Singh claims his ninth tournament of the year

Monday, November 1, 2004

Vijay Singh became golf's first $10 million man, winning the Chrysler Championship by five strokes on Sunday at Palm Harbor, Fla.

Singh closed with a 6-under 65 to win his ninth tournament this year, matching Tiger Woods for the most victories in a season on the PGA Tour since 1950.

He finished at 18-under 266 to set the tournament record by one shot, previously held by K.J. Choi in 2002. He earned $900,000 with the victory at Innisbrook, pushing his total to $10,725,166. That's more than $5 million more than Phil Mickelson, who is second on the money list.

Jesper Parnevik birdied the final hole to shoot 68 and tie for second place. That boosted Parnevik to No. 40 on the money list, qualifying him for next year's Masters. Tommy Armour III three-putted the final hole for a 69 to share second place at 13 under.

Singh now goes to the Tour Championship with a shot at a 10-10 season -- 10 victories, $10 million.

LPGA Tour

Grace Park won the CJ Nine Bridges Classic, shooting a 7-under 65 for a five-stroke victory at Jeju, South Korea.

Park finished at 16-under 200. Top-ranked Annika Sorenstam and Carin Koch, both of Sweden, shot 67s and tied for second at 11 under. Sorenstam entered the day three strokes off the lead and closed her round with an eagle.

Defending champion Ahn Shi-hyun (69) was at 10 under, tied for fourth with Lorena Ochoa (67) and Jeong Jang (68).

European PGA Tour

Ian Poulter of England beat Sergio Garcia with a par on the first playoff hole to win the Volvo Masters at Sotogrande, Spain.

Garcia missed a 3-foot putt on the final hole of regulation that would have given the Spaniard the victory.

The two were tied after 72 holes at Valderrama at 7-under-par 277. Both shot final rounds of 1-under 70.

Scotland's Alastair Forsyth took a three-stroke lead into the final round but closed with a 74 after bogeys on the first two holes. He finished one stroke behind Poulter and Garcia.

-- From wire reports

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