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The Journal Gazette

Monday, September 30, 2019 1:00 am

Briefs

South Korean cruises to Indy LPGA victory

Staff, news services

INDIANAPOLIS – Mi Jung Hur wanted to go wire-to-wire on the LPGA Tour for the first time, and she had the perfect formula Sunday at the Indy Women in Tech Championship.

She didn't make any mistakes at Brickyard Crossing.

No one came close.

Hur closed with a 4-under 68 for a four-shot victory, her second LPGA Tour title of the year.

“After the third round, I was talking about that wire-to-wire because I never had that before in my life and I really wanted to do it,” Hur said on the 18th green after getting soaked by in a celebration. “And I did it. I'm so happy.”

The 29-year-old South Korean became the sixth multiple winner on the LPGA Tour this season. Jin Young Ko, a double major winner this year, has four victories. No one else has more than two.

Nanna Koerstz Madsen birdied her last two holes for a 67 to finish alone in second. Koerstz Madsen moved from No. 70 to No. 44 in the Race to the CME Globe.

The LPGA Tour has four events remaining – all of them in Asia – before the top 60 qualify for the season-ending CME Globe Tour Championship in Florida.

AUTO RACING

Hamilton wins Russian GP

In Sochi, Russia, Lewis Hamilton coasted to a comfortable victory and led a Mercedes one-two finish at the Russian Grand Prix to tighten his grip on a sixth World Championship. Valtteri Bottas followed teammate Hamilton home at the Sochi Autodrome. Hamilton now leads Bottas in the championship by 73 points with just 130 remaining.

Langdon wins Funny Car final

In Madison, Illinois, Shawn Langdon beat Kalitta Motorsports teammate J.R. Todd in the Funny Car final at the AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals at World Wide Technology Raceway. Billy Torrence won in Top Fuel at the second of six races in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Erica Enders won in Pro Stock, and Karen Stoffer in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

 FOOTBALL

Alabama jumps to No. 1 in poll

Alabama is No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time this season, replacing preseason No. 1 Clemson after the Tigers had a close call. Alabama received 29 of 61 first-place votes from the media panel as the Tigers' one-point victory at North Carolina gave the AP Top 25 the first shakeup at the top this season. Clemson slipped to No. 2 and received 18 first-place votes. No. 3 Georgia received four first-place votes. Ohio State moved up to No. 4 and received seven first-place votes. LSU was No. 5 and Oklahoma sixth. Notre Dame is No. 9.

GOLF

Champ wins his 2nd PGA event

In Napa, California, Cameron Champ made a 3-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for a one-stroke victory over Adam Hadwin in the Safeway Open for his second PGA Tour victory. Champ closed with a 3-under 69 to finish at 17-under 271 at Silverado Resort.

Rookie wins Dunhill Links

Rookie Victor Perez claimed his first European Tour title in his 29th appearance after posting a 2-under 70 to win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship by one shot. He become the first French winner of this tournament with 22-under 266 overall at the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland. England's Matthew Southgate (71) was second.

Triplett wins in playoff

Kirk Triplett won the Pure Insurance Championship for the third time at Pebble Beach, beating Billy Andrade with an 8-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff.

HOCKEY

Spacemen stay unbeaten

The Fort Wayne Spacemen improved to 3-0-0 with an 8-4 victory over the Motor City Hockey Club at the SportONE/Parkview Icehouse. The Spacemen, in their first season of play in the junior-level U.S. Premier Hockey League, have been led in scoring by Jared Fisher's eight goals and 16 points. That included two goals and four points Sunday, a day after Fort Wayne defeated Motor City 12-4. Fort Wayne is the only undefeated team in the Midwest East Division, though Chicago is 4-1-0.

TRACK AND FIELD

American wins triple jump

In Doha, Qatar, American Christian Taylor won the world triple-jump championship, his third straight title. Fouling on his first two attempts and staring at elimination, he turned back into the Taylor of old to win the event over teammate and good friend Will Claye. Taylor's winning leap was 17.92 meters, with Claye just 0.18 meters behind.