Feb. 25 Sports Briefs

Monday, February 25, 2019

Brad Keselowski shakes stomach bug to win at Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Brad Keselowski was so sick at Atlanta Motor Speedway his team had a standby driver on call. Keselowski said the help was not needed.

The winningest driver in Team Penske history raced to an unlikely victory Sunday by recovering from a stomach virus to win at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It was the first victory for Ford’s new Mustang and a rebound for the manufacturer after Toyota swept the season-opening Daytona 500.

Keselowski, meanwhile, raced to his 60th win for Roger Penske to pass Indianapolis great Mark Donohue’s mark as the team leader. He has won 27 of his 28 Cup victories for Penske. Martin Truex Jr. finished second, and Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer rounded out the top-five.

Dustin Johnson wins Mexico Championship for 6th WGC title

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Dustin Johnson struggled early, caught a good break from behind a tree and then breezed to his sixth World Golf Championship title Sunday by closing with a 5-under 66 for a five-shot victory over Rory McIlroy in the Mexico Championship.

Johnson won for the 20th time on the PGA Tour, making him a lifetime member when he puts in 15 years on tour. In his 12th season, he is the 38th player in tour history to reach 20 wins.

McIlroy was five behind at the turn and ran off six birdies in a seven-hole stretch before closing with a meaningless bogey for a 67. Johnson was right there with him with five birdies on the back nine.

Johnson finished at 21-under 263. Paul Casey (65), Ian Poulter (68) and Kiradech Aphibarnrat (68) tied for third, though they were 10 shots behind.

Tiger Woods got his first top 10 of the year, but it wasn’t all that inspiring. He again struggled on the poa greens of Chapultepec. Over the last two rounds, Woods hit 31 out of 36 greens in regulation and only had scores of 70 and 69 to show for it.

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