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PGA Tour Article

Mike Weir retains the Nissan Open

Mike Weir lining up a putt on the final round. Photo - Getty images

After starting the final day with a five shot lead which he quickly increased to seven it looked like Mike Weir was going to have it all his own way at this year's Nissan Open. But Japan's Shigeki Maruyama decided to give him a run for his money by banging in the birdies and taking a share of the lead on the 17th. By this stage the rain was making the holes play longer and when Shigeki put his 18th tee-shot into the rough, Mike Weir knew that driving his ball down the fairway would give him the upper hand.
Weir's second shot left him with a tricky chip from off the left side of the green which looked like it was going in and almost had the Canadian celebrating prematurely. He didn't have long to wait. Maruyama couldn't hole his par putt and Mike Weir slotted his in to retain the title. The win moved him up to 4th place in both the official world golf rankings and the 2004 money list.

Shigeki Maruyama. Photo - Getty Images

Stuart Appleby. Photo - Getty Images

Stuart Appleby put in a final round 66 to finish third, just 3 shots off the pace with a 14 under par total of 270. That was enough to move him up into the top ten of the world rankings and third place on the money list behind Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson.
John Daly showed that last week's Buick Invitational victory wasn't just a "flash in the pan" by carding 68-64-72-67 over the four days for a 13 under par total of 271 and outright fourth place. He jumped another 21 places up the world rankings to 64th and with earnings over $1million stands at number 6 on the PGA money list.

John Daly. Photo - Getty Images

Tiger Woods. Photo - Getty Images

Tiger Woods had a slow start to the week again but recovered well to finish on 7 under par 64, equal best final day score with Jay Williamson. They both ended with a share of 7th place with 274 as did J.J. Henry. No wins so far this year for Tiger but 3 consecutive top tens and a cracking final day here could just give him the momentum he wants going into the WGC-Accenture Match Play in a couple of days time.


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