Originally created 12/18/06

Woods closes year with win



THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. - One last birdie putt he didn't need. One final victory that didn't count.

Tiger Woods wrapped up a remarkable season Sunday at the Target World Challenge, seizing the lead from U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy in just three holes and coasting to 6-under-par 66 for a four-shot victory in the last tournament of the year.

He started the year with a playoff victory in the Buick Invita-tional and ended it by beating an elite, 16-man field to win his tournament for the third time in its eight-year history. Between those bookend trophies was a mixture of triumph and tragedy.

Earl Woods, his father and the braintrust behind this tournament, died May 3 of cancer, and Woods took nine weeks off to grieve. After missing the cut at the U.S. Open in his return to golf, Woods never finished worse than second place in stroke play the rest of the year, winning two majors and six consecutive PGA Tour events.

"It's been a year of two halves," said Woods, who finished at 16-under 272 with a birdie on the last hole. "Obviously, on the golf course it's been something else to have things coming together, especially winning two majors."

The Target World Challenge was his 11th trophy of the year. While it doesn't count in the record books, Woods donates the $1.35 million prize to his Tiger Woods Learning Center that opened in February.

SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN: In Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Ernie Els shot 7-under-par 65 to beat Trevor Immelman by three strokes.

Els had eight birdies and a bogey to finish the final round at 24-under 264. It was the South African's first win of 2006.

LEXUS CUP: In Singapore, South Korea's Seon Hwa Lee held off ADT Championship winner Julieta Granada 2 and 1 in rainy conditions to give Asia a 12-11 victory over Annika Sorenstam's International team.

Ahead 7-5 after winning four of the six best-ball matches Sat-urday, Asia took 5 of 12 points in singles play.

Target World Challenge

At Sherwood Country Club

Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Purse: $5.75 million

Yardage: 7,064 yards; Par: 72

Final Round

Tiger Woods, $1.35 mil. 68-68-70-66-272

Geoff Ogilvy, $840,000 68-70-67-71-276

Chris DiMarco, $570,000 70-68-68-71-277

Henrik Stenson, $420,000 66-71-73-69-279

C.Montgomerie, $285,000 69-73-72-66-280

Paul Casey, $285,00 69-70-70-71-280

M.Campbell, $240,000 74-69-68-71-282

P.Harrington, $230,000 75-67-70-71-283

David Toms, $220,000 73-69-68-75-285

Davis Love III, $205,000 77-70-70-69-286

Fred Couples, $205,000 69-74-72-71-286

Luke Donald, $190,000 76-74-72-71-293

David Howell, $185,000 71-75-72-77-295

Adam Scott, $177,500 75-80-69-72-296

J.Olazabal, $177,500 70-70-78-78-296

John Daly, $170,000 69-71-77-80-297

South African Open

At Humewood Golf Club

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Purse: $1.33 million

Yardage: 6,963; Par: 72

Ernie Els 67-66-66-65-264

Trevor Immelman 67-66-63-71-267

Patrik Sjoland 68-64-69-67-268

Darren Fichardt 72-67-65-68-272

Louis Oosthuizen 71-65-70-67-273

Retief Goosen 69-66-68-70-273

Andrew Raitt 67-68-68-70-273

Gary Lockerbie 73-66-70-65-274

Lee Westwood 68-68-68-70-274

Robert Rock 70-68-69-68-275

Gregory Bourdy 71-68-68-68-275

Lee S. James 71-69-67-68-275

Charl Schwartzel 71-69-65-70-275

Jaco van Zyl 71-65-72-68-276

Richard Finch 71-71-70-66-276

Ross Fisher 70-69-66-72-277

Justin Walters 73-67-71-67-278

Pelle Edberg 69-68-73-68-278

Lee Slattery 71-70-69-68-278

Bradford Vaughan 70-68-71-69-278

Angel Cabrera 75-65-69-69-278

Richard Sterne 73-69-66-70-278

James Kamte 69-68-69-72-278

Lexus Cup

Sunday

Tanah Merah Country Club

(Garden Course)

Singapore

Purse: $960,000

Yardage: 6,220; Par: 72

ASIA 12, INTERNATIONAL 11

Singles

International 6, Asia 5

Annika Sorenstam, International, def. Grace Park, Asia, 4 and 3.

Paula Creamer, International, def. Candie Kung., Asia, 1-up

Meena Lee, Asia, halved with Angela Stanford, International.

Jee Young Lee, Asia, def. Morgan Pressel, International, 5 and 4.

Stacy Prammanasudh, International, def. Shi Hyun Ahn, Asia, 4 and 3.

Young Kim, Asia, def. Carin Koch, International, 3 and 2.

Hee-Won Han, Asia, def. Nikki Campbell, International, 3 and 2.

Sherri Steinhauer, International, def. Jennifer Rosales, Asia, 4 and 3.

Sakura Yokomine, Asia, def. Laura Davies, International, 4 and 3.

Natalie Gulbis, International, def. Joo Mi Kim, Asia, 5 and 4.

Seon Hwa Lee, Asia, def. Julieta Granada, International, 2 and 1.

Brittany Lincicome, International, def. Se Ri Pak, Asia, 4 and 2.