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SUNDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Former Oregon Ducks star never trails in final round of AT&T Byron Nelson



PGA TOUR

• Aaron Wise from the University of Oregon — cool, calm, collected and sharp all day — broke through for his first PGA Tour victory.

He fired a final-round, 6-under-par 65 to claim the AT&T Byron Nelson at Dallas by three strokes over Mark Leishman.

In a threesome that included co-third round-leader Leishman, Wise played solid golf throughout the day, despite a four-hour weather delay before play began. He started well, got hot later on the front nine, and parred his final eight holes.

"It's a dream come true," the 21-year-old Wise said. "It's pretty incredible to get this win."

Wise, who never trailed on Sunday, grabbed the lead with a par on the second hole.

Leishman drove the green and eagled the par-4 fifth to pull even at 18-under, though Wise made a short birdie putt moments later to get to 19-under and take the lead for good.

With birdies flying everywhere, Wise birdied Nos. 7, 8 and 9 to make the turn at 22-under and enjoy a two-shot edge on Leishman.

Wise then rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 10, boosting his lead to three. Moments later, the gap went to four strokes, as Leishman three-putted for bogey.

Wise, distracted by the gallery at the top of his backswing, pulled his 9-iron on the par-3 12th, but chipped out of the rough to within five feet and made the par save. A birdie by Leishman reduced the difference between them to three shots.

Wise, the 2016 NCAA individual and team champion, failed to birdie the par-5 14th, but so did Leishman, after he hit his drive into the rough.

Leishman bogeyed the 15th to drop to 19-under, four back. A birdie on No. 16 got him to 20-under and within three.

Wise made a challenging two-putt from 50 feet for par on the 17th to preserve his three-stroke advantage.

He hit the 18th green in regulation and two-putted for par.

Wise was born in South Africa but moved to Southern California with his family at age 3. He grew up there, playing golf and tennis, and was recruited to Oregon by coach Casey Martin. He won as a rookie pro in Canada and last year won on the Web.com Tour to earn his PGA Tour playing card.

Wise's good debut year on the PGA Tour took a big turn for the better two weeks ago, when he tied for second behind Jason Day in the Wells Fargo Challenge at Charlotte, North Carolina.

Wise said that near-victory gave him "a ton of self-belief. It was always there, but to do it on a stage and know I've done it helped me. Today I felt oddly calm all day long. ... It was surprising to me. I almost had to fake myself into being nervous. I was super calm. I was more nervous yesterday."

With Sunday's win, Wise catapulted from 56th in the FedEx Cup standings to 18th.

The third rookie to win on the tour this season, he also jumped from 54th to 17th on the season money list, with earnings totaling $2,563,642 this season, earned a two-year PGA Tour exemption and a spot in the 2019 Masters.

Wise picked up $1,386,000 for his victory.

"It's awesome. I get to play my schedule, this is huge for me, the majors, getting up in the FedExCup, definitely in the playoffs," Wise said.

LPGA TOUR

• Caroline Inglis of Portland missed the cut at the conclusion of the second round Sunday in the 54-hole Kingsmill Championship at Williamsburg, Virginia.

Inglis finished her second 18 with a 5-over 76, which dropped her to 2-over 144. It took 141 or better to make it into the final round.

CHAMPIONS TOUR

• Brian Henninger of Wilsonville and Bob Gilder from Corvallis tied for 56th in the Regions Tradition at Birmingham, Alabama.

Both finished at 4-over 292, with Gilder shooting a 4-over 76 on Sunday and Henninger carding a 77.

MARINERS

SEATTLE 3, Detroit 2 (11 innings)

• Jean Segura's hit to right field scored Dee Gordon from second base and gave the M's the home win.

Seattle improved to 3-0 in extra-inning games this season — all on 11th-inning walk-off hits.

The Mariners raised their record 27-19, as they won the series, 2-1.

The Tigers fell to 20-26.

COLLEGE WOMEN'S GOLF

Oregon State's Nicole Schroeder tied for 72nd out of 132 players in the 54-hole NCAA championships at Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Schroeder closed her tourney play with a 6-over 78 for a 12-over 228 total. She slipped 28 spots on Sunday.

Alabama's Cheyenne Knight and Wake Forest's Jennifer Kupcho had final-round 70s to lead at 7-under 209. The top nine golfers will continue stroke play on Monday.

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