A massive gallery roared when John Daly was introduced at the Buick Open's first tee, and just politely clapped for Vijay Singh in a preview of what was to come over the next four hours.
As they walked down the first fairway, Singh patted Daly on the back and both chuckled as fans hooted and hollered best wishes to Daly.
Singh seemed to get a kick out of the rock star-like reception for Daly, and he later said it motivated him.
Singh outlasted Daly with a 5-under-par 67 yesterday to win the Buick Open in Grand Blanc, Mich., at 23-under 265 for his fourth victory of the year and 19th of his career. Daly, vying for multiple wins in one year for the first time, finished a stroke back after shooting a 66 -- and bogeying the 18th hole.
"It was noisy, and the crowd was all for him, but it fired me up," Singh said. "The more they made noise, the more calm I became. I'm just growing up, I guess, and handling the pressure better."
Tiger Woods started the day three strokes behind Singh, and only pulled one stroke closer despite shooting a 66. He finished at 21 under, tied with Carlos Franco (67) for third.
"To play that well and not win is frustrating," said Woods.
Singh's bogey at 18 created an opportunity for Daly to force a playoff, but Daly was unable to take advantage. "I told him, `You know, I'm sorry that somebody had to win,' " Singh said. Singh played well this week after changing his putter, going back to a standard putter after using a long one for 2 1/2 years. Singh went ahead by a shot with a birdie at 14 -- to reach 23 under -- and was able to maintain a one-shot edge the rest of the way. He got into trouble on the final hole, but his second shot out of the rough landed on the green close enough to set up a two-putt, which was just enough to win because Daly missed a 6-foot putt for par.
The final round turned into virtual match play between Singh and Daly, one of the top golfers in the world against one of the most popular.
"It was a great match," Daly said. "We were in it all the way. I was either 1 up, or he was 1 up."
LPGA/European -- Karen Stupples began the final round of the Women's British Open eagle-double eagle. And she won her first major title with a record-tying score of 19-under 269, while defending champion Annika Sorenstam's bid to become the second woman to win each of the four majors back-to-back ended in a tie for 13th.
"It's quite mind-blowing," Stupples said after finishing five strokes ahead of Rachel Teske. "It's something that I never knew was going to happen."
Stupples shot an 8-under 64 in the final round on the Old Course at Sunningdale (England) to tie the record-low score in a major, set by Dottie Pepper at the 1999 Nabisco Dinah Shore.
Starting the round a stroke behind third-round co-leaders Heather Bowie and Teske, Stupples started with an eagle on No. 1 and a double eagle on 2.
Despite her scorching start, Stupples still found herself even with Teske after 12 holes. However, she pulled away with long birdie putts on 15, 16, and 17.
Teske shot a 70 to finish at 14-under 274, one stroke ahead of Bowie, whose 71 gave her a 13-under total of 275.
Sorenstam, who had been chasing her eighth major and second this season, finished in a tie for 13th place at 8-under 280 after a final-round 71. "Of course, I'm disappointed. I gave it all I've got this week. It was tough for me. I missed a few shots here and there and I really couldn't get it going," Sorenstam said. "I tried really hard. I tried and I fought and I didn't give up until the last putt went in."
Champions -- In St. Louis, Peter Jacobsen played 36 holes with a sore hip and still rallied to win the US Senior Open after Tom Kite double bogeyed the final hole. Jacobsen shot a 3-under 68 over the final 18 and was 12 under for the tournament, one stroke ahead of Hale Irwin. Kite played 4 over for the last four holes and finished third at 10 under, tied with Jay Haas.
Jacobsen was forced to pull out of two previous tournaments following hip surgery, and had to walk 36 holes yesterday after rain washed out play Friday. Unlike regular Champions Tour events, carts aren't allowed in the five majors.
But Jacobsen rallied from three strokes down with 12 holes to play, thanks in large part to Kite, who bogeyed Nos. 15 and 16. Kite shot par on 17, leaving him in a tie with Jacobsen.
Moments after Kite's double bogey, Jacobsen earned his first win on the Champions Tour with a par on 18.
European -- Luke Donald claimed his tour victory, carding a 3-under 69 for a five-shot victory at the Scandinavian Masters in Loddekopinge, Sweden. Donald, who plays primarily on the PGA Tour, finished at 16-under 272 at Barseback Golf and Country Club. Peter Hanson (71) and Henrik Stenson (69) tied for second at 11 under.
Three-time Scandinavian Masters champion Colin Montgomerie, who made bogey on the last two holes to close with a 67, and Ian Poulter (65) shared fourth place.