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Parry Wins, Woods 6th

Australia's Craig Parry birdied the final hole for a one-stroke victory in the New Zealand Open as Tiger Woods failed to mount a serious challenge.

Parry closed with a 3-under 68 Sunday for an 11-under 273 total on the Paraparaumu Beach course. Woods, paid $2 million to make his first appearance in New Zealand, had a 69 to tie for sixth at 279.

``I hit the ball well all week, but I didn't get anything out of the greens,'' Woods said. ``It was a tough week, but I was happy with my ball striking in this wind.''

Several thousand fans followed Woods and he received a standing ovation when he walked up to the final green.

When asked what it would take to get him back to New Zealand next year, Woods said: ``Guarantee that I'd make a few putts.''

Parry, who celebrated his 36th birthday Saturday, grabbed the lead with his closing birdie just after New Zealand's Michael Campbell three-putted for a double bogey on No. 17.

Campbell also birdied the final hole for a 69 that left him in a three-way tie for second with countryman Steve Alker (70) and Australia's Stephen Leaney (71).

Campbell was among several top New Zealand players who threatened to boycott the tournament after organizers increased ticket prices by nearly 10 times to cover the cost of Woods' appearance fee. Campbell relented when tournament organizers agreed to let juniors in for free.

Woods four-putted the second hole for a double bogey and appeared to slightly injure his left wrist on the third tee.

On the par-3 second, he left his first putt from 45 feet about 5 feet from the hole and missed his second putt, running it past the hole by about the same distance. Dejected, he quickly putted for the third time, only to knock it past the hole the other way. His next putt found the hole for a double-bogey 5.

When asked to explain his problems, Woods smiled and said: ``I missed the first putt, I missed the second putt, I missed the third putt, but I got the fourth one.''

On the No. 3 tee, he stopped his swing in the downswing, appeared to wince in pain and held his left wrist, saying ``Ow.''

After stepping back for a few moments, he drove into the fairway, but ended up with another bogey.

He rebounded with birdies on Nos. 6, 7 and 10 and made a 30-foot eagle putt on the par-5 12th. He followed the eagle with a bogey on No. 13 and closed with a birdie on No. 18.

Jae An, the 13-year-old South Korean player who attends school in New Zealand, shot a 79 to finish 62nd at 11-over 295.

Play began an hour late Sunday because of soggy greens from rain over the past two days that forced the suspension of play for more than three hours Saturday. Fourteen players finished the third round Sunday morning.

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