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Tim Clark Wins South African Open

January 23, 2005

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) _ Tim Clark of South Africa won the South African Open on Sunday, closing with a 6-under-par 66. Clark entered the day in a fourway tie for the lead but finished in front at 15-under 272. Gregory Havret of France (69) and Charl Schwartzel of South Africa (68) were at 279.

``At no stage did I want to let up and make any mistakes,″ Clark said.

Clark’s final round was matched only by England’s Nick Dougherty, whose 66 put him at 280 with countryman Graeme Storm, South Africa’s James Kingston and Northern Ireland’s Darren Clarke.

Clarke shot a 67 and was hurt by a bogey on the 11th hole _ at 480 yards the longest par 4 on the course. This was Clarke’s first tournament since winning the Taiheiyo Masters on Nov. 14 in Japan. The European Ryder Cup star’s wife is being treated for cancer.

South Africa’s Titch Moore, who led through the first two rounds, shot a 74, his worst score of the tournament. He had bogeys on Nos. 5 and 16 and a double bogey on No. 11.

Clark and Clarke made substantial donations to tsunami relief efforts.

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