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Garrigus wins at Disney to keep PGA Tour card

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. --- Robert Garrigus was on the final hole with a three-stroke lead. The gallery was lined up along the ropes. The cameras were focusing on his every move. The pressure was on.

Again.

This time he came through.

Garrigus shot an 8-under 64 to win the Children's Miracle Network Classic on Sunday, allowing him to keep his PGA Tour card and atoning for his colossal collapse earlier this year at Memphis. He finished at 21 under, three shots clear of Roland Thatcher for his first tour victory.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. --- Robert Garrigus shot 8-under-par 64 at Disney's Magnolia course to win the Children's Miracle Network Classic on Sunday, allowing him to keep his PGA Tour card.

Garrigus finished three shots clear of Roland Thatcher for his first tour victory.

"It's an unbelievable feeling," he said simply.

Garrigus began the week 122nd in earnings and needed a solid finish to stay inside the top 125 -- the cutoff for full PGA Tour status. Thatcher shot a final-round 70 and jumped from 179th to 122nd to keep his playing privileges, blowing a four-stroke lead but keeping his job.

Garrigus began the final round five strokes behind Thatcher -- who led everyone by at least four..

Augusta native Charles Howell closed with 68 to tie for ninth, seven strokes back. Former Louisville, Ga. resident Brian Gay (72) tied for 12th and Swainsboro, Ga. resident Blake Adams (73) tied for 61st.

AUSTRALASIA: In Melbourne, Australia, Stuart Appleby received hardly any fanfare at the Australian Masters until he slipped on the gold jacket that a year ago belonged to Tiger Woods.

He wasn't among the five faces on promotional posters around Melbourne, nor was he invited to the gala dinner. And even though none of the others had more wins this year -- and none had ever shot a 59 to win a PGA Tour event -- that was fine with him.

Woods made two eagles over the final four holes and shot 65 to match his best score of the year.

Appleby rallied from a seven-shot deficit in the final round, stayed in the game by making a 30-foot par putt on the 16th, pulled ahead with a 25-foot birdie on the 17th and two-putted for birdie on the final hole.

ASIAN/EUROPEAN TOUR: In Singapore, Adam Scott won the Singapore Open for the third time, completing 3-under-par 68 in a Monday finish for a three-stroke victory over Denmark's Anders Hansen

Scott, also the winner at Sentosa Golf Club in 2005 and 2006, finished at 17-under 267. He played the final 10 holes Monday after the final round was suspended Sunday because of darkness following a long rain delay.

LPGA TOUR: In Guadalajara, Mexico, South Korea's In-Kyung Kim won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational for her third LPGA Tour title, closing with 8-under-par 64 for a three-stroke stroke victory over Suzann Pettersen.

Kim matched the tournament record set by Cristie Kerr in the first round with her 64, playing the front nine in 6-under 30 and adding three birdies and a bogey on the final nine. Kim finished at 19 under on the Guadalajara Country Club course and earned $220,000.

Fowler, Slocum get Masters invite

Rickie Fowler and Heath Slocum earned invitations to the 2011 Masters Tournament after Sunday's season-ending PGA Tour event in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Augusta National Golf Club invites the top 30 on the money list at the end of the season to the Masters.

Fowler will make his Masters debut in April after finishing 22nd on the money list. Fowler, who played on the U.S. Ryder Cup team in October, tied for third in the Children's Miracle Network Classic after a final round 66 on Sunday.

Slocum, who has played in the 2008 and 2010 Masters, finished 30th on the money list after tying for 45th with 70 on Sunday.

He earned the final spot when J.B. Holmes bogeyed the final two holes for 72 to also tie for 45th. Holmes' poor finish dropped him to 31st on the money list, $1,439 behind Slocum, who played his final two holes in 1-under.

-- From staff reports


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