Toms takes match play tournament

Posted: Monday, February 28, 2005

CARLSBAD, Calif. — David Toms played some of his best golf to reach the final of the Match Play Championship.

Then he got even better.

Toms delivered the most dominant performance in the seven-year history of the fickle tournament, winning eight out of nine holes to put away Chris DiMarco before lunch, then pouring it on in the afternoon for the largest margin of victory ever in the 36-hole final at La Costa Resort.

The score was 6 and 5, and it could have been much worse.

Toms was 9 up at one point and had a chance to end the match on the ninth hole. DiMarco played some of his best golf when it no longer mattered, saving par from thick rough behind the ninth green and making a 25-foot birdie putt on the 10th, but all that did was spare ABC Sports more dead time in its telecast.

Toms earned $1.3 million for his 11th career PGA Tour victory, and first World Golf Championship title. His record in the Accenture Match Play Championship improved to 18-5, second only to the 21-4 mark by two-time champion Tiger Woods.

In the third-place match, Retief Goosen beat Ian Poulter in 20 holes.

Chrysler Classic of Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. — Australia's Geoff Ogilvy won his first PGA Tour title, rolling in an 18-foot, downhill birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff with Kevin Na in the Chrysler Classic of Tucson.

Ogilvy shouted for joy after making the difficult putt, and embraced wife Juli on the green after Na missed an 8-footer that would have extended the playoff.

The 27-year-old Ogilvy won for the first time in 108 PGA Tour events, earning $540,000. He closed with a 1-under 71 to match Na (71) and Mark Calcavecchia (69) at 19-under 269. Calcavecchia was eliminated on the first extra hole.

Steve Stricker shot a 68 to finish a stroke out of the playoff.

ANZ Ladies Masters

GOLD COAST, Australia — Australia's Karrie Webb overcame a four-stroke deficit in three holes to win the ANZ Ladies Masters for the fifth time.

Webb finished with a 5-under 67 to edge 19-year-old Japanese player Ai Miyazato by a stroke on the Royal Pines course. Webb finished at 16-under 272 in the event co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour and Australian Ladies Tour.

Miyazato closed with an even-par 72.

Karrie Webb swept the 1998-01 tournaments. The Australian star also has four second-place finishes.



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