Woods falls two shots short as streak ends

Monday, November 13, 2006

Tiger Woods' streak is over.

Woods failed to win a 72-hole tournament for the first time since July 9, finishing two shots behind South Korea's Yang Yong-eun in the HSBC Champions on Sunday.

Yang, a regular on the Japanese tour who has played infrequently outside Asia, closed with a 3-under 69 for a 14-under 274 and a two stroke victory over Woods at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China. Woods finished with a 67.

The loss ended his streak of stroke-play victories, dating to his runner-up finish to Trevor Immelman on July 9 in the Western Open.

The only streak that remains for Woods is his six straight victories on the PGA Tour. The HSBC Champions is sanctioned by the European, Asian, Australasian, South African, and was the first official tournament of the 2007 European tour season.


Lorena Ochoa wrapped up the LPGA Tour's player of the year award with a record-setting finish in the Tournament of Champions in Mobile, Ala.

The 24-year-old Mexican star shot a 7-under 65 for a 10-stroke victory and a tournament-record 21-under 267 total. She ran her winning streak to three with her sixth victory of the year and earned $150,000 to push her season total to $2,492,872.

Ochoa closed with a 13-foot par putt to break the previous tournament record of 20 under set by Se Ri Pak in 2002. Ochoa took a five-stroke lead Saturday with a 63 after opening the second round with a quadruple-bogey 8 en route to a 73.

The former University of Arizona player won the player of the year award for the first time, ending Annika Sorenstam's five-year reign. Ochoa is the first player other than Sorenstam and Karrie Webb to earn the award since 1996.

Paula Creamer and Juli Inkster tied for second at 11 under. Inkster closed with a 68 and Creamer finished with a 70.

Nationwide Tour

Craig Kanada played his way onto the PGA Tour, holing dramatic chips on the final two holes for a one-stroke victory in the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship in Richmond, Texas.

Kanada, 10 positions out of a PGA Tour spot at the start of the week, shot an 8-under 64 on Friday and closed with a 66 to finish at 13-under 275. Matt Kuchar (73) and Andrew Buckle (69) tied for second.

Ken Duke, who tied for 14th at 4 under after a 67, won the money title with $382,443 to earn a full exemption on the 2007 PGA Tour and a spot in The Players Championship. The next 21 finishers on the money list are conditionally exempt on the PGA Tour and Nos. 23-37 got spots in the final stage of Q-school.

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