After a year of swing changes, Ames gets trophy

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Stephen Ames wanted to escape the chill of Calgary for the final PGA Tour event, a decision that paid off Sunday when he closed with a 4-under 68 for a one-shot victory in the Children's Miracle Network Classic.

Ames emerged from a typically crowded leaderboard at Disney with three straight birdies on the back nine of the Magnolia Course, then saved par from 65 feet out of the bunker to avoid a playoff with Tim Clark.

It was the first victory in a year that Ames already had deemed a success because of overhauling his swing to cope with nagging back issues. He took pride in being among the leaders in the final round of the U.S. Open, and playing in the final group with Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship.

• MIZUNO CLASSIC -- In Shima, Japan, Momoko Ueda became the first Japanese player to win the Mizuno Classic in nine years, closing with a 5-under 66 for a two-stroke victory over American Reilley Rankin and Sweden's Maria Hjorth

Ueda finished with a 13-under 203 total on the Kinetsu Kashikojima Country Club course and earned $210,000 for her first LPGA Tour victory. Hiromi Kobayashi was the last Japanese winner, taking the 1998 tournament at Musashigaoka.

• VOLVO MASTERS -- In Sotogrande, Spain, Justin Rose won the European Order of Merit, then finished off Simon Dyson and Soren Kjeldsen to win the Volvo Masters.

Rose secured the Order of Merit by reaching a three-way playoff at Valderrama, where the Englishman rolled in a 12-foot putt at the second extra hole to win the season-ending tournament. Rose rallied after blowing a four-shot lead, finishing with a 3-over 74. Dyson shot a 70 and Kjeldsen had a 67.

• SINGAPORE OPEN -- In Singapore, U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera birdied the last hole for a 1-over 72 and a one-stroke victory over Vijay Singh in the Singapore Open.

Cabrera had an 8-under 276 total. Singh closed with a 67. Adam Scott, the 2005 and 2006 winner, shot a 71 to finish that at 3 under.

Phil Mickelson was 8 over after a 79.

• PREP FOOTBALL -- There were several switches in the South Carolina Class AAAA Division II playoff bracket after its original release.

The S.C. High School League was notified of the points errors that had been made in the seeding process and the bracket had to be changed. The switch that most affects the Herald area is Clover's opening game Friday.

Clover will host Laurens, as stated in The Herald on Saturday, and not North Augusta, the pairing on the original bracket.

The corrected bracket will run on The Herald's high school football page Tuesday.

• COLLEGE BASKETBALL -- Arizona coach Lute Olson is taking a leave of absence for unspecified personal reasons.

In a statement issued by his public relations firm, the 73-year-old Hall of Famer said the matter was not health related.

Assistant coach Kevin O'Neill will assume Olson's duties in his absence.

• TENNIS -- David Nalbandian beat Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-0 to win the Paris Masters and clinch his second straight Masters title after winning in Madrid last month.

The Argentine player broke Nadal in the ninth game of the first set and three times in the second. He won the match with a forehand that bounced off the net and landed inside the line.

• Lindsay Davenport won her second title in three events since returning from the birth of her first child, beating third-seeded Julia Vakulenko 6-4, 6-1 in the Bell Challenge.