Sunday's Golf Capsules
Monday, November 15, 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 uner 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) — Robert Garrigus shot an 8-under 64 on Sunday to win the Children’s Miracle Network Classic, allowing him to keep his PGA Tour card and atoning for his collapse this year in Memphis.
Garrigus finished three shots clear of Roland Thatcher for his first tour victory.
Garrigus began the week 122nd in earnings and needed a solid finish to stay inside the top 125 — the cutoff for full PGA Tour status. Thatcher shot a final-round 72 and jumped from 179th to 122nd to keep his playing privileges, blowing a four-stroke lead but keeping his job.
The victory was sweet redemption for Garrigus. He made a triple bogey with a three-shot lead on the final hole at Memphis, then lost to Lee Westwood in a playoff.
Garrigus finished at 21 under.
Troy Merritt won the season-long Kodak Challenge and $1 million prize, beating Rickie Fowler and Aaron Baddeley on the first hole of a playoff.
Lorena Ochoa Invitational
GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — South Korea’s In-Kyung Kim won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational on Sunday for her third LPGA Tour title, closing with an 8-under 64 for a three-stroke stroke victory over Suzann Pettersen.
Kim played the front nine in 6-under 30 and added three birdies and a bogey on the final nine.
She had a tournament-record 19-under total on the Guadalajara Country Club course and earned $220,000, which she said she’s donating to charity — half to the Lorena Ochoa Foundation and half to an American organization to be determined.
Pettersen shot a 68. The Norwegian star has six second-place finishes and 11 top-five finishes in 18 starts this season. She’s winless since the 2009 Canadian Women’s Open.
Karine Icher (68) was third at 15 under, Cristie Kerr (66) and U.S. Women’s Open champion Paula Creamer (68) tied for fourth at 14 under, and Ai Miyazato (70) finished at 13 under.
Ochoa, playing her first LPGA Tour event since retiring in April, shot a 74 on her home course, leaving her 19 strokes back in a tie for 25th.
SINGAPORE (AP) — Australia’s Adam Scott won the Singapre Open for the third time, completing a 3-under 68 in a Monday finish for a three-stroke victory over Denmark’s Anders Hansen
Scott, also the winner at Sentosa Golf Club in 2005 and 2006, finished at 17-under 267. He played the final 10 holes Monday after the final round was suspended Sunday because of darkness following a long rain delay.
Hansen also closed with a 68 in the event sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.
U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell (70) and Rikard Karlberg (67) tied for third at 13 under.
Masters champion Phil Mickelson had a 70 to finish at 3 under.
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