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Singh Easily Gets by Woods

From Staff and Wire Reports

Vijay Singh easily won the Funai Classic at Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Sunday to move ahead of Tiger Woods on the PGA Tour money list.

Singh finished with a five-under-par 67 to win by four strokes over Woods, Stewart Cink and Scott Verplank. He won $720,000 for his fourth victory of the year, which left him in position to end Woods’ four-year reign of the money title.

Singh, who finished at 23-under 265, has a $250,094 lead over Woods and a huge advantage by playing this week in the $4.8-million Chrysler Championship in Tampa, Fla. Woods, who already has played eight fewer events, is skipping the tournament. He shot a 65 and finished at 19-under 269.

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Jim Thorpe held off Tom Watson for a three-stroke victory in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Sonoma. With a final-round 68, he finished at 20-under 268 to earn the biggest payday of his career -- $440,000 -- in the Champions Tour’s season-ending event.

Watson earned $254,000 to beat Thorpe by $23,000 for the tour money title. Watson also clinched an easy victory in the Charles Schwab Cup -- awarded to the top scorer in a season-long points competition.

After receiving the Cup on the 18th green, Watson announced his intention to donate the $1-million annuity to organizations fighting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Bruce Edwards, Watson’s caddie for 30 years, was diagnosed earlier this year with ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

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Se Ri Pak finished 10th in a Korean tour event at Yongin, South Korea, after becoming the first woman to make the two-round cut in a men’s tournament in 58 years. She finished at two-under 286, 11 strokes behind the winner, Chang Ik-je.

Tennis

Kim Clijsters won the SEAT Open at Luxembourg with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Chanda Rubin and will return to the No. 1 ranking today. Justine Henin-Hardenne overtook Clijsters a week ago but gave up the No. 1 spot when she decided not to play this week.

Fifth-seeded Mardy Fish won his first ATP Tour title by beating wild-card entry Robin Soderling of Sweden, 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (4), in the Stockholm Open final. Fish will move into the top 20 in the ATP rankings for the first time.... Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil beat Sargis Sargisian of Armenia, 6-4, 6-3, in the final at St. Petersburg, Russia.... Guillermo Coria won the Swiss Indoors at Basel, Switzerland, when defending champion and fellow Argentine David Nalbandian withdrew because a wrist injury. Nalbandian said he aggravated the injury Saturday during a semifinal victory over Andy Roddick.

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Venus Williams has withdrawn from this week’s Advanta Championships in Philadelphia, citing an abdominal strain that has bothered her since April. Williams hasn’t played since aggravating a stomach muscle injury at Wimbledon. She has not decided whether to play in the season-ending WTA Championship at Staples Center, according to her publicist.... Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia beat Zack Fleishman, 6-4, 6-4, in the final of the $50,000 USTA Challenger at the West End Racquet Club in Torrance.... Top-seeded Tobias Clemens of UCLA defeated USC’s Ruben Torres, 6-1, 6-3, to win the Intercollegiate Tennis Assn. West Regional Championship at Pepperdine.

Winter Sports

Olympic biathlon champion Uschi Disl switched sports and helped Germany finish second in a women’s team sprint at a World Cup cross-country skiing event at Duesseldorf, Germany.

Norway’s Hilde Pederson and Marit Bjorgen won the six-leg race, in which each leg is 800 meters, in 12 minutes 16.9 seconds. Disl and Claudia Kuenzel finished 4.2 seconds behind.

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