Westwood strikes it rich; Jeev T13
A trip into the water on the very last hole saw Jeev Milkha Singh miss out on a chance to make the top-10 in the inaugural Dubai World Championships at the Earth Course on Sunday.other Updated: Nov 22, 2009 22:41 IST
A trip into the water on the very last hole saw Jeev Milkha Singh miss out on a chance to make the top-10 in the inaugural Dubai World Championships at the Earth Course on Sunday.
Jeev shot a final round of two-under 70, including an eagle on the par-5 14th hole, for a total of eight-under 280.
The tie for 13th earned him a cheque of $135,000 and took his year’s earnings from Europe to just over $893,000.
Overnight leader Lee Westwood shot a new course record for a flawless 64 and outplayed the field with a total of 23-under
265 to score a six-shot win over Ross McGowan (68).
McGowan totalled 17-under 271, while Rory McIlroy, leader on the Money List coming into this tournament, was third after a round of 67 for a total of 15-under 273.
Jeev had mixed feelings about the week. “I played well, but did not putt well. My aim was a top-10 and I think I left a few shots out there or it could have been better. The key was putting and I was not aggressive enough.”
It was Westwood’s biggest payday as he took home Europe’s biggest prize, winning the Dubai World Championships and the Race to Dubai.
The twin successes brought him a tournament winner’s cheque of $1.25 million for the Dubai World Championships and an additional $1.5 million for emerging as the Race to Dubai (the Order of Merit) champion.
Year’s best finish for shiv Kapur
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A costly double bogey on the seventh hole left Shiv Kapur short of what would have been his first Asian Tour title since 2005 as he finished third at the Johnnie Walker Cambodian Open.
Kapur was seven-under 281 while Australian Marcus Both was the winner at nine-under after a final round of 67.
The win ended Both’s ended frustrating six-year title drought on the Asian Tour.
He secured a nail-biting one-stroke victory over Malaysia’s Shaaban Hussin.
Anirban Lahiri, with a bogey-free 68, moved to four-under 284 and tied 13th place.
Vikrant Chopra finished with a 70 that saw him move to three-under and tied 17th.
Rahil Gangjee had an eventful round with five birdies, two bogeys, one double bogey and one triple bogey in his 74 that saw him finish one-over 289 for four rounds and in tied 38th place.
Kapur said: “One of the goals that I wanted to accomplish coming into this week was to secure my card and I managed to accomplish that. I didn’t get my win but it was nice to be in contention. Sometimes you just come out short.”