Monday, August 28, 2006

Woods Continued His Rich Vein of Form.

Tiger Woods has prevailed in a thrilling four-hole play-off to beat compatriot Stewart Cink to defend the WGC Invitational in Ohio and claim his fourth straight PGA Tour title.

-10 Tiger Woods*, Stewart Cink
-9 Jim Furyk
*Woods wins after play-off

Woods finished level with Cink at 10 under after 72 holes in Akron.

But the newly-crowned USPGA champion eventually prevailed against his fellow American at the fourth extra hole.

Compatriot Luke Donald was a shot further back on six under.

Woods lost a three-stroke lead in the last five holes but hit back to seal victory.

An eight-foot birdie eventually gave the world number one the first prize of US1, 300,000.00.

"I was very lucky to even be in a play-off," said Woods after clinching his fifth victory at Firestone Country Club in seven starts and the 52nd PGA Tour title of his career.

"I wasn't swinging the club very consistently today at all. I got hot on the back nine, made some nice putts and messed up on 16. But it's always nice to walk away with a win, however you do it."

Only Arnold Palmer (62), Ben Hogan (64), Jack Nicklaus (73) and Sam Snead (82) have won more.

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