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Singh saves himself with clutch putt on 18

AKRON, Ohio — Vijay Singh nearly threw away the Bridgestone Invitational by missing three putts inside 8 feet on the back nine at Firestone. He won his first World Golf Championship by making the last one, which was all that mattered.

Singh ended an 0-for-34 drought on the PGA Tour by swirling in a 3½ -foot par putt on the final hole Sunday to close with a 2-under 68 for a one-shot victory over Lee Westwood and Stuart Appleby.

As shaky as Singh looked down the stretch, Phil Mickelson was even worse.

Mickelson played bogey-free through the first 14 holes to build a one-shot lead, then threw it away by making three bogeys from the bunker on the final four holes to finish with a 70, two shots behind.

Singh was 8-for-18 on putts from 4 to 8 feet during the tournament, and the last thing he wanted was to face another attempt. But he left his 30-foot birdie putt well short of the hole.

”I didn't want to have a 4-footer,“ he said. ”I was kind of sweating it.“

Singh had not won on U.S. soil since the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March 2007, and twice this year he blew 54-hole leads at Pebble Beach and Bay Hill. But he finally got it done, winning for the 32nd time on the PGA Tour.

After falling out of the top 10, the victory is expected to move him up to No. 4 in the world.

Singh finished at 10-under 270 and earned $1.35 million.

Westwood rallied from a five-shot deficit with 11 holes to play to get within one of the lead. But he missed a 7-foot birdie on the 17th, and his 15-foot birdie putt from the fringe on the 18th to tie for the lead was left all the way.

An equally impressive rally belonged to Appleby. He was seemingly out of the picture until a 30-foot birdie on the 16th, a 3-foot birdie on the 17th and an 18-foot birdie attempt on the final hole that just stayed right of the cup.

South Korean wins by 3

SUNNINGDALE, England — What was billed as Annika Sorenstam's farewell to the majors turned into yet another showcase for the young stars from Asia.

Hours after Sorenstam walked up the 18th at the Women's British Open to a standing ovation and closed her final major with a birdie, Ji-Yai Shin won the last major of the year by three strokes after a final round 6-under 66.

Shin, a 20-year-old South Korean whose 21 previous victories were all in her homeland or Japan, maintained Asia's recent domination of the majors on the LPGA Tour. In capturing her first major with an 18-under score of 270, she led an Asian sweep of the top five places.

Taiwan's Yani Tseng, winner of the LPGA Championship earlier this year, was second with a 66, while Korea's Eun Hee Ji (67) and Japanese third-round leader Yuri Fudoh (71) tied for third at 14-under. Japan's Ai Miyazato (70) was fifth at 13-under 275, and 13 of the top 20 were from Asia.

The other Asian to win a major this year was Korea's Inbee Park, who took the Women's U.S. Open.

The Americans gave the Asians something of a run at Sunningdale with four players — Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer, Natalie Gulbis and Juli Inkster all in the top 16, but nowhere near the winner.

”Asians. And it's not stopping either,“ Inkster said. ”They're all coming.“

Romero's 73 good enough

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Eduardo Romero on Sunday became the second Argentine golfer to hoist the U.S. Senior Open silver cup, 28 years after Roberto De Vicenzo won the trophy at Winged Foot.

The 54-year-old Romero shot a final-round 3-over 73 but was never seriously challenged by Fred Funk (75), who finished four strokes back.

Romero was 6-under 274 for the tournament.

Funk, who began the day two shots back, predicted Saturday that he'd have to make his move on the front nine and then just hold on.

He did neither, with a triple-bogey on the par-4 13th ruining hopes for a comeback.

Mark McNulty (68) finished in third, five shots back. Greg Norman shot a 70 and finished in fourth, his third straight top-5 finish.

McLachlin's 74 enough

RENO, Nev. — Parker McLachlin shot a 2-over 74 Sunday and still hung on to claim his first PGA Tour victory by seven strokes at the Legends Reno-Tahoe Open.

The 29-year-old UCLA product recovered from trouble time after time to card 14 pars, three bogeys and a birdie on the 18th to finish the tourney at 18-under 270.

Brian Davis and John Rollins tied for second.

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