delgado (2-3) won in his first career start at AT&T Park, and Goldschmidt's first-inning sac fly got things going against the inconsistent defending World Series champions. Arizona threw out Buster Posey at the plate in the sixth.
A day after stranding 13 baserunners and going 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position, the D-backs did just enough against Bumgarner in the 10-game winner's first outing after the All-Star break.
Ross singled in the eighth as Arizona won for just the fourth time in 16 road games.
The Giants are now 5.5 games out of first in the NL WEST as they open a four-game series with Cincinnati tonight.
A'S WIN BEHIND ANOTHER GEM FROM BARTOLO COLON
(AP) — Bartolo Colon pitched a four-hitter for his third shutout this season and center fielder Chris Young robbed Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) of a home run to help the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-0 on Sunday.
Eric Sogard hit a two-run homer to back Colon (13-3), who struck out five and walked one. The 40-year-old right-hander, making his first start since returning from his third All-Star game, tied Max Scherzer and Adam Wainwright for the major league lead in wins while reducing his ERA to 2.52. Colon is 10-1 with a 1.46 ERA over his last 12 outings.
The 116-pitch complete game was Colon's 35th in 395 big league starts, and the shutout was the 12th of his career.
Crisp preserved Oakland's ninth shutout of the year when he pulled back Pujols' bid for his 492nd homer leading off the seventh.
STEPH CURRY SHINES ON THE COURSE AT THE AMERICAN CENTURY IN TAHOE
(AP) — Billy Joe Tolliver won the American Century Championship for the fourth time, beating fellow former NFL quarterback Mark Rypien with a par on the third hole of a playoff Sunday.
They finished regulation at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course tied at 67 in the modified Stableford format that awards graduated points for pars or better.
On the par-5 18th hole in the playoff, they had matching pars and birdies on the first two extra holes. Tolliver then took advantage of Rypien's pitch shot into the water, winning with a two-putt par from 25 feet.
Former pitcher Mark Mulder was third with 66 points, and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry tied for fourth with former NFL quarterback Chris Chandler at 64.