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Quigley wins Bayer Advantage

Associated Press

Dana Quigley won the rain-shortened Bayer Advantage Classic, holing an 11-foot birdie putt on the only hole he played Monday in Overland Park, Kan., to beat hometown favorite Tom Watson and Gil Morgan in a playoff.

Watson had a chance to win in regulation, but left a long birdie putt hanging on the lip of the cup on his final hole, bringing a groan from the big gallery. He played 12 holes, finishing off a 6-under 66 to join Quigley and Morgan at 11-under 133.

Quigley and Morgan completed regulation play on Sunday before rain forced the suspension of play, with Quigley shooting a 66 and Morgan finishing with a 68.

In the playoff, Watson and Morgan both two-putted for par on the 442-yard 18th.

The tournament was shortened to 36 holes when rain washed out Saturday’s play. Then play was suspended by more rain Sunday with 36 players still on the course. Play was then delayed another 5 hours Monday before finally getting started.

Watson started the final round on the back nine and was 8 under through six holes when play was stopped. He birdied the par-3 17th, then holed a short putt for a birdie on No. 3 to pull within a stroke of Morgan and Quigley.

He caught them with a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-4 fifth hole.

Jack Nicklaus, who designed the course, shot a 73.

Jerry Pate closed with a 65 to finish a stroke out of the playoff at 10 under, and Dan Pohl (68) followed at 9 under.

Woods to play in China

Tiger Woods will play his first professional tournament in China this fall, a $5 million event in Shanghai that will be the richest in Asia and feature top players from the world ranking and leading players from the money lists of four international tours.

The HSBC Champions will be held Nov. 10-13 at the Shanghai Sheshan International Golf Club. It will be sanctioned jointly by the European, Asian, Australasian and South African tours, along with the China Golf Association.

“I can’t wait to come to the HSBC Champions tournament in China,” Woods said in a statement. “The best players in the world teeing up head to head, it’s going to be a blast for all of us as competitors, but it’s also going to be a very entertaining event for all of the people in China.”

China, one of the fastest growing golf markets in the world, has hosted five tournaments on the 2005 European tour international schedule. The HSBC Champions will be the start of the ‘06 season in Europe.

Moore turning pro

U.S. Amateur champion Ryan Moore, from Puyallup, Wash., will make his professional debut next week in the Barclays Classic.

Moore, playing the U.S. Open this week at Pinehurst as an amateur, accepted a sponsor exemption to play in the PGA Tour event at Westchester Country Club.

“We are excited that Ryan has chosen the Barclays Classic as the place to start his professional PGA Tour career,” Barclays tournament director Peter Mele said. “We expect Ryan to be competing on the PGA Tour for years to come.”

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