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Sabbatini holds off Yang in Honda Classic

March 6, 2011 at 4:51 PM

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., March 6 (UPI) -- Rory Sabbatini almost blew a big lead but managed to card an even-par 70 Sunday, holding off Y.E. Yang for The Honda Classic championship.

Sabbatini entered the final round with a five-stroke cushion. Yang, however, made a hard charge on the back nine, whittling Sabbatini's advantage to just one shot through 15 holes.

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But the South African went on to claim his sixth career PGA title by birdying No. 16 and then hanging on to finish at 9-under-par 271, one shot better than Yang (4-under 66).

Jerry Kelly grabbed sole possession of third place, registering a 67 to end at 7-under 273.

Fourth place went to Ricky Barnes (67) at minus-four.

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