GOLF: O'Meara holds off Faldo's late run

GOLF

ROBINSON HOLLOWAY

reports from Fort Lauderdale

Mark O'Meara, his lead constantly under threat by Nick Faldo and Ian Woosnam over the closing nine holes of the Honda Classic, played the final hole better than the two British golfers, shot a level par round of 71 and escaped with a one- stroke win over Faldo, with Woosnam a further shot back.

It never would have been an easy task for Faldo to win a second successive tournament, and catching O'Meara became a larger challenge yesterday because as Faldo left the fifth green he was six strokes behind. But as he walked to the 17th green he had a five-foot putt to take the lead for the first time.

Three things upset the scenario. The first was that Faldo was not driving as well as he had been. The second was that O'Meara did not collapse. The third was that Woosnam played out of his socks.

O'Meara was at his steadiest on the front nine, playing those holes two under par to get to 11 under. At the time, that was good enough for a four-stroke lead over Woosnam, and five strokes over Faldo.

O'Meara started the back nine by missing two short putts for par. After the second bogey he was still two strokes ahead but that margin lasted just a few minutes as Woosnam sunk a 30-footer for an eagle on the par five 12th to join O'Meara in the lead.

After a bogey on the 13th hole, Woosnam had a chance to tie O'Meara again, hitting one of the best iron shots of the day to four feet at the 16th hole, but his birdie attempt hit the lip and stayed out.

Meanwhile, Faldo had sunk an eight-foot putt for a birdie on the 15th hole to get to seven under par, at the time two behind O'Meara. His best golf came when the situation was at its most difficult. The last four holes comprise the most difficult finish, by far, on the US tour.

Faldo started this stretch with birdies at the 15th and 16th, getting iron shots on the long par fours to eight feet and 10 feet respectively. He had an excellent chance to make a third successive birdie, but he missed from five feet at the 17th. He needed a birdie on the last to force a play-off with O'Meara, but sent his third shot on the par five into a bunker, making par to finish one stroke behind.

HONDA CLASSIC (Weston Hills) Leading final scores (US unless stated): 275 M O'Meara 68 65 71 71. 276 N Faldo (Eng) 67 71 69 69. 277 I Woosnam (Wal) 68 72 69 68. 279 A Magee 69 67 76 67. 280 B McCallister 70 66 73 71. 281 B Britton 71 69 72 69. 282 M Standly 71 66 75 70. 283 S Ballesteros (Sp) 70 68 76 69; M Bradley 73 69 73 68; K Fergus 69 70 72 71; S Verplank 74 67 73 69; B Claar 69 70 72 72. 284 B Langer (Ger) 70 71 73 70; L Rinker 68 72 76 68; J McGovern 65 74 75 70; M McCumber 71 67 76 70; M Hulbert 70 74 69 71; B Tway 71 72 70 71; S Stricker 69 72 71 72; W Austin 73 69 70 72; S Gump 73 69 70 72. Selected: 290 C Montgomerie (Sco) 69 75 71 75. 293 D Feherty (N Irl) 71 73 76 73.

Suggested Topics
Arts and Entertainment
Lou Reed distorted the truth about his upbringing, and since his death in 2013, biographers and memoirists have added to the myths
musicThe truth about Lou Reed's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths
News
people
News
Ed Miliband received a warm welcome in Chester
election 2015
Life and Style
Apple CEO Tim Cook announces the Apple Watch during an Apple special even
fashionIs the Apple Watch for you? Well, it depends if you want it for the fitness tech, or for the style
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Project Implementation Executive

£18000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...

Recruitment Genius: Chiropractic Assistant

£16500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Chiropractic Assistant is needed in a ...

Recruitment Genius: Digital Account Executive - Midlands

£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...

Recruitment Genius: Web Developer

£28000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company provides coaching ...

Day In a Page

NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own