Singh wins by one shot

World number one Vijay Singh carded a final round 65 to win the Sony Open by one shot from a fast-finishing Ernie Els in Hawaii on Sunday.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:47 IST
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It was yet another breezy day at the Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday. World number one Vijay Singh started the final day in a tie for sixth position, four shots behind overnight leader Shigeki Maruyama. Singh was quickly into his stride. He fired an approach to just a few feet on the second, before making the birdie putt to move to seven under par. Els charge But, whilst Singh was making a move, South African Ernie Els was on a charge of his own. Els had enjoyed a solid round of four-under-par by the time he reached the 16th hole, but proceeded to finish birdie-birdie-eagle to give the rest of the field a scare. After his birdie on the 16th, Els hit his tee shot on the 17th to within easy birdie range to move to eight-under-par. At just about the same moment, Singh made a birdie on the 10th hole to move to nine-under-par. Els went on to finish his round with an 18-foot eagle on the final hole to tie the course record with an eight-under-par 62. More importantly, that putt gave the South African the lead at 10 under. Maruyama tied Els for the lead at 10 under after a birdie putt on the 10th hole, but squandered shots down the stretch and eventually had to settle for a share of third place with Charles Howell III. The both closed on nine-under-par. Singh hammers Finally, the world's number one ranked player arrived on the 18th tee tied for the lead with Els and needing a birdie to win. Using his driver, Singh took the most dangerous route over the trees and the bunkers, and it paid off. He hammered a 300-yard drive on the par-five 18th, which set up a birdie putt for the win. Singh finished at 11-under 269, and the 864 thousand dollar first-place cheque returned him to the top of the money list. Singh won for the 25th time in his career, and picked up his 20th different PGA Tour trophy. (AP)