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Sunday, November 14, 1999 Published at 19:05 GMT


Campbell clips Tiger's claws

Michael Campbell: "It has been a long frustrating last four years"

New Zealand's Michael Campbell held on to take the Johnnie Walker Classic in Taiwan on Sunday, ending world number one Tiger Woods' four-tournament winning streak in the process.

The Kiwi, who has fought his way back from injury, held off a strong challenge from Geoff Ogilvy and Ernie Els in Ta Shee, to close with a two-under-par 70 - for a four-round total of 12-under-par 276.

Australian Ogilvy was a shot behind and South African Ernie Els, the champion in 1997 and runner-up last year, finished two off the lead in third position.

Woods finished seven under for the tournament in sixth after a 71, though the 23-year-old's final day charge failed to materialise after he took two sevens on the front nine.

The American lost all hope of victory with his second seven - but still staged an amazing fightback with five birdies. His front nine score of three-over-par 39 was one of his worst nines this year, but he redeemed himself with an inward half of four-under-par 32.

Winner Campbell, who started the day leading by three from Ogilvy, was tied with his Australian playing partner and Els, playing two groups ahead, with four holes to play.

The New Zealander made a crucial 12-foot birdie putt on the par-four 15th to pull ahead, and after Ogilvy failed to get up and down for a par on the 17th, Campbell had the luxury of a two-stroke cushion playing the 18th.

"It's unbelievable - it has been a long frustrating last four years," Campbell said.

"Finally I have got the monkey off my back. After such a great year in 1995 when I was so near so many times. This is great, it's a great feeling."

Final scores

276 Ml Campbell (Nzl) 66 71 69 70
277 G Ogilvy (Aus) 70 71 68 68
278 E Els (Rsa) 70 67 73 68
279 V Singh (Fij) 71 72 68 68
280 P Senior (Aus) 67 72 74 67
281 T Woods (USA) 68 72 70 71
282 P Price (Wal) 68 72 75 67, F Nobilo (Nzl) 72 71 70 69
283 R Backwell (Aus) 72 70 73 68, S Tinning (Den) 69 71 72 71, A Cabrera (Arg) 70 71 69 73
284 P Marksaeng (Tha) 71 70 73 70, N Faldo (Eng) 72 72 69 71, P O'Malley (Aus) 72 70 70 72
285 K Druce (Aus) 75 70 70 70, R Wessels (Rsa) 69 73 72 71

Selected Others

287 J Furyk (USA) 67 73 78 69
288 R Allenby (Aus) 70 72 76 70
289 S Lyle (Sco) 72 71 76 70
290 E Romero (Arg) 72 74 72 72
298 M McNulty (Zim) 74 71 76 77




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