posted on Jan, 11 2005 @ 12:36 PM
Stuart Appleby came from four shots behind to successfully defend his title at the Mercedes Championship in Hawaii.
The Australian - who was tied for 29th place in the 31-man tournament after the first round - produced an admirable comeback, timing his run to
perfection to beat Jonathan Kaye by one shot in the winners-only event.
He shot a closing 67 in difficult conditions to finish on 21 under par at 271 on the Kapalua Plantation course.
Kaye had a chance to tie at the last, but missed his long birdie chance after a poor pitch.
He shot a 71 to finish on 20 under, while Tiger Woods (68) and Ernie Els (71) tied for third, two shots behind.
Third-round leader Vijay Singh stumbled with a 74 to tie for fifth - three shots off the pace.
His bogey at the fourth hole ended a run of 57 consecutive holes without a dropped shot, but it was a triple-bogey at the 12th, where he pulled his
drive into the punishing long grass, that ended his effort.
Appleby, 33, collected £565,000 for his sixth PGA Tour victory, boosting his already high spirits as he prepares for the birth of his first child,
due in the next few days.