Singh rides blistering start in final round to win at Bay Hill
ORLANDO, Fla. &
Vijay Singh was so good in the middle that it didn't matter how bad it got in the end.
All he cared about was winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Singh got it done Sunday with a terrific run of birdies to build a commanding lead, closing with a 3-under 67 for a two-shot victory over Rocco Mediate.
Three times a runner-up at Bay Hill, the 44-year-old Fijian became the first multiple winner on the PGA Tour this year, and his 31st career victory tied him with Harry "Lighthorse" Cooper for most by foreign-born players.
Singh ran off four birdies in a five-hole stretch to close out the front nine and stretched his lead to four shots with a sand wedge that spun back with the slope to 2 feet on the 15th. That gave him plenty of room for error, and Singh's bogey-bogey-par finish only affected the margin of victory.
Mediate made three clutch par saves to keep alive his hopes, only to find trouble on the 18th for a bogey. Mediate also shot 67.
Singh finished at 8-under 272, and earned $990,000 to top the money list with $2.6 million.
Tiger Woods delivered a dramatic finish, but not the kind anyone expected.
His tournament ended a few hours earlier with a three-putt double bogey on the 11th, and a bad day then got even worse. Woods hit his tee shot into the water on the par-3 17th and made double bogey. After chipping out of the rough on the 18th, he hit his third into the water and made triple bogey. That gave him a 43 on the back nine for a 6-over 76, his highest score in a regular PGA Tour event since a 76 in the third round of the Memorial four years ago. He tied for 22nd, ending his streak of 13 straight top 10s worldwide, nine of those on the PGA Tour.
ATT Champions Classic
At Santa Clarita, Calif., Tom Purtzer won the Champions Tour's ATT Champions Classic for the second time in five seasons, beating Loren Roberts with a 17-foot birdie on the fourth hole of a playoff.
Purtzer closed with a 4-under 68 to match Roberts (69) at 10-under 206 on the Valencia Country Club course.
The 55-year-old Purtzer earned $240,000 for his fourth career victory on the 50-and-over tour.
After the two players matched pars on their first three trips down the par-5 18th in the playoff, Purtzer finally broke through with his 17-foot birdie putt. Roberts had a chance to match, but his 12-foot birdie try just missed on the right side.
David Eger (69) finished a stroke back at 9 under.
Hale Irwin, the leader the first two days, closed with a 73 to drop into a fourth-place tie with Tom Jenkins (68), Joe Ozaki (67), Des Smyth (68), Jim Thorpe (71) and Andy Bean (72) at 8 under.
SANYA, China &
Thailand's Chapchai Nirat completed a wire-to-wire victory in the TCL Classic, shooting a 1-under 71 for a three stroke victory.
The 23-year-old Nirat, a first-time winner on both the European and Asian tours, had a 22-under 266 total on the Yalong Bay Golf Club course on Hainan Island. He opened with a course-record 61 and added rounds of 66 and 68.
Argentina's Rafael Echenique (68) finished second.