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Florida Gators freshman Tommy Mou wins New Year's Invitational at St. Petersburg Country Club

ST. PETERSBURG — The 84th annual New Year's Invitational will be remembered for its low temperatures and high scores.

On a frigid and wind-swept Sunday, Florida freshman Tommy Mou grinded out a final-round 79 and survived a two-hole playoff to win the tournament at St. Petersburg Country Club. Mou's four-day score of 2-over 290 was the first over-par total to win the event since 1998.

"I tried to play my game, and it was so hard to do that (Sunday)," Mou said. "I only hit four or five greens all day. It was tough out there."

Unseasonably cold weather made it tough just about every day. Mou had a three-shot lead over Adam Long to start Sunday. Long faded early, but Nuno Henriques, who started four shots back, and Michael McGowan, who was six back, kept hanging around. By the 15th hole, Henriques and McGowan caught Mou and led by a stroke heading into the 17th hole.

But bogies down the stretch caused Henriques and McGowan to finish regulation at 2-over 290. Mou, in the final group, drained a 6-foot par putt on the par-5 18th to force a three-way playoff.

Henriques was eliminated with a bogey on the first playoff hole. Mou needed a bogey 6 on the second hole to defeat McGowan.

"The last tournament I played in (a Dixie Tour amateur tournament), I had such high expectations and I missed the cut," Mou said. "This tournament I had no expectations, and I end up winning. It's a funny game."

So what is Mou's reward? "I have a 6 a.m. training session (today) in Gainesville," he said.

Largo's Dennis Monahan won the mid-amateur tournament with a four-round total of 308.

PGA: Ogilvy rallies late to win year's first title

KAPALUA, Hawaii — A year after winning by six shots, Geoff Ogilvy rallied from a two-shot deficit with 10 holes to play for 6-under 67 and a one-shot victory over Rory Sabbatini (63) at the PGA Tour's season-opening SBS Championship.

Ogilvy, who finished at 22-under 270, posted his eighth consecutive round in the 60s at the course and joined fellow Australian Stuart Appleby as the only repeat winners since the tournament moved to Kapalua in 1999.

"I'd never been in that situation," Ogilvy said. "I'm happy and excited to get it done. I needed to make birdies, and I did."

Ogilvy moved back into the top 10 in the world with his seventh career tour victory.

U.S. Open champ Lucas Glover, the 54-hole leader, shot 76 and finished 14th in the 28-man field.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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