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Toms just can't match Tiger

Woods pockets $1 million, opts out of Dubai Classic

CARLSBAD, Calif. — Tiger Woods completed his sweep of the World Golf Championships on Sunday, building a big lead and then holding off a gritty comeback from David Toms to win the Match Play Championship.

Leading by as many as five holes, Woods finally closed out Toms with a 3-foot par putt on the 35th to win, 2 and 1.

"It was a tough day for all of us," Woods said.

It figured to be a breeze for Woods, especially after he had a 5-up lead and had 8 feet for birdie on the second hole. Toms rolled in a 35-foot birdie putt to swing the momentum, and slowly pieced together a charge that made Woods look vulnerable.

Woods won a record three straight U.S. Junior Amateur titles and three straight U.S. Amateurs, but he was 0-4 as a professional.

That changed during a dominant week at La Costa, where he made only five bogeys on a tough course and played only 112 holes, the fewest of any winner in the five-year history of the tournament.

He also became the first player to win all four of the World Golf Championships since their inception in 1999 — three times the NEC Invitational, twice the American Express Championship and the 2000 World Cup with David Duval.

The missing piece was the Accenture Match Play Championship, a format Woods enjoys the most. He finally showed why, hitting smart shots down the stretch when his game was off and making Toms come after him.

Woods won for the 36th time on the PGA Tour and earned $1,050,000, his largest paycheck on tour. Toms, who missed the cut his previous two tournaments, made $600,000.

Adam Scott, who pushed Woods to 19 holes in the semifinals, was 6 up through eight holes in the 18-hole consolation match against Peter Lonard. Scott didn't make another birdie until the 18th, winning 1 up.

Scott earned $480,000, the largest check of his career. Lonard won $390,000.

CHRYSLER CLASSIC: In Tucson, Ariz., Frank Lickliter II withstood the wind, rain, a charge by Chad Campbell and a shot into the water off the 18th tee Sunday for a two-stroke victory in the Chrysler Classic of Tucson.

Lickliter, who began the day with a four-shot lead over Campbell and Steve Flesch, shot a final round 3-under-par 69 to finish at 19-under 269. It was the 33-year-old golfer's second PGA victory and first since he began a drastic overhaul of his swing 18 months ago.

Brenden Pappas shot a 68 on Sunday to take third at 16-under 272. Bob Tway and former BYU golfer Andy Miller wound up at 15-under 273.

JACOB CREEK OPEN: In Adelaide, Australia, former Duke star Joe Ogilvie won the Nationwide Tour's Jacob's Creek Open on Sunday, closing with a 1-over 72 to hold off Australia's Shane Tait by a stroke.

Ogilvie had a 5-under 279 total on the Kooyonga course. He earned $115,007 for his third career victory on the PGA Tour's developmental tour.

Tait finished with a 71. New Zealand's Mahal Pearce (66), Canada's David Morland (68) and Australia's Peter Senior (69) tied for third at 2-under 282.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN: Scotland's Mhairi McKay wasn't about to let go of the winner's trophy at the women's Australian Open, especially after four second-place finishes and six winless seasons.

McKay made four straight birdies on the back nine and shot a 5-under 67 Sunday for a one-stroke victory over England's Laura Davies at the Terrey Hills Country Club for her first career title. McKay finished at 11-under 277, while Davies had a closing 72.

"I can't believe it's finally happened; it's great," McKay said. "They wanted to take the trophy off me after the presentation but I wouldn't let them.

DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC: Tiger Woods pulled out of next week's Dubai Desert Classic, which has lost several players concerned about a possible war in Iraq.

The tournament announced his withdrawal Sunday. In a statement, Woods was quoted as saying that organizers "offered tremendous support and security for this proposed trip. However, for the foreseeable future I felt it would be most prudent to avoid international travel."

Colin Montgomerie and Nick Faldo also are among those opting to stay away from the event, although defending champion Ernie Els announced Friday that he would participate.