- The Washington Times - Monday, January 19, 2009

From combined dispatches

HONOLULU | Zach Johnson won the Sony Open for his second victory in his last six starts on the PGA Tour, shooting a 5-under 65 on Sunday to beat Adam Scott and David Toms by two shots.

Johnson had a one-shot lead over Toms playing the par-5 18th, where he reached the green in two as Toms hit into a bunker.

Tadd Fujikawa, the 18-year-old from Honolulu trying to become the youngest winner in PGA Tour history, started the final round two shots out of the lead but struggled to a 73 and tied for 32nd.

“I just couldn’t get anything going,” Fujikawa said.

Johnson ends his working vacation in Hawaii having played his final six rounds in 30-under par.

Casey wins by stroke

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates | Paul Casey shot a 2-under 70 in the final round to win the Abu Dhabi Championship by one stroke on Louis Oosthuizen and defending champion Martin Kaymer.

Casey, who last won a tournament at the 2007 Abu Dhabi event, had three bogeys on the back nine to finish at 21-under 267.

“I have missed winning for the last two years, so this one is very special,” said Casey, who captured his ninth title on the European Tour.

Oosthuizen, who started the day seven shots behind Casey, tied the day’s best round at 64. Sergio Garcia, who finished tied for eighth at 272, also shot a 64.

Kaymer (67) rolled in a 25-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th to finish tied for second. Anthony Wall (67) was fourth at 270, and another stroke back in a tie for fifth were Padraig Harrington (66), Rory McIlroy (65) and Johan Edfors (67).

Casey, who had the lead heading into the final round, started with a pair of birdies Sunday and soon stretched his lead to six shots with birdies at Nos. 6, 8 and 10. But bogeys on the 11th, 13th and 14th - and birdies by Oosthuizen on the 15th and 18th - made it close.

“I was really getting nervous over the back nine,” Casey said. “I never once looked at the leader board throughout the round, but I was aware where Martin was, and I was sure someone must have done better than him.”

Crenshaw, Zoeller set record

KAANAPALI, Hawaii | Ben Crenshaw set them up, and Fuzzy Zoeller knocked them down.

Zoeller defended his Champions Skins Game title with his new partner by taking a dozen skins and $500,000 on the back nine to beat first-day leaders Greg Norman and Jay Haas.

Zoeller and Crenshaw finished the alternate-shot, made-for-TV event with 13 skins worth a record $530,000, surpassing the $510,000 earned by Raymond Floyd and Dana Quigley three years ago. Norman and Haas, who began the day with three skins and $90,000, added to their total with a par on the second playoff hole for the 18th-hole “superskin” worth $100,000.

The international duo of 73-year-old Gary Player and Champions Tour player and rookie of the year Bernhard Langer finished with one skin worth $50,000; teammates Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson were shut out.

Goosen wins Africa Open

EAST LONDON, South Africa | Retief Goosen won the Sunshine Tour’s Africa Open, closing with a 7-under 65 for a one-stroke victory on Darren Clarke, Branden Grace, Michael Hoey and Darren Fichardt.

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