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Fred Couples wins Toshiba Classic

Seattle native Fred Couples won the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, Calif., for his 10th title on the 50-and-older Champions Tour.

The Associated Press

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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.– Seattle native Fred Couples won the Toshiba Classic on Sunday for his 10th title on the 50-and-older Champions Tour.

Couples, 54, birdied the final two holes and closed with a 5-under-par 66 for a one-stroke victory. He had a 54-hole total of 15-under 198 at Newport Beach Country Club and earned $262,500.

Couples, who also won the event in 2010, made a 4-foot birdie putt on the par-3 17th and holed another 4-footer on the par-5 18th.

“I worked pretty hard, but I drove it all over the lot,” he said. “I made some putts and when you do, you have a chance.”

Couples had to scramble on the final hole to take the outright lead. After hitting his approach over the green, he hit a flop shot to set up the birdie putt.

“I hit a 6-iron and it was way too much club,” he recalled. “To get up-and-down from there for me was kind of miraculous.”

Colin Montgomerie (62), Steve Pate (66) and Bernhard Langer (70) tied for second. Langer had a chance to force a playoff, but missed a 20-foot birdie attempt.

“I was a little salty out there at times,” Couples said. “I assumed someone would get to 16 under. I’m just happy I made some birdies.”

Kirk Triplett (68), a Pullman High graduate, tied for 10th place at 12 under.

Senden triumphs

PALM HARBOR, Fla. – John Senden ended more than seven years without a victory on the PGA Tour by making two late birdies, including a chip-in from 70 feet on the toughest hole at Innisbrook, for a one-shot victory at the Valspar Championship.

Senden, two shots behind going into the final round, closed with a 1-under 70 for his first title since the 2006 John Deere Classic. The victory sends the 42-year-old Australian to the Masters at Augusta National in Georgia next month. Senden finished at 7-under 277 and earned $1.026 million.

Kevin Na (72) had a long birdie putt on the final hole that would have forced a playoff, but it didn’t come close.

Michael Putnam (74), who is from University Place, tied for 54th at 5 over.

Other tournament

Jon Curran completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Tour’s Brazil Champions, closing with a 2-under 69 to beat Alex Cejka (69) by four strokes in Sao Paulo.

Curran, 27, finished at 25-under 259 and earned $144,000 for his first Tour title in his fourth start.

Andrew Putnam (66) of University Place tied for ninth at 15 under.

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