Haas hangs on to win
PGA Tour’s Viking Classic
Bill Haas overcame five bogeys in the final round to win the Viking Classic by three strokes Sunday in Madison, Miss.
Haas, who never trailed in the tournament, bogeyed the first hole and had four bogeys on the back nine — including one of the par-5 18th. But he also had five birdies for an even-par 72 to finish at 15-under 273 and earn his second PGA Tour victory of the year.
Michael Allen came as close to being a threat as anyone, tying Haas on No. 12, only to drive out of bounds on the next hole and ending up with a double bogey. He had a 71 and finished at 276. Allen, 51, who turned professional in 1984, has now played in 357 PGA tournaments without a victory.
Also: Gary Hallberg shot a record-setting 11-under 61 to win the Ensure Classic by one stroke over Fred Couples.
Hallberg finished at 18-under 198, tying the event record at the Rock Barn Golf and Spa in Conover, N.C., and winning his first career Champions Tour title. Hallberg bettered the final-round record of 62, set by Bob Tway earlier in the day. Tway’s round surpassed the former mark of 64 set by Doug Tewell in 2004.
Couples (67) had a chance to force a playoff, but he missed an 8-foot birdie putt on No. 18.
Ash’s victory highlights
Bullring NASCAR card
Dustin Ash won his seventh Super Late Models feature race and nearly clinched his second NASCAR All-American Series track championship Saturday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Bullring.
Ash will carry a nearly insurmountable lead into next weekend’s final points race of the season.
The 22-year-old sophomore at the College of Southern Nevada gained 19 points to extend his lead to an unofficial 55 points over reigning champ Scott Gafforini, who finished eighth in the 15-car field.
In other featured races: Phil Goodwin won for the ninth time in Chargers; Justin Irwin was first in Legends Cars; Pete Meyer won Bombers; and Brecken Snow was first in Thunder Cars.
Also: Las Vegans Leo Shavers and Bill Culver won their divisions Saturday night at the NHRA Summit Racing Pacific Division Race of Champions in Sacramento, Calif.
Culver claimed the Pro category, and Shavers won the Motorcycles division. They advance to next month’s national championships for E.T. bracket racers in Pomona, Calif.
Tizway pulled away to a five-length victory over Cool Coal Man in the $250,000 Kelso Handicap at Belmont Park in New York.
Tizway earned his fifth win in 15 starts. The 5-year-old ran the mile in 1 minute, 34.42 seconds and paid $7.50, $3.90 and $5.20. Cool Coal Man returned $5.30 and $6.60, while Jersey Town paid $10.60 to show.
Rigoletta passed heavy favorite Tell a Kelly down the stretch for a half-length victory in the $250,00 Oak Leaf Stakes at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif. Rigoletta covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.03 to earn a spot in next month’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.
UNLV freshman tennis player Lucia Batta kept rolling at the Riviera/ITA Women’s All-American Championships by advancing through prequalifying in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
After winning twice Saturday, Batta beat Southern California’s Kaitlyn Christian 6-3, 6-1 to reach the qualifying draw, which starts Tuesday.
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez capped a stunning week by winning the Thailand Open, beating Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in the final in Nonthaburi, Thailand.
The 53rd-ranked Spaniard rode the momentum of his upset over top-ranked Rafael Nadal in the semifinals.