Sorenstam overtakes Park with late charge at Samsung

Monday, October 18, 2004

Annika Sorenstam charged from three shots back over the final five holes to overtake Grace Park and win her fourth Samsung World Championship.

Sorenstam, the winner of six of her 15 tour events this year, shot a closing 5-under 67 to finish 18 under, three shots ahead of Park. The leader the first three days, Park finished with two bogeys for a 73.

Despite gusting winds in Palm Desert, Calif., Sorenstam had a 4-under 32 on the back nine en route to her 54th career victory.

Sorenstam took sole possession of the lead for the first time in the tournament on the 71st hole when she sank a 6-foot birdie putt on No. 17. She chipped in a 40-footer from the fringe for an eagle 3 on the par-5, 538-yard No. 15 to catch Park at 17 under.

Lorena Ochoa (70) finished third at 13 under, and defending champion Sophie Gustafson (71) was another two shots back in fourth.

The $206,000 winner's prize put Sorenstam over the $2 million mark for the fourth consecutive year.

PGA Tour

Brent Geiberger shot a final-round 66 and cruised to a two-shot victory in the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro, winning for the first time in five years.

Geiberger, who finished at 18-under 270, hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation, and took the lead for good with a 5-under 31 on the front.

Michael Allen birdied the final hole for a 67 to finish second, earning enough money to secure his playing privileges for next season. Chris Smith was another shot back at 67, with David Toms (69) and Tom Lehman (70) tied for fourth.

Geiberger earned his first career win at Hartford in 1999. He and his father, Al, are the first father-son duo to win the same tournament on the PGA Tour. Al Geiberger won in 1976.

Champions Tour

Mark McNulty shot a 6-under 65 to win the SBC Championship in San Antonio by eight strokes over Gary McCord, the largest margin of victory in a 54-hole Champions Tour event this season.

McNulty, a tour rookie from Zimbabwe, finished the tournament at 18-under 195 for his second victory this year and a top prize of $225,000.

Bobby Wadkins (67) was third at 204, one stroke ahead of Tom Kite (68), Dave Stockton (68) and Bruce Fleisher (70). Larry Nelson (67), Dana Quigley (72) and Morris Hatalsky (72) finished at 206.

McNulty started the day with a four-shot lead over McCord, Quigley and Hatalsky. He had four birdies on the front and three more on the back to build his advantage to 10 strokes after 16 holes.

World Match Play

Ernie Els won the World Match Play in Virginia Water, England, for a record sixth time on his 35th birthday, beating Lee Westwood 2 and 1 Sunday to earn $1.8 million in golf's biggest payday.

Els completed his victory with a 20-foot birdie putt at the 17th hole. This was the third straight time he won the event, matching his three titles from 1994-96. It was his first victory over Westwood in three matches in the championship.

Westwood, the 2000 champion who won $720,000 as runner-up, looked set to take the match. The Englishman was on the green at the par-5 571-yard 17th in two with Els short and in heavy rough. Els chipped on 20 feet short while Westwood got down in two putts for his birdie. He then watched as Els, reading his putt perfectly, curled it slightly left to right into the hole.

Els' sixth title broke the record he had shared with Gary Player, who won five times between 1965 and 1973, and Seve Ballesteros, who won between 1981 to 1991.

-- From wire reports

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: