Tiger doesn’t win: South Korea’s Yong-Eun Yang denied Tiger Woods his seventh straight stroke event victory yesterday after winning the $A6.52 million Champions Tournament in Shanghai. The world’s 77th-ranked player, Yang will pocket more than $A1 million after tracking down overnight leader Retief Goosen and holding off a typically fast-finishing Woods to win by two shots. A regular on the Japan Golf Tour, Yang said the win was the biggest of his career, and he would now look to play more tournaments outside of Asia. Playing in his first tournament in five weeks, Woods never seriously challenged after starting the day four shots behind the eventual winner and a further stroke behind Goosen, whose disastrous final day culminated in his approach on the 18th finding the water, his fourth back nine bogey. The South African eventually had to settle for equal third with New Zealander Michael Campbell.

Henin-Hardenne’s reign in Spain: Justine Henin-Hardenne has finished the year as the number one ranked women’s player after breezing past recent nemesis Amelie Mauresmo in the WTA Championship in Madrid overnight. Mauresmo, who defeated Henin-Hardenne in the Australian Open and Wimbledon finals this year, and who won the round-robin tie over the Belgian earlier in this tournament, double-faulted on match point, giving Henin-Hardenne the match, 6-4 6-3. “I proved some things to myself at the end of the season and I’m number one, so today is as good as winning a Grand Slam,” she said. “It was a tough challenge for me. I didn’t really know what to expect when I got here.” The victory caps off a remarkable year in which Henin-Hardenne has made the final of all four Grand Slam events (she won the French Open but lost to Maria Sharapova at Flushing Meadows).

LT leads Chargers comeback: San Diego’s rather exotically named running back LaDainian Tomlinson completed four touchdowns in his team’s remarkable comeback from a seemingly hopeless 7-28 scoreline to a 49-41 victory over Cincinnati at the weekend. Known as the slightly less Hollywood but decidedly more sensible ‘LT’, Tomlinson has been in white-hot form recently, amassing 15 touchdowns in his last five games. That form has helped catapult the Chargers to the top of the AFC West conference table with a 7-2 record.

Peter Fray

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