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Mahan Opens Playoffs With Win at Barclays

Zoe Mahan, center, pushes the trophy as her mother Kandi  Mahan, left, grabs her while they pose with Hunter Mahan, husband,  father and winner of The Barclays golf tournament Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Paramus, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Zoe Mahan, center, pushes the trophy as her mother Kandi Mahan, left, grabs her while they pose with Hunter Mahan, husband, father and winner of The Barclays golf tournament Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Paramus, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Paramus, n.j. — Hunter Mahan pulled away with three straight birdies late in the final round Sunday to win The Barclays, ending more than two years without a title on the PGA Tour.

The victory was the sixth of his career, and one of the most important.

Mahan had gone 48 tournaments worldwide without winning and began the FedEx Cup playoffs at No. 62, guaranteed to play only two events. By closing with a 6-under 65 for a two-shot victory, he is assured of making the Tour Championship every year since the FedEx Cup began in 2007.

And by beating one of the strongest fields of the year, Mahan was sure to make a lasting impression on Tom Watson for when he makes his three captain’s picks for the Ryder Cup on Sept. 2.

Woodstock native Keegan Bradley finished with a 72 to finish 13 shots off the pace.

Ryu Conquers Canada

London, Ontario — So Yeon Ryu won the Canadian Women’s Open at London Hunt, breaking the tournament record at 23-under 265.

The 24-year-old Ryu closed with a 3-under 69 for a two-stroke victory over fellow South Korean player Na Yeon Choi.

Ryu earned $337,500 for her third career LPGA Tour title.

Inbee Park completed a South Korean sweep of the first three spots, shooting a 68 to finish at 18 under.

Dunlap Wins Playoff

Snoqualmie, Wash. — Scott Dunlap won the Boeing Classic when he made a short birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff against Mark Brooks.

Dunlap set up his winning putt on the par-5 18th hole with an outstanding approach to the right of the pin that bounced past the hole, and then drew back downhill to within four feet. He missed his eagle try but made his next putt for his first Champions Tour victory.

Brooks, who put himself in jeopardy by landing in a bunker on his drive, just missed a 30-foot putt on his fourth shot.

Tennis

N.C. Champ Crowned

Winston-Salem, n.c. — The Czech Republic’s Lukas Rosol rallied from a set down Saturday to beat Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz 3-6, 7-6 (3), 7-5 to win the Winston-Salem Open title.

The seventh-seeded Rosol won his second career ATP Tour title and his first this year.

Janowicz, playing in just his second career final and first in two years, broke Rosol’s serve twice over a four-game span in winning the first set. But Rosol saved break points three times in the second set to force a tiebreaker and took three mini-breaks from Janowicz to win the set.

Kvitova Returns to Form

New Haven, Conn. — Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-4, 6-2 Saturday to win her second Connecticut Open title in the past three years.

The No. 4 player in the world also won here in 2012 before losing in last year’s final to Simona Halep. She did not drop a set in New Haven this week.

Auto Racing

Dixon Wins at Sonoma

Sonoma, Calif. — Scott Dixon passed Mike Conway with three laps to go at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, earning a dramatic IndyCar victory and muddying the overall championship race.

Series leader Will Power finished ninth after a ferocious last-lap push past Justin Wilson, setting up an intriguing finish to the Indy Car season Saturday at Fontana.

Cycling

Van Garderen Victorious

Denver — American Tejay van Garderen claimed his second straight USA Pro Challenge with a sixth-place in the concluding sunny and warm Boulder to Denver road race seventh stage Sunday.

With temperatures in high 80s, Alex Howes of the United States claimed his first pro win by two inches in the 78-mile finishing stage of the 525-mile event that began Aug. 18 in Aspen, Colorado, finishing in 2 hours, 45 minutes and 20 seconds.

Van Garderen, 26 was victorious over Tom Danielson by 1 minute and 32 seconds. He led the race for the final five days.

Serghei Tvetcov of Romania placed third overall, trailing the winner by 1:45.