Sabbatini holds off Yang for Honda Classic title|
Palm Beach Gardens, FL (Sports Network) - Rory Sabbatini managed an even-par
70 on Sunday to hold off Y.E. Yang and win The Honda Classic.
Sabbatini, who won for the sixth time on the PGA Tour, finished at nine-under-
"Every win out here is as special as the first one," Sabbatini stated. "They
are all unique. It was a fantastic week, and everything went great and it was
just better than could be expected."
Yang carded a four-under 66 to take second at minus-eight.
Jerry Kelly closed with a 67 to end alone in third at seven-under-par 273.
Ricky Barnes (67) took fourth at minus-four on the Champion Course at PGA
Sabbatini's early lead was extended to six when Yang bogeyed the second.
Sabbatini and Yang both birdied the par-five third.
After five straight pars, Sabbatini stumbled to a three-putt bogey on the
ninth. His lead was down to four at that point after Yang birdied the sixth to
get to minus-five.
Yang ran off six consecutive pars of his own from the seventh. He birdied the
13th, then Sabbatini failed to get up and down from off the green at 14 and
his lead was down to two.
At the par-three 15th, Yang stuffed his tee shot inside two feet and kicked in
the birdie putt to cut his deficit to one stroke.
Sabbatini poured in a 16-foot birdie putt on the 16th to push his lead back to
"After 15, I realized that I need to maybe put a little pressure back on
[Yang]," Sabbatini said. "I really just focused on 16 on putting together two
good shots and two good strikes, and I managed to do that and gave myself an
The South African hit his tee shot to 26 feet on the 17th, then the horn
sounded for a weather delay. After a 28-minute wait, he two-putted for par.
Sabbatini also two-putted for par at the last to seal the win.
Yang, the 2009 PGA champion, got up and down for birdie at the last to end one
"Today, I started off a bit shaky. I bogeyed my second hole, but I tried to
make up for it and I think I did. It was a little bit short," Yang stated. "It
was a very good week and it's been a very good early part of the season."
Tommy Gainey shot two-under 68 on Sunday to take fifth place at three-under-
U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell matched the course record on Sunday with
his six-under 64. That helped him finish in a tie for sixth at two-under-par
278. He was joined there by Matt Bettencourt (69), Jeff Overton (68) and Gary
NOTES: Sabbatini, who earned $1.026 million for the victory, won for the fifth
time in nine tries when owning at least a share of the 54-hole lead...World
No. 2 Lee Westwood posted an even-par 70 to share 29th at plus-four...There
are two events next week for the PGA Tour. First, Ernie Els will defend his
title at the World Golf Championship - Cadillac Championship, while Derek
Lamely will defend his Puerto Rico Open crown.
03/06 18:23:09 ET