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Watney wins Cadillac Championship

Mon., March 14, 2011

Nick Watney wound up in another duel at Doral, this one with a much sweeter ending.

Watney poured in two key putts for par along the back nine of the Blue Monster on Sunday, then hit two fearless shots on the 18th and finished with a birdie for and a 5-under 67 to win the Cadillac Championship in Doral, Fla., by two shots over Dustin Johnson.

It was the third victory of Watney’s career, and by far the biggest. The 29-year-old American captured a World Golf Championship, and earned a measure of redemption. Two years ago Watney battled Phil Mickelson shot-for-shot throughout the weekend, only for his 30-foot birdie putt on the last hole to stop one turn short of a chance at a playoff.

Watney finished at 16-under 272 and earned $1.4 million.

Francesco Molinari closed with a 69 and tied for third with Anders Hansen (67).

Tiger Woods matched his best score of the year with a 6-under 66 and finished tied for 10th.

PGA Tour

Michael Bradley took advantage of Troy Matteson’s short par miss on the first extra hole to win the Puerto Rico Open in Rio Grande for the second time in three years.

Bradley, 44, closed with his fourth straight 4-under 68 to match Matteson (72) at 16-under 272 at Trump International Golf Club, then parred the par-5 18th in the playoff for his fourth PGA Tour victory.

Spokane native Alex Prugh finished at 5-under.

Champions Tour

Nick Price won the Toshiba Classic in Newport Beach, Calif., for his fourth career Champions Tour title.

Price, 54, matched the Champions Tour record with a career-best 11-under 60 in the first round, then closed with consecutive 68s to finish at 17-under 196. He earned $255,000.

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