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THOUSAND OAKS:Graeme McDowell continued his love affair with California by winning for the first time in two years when he held off Keegan Bradley to clinch the World Challenge by three shots on Sunday.

The Northern Irishman, who had endured a title drought since his playoff victory here over tournament host Tiger Woods in 2010, ended his 2012 campaign on a triumphant note as he closed with a four-under 68 to post a 17-under total of 271.

Though McDowell survived a few anxious moments over the closing stretch, he rebounded from a bogey at the 13th with birdies at the 16th and the par-four last to keep Bradley at bay. McDowell sank a six-footer on the 18th to claim a winner’s cheque of $1 million.

Bradley finished second after signing off with a 69. American Bo Van Pelt (70) was third at 10 under, a stroke better than Rickie Fowler (69), Jim Furyk (70) and five-times champion Woods 71.

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