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Appleby changes the narrative

MELBOURNE, Australia — Stuart Appleby received hardly any fanfare at the Australian Masters until he slipped on the gold jacket that a year ago belonged to Tiger Woods.

He wasn't among the five faces on promotional posters around Melbourne, nor was he invited to the gala dinner. And though none of the others had more wins this year — and none had ever shot 59 to win a PGA Tour event — that was fine with him.

"I noticed it, but it was not even close to annoying me," Appleby said Sunday after closing with 6-under 65 for a one-shot victory. "I have an ego, no doubt about it. But it wasn't like, 'Oh, they haven't got me up there?' It's the Tiger Woods show, and the others. You know what? It didn't play out that way."

The only entertainment value from Woods came in his final hour, when he made two eagles over the final four holes and shot 65 to match his best score of the year. He still ended a full year without winning as he finished in fourth place, three shots back.

"I didn't play good enough," Woods said. "I didn't make enough putts. That's what happens."

Appleby rallied from a seven-shot deficit in the final round, stayed in it by making a 30-foot par putt on 16, pulled ahead with a 25-foot birdie on 17 and two-putted for birdie on the final hole. He finished at 10-under 274.

Adam Bland, who had a three-shot lead after three rounds, hit 6-iron to 10 feet on the par-5 18th but missed an eagle putt that would have forced a playoff.

LPGA: South Korea's In-Kyung Kim won the Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Guadalajara, Mexico, for her third tour title, closing with 8-under 64 for a three-stroke stroke victory over third-round leader Suzann Pettersen. Kim matched the tournament record set by Cristie Kerr in the first round with her 64 and finished at 19-under 269. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome shot par to finish 34th at 11 over.

PGA: Robert Garrigus shot 8-under 64 to finish at 21-under 267 and win the Children's Miracle Network Classic in Lake Buena Vista, allowing him to keep his PGA Tour card and atoning for his colossal collapse this year at Memphis. Garrigus finished three ahead of Roland Thatcher for his first tour victory.

EUROPEAN: Adam Scott won the Singapore Open for the third time, completing a 3-under 68 in a delayed final round for a three-stroke victory over Anders Hansen. Scott finished at 17-under 267. He played the final 10 holes after the final round was suspended because of darkness following a long rain delay.

Appleby changes the narrative 11/14/10 [Last modified: Sunday, November 14, 2010 10:04pm]
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