2000: Love upsets notion of Woods-Garcia duel
Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Davis Love III charged from behind with an 8-under 64 on Dec. 3 to overtake Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia and win the Williams World Challenge.
Love, who hasn’t won a PGA Tour event in more than two years, finished with a 22-under 266 total – including two 64s – at Sherwood Country Club to take the $1 million first prize.
Woods, the tournament host, closed with a 69 that left him two shots back in second. Garcia, 20, shot 73 to finish third at 17 under.
“I knew when I walked off the course Saturday that it was a two-man race in the fans’ minds. I said, ‘I’ll just play with Freddie (Couples) and have some fun,”’ said Love, who began the day four shots behind Garcia and three back of Woods.
The tournament benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation. Woods donated his second-place check of $500,000 to the foundation.
Nedbank Golf Challenge
South Africa’s Ernie Els made a 5-foot birdie putt on the second hole of a playoff with England’s Lee Westwood to win the Nedbank Golf Challenge Dec. 3 in Sun City, South Africa.
Els, also the 1999 winner, earned $2 million – the richest first-place check in golf history. He closed with a 4-under 68 to match Westwood (66) at 20-under 268 on the Gary Player Country Club course. Westwood earned $300,000.
Women’s World Cup
It was a sweltering venue for the inaugural version of the Women’s World Cup, but the real heat Dec. 3 came from Australians Karrie Webb and Rachel Hetherington, who applied the pressure to Sweden’s Sorenstam sisters in the final round.
Webb led the charge past Annika and Charlotta Sorenstam, who entered the final round leading by three strokes and built the advantage to six strokes after three holes Sunday. But the Sorenstams combined for six bogeys and a double bogey over the next 15 holes, and the Australians had a two-stroke victory and shared $200,000.
In a Skins Game largely devoid of any drama, Colin Montgomerie won $415,000 and the title by making two routine pars at the Landmark Golf Club in Indio, Calif.
Playing the skins format for the first time, Montgomerie clinched it with a par-5 on the third playoff hole Nov. 26 after defending champion and career Skins Game money-winner Couples self-destructed in sand, brush, and finally water.
“As Freddie said when we started this event, there is a lot of luck involved,” said Montgomerie, who won $340,000 in the playoff after earning $75,000 the first day of the two-day event. “I didn’t actually play very well. I ended up very fortunate.”
Vijay Singh, the runner-up with $260,000, and Sergio Garcia, who earned $200,000, were eliminated on the first playoff hole. Couples finished fourth with $125,000.
Grand Slam of Golf
Tiger Woods eagled the par-5 18th hole twice Nov. 22 to tie and beat Singh in a playoff in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Poipu Bay Golf Course in Poipu Beach, Hawaii. Woods shot 71-68 and Singh, the Masters champion, had a 69-70 for 5-under 139 totals. Tom Lehman shot 73-70–143 to finish third, and Paul Azinger had a 74-74–148 total.
– From staff and wire reports