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SHANGHAI, China -- It only took four holes over two days for Dustin Johnson to lose a six-shot lead in the HSBC Champions. Budda Baker Jersey . All that mattered was the high-powered kick down the stretch Sunday at Sheshan International that brought him the biggest win of his career. In what felt like the end of a long year and beginning of a new season, Johnson broke loose from a three-way battle on the back nine by playing a five-hole stretch in 5-under par. He closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-shot win over Ian Poulter to capture his first World Golf Championship title. "Its the biggest win Ive had in my career so far," he said. "Those guys put a lot of pressure on me. Im really proud of the way I handled myself." This one required a little bit of everything. One shot behind with six holes to play, he smashed his drive over the corner of a dogleg on the 13th hole that left him a short wedge into 5 feet for birdie to catch Poulter. Right when it looked as though he would fall behind again, Johnson holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the next hole. It was a pitch-in for eagle that effectively won the tournament. With a one-shot lead playing the par-4 16th, Johnson hit a 3-iron about 25 yards short of the green with a front pin. The pitch was perfect, rolling into the cup like it was a putt. Johnson raised his left hand and pumped his right fist. And when he waved to acknowledge the Chinese fans, they instinctively waved back, as if Johnson were the star attraction in a parade. That he was, and there were plenty of stars. For most of the back nine, the top seven players on the leaderboards consisted of Johnson and half of Europes winning Ryder Cup team from Medinah. Poulter and Graeme McDowell, who each had a share of the lead at some point, looked capable of winning until Johnsons late heroics. Right behind them were Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer, all firing away with birdies on a soft course but unable to catch up. Poulter and McDowell each closed with a 66, the same score as Johnson. McDowell went 64-64 on the weekend without making a bogey and still lost by four. It was the start of that amazing stretch by Johnson that he recalled most clearly. "He trenches one 350 down the middle and has the hands to that 70-yard shot to the front pin and make the putt," McDowell said. "Hes just a quality, talented, very athletic, classy player. Yeah, he makes mistakes. But when youve got a game as good as him, you can get away with a few mistakes. Hes just got a great wedge game to go with just an outrageously good driving game." Johnson set the tournament record at 24-under 264. He was six shots clear Saturday afternoon when he hit his tee shot in the water for a double bogey on the par-5 18th hole. Poulter had made birdie on the 18th, so the lead was cut to three shots going into the final round. Poulter started birdie-birdie. McDowell did one better, opening with three straight birdies. Johnson three-putted the first hole for bogey, and then failed to make birdie on the par-5 second hole even though he had a 6-iron for his second shot. Just like that, there was a three-way tie for the lead. "The first five holes were not fun," Johnson said. "I wasnt having too much fun at the start, especially when Graeme and Ian were birdieing every hole, it seemed like. But I knew I just needed to keep playing my game." Poulter, still tied for the lead, reached the green in two with a fairway metal. Johnson missed the fairway and had to lay up, while McDowell was stuck in the thick collar on the top side of a bunker, and he did well to hit a chunk-and-run onto the green about 40 feet away. Poulter lagged to tap-in range for birdie. McDowells long birdie putt banged into the back of the cup and disappeared. Johnson calmly made his 20-foot birdie. "That was a big putt there," Johnson said. Poulter fell out of the lead with a bogey from the bunker on the 15th, and he never caught up. He at least stayed within two shots with a birdie on the 16th, but it was demoralizing to see Johnson follow his eagle with a 5-iron into 8 feet for birdie on the 17th that wrapped it up. "A little disappointed not to put my hands back on the trophy," said Poulter, who won the HSBC Champions last year at Mission Hills. "But 15 birdies and an eagle at the weekend is some pretty good golf. Dustin finished the job. It was good golf and it was good fun to play in that group." Garcia closed with a 63 to finish fourth, followed by Rose (6Cool. McIlroy and Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., each shot 69 to tie for sixth. It was the second straight PGA Tour season that Johnson won the first tournament he played -- even though it was in the same year. His last win was the Tournament of Championship at Kapalua in January. This is the first time the tour has gone to a wraparound season, which began a month ago. Johnson now has won in each of his first seven seasons on the PGA Tour, the most by any player since Woods in his first 14 seasons through 2009. The next step is to win a major, and he already has had plenty of chances in those. "You know what?" Johnson said. "If I play like I did this week, Im going to win one, for sure." Adrian Wilson Jersey . Amid a rain of confetti, Shabazz Napier basked in the