Monday, May 1

LPGA Playoff Winner Haru Nomura: 'I Want to Have a Steak'



IT WAS A TOURNAMENT WEEK of playoffs, two of which finished on Monday.

At the revamped Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the first two-man team event on the PGA Tour since Ronald Reagan was president, Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt beat Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown on the fourth playoff hole.

Meanwhile, on the LPGA Tour, veteran Cristie Kerr and Haru Nomura slogged through six extra holes at the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout. That is, the pair played the 18th hole six times before Nomura finally prevailed. According to many observers, it was an onerous playoff mainly because of Kerr's slow play.

Asked how she would celebrate her third victory, Nomura said, "... I'm here in Texas; I want to have a steak."

On the European Tour, Alexander Levy won the Volvo China Open in a one-hole playoff with Dylan Fritttelli. Levy made up seven shots in the final round, firing a 67 to Frittelli's 74.

"At the start of the round I was thinking maybe top three would be a good result," Levy said, "but when I was on the 15th green and saw I was just one shot behind… that's when I began to believe I could win the tournament."

Levy, 26, has four European Tour titles. His first one was the 2014 Volvo China Open.

"I enjoy playing in China," he said.

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