Allred ties for 22nd, lands invite to Memorial
RALEIGH, N.C. — Jason Allred played on Sunday in one tournament, then later found out he received a sponsor's invitation to play in next week's Memorial Tournament on the PGA Tour.
The Ashland native shot even par in the final round of the Web.com Rex Hospital Open and tied for 22nd place. He earned $5,690.
Allred began the round tied for ninth and birdied the third and fourth holes to stay in the top 10. But bogeys at Nos. 9 and 15 on an otherwise clean card dropped him back.
He wasn't down for long.
The Memorial is Jack Nicklaus' event at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, and it's by invitation only. The field, made up of many of the game's top players, is 120.
Byron Smith won the Rex Hospital for his first Web.com title, closing with a 5-under 66 for a four-stroke victory
The 33-year-old Smith finished at 16-under 268 at TPC Wakefield Plantation and earned $112,500 to jump from 66th to 10th on the money list with $139,061.
"This means everything. It's a long time coming," said the 33-year-old Smith, who was on the Pepperdine golf team for two years but never played in a tournament during days as a philosophy major. Allred played there as well. "They say golf is a game of mostly failures and I've had plenty of that. This is what makes it all worth it. It's amazing. It's the biggest moment in my golf career up to this point by far."
Smith bogeyed the par-4 18th after birdieing Nos. 11, 12, 14 and 15 and parring Nos. 16-17. He shot a 63 on Saturday for a share of the third-round lead with Hunter Haas and Harold Varner III.
At Fort Worth, Texas, Adam Scott made a 7-foot birdie putt on the third hole of a playoff to end his first week as the world's No. 1 player with a victory.
Jason Dufner, who made a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 18 in regulation, slid a 40-footer past when he and Scott played the 18th hole for the second time during the playoff. Scott then made the 7-footer for his 11th PGA Tour victory.
The major champions parred No. 18 to start the playoff, then matched birdies at the 17th hole. Dufner, who won the PGA Championship last year, hit his approach pin high on 17 to 41/2; feet, but 2013 Masters champ Scott drained a 14-foot birdie before Dufner putted.
Dufner and Scott both shot 4-under 66 to finish at 9 under, the highest winning score at Colonial since 1999.
Scott replaced the injured Tiger Woods at the top of the ranking last Monday and will stay No. 1. Scott had to be in the top 13 at Colonial after Henrik Stenson finished in a five-way tie for seventh place in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
The win at Hogan's Alley, which comes with $1,152,000 and a plaid jacket, made Scott the first player to win all four PGA Tour events in Texas. He is the 15th to win both the Byron Nelson Championship (2008) and the Colonial in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
BMW PGA Championship
At Virginia Water, England, Rory McIlroy overcame a seven-stroke deficit with a 6-under 66 for his first victory of the year.
McIlroy had only one win — in the Australian Open in December — in 18 months. He finished at 14-under 274 at Wentworth for a one-stroke victory over Ireland's Shane Lowry (68). England's Luke Donald (70) and Denmark's Thomas Bjorn (75) tied for third at 12 under. Bjorn took a five-stroke lead into the round.
Senior PGA Championship
At Benton Harbor, Mich., Colin Montgomerie finished with a 6-under 65 for a four-stroke victory over 64-year-old Tom Watson.
It marked Montgomerie's first victory as senior, his first win in seven years and his first in an official event in the United States. He also claimed a senior major in his fifth attempt, something he didn't accomplish in 71 majors in his regular tour days.
Airbus LPGA Classic
At Mobile, Ala., Jessica Korda earned her second victory of the year, birdieing four of the last five holes to break out of a tight pack.
Korda made a breaking, 15-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke victory over Anna Nordqvist. Also the winner in the season-opening event in the Bahamas, Korda played the back nine in 6-under 30 to finish at 20-under 268 on The Crossings course.