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Singh wins fourth Barclays in playoff

Vijay Singh had plenty to smile about after winning The Barclays in a playoff gave him the FedEx Cup points lead. Vijay Singh had plenty to smile about after winning The Barclays in a playoff gave him the FedEx Cup points lead. (RAY STUBBLEBINE/Reuters)
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Associated Press / August 25, 2008
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Vijay Singh won The Barclays for a record fourth time yesterday, matching Sergio Garcia with a long birdie putt on the first hole of a playoff and finishing off the Spaniard with another birdie on the second extra hole.

The 45-year-old Fijian closed with a 1-under-par 70 to match Garcia (70) and Kevin Sutherland (68) at 8-under 276 on the sun-baked Ridgewood Country Club course in Paramus, N.J., the first-time site after 41 seasons at Westchester Country Club.

Singh earned 11,000 FedEx Cup points in the playoff opener to take the lead with 109,500 points - 5,125 ahead of second-place Garcia.

Amateur - New Zealander Danny Lee became the youngest US Amateur champion, supplanting Tiger Woods by holding off Drew Kittleson, 5 and 4, in Pinehurst, N.C.

The 18-year 1-month-old Lee frittered away most of a six-hole lead before regaining control with consecutive birdies midway through his second trip around Pinehurst's No. 2 course. He capped his 11th consecutive day of competitive golf by sinking a 30-foot birdie putt on the 14th.

Lee, 6 months 29 days younger than Woods was when he won the first of his three Amateurs in 1994, is the fourth foreign-born Amateur champion in six years.

The victory gives him exemptions into the US and British opens, a probable invitation to the Masters and a 10-year exemption into the US Amateur.

LPGA - Cristie Kerr sank a 15-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole, defeating Helen Alfredsson and Sophie Gustafson to win the Safeway Classic in Portland, Ore.

Alfredsson and Gustafson had missed slightly longer birdie putts.

Champions - Tom Kite surged past Scott Simpson with three birdies in four holes on the back nine to win his second Boeing Classic title in Snoqualmie, Wash.

European - Darren Clarke claimed his second victory of the season, shooting a 4-under 66 to win the KLM Open by four strokes in Zandvoort, Netherlands.

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