Nick Watney shot a 61 despite a bogey on the last hole to win the CIMB Classic in Malaysia. Fellow American Tiger Woods tied for fourth place.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Nick Watney took a few peeks at the leaderboard and heard the echo of raucous cheering at regular intervals in the distance as Tiger Woods was commencing his last-round charge. Watney, starting two groups behind Woods, knew it was going to take a special Sunday round to win first prize of $1.3 million in the CIMB Classic.
Watney, 31, had 11 birdies in 17 holes and went to the par-4 18th hole needing a birdie for a score of 59, but decided he was playing only for the victory. He made a bogey on the last hole for a 10-under-par 61 and a 22-under total of 262 to beat defending champion Bo Van Pelt (66) and Robert Garrigus (66) by one stroke.
Woods (63), a 14-time major champion, tied for fourth at 19 under with Chris Kirk (67) and Brendon de Jonge (66). De Jonge, who is from Zimbabwe, is the only player among the top six who isn’t an American. The tournament will become a full-fledged PGA Tour event next year.
“I saw Tiger got off to a good start, so I wasn’t really thinking about winning when I teed off,” said Watney, who started the day four shots off the pace and tied for seventh place. “But the round sort of built momentum and things just kept getting better and better. I’m thrilled to have come away with the win.”
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Players were allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls in the fairways for the last three rounds because the course was soaked by overnight tropical storms.
Woods knew he would need a final round in the low 60s to have a realistic chance of winning.
“I needed to get to 20-plus,” Woods said. “That was the goal score at the end of the day. Looks like Nick went ahead and put it to us.”
Woods wasted opportunities in his third round.
“I had to shoot 9 under (in the final round) to have any kind of chance — yesterday’s last nine holes, that’s what put me in a spot where I couldn’t win the championship,” he said.
Kyle Stanley (66) of Gig Harbor tied for 41st place at 5 under.
• Suzann Pettersen of Norway won the Taiwan Championship for her second consecutive LPGA Tour victory, closing with a 3-under 69 to beat Inbee Park (74) of South Korea by three strokes in Yang Mei.
Pettersen, 31, had a 19-under 269 total and earned $300,000 for her 10th career title. She won in South Korea a week earlier.
Ex-Washington Huskies player Paige Mackenzie (75) tied for 30th at 288. Jimin Kang (73), a graduate of King’s High School in Shoreline, was 68th at 302.
• Peter Hanson of Sweden shot a 5-under 67 to beat runner-up Rory McIlroy (67) of Northern Ireland by a stroke in the BMW Masters in Shanghai, China.
Hanson, 35, finished at 21-under 267 and earned $1.166 million in the European Tour event.
• David Frost of South Africa won the AT&T Championship, an event on the 50-and-older Champions Tour in San Antonio. Frost, 53, defeated Bernhard Langer of Germany with a birdie on the second hole of a playoff and earned $277,500.
Frost and Langer each shot 6-under 66 to finish 54 holes at 8-under 208. Kirk Triplett (69), a Pullman High School graduate, tied for fifth at 212.
• Justin Bolli closed with a 6-under 65 to win the season-ending Web.com Tour Championship in McKinney, Texas. Bolli, 36, had a 16-under 268 total and made $180,000.
The top 25 players on the Web.com earnings list earned PGA Tour cards for 2013, a group that includes No. 14 Andres Gonzales of Olympia. Michael Putnam (73) of University Place tied for 13th place Sunday and ended up 29th on the money list.