Saturday's Golf Capsules
Sunday, November 14, 2010
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Stuart Appleby ended a nine-year drought at home by winning the Australian Masters on Sunday, rallying from a seven-shot deficit with birdies on his last two holes for a 6-under 65.
Appleby was as golden as the winner’s jacket with his putter down the stretch. He knocked in a 30-foot par putt on the 16th hole to stay in the mix, took the lead with a 25-footer for birdie on the 17th and closed with a two-putt birdie to reach 10 under and win by a stroke.
Adam Bland, who began the final round at Victoria Golf Club with a three-shot lead, missed a 10-foot eagle putt on the last hole that would have forced a playoff. He closed with a 73.
Daniel Gaunt shot 71 and was alone in third.
Defending champion Tiger Woods completed an entire year without a victory, although he finished in style. Woods made two eagles over the last four holes, played the last six holes in 6 under and matched his best score of the year with a 65. Woods finished alone in fourth, matching his highest finish of a forgettable season. He also tied for fourth in the Masters and U.S. Open.
Appleby last won on native soil in the 2001 Australian Open.
Children’s Miracle Network Classic
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Roland Thatcher remained on track in an improbable bid to keep his PGA Tour card, shooting a 2-under 70 on Saturday to take a four-stroke lead in the Children’s Miracle Network Classic.
Thatcher began the season-ending event 179th on the money list and needs to win or finish alone in second to vault into the top 125 — the cutoff for full status — to retain his card. Nos. 126-150 get partial status.
Thatcher would have had a record 54-hole lead at Disney if hadn’t given back three shots over the final two holes to finish at 18 under. Tim Simpson had a six-stroke lead after three rounds in his 1990 victory.
Chris Stroud (70) was second.
Lorena Ochoa Invitational
GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — Suzann Pettersen moved into position for her first LPGA Tour victory of the year, shooting a 3-under 69 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
Pettersen, the Norwegian star who has 10 top-five finishes season, was 12 under on the Guadalajara Country Club course. She had five victories in 2007 and also won the 2009 Canadian Women’s Open.
Ai Miyazato (68), Stacy Lewis (69), In-Kyung Kim (68) and Karine Icher (68) were tied for second, and second-round leader Paula Creamer (72) was another stroke back at 10 under.
Pettersen birdied five of the first 10 holes to reach 14 under, but dropped two strokes with bogeys on the par-4 15th and par-3 17th.
Ochoa, playing her first LPGA Tour event since retiring in April, shot a 69 on her home course, leaving her 10 shots back in a tie for 24th.
SINGAPORE (AP) — Adam Scott shot a 2-under 69 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Singapore Open, a tournament he won in 2005 and 2006 at Sentosa Golf Club.
The Australian had a 14-under 199 total.
Defending champion Ian Poulter (68) and Kang Kyung-nam (68) were tied for second, and U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell (68) was another stroke back. Phil Mickelsen fell off the pace with a 75 that left him 12 strokes behind Scott in the event sanctioned by the Asian and European tours.