Published: Sat, June 17, 2017
Economy | By Guillermo Lane

Berger wins at St. Jude Classic for second straight year

Berger wins at St. Jude Classic for second straight year

Berger is the fourth back-to-back victor at St. Jude and the first since David Toms did it in 2003 and '04. His 17-foot birdie putt on No. 15 put him ahead for good as he finished at 10-under 270.

Daniel Berger went back-to-back at the St. Jude Classic after triumphing by a stroke.

He shot a bogey-free four-under 66 at TPC Southwind in Tennessee to emerge top of a crowded leaderboard for a one-shot victory over South African Charl Schwartzel (66) and South Korean Kim Meen Whee (67). Amateur Braden Thornberry and former Gator Billy Horschel were among five players two shots back.

Things became even more jumbled once the final round began.

Five-time major champion Phil Mickelson (68) finished three shots adrift after grabbing the lead at one point during the final round. Thornberry, a sophomore at Mississippi who is from nearby Olive Branch, Mississippi, recently won the NCAA individual championship for the school's first golf title.

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The 24-year-old's one-shot victory saw him follow in the footsteps of David Toms, who won the trophy in 2003 and 2004, after the American claimed his maiden PGA Tour title at this tournament last year. Scott McCarron tied for second with Kevin Sutherland, who holed out for eagle on No. 18.

Mickelson was one shot further back in ninth position.

Stubbing a pitch shot on the first hole on a Sunday of a PGA Tour event isn't usually a catalyst for winning the tournament.

CAMBRIDGE, Ontario - Ariya Jutanugarn was seated by the scorer's tent after finishing her final round Sunday, snapping selfies with In Gee Chun and thinking there was little chance they would return to the course for a playoff at the Manulife LPGA Classic.

Thompson started the day with a one-shot lead and led by four at the turn before carding four bogeys on the back nine. She three-putted from 35 feet on the 18th and missed a 4-footer for the win.

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