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PGA Tour Article
HP Classic of New Orleans
English Turn G&CC, New Orleans, La.

Vijay Singh clinches another Monday Win


Winner, Vijay Singh. Photo - Getty images

With the cancellation of play on Friday and the suspension of the second round on Saturday, the final round of the HP Classic of New Orleans was played on Monday, which clearly suited Fijian world #2, Vijay Singh. Being six shots off the lead with only eight holes left to play, Singh thought he was out of it but after birdies on 11, 12 and 13 he knew he had a chance. The eagle on 15 put him right in contention and it came down to the final hole where he sank a 25-foot putt to take the clubhouse lead on minus 22. His 9 under par final round of 63 included a back nine of just 29 strokes.
Only Joe Ogilvie and Phil Mickelson in the final group were still in with a chance of catching him as he signed his scorecard.
Joe Ogilvie, who started the day in the lead and didn't do a lot wrong in a bogey-free round which included four birdies on the front nine, now found himself needing a birdie on the final hole to force a playoff. He put his drive into the rough, his second into the greenside bunker and then played out with near perfection to finish just an inch from the edge of the cup. Although disappointed not to have won his first Tour event he was clearly delighted to have done so well against the likes of Singh and playing partner, Phil Mickelson. His earnings of $448,000 take him over $500,000 this year which guarantees him his Tour Card for 2005.


Joe Ogilvie. Photo - Getty Images


Phil Mickelson. Photo - Getty Images

Phil Mickelson aproached the final hole on minus 20 and put his long tee shot bang in the middle of the fairway but only a Craig Parry style eagle would earn him a playoff place. His valiant effort left him close enough to make his birdie for a share of second place in his first outing since winning the Masters last month. Four rounds in the sixties including a bogey-free final round of 66 clearly show that taking a couple of weeks away from golf has not affected his excellent form so far this year.

This top-ten for Mickelson is his ninth from ten starts in 2004 and he also moves up from sixth to fifth place in the World Rankings.

Hidemichi Tanaka took solo 4th place with rounds of 69, 64, 69 and 67 for a 19 under par total of 269. Justin Rose and Charles Howell III shared fifth place, two shots further back on 271.

Vijay Singh's win again edged him closer to Tiger Woods at the top of the World Golf Rankings, the difference now standing at just 2.14 points.


Hidemichi Tanaka - Getty Images

 

 

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