Singh claims Byron Nelson trophy

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Irving, TX (Sports Network) - carded a four-under 66 on Sunday to win the Byron Nelson Championship by two shots over . Singh finished the tournament at 15-under-par 265 for his 13th title since joining the PGA Tour. Singh won the Phoenix Open earlier this season and the Fijian became the fifth multiple winner on tour in 2003, joining , , and . "Byron is a great man and this is something I wanted to win for a long time," said Singh, who pocketed $1,008,000 for the victory. "I have finally done it." The victory came in the wake of a great controversy for Singh this week. Singh made negative remarks regarding 's presence in the field next week at the Colonial after last week's Wachovia Championship. Singh stayed focused all week and let his golf do the talking. "I spoke to my wife a lot and she said, 'Go out and play your game,'" said Singh, who announced that he would miss next week's Colonial since he won on Sunday. "The way I was playing, I didn't want anything else to bother me. I just focused on my game. "Since I won this week, I'm going to take next week off," Singh said after his round on Sunday. "I have to be at (Mark) McCormack's memorial on Wednesday and I have something with my boy on Thursday. It's a good time to take off I think. The U.S. Open is around the corner. I've played four in a row now." Price flew up the leaderboard Sunday with four birdies on the front nine and matched Singh in first place after Price drained a nine-foot birdie putt at 11. Singh, who mixed three birdies and a bogey on his first nine, missed a 10- footer for par at the 10th to fall one behind Price but tied Price atop the leaderboard with a two-foot birdie putt at the 12th. Price went back ahead at the 14th when he knocked a nine-iron to two feet but the lead was short-lived. At the 15th, Price played a seven-iron 40 feet over the flag and his putt ran six feet past the cup. He missed the par-saving try and left the green in a tie for first with Singh at 14-under par. Singh found the fairway at 15 but hit a poor eight-iron that came up 30 feet short of the hole. He sank that putt to go one ahead but Price still had the par-five 16th to try and make birdie. Price, who was two groups ahead of Singh on Sunday, tried to reach the green in two at the par-five 16th but missed into the heavy rough on the right. He hit a terrible pitch that left him 35 feet for birdie and he missed that to remain one behind Singh. Singh found a greenside bunker with his second at 16 but he blasted out to four feet. His birdie putt found the bottom of the cup to move two past Price and into comfortable position down the stretch. Price made a routine two-putt par at the 17th and was distracted by a scampering rabbit near the tee at 18. Price found the right rough off the tee and went through the green with his approach. He chipped to four feet and closed off his round of five-under 65. Singh now was in command of the tournament. He played at the center of the green at the par-three 17th and calmly lagged his birdie putt to tap-in range. At the 18th, Singh went into the left rough but managed to play his second to 25 feet. He once again two-putted and it was victory No. 13 for the two-time major winner. "I played solid golf. I hit a lot of fairways, a lot of greens and made one good putt, the one on 15," said Singh. "I wanted that one. I had a one-shot lead. I birdied 16 and cruised in after that." For Price it was another top-five finish. Last week he tied for fifth at the Wachovia Championship and he looks to be in good shape as he defends his title next week at The Colonial. "I drove the ball so well this week," said Price. "I'm really looking forward to next week. I hope the course is fast and fiery and those greens have got some speed on them." finished third at 12-under-par 268, followed by , who shot a five-under 65 for a 72-hole total of 11-under-par 269. took a solo fifth at minus-10. Wachovia Championship winner Davis Toms (68), (69) and United States Ryder Cup captain (68) shared sixth place at nine-under-par 271.

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