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South Africa's Ernie Els takes a shot from the 17th fairway at Wentworth Golf Course, 40 miles from central London, in his final match against Lee Westwood in the World Match Play Championship Sunday.

South Africa’s Ernie Els takes a shot from the 17th fairway at Wentworth Golf Course, 40 miles from central London, in his final match against Lee Westwood in the World Match Play Championship Sunday.

Adam Butler, Associated Press

VIRGINIA WATER, England — Ernie Els won the World Match Play title for a record sixth time on his 35th birthday, beating Lee Westwood 2 and 1 Sunday to earn $1.8 million in golf's biggest payday.

Els completed his victory with a 20-foot birdie putt at the 17th hole. This was the third straight time he won the event, matching his three titles from 1994-96. It was his first victory over Westwood in three matches in the championship.

Westwood, the 2000 champion who won $720,000 as runner-up, looked set to take the match. The Englishman was on the green at the par-5 571-yard 17th in two with Els short and in heavy rough. Els chipped on 20 feet short while Westwood got down in two putts for his birdie. He then watched as Els, reading his putt perfectly, curled it slightly left to right into the hole.

Els' sixth title broke the record he had shared with Gary Player, who won five times between 1965 and 1973, and Seve Ballesteros, who won between 1981 to 1991.

SAMSUNG WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: At Palm Desert, Calif., Annika Sorenstam charged from three shots back over the final five holes to overtake Grace Park and win her fourth Samsung World Championship.

Sorenstam, the winner of six of her 15 tour events this year, shot a closing 5-under 67 to finish 18 under, three shots ahead of Park. The leader the first three days, Park finished with two bogeys for a 73.

Despite gusting winds, Sorenstam had a 4-under 32 on the back nine en route to her 54th career victory.

Sorenstam took sole possession of the lead for the first time in the tournament on the 71st hole when she sank a 6-foot birdie putt on No. 17. She chipped in a 40-footer from the fringe for an eagle 3 on the par-5, 538-yard No. 15 to catch Park at 17 under.

Lorena Ochoa (70) finished third at 13 under, and defending champion Sophie Gustafson (71) was another two shots back in fourth.

The $206,000 winner's prize put Sorenstam over the $2 million mark for the fourth consecutive year.

CHRYSLER CLASSIC: At Greensboro, N.C., Brent Geiberger shot a final-round 66 and cruised to a two-shot victory, winning for the first time in five years. Geiberger, who finished at 18-under 270, hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation, and took the lead for good with a 5-under 31 on the front.

Michael Allen birdied the final hole for a 67 to finish second, earning enough money to secure his playing privileges for next season. Chris Smith was another shot back at 67, with David Toms (69) and Tom Lehman (70) tied for fourth.

Geiberger earned his first career win at Hartford in 1999. He and his father, Al, are the first father-son duo to win the same tournament on the PGA Tour. Al Geiberger won in 1976.

SBC CHAMPIONSHIP: At San Antonio, Mark McNulty shot a 6-under 65 to win the SBC Championship by eight strokes over Gary McCord, the largest margin of victory in a 54-hole Champions Tour event this season. McNulty, a tour rookie from Zimbabwe, finished the tournament at 18-under 195 for his second victory this year and a top prize of $225,000. Bobby Wadkins (67) was third at 204, one stroke ahead of Tom Kite (68), Dave Stockton (68) and Bruce Fleisher (70). Larry Nelson (67), Dana Quigley (72) and Morris Hatalsky (72) finished at 206.

McNulty started the day with a four-shot lead over McCord, Quigley and Hatalsky. He had four birdies on the front and three more on the back to build his advantage to 10 strokes after 16 holes.

MALLORCA CLASSIC: At Pula, Balearic Islands, Sergio Garcia shot a 3-under 67 to win by four shots over Simon Khan. The Spaniard, who began the day tied with Khan at 9 under, finished at 12-under 268 at Pula Golf Club. Khan closed with a 1-over 71 and finished at 8 under. Carlos Rodiles was another shot back in third after a 69. Garcia took the lead with a birdie at the ninth. He widened the gap two holes later with a birdie at the 11th and Khan overshot the green for a bogey.

WESTERAN CLUB PRO CHAMPIONSHIP: Sandy's Steve Schneiter fired a final-round 73 and finished in a tie for fourth place at the Western Club Pro Championship at Patterson, Calif., six shots behind winner Kevin Burton of Boise.

Scheniter's four-round total of 279 earned him $7,500 and gave him a spot in the National Club Pro Championship next June in South Carolina. The low 32 finishers qualified for the national event, in which the low 25 finishers qualify for the PGA Tournament in August.

Also finishing among the low 32 was Ogden's Jimmy Blair, who faded to a 78 in the final round but still finished in a tie for 19th at 285. He earned a paycheck of $1,500.

Among other Utahns, Salt Lake's Henry White and North Salt Lake's Ryan Rhees both finished at 292 and Centerville's Matt Johnson finished at 299.