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Cabrera holds off Singh to win the Singapore Open

AFP , SINGAPORE

Angel Cabrera held off a charging Vijay Singh to win the Barclays Singapore Open yesterday by a single stroke, with defending champion Adam Scott five off the pace in third.

The Argentine US Open champion holed a birdie on the last for victory with his round of 72 leaving him eight-under for the tournament on 276.

Fiji's Singh fired a 67, the lowest score of the day, to set up an exciting finale while Scott went round in 71.

Jin Park of the US shot a 74 to finish fourth while England's Lee Westwood, in a rich vein of form, was fifth on 283.

Phil Mickelson, more used to summers in San Diego than the sapping heat and humidity of tropical Singapore, wilted for the second day in a row with a 79 to slump to eight-over for the tournament.

"It was very tough out there today, very windy but I managed to do what I needed to win," Cabrera said. "I knew Vijay was playing well but in the end it is all up to me whether I was going to win or not. I like challenges and I liked this tough course."

Cabrera took a four-stroke lead into the final round but the big Fijian soon reeled him in.

Singh, searching for a 54th career victory, stormed through the front nine in four-under and with Cabrera bogeying the 10th the gap was down to just one shot with eight holes to play.

The Fijian, in the group ahead of Cabrera, then birdied the 18th to level the scores but the Argentine held his nerve with a perfect approach on the last to get the birdie he needed for the US$634,000 winner's check.

Park was the highest placed Asian Tour regular, with Thailand's Prom Meesawat finishing sixth.

Momoko Ueda became the first Japanese player to win the Mizuno Classic in nine years, closing with a five-under 66 yesterday for a two-stroke victory over Reilley Rankin of the US and Sweden's Maria Hjorth.

Ueda finished with a 13-under 203 total and earned US$210,000 for her first LPGA Tour victory.

Rankin and Hjorth, the 1999 champion, both closed with 67. Shinobu Moromizato of Japan was on her own in fourth at eight-under 208.

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