Choi's birdie string wins in Greensboro


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October 03, 2005

K.J. Choi banished three long years of losing with one outstanding, four-hole stretch in the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro yesterday.

The South Korean star birdied the first holes in the final round, giving him all the cushion he needed in a two-shot victory over Shigeki Maruyama.

It was Choi's first PGA Tour victory since 2002, when he won two tournaments during a breakthrough season. He finished with a 6-under-par 66 yesterday for a 22-under 266 total, one stroke short of Jesper Parnevik's tournament record, set in 1999.

"You can tell when someone is in the zone by his eyes," said Choi's caddie, Andy Prodger. "And you could see it in his eyes."

Champions SAS Championship -- Hale Irwin won for the fourth time this year to push his Champions Tour-record victory total to 44, capping a back-nine run with an eagle in a two-stroke victory over Tom Jenkins and Bob Gilder in Cary, N.C.

Office Depot Championship -- South Korea's Hee-Won Han had a one-stroke lead with 10 holes to play when the final round of the LPGA tournament was suspended because of darkness. The 54-hole event in Palos Verdes, Calif., will conclude today.

European PGA Dunhill Links -- Colin Montgomerie birdied the last hole to win by a stroke in St. Andrews, Scotland, rallying from a five-shot deficit for his first victory in his home country since 1999. Montgomerie closed with a 1-under 71 on the Old Course for a 279 total.

Middle Atlantic Amateur -- Richard Holland won the 99th championship, thwarting his rivals despite a closing 4-over 74 at River Bend course in Great Falls, Va. The 1990 titlist from Bethesda and Columbia Country Club finished with a 72-hole total of 291.

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