Sports roundup: Mickelson wins Scottish Open, Gay tests positive
ASSOCIATED PRESS July 14, 2013 11:23PM
Phil Mickelson from the US, poses with the trophy, after winning the Scottish Open, at Castle Stuart Golf Course, in Inverness, Scotland, Sunday July 14, 2013. Phil Mickelson birdied the first playoff hole to beat Branden Grace and win the Scottish Open on Sunday, ending his 20-year wait for a victory in Europe. (AP Photo/PA, Kenny Smith) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE
Spieth makes history
Jordan Spieth, 19, became the youngest winner on the PGA Tour in 82 years by outlasting defending champion Zach Johnson and David Hearn on the fifth hole of a playoff to win the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill. The result gave Spieth a spot in the British Open, which starts Thursday at Muirfield.
Spieth, who got into the playoff by holing a bunker shot on the 18th, made a two-foot par putt on the fifth extra hole to become the first teenager to win a tour event since Ralph Guldahl in 1931. He, Johnson and Hearn completed 72 holes of regulation tied at 19-under 265.
† Phil Mickelson sank a one-foot birdie putt after a superb pitch on the first hole of a playoff with Branden Grace to win the Scottish Open in Inverness for his first victory in Europe in 20 years. Both players finished 72 holes of regulation tied at 17-under 271.
Mickelson had a chance to win in regulation, but he three-putted the final hole.
† Kenny Perry closed with a 7-under 63 to roll to a five-stroke victory over Fred Funk in the U.S. Senior Open in Omaha, Neb. He completed 72 holes at 13-under 267.
Vickers ends drought
Brian Vickers moved into the lead late, then took off on the green-white-checkered finish to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Vickers, who drives a part-time schedule, snapped a 75-race losing streak in the series with his third career victory.
Kyle Busch was second, Jeff Burton third, Brad Keselowski fourth and Aric Almirola fifth.
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Gay tests positive
Tyson Gay, who holds the U.S. record in the 100 meters, tested positive for a banned substance and said he will pull out of the world championships next month in Moscow. Gay wouldn’t reveal the substance, but he said he was notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency late last week that a sample came back positive from a May 16 out-of-competition test.
Froome leads Tour
Chris Froome won the 15th stage of the Tour de France, a grueling 150.7-mile mountain ride from Givors to Mont Ventoux, in 5 hours, 48 minutes, 45 seconds. He leads overall by 4 minutes, 14 seconds over Bauke Mollema.