holds on to win Dunlop Phoenix title|
Tiger Woods fired a final-round
67 but failed to mount a serious challenge to Kaname Yokoo, who hung on to win
the $1.65 million Dunlop Phoenix tournament by one stroke from Sergio Garcia on
World number one Woods made birdies at the third, seventh and eighth
holes in a bogey-free round but missed a four-foot putt for birdie on the ninth
that effectively ended his bid at the par-71 Phoenix Country Club in Miyazaki.
Overnight leader Yokoo, who played in the U.S. this year but failed to
retain his tour card for 2003, survived three bogeys on the back nine -- including
a shaky six at the par-five 18th -- to card a 69 and finish at 15-under-par 269.
Victory was worth $330,000 to the Japanese golfer and was some consolation
after a frustrating season on the U.S. PGA Tour.
Garcia, meanwhile, produced
seven birdies in a spirited 66 but dropped shots at the par-three third and on
the 10th ultimately proved costly for the Spaniard, who finished runner-up to
European Ryder Cup team mate Thomas Bjorn here in 1999.
place again! I wanted to win this so badly this year but I will come back and
win this tournament," said the 22-year-old, who collected $115,000 to take
his prize money for 2002 to more than $2.5 million.
Darren Clarke, who
had began the day one stroke behind Yokoo after a 65 on Saturday, never got going
in the final round and settled for a 71 he described as "terrible" to
finish tied for fourth with fellow Briton Justin Rose on 272.
and finished with bogeys in an otherwise impressive 67 that was not quite good
enough to bring the young Englishman his fifth title of the season.
who was making his third appearance in Japan after the 1998 Casio World Open and
the World Cup of golf last year, knew he had blown his chance of putting together
another final-day charge after missing an easy birdie putt on the ninth.
needed that putt to get to nine-under. (Yokoo) had already gone to 17-under, so
it left me pretty far behind," said the American, whose only birdie on the
back nine came at the 13th.
"Even if I had made a run, Justin, Sergio
and Darren were all playing well, so it would have been really tough to try and
get myself back into it."
Yokoo had given himself breathing space
with four consecutive birdies from the par-five fourth.
gave me a nice cushion. I am a long way from being in the same class as some of
the top (foreign) players who came," said Yokoo.
"That is the
first time I've beaten Tiger Woods but it's the off-season for him and we are
playing in Japan. Hopefully I can do it on the U.S. tour one day."
who has won six titles worldwide this year, including the Masters and U.S. Open,
eventually finished eighth on 275 and picked up $50,000 -- small change for a
player who has already won over $6.9 million in prize money in 2002.
biggest mover of the day was South Korean Choi Kyung-ju, who fired a seven-under-par
64, promoting the former powerlifter to third place on 271.
David Duval closed out with a 68, tied for sixth with Hiroyuki Fujita on 273.
Bjorn, meanwhile, had his best round of the four days as he took advantage
of spring-like conditions in Miyazaki to fire a 66 that left him on 278.
Kaname Yokoo 66 65 69 69
270 Sergio Garcia (Spa) 67 68 69 66
Kyoung-Ju (Kor) 72 69 66 64
272 Darren Clarke (Gbr) 64 72 65 71, Justin Rose (Gbr) 66 69 70 67
273 David Duval (USA) 69 69 67 68, Hiroyuki Fujita
68 68 71 66
275 Tiger Woods (USA) 71 68 69 67
276 Yasuharu Imano 70
69 71 66
277 Zaw Moe (Myn) 68 67 68 74, David Smail (Nzl) 72 70 70 65
Dean Wilson (USA) 73 68 68 69, Thomas Bjorn (Den) 71 69 72 66
Tanaka 70 72 67 70, Toru Taniguchi 73 70 70 66
280 Hirofumi Miyase 67 71
71 71, Nozomi Kawahara 68 68 77 67, Naomichi Ozaki 67 71 75 67, Katsuyoshi Tomori
71 70 68 71, Jong-Duck Kim (Kor) 68 70 70 72
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