Woods ends drought with victory in Japan

Monday, November 22, 2004

Tiger Woods won his first stroke-play tournament in more than a year, capturing the Dunlop Phoenix by eight strokes after closing with a 3-under 67.

Woods entered the final round with a 10-stroke lead and had five birdies to finish at 16-under 264 in the $1.89 million event in Miyazaki, Japan, the richest on the Japan tour.

This was Woods' second title this year following the Match Play Championship in February. The last time he won a stroke-play tournament was in October 2003.

Japan's Ryoken Kawagishi shot a 65 to finish eight strokes back, while South Korea's K.J. Choi also had a 65 to finish at 6 under.


Annika Sorenstam didn't win any style points, just another trophy.

Sorenstam outlasted Cristie Kerr in an intense duel Sunday at the season-ending ADT Championship in West Palm Beach, Fla., beating her with a bogey on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win for the eighth time this year.

Sorenstam birdied the 16th hole to catch Kerr, and missed a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th that led to the third playoff in the nine-year history of the tournament. She shot a 3-under 69 and finished at 13-under 275.

Kerr, who had not made a bogey in 44 holes, hit a marginal drive that left her a 7-wood into the 18th green in the playoff. Off a sidehill lie, she pushed it badly into the water, then missed the green with a sand wedge and wound up with a double bogey. She finished with a 68.

Karrie Webb and Carin Koch each shot 69 and finished five strokes back.

World Cup

Paul Casey putted exceptionally well and teamed with Luke Donald to lead England to the World Cup title with a one-stroke victory over Spain.

The two combined for an alternate-shot 8-under 64 and had a total of 31-under 257 at Real Club de Golf de Sevilla in Seville, Spain. The Spanish team of Sergio Garcia and Miguel Angel Jimenez closed with a 66.

The Irish team of Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley finished with a 65 for third, three strokes behind England. Defending champion South Africa with Rory Sabbatini and Trevor Immelman shot 68 to finish six behind.

The Netherlands (68) and Austria (67) finished eight back. The United States, featuring Scott Verplank and Bob Tway, shot a 72 and was 10 behind along with Sweden (72) and Germany (68).


The Americans kept their record perfect in the UBS Cup in Kiawah Island, S.C., defeating the international team in the Ryder Cup-style match-play event 14-10 to win the cup for a fourth straight year.

The victory in the $3 million event for golfers 40-and-over also kept Arnold Palmer's record perfect as a captain in international team golf -- four UBS Cups, two Ryder Cups and a President's Cup.

The Americans entered Sunday's singles matches with a 6 1/2-5 1/2 lead. Each team won three of the day's first six matches. But the Americans, paced again by Fred Couples, won three of the last six and halved the three others.

Couples defeated Colin Montgomerie 5 and 3, notching six birdies and an eagle on the way. Couples won every match he played during three days of competition at this year's UBS Cup.

Pebble Beach Invitational

Jeff Brehaut made a 5-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to edge Kevin Sutherland by one stroke at the Pebble Beach Invitational.

Brehaut shot a 3-under 69 and finished at 9-under 279 at Pebble Beach Golf Links. The event included players from the LPGA, Champions, Nationwide and PGA Tours, as well as mini-tour players, club pros and amateurs.

-- From wire reports

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