The 2013 U.S. Open champion turned the last day into a procession, rolling in six birdies and going bogey-free on a windless Royal Aberdeen links course that was there for the taking on a day of low scoring.
Unheralded Swede Kristoffer Broberg finished second at 14 under after a 66. That qualified him for a place at the British Open at Hoylake, along with other top-10 finishers Tyrrell Hatton and Scott Jamieson.
Birdies spark Harman: Brian Harman used three straight birdies down the stretch to hold off Zach Johnson by one stroke and win the John Deere Classic at Silvis, Ill., for his first PGA Tour title.
Harman had a 5-under 66 in the final round for a 22-under-262 total. The 27-year-old Georgian in his third full season on the PGA Tour earned $846,000 and the last exemption for next week’s British Open.
Monty wins: Colin Montgomerie won a three-hole playoff against Gene Sauers to win the U.S. Senior Open title Sunday at Oak Tree National at Edmond, Okla.
Both entered the playoff at 5 under. Montgomerie entered the third extra hole with a one-shot lead, then made a putt on No. 18 to par the hole and claim the win.
Clutch shot lifts Marin: Mo Martin hit the best shot of her life, and it made her a major champion in the Women’s British Open at Southport, England. From the middle of the fairway on the par-5 18th hole at Royal Birkdale, Martin ripped a 3-wood that she first thought was too short, and then worried might be too long. It turned out to be close to perfect. The ball hit the middle of the pin and settled 6 feet away for an eagle.
An hour later, that turned out to be the winning shot for the 31-year-old American when Inbee Park and Shanshan Feng could not stay under par.