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19 January 2010 :: 15:01:15 pm 9035

Palmer Holds on to Win at Sony Open in Hawaii

American Ryan Palmer won his third USPGA Tour event on Monday following a tense two way battle with Australian veteran Robert Allenby in the last round of the Sony Open at the Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii.
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Hawaii, the 18th of January 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Palmer and Allenby went head to head in the final round of play, after having shared the lead overnight. After exchanging the lead several times in the final round it was Palmer who held his nerve to win the tournament, all be it on the final hole.

Palmer’s final approach shot on the 18th bounced on the green hitting the pin, leaving him with a tap-in to complete his round, whilst Allenby was unfortunate to miss a 10 foot putt, handing Palmer victory. Palmer, who finished at 15-under for the tournament, stated; “I came out here with a lot of hopes for the year and wanted to get off to a good start. My body felt great all week and I was strong mentally, stuck to my guns and took every day one at a time.”

Allenby finished in second place carding a final score of 14-under, however he refused to be too disappointed at missing out on the title, stating; “I gave myself a chance, that’s all I can do but Ryan played awesome. But that’s golf, sometimes you win, sometimes you don’t.”

 

Steve Stricker the current world number 3 golfer looked set to challenge the leaders after six birdies put him at 13-under with 5 to play, however; a bogey on 15 and a missed birdie opportunity on the 18th resigned him to third.

 

South African Retief Goosen finished forth after a career lowest round of 8-under 62 to finish on 12-under for the tournament. Charles Howell III, Carl Pettersson and Davis Love III were all a shot further back in a tie for fifth.

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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