Cup Champ Watson Storms to Win

By Sports NetworkOctober 30, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 Charles Schwab Cup ChampionshipSONOMA, Calif. -- Tom Watson erased a six-shot deficit on Sunday to come from behind and win the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. He birdied the 72nd hole to fire an 8-under 64 and win the tournament by a single stroke at 16-under-par 272.
'I didn't expect to be here doing this today,' said Watson, who pocketed $440,000 for his third victory at this event. 'It was a round that I'll always remember.'
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Tom Watson capped an emotional final round with a birdie at the last.
The win not only gave Watson eight Champions Tour wins, but it allowed him to win his second, year-long Charles Schwab Cup title. Since this event features triple points, Watson blew past Dana Quigley, who held first in that race for 17 weeks.
'When a guy shoots 64 in front of you, it's pretty tough,' said Quigley, who did capture the Champions Tour money title. 'All in all, it was a great year. I played my heart out all year, so I have nothing to be ashamed of.'
Jay Haas, the overnight leader, blew a six-stroke advantage in his bid to win his third tournament in four starts. He shot a respectable, 1-under 71, but came in second at minus-15.
Tom Kite posted a 5-under 67 and came in third at minus-13. Defending champion Mark McNulty carded a 4-under 68 on Sunday and took fourth at 11-under-par 277.
Watson and Haas were tied at 15 under par when Watson reached the tee at the par-4 closing hole. He hammered his drive down the middle, but came up 25 feet short with his 7-iron approach. Watson sank the birdie try to go one ahead with Haas and Quigley in the fairway.
Haas hit a solid second shot 20 feet left of the hole, but missed the birdie putt, giving Watson his second win of the year to go along with the Senior British Open.
'I'm very grateful to have been able to make those critical putts at the right time,' said Watson. 'The greens tested your skill with the flat stick. I finally got used to in the last round.'
Watson wasted little time in cutting into Haas' lead. He rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt at the second, then mixed two birdies and a bogey over the next five holes.
At the par-5 eighth, Watson ran home a 25-footer for birdie, then he added another at nine after he drove into a fairway bunker. Watson drained a 12-foot par save at the 10th and suddenly found himself two back.
Haas birdied the same hole from 10 feet, then both players birdied No. 11. Haas still held a three-shot lead, but horribly hit a 30-foot birdie putt at the 12th. He bogeyed the hole, while Watson birdied No. 12 to cut the margin to one.
Watson drew even with a 3-foot birdie putt at the 14th. Haas missed an 8-foot par putt on the same hole to finally trail Watson. The Senior British Open champion missed a 4-foot par putt at the 15th and the two were tied once again.
Both players birdied 16, then both missed reasonable looks at birdie on the par-3 17th. Watson's 8-footer never fell in the hole, while Haas missed from 2 feet closer.
Then, Watson made it to the winner's circle with a clutch putt at 18.
Quigley shot a 2-under 70 to tie for fifth place with Tradition winner Loren Roberts, who also managed a 2-under 70 on Sunday. The pair came in at minus-10.
Tom Purtzer posted a 3-under 69 and came in seventh at 8-under-par 280. Craig Stadler fashioned a round of 2-under 70 and finished eighth at minus-7.
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    Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open

    By Associated PressDecember 11, 2017, 12:43 pm

    JOHANNESBURG – Shubhankar Sharma won his first European Tour title by a shooting 3-under 69 Monday in the final round of the weather-delayed Joburg Open.

    The 21-year-old Indian resumed his round on the eighth green after play was halted early Sunday afternoon because of storms. He parred that hole, birdied No. 9 and made par on every hole on the back nine.

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    Sharma finished at 23-under 264, three strokes ahead of the pack, and qualified for next year's British Open, too.

    ''I actually wasn't going to come here about a week ago ... so I'm really happy that I came,'' said Sharma, who shot 61 in the second round. ''I don't think I'm ever going forget my first time in South Africa.''

    Erik van Rooyen (66) was second, three strokes ahead of Shaun Norris (65) and Tapio Pulkkanen (68).

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    By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:16 pm

    Shubhankar Sharma earned his first career European Tour win at the rain-delayed Joburg Open and punched his ticket to The Open in the process.

    Sharma returned to Randpark Golf Club Monday morning after storms washed out much of the scheduled final day of play. Beginning the re-start with a four-shot lead, he hung on to win by three over South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen.

    Both men can make travel plans for Carnoustie next summer, as this was the second event in the Open Qualifying Series with three spots available for players not otherwise exempt who finished inside the top 10. The final spot went to Shaun Norris, who tied for third with Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen but had a higher world ranking (No. 192) than Pulkkanen (No. 197) entering the week.

    The Joburg Open was the final official European Tour event of the year. The next tournament in the Open Qualifying Series will be the SMBC Singapore Open in January, where four spots at Carnoustie will be up for grabs.

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 6, Dustin Johnson

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:00 pm

    Only Dustin Johnson could win four times in 2017 and it still feels as though he underachieved.

    That’s unfair, perhaps, but it’s a testament to Johnson’s awesome ability – and his incredible run of form last spring – that observers can’t help but shake the feeling that his year could have been even better.

    In February, he rose to the top of the world rankings for the first time, the culmination of a long, bizarre journey in which he often battled himself (through major blunders and, reportedly, drug-related suspensions) as much as his peers. Johnson’s blowout victory at Riviera was his first of three consecutive titles (including two WGCs), as he achieved Tiger-like levels of dominance and rolled into the Masters as the prohibitive favorite.

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    Expectations for this star-crossed talent are always different, and so the surprise wasn’t that he blew that major but that he didn’t even give himself a chance. In one of the biggest stunners of the year, Johnson’s manager announced on the eve of the first round that his client had suffered a back injury while slipping on a set of stairs in his rental house. Just like that, the year’s first major was thrown into chaos, with Johnson unable to play – the line of demarcation in his good-but-not-great year.

    Though he added a playoff victory at the end of the season, Johnson failed to factor in any of the remaining three majors and was surprisingly inconsistent, perhaps because of swing compensations after the injury.

    Would DJ have denied Sergio Garcia a green jacket? Would he have created even more separation at the top of the world rankings? Would he have defended his Player of the Year title? Unfortunately, we’ll never know.

    In typical DJ fashion, he left us to ponder what could have been.

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