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Monday, January 9, 2006

Golf News, Source, - KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) -- Stuart Appleby thought he was cruising to a third straight victory in the Mercedes Championships when a glance at the leader board behind the 15th green Sunday gave him quite a shock.

There was Vijay Singh, one shot ahead with the kind of round no one thought possible at wind-blown Kapalua.

"I had no clue how he did that," Appleby said. "I said to myself, 'I can't lose this tournament."'

He had to work extra hard to join some elite company, making two birdies on the last four holes to force a playoff, then beating Singh on the first extra hole with a bunker shot from behind the green that tickled the rim of the cup and left him a 2-foot putt, the most nervous he felt all day.

Singh, whose 7-under 66 was nine shots better than the average score in the final round, left a 100-foot putt about 9 feet short on the par-5 18th in a playoff, then missed the birdie putt to the right. Appleby holed his putt to join Gene Littler (1955-57) as the only players to capture this winners-only tournament three straight years.

The Mercedes Championships was missing some of the stars this year as Woods, Phil Mickelson, Retief Goosen and Padraig Harrington all stayed home. Singh and Appleby delivered a sterling show.

Appleby won for the seventh time on the PGA Tour, earning $1.08 million and adding to his collection of Mercedes-Benz sports cars that go to the winner.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Golf News, Source, Defending champion Tiger Woods birdied the fourth playoff hole Sunday to defeat Kaname Yokoo and win the Dunlop Phoenix at Phoenix Country Club. Woods, the third-round leader, only managed a 2-over-par 72 on Sunday, while Yokoo posted a 1-under 69. The pair finished regulation tied at 8-under-par 272. Woods claimed the title with a birdie at the fourth playoff hole, the par-5 18th. David Duval, who has not recorded a victory since this event in 2001, played poorly on Sunday. He managed a 5-over 75 and tied for seventh place with Hideto Tanihara, who carded a 1-under 69 in the final round. The pair finished at minus-2.

Golf News, Source, Annika Sorenstam defended her title at the season-ending ADT Championship with a final-round, 3-under 69 on Sunday. Sorenstam ended the tournament at 6-under-par 282 for a two-stroke victory over three players. It was her fourth win at this event, her 10th title of the season and the 66th of her career. In a field featuring the top 30 money winners on the LPGA Tour this season, players struggled to score in red numbers at Donald Trump's course. In fact, there were just 21 rounds shot under par over the final two rounds.

Golf News, Source, Due to heavy rain and wind on Sunday, the final round of the World Golf Championships - World Cup was cancelled and Wales was declared the winner. Bradley Dredge and Stephen Dodd combined for a 27-under-par-189 total to earn the second win for Wales, and its first since this event fell under the umbrella of the World Golf Championships in 2000. European Ryder Cup captain and former Masters winner Ian Woosnam and David Llewellyn won the title for Wales in a playoff in 1987.

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