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Furyk holds off Stenson, wins Nedbank Challenge

Henrik Stenson fired the low score of the day, but Jim Furyk won by two shots.

In-Kyung Kim follows her drive on the 18th hole during the final round of the LPGA Tour’s final qualifying tournament at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Sunday.

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SUN CITY, South Africa — Jim Furyk won the Nedbank Challenge for the second straight year, earning $1.2 million with a two-stroke victory over Sweden’s Henrik Stenson in the unofficial tournament.

Furyk closed with a 2-over 74 for a 12-under 276 total on the Gary Player Country Club course. He opened with rounds of 68, 66 and 68.

Stenson, the only player in the 12-man field to break 70 on Sunday, shot a 69. Ireland’s Padraig Harrington (75) was third at 8 under, and three-time winner Ernie Els (72) was another stroke back at 7 under.

LPGA Tour Final Qualifying Tournament

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — South Koreans In-Kyung Kim and Hye Jung Choi shared the top spot in the LPGA Tour’s final qualifying tournament, while 13 other players also earned full exemptions for next season.

The 21-year-old Choi closed with a 6-under 67 on LPGA International’s Legends Course to match Kim at 13-under 347. The 18-year-old Kim, also the Duramed Futures Tour’s qualifying tournament winner last month, finished with a 73 after taking a six-stroke lead into the final round. She turned pro after the round.

The top 15 players earned exempt status for 2007, while the next 41 received non-exempt status. Maru Martinez (68) finished third at 10 under, Kimberly Hall (69) was 7 under, Clarissa Childs (71) and 18-year-old Angela Park (73) followed at 5 under.

PGA Tour Final Qualifying Tournament

LA QUINTA, Calif. — Back in form after a short stint as a club pro, George McNeill shot a 5-under 67 at PGA West to take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the PGA Tour’s final qualifying tournament.

McNeill, from Fort Myers, Fla., had a bogey-free round on the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course for an 18-under 342 total. He has had four straight rounds in the 60s on the Nicklaus and Stadium courses.

Rich Barcelo was second after a 70 on the Nicklaus course.

The top 30 players and ties Monday will earn PGA Tour cards for next year, with approximately the next 50 players earning full exemptions to the Nationwide Tour. The remaining players will be conditionally exempt on the Nationwide Tour.

Some well-known players were outside the cut line for cards. Four-time tour winner Duffy Waldorf was tied for 39th at 6 under after a 69, and two-time U.S. Open winner Lee Janzen was tied for 97th at 3 over after a 73.

Del Webb Father/Son Challenge

ORLANDO, Fla. — Bernhard and Stefan Langer successfully defended their Del Webb Father/Son Challenge title, closing with an 11-under 61 for a one-stroke victory over Bob and Kevin Tway and Vijay and Qass Singh.

The Langers finished at 24 under in the scramble event at ChampionsGate Golf Club, with 16-year-old Stefan holing the winning 6-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th. The Tways shot a 60 and the Singhs had a 61.

Bernhard Langer earned $200,000.

New Zealand Open

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Australia’s Nathan Green won the New Zealand Open Sunday, closing with a 6-under 66 in windy conditions for a two-stroke victory over New Zealand star Michael Campbell and five other players.

Green had a 5-under 279 total on the Gulf Harbour Country Club course. Campbell, playing his first tour event in New Zealand since winning the 2005 U.S. Open, finished with a 72 to match England’s Nick Dougherty (67) and Australians Wade Ormsby (70), Jarrod Moseley (70), Brett Rumford (71) and Marcus Fraser (73) at 3 under.

The tournament was con-sanctioned by the Australasian and European tours.

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