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    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Zdeno Chara Jersey . - With an eagle putt that looked as long as his golf journey around the world, Brooks Koepka surged into the lead and stayed there Sunday with a 5-under 66 to capture the Phoenix Open for his first PGA Tour victory.Lingering for most of the final round, Koepka holed a 50-foot eagle putt from the fringe on the 15th hole and didnt make any mistakes the rest of the way.The victory ended a long, arduous road for the 24-year-old from Florida. With no status in America, Koepka played the Challenge Tour in faraway lands like Kazakhstan and Kenya, winning four times to earn his European Tour card and then validating his status as a rising star by winning the Turkish Open last year.But winning at home brought the strongest validation.It feels amazing, Koepka said after his one-shot win over Hideki Matsuyama, Masters champion Bubba Watson and Ryan Palmer.Graham DeLaet was the top Canadian in the tournament, coming into the clubhouse four strokes behind Koepka. The Weyburn, Sask. native shot a 4-under 67 in the final round to finish in a tie for 7th spot.Nick Taylor, from Abbotsford, B.C., and Victorias Cory Renfrew tied for 59th position at 1-under for the tournament. Taylor shot a 70 on the final day while Renfrew shot a 5-under 66— his best round of the week.Mike Weir, from Brights Grove, Ont., and David Hearn, of Brantford, Ont., didnt make it to the weekend after missing the cut. Of the five players who had a share of the lead in a wild final hour at the TPC Scottsdale, Matsuyama had the last chance to catch Koepka until his 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole missed well to the right.Martin Laird, who had a three-shot lead going into the final round, was tied with Koepka going to the 17th until he sprayed it well right into the gallery on the short par-4 hole and made bogey, and then pulled his tee shot into the water on the 18th and made double bogey. He closed with a 72.Palmer shared the lead with a birdie on the 15th, but he had to settle for pars the rest of the way for a 66. So did Watson, who reached the front of the 17th green only to three-putt from just over 100 feet and made par. He closed with a 65.Matsuyama, who holed out from 129 yards for eagle on the first hole and was the first player to catch up to Laird, took the lead with a beautiful pitch behind the green on the par-5 13th. He went 44 consecutive holes without a bogey until Matsuyama three-putted on the 14th hole, and he never recovered. He shot 67.Koepka already was eligible for the Masters with his tie for fourth at the U.S. Open last summer, and his victory during the final stretch of the Race to Dubai in Europe last year raised his stock. The victory Sunday should put him at No. 19 in the world.This was his second victory in his last four starts, both against strong fields.Koepka had not played since the Nedbank Challenge in South Africa two months ago, taking a full month off away from his clubs and working hard over the last few weeks after a change to his putting stroke.Back-to-back birdies near the end of the front nine kept him in range. A solid chip from behind the 13th green for a 4-foot birdie kept him within two shots of Matsuyama. And his fortunes changed mightily with his eagle putt on the 15th.A Florida State alum who describes himself as chill had plenty of adrenaline pumping on the 17th hole when he hit 3-wood on the 322-yard hole onto the green and over the back. It came to rest on the red hazard line, a foot from going into the water. He chipped to about 12 feet and missed the birdie putt that might have clinched it.And with the pressure of holding a one-shot lead as he went after his first PGA Tour win, Koepka smashed his driver 331 yards down the middle of the fairway.Arizona State junior Jon Rahm closed with a 68 to tie for fifth. It was the best finish by a Sun Devil still on the golf team playing in the Phoenix Open. The previous best was a tie for 32nd by Phil Mickelson.However, the top 10 does not get the Spaniard into Torrey Pines next week because he is an amateur. Jakub Zboril Jersey . Cain departed in the fourth inning of a 10-5 loss to the Pirates on Thursday. X-rays on Cains bruised forearm were negative. He was hit when Sanchez led off the fourth with a groundout. Tuukka Rask Jersey . The 25-year-old Lu, a regular on the Japan LPGA Tour after giving up her LPGA Tour membership in 2010, shot an 8-under 64 in windy, wet conditions at Kintetsu Kashikojima.LANDOVER, Md. -- After Michael Vick kneeled down for the final time, having sapped the life out of the Robert Griffin III welcome back party, the exhausted Philadelphia Eagles offence exchanged the usual pleasantries with the even-more-spent Washington Redskins defence. "The Redskins were like, Next time we play you guys, you need to slow it down a bit," Eagles centre Jason