With every tournament championship he adds to his resume, Tiger Woods says he continues to be more amazed.
Woods made it win No. 60 in his 11 years on the PGA Tour, blistering the Dubsdread course at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club Sunday for a final-round score of 8-under-par 63 to win the BMW Championship by two strokes over Aaron Baddeley. Woods topped the leaderboard by matching his best final-round score of his career, finishing at 22-under 262 to smash his own tournament record he set on the same course in 2003.
"I never, ever would have dreamt that this could have happened this soon," Woods told reporters at Lemont, Ill. "I've exceeded my expectations and it's been a lot of fun to enjoy that whole road, that whole process to get to 60.
"It's been a lot of work. There have been some changes along the way, but I think that's all been great."
Sunday locked up Woods' fourth career win at Cog Hill, a place the world No. 1 player said has become very special to him. He got his first exemption to play at Cog Hill as an amateur and made his first PGA Tour cut at the Chicago-area course.
"This town has always been great to me," Woods said. "The people have always come out and supported this event, have supported me over the years. I've always just loved playing here, and I think that's kind of how -- for some reason it's kind of showed up in my victories here in the Chicago area.
"I really somehow have played well here, and I've just enjoyed the atmosphere."
Besides winning the $1.26 million first-place check to move him above $9 million in earnings this season, Woods also surged back to the lead in the PGA Tour's inaugural FedEx Cup playoffs. With a 3,133-point lead over second-place challenger Steve Stricker, Woods has the inside track to winning the $10 million deferred prize in next week's Tour Championship, the final FedEx Cup playoff event at Atlanta.
Woods, Stricker, Phil Mickelson, Rory Sabbatini and K.J. Choi are the only players who can win the FedEx Cup as the field has been shaved to 30 players for the final playoff event. While several different scenarios exist, Woods could win the Cup by finishing second, assuming Stricker doesn't win at East Lake Golf Club.
"You just go play," Woods said. "You try and win the golf tournament. As I've always said, winning takes care of everything, so you don't have to worry about it if you win."
Stricker, who finished third at 18-under 266, told reporters that he's just thrilled to still be in the hunt for the FedEx Cup.
"If you would have asked me before this whole playoff system started and say that I would have a chance to win the FedExCup going into the last one, I would have taken it, but I'm very excited about next week," Stricker said. "I'm excited the way I'm playing and I'm looking forward to it."
Woods began the day one shot back of Stricker and Baddeley, but wouldn't be denied. He started with a birdie at No. 3 and then made three consecutive birdies to close his front nine.
A 50-foot birdie putt at No. 12 tilted the tournament in Woods' favor. He then proceeded to birdie three of the next four holes, including a 20-foot birdie putt at No. 16, to get to 22 under.
"Starting off the day, I thought 20-under par was going to be the number, but that had to be altered," Wood said. "I figured if I got it to 21, I'd be assured of at least getting into a playoff and guys were making birdies everywhere."
But none could keep up with Woods. Baddeley closed with a final-round 66, but it wasn't enough.
"I feel like I did well in that I didn't lose the golf tournament, he won it," Baddeley told reporters when asked about Woods' performance. "Shooting 8 under to win a golf tournament is a heck of a round."
September 10, 2007
Davis Love III, who played the final 57 holes of the Children's Miracle Network Classic without a bogey, finished at 25-under 263 in the season-ending event played at the Walt Disney World Golf Resort in Florida. It has been a long road back for Love, who severely sprained his ankle late last year. After tearing ligaments, he needed surgery, and he's spent much of this year rehabilitating the injury.
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