Garcia lifts first PGA Tour title

WASHINGTON - Spanish star Sergio Garcia secured his first PGA Tour win since 2012 on Sunday after holding his nerve in a playoff to win the Byron Nelson Championship in Texas. The world number 15 edged out Brooks Koepka on the first hole of a playoff at the TPC Four Seasons in Irving to claim the ninth US PGA win of his career. The 36-year-old’s ninth victory saw him draw level with late great Seve Ballesteros for the most wins on the PGA Tour by a Spanish player. “It’s awesome to be up there with Seve, it means so much,” said Garcia, who said his gutsy round had been in the spirit of his revered countryman, who died in 2011. “I won it a little bit ‘a la Seve’ today,” Garcia smiled. The win puts Garcia firmly on track to make the European team for this year’s Ryder Cup.–AFP


Alaphilippe wins Tour of California

SAN FRANCISCO - Britain’s Mark Cavendish outsprinted Peter Sagan at the finish Sunday to win the final stage of the Tour of California for the third consecutive year while France’s Julian Alaphilippe captured the overall crown. Cavendish, who rides for South African squad Dimension Data, joined Slovakia’s Sagan (Tinkoff) in zipping past Norwegian seventh-stage winner Alexander Kristoff of Katusha in the final 100m. Cavendish won the 85.7-mile final stage in the California state capital of Sacramento in 3hrs, 1min, 12secs, with Sagan second and Kristoff third. Kristoff had edged Sagan for the penultimate stage Saturday. Alaphilippe, of Etixx-Quick Step, finished 11th in the stage on the same time to complete the general classification triumph in the US cycling showpiece.–AFP



ISB U-17 football team camp in progress

ISLAMABAD – Islamabad U-17 football team training camp for the upcoming Inter-Provincial U-17 Football Championship is in full swing at Karachi Company Soccer ground under the watchful eyes of highly-qualified coach Haji Abdul Sattar. Islamabad Football Association (IFA) secretary Syed Sharafat Hussain Bokhari told The Nation on Monday and said: “As many as 35 players were invited for the one-week camp, which would conclude on May 25. The 16-member Islamabad team would be announced for the Inter-Provincial U-17 Football Championship, which would commence in Gilgit form May 27.” He said Islamabad team would depart for Gilgit on May 26. “A total of 8 teams including Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, KP, Islamabad, Fata, AJK and Gilgit/Baltistan will feature in the championship,” Bokhari concluded.–Staff Reporter



Jutanugarn wins back-to-back LPGA titles

WASHINGTON: Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn held off Australia’s Su Oh on the back nine Sunday to win the LPGA Kingsmill Championship by one stroke and capture her second title in a row. The 20-year-old from Bangkok became the first Thai player to win an LPGA title two weeks ago at the LPGA Classic in Alabama and made it back-to-back triumphs by shooting a four-under par 67 to finish 72 holes on 14-under 270. Ariya said she found winning easier the second time around. “A lot easier. I didn’t get nervous,” she said. “I didn’t get excited until the last putt.” Ariya said she hopes her triumphs spark more Thai golfers and inspire others from her homeland to seek LPGA success. “Right now we have a lot of players starting to play golf, a lot of juniors, and if I can inspire somebody, it’s really great,” she said. “I hope a lot of players come to the LPGA.”  Oh, a South-Korean born Aussie playing on the eve of her 20th birthday, fired a 65 to finish second, with South Korea’s Kim Sei-Young and American Gerina Piller sharing third on 272 after each shot 66 in the final round at Williamsburg, Virginia. Oh’s only win came in February last year in only her second pro event when she captured the Ladies Masters in Australia. Piller had been seeking her first LPGA crown while Kim won three tour titles last year and this year’s Founders Cup in March.–afp