A pair of dramatic playoffs headlined the world of golf Sunday with J.B. Holmes and Brittany Lincicome winning titles.
Holmes fired a 64 in the final to erase a six-shot deficit and chase down overnight leader Jordan Spieth. J.B. (16-under overall) went on to outplay both Spieth and Johnson Wagner in the playoff to capture the Shell Houston Open. Holmes had a pair of runner-up finishes already in 2015 on the PGA Tour.
The win moved him up eight places to No. 12 in the latest Official World Golf Ranking. The Top 10 remained largely unchanged led by Rory McIlroy. Henrik Stenson is second followed by Bubba Watson and then Spieth. Jason Day is 5th while Adam Scott is No. 6 and Dustin Johnson is 7th.
The change of the week saw Jim Furyk and Sergio Garcia swapping positions with Furyk landing at No. 9 and Garcia slipping to 9th. Jimmy Walker, who won two weeks ago in San Antonio, rounded out the Top 10 heading into the Masters this week.
On the LPGA Tour, Lincicome (9-under) survived a three-hole playoff at Mission Hills Country Club to outlast Stacy Lewis to win the ANA Inspiration — the first major title of the season.
As a 80-1 betting long shot, Lincicome eagled the 72nd hole to force the playoff. It marked her second major victory — she won this same event in 2009. It was her first win since a victory in Canada in 2011.
Other Golf news:
- Lewis came up short for the third time this season logging a runner-up finish. She has three putts to win the title on each successive trips down the 18th hole missing all three. In the end, a sand-filled divot on the third playoff hole led to a bogey and another set-back for the former Rolex Ranking World No. 1.
- Russell Henley finished alone in fourth place in Houston, while Cameron Tringale, Brendon de Jonge, Keegan Bradley and Charles Howell II ended up T-5. The effort help CH3 crack the Top 100 at 96th. Tringale moved up to 79th in the world rankings, while de Jonge is now 82nd. Keegan is 33rd moving into Augusta.
- Former ANA Inspiration champion Morgan Pressel finished third at 8-under and a shot outside of the playoff. Carlota Ciganda, Anna Nordqvist and 54-hole leader Sei Young Kim were T-4 at 7-under. Lexi Thompson, Suzann Pettersen and Shanshan Feng logged Top 10s.
- Rolex Ranking No. 1 Lydia Ko struggled to land that first maiden major win shooting 71-73-74-73. She ended up T-51 and had her consecutive streak of sub-par rounds snapped after round one.