100-to-1 long shots win on PGA Tour, European Tour

Co-leading the tournament in the final round, Phil Mickelson made a triple-bogey on the back nine to fall out of the lead and eventually finish tied for second place at the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in Dubai.

Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal ended up 15-under and shot clear of Mickelson and Rory McIlroy. Larrazabal, 103rd in the Official World Golf Ranking heading into the week, was a 100-to-1 long shot at to beat the field, which included four Top 10 players.

Larrazabal was not the only 100-1 long shot to pull out a big victory Sunday in professional golf.

Patrick Reed (28-under) collected his second career PGA Tour victory – and second in as many seasons – capturing the Humana Challenge.

Reed, who opened with three 63s to start the week, surrounded four bogeys with several birdies eventually shooting 71. He played the last six holes at 1-under to win two shots.

Ryan Palmer, who finished T-6 at the Humana last year, was runner-up to Reed at PGA West Palmer Private thanks in part to an eagle at the 72nd hole. Zach Johnson was T-3 alongside Justin Leonard.

Johnson shot 10-under-62 including a back-nine 30. Bill Haas was T-6, while Stuart Appleby and Charley Hoffman logged Top 10 efforts.

Other Golf News:

  • Bernhard Langer (22-under) shot a final-round 64 to win the Champions Tour 2014 debut in Hawaii at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship. Fred Couples and Jeff Sluman were T-2.
  • Palmer ended up first in Total Putts Made Distance and first in Strokes Gained Putting in the California desert.
  • Langer, who won the Charles Schwab Cup Money Title a year ago on the Champions Tour, was a 6-1 betting favorite to win the Hawaiian opener.
  • Reed was 35th on the PGA Tour Money List a season ago.