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Singh Wins Funai Classic PGA Golf Tournament - 2003-10-27

Vijay Singh of Fiji has won the Funai Classic PGA golf tournament at Lake Beuna Vista, Florida. Singh shot a final round five under par 67 to finish four shots ahead of Americans Tiger Woods, Scott Verplank, and Stewart Cink who all tied for second place. Singh had a four round total of 23 under par 265.

Singh entered the final round on Sunday tied with Verplank, Cink and John Rollins but opened up a three stroke lead on the front nine holes with five birdies and then had four birdies to offset two bogeys on the back nine and hold off a charging Tiger Woods who had a 65 on Sunday in a round that included six birdies and an eagle.

The victory is Singh's fourth of the year on the PGA Tour and the $720,000 first price moves him to the top of the PGA Tour money list with $6.8 million in winnings. Singh has been red hot the past two months with two wins and six top five finishes in his last ten tournaments. He could clinch the money title at the upcoming Tampa tournament and break the string of four straight money titles by Tiger Woods. Woods is skipping the Tampa event and will not play until the Tour championship Tourney at Houston next month.

Se Ri Pak has finished 10th in the SDS Super Tournament on the men's South Korean Golf tour after becoming the first woman since Babe Zaharias in 1945 to make the cut in a major men's pro event. Pak had rounds of 72, 74, 69 and 71 for a four round total of 2 under par 286, 11 behind winner Chang Ik Je.

Pak, the number two-ranked woman on the LPGA tour, is the sixth female pro to compete against the men this year.

Jim Thorpe was consistent thru all four rounds and won the $2.5 million Charles Schwab Cup Golf Championship on the Champions Tour. Thorpe's four round total at Somona, California was 268, 20 under par which included rounds of 63, 67, 70 and 68.

Thorpe finished three shots ahead of Tom Watson who closed fast on Sunday with a five under par 67. Tom Kite was another two shots back followed by Hale Irwin.

Despite finishing behind Thorpe in the tournament, Watson managed to win the Champions Tour money title and won the Schwab Cup, awarded to the top scorer in a season long points competition.