Kane Webber, of Australia, lines up a birdie putt on the 16th hole during the second round of the Colorado Open golf tournament at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club on Friday, July 28, 2006, in Denver. Webber made the putt.
Kane Webber, of Australia, lines up a birdie putt on the 16th hole during the second round of the Colorado Open golf tournament at Green Valley Ranch Golf Club on Friday, July 28, 2006, in Denver. Webber made the putt. Barry Gutierrez

Kane one shot from greats

LISMORE'S Kane Webber would usually be pretty happy if he finished within a shot of Ernie Els, Jose Maria Olazabal and Colin Montgomerie.

After all, Olazabal and Els have both won a couple of golf's majors while Montgomerie is one of Europe's most celebrated competitors.

However, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, England, at the weekend was a bad tournament for Webber to finish within a shot of the trio.

The 27-year-old posted a five over the card 149 after two rounds and missed the cut in the $4.5 million tournament.

Els, Olazabal and Montgomerie - who were all four over after two rounds - were just three of the big names to miss the cut at one over.

Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez became the third oldest winner of the tournament when he beat Briton Oliver Wilson at the second hole of a playoff.

The best-placed Australian was Richard Green who finished sixth with seven under.

Webber would be ruing his slow start as he carded an eight over 80 on the opening day including three double-bogeys.

But the US-based golfer showed his true class on the second day hitting a three under 69.

Webber, who has an Asian tour card, only played at the Wentworth after a sponsor's invitation.

He remains 85th on the European order of merit after playing co-sanctioned Europe and Asian events.

He has to finish in the top 120 to automatically gain a full European tour card for next year.

The 44-year-old Jimenez, who was helped by a hole-in-one, fired a four-under-par 68 to join Wilson (68) on 11-under-par 277 at the end of the regulation 72 holes.

Wilson, 27, came close to winning the European Tour's flagship event when his eight-foot putt lipped out at the first extra hole.

The duo walked back to the tee to play the par-five 18th for the second time in the playoff.

On this occasion the Englishman drove his ball into the right rough while Jimenez reached the green in two and safely two putted from 25 feet for a winning birdie.

"It is my 20th full season on the tour and this is a nice present," Jimenez told the BBC as he held the trophy in his arms.

"I have been playing at Wentworth for many years and I have been in contention a lot in recent years. I know how to play this golf course."

The Spaniard, who was third here in 2006 and tied fifth last year, finally broke through to become the third oldest PGA champion behind the 46-year-old Dai Rees (1959) and the 45-year-old Arnold Palmer (1975).

Jimenez's ace came at the 212-yard fifth when his four-iron tee shot took two bounces before disappearing into the middle of the cup.


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