Kelce said. Good luck with that. RG3 and the Redskins just couldnt keep up with Vick, LeSean McCoy and the frenetic offence unleashed by coach Chip Kelly on the NFL on Monday night. The Eagles crammed 53 plays into a 30-minute first half, took a 26-point lead in the third quarter and held on for a 33-27 upset of the defending NFC East champs. "You have great dreams and you have nightmares," said Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, describing the first half. "That was a great dream." Running the dont-take-a-breath attack that won 87 per cent of the time during Kellys four years at the University of Oregon, Vick completed 15 of 25 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns, and he also ran nine times for 56 yards and a score. McCoy piled up 184 yards on 31 carries, including a 34-yard TD. DeSean Jackson had seven catches for 104 yards and a TD. "Ive never been a part of anything like it," Vick said. "When the first quarter was over, I thought we was about to go into halftime. It was unreal. The only thing I could tell myself was, Its going to be a long season." Perhaps the most remarkable accomplishment by the Eagles: They managed to upstage Griffin. The game was played eight months to the day since the Redskins quarterback had major knee surgery, and his return was the culmination of a dedicated, high-profile rehab that included a public clash with Washington coach Mike Shanahan that barely put a dent in the fans fervent adoration for their franchise player. Griffin was the undisputed star of the show -- at least until kickoff. He arrived at the stadium wearing an autographed T-shirt from Les Dauphins de Nice, the American football team in France that welcomed him for a workout during his honeymoon in July. When he threw warm-up passes at the 45-yard line, three camera crews were at the 40. He led a team huddle at the 10, just 5 yards from the spot where his knee gave out in January. He was greeted by baseball legend Tommy Lasorda on the sideline, then made a spectacle of an entrance when the starting lineups were announced, carrying the Redskins flag all the way to the end zone for an extended kneel-down for all to see. Thats the sort of attention that Vick once commanded. And, when the game began, Vick was the better quarterback. Danton Heinen Jersey. At 33, hes 10 years older than Griffin and had to fight for his starting job in training camp, but hes still got game. It would have been a bigger rout if Vicks lateral on first-and-goal at the 4 hadnt been tipped by linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and returned 75 yards for a Redskins touchdown. Meanwhile, the masses didnt get much of a chance to chant "R-G-3!" -- because the Redskins offence couldnt stay on the field. Their first seven plays: lost fumble by Alfred Morris, 3-yard loss by Morris, penalty for illegal shift, screen to Morris that got back some yards, interception thrown by Griffin into triple coverage, pass dropped by fullback Darrel Young, safety that occurred when Morris bobbled a pitch in the end zone. The Redskins were trailing 33-7 late in the third quarter before three consecutive touchdowns -- the last coming with 1:14 to play -- made the score more respectable. Wearing a brace on his right knee, Griffin completed 30 of 49 passes for 329 yards, but 169 yards came in the fourth after the Eagles had taken control. He was also intercepted twice -- the first multi-interception game of his career. He ran only five times for 24 yards. Washington didnt run a play in Philadelphia territory until the second half. At one point, the Eagles were outgaining the Redskins 146-3. Even Kai Forbath, who made 17 of 18 field goals in his rookie year, was wide right in the third quarter. Shanahans team also committed 10 penalties for 75 yards. "Had a serious case of the cant-get-rights," Griffin said. "Penalties, hurting ourselves. I dont throw picks, Alfred doesnt fumble, and Kai doesnt miss field goals. All three of those happened tonight. So well get better, no doubt." There was a moment in the second quarter when the weary Redskins defence had more cramps (two) than their offence had first downs (one). The first-half stats resembled something from an Oregon opener against a creampuff, not a game between NFC East rivals. Total yards: 322-75. First downs: 21-3. Time of possession: 20:20-9:40. Philadelphias 53 plays were the second-most in a first half by any NFL team since 1991. "That was the first time Ive used oxygen since college. It wears on you, but I think it wears on the defence a lot more," Kelce said. "I think well see a few more guys coming up with cramps, regardless of whether those are real or not." NOTES: Kerrigan left in the fourth quarter with concussion symptoms. ... McCoy finished one yard shy of his career high in yards rushing. ... Redskins S Brandon Meriweather missed the game with a groin injury. 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