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Greg Owen hands title to Rod Pampling

Australia's Rod Pampling held off Briton Greg Owen in a scrappy finish to clinch his second PGA Tour title by a shot at the Bay Hill Invitational in Orlando, Florida on Sunday.

Four strokes ahead overnight, the 36-year-old fired a level-par 72 to finish on 14-under 274 at the Bay Hill Club.

Englishman Owen, chasing his first PGA Tour victory, had been one ahead with two holes to play before three-putting from just under four feet for a double-bogey five on 17.

He also bogeyed the last for a 69 and outright second place, effectively gifting Pampling the title.

"It's sad to see, but that's golf," Pampling told reporters after receiving the winner's cheque for $990,000. "I was a little down for making bogey (on 17), and suddenly I'm tied.

"This tournament will always be looked at as the one that Greg three-putted, but I know I played great all week. I definitely deserve it. I didn't back down. I kept fighting all the way."

Briton Darren Clarke carded a 70 to finish third at 12-under 276 with Australia's Robert Allenby a further stroke back in fourth, after a 69.

Pampling, whose maiden PGA Tour victory came at the 2004 International, did well to recover after surrendering a two-shot lead with a double-bogey six at the 13th.

He birdied 15 and, despite a bogey on 17, became the second non-American to triumph in the tournament's 40-year history. South Africa's Ernie Els was the first in 1998.

On a breezy afternoon, Pampling appeared to be in control of the tournament after reaching the turn at 16 under.

Although he had his advantage briefly trimmed to two with Owen in hot pursuit, he sank a curling 18-footer at the par-four eighth to forge three shots clear of the chasing pack.

Two ahead with six holes to play, Pampling surrendered his lead at the par-four 13th where he drove out-of-bounds before running up an ugly six.

That left him level with Owen at 14 under and two clear of Clarke, who sank a downhill putt from 20 feet to birdie the same hole.

Owen then rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt from just off the green at the par-three 14th to take the lead for the first time.

Pampling, refusing to buckle after the disappointment of 13, regained a share of the lead with a birdie at the par-four 14th.

After powering a massive drive to the left of the fairway, he struck a wedge approach to 12 feet and coolly sank the right-to-left breaking putt to draw level with Owen at 15 under.

Owen went ahead again at the par-five 16th with his sixth birdie of the day and looked likely to stretch his advantage to two when Pampling bogeyed the short 17th.

The Englishman faced a par putt from three-and-a-half feet at the same hole but overran it before missing the return from just two feet for a double-bogey five.

He and Pampling were once again tied for the lead, at 14 under, before the unfortunate Owen bogeyed the last.

"You don't get many chances to win on the PGA Tour and on a great golf course like this," Owen said. "I had it in my pocket. It was there and I threw it away."

Britain's Lee Westwood birdied five of the last seven holes for a 67 and a share of fifth place at 10 under.

World number one Tiger Woods, a distant 10 strokes off the lead overnight, completed a frustrating week with a level-par 72. Winner of a record four titles at Bay Hill, Woods tied for 20th at four-under 284.

 

 




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