Tiger roars again ahead of Open

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Published 06/07/2009 09:30:00
 

Tiger Woods added the PGA National title to the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the Jack Nicklaus Memorial championship he won earlier this year - entering form just in time for the British Open at Turnberry.

Woods had jokingly been labelled a "greedy host" before the tournament as he was so keen to win the event which he hosts every year. However, it was no straightforward victory and course record 62 by Hunter Mahan almost spoiled the party.

Woods shared the overnight lead with fellow American Anthony Kim - a position from which he rarely lets his lead slip - and finished with a 67 for a championship total of 13 under.

 

"This golf course is not easy and we only have basically one real birdie chance coming in, which was 16," said Woods, who sunk a 20-foot birdie putt on the 16th hole.

"At the very end it started going left and it was like, 'Oh God just don't lip out now'. It went in."

 

The win was the 68th of Woods' career and could be ominous for his competitors ahead of the Open Championship - one of Tiger's favourite, and most successful, majors.

More impressive than the strokeplay on offer was the mental toughness Woods showed. Once again he proved he's the man to beat and younger players like Anthony Kim need to show strength of character to knock him off his perch.

The Tiger roared - and there was no answer to it.

 

Final leaderboard:


1 Tiger Woods
-3 F -13 64 66 70 67 267

2 Hunter Mahan
-8 F -12 69 69 68 62 268

3 Anthony Kim
+1 F -9 62 70 68 71 271

4 Bryce Molder
-2 F -8 64 70 70 68 272

T5 Brandt Snedeker
-3 F -7 68 70 68 67 273

T5 Lucas Glover
E F -7 69 66 68 70 273

T7 Vijay Singh
-4 F -6 70 68 70 66 274

T7 Danny Lee
E F -6 68 67 69 70 274

T7 Jim Furyk
+2 F -6 66 67 69 72 274

T7 Cameron Beckman
+3 F -6 68 67 66 73 274


 




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