Date: March 16, 2009
Author: PA Sport

Pampling ties for ninth

Rod Pampling held firm to secure a top-10 finish as Phil Mickelson landed his second title of the year when he held off Nick Watney at the WGC-CA Championship. Mickelson, who had been treated overnight for heat exhaustion and dehydration, showed no ill effects from his visit to a hospital emergency room as he outfought fellow American Watney over the back nine at Doral having emerged from a see-saw battle with the world No.78 in the first half of the final round. World No.3 Mickelson parred the final seven holes to collect the US$1.4 million (A$2.1 million) winner&aposs cheque with a last-day 69 to finish at 19-under-par, one shot better than his overnight co-leader Watney. It was his first World Golf Championships victory and his 36th on the PGA Tour, adding to his Northern Trust Open win at Riviera Country Club last month. Jim Furyk was a strong-finishing third at 16-under following a closing 67, with India&aposs Jeev Milkha Singh fourth on 14-under. Pampling carded his second consecutive round of 71 to finish the tournament in a tie for ninth place at 11-under, alongside world No.1 Tiger Woods who produced his second 68 of the weekend and fellow Americans Kenny Perry and Justin Leonard. England&aposs Oliver Wilson scored his best finish on the US PGA Tour when he shot a 66 to finish in a tie for fifth place alongside Colombia&aposs Camilo Villegas, with Denmark&aposs Soren Kjeldsen and Thomas Aiken of South Africa tied for seventh on 12-under. Robert Allenby fired a three-under 69 to finish in a share of 28th place at seven-under, while Geoff Ogilvy was tied for 40th at four-under. Stuart Appleby had a disappointing final-round 78 to finish at one-over, one stroke ahead of Adam Scott. The lead had changed hands three times between Mickelson and Watney over the front nine with Watney holing in a chip at the ninth from 80 feet and from beneath the hole at the back of the green, and between a spectator stand and a television tower. Both men birdied the 10th to go to 20 under but Watney dropped a shot at the 11th and they both bogeyed the 12th. Furyk moved to 16-under with birdies at the 15th and 16th holes but Mickelson kept his nerve to par all his remaining holes and stay one shot ahead of his rival. Watney had one final chance to put pressure on Mickelson on the last green with a birdie putt from 29 feet on the fringe but his ball stopped just a couple of feet short, and Mickelson putted from inside three feet for victory. Wilson was delighted with his week and a final-round, six-birdie, no-bogey 66 on the par-72 Blue Monster course. “It feels pretty good to be honest,” Wilson said afterwards. “Yesterday was probably one of the best rounds I&aposve played for a while, shooting level, I really hung in and ground it out and it gave me a chance to do what I did today so it worked out pretty good.” Ian Poulter wrapped things up for a final-round 69 to finish on 10-under in a seven-way tie for 13th that included Soren Hansen of Denmark and Spain&aposs Alvaro Quiros Rory McIlroy&aposs tournament ended in disappointing fashion with a bogey at the last for a final-round 73 but the 19-year-old from Northern Ireland still managed a second consecutive top-20 finish in the US having finished tied for 13th at the Honda Classic. McIlroy finished in a tie for 20th at nine under par, the same mark achieved by, among others, Luke Donald (72), Ernie Els (70), Padraig Harrington (71) and Justin Rose (68). Richard Finch had started his round with a four birdies in a row but ended his week with a double-bogey six at the last to card a 71 and finish at four-under, one better than fellow Englishman Ross Fisher. Final Round of the Championship, Doral Golf Resort, Florida -19: Phil Mickelson 65 66 69 69 -18: Nick Watney 66 67 67 70 -16: Jim Furyk 68 68 69 67 -14: Jeev M. Singh 65 71 68 70 -13: Oliver Wilson 67 70 72 66, Camilo Villegas 67 68 69 71 -12: Thomas Aiken 74 66 71 65, Soren Kjeldsen 70 66 69 71 -11: Justin Leonard 69 69 68 71, Rod Pampling (Australia) 66 69 71 71, Kenny Perry 70 64 71 72, Tiger Woods 71 70 68 68 -10: Soren Hansen 74 69 64 71, Charley Hoffman 68 70 67 73, Prayad Marksaeng 65 70 72 71, Sean O Hair 67 70 74 67, Ian Poulter 69 67 73 69, Steve Stricker 69 70 70 69, Alvaro Quiros 72 64 69 73 Also: -7: Robert Allenby (Australia) 69 71 72 69 -4: Geoff Ogilvy (Australia) 73 69 70 72 +1: Stuart Appleby (Australia) 71 71 69 78 +2: Adam Scott (Australia) 71 76 72 71