USA sweeps four-ball, takes 3-point lead at Solheim Cup

Marsha Scott
August 22, 2017

On a hot afternoon when spectators resorted to hand fans in an effort to keep cool, Henrik Stenson was red hot when it counted Sunday.

Stenson put together four birdies with the pressure on to pull away from a crowded leaderboard and win the Wyndham Championship by one stroke at Sedgefield Country Club. "I've always loved playing close to home".

Stenson's victory, which also broke the 72-hole record for the course, was his sixth career PGA Tour title but first since last year's Open Championship.

The 2013 FedEx Cup champion and 2016 British Open victor was at 16-under 194 at Sedgefield with a round left in the PGA Tour's last regular-season event of the season.

Vaughn Taylor (66) and Ollie Schniederjans (63), who birdied three of his last four holes, are tied for fourth at 11 under.

While that finish, in itself, wasn't bad, the result dropped him to 128th on the FedEx Cup standings and out of the playoffs for the first time since 2011 (the top 125 make it).

Flores, who started at No 139, jumped to No 118 and made the playoffs for the first time since 2014 while former major victor Geoff Ogilvy, who was at No 125, finished at 11-under and earned enough points to move to No 116 and secure his spot in the field at Glen Oaks Club.

Just as he did in Saturday's round, where he went on a birdie binge, he attacked the same holes Sunday.

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Stenson said he didn't know the lead was one until he was getting ready to play his second shot out of the edge of the rough on 18. I could have putted better, too.

Ryo Ishikawa carded a 1-over-par 71 in the second round of the Wyndham Championship on Friday, sitting 10 shots behind two co-leaders and making the cut for the first time in four months.

Schniederjans, 24, has rookie status on tour and he is a former No. 1-ranked amateur in the world.

Even if he doesn't get a spot on the PGA Tour next year, the worst-case scenario for Hearn would be exempt status on the Tour.

"I just lost my job", he said.

Stenson, the 2016 British Open champion and FedEx Cup victor in 2013, had eight birdies in his bogey-free round and could have had another one but missed a 6-foot birdie putt on No. 15.

But Stenson matched Schniederjans hole-for-hole - both producing birdies at three of their last four holes. "Landed two paces short there and rolled in just like a putt", said Crane, who used a 7-iron.

Armour came into the weekend 187 on the points list, still a long way off the top 125 who will advance to the post-season. Akron native Harold Varner III tied for 10th with Davis Love III and Richy Werenski. "I don't mind hanging around to see", Haas said.

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