4 Aug 2008

Singh holds nerve to triumph at Firestone

11:53 am on 4 August 2008

The Fijian golfer Vijay Singh has given himself an ideal warm-up for next week's PGA Championship, winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational by one shot at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio after enduring a torrid time with his putter.

Singh squandered an early two-stroke lead with an untidy run around the turn before holding on to clinch his first victory in a World Golf Championship event, firing a two-under-par 68 for a 10-under total of 270.

Britain's Lee Westwood closed with a 69 to share second place with Australian Stuart Appleby, who shot a 68.

The American Phil Mickelson bogeyed three of the last four holes for a 70 and a tie for fourth at eight under with South African Retief Goosen, who closed with a 67.

It's Singh's 32nd victory on the PGA Tour but his first this season.