LEFTY WINS IN CHINA
Phil Mickelson sank an 18 footer on the the 16th hole, then birdied the 17th, and parred 18 to defeat Ernie Els in the HSBC Championship. Els, who had a last round lead , and who was in the lead until hitting into the water and making bogey on the final hole watched from the clubhouse.
Woods was never a factor in the final World Golf Championship of the year, falling six shots behind on the front nine and doing well to stay on the leaderboard the rest of the way. He hit into the water with his third shot on the par-5 18th and had to scramble for bogey to close with a 72 and tie for sixth, five shots behind.
Mickelson finished at 17-under 271 and earned $1.2 million in winning his second WGC event of the year. It was the first time he won a tournament while playing in the final group with Woods.
Mickelson won for the fourth time this year, tying a career best. Sunday was Michelson's final round of the year. He will start his 2010 season at Torrey Pines in late January.
BO BAE WINS MIZUNO IN A SONG
Bo Bae Song, of South Korea won the Mizuno Classic on Sunday for herfirst LPGA Tour title, closing with a 4-under 68 for a three-stroke victory over top-ranked Lorena Ochoa, Brittany Lang and Hee Young Park.
The 23-year-old Song finished at 15-under 201 and earned $210,000 in the event co-sanctioned by the Japan LPGA. Ochoa shot a bogey-free 64, and Lang and Park had 68s.
Jiyai Shin, the 2008 winner who is trying to hold off Ochoa in the player of the year points race, closed with a 69 to tie for fifth.
IN OTHER NEWS
The HSBC Women’s Champions will remain part of the LPGA Tour schedule for the next three years after the title sponsor announced a three-year contract renewal.
The HSBC Women’s Champions will be played Feb. 25-28 in Singapore with
a $1.3 million purse.
Saturday’s announcement was a boost for the LPGA Tour, which goes into 2010 trying to keep as many title sponsors as possible.
The HSBC Women’s Champions will have a 63-player field determined largely by LPGA Tour winners and top players from the women’s world ranking. Jiyai Shin, who is leading the LPGA Tour money list, won
the tournament this year.
Michelle Wie will end her season in Dubai at the final Ladies European Tour event of the year. Tour officials announced Thursday that Wie will be part of the field at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters from Dec. 9-12.
The 20-year-old from Hawaii played this year as an LPGA Tour memberfor the first time and is No. 17 on the money list. She did not win a tournament, although she helped lead the United States to victoryin the Solheim Cup.
Greg Norman’s slower-than-expected recovery from shoulder surgery will force him to miss next month’s Australian Open.
Tournament officials said that Norman was advised by his doctors not toplay competitive golf again this year following arthroscopic surgery in September.
Geoff Ogilvy, Adam Scott and John Daly are entered in the Australian Open, the second of three tournaments on the Australian late-year circuit.
Tiger Woods is making his first appearance in Australia since the Presidents Cup in 1998, at the Australian Masters, next week at Kingston Heath in Melbourne.
The season is really coming close to finishing but we will remain to report and whatever news occurs in the golf universe. Next week is the Childrens Miracle Network Classic, the last official stop for 2009 on the PGA Tour.
Tiger plays in Australia,and the LPGA has the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
Have a great week.