TIGER GOES LOW DOWN UNDER
Tiger Woods gave record crowds what they wanted to great shots and a closing round of 4-under 68 to win the Australian Masters on Sunday for his seventh win this year.
In his first trip Down Under in 11 years, Woods put on quite a show for his $3 million appearance fee.
Woods pulled away from a three-way tie for the lead with three birdies on his opening six holes, then seized control with a tee shot to a back pin on the par-3 15th that covered the flag and stopped 6 feet away for his final victory.
He finished two shots of Greg Chalmers who couldn't stand up to the "tiger onslaught".
Jason Dufner, with a 70 to tie for third with Francois Delamontagne of France. James Nitties, who was tied for the lead, shot 73 and finished alone in fifth, followed by Adam Scott, who closed with a 69 for his second straight top 10 on the European tour.
Tiger has one tournament remaining—his Chevron World Challenge in California the first week of December that counts toward the world ranking for the first time.
AMES IS VICTORIOUS IN PLAYOFF
Stephen Ames won his second title in three years at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic on Sunday, edging George McNeill and Justin Leonard in a playoff to become, at 45, the oldest winner in the
Ames finished with an 8-under 64 for the clubhouse lead, watching as McNeill and Leonard failed to pass him.
Leonard rimmed out a 16-foot putt for the win in regulation, even beginning to pump his fist in celebration only to watch the ball spin away. He twice left putts short when he was eliminated on the first playoff hole.
After McNeill saved par on the first playoff hole despite landing his tee shot between the trees, he had a 6-foot putt on the 15th to force a third playoff hole. McNeill struck the ball right on the line, but it trickled around the edge and popped off to give Ames the win.
WIE IS A WINNER
Michelle Wie won her first LPGA Tour title,with a 3-under 69 Sunday for a two-stroke victory over Paula Creamer in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
Wie finished off the victory in style, hitting a greenside bunker shot to 6 inches on the 18th hole and then tapping in for a birdie.
The 20-year-old Wie raised both arms in the air putter in right hand—and then put her hand over her mouth.
Morgan Pressel, Jiyai Shin, and Cristie Kerr were three back. Wie finished at 13-under after starting the day tied for the lead with Kerr at 10 under.
Wie had a chances to pull away on the front nine, but couldn’t quite do it. She went to 13 under with a birdie on 11, giving her a one-shot lead over Creamer and Kerr. Wie bogeyed the next hole when her escape shot from under a cluster of trees squarely hit a trunk, the ball rebounding into the fairway behind her.
But she made par through 17.
Creamer drew even with Wie with an eagle on 10. But two bogeys down the stretch ruined her chances of victory.
Wie came to 18 hanging on to a one stroke lead. She hit her tee shot into the first cut, her second shot went into a greenside bunker. Wie then steadied her nerves and hit a great sand shot to within 6 inches of the hole and victory.
Wie has had quite a year as she rebuilt her career. She went to Q School and earned her tour card. She then went on to play in the Solheim Cup where she emerged as a star,going undefeated in four matches. And now she is a winner on the LPGA TOUR.
BOURDY WINS IN HONG KONG
France’s Gregory Bourdy has survived a late challenge from Rory McIlroy to win the Hong Kong Open by two strokes and secure a berth at the European Tour’s year-end championship in Dubai.
Bourdy had four birdies and a bogey in a 3-under 67 that gave him a 19-under 261 total and his third European Tour title. The win moved the Frenchman into the top 60 on the money list, qualifying him for Dubai.
IN OTHER NEWS
(AP)—The PGA Tour’s first-ever suspension for violation of its anti-doping rules wound up in federal court on Friday where attorneys for a 40-year-old journeyman tried to block the one-year ban.
Attorneys for Doug Barron, a professional golfer from Memphis, sought a temporary restraining order on his one-year suspension for testing positive for two banned substances in June. The tour announced earlier this month that he was the first golfer to be banned for violating the policy that went into effect July 3, 2008.
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It appears that David Duval,the former world No. 1 has likely lost his PGA Tour card for next year after missing the cut at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic, finishing at 5-over par in the final event of the season at Disney World.
Duval entered the week at No. 125 on the money list, the last spot to earn full status on tour. He is projected to finish at No. 131, giving him conditional status that would allow him to enter about a dozen tournaments for being in the top 150.
Duval’s name recognition should help him land sponsor exemptions. And his runner-up finish at the U.S. Open and his 2001 British Open championship will get him into the first three majors next year.
Paul Casey has pulled out of next week’s season-ending Dubai World Championship with a rib injury and will miss out on finishing at the top of the European Tour money list.
The 32-year-old Casey just returned to action after being sidelined for three months with an injury he picked up practicing for the British Open in July and was fifth in the Race to Dubai. He returned for World Match Play Championship in Spain two weeks ago but withdrew early in the final round of last week’s HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai.
His manager, Guy Kinnings, said the muscle behind the rib had become inflamed again.
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