Durant wins Funai Classic

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/G/Golfgeneric.jpg' class='caption'> Joe Durant shot a bogey-free seven-under par 65 in the final round of the Funai Classic on Sunday to secure his first PGA Tour victory since March 2001.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:37 IST
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Sunday saw the fourth and final round of the Funai Classic, on the Magnolia Course at Lake Buena Vista in Florida. Vijay Singh started the day eight off the lead. A superb final round of 64 saw him finish at 19-under for the tournament, for a share of fifth place. Frank Lickliter II also started eight off the pace. A 20-foot birdie putt at the 18th helped him to the lowest round of the day, a 62 - Lickliter the clubhouse leader at that point, on 21-under. Jesper Parnevik finished the day well, five birdies on the back nine giving him an 18-under par total, and a share of ninth place. Joe Durant moved into the lead on the 10th hole. Durant blasted out of a bunker, just missing out on an eagle. But he tapped in for birdie to move to 22-under par. Among those chasing him was Davis Love III. Love shot a final round of 69 to finish tied with Singh and two others at 19-under in a share of fifth. Cruise to victory Justin Rose, who led the tournament at the halfway stage, recovered from his relatively disappointing even-par 72 in the third round with a solid effort on Sunday. Durant, meanwhile, added another birdie on 14th. And he made his longest putt of the round on the par-four 16th, sinking 20-footer for his seventh birdie to go to 25-under par. Rose birdied 17, but then bogeyed the last. A final round 69 was good enough to give the Englishman fourth place on his own, at 20-under. Troy Matteson also birdied 17 and bogeyed 18. But he finished one stroke ahead of Rose, tied with Lickliter at 21-under in a share of second place. And Durant was able to cruise to victory, tapping in for par on 18 to seal his first PGA Tour win since 2001. The victory earned Durant US$828,000, the biggest paycheque of his career.(AP)

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