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Woods struggles in New Zealand

Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2002

PARAPARAUMU BEACH, New Zealand -- Australia's Craig Parry birdied the final hole for a one-stroke victory in the New Zealand Open as Tiger Woods failed to mount a serious challenge.

Parry closed with a 3-under 68 Sunday for an 11-under 273 total on the Paraparaumu Beach course. Woods, paid $2 million to make his first appearance in New Zealand, had a 69 to tie for sixth at 279.

Parry grabbed the lead with his closing birdie just after New Zealand's Michael Campbell three-putted for a double bogey on No. 17. Campbell also birdied the final hole for a 69 that left him in a three-way tie for second with countryman Steve Alker (70) and Australia's Stephen Leaney (71).

Woods four-putted the second hole for a double bogey and appeared to slightly injure his left wrist on the third tee.

He stopped in the downswing, appeared to wince in pain and held his left wrist, saying ''Ow.'' After stepping back for a few moments, he drove into the fairway, but ended up with another bogey.

He rebounded with birdies on Nos. 6, 7 and 10 and made a 30-foot eagle putt on the par-5 12th. He followed the eagle with a bogey on No. 13 and closed with a birdie on No. 18.



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