Michelle Wie rolling along

Michelle Wie is loving life. She could graduate from Stanford next year, and her Kia commercials are becoming increasing popular. She’s playing good golf, too, and finished this season as the second-highest ranking American behind Cristie Kerr. Here’s more on Wie, her new dog and a popular athlete who lives on her floor.

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McDowell wins Chevron World Challenge

Graeme McDowell made a 27-foot birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff (No. 18) to defeat Tiger Woods on Sunday in the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club.

McDowell also birdied No. 18 in regulation to force the playoff, making a 20-footer after Woods had hit his approach shot within two feet.

McDowell rallied from a four-stroke deficit in the final round to cap a year in which he won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and clinched the Ryder Cup for the Europeans at Celtic Manor.

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Back-nine recap

Graeme McDowell takes lead when Tiger Woods gets a double-bogey 7 on the 13th hole.

McDowell holds one-stroke lead until 17th, when pulls tee shot on par-3 left, forced to take unplayable lie and drops on No. 9 tee box. Saves bogey while Woods makes par, tying them at 15 under.

Both birdie par-4 18th to go to playoff.

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Tiger’s lead down to one

Graeme McDowell birdies the par-4 fourth, cutting Tiger Woods’ lead to one stroke at the Chevron World Challenge.

Woods entered the final round with a four-stroke advantage, but sandwiched bogeys at Nos. 1 and 3 around a birdie on No. 2. McDowell parred Nos. 1 and 3 and birdied Nos. 2 and 4.

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Tiger’s lead cut in half

The four-stroke lead Tiger Woods took into the final round of the Chevron World Challenge is down to two over Graeme McDowell.

Woods bogeyed the first and third holes and made a birdie on No. 2. McDowell parred No. 1, birdied the second and parred No. 3.

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Unbeatable Tiger

Tiger Woods shot a 4-under 68, giving him a four-shot lead over Graeme McDowell heading into tomorrow’s final round. If Woods wins, it will ensure he didn’t go winless in 2010. Woods has never lost a tournament when he’s led by three strokes or more – he’s 28 for 28 – heading into the final round.

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