Sporting Digest: Golf

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The Open championship's initiative two years ago to grant free entry to youngsters has been followed by the organisers of the pounds 1m Standard Life tournament at Loch Lomond. Lee Westwood will be defending the title on 7-10 July.

Carlos Franco of Paraguay shot a closing round of 66 to win the Compaq Classic in New Orleans by two strokes. Franco set a course record of 19- under-par 269 to win the pounds 300,000 first prize. He has moved up 14 places to 31st in the world rankings after his first US PGA Tour victory.

Australia's Karrie Webb completed her final seven holes in three under par yesterday to win the rain-plagued LPGA Titleholders Championship at Daytona Beach in Florida for her fourth title of the year. Webb's 17-under- par total of 271 left her three strokes ahead of Annika Sorenstam of Sweden. Britain's Laura Davies shared third place on 276.

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