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McIlroy takes Hong Kong Open with sensational finish

Rory McIlroy boosted his hopes of finishing the year as Europe's top golfer after sensationally holing a bunker shot for birdie at the last to capture the Hong Kong Open on Sunday.

other Updated: Dec 05, 2011 01:33 IST

Rory McIlroy boosted his hopes of finishing the year as Europe's top golfer after sensationally holing a bunker shot for birdie at the last to capture the Hong Kong Open on Sunday.

The US Open champion, runner-up in Hong Kong twice before, came from three strokes behind heading to the final round to win by two strokes, firing a five-under-par 65 for a 12-under par tally.

World number two McIlroy needed to win or finish second in Hong Kong to have any chance of denying Luke Donald a historic first ever European and PGA Number One title in the same season.

The 22-year old McIlroy, who won his fourth professional title, will also need to finish in the top two and above Donald in next week's Dubai World Championship to deny him both money list titles.

Jyoti Randhawa finished tied 29th, the best among the Indians. Randhawa, who has been struggling with his form this season put together rounds of 70, 70, 70 and 69 to finish at one-under 279.

Jyoti Randhawa finished tied 29th, the best among the Indians, at the UBS Hong Kong Open trophy here today.

Randhawa, who has been struggling with his form this season put together rounds of 70, 70, 70 and 69 to finish at one-under 279.

Johnson overhauls leader Woods

THOUSAND OAKS, California: Tiger Woods endured a challenging day before finally surrendering his overnight lead to fellow American Zach Johnson in third round of the Chevron World Challenge.

Three strokes clear of the chasing pack at the tournament's halfway point, four-times champion Woods battled to a one-over-par 73 on a sunny but chilly afternoon at Sherwood Country Club. Woods bogeyed two of the last six holes for a seven-under total 209, finishing a stroke behind Johnson who eagled the par-four last with a seven-iron from 163 yards for a 68.

Johnson, whose only major title came at the 2007 Masters, covered the hilly back nine in four under to take control of the elite 18-man event going into Monday’s final round.

First-round leader KJ Choi of South Korea (72) was third at five under.

Westwood wins Sun City Challenge

SUN CITY, South Africa: Defending champion Lee Westwood held off his rivals to win the Sun City Challenge by two strokes at the Gary Player Country Club on Sunday. Westwood began the final day with a seven-shot lead after the course-record 62 he fired in the third round, but the Briton did not have the same sharpness to his game on Sunday.

The other players were unable to take advantage of that, however, with second-placed Robert Karlsson's 68 being the best score of the fourth round.