Sun City - Lee Westwood of England shot a final-round 68 Sunday to win the
Sun City Challenge by eight strokes and remain world number one going
into the new year.
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The 37-year-old needed a top-two finish at the
north-west South African resort to ensure he stayed ahead of American
golf icon Tiger Woods, who was poised to win the Chevron World Challenge
in California later on Sunday.
Westwood chipped into the hole from
behind the green at the final hole to finish a four-under round of 68
with a flourish and South African Tim Clark carded a 71 to snatch second
It was the second tournament triumph of the year after the
mid-year St Jude Classic for Westwood, who lists cars, cinema, snooker
and backing second-tier English football club Nottingham Forest among
Trailing Irishman Padraig Harrington by two strokes
after the opening round of the 12-man invitation tournament known as
the African Major, Westwood fired an eight-under 64 in the second round
and never looked back.
He stretched his advantage to five strokes
three rounds into the pursuit of a record 1.25-million-dollar first
prize and was never threatened over the final 18 holes on another hot,
early summer day.
Long before the final putt dropped, the battle
was not for top spot but the runner-up place between Clark and fellow
South African and two-time US Open champion Retief Goosen at the par-72
Gary Player Country Club.
"Only your wife and your pet remember
when you finish second," joked South African golf legend Gary Player as
the struggle unfolded, but there was a 210,000-dollar gap between
runner-up and third.
And it was Clark, recovering superbly after a
one-over opening round, who finished closest to Westwood as he
compensated for less distance than rivals off the tee with accuracy and a
clinical short game.
Final round scores (RSA unless noted):
271 - Lee Westwood (ENG) 68-64-71-68
279 - Tim Clark 73-67-68-71
280 - Miguel Angel Jimenez (ESP) 69-69-71-71, Retief Goosen 72-70-70-68
283 - Ernie Els 71-68-71-73, Ross Fisher (ENG) 67-68-73-75
285 - Robert Allenby (AUS, holder) 70-70-73-72, Padraig Harrington (IRL) 66-72-72-75
286 - Anders Hansen (DEN) 72-70-68-76, Justin Rose (ENG) 70-72-72-72
287 - Edoardo Molinari (ITA) 71-67-73-76
290 - Louis Oosthuizen 71-73-72-74