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HOUSTON OPEN

Singh finishes off victory

HUMBLE, Texas -- Vijay Singh is usually unbeatable when he leads a tournament after three rounds.

He proved it again yesterday.

Singh shot a 4-under-par 68 in the final round, holding off Scott Hoch and John Daly for a two-stroke victory in the rain-delayed Houston Open.

Singh finished the four rounds at 11-under 277 for his second victory in Houston, where he won two years ago. It was the 17th tour victory for Singh and second this year. In 11 events in 2004, he's finished in the top 10 six times.

"The last few times when I did go into the lead, I've been striking the ball well, so when you do that you don't feel threatened that someone else is going to overtake you," Singh said.

Hoch was second at 9 under after a closing 67. John Huston (71) was another shot back. Daly and Hoch started the last round three shots back. Daly got to within one stroke of the lead before fading late. He finished with a 71, leaving him six strokes back for the tournament.

Weather problems interrupted play three consecutive days at the Redstone Golf Club and forced it to extend to yesterday. The third round was completed for most of the field earlier in the day.

Singh opened the event with a 74, but his second-round 66 equaled the low round of the tournament. He completed his third round earlier yesterday, making an 88-foot chip for eagle at the 12th hole that gave him a 69 and a share of the lead with Huston after 54 holes at 7 under.

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