Lowry gets last Match Play slot

Published: Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3C
Last Modified: Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 - 6:29 am

PEBBLE BEACH – Shane Lowry got into the Match Play Championship by the slimmest of margins, all because of a birdie putt thousands of miles away from his home in Ireland.

Patrick Reed holed a 12-foot birdie putt on the last hole Sunday at Pebble Beach – after hitting his drive onto the beach left of the fairway – for a two-way tie for seventh with Fredrik Jacobson. That meant Jacobson moved up only to No. 66 in the world ranking – 0.0002 points behind Lowry, who did not compete last week.

Sunday was the final day to qualify for the 64-man field Feb. 20-24 in Arizona. The top 65 are eligible because Phil Mickelson will not play.

Richard Sterne qualified earlier Sunday by winning the Joburg Open in South Africa, going from No. 94 to No. 55.

The seeds will not be determined until after next week's tournaments.

Champions Tour in Boca Raton, Fla. – Rocco Mediate birdied the 18th hole and finished with a 1-under-par 71 to win the Allianz Championship by two shots over Bernhard Langer (68) and Tom Pernice Jr. (70).

Mediate became the 16th player to win his debut on the Champions Tour.

Mediate's four-foot birdie putt came after Pernice missed a five-footer.

"I'm ecstatic," Mediate said. "I have been saying all week it's never easy. It shouldn't be easy."

Pernice was the last player to win his Champions Tour debut three years ago but is still searching for his second title.

"I just couldn't make enough putts," Pernice said.

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