Wearing his Sunday red, Tiger Woods birdied two of his first four holes in the final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship and coasted the rest of the way for a two-shot victory—his 76th on the PGA Tour.
Woods has now claimed the top spot in two of the three PGA stroke-play events he has played this season, and his fifth win in his last 19 PGA events. With the Masters just a month away, this is bad news for the rest of the field.
Speaking of the rest of the field, here's how they finished:
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Woods had his flat blade working all tournament, and he wasted little time getting the putter warmed up on Sunday. After a par on the first, Tiger drilled this 18-footer for a birdie on No. 2:
With Phil Mickelson and Graeme McDowell, his playing partner for the day, both starting their days with consecutive birdies to get within three of the lead, that birdie by Woods appeared to knock the wind out of their sails. Neither would get any closer.
As if Tiger's sweet putting stroke wasn't enough to dishearten his competitors, he drilled this tee shot on the par-three fourth hole before sinking an easy birdie putt:
At this point, Woods was sitting at 20-under and everyone else was playing for second.
Steve Stricker, who might be regretting giving Tiger some putting tips to start the tournament, made a nice run up the board. But after starting the day five back, he was never able to mount a serious challenge.
He would have needed Woods to collapse, but this was all-too-familiar ground for the leader. Tiger played the rest of his front intelligently and with five straight pars.
Woods started off the back with a highlight from the club that, along with his putter, really carried him this week. He was deadly with his wedge, and he used it to help set him up for an easy birdie on No. 10:
Tiger began to coast at this point, playing more to avoid danger than attack the course. It worked to perfection, as he kept the field safely at bay. However, there are a few shots he would love to have back.
Tiger struggled in the sand to a bogey on No. 16 and then flirted with the water on No. 18. However, he managed to stay dry and get up and down for a bogey and the tournament win.
Tiger was not flawless, as he is still erratic off the tee, hitting just 57 percent of his fairways for the tournament. But his swing is grooved, his irons are dialed in and he is putting better than ever.
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