Vijay Singh wins New Orleans Classic

World number two Vijay Singh capped a dramatic comeback with a birdie on the 18th hole to win the New Orleans Classic by one shot on Monday.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:06 IST
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World number two Vijay Singh capped a dramatic comeback with a birdie on the 18th hole to win the New Orleans Classic by one shot on Monday. Joe Ogilvie took a two shot lead into the final round of the rain-hit tournament. Rain and thunder storms forced suspensions of play on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The field did not complete the second round until Sunday morning. Japan's Hidemichi Tanaka finished in fourth place after a closing round of five-under-par 67 left him on 19-under 269. With nine holes remaining in the final round, Fiji's Vijay Singh had fallen six shots off the lead, as Ogilvie fashioned a four-under front nine. Singh began to find his game at the 11th, where he made the first of three consecutive birdies. K.J. Choi of South Korea shot his fourth round under 70 with a three-under 69. He ended in a tie for seventh place at 16-under. Britain's Justin Rose continued his fine form to finish in a share of fifth place after a 69 left him at 17-under 271. Ogilvie continued making steady pars and, with four holes left to play, maintained a three-stroke advantage over Singh and US Masters champion Phil Mickelson. Singh moved ahead of Mickelson when he holed a 15 feet (3 metres) putt for eagle at the par-five 15th hole while Mickelson birdied. Ogilvie parred the 15th, while at the 16th hole, Singh, playing one group ahead of Ogilvie, stuck his approach within two feet (one metre) for an easy birdie that gained him a share of the lead. Mickelson, who picked up another birdie on the 16th, carded a final round six-under 66 which left him on 21-under 267 and in a tie for second place. After parring the 17th, Singh found the fairway at the long, par-four closing hole, but left his approach 29 feet (10 metres) short of the pin. His uphill putt died into the right centre of the hole for a birdie and the outright lead. He shot a nine-under-par 63, including a seven-under 29 over the final nine holes, to finish on 22-under 266. Ogilvie was not finished, however. He found the bunker guarding the front of the green at the last hole. Needing to hole out to tie and force a play-off, he nearly did so but his bunker shot came up just short of the hole, leaving the world number two victorious by one shot. Ogilvie finished with a 68 and shared second place with Mickelson. It was Singh's second successive title on the PGA Tour and his third of the season. Singh also won the Houston Open last week, finishing on a Monday due to weather delays. He has won the last three events on the PGA Tour that have finished on a Monday and four in his career. (AP)