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Watts Wins Casio World Open


American Brian Watts birdied the second hole of a playoff with Japan's Toshimitsu Izawa on Sunday to win the Casio World Open tournament.

Watts and Izawa, both starting the final round one shot off the pace, forced the playoff after getting birdies on the final hole. They each shot 68 for totals of 14-under-par 274.

After the two players grabbed birdies on the first hole of the playoff, Izawa missed a 10-footer for a birdie on the par three 17th.

Watts sank a six-footer to secure his first win since finishing as the surprise runner-up at the British Open last July.

"I was aggressive on the 17th hole (in the playoff) because Izawa hit a good tee shot. I'm very happy to play good golf at a big tournament like this because I was not in the best shape after the British Open," said Watts, who next season will compete on the U.S. PGA tour.

Watts had six birdies -- including three straight to open the back nine on his final round -- against two bogeys, while Izawa fired five birdies and one bogey.

Overnight leader Naomichi "Joe" Ozaki missed the chance for his first win of the season when he shot a 71 to finish in third place.

Despite his lacklustre performance, Tiger Woods continued to attract the attention of the gallery as he shot a 70 for a 15th place tie with Japanese Masashi "Jumbo" Ozaki and four other players at four-under 284.

"I played horribly throughout this week," Woods said. "I didn't putt very well. I had eight three-putts this week ... I just had a terrible week on the greens," said Woods.

Woods' debut shot on the first day on the 7,105-yard Ibusuki Golf Club course in western Japan found the face of a spectator Thursday.

He suffered a bogey on four straight holes for the first time in his career on the second day.

Woods bewitched spectators by hitting his first eagle in Japan when his second shot flew high and bounced on the green into the cup on the par-four 14th hole Saturday.

"I hit the ball very well, so it could have been a lot better if I could putt normal. I might have a chance to win the tournament, but it was not the case," said the American.

"But overall, I had a great time here. People treated me great. I'd love to come back," he added.

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