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Hanson Beats McIlroy at BMW Masters; Watney Wins CIMB Classic

Peter Hanson held off world No. 1 Rory McIlroy to win the BMW Masters today for his second European Tour golf victory this year. Nick Watney took the CIMB Classic title, with second-ranked Tiger Woods tied for fourth.

Sweden’s Hanson and Northern Ireland’s McIlroy both shot 5-under-par final rounds in Shanghai, with Hanson finishing at 21 under, one shot above his Ryder Cup teammate.

“My putting has really improved, especially over the last year, and I think that’s the main reason I’m standing here with this beautiful trophy,” Hanson was cited as saying on the European Tour’s website.

In an event that included four of the world’s top five players, No. 3 Luke Donald from England was third, another three shots back. His countryman Ian Poulter was fourth in Shanghai.

Hanson, 35, was four shots clear before a late rally by McIlroy, which included an eagle at the 15th followed by a birdie at the next hole. Hanson, the world No. 25, ended his round with a bogey, while was able to hang on for the win.

The Swede, who now has six European Tour victories, collects a check for 888,560 euros ($1.15 million), the biggest prize of his career.

“Rory made a tremendous effort with his eagle on 15 and birdie on 16, so it put quite a bit of pressure on me,” Hanson said. “I was trying to play it a little bit safe, but against the world No. 1 you still have to hit the shots.”

Watney Win

In Kuala Lumpur, Watney of the U.S. fired a 10-under final round to win the CIMB Classic, an event co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour and U.S. PGA Tour.

The 31-year-old, who hit 11 birdies and a bogey, finished at 22 under, with countrymen Robert Garrigus and Bo Van Pelt, last year’s winner, one shot back. Woods tied with Chris Kirk of the U.S. and Zimbabwe’s Brendon de Jonge for fourth.

“The round sort of built momentum and things just kept getting better and better,” Watney told reporters. “I really enjoyed beating Tiger. Any time that you can play in this era, I think everybody would agree these last 15 years, he has been by far the biggest attraction in our sport.”

Watney now has six PGA Tour wins. His other title this season came in August at The Barclays tournament, the first of four FedExCup playoff events.

Woods started his final round with five birdies in the opening seven holes, but could manage only three more. He had fallen back yesterday after hitting three bogeys and a double bogey in his last nine holes of the third round.

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