LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Even without a trophy, Stephen Ames felt he had nothing to prove.
Despite a winless season, he considered 2007 a success because he revamped his swing to eliminate nagging back issues. He contended in two majors, as he was tied for the lead on the final day at the U.S. Open and played in the final group at the PGA Championship.
One last trip to escape the chill of Calgary turned into so much more Sunday.
Ames ran off three consecutive birdies on the back nine at Disney, the last one a 4-iron that was close to perfect, then saved par from 65 feet away in a bunker on the closing hole for a one-shot victory in the Children's Miracle Network Classic.
"I came down here to work on my golf swing," Ames said. "Here I am winning an event, which is awesome."
Ames closed with a 4-under-par 68, and that bunker shot to 3 feet for par on the 18th hole at the Magnolia Course was enough to hold off hard-charging Tim Clark in the final PGA Tour event of the season. Clark birdied six of his last 10 holes for a 66, the lowest score of the weekend.
"I did everything I could, and it wasn't enough," Clark said.
Ames worked hard to win for the first time this year. Seven players were tied for the lead at some point in a final round filled with sunshine.
"It was a grind coming down the stretch," Ames said. "The way I finished with three pars, I'm quite happy I did."
Ames, who grew up in Trinidad & Tobago and moved to Calgary 13 years ago -- he's now a Canadian citizen -- heads home to a winter of freezing temperatures, plenty of work in the gym and an earlier start to next year than he anticipated.
Ames finished at 17-under 271, the highest winning score at Disney since Tiger Woods won with the same score in 1999.
EUROPEAN, at Sotogrande, Spain -- Justin Rose won the European Order of Merit, then finished 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 on the second extra hole to win the season-ending event. Rose rallied after blowing a four-shot lead and had a 3-over 74. Dyson shot a 70 and Kjeldsen a 67. They tied at 1-under 283.
NATIONWIDE, at Lakeside -- Richard Johnson of Wales won the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship to lead 25 qualifiers for the 2008 PGA Tour. He shot a 4-under 67 for a one-stroke win over Michael Letzig.
LPGA, at 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. Ueda finished at 13-under 203 at Kinetsu Kashikojima Country Club and earned $210,000 for her first LPGA victory.
SINGAPORE OPEN, at Singapore -- U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera birdied the last hole for a 1-over 72 and a one-stroke victory over Vijay Singh. Cabrera had an 8-under 276 total. Singh closed with a 67.