Golf roundup - Sunday links

January 25, 2010

KAUPULEHU-KONA, Hawaii - Tom Watson became the 13th oldest player to win on the Champions Tour on Sunday, birdieing the final two holes for one-stroke victory over senior newcomer Fred Couples in the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.

The 60-year-old Watson, coming off a win with Jack Nicklaus in the Champions Skins at Kaanapali, closed with a 7-under 65 to finish at 22-under 194 for his 13th Champions Tour title and his first victory in 34 career starts in Hawaii on the two tours.

After driving into the right rough, Watson hit a spectacular second shot that rolled 20 feet on the 18th green and stopped 4 feet from the flag.

Couples, who closed with a bogey-free 64, just missed his 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole. Watson calmly sank the winner and waved his cap to the roaring crowd.

Bob Hope Classic

LA QUINTA, Calif. - Bubba Watson double-bogeyed the final hole in the fourth round at the Bob Hope Classic, dropping him into a tie with PGA Tour rookie Alex Prugh heading into the finale in the five-round event.

Watson finished with 3-under 69 to match Prugh (70) at 23-under 265. Bill Haas and Tim Clark were a stroke back after 66s, Joe Ogilvie (68) followed at 21 under, and Mike Weir (67) was in a group at 20 under.

Watson was in position to take a solid lead into his chase for his first PGA Tour victory Monday in the event that was pushed back a day after rain washed out play Thursday. Instead, Watson dropped back with his disappointing finish on the Nicklaus Private course, allowing Prugh to sneak back atop the board.

Abu Dhabi Championship

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Germany's Martin Kaymer won the Abu Dhabi Championship for the second time in three years, making a 2-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory over England's Ian Poulter.

Kaymer closed with a 6-under 66 to finish at 21-under 267 at Abu Dhabi Golf Club and earn his fifth PGA European Tour title. Poulter also finished with a 66.

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy (67) was third at 19 under.



Associated Press