Clarke wins 2nd Champions title in row

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LA'UPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii (AP) Darren Clarke won the Mitsubishi Electric Championship by two strokes Saturday for his second straight PGA Tour Champions victory, playing the back nine in 6 under in a closing 8-under 64.

The 52-year-old former British Open winner from Northern Ireland started the back-nine run with birdies on Nos. 10-11, added two more on 13 and 14, made a 10-foot par save on 15 and birdied 16 and 17. He parred the 18th to cap the bogey-free round in the first event of the year.

"Just to win, to get in the winners and to win again is certainly very gratifying," Clarke said. "I love the Champions Tour. The guys have been so good to me out here since I've been out here, so welcoming. And the standard is so high, just it's incredible. The guys really flat out can play. I've been fortunate these past couple tournaments."

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3 Kevin Sutherland $1,316,807
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5 Scott Parel $1,121,908
6 Jerry Kelly $1,110,978
7 Jim Furyk $985,700
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