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Bay Hill Invitate no match for Tiger

Posted: Monday, March 18, 2002

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tiger Woods began his march to the Masters with his first victory of the year, a four-shot margin at the Bay Hill Invitational on Sunday that was secured by Phil Mickelson's blunders on the closing holes.

Trailing Mickelson by one stroke at the turn, Woods played mistake-free when the pressure was at its peak and closed with a 3-under 69 to become the first player to win Arnold Palmer's tournament three years in a row.

Woods finished at 275 and won for the 30th time in his career. At age 26, he is the youngest player in PGA Tour history to reach that benchmark.

He also became the first player to make it three in a row at three PGA Tour events, having already completed the hat trick at Firestone and the Memorial Tournament.

Mickelson closed with three straight bogeys and finished at 71, in a tie for third, five strokes behind.

Michael Campbell of New Zealand holed a 42-foot chip on the 18th for birdie to close with a 71 and finish second at 279, his best finish ever on the PGA Tour.

Len Mattiace, who played in the final group with Woods, had a 73 and tied for third with Rocco Mediate (70), John Huston (72) and Mickelson.

Siebel Classic in Silicon Valley

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Dana Quigley made a 10-foot par putt on the final hole, holding off Fuzzy Zoeller and Bob Gilder for a one-stroke victory at the rain-soaked Siebel Classic in Silicon Valley.

With a 1-under 71 in the final round, Quigley got his sixth Senior PGA Tour victory while fighting two eager challengers and a steady rain at Coyote Creek Golf Club.

Quigley finished at 4-under 212 and won $210,000.

Gilder also shot a 1-under 71, while Zoeller, playing in his sixth senior tournament, had a 2-under 70.

Jay Sigel, who took a one-stroke lead into the final round, fell out of contention with a final-round 79.

Tom Wargo, who finished fourth with a 214, made three straight bogeys on the back nine that knocked him out of contention.

Clearwater Classic

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand -- Australia's Peter O'Malley won the Clearwater Classic, shooting his fourth consecutive sub-70 round to finish at 17-under 271 and beat American Brad Ott by five strokes.

O'Malley, who lost a final-round lead in last week's Jacob's Creek Open in Adelaide, Australia, shot a final-round 68 with three birdies on the back nine.

Ott had four birdies on the back nine en route to a 3-under 69. He finished at 12-under 276.

Another American, Rich Barcelo, was third at 11-under 277, two strokes ahead of Alex Cejka of Germany. American Joel Kribel finished with a 4-over 76, slipping to a share of fifth place at 8-under with Australian Nick O'Hern and Andrew McLardy of South Africa.

Qatar Masters

DOHA, Qatar -- Adam Scott of Australia won the Qatar Masters by six strokes, closing with a 5-under-par 67 that included an eagle on a 634-yard hole.

Scott finished with a total of 19-under 269 in the $1.5 million tournament. This was his second victory following his Alfred Dunhill title in South Africa in 2001.

Sharing second at 275 were 19-year-old Nick Dougherty of England (69) and Jean-Francois Remesy of France (70).

After pars on the first seven holes, Scott birdied the eighth and then holed a 133-yard shot with a pitching wedge for his eagle-3. He birdied the 10th, although bogeys followed on the 12th and 15th. He had birdies on the last two holes.

Ping Banner Health

PHOENIX -- Rachel Teske birdied the second playoff hole to beat defending champion Annika Sorenstam in the Ping Banner Health.

Sorenstam blew a four-shot lead in regulation. She started with a double bogey on the first hole and had bogeys on the last two, finishing at 4-over-par 76.

Teske carded a 71, tying Sorenstam at 7-under 281.

Both players parred on the first playoff hole. On the next, Teske's approach shot landed 6 feet from the cup, and she holed it after Sorenstam's first putt from about 13 feet stopped short.

It was Teske's fifth career victory and second in two seasons. She won the Evian Masters in France last year.

Sorenstam was going after her third win in as many starts and was on a course where she shot the first 59 in a women's tournament during the second round at Phoenix in 2001.

Mi Hyun Kim (72), Cristie Kerr (75) and Akiko Fukushima (75) tied for third at 284, with Jeong Jang (68) and Juli Inkster (71) at 285.



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