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Sergio Garcia holds off Henrik Stenson for his first victory of year

Sergio Garcia beat runner-up Henrik Stenson by four strokes in the Thailand Golf Championship for his first title of the year.


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Golf

Garcia holds off Stenson to win Thailand Golf Championship

Sergio Garcia shot a 4-under-par 68 to beat Henrik Stenson by four strokes and win the Thailand Golf Championship at the Amata Spring Country Club in Chonburi on Sunday.

Spaniard Garcia had a 22-under 266 total for 72 holes and earned $180,000.

Garcia, who is ranked 10th in the world, won for the first time since last December in Malaysia. His girlfriend, Katharina Boehm, was his caddie.

“It was great, an amazing week,” Garcia said.

Stenson, a Swede ranked No. 3 in the world, recently became the first player to win the European Tour’s Race to Dubai and PGA Tour’s FedExCup in the same season.

He closed with a 68.

“It was a good week,” Stenson said. “Especially (because) I’ve had a great year. But coming here really on the fumes left in the tank, not too much going for me to perform this week in that sense. But ... I was hanging in there and I was just coming up a couple short.”

Kuchar, English take Shootout

Matt Kuchar and Harris English ran away with the Franklin Templeton Shootout, firing a 14-under 58 in the final-round scramble to surpass the tournament course record in Naples, Fla.

Kuchar and English finished at 34-under 182, playing their last 28 holes at Tiburon in 25 under. The duo beat Retief Goosen and Fredrik Jacobsen by seven strokes, matching the tournament record for margin of victory set by Curtis Strange and Mark O’Meara in 1989 in the inaugural event.

English, who replaced the injured Brandt Snedeker in the field, and Kuchar each earned $385,000.

Goosen and Jacobsen closed with a 61.

Cinks win Father/Son Challenge

Stewart and Connor Cink won the Father/Son Challenge, making two eagles in their final five holes for a three-stroke victory in the scramble event in Orlando, Fla.

The Cinks combined for an 11-under 61 and a 22-under total for 36 holes.

Steve and Sam Elkington (63) and Vijay and Qass Singh (61) tied for second place.

Connor Cink is a Clemson freshman.

Of the victory, Stewart Cink said, “I think it’s pretty monumental. Connor doesn’t play golf. We’re not talking about a kid who plays in college or has played on various tours. He hasn’t played 30 rounds since he was 14 years old.”

Jack Nicklaus, 73, and son Gary tied for fifth at 16 under.

Skiing

Worley captures giant slalom

World champion Tessa Worley of France won a World Cup giant slalom in St. Moritz, Switzerland, posting the fastest time in both runs.

Her combined time of 2 minutes, 7.62 seconds was 0.37 seconds faster than the runner-up effort of Jessica Lindell-Vikarby of Sweden.

“It’s really a relief,” said Worley, who had a best finish of ninth in the first two GS races this season. “This race was very important because I started the season not at all like I hoped.”

Overall standings leader Lara Gut of Switzerland and American Mikaela Shiffrin were among expected contenders who did not complete the first run.

“I was loving every second of it until I fell,” Shiffrin said.

Veterans fare well in slalom

Mario Matt, a 34-year-old from Austria, won his 14th World Cup slalom race when he prevailed in Val d’Isere, France.

Matt beat 28-year-old Mattias Hargin of Sweden by 0.53 seconds. Italian Patrick Thaler, 35, was third — his first time on the podium in nearly five years.

For the second straight day, high-profile Americans Ted Ligety, who finished the first run in 39th place, and Bode Miller, who went off course, failed to qualify for the second run.

Bobsledding

Driver Holcomb extends streak

Steven Holcomb drove USA-1 to victory in a four-man World Cup event in Lake Placid, N.Y. He is 7 for 7 this season, building big leads already in the two-man, four-man and combined overall points standings.

“If you’d have said I would win seven in a row in my career, ever, I’d have thought you were crazy,” said Holcomb, who drove USA-1 to gold in the four-man competition at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Holcomb’s gold put the finishing touches on an impressive swing through North America for the U.S. bobsled and skeleton teams. His medal was the 11th won by U.S. sliders in Lake Placid. The rest of the world, combined, earned 10.

“These guys are dominating,” said Bremerton’s Bree Schaaf, a longtime U.S. women’s bobsled pilot who worked as a television commentator over the weekend.

Elsewhere

• Wimbledon tennis champion Andy Murray has been voted the BBC’s 60th Sports Personality of the Year, winning the accolade after becoming the first British man to lift the trophy at the All England Club in 77 years.

The 26-year-old Scot ended one of the longest droughts in British sports by beating Novak Djokovic of Serbia in straight sets in July.

• In a rematch of last season’s NHL Western Conference final series, the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks beat visiting Los Angeles 3-1.

The Kings entered with a six-game winning streak.

“We didn’t have the puck very much,” Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter said. “So a lot of the shots were standing at the blue line or sneaking in.

“We weren’t in their zone much, so we weren’t very effective.”

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