Scotland's Martin Laird hit five birdies in his closingseven holes to finish second behind Steve Stricker at the Tournament ofChampions in Hawaii.
Laird began the day in second, five shotsadrift of Stricker, but birdied two of his first four holes and his late blitzlifted him to 20 under.
However, he left his surge too late asStricker hit a 69 to become 2012's first PGA Tour winner on 23 under par.( golf clubs for sale)
Webb Simpson and Jonathan Byrd addedpressure with 68s to tie for third.
Laird and defending champion Byrd bothrolled in two birdies in the opening four holes to trim Stricker's lead tothree shots, while Simpson knocked in a 40-foot eagle putt on the par-fivefifth to move to two off the pace.
But Stricker, who dropped a shot by pingg20 driver at the short par-four sixth after opening with five pars,began to restore his advantage with a 24-foot birdie putt on the eighth beforepicking up another shot at the ninth with a tap-in.
"I felt it kind of slipping away but Iwas patient," said the 44-year-old. "Frustrated, but patient.
"The birdie at eight calmed me downquite a bit and I played ping g20irons steady after that."
Further birdies followed on the 12th, 16thand 18th as Stricker completed an aggregate of 17 under for the back nine overthe four rounds at the Kapalua Resort's Plantation Course.
"I was proud of the way I hit theball, not so proud of the way I putted it but proud of the way I hit it,"Stricker added.
"It's always tough trying to win andit's even more tough when you have a lead like I had. I played Pingk15 driver good though."
South Korea's KJ Choi and America's KeeganBradley, the only major champion at the tournament, recorded the joint lowestrounds of the day with eight-under-par 63s, to finish on 15 and 11 under parrespectively.