McNeill birdies last three to win in Puerto Rico

George McNeill during the 2012 Sony Open.
George McNeill during the 2012 Sony Open. ( Associated Press )

Sunday, March 11, 2012

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico – George McNeill has birdied his last three holes for a 3-under 69 to rally past Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa and win the Puerto Rico Open.

Ishikawa, on the anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that left his homeland in ruins, closed with a 68 on Sunday and had a one-shot lead. McNeill caught him with a birdie on the 16th, took the lead with a birdie on the 17th and added another birdie on the par-5 18th.

It was the second career win for McNeill, who finished on 16-under 272.

Ishikawa had his best career finish on the PGA Tour.

Henrik Stenson (71) and Boo Weekley (66) tied for third, three shots behind.