Howell claims HSBC title

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> David Howell claimed the HSBC Champions tournament title in Shanghai today, with a three shot win over American Tiger Woods.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:53 IST
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David Howell claimed the HSBC Champions tournament title in Shanghai today, with a three shot win over Tiger Woods. The Englishman carded a final round 3-under 68 for a 20-under total 268 to take the $5 million event, which is the richest in Asia. His compatriot Nick Dougherty finished in a share of third place at 14 under, along with Nick O'Hern of Australia. Dramatic play There was no shortage of drama on the final day of the event. Paul Lawrie holed his second shot at the 16th for an eagle. He finished his round eagle-par-birdie for a round of 70 to finish tied 11th on nine under par for the tournament. Vijay Singh's putter was cold for most of the week. But he did manage to hole this putt on the 17th for a two. With three birdies in the last five holes he finished 13 under par, tying for fifth place. Nick Doherty scored an eagle on the 18th hole which gave him a share of third place on 14 under par. Close battle Ahead of the pack, Tiger Woods was battling all day with David Howell and there were only two shots between them after the first nine holes. Woods produced a good tee shot at the twelfth but was unable to make any ground on Howell on that hole. His ambitious drive on the 16th eventually ended his hopes of a comeback. He aimed for the green on the driveable par four but ended up in the quarry. Howell went on to take the title on 20 under par. His second shot at the tenth restored his confidence after dropping shots on the eighth and ninth holes. The pressure was always on with Woods breathing down his neck but Howell produced some excellent shots and enjoyed the experience of playing against the world number one on the final day. He won by three shots overall and was the only player to finish having scored in the sixties in all four of his rounds. (AP)

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