Singh manages to hold off Daly

Published 12:00 am Monday, August 2, 2004

GRAND BLANC, Mich. - A massive gallery roared when John Daly was introduced at the Buick Open's first tee, and just politely clapped for Vijay Singh in a preview of what was to come over the next four hours.

As they walked down the first fairway, Singh patted Daly on the back and both chuckled as fans hooted and hollered best wishes toward Daly.

Singh seemed to get a kick out of the rock-star like reception for Daly, and he later said it motivated him to win the tournament.

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Singh outlasted Daly with a 5-under 67 Sunday to win the Buick Open at 23-under 265 for his fourth victory of the year and 19th of his career. Daly, vying for multiple wins in one year for the first time, finished a stroke back after shooting a 66 - and bogeying the 18th hole.

''It was noisy, and the crowd was all for him, but it fired me up,'' Singh said.

Tiger Woods started the day three strokes behind Singh, and only pulled one stroke closer despite shooting a 66. He finished at 21 under, tied with Carlos Franco (67) for third.