Trump Watson Down Sorenstam Gulbis in Skins Game

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NEW YORK -- Donald Trump knows the importance of a good partner.
 
The extravagant developer had a real good one Sunday in the Manhattan Golf Classic, teaming with five-time British Open champion Tom Watson to beat Annika Sorenstam and Natalie Gulbis 10-8 in the skins event on Governors Island.

'I need all the help I can get,' Trump said.
 
The 6-handicapper helped Watson as well in the friendly competition, earning skins with net birdies on three holes where he received strokes.
 
'Donald played very well,' Watson said. 'He hit three 5-woods that he just smoked. He had it under control today.'
 
Watson made the two biggest shots of the day, driving the par-4 15th to set up a 6-foot eagle putt that pulled the team to 8-7 and taking the final three skins with a 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th.
 
'That sure made for an exciting finish, although the ladies probably didn't enjoy the ending as much as the boys did,' Watson said. 'We had a good time. What a unique golf course. It was very interesting.'
 
Built around historic Fort Jay on the small island just off the southern tip of Manhattan, the playing area was roughly the size of three holes on a regulation course. The course, featuring spectacular skyline views, has six small greens that can be played from numerous tees, with one tee inside the red brick fort.
 
'At some point it will be developed,' said Trump, who once hoped to build a casino on the island. 'It's a great and amazing place.'
 
Watson and Trump were down 6-3 after nine holes and 8-3 after 11.
 
'We need more strokes. These ladies are killing us,' Watson said at the turn.
 
The Champions Tour star pulled the team within one with his eagle on No. 15, a 385-yard hole that played into the wind on the cool afternoon.
 
'That was the shot of the day for me,' Watson said. 'I caught that perfect on the middle of the clubface.'
 
After the teams halved 16 and 17, Watson took the final three skins with his birdie putt on the 18th.
 
'It was a fantastic day. We really had a good time,' said Sorenstam, headed to Dubai for a Ladies European Tour event.
 
Sorenstam's parents, Tom and Gunilla, walked with her, and sister Charlotta, also an LPGA Tour player, caddied on the final nine holes.
 
'Never,' Charlotta said when asked if she had caddied before.
 
Gulbis, No. 19 in the world rankings, won four skins with a birdie on No. 4 and also birdied No. 8 to give the team a 6-2 lead.
 
'What a fun group that was. It was a lot of fun,' Gulbis said. 'It's been really a good few days here. I actually even had time to go shopping one afternoon.'
 
The first-year event raised about $250,000 for the New York City Parks Foundation, First Tee junior golf program and two local children's charities.
 
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