STEADY AS SHE GOES: Lismores Kane Webber looks a picture of concentration as he attempts to sink a putt in the second round of
STEADY AS SHE GOES: Lismores Kane Webber looks a picture of concentration as he attempts to sink a putt in the second round of

Kane ends Open on high

By Steve Spinks and AAP sport@northernstar.com.au LISMORE'S Kane Webber has carded the best result of his short professional career by finishing in a tie for eighth at the lucrative Singapore Open at the Sentosa Golf Club.

Webber finished two over par 10 shots behind eventual winner Angel Cabrera to claim a handsome pay-day of US$89,066 (AU$96,442.45).

Cabrera, the US Open Champion, claimed the US$634,000 (AU$686,970.70) first prize by one shot from Fijian Vijay Singh after a final hole birdie.

The Argentinian went into the final day leading the tournament by four shots but had to withstand a late fightback from Singh.

Webber also had an up and down tournament but finished as the second-best placed Australian.

Queenslander Adam Scott, who was the defending champion, finished third at three-under par.

Webber, who is based in the US, shared the lead with Australian Gavin Flint and American Jin Park after the first round after a five-under par round of 66.

However, the 26-year-old dropped 10 shots on the second day to be equal 17th after a nightmare 76.

Many more experienced golfers would have wilted.

But Webber, who is only in his second year as a professional, steadied to fire consecutive 72s to tie for eighth.

Left in the Lismore boy's wake were big names such as Ernie Els who missed the cut, Phil Mickelson, Darren Clarke and Nick O'Hern.

It caps a good couple of weeks for Webber.

He qualified for the second round of the US Tour Qualifying School late last month.

World No 6 Scott rued countless missed opportunities in his failure to defend his Singapore Open, saying it was the story of his season.

The Australian, who won the title in 2005 and 2006, had been confident of reeling in Cabrera but his game never clicked.

"I missed a couple of greens and made bogeys and that seems to be how my year has gone," Scott said.

"I've not scrambled well enough to keep myself going in tournaments and that was the case again today."

Scott won a play-off last year over Ernie Els to successfully defend a title for the first time, and forecast then that he would carry his form into the Majors.

But it failed to happen he tied for 27th at the Masters and British Open, missed the cut at the US Open and then tied for 12th at the PGA Championships.

Despite being disappointed at losing his title, he vowed to return next year to win it back as the tournament goes from strength to strength.

"I'll be back for sure. I've had a great run here and you know next year the course will be even better," Scott said. "The field is the best it's been this year and I think it's got a very bright future."



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