Thomas Bjorn wins Dunlop Phoenix Open
Denmark's Thomas Bjorn fired an even-par 71 Sunday to overtake third-round leader Sergio Garcia and win the $1.8 million Dunlop Phoenix golf tournament.
Bjorn, who won this tournament in 1999, had three birdies against three bogeys at the 6,917-yard, par-71 Phoenix Country Club for a total of 12-under 272.
Garcia, meanwhile, had a disastrous round of 78 that left him in sixth place. He finished with six bogeys, a double bogey and a lone birdie.
``Sergio had a tough day,'' said Bjorn, who pocketed the $363,000 winner's prize. ``He played wonderful golf for three days. You learn the most from tough days and he'll learn from this.''
Japan's Daisuke Maruyama fired a 70 to finish second, two strokes behind Bjorn.
Garcia, who had a three-stroke lead heading into the final round, just couldn't get his putting game going.
After bogeys on Nos. 3 and 4, Garcia finally got his first birdie on No. 7 but a double bogey on the next hole took the wind out of his sails.
He missed a 2-foot par putt on the 10th hole for his fourth bogey of the day as Bjorn took the lead for good. It was the third time Garcia has finished runner-up at this tourney.
``It was a difficult day,'' said Garcia. ``I just couldn't find my rhythm and my head wasn't the greatest. I've been playing so great all week and all of a sudden I came out on the defensive.''
Britain's Lee Westwood offset a lone bogey with six birdies for a final round 66 that left him in third place along with Japan's Tetsuji Hiratsuka and American David Gossett.
American David Duval was forced to pull out of the tournament on the first day due to a sore back.
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