Kim claims Tournament of Champions

Monday, November 14, 2005

U.S. Solheim Cup star Christina Kim won her second career title Sunday, closing with a 5-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Australia's Rachel Hetherington in the Mitchell Company LPGA Tournament of Champions.

Kim two-putted from 80 feet on the final hole, tapping in for par after Hetherington missed a 20-foot birdie attempt. The 21-year-old Kim then celebrated with a hug from father-caddie Man Kim and a beer shower from fellow player Jennifer Rosales.

"I have been struggling since the Solheim and to know that I could come out there and be a champion of champions, it's an incredible feeling," Kim said. "All of the girls here know how to win and to win this event is just unbelievable."

Kim finished with a 15-under 273 total on the Magnolia Grove Golf Club's Crossings Course in Mobile, Ala., and earned $138,000. She also won the 2004 Longs Drugs Challenge.

Hetherington shot a 68 en route to the eighth runner-up finish of her career.

Sweden's Liselotte Neumann closed with a 71 to finish third at 12 under.

Neumann, who started the final round with a one-shot edge, made a 7-foot eagle putt on the fourth hole and took a two-stroke advantage into the back nine. But Kim birdied Nos. 11 and 12 to gain a share of the lead.

Neumann handed the lead to Kim when she hit her tee shot into the right trees on the par-5 13th hole and made a double bogey.

HSBC Champions

England's David Howell held off Tiger Woods in the HSBC Champions on Sunday, closing with a 4-under 68 for a three-stroke victory in Shanghai, China.

Howell, who began the round with a one-stroke lead over Woods, finished with a 20-under 268 total to claim the $833,300 first-place check in the $5 million event, the richest tournament in Asia. Woods shot a 70.

Howell, a surprising star in Europe's Ryder Cup victory over the United States last year, extended his lead to four strokes with three birdies on the first five holes and overcame bogeys on Nos. 8 and 9 to win his third European tour title.

Woods, also second last week in the Tour Championship in Atlanta, will be in Japan this week for the Dunlop Phoenix and also will play in the PGA Grand Slam, Skins Game and Target World Challenge.

England's Nick Dougherty eagled the par-5 18th for a 69 to tie for third with Australia's Nick O'Hern (73) at 14 under.

Franklin Templeton Shootout

Kenny Perry and John Huston won the Franklin Templeton Shootout, combining for a 13-under 59 in the scramble format for a one-stroke victory over Fred Couples and Adam Scott.

Perry and Huston, who each earned $315,000, had a 30-under 186 total on the Tiburon Golf Club course in Naples, Fla.

-- From wire reports

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