Originally created 05/04/04

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NEW ORLEANS -- Vijay Singh made a 25-foot birdie on the 18th hole Monday to win the rain-delayed HP Classic, denying Masters champion Phil Mickelson his second straight victory and Joe Ogilvie his first title.

Singh overcame a six-shot deficit in the last eight holes, using an eagle on No. 15 to shoot 29 on the back nine for a round of 9-under 63.

Ogilvie almost forced a playoff after Singh's putt, but his blast out of the sand trap missed by an inch.

Singh finished at 22-under 266 and became the first three-time winner on the tour this season, taking $918,000 of the $5.1 million purse. He also won last Monday at the rain-interrupted Houston Open, and won at Pebble Beach in February.

Mickelson, playing in his first tournament since winning the Masters, and Ogilvie were a stroke back at 267.

Hidemichi Tanaka was fourth at 269 while Charles Howell and Justin Rose tied for fifth at 271. Three players, including former champion K.J. Choi, were tied at seventh at 272.

Italian Open

MILAN, Italy -- Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland won a playoff with Thomas Levet of France on the fourth extra hole to win the rain-delayed Italian Open.

McDowell and Levet finished at 19-under-par 197, with most players completing the third and last round Monday following a rain suspension during Sunday's play at the Arnold Palmer-designed course. Two-time defending champion Ian Poulter of England was five shots back.

The Monday finish was the first on the European Tour since Paul Lawrie won the Dunhill Links at St. Andrews in 2001.


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