Playoff at RSM whittled to four

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Mackenzie Hughes tracks a shot Sunday at the RSM Classic in St. Simons Island, Ga.

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. — The largest PGA Tour playoff of the year at the RSM Classic didn’t finish before darkness Sunday, and it won’t include Billy Horschel when it resumes.

Horschel, the highest-ranked player in the five-man playoff at Sea Island, burned the edge of the cup with his birdie putt at No. 18 on the first playoff hole. Stepping over a routine tap-in from 2 feet, he blocked it to the right and was eliminated.

Mackenzie Hughes, the Canadian trying to become the first rookie to go wire-to-wire in 20 years, had a 10-foot birdie putt on No. 18 on the second extra hole and it turned away to the left. It already was plenty dark, and there was no chance to play another hole.

Hughes, Blayne Barber, Camilo Villegas and Henrik Norlander were to return at 8 a.m. today to finish the final PGA Tour event of the year.

CME Group Tour Championship

NAPLES, Fla. — Ariya Jutanugarn was unable to accept the CME Globe trophy when it was first being presented to her, needing both hands to hold a big plastic cube stuffed with $1 million in cash.

That’s a great way to end a season.

Jutanugarn’s breakout year ended with a haul of prizes Sunday at the CME Group Tour Championship — the LPGA Tour’s player of the year award, the money title and the season-long Race to CME Globe points competition that comes with a $1 million bonus.

A winner of five tournaments in a year that started slowly with a major meltdown in the California desert and turned around with her winning three consecutive starts in May, Jutanugarn held off Lydia Ko for all three of those trophies.

World Tour Championship

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Henrik Stenson won the Race to Dubai title for the second time in four years, and Matthew Fitzpatrick won the World Tour Championship.

Stenson shot 7-under 65 on Jumeirah’s Earth Course to stay ahead of his rivals in the year-long race. The Swede earned a bonus of $1.25 million as the European Tour’s top player.

The 40-year-old Stenson, who also won the Race to Dubai in 2013, tied for ninth at 12-under 276 — in a group that included Rory McIlroy (65).

Australian Open

SYDNEY — Jordan Spieth made a 10-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat local hopes Cameron Smith and Ashley Hall for his second Australian Open title.

Spieth had to sink another clutch par putt on the 18th hole at Royal Sydney to join Smith and Hall at 12-under 276.


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