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Kaymer storms to HSBC title

2011-11-06 12:08

Shanghai - Germany's Martin Kaymer carded a sensational seven birdies on the back nine on Sunday to take the HSBC Champions title in Shanghai by three strokes over in-form Swede Fredrik Jacobson.

The world No 6 Kaymer finished 20-under overall in the seven-million-dollar showpiece with his timely round of 63, capping off his remarkable day with a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th.

Jacobson had commanded the summit of the leaderboard since round two but the 54th ranked player fired three bogeys as Kaymer went three strokes clear with clinical green finishes - including a blistering 30-footer on the 16th.

Kaymer, who had nine birdies in all on the day, finished Asia's flagship tournament on 268 at the Sheshan International course in Shanghai.

"It was an ok year, now it is a good one," said the understated 26-year-old German.

Kaymer began the year with his triumph at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship but then saw his form dip until Sunday, when his game came together in spectacular fashion to snatch the win from Jacobson.

Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell redeemed himself in part after his nightmare weekend at the Andalucia Masters last week. He carded five birdies in his five-under 67 to finish in third.

England's injury-recovering Paul Casey finished tied fourth alongside South African Charl Schwartzel and world No 3 and US Open champion Rory McIlroy.

Northern Irish star McIlroy, who was shadowed inside the ropes by tennis star girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki throughout the tournament, saw his front nine rally to gain the lead peter out with two bogeys.

England's world No 2 Lee Westwood endured a miserable day at the office with bogeys galore and a spell looking for a wayward ball in a fir tree to finish tied 13th.

Australian Adam Scott, whose caddy Steve Williams is at the centre of a race storm after comments about Tiger Woods, saw his challenge slip badly, carding four bogeys.

Scott is under pressure to sack Williams, who called Woods a "black arsehole" during a gala awards dinner on Friday night.

HSBC Champions final round scores at the par-72 course in Shanghai on Sunday:

268 Martin Kaymer (Germany) 69 68 68 63 271 Fredrik Jacobson (Sweden) 67 66 67 71 272 Graeme McDowell (Britain) 69 69 67 67 273 Charl Schwartzel (South Africa) 70 69 69 65
Paul Casey (Britain) 70 66 70 67
Rory McIlroy (Britain) 70 69 65 69 274 Justin Rose (Britain) 68 70 70 66
Hunter Mahan (U.S.) 71 67 69 67
Louis Oosthuizen (South Africa) 71 63 68 72 275 Jhonattan Vegas (Venezuela) 69 73 65 68 276 Bo Van Pelt (U.S.) 67 69 70 70
Adam Scott (Australia) 69 65 69 73 278 Ian Poulter (Britain) 70 68 69 71
Zhang Xinjun (China) 74 68 64 72
Lee Westwood (Britain) 69 68 67 74 279 K.J. Choi (South Korea) 68 70 72 69
Simon Dyson (Britain) 69 69 70 71
Keegan Bradley (U.S.) 65 70 72 72 280 John Senden (Australia) 72 68 70 70 281 Nicolas Colsaerts (Belgium) 74 69 68 70
Lucas Glover (U.S.) 76 68 71 66
Pablo Larrazabal (Spain) 70 69 70 72 282 Jeev Milkha Singh (India) 72 73 69 68
Francesco Molinari (Italy) 70 70 71 71
Aaron Baddeley (Australia) 69 68 73 72
Anders Hansen (Denmark) 71 69 70 72
Jonathan Byrd (U.S.) 71 68 70 73
Jbe Kruger (South Africa) 70 70 68 74 283 Rory Sabbatini (South Africa) 69 71 71 72
Thongchai Jaidee (Thailand) 68 69 72 74
Harrison Frazar (U.S.) 70 75 64 74
Yuta Ikeda (Japan) 70 71 68 74 284 Peter Hanson (Sweden) 69 73 71 71
Robert Rock (Britain) 70 70 71 73
Lee Slattery (Britain) 76 71 68 69
Ernie Els (South Africa) 75 69 72 68
Nick Watney (U.S.) 71 75 71 67 285 Chinnarat Phadungsil (Thailand) 71 69 74 71
Darren Clarke (Britain) 73 76 67 69
Jim Herman (U.S.) 74 70 73 68
Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spain) 72 68 68 77 287 Thomas Bjorn (Denmark) 72 71 71 73
Bill Haas (U.S.) 74 69 68 76
Scott Stallings (U.S.) 70 74 72 71
Stuart Appleby (Australia) 77 70 71 69 288 Keith Horne (South Africa) 71 70 73 74
Hiroyuki Fujita (Japan) 74 71 70 73
Ben Crane (U.S.) 75 71 74 68 289 Alexander Noren (Sweden) 67 75 70 77
Hwang Jung-gon (South Korea) 72 72 70 75
Wu Ashun (China) 72 69 70 78
Mohammad Siddikur (Bangladesh) 75 73 67 74
Alvaro Quiros (Spain) 72 67 71 79
Paul Lawrie (Britain) 72 71 72 74
Kim Kyung-tae (South Korea) 73 77 71 68 290 Geoff Ogilvy (Australia) 75 69 69 77
Robert Karlsson (Sweden) 74 75 68 73
Mark Wilson (U.S.) 71 73 77 69 291 Tetsuji Hiratsuka (Japan) 72 70 72 77
David Toms (U.S.) 68 76 71 76
Michio Matsumura (Japan) 74 71 71 75 292 Liang Wenchong (China) 72 73 71 76
Jim Furyk (U.S.) 78 68 73 73
Michael Hoey (Britain) 76 70 74 72 293 S.S.P. Chowrasia (India) 73 74 73 73 294 D.A. Points (U.S.) 73 71 73 77
Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Thailand) 79 72 71 72 295 Chez Reavie (U.S.) 70 75 68 82 296 Matteo Manassero (Italy) 82 71 70 73 297 Thomas Aiken (South Africa) 76 75 69 77 298 David Gleeson (Australia) 71 70 76 81 299 Alistair Presnell (Australia) 75 75 73 76
Chan Yih-shin (Taiwan) 75 74 76 74 300 Yuan Hao (China) 72 78 74 76 301 Pablo Martin (Spain) 76 71 74 80 304 Tom Lewis (Britain) 78 71 72 83 312 Adam Bland (Australia) 75 76 81 80

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