celebration on the court after being named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four following the 60-54 win over Kentucky. Andre Ellington Jersey . Levante, which had lost five straight including a Copa del Rey game last weekend, fell behind at its Ciutat de Valencia stadium when Ionut Sapanura opened the scoring for Elche in the 26th minute. .com) - Jahlil Okafor erupted for 25 points and 20 rebounds as No.OTTAWA - Clarke MacArthur had a simple explanation with regards to why his Ottawa Senators couldnt claw back against the St. Louis Blues.The Senators trailed by one goal heading into the third period on Saturday and couldnt spark a comeback as the Blues dominated the final 20 minutes to hang on to a 3-2 victory.Theyre making hockey plays and were not, said MacArthur. Were not making good passes. Theyre going tape-to-tape and moving it and we werent, so its tough to get momentum. Its just got to be crisper.Alex Steens second period goal held up as the winner.Maxim Lapierre and Vladimir Tarasenko also scored for the Blues, who improved to 13-6-1, while Brian Elliott stopped 24 shots.It was good for the boys to get the win, said T.J. Oshie. It was good for us to get some goals for our goaltenders as theyve been working hard and playing outstanding all year and we havent been getting them as many goals as of late so it was nice to get (Elliott) the win.Ottawa got goals from Mika Zibanejad and Erik Karlsson as Robin Lehner, making his second consecutive start, stopped 30 shots.Lehner could hardly be faulted for his effort, although the 23-year-old felt he could have been better.First goal is tough when it comes right off the bat and he opened me up, its something Ive got to work on, said Lehner. I think the tip on the third goal too. Its just a reflex to start reaching with your stick to deflect it into the corner and out of the rink and he tipped it back. That stuff bugs me and Ive got to work on it, but I felt like I came back good in the third and had some good saves.The two teams meet again Tuesday in St. Louis for the second and final time this season.Ottawa (9-6-4) made a habit of playing poorly in afternoon games last season, going a dreadful 3-7-2 in games starting before 5 p.m. Eastern— and it seems to have picked up where it left off.When asked about the Senators record in matinee meetings Karlsson made light of the teams struggles.Its just another stat to keep track of, said Karlsson. We havent won a lot of afternoon games, were all aware of it, but its not something we really think about. We can try to do different things, but we try everything we can to win games, but theyre a good team and were going to lose sometimes.Trailing 3-2, the Senators started the third period on a power play, but were unable to capitalize on the opportunity.St. Louis outshot the Senators 15-5, dominated thhe face-off circle and won numerous puck battles in the final 20 minutes. Josh Mauro Jersey. hey outplayed us in the third period, which was the only thing that would be disappointing in the game, said Senators coach Paul MacLean. I thought we were competitive and played hard against a hard team.The two teams exchanged goals in the second, but it was Lehner and Elliott who stood out.Elliott made a huge glove save on Colin Greening early in the period and minutes later Lehner bailed out Karlsson on a brutal giveaway that led to a Tarasenko point-blank chance.It was the second time in the game that Lehner had to bail out his captain after a giveaway.St. Louis made it a two-goal game at the 12-minute mark as Steen tipped Jay Bouwmeesters shot on the way to the net to beat Lehner.The Senators managed to cut the lead to one on Karlssons power-play goal from the point late in the period.I didnt see it coming through all the bodies, said Elliott, who spent part of four seasons playing for the Senators. Those are tough ones to swallow, especially when youre up 3-1. That goal makes it a tight game. We battled back and kept things to the outside for most of the rest of the game. Obviously when youre not going to the box, that helps as well.Both teams had a solid first 20 minutes, but it was the Blues who went into the break with a 2-1 lead.The Blues opened the scoring on their very first shot of the game as Lapierre got around Cody Ceci and went on to beat Lehner through the legs.Every once in a while I try to create some offense and things like that, said Lapierre. It worked tonight, but it doesnt work every night.Ottawa tied the game on the power play at the 16-minute mark as Bobby Ryan came from behind the net and found Zibanejad in front. But a mere 30 seconds later, St. Louis regained the lead as Jori Lehtera found Tarasenko all alone. Tarasenkos goal was his team-leading 12th of the season.The Senators now head out for a five-game, eight-day road trip starting Monday against Detroit. The Blues head to Winnipeg to take on the Jets on Sunday.Notes: The Senators Chris Phillips was a late scratch. MacLean said Phillips was experiencing discomfort from an issue that bothered him earlier in the week. Marc Methot remains sidelined (back, indefinite). Erik Condra and Curtis Lazar were healthy scratches for Ottawa. The Blues Joakim Lindstrom, Chris Porter and Chris Butler were healthy scratches. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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