It’s a Two-Stroke Win for Lickliter II
Frank Lickliter II withstood the wind, rain, a charge by Chad Campbell and a shot into the water off the 18th tee Sunday for a two-stroke victory in the Chrysler Classic of Tucson.
Lickliter, who began the day with a four-shot lead over Campbell and Steve Flesch, shot a final round three-under-par 69 to finish at 19-under 269. It was the 33-year-old’s second PGA victory and he won $540,000.
Lickliter clinched the win with an amazing five-iron shot to the 18th green that landed four feet from the pin. He made the putt for par and raised his club to the cheering crowd.
Campbell, runner-up for the second time in his two seasons on the PGA Tour, pulled into a tie with Lickliter at 19 under with three holes to play, but bogeyed the 16th and 18th to finish at 17-under 271. He moved into contention with a nine-under 63 on Saturday, then had a final round five-under 67.
Mhairi McKay won the Women’s Australian Open at Sydney for her first professional title, rallying to spoil Laura Davies’ bid for an Australian sweep.
McKay, six strokes behind Davies early in the round, birdied Nos. 13, 14, 15 and 16 en route to a five-under-par 67 and an 11-under 277 total. The former Stanford player, a regular on the LPGA Tour, earned $45,000.
Davies, the ANZ Ladies Masters winner last week at Gold Coast, closed with a 72 to finish a stroke back.