News for Sunday, March 24, 2013

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5 Things: Recari outlasts Kim in Kia Classic playoff

It took two extra holes on Sunday evening at the Kia Classic, but Beatriz Recari earned her second career LPGA victory with a birdie on her third trip down Aviara Golf Club’s par-4 18th hole.

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5 Things: Loar wins Web.com event to take money lead

Ed Loar has bounced back well from his heartbreak at last year’s Q-School. The lefty from Oklahoma State won the Louisiana Open on Sunday and has taken over the No. 1 position on the Web.com Tour’s money list.

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PHOTOS: Weather wreaks havoc at Arnold Palmer Invitational

Check out Tracy Wilcox's incredible photos from Sunday's wicked weather at Bay Hill.

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A woman's touch: Johnson brings new perspective to USGA

Sheila Johnson, former co-founder of BET, now is a USGA Executive Committee member. She represents a potential catalyst who has the wherewithal to ignite interest among golf's most underrepresented constituents.

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Va. Tech wins Furman Intercollegiate by 19 shots

Virginia Tech used an 11-under 277 to distance itself from North Florida for a 19-shot victory at the Furman Intercollegiate at the par-72 Furman University Golf Course.

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Razorbacks break winless streak at LSU Classic

Arkansas won its first event since 2011 on Sunday with a 10-shot victory at the LSU Golf Classic.

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Q&A: Steven Fox, Masters qualifier

Chattanooga's Steven Fox, the U.S. Amateur champion, made his second PGA Tour start of the year at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He'll play in the Masters next month.

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Tavistock Cup adjusts schedule due to Bay Hill finish

The Tavistock Cup will become a one-day, 18-hole singles stroke-play format on Tuesday. Play will occur on Monday, but no results will count toward the Cup.

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With gusts up to 86 mph, play suspended at Bay Hill

Officials called play at the Arnold Palmer Invitaional for the day after a tornado watch went into effect for Orange County, bringing huge gusts of wind and torrential downpours. Play will continue at 10 a.m. Monday.

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Whitsett, 'Bama maintain good vibe at Great Waters

Cory Whitsett and his Alabama teammates claimed Linger Longer victory on a familiar Great Waters track.

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Tracker: Play suspended; Tiger leads by 3 at Bay Hill

After tornado-like storms passed through Bay Hill on Sunday, play has been canceled for the day and players will return to their positions on the course at 10 a.m. EDT on Monday. Tiger Woods leads by three. See how it all unfolded.

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Watson fires 67 in last Tour round before Masters

Bubba Watson tied his career-best round at Bay Hill with a 5-under 67, finishing just before the leaders teed off and the wind machine started on Sunday.

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Tait: Success at Merion could pave path for Royal Porthcawl

Lovers of classic links like Royal Porthcawl should watch this year’s U.S. Open at Merion with interest. A successful staging at Merion should provide food for thought for those who would love to see Royal Porthcawl one day host the Open Championship.

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Aphibarnrat wins shortened Malaysian Open

Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat shot a 2-under 70 on Sunday to beat Eduardo Molinari by a stroke and win a Malaysian Open shortened to 54 holes after constant rain interruptions.

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Langdale wins rain-shortened Azalea Invitational

The Azalea Amateur was shortened to 36 holes on Sunday, and Austin Langdale of Townville, S.C., was declared the winner.

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New Mexico's Green finishes 22nd in Malaysia

New Mexico sophomore Gavin Green finished 22nd in the Malaysian Open on Sunday, his second consecutive top-25 in an event on a major pro tour. The Malaysian Open was co-sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.

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Beatriz Recari leads Kia Classic; Creamer three back

Beatriz Recari drove the green on the 285-yard 16th hole to set up a 4-foot eagle putt and finished with a 3-under 69 on Saturday for a two-stroke lead in the Kia Classic.