News for Sunday, November 14, 2010

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Monday morning made easy

Adam Scott of Australia claimed his third Barclays Singapore Open title with a composed performance over five days at Sentosa Golf Club.

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5 Things: Season finale, a lucrative day to remember

Dreams do come true at Disney – even for grown-ups. During a dizzying hour-long wait, Troy Merritt bounced from inside the top 125 on the money list to outside, then back inside again. So when it came time to tee it up once more for a crack at $1 million, it proved a timely reprieve from one of the sport’s biggest stress-fests.

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Failure on tour more lucrative than expected

How would you like to earn $710,000 to fail? Or even $274,000?

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Scott wins Singapore Open for third time

Australia’s Adam Scott won the Singapore Open for the third time, completing a 3-under 68 in a Monday finish for a three-stroke victory over Denmark’s Anders Hansen

China’s Li intends to learn from Korean pros

Li Jiayun is looking to end 2010 on a high note with strong performances in two big events that she knows could shape her future. Speaking in Guangzhou ahead of her participation in the 16th Asian Games, the captain of the Chinese women’s team hopes to follow a medal-winning performance this week at the Dragon Lake Golf Club with a strong showing in the China Ladies Open on Dec. 17-19.

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Davies’ fifth victory sets up Dubai showdown with Pace

It’s now clear what Laura Davies must do to steal the Ladies European Tour Order of Merit title from Lee-Anne Pace. The seven-time merit champion needs one more victory like Saturday’s, in the season finale next month in Dubai.

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Historic Irish Open loses sponsor

If you were to pick any European Tour event to be impervious to the credit crunch, the Irish Open would be a good bet. After all, the Irish are golf mad.

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Thatcher all smiles after 2nd-place showing

Roland Thatcher can breathe easy after finishing solo second at the PGA Tour's season finale, allowing him to retain his Tour card for another year.

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Merritt wins Kodak Challenge in playoff

Troy Merritt saved his PGA Tour card. Then he won something with a more immediate payoff.

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Kim closes with 64 to win Ochoa Invitational

South Korea’s In-Kyung Kim won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational on Sunday for her third LPGA Tour title, closing with an 8-under 64 for a three-stroke stroke victory over Suzann Pettersen.

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‘Designated events’ unlikely to appear in ’11

“Designated events,” the proposal designed to bring star power to some of the PGA Tour’s weakest events, likely won’t be implemented next season, sources told Golfweek.

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Garrigus ends season with 3-shot Disney win

Robert Garrigus won the year's final PGA Tour event on Sunday to retain his Tour card and make up for his collapse earlier this year at Memphis.

Saiki survives late charge to capture Itoen title

CHIBA, Japan – Miki Saiki withstood a late charge Sunday from Mie Nakata to win the Itoen Ladies Golf Tournament. Despite a nervy back nine, Saiki eked out a one-shot victory for her second Japan LPGA Tour career title. Saiki closed with a 3-under 69 for a 54-hole total of 10-under 206.

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Ishikawa’s 3rd victory narrows money-list gap

The race is on. After Ryo Ishikawa’s victory Sunday in the Mitsui Sumitomo VISA Taiheiyo Masters, the 19-year-old star breathed new life into his bid to retain the Japan Golf Tour money title.

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Fine finish: Theft victim Pieters grabs BMG finale

Having golf clubs sure makes a difference. Two weeks after his golf clubs were stolen from his home, Brandon Pieters made par on the first playoff hole Sunday to win the BMG Classic over Ben Mannix of England.

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Viking Classic set for FedEx Cup upgrade

The Viking Classic, the Mississippi mainstay of the PGA Tour’s Fall Series, is set to move into the FedEx Cup schedule next season.

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Lee, Paolucci claim Winn Jr. Cup Challenge

Led by David Lee and Anthony Paolucci, the AJGA Rolex Junior Player of the Year, Team Harmon rallied past Team Gulbis in the inaugural Winn Junior Cup Challenge at Rio Secco Golf Club.

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Scott retains lead in delayed Singapore Open

Adam Scott has a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the suspended final round of the Singapore Open. Play resumes Monday.

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Appleby wins in Australia; Woods takes 4th

Despite a closing 65 from defending champ Tiger Woods, Stuart Appleby ended a nine-year home drought by winning the Australian Masters.