LOS ANGELES, November 11, 2013 — Tiger Woods began the week stopping traffic between Europe and Asia, literally, by hitting balls across the Bosphorus Bridge. His late Sunday run of four birdies in five holes got him within two strokes of the lead but 23-year-old Frenchman, Victor Dubuisson, managed to hold off the charging Woods, A-listers Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, as well as Wales’ Jamie Donaldson to claim the £725,000 first prize and his first ever professional victory.
There was consolation for runner-up Donaldson when he made a hole in one at the 16th, good for one million Turkish Airlines air miles.
The European Tour has their version of its Tour Championship next week at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, UAE. Justin Rose and Ian Poulter have closed the gap on Race to Dubai leader Henrik Stenson, setting up a duel in the desert next week for the $1 million bonus for the winner of the European Tour’s money list.
Tiger Woods reflected on his year and looked forward to 2014. “Some of you guys were saying I would never win again,” Woods told ESPN. “Very happy with my progress. I’ve got five more wins since last year. Next year is a really good one for the majors.” He has won at three of the courses: Hoylake (the Open), Augusta (the Masters) and Valhalla (US PGA Championship). “I’ve had a third and a second at Pinehurst,” Woods said of the US Open venue. “Hopefully that will continue to a first.”
Back on the mainland, Chris Kirk won his second PGA title over Tim Clark and Briny Baird at The McGladrey Classic in Sea Island, Georgia, home to host Davis Love III. Baird hit his second shot on the final hole in the water hazard and bogeyed, sending Chris Kirk on his first trip to The Masters. This also marks the first time the 26-year-old cracks into the top five in FedEx Cup points.
Next week, the Tour heads to Mexico for the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.
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