Date: January 08, 2007
Author: Sportal

Scott’s late charge not enough

Sportal Adam Scott has fired a four-under par final round of 69 to finish second behind Vijay Singh in the Mercedes-Benz Championship in Hawaii. Stuart Appleby, a three-time winner at Kapalua finished tied for 13th and played his best round of the tournament on the final day with a two under 71. John Senden and Geoff Ogilvy tied with American Tim Herron for 19th, Rod Pampling came 22nd and Aaron Baddeley was the worst-placed Australian at 27th. Adam Scott began the day three strokes adrift of Singh and dropped further behind after bogeys on the second and fourth holes. However, the 23-year-old recovered with birdies on four of the next eight holes as well as consecutive birdies on the 15th and 16th to move within two strokes of Singh. Scott&aposs 25-foot birdie putt on the 17th missed narrowly and the tournament was lost when he missed the resultant par putt. “I left it a little too late, even though I birdied 15 and 16,” Scott said. “I got off to a bad start but it was nice to claw my way back by the end.” Scott&aposs second-place finish will propel him to No. 3 on the world golf rankings behind Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. Singh meanwhile, went one better at the Mercedes Benz Championship after coming second twice in the past three years. He finished the tournament 14 shots under with a final day 70 and said he would give the prize, a Mercedes Benz car, to his son. The Fijian veteran was thrilled to have finally won the season opener. “Anyone who says 43 is old, they can go to hell,” Singh told reporters when presented with the trophy. Appleby struggled this year compared to previous years and never really challenged the leaders. He was, nevertheless, happy with his weekend. “I&aposve had a great run,” Appleby said. “I&aposm generally pretty happy with my game. I was just one notch shy of playing well. I never got the roll going (on the greens). I just lipped out instead of lipping in.” Final round at the Mercedes Benz Championship (par 73) -14: Vijay Singh (Fiji) 69, 69, 70, 70 -12: Adam Scott (Australia) 73, 69, 69, 69 -9: Trevor Immelman 71, 68, 72, 72 -8: Davis Love III 70, 71, 75, 68, J.B. Holmes 73, 68, 71, 72, Will MacKenzie 69, 70, 73, 72 -7: Luke Donald 72, 71, 71, 71 -6: David Toms 75, 72, 72, 67, K.J. Choi 69, 77, 71 69, J.J. Henry 74, 73, 68, 71 -5: Stephen Ames 69, 74, 74, 70, Troy Matteson 73, 70, 70, 74 Also: -4: Stuart Appleby (Australia) 73, 72, 72, 71 +1: John Senden (Australia) 73, 74, 75, 71, Geoff Ogilvy (Australia) 74, 72, 74, 72 +2: Rod Pampling (Australia) 74, 80, 71, 69 +5: Aaron Baddeley (Australia) 77, 72, 78, 70