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Sabbatini wins Honda by 1 shot

(AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

By STEVEN WINE

AP Sports Writer

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Rory Sabbatini began the day with a big lead, turned back a challenge on the back nine and shot an even-par 70 Sunday for a one-stroke victory in the Honda Classic.

Sabbatini sank a 2-foot par putt on No. 18 to finish at 9-under 271. He earned his first PGA Tour title since the 2009 Byron Nelson Championship and sixth overall.

Y.E. Yang birdied the final hole for a closing 66 to finish 8 under. Jerry Kelly, who played with Sabbatini and Yang in the final threesome, shot a 67 and took third at 7 under.

After No. 8 Sabbatini enjoyed a five-shot lead, but Yang was within one seven holes later, thanks in part to birdies on Nos. 12 and 14. Sabbatini sank a 16-foot birdie putt on No. 16 to regain control.

Updated March 6, 2011

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