KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP)—Steve Stricker never looked comfortable at Kapaluauntil he walked off the Plantation Course with the same five-shot margin that hestarted with Sunday in the Tournament of Champions.
Right when he felt as if he was letting everyone back into the hunt,Stricker birdied his last four holes for a 4-under 69 that restored his cushiongoing into the Monday finish in Maui.
Webb Simpson had a 30-foot birdie putt on the 14th hole for a share of thelead. He missed. Jonathan Byrd had a 4-foot birdie putt on the 16th for a shareof the lead. He missed that one.
Stricker, after a two-putt birdie on the 15th, chipped in for birdie on the16th hole, then knocked in short birdie putts on the last two holes.
He was at 19-under 200, five shots clear of defending champion Byrd (67),Martin Laird (67) and Simpson, who also had a 69 while playing in the finalgroup with Stricker.
Through three rounds, Stricker now is 13-under par on the five closing holesat the Plantation Course.
EAST LONDON, South Africa (AP)—Louis Oosthuizen holed a 35-foot birdieputt on No. 17 to top fellow South African Tjaart van der Walt and retain histitle at the Africa Open.
The former British Open champion beat Van der Walt by two shots afterclosing with a 6-under 67 for a 27-under total of 265 at the season-openingEuropean Tour event.
Van der Walt shot a 69 to finish one shot ahead of Retief Goosen , who alsocarded a 69 at East London Golf Club.
Oosthuizen and Van der Walt were tied with two holes to play butOosthuizen’s birdie and Van der Walt’s bogey at the short par-3 No. 17 finallyseparated the pair.
It was the 29-year-old Oosthuizen’s fourth European Tour title and firstsince his win in East London in 2011, while Van der Walt again missed out on afirst professional victory.