World Challenge 2012: Day 4 Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 2, 2012

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - DECEMBER 02:  Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the sixth hole during the final round of the Tiger Woods World Challenge Presented by Northwestern Mutual at Sherwood Country Club on December 2, 2012 in Thousand Oaks, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Out of the 18 players that were selected to play in the exclusive World Challenge, Graeme McDowell finished on top. 

The tournament took place at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California, and it featured some of the biggest names in the sport of golf.

Major tournament winners Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson had solid performances, and superstar Tiger Woods ended with an impressive minus-nine to finish tied for fourth place.

However, the big story was McDowell, who built up a solid two-stroke lead going into the final day after shooting in the 60s in his first three rounds.

On Sunday, McDowell was just as good and used five birdies to finish 17 strokes under par for the tournament.

Although a bogey on No. 13 kept him from pulling away, he kept his focus and played well enough to win.

This was the Northern Ireland native's first win of the season, although he also had two second-place finishes earlier in the year at prestigious tournaments: the U.S. Open and the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

With the win, McDowell earned a nice $1.2 million.

Close on the leader's heels throughout the tournament was Keegan Bradley, who finished in second place with a final score of minus-14. He ended Sunday with a score of 69, but back-to-back bogeys on the eighth and ninth holes might have cost him the tournament.

Bo Van Pelt had a solid final round of 70 to earn the third spot in the tough field.

This was a great battle from top to bottom and almost everyone involved can feel proud about ending one of the last tournaments of 2012 on a good note. 



One of the reasons McDowell was able to take the title was his ability to hit long putts like this one.

Hunter Mahan puts incredible spin on his fairway shot and puts the ball close to the pin for a birdie on the 11th hole.

 Bradley stays near the top of the leaderboard after this birdie on No. 5.

Although he was not in contention, Simpson turned some heads with his solid eagle putt on the 16th hole.

In perhaps the best shot of the day, Rickie Fowler holes out from 121 yards away.



Full Leaderboard (via

1 Graeme McDowell -17
2 Keegan Bradley -14
3 Bo Van Pelt -10
T4 Jim Furyk -9
T4 Rickie Fowler -9
T4 Tiger Woods -9
7 Webb Simpson -7
8 Steve Stricker -6
T9 Hunter Mahan -5
T9 Bubba Watson -5
T11 Matt Kuchar -4
T11 Nick Watney -4
T13 Brandt Snedeker -3
T13 Dustin Johnson -3
T15 Jason Day -1
T15 Jason Dufner -1
17 Ian Poulter E
18 Zach Johnson +5



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