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PGA Tour Article

This week's PGA Tour main scheduled event is part of the World Golf Championships series and therefore incorporates the European Tour and the other four main tours on the international golf circuit. You can read about this week's other PGA Tour event, the Chrysler Classic of Tucson, on the page normally reserved for the European Tour Article. We apologize for any confusion this may cause.

WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship

Tiger's first win of 2004


A look of satisfaction as Woods holes the winning putt. Photo - Getty images

World number one, Tiger Woods, increased his lead in the official world golf rankings and leapt 15 places to third in this year's money list on Sunday, when he beat Davis Love III 3&2 in the final of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. But it wasn't all plain sailing. The final, played over 36 holes was a match of two halves. Woods never took the lead during the morning round and started the second 18 one hole down. It wasn't until the 7th hole in the afternoon, 25th of the final, that he began to take control.
After Woods birdied 25 and 26, Love found the rough and bogeyed the 27th, going 3 down, a position from which he was never to recover. Tiger's touch on the greens was solid whereas his opponent could not seem to sink anything that was more than a couple of feet away. All the greens had been mowed during the interval between the two rounds and Love never got the measure of them after that.


Congratulations from Davis Love III
Photo - Getty Images


Darren Clarke. Photo - Getty Images

Playing ahead of the finalists in the afternoon, Darren Clarke and Stephen Leaney played out the battle for third and fourth places. There was plenty to play for as the winner would earn $100,000 more in prize money and gain extra world ranking points. After Leaney dominated the front nine, Clarke came with a late run to win on the 18th hole, 2 up. The $530,000 he earned took Clarke to the top of the Volvo Order of Merit having only participated in two events on the European Tour so far this year.
Australian, Stephen Leaney, is playing his first year on the PGA Tour. His $430,000 winnings pushed his total so far in 2004 to over the half a million and he now looks certain to keep his card for 2005. Before losing to Tiger Woods in the semi-final, Leaney managed to put both Mike Weir and Colin Montgomerie out of the competition in the same day. Torrential rain on Thursday meant that the second and third rounds both had to be played on Friday to get the tournament back on schedule.


Stephen Leaney. Photo - Getty Images

 

 

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