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Immelman Holds Off Tiger Surge To Win Masters

(AP) – Neither wind nor pressure could pull the green jacket off Trevor Immelman’s back.

The South African has won the Masters with relative ease, completing a wire-to-wire victory for his first Major title.

Immelman closed with a 3-over 75 following three straight rounds under 70, leaving him three shots ahead of Tiger Woods.

Immelman’s victory comes four months after he had a tumor removed from his back, and a year after he was stricken with a stomach parasite at the previous Masters. He entered the final round with a two-shot lead before expanding his cushion while he and the rest of the field battled 30-mile-an-hour winds.

Immelman was as many as six shots ahead in the final round before a double-bogey on the par-3 16 made things interesting. He closed with back-to-back pars to finish 8-under for the tournament.

Woods never made a serious charge, carding three birdies and three bogeys for a 72 that left him at minus-5.

Brandt Snedeker finished in a tie for third with Stewart Cink after entering the fourth round alone in second. Snedeker took himself out of contention with five bogeys on the front nine before completing a 77 for a 4-under total.

Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington finished in a fifth-place tie at 2-under.

Here are the scores and relation to par following the final round of the 2008 Masters:

Final Round

Trevor Immelman 68-68-69-75-280 -8

Tiger Woods 72-71-68-72-283 -5

Stewart Cink 72-69-71-72-284 -4

Brandt Snedeker 69-68-70-77-284 -4

Phil Mickelson 71-68-75-72-286 -2

Padraig Harrington 74-71-69-72-286 -2

Steve Flesch 72-67-69-78-286 -2

Miguel Angel Jimenez 77-70-72-68-287 -1

Robert Karlsson 70-73-71-73-287 -1

Andres Romero 72-72-70-73-287 -1

Nick Watney 75-70-72-71-288 E

Lee Westwood 69-73-73-73-288 E

Paul Casey 71-69-69-79-288 E

Stuart Appleby 76-70-72-71-289 +1

Vijay Singh 72-71-72-74-289 +1

Sean O’Hair 72-71-71-75-289 +1

Henrik Stenson 74-72-72-72-290 +2

Mike Weir 73-68-75-74-290 +2

Retief Goosen 71-71-72-76-290 +2

Bubba Watson 74-71-73-73-291 +3

Justin Leonard 72-74-72-73-291 +3

Brian Bateman 69-76-72-74-291 +3

Zach Johnson 70-76-68-77-291 +3

Boo Weekley 72-74-68-77-291 +3

Richard Sterne 73-72-73-74-292 +4

Angel Cabrera 73-72-73-74-292 +4

Stephen Ames 70-70-77-75-292 +4

Jeev Milkha Singh 71-74-72-75-292 +4

J.B. Holmes 73-70-73-76-292 +4

Adam Scott 75-71-70-76-292 +4

Arron Oberholser 71-70-74-77-292 +4

Ian Poulter 70-69-75-78-292 +4

Heath Slocum 71-76-77-69-293 +5

Nick Dougherty 74-69-74-76-293 +5

Jim Furyk 70-73-73-77-293 +5

Todd Hamilton 74-73-75-73-295 +7

Justin Rose 68-78-73-76-295 +7

Johnson Wagner 72-74-74-75-295 +7

Geoff Ogilvy 75-71-76-74-296 +8

Niclas Fasth 75-70-76-75-296 +8

K.J. Choi 72-75-78-73-298 +10

David Toms 73-74-72-80-299 +11

Robert Allenby 72-74-72-81-299 +11

Ian Woosnam 75-71-76-78-300 +12

Sandy Lyle 72-75-78-77-302 +14

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

KESQ News Team

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