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Tiger Falls In Aussie

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Tiger Woods, his putting game confounding him yet again, finished in eighth place at the Australian Masters in Melbourne, which was won in a playoff by cash-strapped Aussie Peter Lonard.

Four years ago, Lonard was bedridden with a rare tropical disease. And the fight to regain his health drained his finances to the point that he was down to his last $100 in the bank.

Now he had his first victory as a professional, defeating countryman Peter O’Malley on the second extra hole.

Terry-Jo Myers, who has fought a long battle against a painful, depressing disease that led her to the brink of suicide, charged past the fading Annika Sorenstam to win the Los Angeles Women’s Championship, her first victory in nine years.

Myers finished with a 6-under-par 66 to rally from five shots behind and beat Sorenstam by two shots.

Paul Stankowski rolled in a one-foot birdie putt on the fourth playoff hole Sunday to beat defending champion Jim Furyk and win the Hawaiian Open in Honolulu.

David Graham shot a 65 to win the Senior Tour’s $900,000 GTE Classic in Lutz, Fla., and collect the biggest paycheck of his career.

Graham finished with a 54-hole total of 9-under-par 204 on the par 71, 6,638-yard course and earned $135,000.

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Tags: briefly, golf

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