Tiger can't catch Singh

Posted: Monday, August 01, 2005

 

  Tiger Woods cups his ear after making a long putt on the 17th green during the final round of the Buick Open, Sunday, July 31, 2005, at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc, Mich. Woods shot a 20-under 268 to tie for second with Zach Johnson, four strokes behind winner Vijay Singh. AP Photo/Al Goldis

Tiger Woods cups his ear after making a long putt on the 17th green during the final round of the Buick Open, Sunday, July 31, 2005, at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club in Grand Blanc, Mich. Woods shot a 20-under 268 to tie for second with Zach Johnson, four strokes behind winner Vijay Singh.

AP Photo/Al Goldis

GRAND BLANC, Mich. — Vijay Singh followed up three spectacular rounds with an average one and it was enough to hold off a surging Tiger Woods and win the Buick Open on Sunday.

Singh closed with a final-round 70 for a four-stroke victory and a 24-under 264 total.

Woods, who began the day eight shots back, tied for second after vaulting into contention with six birdies and an eagle in an nine-hole stretch and finishing with a 6-under 66.

Zach Johnson (69) tied Woods for second at 20 under. Robert Allenby (65) finished 18 under, alone in fourth.

Singh is the first three-time champion at the Buick Open, a tournament that started in 1958. He's also the first repeat champion since Tony Lema in 1965. The 42-year-old Fijian has won four events this year and 28 in his career. Singh trails only Woods' 44 victories and leads Phil Mickelson by two among active PGA Tour players.

Women's British Open

SOUTHPORT, England — Jeong Jang shot a 3-under 69 to win the Women's British Open by four strokes, while Annika Sorenstam's quest for her third major title of the year ended with a fifth-place finish.

The South Korean, who led after each round at Royal Birkdale, was six strokes ahead at the turn on the way to the first victory of her six-year LPGA career.

Jang finished at 16-under 272, while Sophie Gustafson, the 2000 winner before the championship became a major, shot a 67 and was at 12-under 276.

Sorenstam, who began the final round tied for second at 8 under, shot a 71 to finish 9-under 279. Her day ended with a double-bogey on the 18th hole.

Michelle Wie, the 15-year-old amateur playing her final tournament before returning to high school in Hawaii, birdied the last two holes for a 69 and finished at 10-under 278 and in a tie for third place.

U.S. Senior Open

KETTERING, Ohio — Allen Doyle won his third career major, closing with a record 8-under 63 to win the U.S. Senior Open.

Doyle had a bogey-free round that included eight birdies, and he managed to avoid the trouble that knocked third-round co-leaders Craig Stadler and Loren Roberts, as well as D.A. Weibring and others out of contention. His final-round 63, which beat the course record by a stroke, was the lowest by a Senior Open winner.

Doyle beat the previous final-round score by four shots and finished at 10-under 274, and one shot ahead of Roberts and Weibring. The victory, worth $470,000, was his 10th on the Champions Tour.

Stadler led by three shots with 10 holes to play, but imploded and finished four shots behind Doyle. Roberts was in control until making a double-bogey at No. 11. Weibring was on top by a shot with two holes left, but bogeyed both.

Greg Norman shot a 69 and was at 276, and Tom Watson had a 71 and shared fifth place at 277 with Wayne Levi (68).

Scandinavian Masters

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — Australia's Mark Hensby made a par on the second playoff hole to beat Henrik Stenson and win the Scandinavian Masters for his first European Tour victory.

Both players finished regulation play at 22-under 262 on the soggy Kungsangen King's Course after final-round 65s. Marc Cayeux, a European Tour rookie from Zimbabwe, also closed with a 65 and tied for third with Bradley Dredge at 265. Dredge closed with a 70.

The 34-year-old Hensby won for the fifth time as a pro. His only victory in the United States came at last year's John Deere Classic.

The playoff was the 12th on the European Tour this year, the most in a season.



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