Fiji native caps win at International with an eagle on 17th holeVijay Singh led wire-to-wire Sunday and punctuated his final round with an eagle on the 17th hole to capture the Sprint International for his second title in as many weeks.
Singh, 35, the newly crowned PGA champion, began the day with 33 points and a narrow 1-point lead under the modified Stableford scoring system used in this event. He never relinquished it.Singh birdied five holes on his front nine, increasing his point total to 43 for a 7-point lead over Willie Wood at the turn. His potential runaway didn't materialize, however, and the victory wasn't clinched until eight holes later.
Nursing a 1-point lead over both Wood and defending champion Phil Mickelson, Singh played the 492-yard, par-5 17th hole perfectly.
He drilled a 3-wood 306 yards uphill to the middle of the fairway, then hit an 8-iron to the back fringe. His downhill, curving putt from about 25 feet found the cup for a 5-point eagle, increasing his point total to 47.
Wood and Mickelson tied for second at 41, and Tiger Woods, who fashioned four eagles in the first three rounds but none on Sunday, finished at 38. Rocco Mediate was next at 37.
The International's scoring format awards 5 points for an eagle, 2 for birdie, zero for par, minus-1 for bogey and minus-3 for double bogey or worse. Points accumulated over all four rounds. The field, cut at the halfway point, was cut again to the top 36 scorers and ties for Sunday's final round.
Singh's early birdie barrage gave him a seemingly comfortable lead. But after Singh's poor drive on No. 10 and subsequent bogey, Wood ran in birdie putts at the 11th and 12th holes, and the lead was trimmed to 2 points.
Wood three-putted the 14th to fall another point behind, but the diminutive Oklahoman sank a 15-foot birdie putt at No. 16 to cut the deficit to 1.
The 17th hole is a birdie and eagle opportunity for most players, but Wood's lack of length hurt him there. His drive found the right rough, and his second shot, a long iron, was short of the green. He pitched to 20 feet but two-putted for a disappointing par.
Mickelson, who birdied three holes on the front nine to get to 34, closed with a flourish. He eagled the 17th and birdied the 18th, a 7-point flurry.
Woods started fast, birdieing his first two holes and, after a bogey at No. 3, carding another birdie at No. 4 to get to 36 points. But, struggling with his swing mechanics, Woods began spraying the ball and suffered bogeys at Nos. 6, 9 and 12 to drop to 33.
Back-to-back birdies at Nos. 14 and 15 got him back in contention at 37 points, but he three-putted the 16th hole and his eagle bid failed at 17 when his putt slid past the hole.
Bob Tway, who began the day far off the pace at 20, birdied four holes on the front side and eagled the 17th. His 16-point round vaulted him to 36.
Brad Faxon, at 23 after three rounds, also made a belated move with an eagle at 17 to get to 36.
Steve Flesch and Brandt Jobe also finished at 36.
JERICHO, N.Y. - Gary Player became the second-oldest winner on the Senior PGA Tour when his 4-under-par 68 Sunday gave him a one-stroke victory in the $1 million Northville Long Island Classic.
Only Mike Fetchick, who won the 1985 Hilton Head Seniors Invitational on his 63rd birthday, was an older champion than Player, who will turn 63 on Nov. 1.
Player, who has won 130 events worldwide including nine major tournaments, won for the 19th time on Senior PGA Tour and for the first time since the Bank One Classic in 1995. He did win three senior events last season, but none were in the United States.
Walter Hall, a co-leader of this event entering the final round for the second straight year, shot a 71 and finished tied for second with J.C. Snead at 11-under 205.
Hall, in just his second year on the senior tour, had a chance to force a playoff but missed about an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-3 18th.
Snead closed with a 67, that included a great par save on the par-5 17th and a birdie on the closing hole.
Lee Trevino and John Schroder had 69s to finish at 10-under. That was one stroke ahead of Terry Dill, who had a 67, and Tom Shaw, the other co-leader entering the final round. He had a 73.
Player, who had three 68s, took the lead for good with a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-4 16th, then parred in to win the first-place prize of $150,000 and become the seventh player older than 60 to win a senior tour event.
Player won the inaugural senior event played at this venue in 1987 but it isn't recognized as an official tournament.
Hall, who closed with a 74 last year and finished 11th, had a chance at a birdie on No. 17 as well, but his 8-footer hit the cup and rolled out.
Player, who started the final round two strokes behind the leaders, had three birdies on the back nine, gaining ground as Hall and Shaw combined for just one, Hall's on No. 10.