Tiger Woods rolled in a long birdie putt and cupped his left ear to coax a louder reaction from one of the tour's rowdiest galleries at the Buick Open in Grand Blanc, Mich.
Playing two groups behind, Vijay Singh's lead was down to two strokes, but he wasn't concerned about the roar from No. 17 -- or the world's top-ranked golfer.
Singh followed up three spectacular rounds with an average one yesterday, but it was enough to win his third Buick Open as he held off a surging Woods. Singh closed with a final-round 70 for a four-stroke victory and a 24 under par total of 264.
"Tiger was never really ever within five shots of me all day," said Singh, who shrugged when informed that Woods was in fact closer to his lead.
Later, Singh said he didn't really worry about losing his lead.
"I wasn't as aggressive," he said. "I felt very much in control so I didn't want to make any mistakes because nobody was making a charge. To protect the lead is not a fun way to play."
What was an exciting tournament for three days became anticlimactic during the final round until Woods created a buzz with his comeback attempt.
Woods, who began the day eight shots back, vaulted into contention with six birdies and an eagle in an nine-hole stretch.
"I thought if I played a great back nine, I might be in position just in case Vijay messed up, but he's playing too well to do that," Woods said after tying for second.
Following his 17-foot putt for birdie at 17, Woods whipped the gallery into a frenzy with a gesture usually reserved for professional wrestling.
"I wanted to know how loud those drunk guys get," he said. "They were pretty hammered, they were wobbling as it was."
* LPGA: After Jeong Jang had wrapped up the Women's British Open in Southport, England, Annika Sorenstam took a moment to contemplate her failed bid for her third major title of the year.
"I'm not so disappointed. I think J.J. just played incredible," Sorenstam said. "I think she would have been very hard to catch today. So my hat's off to her. She played excellent."
Jang, who led after each round and entered the day with a five-stroke lead, shot a 3-under 69 to finish 16-under 272 and win by four shots at Royal Birkdale. It was the first victory of her six-year LPGA career.
Sorenstam, trying for the 10th major title of her career, already knew she had lost by the time she came to the final hole. To make matters worse, she lost her ball off the tee on the way to a double bogey at the 18th and wound up in a tie for fifth, seven shots back.
"It's this course," Jang said. "I had a lot of confidence because I hit my driver low. I had a lot of confidence in practice and I didn't tell anybody."
Entering this week, Sorenstam had a chance to join Pat Bradley (1986), Mickey Wright (1961) and Babe Zaharias (1950) as the only women to win three majors in one season.
Instead, Jang took the lead midway through the opening round of the tournament, shot 68 on the first day and was not challenged the rest of the way.
* SENIORS: No one was talking about Allen Doyle having a chance to win the U.S. Senior Open in Kettering, Ohio. That was precisely the way he wanted it. Doyle shattered the U.S. Senior Open final-round record, closing with an 8-under 63 to win his third Champions Tour major.
"No one said a word to me, no one thought I had a chance," Doyle said. "That's the way it's been for me from Day One."
Doyle had a bogey-free round that included eight birdies, and he managed to avoid the trouble that knocked third-round co-leaders Craig Stadler and Loren Roberts, as well as D.A. Weibring and others, out of contention.
Doyle beat the previous final-round score by four shots and finished at 10-under 274, one shot ahead of Roberts and Weibring. The victory, worth $470,000, was his 10th on the Champions Tour.
He played golf with his oldest daughter, Erin, last week and she asked if he thought he could win another major championship.
"I think I can win a major even easier than a regular event, because par is more important," Doyle said he told her.