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Sports Briefs: Final Putt Nets Long a First PGA Tour Win

  • Adam Long watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during the final round of the Desert Classic golf tournament on the Stadium Course at PGA West on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in La Quinta, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Adam Long waves after a birdie on the second hole during the final round of the Desert Classic golf tournament on the Stadium Course at PGA West on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in La Quinta, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Phil Mickelson watches his tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the Desert Classic golf tournament on the Stadium Course at PGA West on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in La Quinta, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Adam Long hits from the fairway on the second hole during the final round of the Desert Classic golf tournament on the Stadium Course at PGA West on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in La Quinta, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Adam Hadwin watches his putt on the fourth hole during the final round of the Desert Classic golf tournament on the Stadium Course at PGA West on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in La Quinta, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Adam Hadwin hits from the fairway on the second hole during the final round of the Desert Classic golf tournament on the Stadium Course at PGA West on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in La Quinta, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

  • Phil Mickelson watches his tee shot on the third hole during the final round of the Desert Classic golf tournament on the Stadium Course at PGA West on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in La Quinta, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)



Sunday, January 20, 2019

La Quinta, Calif. — Adam Long made a 14-foot birdie putt on the final hole on Sunday to win the Desert Classic for his first PGA Tour title.

Long closed with a 7-under 65 on the Stadium Course at PGA West to beat playing partners Phil Mickelson and Adam Hadwin by a stroke.

Mickelson, the leader after each of the first three rounds, fought putting problems in a 69. Hadwin shot 67.

Long set up with the winning put with a 6-iron shot from 175 yards with the ball below his feet in dormant grass on a mound to the right of the fairway. The 31-year-old former Duke player earned his PGA Tour card with a 13th-place finish last year on the Web.com Tour’s regular-season money list.

Long finished at 26-under 262. He opened with a 63 on PGA West’s Nicklaus Tournament Course, shot 71 on Friday at the Stadium layout and had another 63 on Saturday at La Quinta Country Club.

Cold Doesn’t SlowJi at LPGA Tourney

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. — South Korea’s Eun-Hee Ji outlasted the cold and wind to close with a 1-under 70 and win the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions by two shots in the LPGA Tour season opener.

Ji shared the 54-hole lead with Lydia Ko, who fell apart on the back nine at Tranquilo Golf Club at Four Seasons. Ko was one shot behind when she made double bogey on the par-5 13th and wound up shooting 42 on the back nine for a closing 77.

Ji finished at 14-under 270 to win by two over Mirim Lee, who made only one bogey in her round of 68. Nelly Korda (71) finished third.

Stacy Lewis, in her first competition as a mother, shot 70 and tied for sixth.

Colleges

Boise State FieldTo Get New Blue Turf

Boise, Idaho — The blue turf that brought fame to Boise State University’s athletic stadium will be refreshed this year.

Boise State has received permission from Idaho’s Permanent Building Fund Advisory Council, a board charged with approving state public works projects, to spend up to $600,000 to replace the iconic blue turf at Albertsons Stadium, the Idaho Statesman reported.

“It’s needed,” said athletic director Curt Apsey. “We’re not just doing it to do it. It’s near the end of the usual lifespan.”

Artificial turf fields typically last eight to 10 years. Boise State last replaced its field in 2010. Work will begin after spring football practice and finish in time for fall practices.

Tennis

Three Head to Hall

Melbourne, Australia — Li Na is the first player from Asia elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

She joins Mary Pierce and Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the Class of 2019, which was announced on Monday at the Australian Open.

All three players won a pair of Grand Slam singles titles — one at Melbourne Park and the other at Roland Garros.

Li retired in 2014 at age 32 because of recurring knee injuries. She won the 2011 French Open and 2014 Australian Open, making her the first tennis player born in Asia to collect a major singles title and helping grow the sport in her native China.

Kafelnikov won the 1996 French Open and 1999 Australian Open, while Pierce was the champion at the 1995 Australian Open and 2000 French Open.

The induction ceremony is July 20 at the hall in Newport, R.I.