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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 November 2006, 08:02 GMT
Yang beats Woods to win Champions
Yang Yong-Eun
Yang celebrates ending Woods' run of strokeplay victories
GB & Ire unless stated
-14 Y-E Yang (Kor)
-12 T Woods (US)
-11 M Campbell (NZ), R Goosen (SA)
Selected others:
-8 P Casey, P Harrington
-7 J Furyk (US)

South Korean Yang Yong-Eun beat world number one Tiger Woods by two strokes to win the Champions tournament.

The American fired a five-under par final round in Shanghai to battle into contention but Yang, second overnight, kept him at bay with a three under.

Yang's win ended a run of six consecutive strokeplay victories for Woods, who took a five-week break in the run-up to this event.

South African Retief Goosen tied for third with Michael Campbell.

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Woods, who was two shots off the lead at the halfway point after a second-round 64, said his wayward 73 in windy conditions on Saturday had cost him his chance of victory.

"I wasn't quite good enough," Woods said. "Yesterday just killed me.

I just want to compete with the best players in the world and I think this win has given me that chance

Yang Yong-Eun

"I was so far back and Yang just played a great stretch of holes and just put it out of reach for all of us that were six or seven under trying to make a run at him."

Yang was one behind Goosen starting the final day.

He birdied the second hole and then finished the front nine with a four-under-par 32 after another three in a row.

He led the field by four strokes before hitting bogeys on the 16th and 17th, but held on to sink an eight-foot par putt on the 18th.

Yang now hopes his surprise win will earn him a more regular place alongside the world's best and he has already signed up for a US qualifying school.

He said: "I just want to compete with the best players in the world and I think this win has given me that chance.

"My eventual goal is to go to the U.S. tour, K.J. (Choi) set a good example and I want to follow in his footsteps.

"If someone had told me I was going to win this week, I would have just laughed. But I think the strong part about my game is being cool under pressure."

Campbell, who was 19th overnight, equalled the course record hit by Woods and Henrik Stenson on Friday to rise up the leaderboard.



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