Current weather

  • Scattered clouds
  • 54°
    Scattered clouds

Singhin' at Byron Nelson

Posted: Monday, May 19, 2003

IRVING, Texas Vijay Singh won the Byron Nelson Championship on Sunday after a contentious week that began with comments about Annika Sorenstam. He then promptly withdrew from the Colonial, a tournament he said Sorenstam had no business playing in.

Singh insisted his decision not to play next week's Colonial was not related to Sorenstam, but merely a chance to take some time off and enjoy his latest win.

''It has nothing to do with the controversy,'' Singh said. ''I've played in four straight tournaments, and I need a break.''

Singh said he had promised his wife he would take the week off if he won Sunday.

''It was decision not taken at all this week. It was a two-week affair,'' Singh said. ''You know, I said if I won a tournament, I would take a week off. It just came at the right time, I guess.''

After his runner-up finish last week in North Carolina, Singh said Sorenstam didn't belong in the Colonial, and that he hoped she missed the cut. Before the Nelson, Singh said he was sorry if his comments came across as a personal attack.

Singh rallied on the back nine Sunday after losing his lead to a surging Nick Price. He made birdies on the 15th and 16th holes for a 4-under-par 66 and finished at 15-under 265, two strokes ahead of Price. Robert Allenby, playing for the first time since the Masters, finished at 268 after a 65, which also was Price's final-round score.

Singh had a 28-foot birdie putt on the 475-yard 15th hole, getting back to 14 under on the same hole that Price had just three-putted for a bogey that made him 13 under.

After his second shot on the 554-yard 16th found the greenside bunker, Singh blasted the shot within 6 feet and made the birdie to cushion his lead.

It was the 13th career victory and second of the season for Singh, who won $1 million to push his season earnings to $2.9 million, fourth on the money list. He's the fifth multiple winner this season on the PGA Tour.

Scott Verplank had a closing 65 to finished fourth at 280, and Jim Furyk (66) finished alone in fifth. David Toms, whose victory in North Carolina last week was his first in 20 months, was tied for sixth with Hal Sutton and Per-Ulrik Johansson at 271.

Price, who had four birdies over his first seven holes, got to 13 under with a birdie at the 347-yard 11th after his approach spun 9 feet from the cup.

That came at the same time Singh was losing a stroke one hole back, going to 12 under. His drive at the 452-yard 10th was in some nasty left rough, and he couldn't get his second shot onto the green.

Singh caught back up at the 426-yard 12th, when he drove the ball 325 yards down the middle, then stuck his wedge shot just 2 feet from the pin.

Not to be outdone, Price's approach at the 409-yard 14th one of the most difficult holes on the course went within 2 feet away. That birdie got him to 14 under and ahead by a stroke, but he gave it back and lost the tournament a hole later.

Then at 16, the only par 5 on the back nine, Price hit his approach shot into thick rough just short of the green and then left himself a 30-foot birdie putt that never had a chance.

Singh led Jeff Sluman by a stroke entering the round, but Sluman dropped from contention with a 73.

Sluman's drive on the 425-yard fourth landed in a fairway bunker close to the lip, and his only option was to blast out to the middle of the fairway. He bogeyed to go to 9 under, and Singh's 10-foot birdie stretched the difference to three strokes.

Three holes later, Sluman's deficit had gone to five.



CONTACT US

  • 150 Trading Bay Rd, Kenai, AK 99611
  • Switchboard: 907-283-7551
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-283-3584
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-283-3299
  • Business Fax: 907-283-3299
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-335-1257
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback

ADVERTISING

SUBSCRIBER SERVICES

SOCIAL NETWORKING

MORRIS ALASKA NEWS