Campbell Ends Woods' Streak


His four-tournament winning streak over, Tiger Woods walked off the course after finishing sixth at the Johnnie Walker Classic.

And he didn't feel like talking about it.

A winner in eight of his last 11 tournaments, Woods putted poorly all week and his game deserted him entirely on the front nine Sunday. But the way Michael Campbell of New Zealand played, there was no chance of Woods making another comeback.

Campbell, who contended in British Open at St. Andrews in 1995 but hasn't won since that year, closed with a 2-under 70 for a one-stroke victory over Geoff Ogilvy of Australia.

"Tiger, he's a freak of nature," Campbell said. "I mean Tiger is so phenomenal it's frightening. The only way we can defeat Tiger is for him to make mistakes."

Woods entered the day four strokes off the pace and finished five strokes behind in the $1.3 million event, which is not part of the PGA Tour.

Last year, Woods came from eight strokes behind in the final round to catch Ernie Els and beat him in a playoff. But Campbell was steady, and a difficult two-putt par down the ridge gave him a 276 and the victory.

Els made two bogeys down the stretch and was third at 278. Woods closed with a 71 for a 281 at Ta Shee Golf and Country Club.

Campbell, who earned $215,330, played so badly in 1996 and 1997 he considered leaving golf.

"It's just unbelievable," he said. "It's been a long frustrating last four years."

Woods committed all sorts of errors Sunday. First, he hooked his drive on the sixth hole into the rough and down a gully beside a hedge, forcing him to take a stroke.

"I want all these people out of here," a scowling Woods told marshals as he charged through the gallery to find his ball and ended up with a double bogey.

Then, on the eighth hole, things got worse. He drove into the rough, hit his recovery shot into the water and took three putts for a triple bogey.

Campbell's victory didn't appear secure until the last few holes. He had started strongly, with birdies on the first two holes and another on the sixth. On the seventh hole, however, he wound up in a sand trap and took a double bogey.

"That was my disaster hole," he said.

With Els and Ogilvy in pursuit, Campbell was in a threeway tie for the lead on the 14th hole. But bogeys by Els and Ogilvy put him in the clear.

"Initially, I was disappointed," Ogilvy said. "I felt I played good enough to maybe have a chance to win."

Els, who won this event in 1997 when it was in Thailand, had trouble again othe 16th hole. He had a bogey there Sunday and a double bogey Saturday.

"Yesterday, I said it was a ridiculous hole," he said. "And I still say that."

Vijay Singh was fourth at 68-279, followed by Peter Senior at 67-280.

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