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Randhawa ends 19th, Mickelson succeeds

india Updated: Nov 08, 2009 23:10 IST
Randhawa ends 19th

India's Jyoti Randhawa rolled down the leaderboard from overnight eighth position to tied 19th at the end of Asia's first-ever World Golf Championship (WGC) event at HSB Champions here on Sunday. Randhawa, two-over after the front nine, returned an even par 72, to stay at eight-under for four rounds.

Up the leaderboard world number two Phil Mickelson survived a nervous 72nd hole to beat back South Africa's Ernie Els by one shot following a pulsating final round in Shanghai. It was Mickelson's second WGC title following WGC-CA success in March.

Tiger Woods, looking for his 17th WGC title, ended sixth with a round of 72 that saw him miss several putts and four-over stretch between fourth and seventh holes.

Randhawa was unable to build on his birdie start, as he bogeyed the fourth and double bogeyed the ninth. But on the back nine, Randhawa got back the two shots with birdies on the 14th and 16th for a 72.

Els starting the day seven shots behind Mickelson and playing in the third last group, burnt the course with a front nine 30 that included four birdies and an eagle. He continued in the same vein on the back nine and was in sole lead briefly, as he moved to 10-under for the day and 17-under for the tournament with a birdie on the 17th. Mickelson, playing two groups behind, in the lead group, was 16-under after 16 holes. With Mickelson in the final group and two groups behind, Els tapped home a birdie at the par three 17th to take the lead by one after beginning the day seven shots off the pace. Then Els completely mishit his second shot into the par five 18th and dumped his approach into the water at the front of the green. Mickelson then saved a par at the 16th with an 18-foot putt that appeared to be heading for a bogey after duffing his chipped second

shot. As Els bogeyed the last for his only lapse, Mickelson rolled home a six-foot birdie putt at the 17th to claim a one shot lead.