Loss adds to Woods' misery

December 06, 2010

Tiger Woods' miserable year ended with more disappointment as he gave up a four-stroke lead Sunday and suffered a playoff loss to Graeme McDowell in the Chevron World Challenge at Thousand Oaks, Calif.

It marked the first time that Woods, without a win since the 2009 Australian Open, lost a tournament in which he led by at least three strokes going into the final round.

Woods let his grip on the lead slip with a double bogey on the 13th that McDowell birdied for a two-stroke lead that he eventually gave away, leading to the extra hole at Sherwood Country Club.

Maria Hjorth managed a par 72 in windy conditions at Orlando, Fla., to come from behind and win the season-ending LPGA Championship by one shot.

Lee Westwood cemented his status as the world No. 1 player with an eight-shot victoryat the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, South Africa. … Geoff Ogilvy posted a 3-under 69 and cruised to a four-stroke victory at the Australian Open at New South Wales.

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